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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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Saturday
Dec312016

December: Every Day is a #NoDAPL Day of Action

As called for by the Camp of the Sacred Stones, the Native American encampment of water protectors resisting the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).

Friday
Dec022016

Call the White House: Stand with Standing Rock

Action alert from MoveOn.org:

Dear MoveOn member,

It's urgent that President Obama hear today from MoveOn members who oppose the Dakota Access Pipeline.

This week, North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple issued an executive order calling for mandatory evacuation of all water protectors peacefully gathered in opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline located on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers land—the Oceti Sakowin Camp.1 The governor's executive order is a blatant attempt to frighten and intimidate those who are standing strong to protect a sacred burial site and stop a corporation from polluting our land and water.

President Obama has the power to stop the pipeline and deny the Army Corps of Engineers' easement on our land. He must take action immediately. Will you call President Obama now?

Here's where to call: 1-855-411-0302

You can say this:

I stand with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and water protectors defending their land and water and Mother Earth against the Dakota Access Pipeline. President Obama must take action now to ensure the safety of the water protectors and reject this pipeline.

Temperatures continue to drop in North Dakota, and law enforcement agencies have become even more brutal and abusive. But despite threats of eviction and the violence from law enforcement, Standing Rock water protectors are continuing to peacefully gather in prayer and with steadfast opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Since April, thousands of water protectors have gathered in peaceful prayer to oppose the Dakota Access Pipeline. More than 12,000 people are now camping near sites where drilling could begin any moment.2

Law enforcement agencies have used dogs as weapons, kept protectors in dog kennels as temporary jails, shot people with rubber bullets, fired water cannons in subfreezing temperatures, and used flash grenades against protectors in prayer.3,4 This action by Gov. Dalrymple will only escalate violence against those gathered to defend the water.

President Obama must hear from all, Native and non-Native allies, while he still has the power to reject the Dakota Access Pipeline and before further militarized policing occurs. It will be too late when Donald Trump takes office, as he's personally invested in the pipeline.5

Hundreds of thousands of MoveOn members have already signed petitions, spoken out on social media, and called authorities in North Dakota. It's crucial to continue to support the water protectors in these critical days before the December 5 evacuation date that has been set by the Corps of Engineers.

Here's where to call: 1-855-411-0302

You can say this:

I stand with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and water protectors defending their land, water, and Mother Earth against the Dakota Access Pipeline. President Obama must take action now to ensure the safety of the water protectors and reject this pipeline.

Thanks for all you do.

Hawwih!
 
—Judith LeBlanc, member of the Caddo Tribe of Oklahoma, Native Organizers Alliance

Sources:

1. "Governor issues evacuation order to Dakota Access protesters," The Bismark Tribune, November 28, 2016
http://act.moveon.org/go/6963?t=2&akid=173994.8526217.sZBZyv

2. "Standing Rock Protesters React to Life Under Trump," Rolling Stone, November 23, 2016
http://act.moveon.org/go/6964?t=4&akid=173994.8526217.sZBZyv

3. "Officials Defend Use of Alleged 'Dog Kennel' Cells in Dakota Access Pipeline Protest," ABC News, October 31, 2016
http://act.moveon.org/go/6965?t=6&akid=173994.8526217.sZBZyv

4. "Medics Describe How Police Sprayed Standing Rock Demonstrators With Tear Gas and Water Cannons," The Intercept, November 21, 2016
https://act.moveon.org/go/6966?t=8&akid=173994.8526217.sZBZyv

5. "Trump's Stock Portfolio: Big Oil, Big Banks And More Foreign Connections," Forbes, November 29, 2016
http://act.moveon.org/go/6967?t=10&akid=173994.8526217.sZBZyv

Thursday
Dec012016

December: Join Our Global Month of #NoDAPL Action

Action alert from Sacred Stone Camp:

[EVERY DAY OF DECEMBER IS A DAY OF ACTION (Watch the YouTube video)]

FIND A #NODAPL ACTION NEAR YOU

1. Shut down these banks, close your personal accounts
2. Demand withdrawal of militarized sheriff departments 
3. Join the Mississippi Stand to shut down DAPL in Iowa

Are you ready for December 1? Over a hundred #NoDAPL actions all across the world are kicking off a Global Month of #NoDAPL solidarity as we continue to protect our water in the face of escalating human rights abuses. Join this Thunderclap by noon Dec 1 to amplify our voices!

The financial footing of the Dakota Access Pipeline is in jeopardy if they do not complete the project by January 1st. If this deadline is missed, a majority of the shippers with contracts to use the pipeline will be able to renegotiate or cancel their contracts. DNB Bank of Norway, one of the major financiers, has already sold their assets in the company due to public pressure and is considering withdrawing their loans.

We are asking people to keep up the pressure on the investors of Dakota Access Pipeline and the Sheriff Departments that have been brutalizing peaceful water protectors.

LOCATE A TARGET

EVERY DAY OF DECEMBER

#NODAPL

GLOBAL MONTH OF ACTION

SHUT DOWN THE BANKS. CLOSE YOUR ACCOUNTS. DEMAND WITHDRAWAL OF SHERIFF DEPTS.

On November 20th the police and National Guard violently attacked peaceful water protectors at Standing Rock. Police used tear gas, rubber bullets, pepper spray, concussion grenades, and sprayed them with water cannons in subfreezing conditions - hundreds of people were injured.

On #NoBlackSnakeFriday, the Obama Administration issued an eviction notice to the Oceti Sakowin encampments at Standing Rock. The eviction notice came as a letter from the US Army Corps of Engineers to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, informing them that on Dec. 5th, it will “close” all lands north of the Cannonball River, where the Oceti Sakowin encampment is located.

We are a coalition of grassroots groups living and working at the encampments, and we will not be moved.  We stand united in defiance of the black snake and are committed to defense of water, our Mother Earth, and our rights as Indigenous people.

SACREDSTONECAMP.ORG

DONATE TO OUR LEGAL DEFENSE

Wednesday
Nov302016

Al Gore: Dakota Access Pipeline is an "Absolute Atrocity"

As reported by Democracy Now!:

In Washington, D.C., former Vice President Al Gore has spoken out against another pipeline, the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline, while speaking at The New York Times Global Leaders’ Collective conference.

Al Gore: "The massive investment in these pipeline infrastructure projects will be amortized over 50 to 75 years, and we need that capital to flow into renewables. This Standing Rock project is an atrocity. It is an absolute atrocity. And I wish that President Obama would step in before there is more violence out there against those—they call themselves water protectors. This is an embarrassment to our country. All those promises have been broken for so long. Using water cannons in subfreezing temperatures, that’s inhumane."

Wednesday
Nov302016

Veterans to Serve as ‘Human Shields’ for Dakota Pipeline Protesters