Bronx Climate Justice North stands in solidarity with our Native American brothers and sisters and other allies engaged in nonviolent civil disobedience at the Standing Rock encampments in North Dakota. Their struggle is our struggle. Their resistance is our resistance. The future of all people is at stake. The Dakota Access Pipeline struggle is a critically important one for the global climate, for safe drinking water, and for human rights.

Since European settlers first arrived on this continent, First Nations peoples have been subjected to attacks on their sovereignty, theft of their land, and campaigns of assimilation, cultural erasure, and genocide. These attacks against Native American Peoples have not ended. The latest can be seen in the determination of Energy Transfer Partners, the many banks and financial institutions funding construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, and law enforcement and political leaders of North Dakota to construct a dangerous and destructive pipeline in violation of Treaty agreements with Indigenous Peoples and against the express wishes of those living in or near the path of the pipeline or along water bodies that would be affected by the pipeline.

The federal government of the United States, which has pursued genocidal policies against Native American Peoples for hundreds of years, only recently implemented, with conditions, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. It must be held to the letter, spirit, and intention of the Declaration.

The federal government has betrayed its obligation, under the Public Trust Doctrine, to protect the air, land, water, and wildlife that belong to all, in common. We stand against hydraulic fracking of oil and gas and the infrastructure that supports it. We demand that fossil fuels be left in the ground. We are fighting for a rapid, just shift to a renewable energy future that prioritizes the needs and recognizes the past sacrifices of front line peoples who have suffered first and worst from environmental destruction and racism.

We uphold the validity of indigenous treaty rights, nonviolent civil disobedience, and the protection of nature and natural resources without which our lives and the viability and beauty of the natural world are imminently threatened by corporations guided solely by profit, and local, state, and federal authorities in alliance with them.

We concur with the call of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues for a “fair, independent, impartial, open, and transparent process to resolve this serious issue [construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline] and to avoid escalation into violence and further human rights abuses.”

We unequivocally support the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and more than 200 other tribes from North and South America who have gathered in unity and in unprecedented numbers to peacefully and prayerfully oppose construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. We acknowledge that, indeed, Indigenous Peoples were the first climate justice activists.

If constructed, this 1,100-mile, $3.8 billion pipeline would move 400,000 barrels of crude oil from the Bakken oil fields of North Dakota through South Dakota, Iowa, and Illinois, and beneath hundreds of streams, tributaries, and rivers, including the 2,431-mile Missouri River, which provides drinking water to millions. Construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline has begun without the required environmental review procedures. It is violating the historic rights of the Standing Rock Sioux and other tribes, including the right to clean water, and the protection of sacred burial and other ancient cultural sites guaranteed by the Native American Religious Freedom Act of 1978. In addition, the Dakota Access Pipeline project violates agreements made by the U.S. Government with the Great Sioux Nation in the Treaties of Fort Laramie of 1851, 1859, and 1868.

As a climate justice organization, we understand that construction of fossil fuel pipelines endangers the future of Indigenous peoples, humanity as a whole, and the living systems of the Earth. We understand that climate change is a social, racial, and economic justice issue. We stand with the Native American youth of Standing Rock who, courageously and with great foresight, are standing with their elders to protect the waters and lands of the Great Plains, down to the seventh generation.

Bronx Climate Justice North stands with fellow Bronx climate and environmental justice advocates as they stand with Standing Rock. We stand with the growing number of cities, civil society organizations, religious communities, and other non-Indigenous allies that stand with Standing Rock.

We demand an immediate cessation to the destruction of the commons and of sacred Native American burial and cultural sites. We demand an immediate cessation to the abusive, harassing, unconstitutional, and militarized police and private security response to the peaceful Standing Rock protectors – we demand the immediate, respectful restoration and protection of their First Amendment rights. We demand justice, human rights, security, and clean air, lands, and waters for our Native American brothers and sisters and for ourselves.

This is a fight for us all. We are undivided in our need for safe water, safe food, a livable climate, and human rights. We demand a living, vibrant future for our planet. We will continue to resist, and we will support the Standing Rock resistance, until the Dakota Access Pipeline project is terminated.



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BCJN Needs Your Help… it’s easy, with GoFundMe! Great thanks for donating and spreading the word, via social media and email…


Dear friends of BCJN:

Please help us raise funds as we move into our third year by donating to our GoFundMe campaign, here:

It takes just moments, and is completely secure. 

As important as donating… spreading the word of this fundraising campaign to anyone you know, in NYC, the U.S., or overseas, who would be keen to help a grassroots climate justice organization!

With great thanks,

The BCJN Steering Committee

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POSTPONED, STAY TUNED: Ramapough Lenape: Solidarity with #NoDAPL in the fight against the Pilgrim pipeline–Sept. 25 (stay tuned for new date)


Co-sponsored by Bronx Climate Justice North

Facebook event page HERE

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Settling in for the long haul with the protectors of the Great Plains–#NoDAPL #MniWiconi #WaterIsLife


The news from Standing Rock comes in daily. Stay with it:

Democracy Now!

Indigenous Environmental Network

Indian Country Today Media Network

Act with Bronx Climate Justice North in Solidarity with #NoDAPL

Thursday, Sept 15, 5:30-7 pm, TD Bank, 281 W. 230th St, Kingsbridge section of the Bronx

Details for BCJN’s action, HERE.

What else?

12 ways you can help the Standing Rock Sioux and more than 100 other Native tribes (#NoDAPL movement) fight the Dakota Access Pipeline:

1. Call North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple at 701-328-2200. You can leave a message stating your thoughts.

2. Sign the petition to the White House to Stop DAPL:…/stop-construction-dakota…

3. Donate to support the Sacred Stone Spirit Camp and the Red Warrior Camp. Details here:

4. Call the White House at (202) 456-1111 or (202) 456-1414. Tell President Obama to rescind the Army Corps of Engineers Permit for the Dakota Access Pipeline.

5. Contribute to the Sacred Stone Camp Legal Defense Fund:

6. Contribute to the Sacred Stone Camp gofundme account:

7. Call the Army Corps of Engineers and demand that they reverse the permit: (202) 761-5903

8. Sign other petitions asking President Obama to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline. Here’s the latest:

9. Call the executives of the companies that are building the pipeline:

a. Lee Hanse
Executive Vice President
Energy Transfer Partners, L.P.
800 E Sonterra Blvd #400
San Antonio, Texas 78258
Telephone: (210) 403-6455

b. Glenn Emery
Vice President
Energy Transfer Partners, L.P.
800 E Sonterra Blvd #400
San Antonio, Texas 78258
Telephone: (210) 403-6762

c. Michael (Cliff) Waters
Lead Analyst
Energy Transfer Partners, L.P.
1300 Main St.
Houston, Texas 77002
Telephone: (713) 989-2404

10. Find, join, and organize a local solidarity rally:

11. Rally in solidarity with all of NYC: Friday, Sept. 9, 5 pm, Washington Square Park, details HERE

12. Don’t miss the Black Lives Matter #NoDAPL Solidarity Statement


Echoes of 50 years past: Attack dogs are set on peaceful indigenous protectors defending ancient, sacred burial sites on the N. Dakota plain, September 3, 2016. Democracy Now! was there.


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#NODAPL Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Sues the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to Halt Dakota Access Pipeline and Protect “Sacred Waters”


Thousands of Native American brothers and sisters are taking part in a spirit camp and rolling direct actions at the northern border of the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota to prevent construction of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). There have been scores of arrests, and in mid-August, the protesters succeeded in gaining a construction halt on a portion of the pipeline. On Wednesday, August 24, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe filed suit in Washington D.C. against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to protect their water and land from the pipeline and halt its construction. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the International Indian Treaty Council have filed an urgent communication to the United Nations citing human rights violations resulting from the pipeline construction. As the action grows, the Sioux have been joined by Comanche, Navaho, Northern Cheyenne and other tribes from Indian Country, as well as by non-native allies.

The Dakota Access Pipeline is a new, 1,172-mile proposed pipeline across the Midwest that would carry 570,000 barrels of oil per day from the Bakken region of northwest N. Dakota to a refinery in Illinois. From there the refined oil would be transported to the East Coast and the Gulf of Mexico. In addition to the danger from oil spills, the pipeline would bring 250,000 tons of carbon per day into the atmosphere.

Occupying the prairie – tensions rise as tribes move to block a pipeline – New York Times

‘For as long as it takes’ – The Guardian

Native activist Winona LaDuke: ‘Pipeline company Enbridge has no right to destroy our future’ – Democracy Now!

Standing Rock Sioux Chairman: Dakota Access Pipeline is ‘threatening the lives of my tribe’ – Democracy Now!




#NODAPL defending the Missouri River



#KeepItInTheGround #NODAPL


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Mount Holyoke Climate Justice Coalition By The Numbers

Need a sense of the brilliance, courage, joy, and determination of the student fossil fuel divestment movement? Please see this blog post by the Mount Holyoke College Climate Justice Coalition for an insight into the blood, sweat, and tears this band of students is pouring into their sophisticated and energetic effort to persuade the powers that be at Mount Holyoke that their future is jeopardized by their college’s investments. Please “like” and follow the MHC Divest Facebook page. Please seek ways to give active and material support to the divestment group at the college or university you graduated from, or to divestment groups at local colleges and universities. To learn more, go to the website of’s global Fossil Free campaign.


Mount Holyoke Climate Justice Coalition

Years active: 4

Hours of work: 500+

Number of MHC students who voted yes to divest from fossil fuels (in 2014 student referendum): 1,049

Number of teach-ins organized: 2

Number of organizing retreats and trainings: 12

Number of meeting locations over 4 years: 3 (you can now find us in the Mead Common Room! Time and date for Fall 2016 is TBD)

Number of student orgs with whom we have collaborated: 8

Number of coalitions/partnerships (with groups like the Seven Sisters Coalition for Fossil Fuel Divestment and the Responsible Endowments Coalition): 9

Number of banners painted and signs made: 5 and countless

Number of articles in on- and off-campus media about divestment at Mount Holyoke: 5+

Number of large protests attended: 6 (including Forward on Climate and the People’s Climate March)

Number of miles walked in climate protests: 100+

Number of CJC organizers arrested at XL Dissent:…

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The Movement for Black Lives: “We believe it is time to forge a new covenant.”


Please read the new Platform for the Movement for Black Lives.

Los Angeles Times, August 1, 2016


#MillionsMarchNYC occupies City Hall Park in New York City on August 1, 2016 (Photo: Drew Angerer AFP/Getty Images)

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We say we want a REVOLUTION!


On Sunday, July 24, on the eve of the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, more than 10,000 took to the streets to March for a Clean Energy Revolution. With the DNC occurring in Pennsylvania, the March shone a spotlight on the fracking that has ravaged the state.


At the head of the 10,000-strong March for a Clean Energy Revolution, Philadelphia, PA, July 24, 2016

Targetting elected leaders at the Democratic National Convention, the march, endorsed by BCJN, called for:

  • A ban on fracking and other unconventional extreme fossil fuel extraction methods – we must keep fossil fuels in the ground!
  • A halt to the rapid and reckless expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure including gas and oil pipelines, frack sand mining, wastewater injection wells, gas storage facilities, fossil fuel power plants, bomb trains, and other dirty infrastructure across the United States.
  • A ban on the export of liquefied natural gas (LNG), a halt to the approval of export facilities, and a continuation of the ban on crude oil exports.
  • A stop to other dirty energy sources including incineration, nuclear power, and biomass.
  • Environmental justice for all to end the disproportionate impacts on low-income communities and communities of color.
  • Swift action to invest in solar, wind and other clean energy power sources and energy efficiency measures across the United States so that we can transition quickly to a 100% renewable energy economy.
  • A just transition for workers who are employed by the fossil fuel industry, and policies to ensure that the new renewable energy economy provides living wage jobs and benefits communities across the country.

For our future and our children’s future, we must stop the expansion and reliance on fossil fuels and instead swiftly advance renewable energy. Renewables and efficiency are the clean energy solutions we need to combat climate change and create millions of new jobs that will strengthen our economy. With the eyes of the world on Philadelphia, now is the time for us to come together as a united national movement.

Please see coverage of the March on Democracy Now!




Phone-banking in Brooklyn in the days leading up to the March.


Patrick Robbins of Sane Energy Project works at a March art build organized by colleague Kim Fraczek.

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July 17: Hunts Point, Bronx, #StopTheViolence #Rage&Love #BlackLivesMatter #NoJusticeNoPeace


At 4 pm on a hot July afternoon, the second anniversary of Eric Garner’s murder by police chokehold, we came together for Black Lives Matter and for an end to broken windows policing, poverty, gentrification, unemployment and all the forms of violence endlessly perpetrated against the people of the South Bronx.

Organizing groups for #StoptheViolence#OrganizeYoBlock included: Mothers on the Move, The Rebel Diaz Arts Collective, The Laundromat Project, The BLK ProjeK, The Point CDC, Bronx Climate Justice North, and more. We rallied with speakers and drumming at Hunts Point Plaza, old and young, all colors, all ages, all parts of the Bx, before marching through largely residential streets of the S. Bx, ending at the 41st precinct on Longwood.

Please stay tuned for more organizing for #BronxJustice. Huge thank you to Ben Meyers of the NYC National Lawyers Guild, who participated as legal observer at very short notice.

#DelrawnSmall #AltonSterling #PhilandoCastile #EricGarner #3dead3days #NoJusticeNoPeace

Photos: Erik R. McGregor


Rodrigo Starz, Rebel Diaz Arts Collective


Claudia De la Cruz


Mother Loyda Morales, Church of the Mediator, Kingsbridge


Claude Copeland, NW Bx Community & Clergy Coalition



Kazembe Balagun





NYPD 41st precinct, Longwood Ave



Why we march – Carlos Sabater. Photo by his mother, Lisa Ortega, 7/19/16



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The Movement for Black Lives: Take the Pledge


Take the Pledge – click this link.


Our Movement is under attack. Many want us to stop moving forward. Show them that we can’t stop. Stand with the Movement for Black Lives.

Why is this important?

Guided by love, we continue to stand together for justice, human dignity and our shared goal of ending all forms of state violence against Black people. We organize, occupy, demonstrate, march and chant for a new future: A future we can be proud of. We stand on the shoulders of our ancestors, who fought for their freedom and ours. Like them, we want a world where our lives matter.

We want an end to the war being waged on Black people, in all its forms. Some people fear change, and that’s ok. Many will attempt to halt our progress. That is not ok. Some will continue their attempts to undermine us, but we will remain undeterred.

For far too long, our unjust deaths have meant business as usual in this country. No more.

Our work remains undone until our lives are free of violence. That is the future we imagine.

Until that day comes:
We pledge togetherness— we will not allow ourselves to be divided.
We pledge to allow our thinking and actions to be guided by love.
We pledge to bring courage and power into our communities, and stop their flow out.
We pledge not to be controlled by fear, but instead by our dreams.

Join us, and pledge to do the same: Stand with the Movement for Black Lives.

And BCJN recommended reading: Policing isn’t working for cops either from Waging Nonviolence



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