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Thursday, 17 August 2017 22:02

What We Can Do After Charlottesville

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For those of us who were in Charlottesville on August 12th, nothing will ever be the same. We learned that is no such thing as "alt-right." We will never use that sanitized self-serving euphemism again. Instead, we will call these terrorists "Nazis," both because that is what they call themselves, and because that is what we saw in Charlottesville.

As tensions grow in North Dakota, with multiple eviction orders facing the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in their battle against the Dakota Access Pipeline, U.S. military veterans on Friday began arriving at the Oceti Sakowin protest camp.

The ongoing crisis has left the city without safe drinking water for over two years, but the state claims water deliveries are too much to ask.

In a follow-up of its letter to leaders of the Standing Rock Sioux and Cheyenne River Sioux Tribes, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a statement Sunday clarifying it has no plans to forcibly evict water protectors from camps north of the Cannonball River on December 5.

In response to the altogether shocking announcement the Army Corps of Engineers will be evicting water protectors from the Oceti Sakowin and any camps north of the Cannonball River, the Cheyenne River Tribe — co-litigants in a lawsuit seeking to halt the Dakota Access Pipeline — sharply condemned the plan as “a direct and irresponsible threat to the water protectors.”

The US senator from New Jersey also wants the Justice Department to send federal authorities to the protest site to ensure demonstrators can exercise their First Amendment rights.

Together, the Labor Coalition for Community Action, which includes the A. Phillip Randolph Institute, the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, the Coalition of Labor Union Women, the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, and Pride at Work, rises in solidarity with Native Americans and our allies in protesting against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) and defending Native lands from exploitation by corporations and the U.S. government. We advocate for a progressive labor movement rooted in dignity and respect of all peoples, including Native Americans and their families.

Following Saturday’s brutal attack on peaceful protesters by private security mercenaries and vicious guard dogs acting on behalf of Dakota Access Pipeline interests, it has been revealed the company responsible for construction deliberately targeted documented sacred and culturally significant areas for demolition — and crews likely chose the holiday weekend in order to avoid a court injunction.

A North Dakota federal court has prohibited indigenous tribes from protesting the Bakken pipeline on their own reservations.

Dakota Access, a developer of the pipeline, filed the report citing “Worker and law enforcement safety was at risk”.

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