November, 2016

Water is life. Protecting Standing Rock Sioux

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Water is Life. Art by Way in love #nodaplartmovement

Water is the source of life. Water is Sacred. Let’s protect it.

Dear ones, there is so much fear and frustration in the air moving some to act in inhuman ways. I imagine you are all familiar with The Dakota Access pipeline, which threatens to endanger the water, land, and cultural heritage of Native Americans. We must put an end to this project to avoid “catastrophic environmental damage.” ~NYC stands with Standing Rock.

“This project is huge – 1,200 miles – only 7 miles less than the XL Pipeline, and the XL Pipeline got a full environmental impact statement..It’s going to create more carbon pollution than 29 coal burning power plants. It crosses and disrupts 209 streams, and there are all kinds of other problems, such as cultural areas, Indian graveyards, and these kinds of things – any of those individually you would need to get a full environmental impact statement.” From article ‘Dakota Access pipeline will enrich a few… but impoverish the nation.” ~Robert F. Kennedy Jr., environmental activist, author and attorney.

I find it ironic that we denounce human right violations around the world, yet the people who hold the deepest bond with the earth in this country, Native Americans– with the power to contribute to shift our society back into balance as we face these times of climate change– are being treated violently with such brutality as they peacefully stand to protect water and land against the greed of corporations. We have lost our souls when greed and profit mean more than the well being of the people.

When will the violence against the indigenous people of this country stop? As if it wasn’t enough to violate treaties that protect their sacred sites and land, unarmed water protectors exercising their right to peacefully come together to oppose the Dakota Access Pipeline are being attacked by the police with rubber bullets, concussion grenades, tear gas, pepper spray, water cannons that rip through flesh in subfreezing temperatures. A 21 year old woman, Sophia Wilansky, from NYC lost her arm last night. Here is is her gofundme page to pay her medical bills.

StandingRock medics call for immediate cessation of life-threatening police tactics in freezing weather.

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Peace sign as Protectors are shot with water in freezing temperatures. Photo by Josue Rivas, Indigenous Rising Media

The U.N. has has officially denounced ‘inhuman’ treatment of #NoDAPL demonstrators. A UN human rights expert has stated: “This is a troubling response to people who are taking action to protect natural resources and ancestral territory in the face of profit-seeking activity..The excessive use of State security apparatus to suppress protest against corporate activities that are alleged to violate human rights is wrong and contrary to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights..People feel that their concerns are being ignored, and it is their right to stage peaceful assemblies so that these concerns can be heard. The authorities have an obligation to actively protect that right. The rights of cultural heritage defenders have to be respected and protected…Construction of the pipeline has continued despite a call in September by the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, and other experts for it to be halted.” ~United Nations

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Poignant words. We begin to die when we remain silent, when we stop caring about things that matter or when we cease to use or voice in ways that dignify the human condition and life on earth. We begin to die when we numb ourselves until we feel nothing and turn into automatons that let atrocities take place.

Dear ones, it is time to awaken and protect the sacred. Let’s join forces and ask for the demilitarization of the  response to NODAPL protests and an end to the Dakota Access Pipeline.

  • President Obama can still act and stop this pipeline. Sign the petition.
  • You may also contact your bank and express your concerns:
    “As a customer of your financial institution, I reject the notion of my money helping to support your investment in the Dakota Access pipeline, an inherently dangerous and unjust oil pipeline that threatens air and water quality in many states, and violates sacred lands of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe. I urge you to give up your financial stake in the Dakota Access pipeline immediately.” List of banks supporting the project.
  • My message: “I am a concerned and tax paying citizen and I want you to stand in honor and respect of human rights and stop the militarized police brutality on highway 1806 in North Dakota to unarmed peaceful Water Protectors!” ~tiny_pluma_azul
  • Use your voice! Numbers to call. I just tried calling the North Dakota governor, but his voicemail was full. I sent a message via email at https://governor.nd.gov/contact-us
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Times of crisis demand courageous acts. May we rise together and use our voice, our agency, our ability to come together and denounce brutality to support an ancient way of aligning with the sacred earth and each other, for the benefit of all life. May we feel the power of the feminine rising in our hearts– a power that stems not from conquering and subjugating others, but from connecting with them and realizing the oneness that connects us all.

“The future is dark, but what if this darkness is not darkness of the tomb, but darkness of the womb.” ~ Valarie Kaur

In solidarity with our sisters and brothers at Standing Rock. With love,

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