This Thankstaking, the Struggle for Indigenous Rights Continues
Earlier this week police and the National Guard violently attacked peaceful water protectors at Standing Rock who have been resisting the U.S. government’s plan to install an oil pipeline that would run through an area of Sioux land that is of utmost cultural, spiritual, and environmental significance.
Police used tear gas, rubber bullets, pepper spray, and sound grenades as well as spraying the protectors with water cannons in subfreezing conditions, injuring hundreds of people.
The financial footing of the Dakota Access Pipeline is in jeopardy if they do not complete the project by January 1, meaning solidarity efforts are needed now more than ever.
Here is how you can get involved.
- Register for From Palestine to the Pipeline webinar on Tuesday, December 6 at 5:30pm PST/7:30pm CST/8:30pm EST. The webinar will feature Indigenous activists as well as a report from the Palestinian Youth Movement (PYM) delegation to Standing Rock, an effort to link indigenous struggles against settler colonialism, genocide, displacement, relocation, and environmental destruction to homelands.
- Sign up for PYM’s next caravan to Standing Rock, Journey for Justice, to show support with the Lakota, Dakota,and Nakota people. The caravan will take place during a three week period starting December 15, 2016 through January 5, 2017. PYM is calling on Palestinian solidarity organizations and activists to join them.
- Join No Dakota Access Pipeline Global Day of Action on December 1. The call is for people to target the banks funding the pipeline and the Sheriff Departments that have been brutalizing peaceful water protectors.
While working to end all US support for Israeli settler colonialism that continues to steal the land and resources of the indigenous Palestinian population, it is essential for Palestinian rights activists here to recognize the settler colonial nature of the United States and challenge the continuing denial of the rights of Native nations and their people.