This mobilization of water protectors at Standing Rock is one of the most significant battles of our time. It is the largest convening of First Nations in a hundred years, with over 200 tribes pledged in support. From the Amazon to Scandinavia, global solidarity is flooding in.
Water connects us all.
As this struggle gains greater visibility, it is vital as allies to center Native perspectives. This piece provides grounding: How to Talk About #NoDAPL: A Native Perspective
It is crucial that people recognize that Standing Rock is part of an ongoing struggle against colonial violence. #NoDAPL is a front of struggle in a long-erased war against Native peoples — a war that has been active since first contact, and waged without interruption.
..This moment is, first and foremost, about Native liberation, self determination and Native survival. That needs to be centered and celebrated. – Kelly Hayes
The Red Warrior Camp is calling on all people from around the world to join and take action for #NoDAPL. The time is NOW.
The Indigenous struggle to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline needs your support! On Thursday, 10/27, over 300 militarized law enforcement in riot gear, with military-grade vehicles and using sound cannons, pepper spray, and rubber bullets, arrested over 100 people. Organizers from Standing Rock, Black Lives Matter, and SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice) had a national phone call to build solidarity – we are reposting this from SURJ:
Here are 10 things you can do right now to support this critical struggle:
- Go to Standing Rock. The more people on the ground, the less likely there will be state violence. Folks who have direct action training and experience are especially needed. If you do go, please listen to and follow local Indigenous leadership. The National Lawyers Guild (Red Owl Collective) has issued a national call for legal workers and lawyers to join them to do legal observing and other non-representation movement lawyering. For lawyers or legal observers who are interested in assisting, please contact King Downing at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Send financial contributions for legal support. Some of those most recently arrested have not yet been released. Monetary support is urgently needed.
- Contact the Morton County Sheriffs Department: Kyle Kirchmeier, Sheriff, Phone: 701-667-3330
Request that they demilitarize their tactics and refrain from mass arrests, macing, clubbing, hooding, strip searching, and armed confrontation with UNARMED peaceful water protectors engaged in constitutionally protected civil disobedience.
- Call the Department of Justice and tell them to send observers immediately to ensure the protection of First Amendment Rights and the safety of the thousands gathering at Standing Rock. DOJ Comment Line: 202-353-1555. DOJ Main Switchboard: 202-514-2000
- Call North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple at 701-328-2200. Leave a message, calling on him to respect the treaties and withdraw the militarized forces.
- Call the White House at (202) 456-1111 or (202) 456-1414. Tell President Obama to rescind the Army Corps of Engineers’ Permit for the Dakota Access Pipeline. Sign the petition to the White House to Stop DAPL
- Target the banks who are funding the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, especially Citbank and TD Bank. Learn more about that HERE, where you’ll also find the list of companies who are involved in the construction of the pipeline.
- Call out corporate media. There is a complete media blackout with journalists being targeted for arrest. Demand that mainstream media stop ignoring this struggle by calling, tweeting, tagging and sharing articles using mentions such as @ABC, @NBCNews @CBSNews @cnnbrk @MSNBC etc. Use the hashtags #MediaWhiteout and #NoDAPL
- Post to social media daily. Because mainstream media has failed to cover this struggle, organizers are asking you to do at least 2 social media posts a day, more if you can, to Facebook, Twitter and others. Sample messaging and memes can be found HERE. If you are an independent journalist with broad social media reach, please help tell the story of the water protectors.
- Winter is coming – help water protectors winterize the camps! The weather is getting colder – cold-weather tents, warm clothing, and blankets are needed. Donate money: Sacred Stone Camp | Red Warrior Camp Donate items via their Amazon wish lists: Red Warrior Camp | Sacred Stone Camp
Visit this website for updates: NoDAPLSolidarity
What is happening at #StandingRock is part of the history this country didn’t teach us. #NoDAPL