Today, September 13th, is national day of action against the Dakota Access Pipeline! There are ways, no matter where you are, you can stand in solidarity with the indigenous communities and local farmers and landowners fighting on the front lines.
This is one of the most courageous stands against a fossil fuel project this country has ever seen. I believe the steps that native tribes are now taking to block fossil fuel expansion (especially on tribal and public lands) will go down as historic in the movement to go beyond fossil fuels.
This particular action in South Dakota is in itself historic. Already the federal government approved the permits for a big oil company to continue building its pipeline on tribal lands. But, in the face of massive citizen protest the Obama Administration has issued a delay in that permit approval. But this is a temporary reprieve, or stay of execution if you will.
If built, Dakota Access would carry toxic fracked oil from North Dakota across four states and under the Missouri River, immediately upstream from the Standing Rock Sioux Nation. That makes it a threat to the sacred land and water of Native communities and a disaster for the climate.
Knowing this, people all across the country (and even beyond) are stepping up to help. And we all can too (even if we can’ make it to the front lines).
Here are ways to support activists on the front lines:
- Actions targeting financial institutions funding the pipeline are happening around the country between now and September 17. Learn more here and find an event near you here.
- Contribute to the Sacred Stone Camp legal defense fund
- Contribute to the Sacred Stone Camp supply fund
- Contribute to the Red Warrior Camp legal defense fund
- Purchase supplies for the Red Warrior Camp through this wishlist registry
- Donate to support pipeline fighters in North Dakota and Iowa through Bold Nebraska
- Call the White House at (202) 456-1111 telling President Obama to rescind the Army Corps of Engineers’ Permit for the Dakota Access Pipeline
- Spread the word (like 3EStrategies is doing here) on social media using #NoDAPL.
I can’t stress enough, this is a very important stand. I spoke with one of the tribal leaders just one day before the delay in issuing permits and they had no idea where things were headed or where it would end. This is the time to turn that interim win into long-lasting victory. Please do what you can.