Let me catch you up to speed:
DAPL = Dakota Access Pipeline: Dapl is currently under construction in North Dakota. The current proposed pipeline would transport oil from North Dakota to Illinois and would run under the main water source for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
Water protectors = peaceful protestors of the pipeline. Most are members of the Sioux tribe that will be most affected by the construction of the pipeline and the inevitable oil leaks and spills the pipeline will cause.
The week of Thanksgiving, ironic enough, a group of 300 water protectors (all unarmed) were gathered in prayer on a bridge (considered the front line). A group of militarized local police and hired militia open fired tear gas, concussion grenades, rubber bullets and water cannons at these protectors trapped on a bridge. (*The UN has condemned the use of tear gas except for use in crowd control.) This assault took place in 26F temperatures under the cover of nightfall, after all of the media had gone home for the day. One protector was hit in the arm with a concussion grenade and will most likely lose her arm; another, a medic, was shot in the face with a tear gas canister that shredded her retina. She will most likely lose sight in her right eye.
It does not escape me that the two seriously injured protectors are women. It also does not escape me that these women were fired upon and wounded by THEIR government, the very force that is tasked with protecting them but has failed time and time again. The men who wounded them are denying any wrongdoing on their part.
When will this country begin to value women and children over oil and profit? When will this government stop persecuting Native Americans? When will the president stop pardoning Turkeys and do somethin to protect American citizens? If history is any indication, probably never.
Are you mad yet? You should be. Go to http://www.dapllies.com to learn more about this project, read NPR for accurate coverage and follow the live streams of Kevin Gilbert on Facebook and donate whatever you can to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe (wish list link below.)
Native lives matter. Please Stand with Standing Rock this holiday season.
(Check out the Standing Rock tribe’s amazon wish list at https://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/18FR1AGDPWZLC/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_ep_ws_9qRnybRQHT9F1)
*Image courtesy of Huffington Post*