On November 20th the police and National Guard violently attacked peaceful water protectors at Standing Rock. Police used tear gas, rubber bullets, pepper spray, sound grenades, and sprayed them with water cannons in subfreezing conditions, hundreds of people were injured. You can read more about the what happened here.
On #NoBlackSnakeFriday, the Obama Administration issued an eviction notice to the Oceti Sakowin encampments at Standing Rock. The eviction notice came as a letter from the US Army Corps of Engineers to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, informing them that on Dec. 5th, it will “close” all lands north of the Cannonball River, where the Oceti Sakowin encampment is located.
Solidarity Efforts are Needed Now More Than Ever
We call on all people of conscience, from all Nations, to join the encampments and stand with us by December 5 as we put our bodies in front of the machines.
We call on allies across the world to take action EVERY DAY starting December 1.
The financial footing of the Dakota Access Pipeline is in jeopardy if they do not complete the project by January 1st. If this deadline is missed, a majority of the stakeholders with contracts to ship oil through the pipeline will be able to renegotiate or cancel their contracts. This could be devastating to Energy Transfer Partners and the other pipeline companies behind DAPL.
We are calling for a month of solidarity beginning with a Global Day of Action on December 1st. We are asking people to target the banks funding Dakota Access Pipeline and the Sheriff Departments that have been brutalizing peaceful water protectors.
Take Action Against the Banks
We are calling for direct actions, demonstrations and other disruptions targeting the banks behind the pipeline. We also ask that people use this date to close their accounts with these banks. Here is a guide on how to close and switch your bank account.
In August, a group of banks agreed to lend $2.5 billion to Dakota Access. But $1.4 billion of this loan is still on hold until the Army Corps grants the final permits for the pipeline. This means that there is still time for the banks involved in this loan to cut their line of credit.
TD Bank and Citi Bank are two of the main banks on this loan, but we need to target all of the lenders involved:
Pressure Sheriff Departments to Withdraw from Standing Rock
Sheriff Departments and Police Departments from across the Midwest have sent officers to violently attack and suppress Water Protectors.
We are calling on these Departments to permanently withdraw their officers from Standing Rock. The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office withdrew after facing protests in Minneapolis.
Here is a list of Sheriff and Police Departments that have deployed at Standing Rock:
Morton County Sheriff Department
Michigan City Police Department
Michigan City, IN
North Dakota Highway Patrol
Offices across North Dakota
Hammond Police Department
Munster Police Department
Griffith Police Department
Anoka County Sheriff’s Office
Washington County Sheriff’s Office
Marathon County Sheriff’s Department
La Porte County Sheriff’s Office
La Porte, IN
Newton County Sheriff’s Office
South Dakota Highway Patrol
Jasper County Sheriff
Lake County Sheriff Sheriff’s Department
Crown Point, IN
Laramie County Sheriff’s Department
Wyoming Highway Patrol
Ohio State Highway Patrol
Nebraska Emergency Management Agency