Solidarity with Standing Rock

The fight is not over, but Standing Rock is winning!

“This is a turning point, and this is a real victory, for us as Native people that have lived through genocide. And we’re still here! And we’ve never changed our story over 500 years: that you have to take care of the Earth. So that she can take care of us."

- Kandi Mossett, Indiegnous Environmental Network

On Sunday afternoon, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers denied the easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline to cross under the Missouri River at Lake Oahe, just north of the encampments at Standing Rock. This is amazing, virtually unprecedented, and a movement victory -- and the water protectors who have led the fight are right to claim it as such.

This is a huge step forward for our struggle.  It is also by no means the end of this fight.  Despite the decision, the companies overseeing the pipeline, Energy Transfer Partners and Sunoco Logistics, issued an announcement that they are still committed to seeing this project completed.  This is both a moment to celebrate this historic achievement and to stay organized and vigilant. 

Here is some context and paths forward as best we understand right now.

  1. CONTUNUE TO SUPPORT LOCAL SOLIDARITY ACTIONS.  We need to keep public support for Standing Rock visible and present.  See the map of actions here.
  2. DONATE to indigenousrising.org, Indigenous Peoples Power Project, ocetisakowincamp.org, or the Water Protector Legal Collective (formerly Red Owl Collective Legal Defense) Fund to support the ongoing infrastructure & organizing at Standing Rock.
  3. DIVEST FROM THE BANKS INVESTING IN DAPL.  A key startegy in the Standing Rock struggle has been nationally dispresed actions to shut down the banks that are funding DAPL and close your personal accounts at these banks. Here is a useful article from YES! Magazine with the list of banks and contact information.
  4. PRESSURE POLICE DEPARTMENTS TO PERMANENTLY WITHDRAW FROM STANDING ROCK This is a clear case of human rights violations. Here is a list.
  5. KEEP PRESSURE ON ENERGY TRANSFER PARTNERS AND SUNOCO to comply with the law and complete a full Environmental Impact Statement.  Stay tuned for more updates about this strategy.

The Indigenous-led struggle in Standing Rock, North Dakota against the Dakota Access Pipeline is a turning point in the climate justice movement.  What began with Oceti Sakowin youth running 2000 miles from North Dakota to Washington DC in April of 2016 has now grown into a powerful grassroots movement that leading a victorious campaign against one of the largest pipeline projects in North America.

Through leadership from the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN), GGJ is collaborating with the Climate Justice Alliance to hold weekly Standing Rock solidarity calls for our members and allies.  We are supporting delegations of frontline leaders heading to Standing Rock on an on-going basis. 

We call on our social movement allies to Stand with Standing Rock, join us in action, and urge the US to immediately halt the Dakota Access Pipeline.

“It's important that the world understands the Standing Rock fight is about much more than stopping just one oil pipeline; it’s about all of us standing together from the North to the South and around the world to keep fossil fuels in the ground and create a just transition to a renewable energy economy." - Kandi Mossett of the Indigenous Environmental Network

#StandWithStandingRock #NoDAPL #WaterIsLife