How You Can Show Your Solidarity in the Fight Against the Dakota Access Pipeline

by Krystal Two Bulls

October 28, 2016

The Red Warrior Camp calls on all people from around the world to take action and join their Global Solidarity Campaign against the Dakota Access Pipeline. If you live on this land, breathe the air, and drink water — this is your fight too.

No Dakota Access Pipeline, #NoDAPL

© Gokhan Cukurova 2016

Our Brothers, Sisters, and Protectors are putting their bodies and lives on the line everyday on the frontlines in Standing Rock, and we need as many of you on our side as we can get. We call upon all protectors to come stand with us. If you cannot be physically present, you can still take escalated action to stop the pipeline and support our struggle.

The Dakota Access Pipeline is scheduled to start operations January 1, 2017, when it will begin carrying almost 500,000 barrels of fracked oil from North Dakota to Illinois every day. With that date quickly approaching, we’re calling for two months of sustained waves of action targeting the Army Corp of Engineers (which issued the permits for construction of the pipeline), investors, pipeline companies, security firms, and elected officials pushing the project forward.

It’s up to all of us to hold these institutions, corporations, and individuals accountable and put a stop to this pipeline.

That’s why I’m calling on you to join this fight. It’s time to show those behind the pipeline that the world is watching.

Everyone has a role to play in stopping the Dakota Access Pipeline. Check out our Global Solidarity Campaign to get the tools you need to show up in this fight. From participating in peaceful actions and protests near you to organizing your community to travel to Standing Rock, there are so many meaningful ways to get involved.

And I hope you will get involved, because in the end, this is your movement, too.

This fight is larger than Standing Rock. When the Dakota Access Pipeline is defeated, there is still so much work to be done. There are communities around the world fighting the same corporations and systems that we’re up against at Standing Rock.

This is about Indigenous rights, human rights and the rights of Mother Earth being violated for corporations and their profit. This is about a capitalist system that allows for these violations to continue at the expense of people around the world. This is about recognizing that with the energy created at Standing Rock, those organizing at Standing Rock have a responsibility to uplift the shared struggles of all peoples if we wish to pass down a healthy world to future generations.

Even though we are being arrested and charged for simply protecting our water, we will not let that stop us. In fact, we’re taking back our power and charging the pipeline companies, banks, and individuals behind this project with crimes against humanity and crimes against Mother Earth.

The Dakota Access Pipeline is in direct violation of the United Nations’ Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, particularly with regard to the right to free and prior informed consent, desecration, redress, militarization, development, treaties, and judicial proceedings. It’s also in direct violation of the United Nation’s Declaration of Universal Human Rights, especially with respect to the right to security of person and the right to not be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment.

The sacredness and power of the water is what brought us together. It is what connects us. That is why we are asking people to use the hashtag #WorldWaterOne, www.www.www, when sharing online about your solidarity efforts against the pipeline.

Rise up to defeat the Dakota Access Pipeline! Find a solidarity action near you.

Krystal Two Bulls

By Krystal Two Bulls

Krystal Two Bulls is an Oglala Lakota/Northern Cheyenne woman from Lame Deer, Montana. She organizes with the Red Warrior Camp out of Standing Rock and the Global #NoDAPL Solidarity Team. She is also the Director of Voices of the Sacred, an organization that focuses on the healing, empowerment and leadership development of Indigenous Peoples by addressing social, racial and environmental injustices. Twitter: @lakota_rain8.

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