S O L I D A R I T Y C E N T E R
SOLIDARITY WITH STANDING ROCK
U R G E N T L Y N E E D E D !
DEFEND THE #NoDAPL Solidarity
Since April, heroic Water Protectors from Standing Rock and others from the Oceti Sakowin (Great Sioux Nation) have been attempting to stop the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, part of the Bakken Pipeline.The DAP is scheduled to be built under the Missouri, Mississippi and Big Sioux rivers in violation of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s rights as an Indigenous Nation as well as presenting a danger to the drinking water of millions of people in the region.
Thousands of people from scores of Indigenous nations as well as many non-Native supporters have since poured into the area to join the encampments in North Dakota and block the construction. Native youth walked more than 1500 miles to the White House this summer to try to bring attention to this struggle. Despite violent police-orchestrated terror, including arrests, private security goons and the use of attack dogs, the peaceful resistance led by Indigenous people has only grown stronger, sparking national and international support.
Governor Jack Dalrymple has now called in the National Guard. This ongoing military escalation is outrageous. Anyone with a shred of decency or awareness of the ongoing genocide of Indigenous Peoples is already inflamed by the government’s efforts to combat the Water Protectors and let Big Oil corporations roll through Native land.
We urge people everywhere to stand with Standing Rock as they carry out a courageous and necessary struggle to protect the land and the water from poisonous oil pipelines. We agree completely that “Mni Wiconi. Water Is Life.”
Moorehead/Lilly Election Campaign to Send Delegation
On Friday, September 9, the Moorehead/Lilly Presidential Campaign of Workers World Party will send a delegation to North Dakota to show their unconditional solidarity with this struggle. Presidential candidate Monica Moorehead said, “This struggle is not only an environmental struggle, important as that is. At its core, this is a struggle for national sovereignty of one of the hundreds of oppressed Native Nations in this hemisphere. Indigenous people have every right to veto any pipelines or other developments on their lands or in their waters. We want to demonstrate in every possible way that, to us, Black and Indigenous Lives Matter.”
The delegation will bring tents, food, water and other items to donate to the camp.“This is not a one-time thing for us,” said Lamont Lilly, WWP’s vice presidential candidate who is leading the delegation. “We have Indigenous and other members who have been supporting this struggle for some time now, and we plan to organize ongoing activities in support of this heroic and inspiring struggle, including mobilizing other delegations. On September 24, we will raise the struggle of Standing Rock at our Hard Times Are Fighting Times conference in Durham, N.C. to bring this struggle to the South.”
Election Campaign Manager Teresa Gutierrez said, “Standing Rock is our Bolivia. When the Indigenous people of Bolivia stood up to defend their water and land, the world took note, inspiring millions of people to fight back against corporate greed. Standing Rock is doing the same right here in the belly of the beast.”
Make a donation to help our ongoing work
Donations to buy items for the camp and to cover the costs of sending the delegation are urgently needed to help sustain this solidarity campaign. To make a donation to these efforts, please visit our Gofundme account at gofundme.com/MMLLStandingRock.
SIGN THE PETITION
Let the white house know where you stand on the dakota access pipeline and sign this petition: tinyurl.com/jdganm4