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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
Jan052017

NoDAPL headlines from today's Midwest Energy News

PIPELINES:
• How the mood has changed at the Dakota Access Pipeline protest camp in North Dakota. (NPR)
• A federal grand jury is looking into a violent November clash between pipeline opponents and officers in North Dakota, in which protesters say a woman was injured by a grenade thrown by police. (Associated Press)
• North Dakota regulators fine a company $7,500 for being unable to locate underground pipelines. (Bismarck Tribune)

Wednesday
Jan042017

From Keystone XL Pipeline to #DAPL: Jasilyn Charger, Water Protector from Cheyenne River Reservation

As reported by Democracy Now!

AMY GOODMAN: Jasilyn, what was it like to grow up on the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota?

JASILYN CHARGER: It wasn’t easy, especially for youth. It’s more about survival. And yeah, we go through all this poverty. We have suicides. We have infestation of meth, of alcoholism. But, for us, we are what grows after that. We are the life that grows after that nuke bomb exploded in the heart of our nation. We’re—we carry that within us, but it doesn’t define who we are. We really fight. We really say, yeah, all this bad stuff’s going on around us, but we don’t want that. We don’t want to hurt anymore. We don’t want to kill ourselves. We don’t want to make ourselves sick anymore. What we want is a better future for ourselves. The pain that we go through on the reservation, we don’t want our children to go through that pain, because that pain is hereditary. It passes—we pass it down to our children and so on and so forth. (emphasis added)

Watch the entire 33 minute interview.

(Democracy Now! has been doing regular reports on the Dakota Acess Pipeline water protector resistance for months. See links to its regular updates on its website, many of which are also reproduced daily, story by story, below in Beyond Nuclear's Human Rights website section.)

Tuesday
Jan032017

Water Protectors Hang Massive #NoDAPL Banner from Ceiling of NFL Stadium

As reported by Democracy Now!:

In Minnesota, two water protectors unfurled a massive banner from the ceiling of the Minneapolis U.S. Bank Stadium during an NFL game between the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears on Sunday, calling for divestment from the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline. The banner read "DIVEST" and "NoDAPL"—that’s the Dakota Access pipeline. The two people who unfurled and hung from the banner were arrested. The action is part of a series of actions demanding major Wall Street banks divest from the pipeline, which has faced months of resistance from the Standing Rock Sioux in North Dakota, members of more than 200 indigenous nations from across the Americas and many of their non-Native allies.

(Democracy Now! has been doing regular reports on the Dakota Acess Pipeline water protector resistance for months. See links to its regular updates on its website, many of which are also reproduced daily, story by story, below in Beyond Nuclear's Human Rights website section.)

Tuesday
Jan032017

Headlines from today's Midwest Energy News re: Dakota Access Pipeline

PIPELINES:
• Protesters climb rafters to hang a giant “Divest” banner at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis during a Minnesota Vikings game. (Associated Press)
• Despite protests, a section of the Dakota Access pipeline beneath the Mississippi River has been completed. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
• Victories by Dakota Access and Keystone XL protesters have emboldened activists around the country. (InsideClimate News)

Monday
Jan022017

EcoWatch: 8 Worst Pipeline Accidents in the Last 10 Years