Dear Friends and Allies,
The Climate Justice Alliance (CJA), Grassroots Global Justice (GGJ) and the Women's Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) are collaborating to respond to the December Month of Action being called for by Water Protectors at Standing Rock.
Our respective members have recently returned from Standing Rock where we collectively participated in actions on the frontlines, supported the winterizing of the Oceti Sakowin camp and brought supplies. This delegation consisted of more than 100 people from 20 organizations affiliated with CJA and GGJ. Our members were mostly People of Color, LGBTQ people, women, and immigrants who are on the frontline of extractive industries, environmental racism and police brutality in their own communities. We recognize our collective stake in supporting the Water Protectors of Standing Rock in their struggle against the Dakota Access Pipeline.
During our time there, our delegation witnessed the police militarization, human rights abuses that the Water Protectors at Standing Rock have been facing for months and the violation of International Treaties with Indigenous Peoples. On the day of Thankstaking, we participated in an action to take back Turtle Island, a sacred site that the police had settled on. Despite being met with militarization, the Water Protectors remained peaceful and prayerful during the action. The next day, members of our delegation were targeted and arrested during an action at Kirkwood Mall.
On the same day, the the Army Corps of Engineers issued an order that the camp be cleared by December 5, citing extreme weather conditions. This order comes after the Morton County Sheriff's Department used water cannons on peaceful Water Protectors in below freezing weather. A coalition of Indigenous-led groups on the ground declared the eviction notice "an aggressive threat against Indigenous peoples," and stated that they will not be moved. Although the Governor has said that they will not forcibly remove anyone, their previous abuse of power and actions indicate otherwise.
We are deeply concerned and recognize now more than ever the importance of taking collective action around NoDAPL and broadening support for the Water Protectors on the ground to both address the human rights violations on Indigenous Peoples and the more comprehensive struggle for climate justice. The Climate Justice Alliance, Grassroots Global Justice and the WECAN are continuing our support by collaborating to respond to the December Month of Action being called for by Water Protectors at Standing Rock.
There is a great deal to navigate in this struggle including historic traumas, environmental racism, patriarchy, colonization, oppression and capitalism that bear down on Indigenous and frontline communities first and worst, and today we are saying, enough is enough. We stand with the Standing Rock Sioux people and allies in a Call to Action, there is no time to wait!
Actions you can take:
1) Join/organize an action in December as part of the Global Month of Action. See the map of actions here.
2) Demand that Obama deny the DAPL pipeline permit now and demand a proper Environmental Impact Statement. Donald Trump is going to be President in a very short time and right now the US Army Corps of Engineers is delaying its decision on the Dakota Access pipeline for more consultation. Call the White House at (202) 456-1111 or (202) 456-1414. Tell President Obama to rescind the Army Corps of Engineers' Permit for the Dakota Access Pipeline.In addition sign this petition.
3) Divest from the banks investing in DAPL. We are asking people 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) Donate to the legal funds, supply funds, or send supplies:
This call to action is initiated by the 524 Years of Resistance grassroots delegation to Standing Rock
Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN)
Climate Justice Alliance
Communities for a Better Environment
East Michigan Environmental Action Council (EMEAC)
EDGE Funders Alliance
Got Green / Black Book Club
Grassroots Global Justice
Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW)
Ironbound Community Corporation
Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ)
Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO)
The NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program
People Organizing to Demand Environmental and Economic Justice (PODER)
Women of Color Lead
Women's Earth and Climate Action Network(WECAN)