You may have been hearing about this growing protest over the quick approval of this pipeline that goes from North Dakota to Illinois and the way it has ignored the rights of Native Americans and almost certainly will damage the environment and water of the area. That by itself is enough, but there is so much more to this.
This is a battle now for the planet in a similar way that Keystone was and this is just another way oil interests are trying to get around the failure of Keystone XL to get approved. And the collusion and corruption involved in this shows that private economic interests are still quite willing to compromise our water and the sustainability of all living things for short-term profits.
Taken from Diablo Rising Tide background info for this event on Thursday that is part of two weeks of Solidarity actions across the country:
The “Dakota Access” Pipeline (DAPL) is a $3.8B, 1,100 mile fracked-oil pipeline currently under construction from the Bakken shale fields of North Dakota to Peoria, Illinois. DAPL is slated to cross Lakota Treaty Territory at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation where it would be laid underneath the Missouri River, the longest river on the continent.
Construction of the DAPL would engender a renewed fracking frenzy in the Bakken shale region, and endanger a source of fresh water for the Standing Rock Sioux and 8 million people living downstream. DAPL would also impact many sites that are sacred to the Standing Rock Sioux and other indigenous nations.
This has become, according to one tribal leader, the largest gathering of Native American tribes in over 150 years. Others from all over the country are joining every day. Support is poring in from all over the world.
On Thursday, people will meet at McKesson Plaza and there will be a March through SF. Facebook event site
Please Note there is an additional Protest at 10:00am at the SF office of the US Army Corp of Engineers Office at 1455 Market St. (near Civic Center BART) where the sign-on letter and petitions will be delivered locally.
And there are some plans forming for a NVCD event following the March in the afternoon.
Other things You Can Do In Support:
Spread messages of opposition to the pipeline: #NoDAPL
Donate for supplies here
Donate to the legal defense fund here
Sign a petition to stop the pipeline here
See an interactive map of the Dakota Access Pipeline financial backers here
For more information:
Market and Montgomery
San Francisco, CA 94104
Google map and directions