NYC CALL TO ACTION: WE STAND WITH #STANDINGROCK — 11/15, U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS, NY DISTRICT

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TAKE ACTION:

Please join an urgent, national, coordinated day of action in solidarity with the No Dakota Access Pipeline-#NoDAPL movement called by 350.org (the global climate justice mobilization organization) and Indigenous and environmental partners at the request of Honor the Earth, the Indigenous Environmental Network and others.

On Tuesday, November 15, district offices of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will hear our voices as we stand with Standing Rock. The Army Corps of Engineers granted the construction permits for the Dakota Access Pipeline. The Obama Administration has the power to revoke the permits and stop the pipeline at any time. This is part of a broader wave of action targetting decision-makers and stakeholders at every level, including banks that are funding the pipeline, politicians, and the mainstream media.

We demand that Indigenous rights, treaties, sovereignty, and self-determination be honored. We demand that the U.S. Justice Department begin a formal investigation of human rights abuses at Standing Rock. We demand the protection of water everywhere. We demand that fossil fuels be kept in the ground. We demand that the Obama Administration and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers immediately and permanently cease construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline and the AIM pipeline in New York.

**** EVENT DETAILS–11/15:

Please visit the Facebook event page for this action, one of more than 200 on 11/15, a national, coordinated day of actions at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers district offices.

This event will be peaceful and family-friendly, and will happen RAIN OR SHINE.

4:00 PM — Assemble at Foley Square (southern end of Thomas Paine Park), 111 Worth St in lower Manhattan, for an Indigenous-led Opening Ceremony, speakers, performers, a brief on-site action training, etc.

5:00-on — Those wishing to engage in civil disobedience will be able to do so; those in support will be nearby. We will continue to rally and hear from speakers.

Speakers include: 

Tara Houska, Standing Rock spokesperson, National Campaigns Director, Honor the Earth, Bernie Sanders presidential campaign Indigenous liaison

Roberto Mukaro Borrero, United Confederation of Taino People

Crystal Migwans, NYC Stands with Standing Rock

Pastor Doug Cunningham, New Day Church, Bronx, recently returned from Standing Rock

Michael Zweig, U.S. Labor Against the War

Courtney Williams, Resist Spectra

**** PRE-EVENT TRAINING–11/14:

Monday, Nov 14, 6-9 PM, Riverside Church (South Hall), Riverside Drive between 120/122nd St on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.

You are invited to participate in a pre-event training to prepare for the #NoDAPL 11/15 event and for future Resist Spectra actions (opposing the AIM pipeline, our local pipeline struggle). Our experienced trainers will coach us in: organizing, how to be ‘leaderful’ at the action, roles, know your rights, and legal issues. There will be practice time.

BACKGROUND:

Over the past week, thousands of peaceful and prayerful water protectors in North Dakota have been subjected to further dehumanizing attacks, including heavily armed, militarized police in riot gear and armored vehicles using rubber bullets at point blank range, pepper spray, concussion grenades, tasers, and sound cannons. Horses have been shot, and just in the past week, 141 protectors have been arrested. Many have been strip searched, held in dog kennels, and marked with numbers on their bodies. For the most part, the mainstream media has been silent as these atrocities have been perpetrated against American citizens on American soil.

If completed, the $3.8 billion, 1,100-mile Dakota Access Pipeline would carry 500,000 barrels of crude oil per day from North Dakota’s fracking fields to Illinois. It would pass directly through the sacred lands of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and under the Missouri River, the water source for more than 12 million people.

The pipeline is a direct threat to the life, rights, and water of the Standing Rock Sioux, thousands of whom have been peacefully resisting its construction for months. In a historic show of unity, hundreds of tribes and many non-Indigenous allies have joined this struggle. They are dedicated to peacefully protecting the water and standing up for Indigenous rights, self-determination, and sovereignty. Those engaging in peaceful resistance at Standing Rock understand, too, that all fossil fuel projects must be stopped if there is to be any hope of averting runaway climate change.

Please join us on Tuesday, November 15, as we stand with Standing Rock–#NoDAPL. This is a struggle for Indigenous rights and sovereignty, for protection of sacred waters everywhere, and for climate justice and an end to fossil fuel extraction.

Co-sponsors:

350 Brooklyn
350 NJ
350 NYC
Beloved Earth of Riverside Church
Blauvelt Dominican Sisters
Bohio Atabei Jaguar-Inaruono Yuka Aroa Guaribono
Bronx Climate Justice North (a 350.org affiliate)
Brooklyn for Peace
Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture-Ethical Action Co.
Camp Kinderland
Campaign for Peace and Democracy
ClimateMama
Coalition to Ban Unsafe Oil Trains
Dominican Sisters in Committed Collaboration
Eagle and Condor Community Center (Astoria)
Essex County Green Party
Food & Water Watch
Guerrilla Republik New York Chapter
Hackensack Riverkeeper
Indigenous Peoples Power Project (IP3)
Jewish Climate Action Network
Labor for Standing Rock
New Day Church
Noble 9 Collective
NYC International Socialist Organization
NYC Stands with Standing Rock Collective-(NYC Indigenous academics and students organizing solidarity & support from Lenape territory for the Standing Rock Sioux Defenders.)
PCM-NY (People’s Climate Movement-NY)
Ramapough Lenape Nation
Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
Roseland Against the Compressor Station
Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Network
Sane Energy Project
Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter
Socialist Action
South Bronx Unite
The Peace Poets
The Ruckus Society
United Confederation of Taino People
United Urban Warrior Society, NYC Chapter
U.S. Labor Against the War – New York City Chapter
WE ACT for Environmental Justice
World Can’t Wait

To sign up for this action on the 350.org national Action Center website for 11/15, please go here: https://actionnetwork.org/events/nyc-call-to-action-we-stand-with-standingrock

And to sign up on the Rising Tide/FANG national Action Center website for 11/15, please go here: https://actionnetwork.org/events/nyc-call-to-action-we-stand-with-standingrock-2?link_id=7&can_id=9785037f8174bd555348a62aaef53c48&source=email-answering-the-call-to-action-for-standing-rock-solidarity&email_referrer=answering-the-call-to-action-for-standing-rock-solidarity&email_subject=answering-the-call-to-action-for-standing-rock-solidarity&zipcode=10463&country=US

(Art credit: Isaac Murdoch, Ojibway artist, Onaman Collective)

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About JenniferS.

A founding member of Bronx Climate Justice North.
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