1) From CREDO Blog, 9/8/16:
It’s incredible. In just a few days, more than 210,000 CREDO members have signed our petition demanding that President Obama intervene and stop the Dakota Access pipeline once and for all. Hundreds of CREDO members have also started making phone calls to President Obama pressuring him to act.
This is a winnable fight, but with the pipeline company pushing to complete construction, we have to leverage this massive momentum and bring as many people as possible into this fight right now.
We’ve put together a short video to highlight the fierce, grassroots activism being led by local Native American communities and farmers – and to make clear what’s at stake in this fight. You can watch and share the video on YouTube by clicking here.
2) From 350.org, 9/6/16:
Revoke the Permit!
Over the weekend, peaceful protesters against the Dakota Access Pipeline were met with guard dogs and pepper spray while defending sacred burial grounds from bulldozers. This is shocking and saddening, but it’s also a wake up call.
If built, Dakota Access would carry toxic fracked oil from North Dakota across four states and under the Missouri River, immediately upstream from the Standing Rock Sioux Nation. That makes it a threat to the sacred land and water of Native communities and a disaster for the climate.
Tribal leaders are taking the Army Corps of Engineers to court over the unjust pipeline approval process, but President Obama could step in any time and say “no” to this whole thing — like he did for Keystone XL.
Tell President Obama to stop the Dakota Access pipeline. Sign the petition today.
3) From Food & Water Watch:
From North Dakota to Iowa, Communities Are Standing Up to Big Oil & Gas!
Have you heard about what’s happening in North Dakota? The Standing Rock Sioux indigenous communities standing in solidarity with concerned North Dakotans have been standing strong in recent weeks, blocking construction on the Dakota Access Bakken pipeline.
This project is being pushed through ancestral lands of the Standing Rock Sioux and the Missouri River, which is a major source of water for the community. Oil pipelines are inherently dangerous and threaten our communities and environment with leaks and explosions. The oil when burned will add to the world’s climate woes.
Food & Water Watch, as part of the Bakken Pipeline Resistance Coalition in Iowa, has been fighting to stop the Bakken pipeline since we first heard of the proposal nearly two years ago. Since then, our coalition has sent thousands of messages to stop this disastrous pipeline.
Sign the petition to President Obama to protect our air and water, and deny the Bakken pipeline!
4) From Popular Resistance, 8/28/16:
The latest chapter in the US war against Indigenous Peoples of this land is being fought by more than 90 tribes in North Dakota against a pipeline that threatens water, air and land, including sacred sites. Indigenous Peoples understand that the environment is to be respected and that to destroy it for corporate profit goes against nature and against ourselves.
People’s Climate March indigenous @Peoples_Climate
Indigenous Peoples have lived in what is now called North America for more than 10,000 years. They were the first human inhabitants. In comparison, the United States is not even 250 years old.
Ever since colonizers from Europe came to these lands 600 years ago, Indigenous Peoples have paid a heavy price. Colonizers took land where tens of millions, some estimate as many as 100 million, of people lived. This was done using incredible violence, genocide and deceit. Treaties that promised the Indigenous their land were signed, but were then violated and the land was taken anyway. And even worse, Indigenous body parts were made into products and sold and those that slaughtered Indigenous people were treated as heroes, some were even made president.
In recent years, as thousands of miles of pipelines for oil and gas were laid down – at a time when the science of climate change is telling us to stop building all carbon infrastructure – it has often been Indigenous Peoples who have provided a moral compass and leadership in the fight to stop polluting infrastructure. This is happening right now in the conflict over the Dakota Access Pipeline.
See whole article.
5) From Sierra Club, 8/24/16:
Take action: Stop this fracked oil pipeline
A dangerous fracked oil pipeline just got approved by the federal government — but it isn’t over yet.
The controversial Dakota Access pipeline would carry 450,000 barrels of oil through North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, and Illinois, putting communities and waterways at risk all along its 1,168-miles.
The Dakota Access pipeline would cut through communities, farms, sensitive natural areas, wildlife habitat, and tribal lands like the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s ancestral lands that are within half a mile of its current reservation.
Not only would the Dakota Access pipeline threaten sacred sites and culturally important landscapes, it would also cross under the Missouri River just upstream of the Tribe’s drinking water supply, where a spill would constitute an existential threat to the Tribe’s culture and way of life. That’s why the Standing Rock Sioux have been protesting the pipeline in peaceful prayer camps since April, and why thousands of supporters have joined them since the pipeline was approved.1
Stand with the Standing Rock Sioux by sending a message to the White House. Urge President Obama to revoke the permits for this hastily approved fracked oil pipeline.