As Native-led resistance at Standing Rock to the Dakota Access Pipeline continues, people across the country have done their part to keep up the pressure by organizing actions in solidarity. Below are reports compiled from Liberation News from some of these demonstrations.
On Sept. 9, about 500 protesters gathered in Washington Square Park in New York City in solidarity with the resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline at the Sacred Stone Camp in North Dakota. Thousands have traveled from across the country to support the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s fight against the pipeline. The pipeline was designed to transfer up to 400,000 barrels of Bakken crude oil from North Dakota to Illinois, and was expected to snake narrowly close to the Missouri River, the tribe’s main water supply. The government did not consult with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe when the permits for building were approved by the department of engineers.
On Sept. 9, one thousand people came out on the streets of Chicago to stand in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in their struggle against the Dakota Access Pipeline in Cannon Ball, ND. It was an evening of prayer, speech, dance and struggle, led by the newly formed NoDAPLChicago Coalition. The action was mostly Native, but featured a host of multinational supporters coming from different struggles and backgrounds. This multinational character was remarked on by many speakers as being a prime source of strength, especially when fighting against billion dollar corporations with enormous resources as their disposal.
Hundreds of protesters gathered outside the White House to oppose the Dakota Access Pipeline and show solidarity with the heroic Native resistance at Standing Rock.