Black Lives Matter Stands In Solidarity with Water Protectors at Standing Rock | Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter Stands In Solidarity with Water Protectors at Standing Rock | Black Lives Matter – Over the past weekend, members of the Black Lives Matter Network traveled to North Dakota to stand in solidarity with Indigenous peoples who are putting their bodies and lives on the line to protect our right to clean water. The Dakota Access Pipeline could carry more than 400,000 barrels of crude oil a day from western North Dakota across South Dakota and Iowa to connect with an existing pipeline in Illinois. It is a 1,100-mile pipeline, estimated to cost $3.7 billion, and is about halfway complete. The water protectors who are protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline are engaged in a critical fight against big oil for our collective human right to access water. To be clear, this is not a fight that is specific only to Native peoples– this is a fight for all of us and we must stand with our family at Standing Rock. Though the gathering of folks at Standing Rock began in April, it was approximately two weeks ago when the situation escalated as four women risked their bodies to physically stop construction on the pipeline. While construction was halted at that point, it continues on the pipeline right now, and hundreds of people have joined, donated to, and amplified the cause. Mainstream media is doing its part to ignore this resistance; it is not in the interests of large corporations or the federal government for the world to see Indigenous peoples in America working together to protect the land and water we all need to survive. The gathering at Standing Rock is a testimony against capitalism– we do not have to destroy the world and our resources for money to provide for one another. In fact, we must do the complete opposite. Scarcity is a myth and if we take care of the Earth, our family that comes after us will be taken care of by the Earth.

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  1. Isn’t this what it’s all about?

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