Give Real Thanks: 7 Ways to Help the DAPL Protestors at Standing Rock
Photo: After a prayer march to Backwater Bridge, protesters are lead in a defiant cheer by an elder and descendant of Chief Sitting Bull (the gentleman in the white jacket) against North Dakota State Police, who have been permanently deployed on the north side of the bridge. Photo © Matt Hamon
Although the Federal court ruled for a delay in the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) on November 14, the police action against unarmed protestors gathered at Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, continues to escalate with acts extreme force.
Most recently, on the evening of Sunday, November 20, as temperatures dipped down to 26 degrees Fahrenheit, law enforcement officials blasted hundreds of people with water cannons near Oceti Sakowin camp. Video can be seen at The Guardian.
Standing behind a barbed wire fence, militarized police dressed in riot gear also launch concussion grenades, rubber bullets, and tear gas, injuring 300 people; 26 were taken to area hospitals, while 21 year-old New York resident Sophia Wilansky, who was air lifted to County Medical Center in Minneapolis, where she has been undergoing extensive surgery to save her arm from amputation after being hit by a grenade.
Since August 10 of this year, thousands of activists from across the United States have come together at Standing Rock to protest the construction of DAPL. Calling themselves “Water Protectors,” the activists are unarmed, using peaceful means of protest against the destruction of sacred lands and the environment. The response of the federal, state, and local governments have included a 12-day “No Fly Zone,” sound cannon blasts, tear gas and pepper spray, and hundreds of arrests on trumped up charges.
This Thanksgiving, we invite you to give real thanks to the people risking their lives to protect the water supply of 17 million Americans in four states. Here are some ways you can stand tall with Standing Rock.
- Donate to support the Oceti Sakowin Camp
- Donate items to support the Oceti Sakowin Camp
- Donate to the Standing Rock Health Clinic
- Donate to support the Standing Rock Sioux
- Donate items from the Sacred Stone Camp Supply List
- Contribute to the Sacred Stone Camp Legal Defense Fund
- Contribute to the Sacred Stone Camp gofundme account
- Contribute to Red Warrior Camp
- Donate to the Standing Rock medics
- Contribute to the medical fund for Sophia Wilansky
Standing Rock medics have indicated they are in need of the following items:
- Milk of Magnesia
- Wool socks
- Wool blankets
- Space blankets
- Hand warmers
- Trauma kits (portable)
- Suturing kits
- Straw bales
Supplies can be shipped to:
Standing Rock Medic and Healer Council, PO Box 1251, Bismark ND, 58502
If you are shipping via UPS or Fed Ex, please use the address:
220 E. Rosser Ave. 1251, Bismark, ND, 58502
If you are a certified medic, EMTs, nurse, physician, herbalist, midwife and massage therapist, you can fill out an application to volunteer. They are also looking for people who can help with logistics, such as supply deliveries.
Start or join events in your area at #NoDAPL Solidarity Actions
In a letter to Tribal Leaders and Supporters dated November 22, Harold Frazier, Chairman of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe wrote, “In September, the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Council voted unanimously to divest all tribal money from Bismarck and Mandan and asked that tribe members not spend any money in these cities. We are now asking that ALL people who oppose this pipeline join us.
“These communities have led the violent law enforcement efforts against out people and we will not support them financially. If these communities will not listen to our reasoned pleas for justice and fairness, we must speak the only language they seem to have understood throughout the entire DAPL project: MONEY.”
Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is:
Big banks are heavily invested in the Energy Transfer family, the company that is funding DAPL. You can see a list of banks and their investments at Food and Water Watch to see if your bank is involved.
A call has gone out for people to take their money out of big banks and put them into credit unions and community development banks. Credit unions are nonprofits with low fees and excellent interest rates that invest in local projects, so that you will personally be staking your community. Community investment banks work with financially underserved institutions, businesses, and people, making it another great way to give back.
Call the White House and the Army Corps of Engineers to demand the permit for the Dakota Access Pipeline be rescinded:
The White House
Army Corps of Engineers
Call the executives at Energy Transfer Partners, the company building the pipeline:
Lee Hanse, Executive Vice President
Glenn Emery, Vice President
Michael (Cliff) Waters , Lead Analyst
Call the powers in North Dakota to stop the violence against peaceful protesters:
North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple
Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier
Contact local law enforcement who have sent police officers to Standing Rock. If your city or town has sent deployments, ask them to bring their people back:
Michigan City Police Department
Michigan City, IN
North Dakota Highway Patrol
Offices across North Dakota
Hammond Police Department
Munster Police Department
Griffith Police Department
Anoka County Sheriff’s Office
Washington County Sheriff’s Office
Marathon County Sheriff’s Department
La Porte County Sheriff’s Office
La Porte, IN
Newton County Sheriff’s Office
South Dakota Highway Patrol
Jasper County Sheriff
Lake County Sheriff Sheriff’s Department
Crown Point, IN
Laramie County Sheriff’s Department
Wyoming Highway Patrol
Ohio State Highway Patrol
Nebraska Emergency Management Agency
All photographs: © Matt Hamon, www.matthamon.com
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