in December 2016, Chamisa Local Council issued the following statement regarding the Standing Rock protests. Although the Social Justice Committee only just heard about it, we are publishing it at the request of Chamisa.
We who hold the earth and her waters sacred do object in the strongest terms to all attempts to forcibly disperse the water protectors who have gathered in North Dakota to stop construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
It is shameful that law enforcement and private security have resorted to the use of rubber bullets, water hoses in sub-freezing temperatures, concussion grenades and chemical weapons. It is even more shameful that national media attention only came after a severe injury to a white ally, Sophia Wilansky. The struggles for indigenous sovereignty and the integrity of our environment are some of the most critical issues facing our society today.
The attempted eviction of peaceful protesters from their own lands, which was scheduled for December 5th, is the latest in a series of actions by the government and the oil companies involved in pipeline construction to ignore the treaties which protect the sacred lands of the Standing Rock people.
We oppose such actions, and stand in solidarity with the Standing Rock people.
We ask the members of our communities, and all people of conscience, to take the following actions:
- Stay informed. This story is not being consistently covered in the popular press. There are several Facebook groups devoted to the protests, and alternative outlets such as Democracy Now have better coverage.
- Support local indigenous people who are traveling to the Standing Rock encampment in support.
- Support the protests directly, either by making donations of money or donations in kind to the camps, or by calling local and national officials to protest. The following link contains several good suggestions for either kind of action: http://thefreethoughtproject.com/10-protest-dakota-access-pipeline/
~Members of the Chamisa Local Council of the Covenant of the Goddess.
Neither a wise man nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him.
–Dwight D. Eisenhowe