Indigenous water protectors at the Dakota Access Pipeline site will soon have assistance from military veterans.
From the article:
“Between December 4 and December 7, veterans of various branches of the United States armed forces have scheduled a “deployment” to show solidarity and lend support to the Standing Rock Sioux in North Dakota. The event, called “Veterans Stand for Standing Rock,” already has 108 confirmed RSVPs on Facebook, and features several high-profile progressive activists who have served in the military, including U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) and Baltimore police officer-turned police brutality whistleblower Michael A. Wood, Jr.”
And they are ready, too. Event organizer Wes Clark Jr., says, “Bring Body armor, gas masks, earplugs AND shooting mufflers (we may be facing a sound cannon) but no drugs, alcohol or weapons.” Veterans can check out the Facebook event for rideshare info and even financial assistance for those who want to support the protest but need some financial help. They’ve also set up a GoFundMe page for the deployment which will be used to “provide material and logistical support to all the veterans wanting to join the Standing Rock protest from around the country”. In fact, they are half way to their goal of $100,000 and it’s only been 11 days.
Clark understands the need for veterans to support the protesters due to the excessive and heavy-handed militarized police response to the protests. Thus far protesters at Standing Rock have faced:
sniper guns pointed at unarmed civilians
journalists being shot with rubber bullets or arrested for covering the protests
attack dogs unleashed on groups- including children
elder Natives getting tased and violently arrested
protesters marked with numbers and kept in dog kennels after arrest
As you know, construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline- which would transport roughly half a million barrels of crude oil daily underneath the Missouri River- has been held up for months as the number of protectors continues to grow. Indigenous communities have said that the pipeline has the potential to permanently poison water supplies for millions of people who depend on the river for drinking, bathing, and farming.
Obama, are you listening yet?
Thank you so much to any veterans who take time out of their lives to go and not only protest this dangerous and illegal travesty but to, once again, protect the citizens of the United States.