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Standing Rock Solidarity (Augusta)
March 10, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
The Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) is a project that was deemed unsafe for the water of Bismarck, the capital of North Dakota and a mostly white city. It was re-routed to near the Standing Rock reservation, putting the Sioux Nation’s water rights that were preserved under treaties at great risk of contamination, as well as the many communities downstream. Last year, resistance camps formed to oppose the construction of DAPL; these camps, where Water Protectors convened for peaceful prayer and ceremony, remain a site of heightened militarization, police brutality, and modern-day attempted genocide.
Unarmed Water Protectors have been shot by rubber bullets, maced and tear gassed, attacked with water cannons in below freezing temperatures, and otherwise brutalized, by law enforcement. They endure this violence in an effort to protect sacred Lakota lands from violence and to protect water that is used by millions of people. Just as the geographic area we now know as Maine was stolen from the Abanaki, Maliseet, Mik’maq, Passamaquoddy, and Penobscot peoples, the land the pipeline is slated to go through was stolen from the Lakota. The United States was built on land theft, genocide, and slavery; we must act in solidarity with Standing Rock and other indigenous nations to end environmental racism and honor treaties and tribal sovereignty.
This movement has brought international attention to issues of indigenous sovereignty and self-determination. We are urging individuals and businesses to divest from banks that are funding DAPL, including TD Bank and Wells Fargo, and to pressure these banks to withdraw their financial support of the project.
As #NativeNationsRise together to protect the Earth from more violence, corporations must gain #ConsentNotConsultation from tribal nations before proposing environmentally devastating projects such as DAPL. Additionally, President Trump must acknowledge the sovereignty of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and hundreds of other indigenous nations and#TakeTheMeeting.
February 23rd, a day after the eviction deadline set by the Army Corps of Engineers and the North Dakota Governor’s office, a combined force of State and Federal law enforcement brandished automatic weapons and live ammunition to evict the non-violent, prayerful Water Protectors at the Oceti Sakowin protest encampment in North Dakota.
To anyone with money in a bank funding DAPL: It is time to divest. It is time to make sure your dollars are not among those funding this environmental racism, natural disaster, and violation of human rights to further corporate goals. Divest to bring attention to the violence and aggression the state has wielded against the prayerful camps at Standing Rock.
Divest to save the water of Turtle Island, the continents colonizers named America, and the millions of lives depending on the watersheds that the DAPL will cross.