We are deeply saddened and angered by the Army Corp’s decision to grant the easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline, and we stand in support of the Indigenous Coalition at Standing Rock’s call for February 8th to be an international day of emergency actions to “disrupt business as usual and unleash a global intersectional resistance to fossil fuels and fascism.”
The Army’s decision to suspend its Environmental Impact Assessment and move forward with the pipeline is a vicious attack on the environment and all indigenous people. The corporate greed and violent racism behind DAPL cannot be separated from the forces that propel the proposed Muslim Ban and US-Mexico Wall, nor the systematic oppression and disenfranchisement of Black people in America.
We encourage you to visit everydayofaction.org to stay informed about upcoming actions and to register ones that you are planning. We also encourage you to donate to organizations such as Sacred Stone Legal Defense Fund, Last Real Indians, and the Standing Rock Medic + Healer Council, and to continue encouraging the people and institutions around you to divest from the banks that are funding DAPL. (Click here for a full list).
In these deeply troubling times, we can follow the lead of our indigenous relatives by honoring the strength and power that lies within each of us and in our connections to one another and the Earth. As we continue to resist the onslaught of hate and violence coming at us in all directions from the Administration, we must also care for ourselves and each other as we build intersectional coalitions and movements that serve our vision of universal liberation for all.