To read more about this Bill, visit: House Bill Gives Away Public Land
Yesterday, I had the privilege of showing solidarity with Standing Rock by attending a #NoDAPL rally in Telfair Square, Savannah, Georgia. Friends of the environment were represented fully, with signs reading Green, Save Our Water, Sacred Land and more. The speakers discussed the importance of acknowledging climate change, the damage that could be caused by pipelines and oil spills and loving Mother Earth.
Enforcing environmental justice is necessary and is the responsibility of all who live under the sun and commune with this great planet, but the battle taking place on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation is more than Green, it is a Cultural Violation. Indigenous People have suffered enough in the name of progress and expansion.
“The Great Spirit in His wisdom placed you here and gave [this land] to you and your children to defend. But ä-te-wä! [alas!] the incoming race, like a huge serpent is coiling closer and closer about you.” Tecumseh
The Standing Rock Tribal Council issued a Call to Action of All Indigenous People’s on August 15, 2016.
Read document here: call-to-action-of-indigenous-peoples
Before we go any further, let’s discuss the specifics of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) in regards to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. As to not reinvent the wheel, GreenMedInfo completed a Special Report detailing the consequences of the DAPL. The full report with the actual complaint filed in federal court and the NoDAPL Movement magazine which chronicles events thus far can be found below. I’ll provide a snapshot here:
Despite the objections of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of North and South Dakota, Energy Transfer Partners [ETP] (a multi-billion dollar corporation) began construction on the DAPL in May 2016. It is important to note that the DAPL was initially slated to run through Bismarck, ND, which is 90% White. The residence opposed the proposal citing the potential harm to their water supply; therefore, ETP moved on to a marginalized group’s land, the Native Americans of the Standing Rock Tribe. Who cares about their land and water, right?
On July 26, 2016, The US Army Corps of Engineers approved the DAPL to run under Lake Oahe. On July 27, 2016, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe filed a complaint in federal court citing the following: “The construction and operation of the pipeline, as authorized by the Corps, threatens the Tribe’s environmental and economic well-being, and would damage and destroy sites of great historic, religious, and cultural significance to the Tribe” (Case 1:16-cv-01534). So what are the consequences of a pipeline that stretches 1,168 miles from North Dakota to Illinois under (main) water supplies and through burial grounds and Treaty Lands?
If construction is completed, the pipeline is expected to carry approximately 500,000 barrels of crude oil daily from North Dakota to Illinois, crossing underneath Lake Oahe and the Missouri River a half-mile upstream from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s reservation.  The Missouri River is the main source of drinking and irrigation water for the 8,200 residents of the Standing Rock reservation. The pipeline would pump an estimated 17,000 gallons of oil per minute underneath this water source, which would be devastated by a spill or leak.  This project poses serious environmental threats and will disturb burial grounds and sacred sites on the Tribe’s ancestral Treaty lands. (GreenMedInfo, 2016)
I don’t know about you, but my heart aches for the crimes against this tribe and every Native American Tribe in the US for the historical and current atrocities committed against them FOR PROFIT. I truly believe that before a person takes a stand on an issue, he/she needs to understand the intricate details of the issue, so, I would like to present this topic from a “Native Perspective.”
Stand in solidarity with Standing Rock, fight for something greater than you and know that the debt owed to Native Americans is unrequitable!
(Peace in Lakota Sioux)
By: LaQuaria Barton
“The main purpose is to tell Donald Trump he can’t just deport 11 million undocumented people,” Noelle Yasso said. “They’re here to stay and we stand in solidarity with them.”(CNN, November 13, 2016)
Anti-Trump protests have started in Manhattan; San Francisco; District of Columbia; Los Angeles; Springfield, Massachusetts; Chicago; Washington; Dayton, Ohio; Cincinnati; Oklahoma City; Salt Lake City; Providence, Rhode Island; and Atlanta. Some of these protests have been peaceful and some have been violent. All of these American citizens, whether they are mad as hell and acting out of frustration or sulking in silence, have one thing in common: they are utterly dismayed by the election results.
I titled this post De’ja` Vu because these protests are reminiscent of the protests that took place across the nation when Bernie Sanders was robbed, yes, robbed of the Democratic candidacy for president. We cited election fraud and political favoritism, but no one seem to think it was important. The DNC and its prize horse, Hillary Clinton, forced Bernie Sanders, who was supported by millions, to concede by promising the most progressive Democratic platform in the history of the party and that it was. But here’s the conundrum: what happened to all of the Bernie supporters once the leader of the political revolution gracefully bowed out? The answer: Berners continued the Berner Movement without Bernie at its forefront. We love Bernie, please don’t confuse the message, but many of us vowed never to support Hillary Clinton and the election results are a reflection of that pledge. Come on guys..you can say it..You either didn’t vote at all or you switched party affiliation and defected to the Independents (Green or Libertarian). The consequence or even punishment for the dissension within the Democratic Party as a result of the DNC’s publicized corruption elected Trump.
Now they want to protest? It’s almost laughable! Where was all of this passion for the cause when Bernie was railroaded? It was misplaced with Hillary. Now, the Hillary camp is feeling what Berners have been feeling for months: violated! They’re calling for the Electoral College to vote for Hillary because she received the popular vote. Do you know that Democrats have won the popular vote in the last six of seven presidential elections? But guess what….it made no difference! Truth be told, Democrats didn’t vote in this election and white Republicans in rural America showed up by the bus loads to vote Trump into office.
Protest all you want! Sign as many petitions as your heart desires! Trump is the Aftermath of a divided party. Your meal was Bernie Sanders, which you devoured and licked your chops and Trump is your JUST desserts; like it or loathe it.
Now, we (The People) are left to clean up your mess (the aftermath).
The results are in and Donald Trump is the new president-elect for the United States of America. This was the most disappointing election in my lifetime. We had no viable candidates for which we could cast a confident vote. Our choices were the two evils, Hillary Clinton, Democrat, Donald Trump, Republican and Jill Stein, Green Party, and Gary Johnson, Libertarian. In the aftermath of the Berner Movement, these were the leftovers. So who did America choose as our next fearless leader: none other than, Donald J. Trump, a business mogul with little to no knowledge of American politics. The questions on every American’s mind are as follows:
What will Trump do next? What is his vision for the country? Is he a racist? Will he divide the nation across racial lines? How can we possibly place our trust in a man that has made derogatory comments about women, various races, and the country as a whole?
The biggest question of all is what are WE going to do next? What can we do to respond to, what by all accounts is as fair of an election as could be (yes, there are some concerns regarding electoral fraud, but that is to be expected when the less popular candidate is elected) the least popular candidate being elected; a candidate perceived as an entitled demagogue who uses divisive language to further his own political agenda? Are we screwed America? Did we allow division within the Democratic Party and our utter disgust with the Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton, to elect Trump. I say, NO! I say that the blame lies with the DNC and Hillary Clinton, solely. Berners are not to blame for the election results; corruption and favoritism are to blame. Hillary was never in a position to beat Trump. Our next step is to hold the new, overwhelmingly Republican elected officials, to a higher standard with additional oversight. We watch them like a hawk and make sure that they follow through on every promise. The Democratic platform should not “go gentle into that good night,” (Dylan Thomas, 1951). We continue to fight for what is fair and just for ALL.