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The entire nuclear fuel chain involves the release of radioactivity, contamination of the environment and damage to human health. Most often, communities of color, indigenous peoples or those of low-income are targeted to bear the brunt of these impacts, particularly the damaging health and environmental effects of uranium mining. The nuclear power industry inevitably violates human rights.

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Thursday
Sep292016

21 Arrested Resisting Construction of Dakota Access Pipeline

 

As reported by Democracy Now!:

And in North Dakota, 21 people were arrested Wednesday by police in riot gear, while the group was conducting Native American ceremonies to block construction of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline. The pipeline has faced months of resistance from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and members of hundreds of other tribes from across the U.S., Canada and Latin America. Land defenders say police carrying assault rifles responded to the ceremonies with armored vehicles, tear gas and helicopters. This is a Sicangu Lakota grandmother.

Land defender: "We had a really nice ceremony. And then we looked, and over that way, and the police—there was a few police. And the next thing I knew, there were like 40 police, and they were all dressed in riot gear. We did exactly what we were told to do, except the ones who were in the road, just to tell everybody, 'Keep moving. Keep moving. Keep moving.' And I’ve never in my life seen a gun in real life. And I’ve never had a gun pointed at me. And we all went—I went into shock."

Wednesday
Sep282016

Indigenous Women Leaders of Dakota Access Pipeline Resistance to Speak Out For Protection of Earth and Water

From IEN:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 27, 2016
Media Contact:
Jade Begay, jade.begay@gmail.com, +1 (505) 699-4791

Cannon Ball, North Dakota (27  Sept. 2016) –  Women of the Standing Rock Sioux people and Indigenous women allies from across North America (Turtle Island) stand on the front-line of ongoing  actions to halt construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline and protect land, water, community, sacred sites and lifeways.
 
The women protectors stand for their homelands, for their children, and for the health and lives of generations to come.
 
In recognition of the central role played by Indigenous women taking action to stop Dakota Access Pipeline in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux peoples, women leaders will gather to share their experiences, demands and calls to action during a press conference to be held on the ground at the Oceti Sakowin camp near Cannon Ball, North Dakota.
 
They will speak to vital topics including the impacts of fossil fuel extraction on women; violence against women and violence against the Earth; and women’s leadership in the fight to stop Dakota Access Pipeline.
 
Press conference sponsors include the Indigenous Environmental Network, Oceti Sakowin Camp, International Indigenous Youth Council, Camp of Sacred Stones and Honor the Earth, with support from the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International and World March of Women, US Chapter.
 
What: No Dakota Access - Indigenous Women Protectors Press Conference
When: Wednesday September 28th, 2016 at 3:00 PM Central 

Where: Media tent, Media hill, Oceti Sakowin camp, North Dakota - live stream available via the Indigenous Environmental Network Facebook page

“The effects of the fossil fuel industry are not limited to the environment. There is a very real human cost that is disparately felt by people of color, and women in particular. When a new extraction project is proposed, the local community bears the brunt of increased violent crime, disappearances, and trafficking. Women are the water protectors, life givers, and backbones of indigenous communities. Our lives and our bodies matter more than a profit margin,” said Tara Houska (Anishinaabe, Couchiching First Nation), the National Campaigns Director of Honor the Earth.  

 
“Indigenous Women feel the impacts directly of the aggressive resource extraction industry, with man camps, with criminalizing Indigenous land defenders, and the toxic pollution that finds its way to our womb, breast milk and babies. The attack on our bodies is violence against women,” explained Kanahus Manuel (Secwepemc and Ktunaxa peoples).
 
“When fracking came to my communities on the Fort Berthold Reservation in the Bakken shale oil fields of North Dakota the increase in violence against women was horrendous and unimaginable.  Rapes, sex trafficking, kidnapping and deadly drug abuse all came with the oil boom.  What we see clearly is that the rape and pillage of our mother earth goes hand in hand with the rape and pillage of our women and it has got to stop.  There is a better way for us to live upon this planet and that way can be achieved through a Just Transition away from the fossil fuel industry and by keeping fossil fuels in the ground.” explained Kandi Mossett, Lead Organizer on the Extreme Energy and Just Transition Campaign with the Indigenous Environmental Network. 
“We are a delegation of women of color and two-spirit leaders from across the country who have come to support Standing Rock. Women’s survival is deeply connected to the health of the land and water. We named ourselves after slain Honduran Indigenous water protector Berta Caceres because she embodies the type of inter-sectional leadership our movement needs; Indigenous, feminist, water protectors, human rights defenders - which is exactly the leadership we are seeing here at Standing Rock.” explained Helena Wong, National Organizer with the World March of Women, US Chapter.
 
Indigenous women leaders are available continuously for interviews on the ground at Standing Rock and via phone and computer. The press conference will be live-streamed via the Indigenous Environmental Network Facebook page.
 
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Tuesday
Sep272016

It’s Time for Every Ally to Show Up in the Fight Against the Dakota Access Pipeline

Tom Goldtooth of Indigneous Environmental Network, and Annie Leonard of Greenpeace USA, have issued a call to action in The Nation, urging that the hard won, temporary halt to the pipeline’s construction must be made permanent.

Tuesday
Sep272016

A Strategy to Stop the Funding Behind the Dakota Access Pipeline

Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org, has published an op-ed in Yes! Magazine, reprinted by Truthout.

Tuesday
Sep272016

ND: Cannonball Ranch Sold to Dakota Access Pipeline Company

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As reported by Democracy Now!:

In news from the ongoing struggle at Standing Rock in North Dakota, the Dakota Access pipeline company has bought thousands of acres of land from private landowners just north of the site where thousands of Native Americans representing hundreds of tribes are camped out to resist the pipeline’s construction. The purchase of the land known as Cannonball Ranch includes the sacred tribal burial site that was destroyed by the Dakota Access pipeline company on September 3, when the company’s security guards attacked Native Americans with dogs and pepper spray.