Hi, I'm Morgan and the fellow next to me is my father Larry. We are asking for help to chronicle events that will take place this weekend at Standing Rock North Dakota.
Mainstream media has abdicated its responsibility. Standing Rock is the biggest story in North America, but where is the coverage? If the media is one of the pillars of a just and democratic society, then our culture is in trouble unless we take responsibility to do the job that big media no longer has the stomach for.
Veterans “Deploy” To Dakota Access Pipeline To Support Standing Rock Sioux
It's a 50/50 chance that if you stop someone on the street and ask them about “Standing Rock” they'll know what you’re talking about. You can be forgiven for not knowing because the mainstream media where most of us get our news have almost completely ignored this story. It would appear that the Fossil Fuel Industry are attempting to jam this time bomb (called The Black Snake by the Lakota Tribe) down the throats of Native Americans living near the almost completed Pipeline. After being told to get lost by the people of Bismark North Dakota (they didn’t want the Pipeline near their town) the Army Corp of Engineers decided to cut through land and under water that the locals claim as their own. The Natives have never recognized any land sales since the Treaty of Laramie in 1868 whereby the land was ceded to them by the U.S. government. Today the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) has hired its own security force plus they are backed by a militarized Police presence from several states. The people have responded with their own peaceful protests and call themselves “Water Protectors”. Since September they have been beaten with batons, had dogs sicced on them, been tear gassed, maced, tasered, and endured sound cannons as well as flash grenades exploding all around them. All these folks want is to keep their water and the environment where they live safe for themselves and future generations. They are fighting for all of us and we feel very strongly that they deserve our support.
We are leaving for Standing Rock on Friday Dec. 2nd by car expecting to arrive there on Saturday evening. We are there to offer support to the Native People and to cover this story from a Canadian perspective. We will be filing reports to “ThatChannel.com” and if possible will broadcast some live reports via Facebook Live. Please donate whatever you can and SHARE this post as widely as possible.
- With thanks, Morgan and Larry
Hundreds of veterans from various branches of the United States military have scheduled a “deployment” to show support for Standing Rock
Sioux in North Dakota. A Facebook event
titled “Veterans for Standing Rock” has been scheduled for December 4
through December 7. Over 200 veterans have responded to an invitation to
travel to the site of the Dakota Pipeline protests to join the ranks of
the ever-growing protest.
The Facebook page is now being used to organize the logistics of the
protest. Ridesharing registration and financial assistance is being
provided for veterans that wish to join. The founder of the event, Wes
Clark Jr., issued this message to supporters via the Facebook page:
“Bring Body armor, gas masks, earplugs AND shooting
mufflers (we may be facing a sound cannon) but no drugs, alcohol or
The protests have garnered international attention and celebrity
support. However, Clark states that a veteran presence is needed to give
the protestors more legitimacy. Clark told Task & Purpose.
“Most civilians who’ve never served in a uniform are
gutless worms who’ve never been in a fight in their life,” So if we
don’t stop it, who will?”
The Dakota Access Pipeline will transport approximately half a
million barrels of crude oil underneath the Missouri River everyday.
Indigenous people fear that the pipeline and its construction could
cause millions of people who depend on the Missouri River for potable
water to go thirsty.
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