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Deconstructing Thanksgiving at Standing Rock

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"With their heroic stand to deconstruct the Dakota Access pipeline, the indigenous tribes gathered at Standing Rock are also deconstructing Thanksgiving." (Photo: Joe Brusky/Overpass Light Brigade/flickr/cc)

  • With their heroic stand to deconstruct the Dakota Access pipeline, the indigenous tribesgathered at Standing Rock are also deconstructing Thanksgiving. And they are showing us a path for the future that should inspire us for the difficult times ahead: a future based on respect for Mother Earth and all species, cooperation, generosity, nonviolence, humility and love.
  • Related: A Pipeline Fight and America's Dark Past

Medea Benjamin, Common Dreams

November 24, 2016 | It is with a heavy heart that I travel to Standing Rock to give thanks and serve meals to the water protectors who, in the freezing weather, have braved attack dogs, tear gas, water cannons, rubber bullets, percussion grenades and other forms of state-sanctioned violence. This Thanksgiving comes on the heels of a particularly heart-wrenching day, Nov. 21, when over 150 activists were injured, receiving treatment for hypothermia, contamination by tear gas, and traumas from rubber bullets. One activist, 21-year-old Sophia Wilansky, will spend the holiday undergoing a third surgery on her shattered arm that was ripped apart by an exploding concussion grenade.

It is appalling that these fierce attacks against peaceful activists are happening under President Barack Obama’s watch, and these water protectors are anticipating even greater repression when Donald Trump gets to the White House. During the campaign, Trump promised to roll back regulations on the fossil fuel industry and unleash “a treasure trove of untapped energy.”

Medea Benjamin (medea@globalexchange.org), co-founder of Global Exchange and CODEPINK: Women for Peace,and author of a forthcoming book on Saudi Arabia, Kingdom of the Unjust. Her previous books include: Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control; Don’t Be Afraid Gringo: A Honduran Woman Speaks from the Heart, and (with Jodie Evans) Stop the Next War Now (Inner Ocean Action Guide).

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A Pipeline Fight and America's Dark PastBill McKibben,  New Yorker Magazine 

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The events at Standing Rock also allow Americans to realize who some of the nation’s most important leaders really are. The fight for environmental sanity—against pipelines and coal ports and other fossil-fuel infrastructure—has increasingly been led by Native Americans, many of whom are in that Dakota camp today. They speak with real authority—no one else has lived on this continent for the longterm. They see the nation’s history more clearly than anyone else, and its possible future as well. 

For once, after all these centuries, it’s time to look through their eyes. History offers us no chances to completely erase our mistakes. Occasionally, though, we do get a chance to show we learned something.

Bill McKibben is Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College and co-founder of 350.org. His most recent book is Earth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet.

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Shock, anger, intense sadness, disappointment. Fear. These are all natural reactions to the election of Donald Trump.

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  • Take Action:

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Take%20Action%20button%20with%20arrows.jpg • Organize a local action on or around November 19 to take a stand for justice and to remember those we have lost as a result of violence, racism, hatred and bigotry.

• Join the inauguration protests in Washington, DC in January 2017.

  • Related: Call to Action: The Repression Continues so the Resistance can't Stop!

SOA Watch

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November 9, 2016 | Unfortunately, immigration and foreign policy are two of the areas which the President has a lot of power to shape. Trump has vowed to scapegoat immigrants, refugees, asylum-seekers, and Muslims for the failures of this unjust system.

We must start now in partnering with and standing up with those that are most vulnerable to suffer because of this misplaced fear, frustration, and hatred. Reach out to local immigrant rights groups. Let's build and/or strengthen our sanctuary cities. Let's regroup, and reflect with our faith communities about how to help protect refugees, forced to come here because of imperialist policies in the first place. Let's offer solidarity to the Muslim community, not just in word, but in deed.

In the days ahead, let us build community and stand up against hate, white supremacy, fascism, xenophobia and misogyny. Today, tomorrow, and next week, we must organize. We must be prepared to take dramatic action against mass deportations and attacks on immigrants and Muslims. We must be prepared to organize and act against nuclear build-up and increase our work to build bridges, not walls.

Take Action:

• Organize a local action on or around November 19 to take a stand for justice and to remember those we have lost as a result of violence, racism, hatred and bigotry.

• Join the inauguration protests in Washington, DC in January 2017.

P.S. A piece of good news: Racist Sherrif Joe Arpaio, whose police force in Maricopa county, Arizona, has been repeatedly found to practice racial profiling, and who faces criminal charges, has been defeated in yesterday's election due to grassroots organizing power!

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Call to Action: The Repression Continues so the Resistance can't Stop! SOA Watch

Saturday, November 19, 2016: Converge in your community and at the gates of Fort Benning, Georgia.

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#NoDAPL: Native Americans and our Constitution are under assault

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  • Native Americans and our Constitution are under assault
  • Now that you see what water protectors are up against in North Dakota, here’s what you can do to help.
  • Part 1: #NoDAPL Signature needed: Stop the injustice at Standing Rock
  • Part 2: 5 Things You Need to Know About the Dakota Access Pipeline Protests

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Part 1: Signature needed: Stop the injustice at Standing Rock

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Josh Nelson, CREDO Action

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Stop%20Dakota%20Pipeline.jpgNovember 4, 2016 | The First Amendment is under attack along the Dakota Access pipeline route in North Dakota. Police and private security forces outfitted in riot gear and armed with assault weapons have unleashed dogs, pepper spray and rubber bullets on peaceful Native Americans and their allies.

Overzealous law enforcement officials in North Dakota have jailed journalists and celebrities who were exercising their constitutionally protected right to free speech and the press by documenting police attacks on protesters. Just last week, militarized law enforcement arrested more than 140 people who were peacefully resisting the pipeline’s construction. Many of those arrested were reportedly detained in dog kennels.1

Josh Nelson, Deputy Political Director, CREDO Action from Working Assets

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Part 2: 5 Things You Need to Know About the Dakota Access Pipeline Protests

Now that you see what water protectors are up against in North Dakota, here’s what you can do to help.

Nick Bernabe, Activist Post

http://www.activistpost.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/dakota-access-pipeline-protests.jpgOctober 28, 2016 | A small Standing Rock Sioux site in North Dakota called the Sacred Stone Camp has been propelled into the national news narrative following their stand against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Due in part to independent media coverage of the ongoing standoff, the Sacred Stone camp has grown into a formidable opposition against the $3.8 billion, 1,200-mile long pipeline.

Due to misinformation coming from law-enforcement, political favoritism toward the pipeline builders, and the media’s blatant reluctance to report on the pipeline, it’s hard to tell truth from fiction. Anti-Media, along with our partners in the independent media and our embedded journalist at the opposition encampment, have been covering the unfolding standoff continuously. Here are five things you need to know.

Nick Bernabe is an activist, journalist, social media guru and defender of independent media. He also helped start and promote the global March Against Monsanto and the No War With Syria Rallies. He helped promote and organize the March Against Corruption, March Against Mainstream Media, and the Rallies to End The Fed. Nick is the founder of TheAntiMedia.org, a social network and news outlet for independent journalists and news junkies and host of The Anti-Media radio show.

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