Hundreds of American veterans are gathering in Standing Rock, North Dakota to support Sioux Tribe Water Protectors on December 4, 2016. They plan to stay for three days. Surely this will galvanize President Obama to take appropriate action to respect and protect Native American rights, our water, and the climate.
‘Where Evil Resides’: Veterans ‘Deploy’ To Standing Rock To Engage The Enemy — The US Government | Task & Purpose
“Earlier this month… [ activist Wes Clark Jr. and police reform advocate Michael A. Wood Jr.] formed Veterans Stand For Standing Rock with the hope of drawing scores of veterans, as well as fire fighters, ex-law enforcement officers, emergency medical personnel and others to the battleground for a three-day “deployment” in early December to “prevent progress on the Dakota Access Pipeline and draw national attention to the human rights warriors of the Sioux tribes.” Both men say they’re prepared to take a bullet, rubber or otherwise, for a cause they believe should be of critical importance to any patriotic American.” ~ Adam Lineham
— RoseAnn DeMoro (@RoseAnnDeMoro) November 24, 2016
The New York Times, the first major newspaper to speak up for the Water Protectors, agrees it is time to end the standoff between Standing Rock and the Dakota Access Pipeline.
“The photos and videos in news reports suggest a… familiar story — an imbalance of power, where law enforcement fiercely defends property rights against protesters’ claims of environmental protection and the rights of indigenous people. American Indians have seen this sort of drama unfold for centuries — native demands meeting brute force against a backdrop of folly — in this case, the pursuit of fossil fuels at a time of sagging oil demand and global climatic peril.” ~ The NYT Editorial Board