Dakota Access Pipeline October 28 2016
On Thursday, October 27, the National Guard and State Police raided one of the peaceful resistance camps at Standing Rock.
This frontline camp set up over the weekend along the Dakota Access Pipeline path was cleared by hundreds of heavily militarized police. For months, thousands of people have peacefully protested construction in the face of relentless policing and they will continue to do so – but yesterday’s events were different than anything before.
141 water protectors were arrested after law enforcement used pepper spray, tasers, batons and rubber bullets to forcibly remove those defending sacred land and water. These brutal police tactics are dehumanizing, uncalled for, and a threat to the First Amendment rights of people protecting their land, water and climate from Big Oil.
In response, two solidarity events are happening tomorrow, Saturday Oct. 29, in Bangor and Portland. All are welcome and encouraged to participate.
The Bangor Racial and Economic Justice Coalition is hosting a march and vigil, 7:00-8:00 pm, gathering at the Bangor Waterfront (near SeaDog). Members of the Penobscot Nation will share prayers and updates on what is happening at Standing Rock. Details here -- and on Facebook here.
NOTE: There is also an open call for action from 350.org, in partnership with the Indigenous Environmental Network and others, for solidarity with Standing Rock events on November 15. We will share more details soon, but encourage you to start planning an event in your town.
Please reply to firstname.lastname@example.org (Subject: NoDAPL Solidarity Action) if you are interested in responding to this call to action.
350 Central Maine is already planning to host a vigil in Waterville at 4:30pm on Nov. 15--let us know about your event so we can share information and help get the word out!
LAST BUT NOT LEAST: please take a minute to call the White House at (202) 456-1111 and tell President Obama to send Justice Department observers to Standing Rock immediately and stop the Dakota Access Pipeline. For a sample call script, click here.
And please add your name to this petition urging President Obama to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline today (this link also includes information about more ways to support activists on the front lines).
Michelle Fournier, for 350 Maine
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Team 350 Maine