On September 13, 2016, activists around the country will take up arms in solidarity with Indigenous communities fighting for their lives on the front lines. As thousands of Indigenous protesters set up camps along the pipeline route in North Dakota to protect their water, land, history and climate, countless in cities coast to coast are helping fight the good fight in a growing movement against a fossil fuel project threatening the very livelihood of its native inhabitants.
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe opposes the pipeline because the route crosses sacred sites and burial places. As NPR points out, there are also concerns of the pipeline rupturing and polluting local drinking water.
Reports say work has halted in one section of the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline, while protesters continue to permeate camps set up near construction site. The Obama Administration is credited for stepping in and stopping construction on the federal land, as tribe members emphatically express that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers should have, first and foremost, consulted with them before approving construction.
In the midst of the Dakota Access Pipeline saga, an arrest warrant has been issued in North Dakota for Democracy Now! host and executive producer Amy Goodman. Goodman has reportedly been charged with criminal trespassing, for doing a journalist’s work and reporting on the protests.
ActionNetwork.org is urging activists and protesters nationwide to join the #NoDAPL crusade: “To defeat a pipeline, it takes a movement of people from all corners of the nation. That’s why on Tuesday, September 13, people around the country are taking part in a day of action in solidarity with Standing Rock calling on President Obama to instruct the Army Corps of Engineers to revoke the permits for this dirty oil pipeline.”
To find out about a march or event taking place a city or town near you, visit here.