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Rally in Solidarity with Standing Rock DAPL Water Protectors

Nonviolent multigenerational rally in solidarity with the water protectors at Standing Rock in their opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline.

ABOUT THIS EVENT:  This is a coalition effort and many groups are promoting this rally. All peaceful people are invited to participate. We will gather in front of Wells Fargo (which was chosen as a site because it has nearly half a billion dollars invested in the pipeline).

WHY THE DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE IS A BIG DEAL:  Female tribal elders ask women everywhere for support. The Standing Rock Sioux have opposed the pipeline's construction near the Sioux reservation on the grounds that it threatens public health/welfare, violates an important treaty, and directly threatens Native American cultural resources. Pipeline opponents - Native and otherwise - fear an oil spill (inevitable) will pollute major waterways including the Missouri River, and say construction will desecrate lands that tribes hold as sacred. What began as a small protest camp in April on the Standing Rock reservation has since morphed into an encampment of "Water Protectors" with thousands involved, including indigenous tribal people from all over America and even other countries. Over the past few months, the Sacred Stone Camp has been the site of antagonistic face-offs between protesters and the oil company, including the recent turning of fire hoses on people in freezing weather, the spraying of tear gas and pepper spray onto protestors, and the shooting of concussion grenades into the unarmed crowd. Injuries are occurring.

READ HERE ABOUT NATIVE AMERICANS PROTECTING THE LAND: http://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2016/11/22/502068751/the-standing-rock-resistance-is-unprecedented-it-s-also-centuries-old

READ HERE ABOUT THE SPECIFIC TREATY VIOLATION:  http://bismarcktribune.com/news/state-and-regional/treaty-resonates-in-dapl-discussion/article_e9bd6a47-e14e-507e-bb0a-8ee29eb30c9e.html

WHAT TO BRING & WEAR: Signs are welcome. Bring water. If you have trouble standing, bring a small chair for yourself. Wear comfortable shoes. If you have/wear a red BLAST shirt, that will make it easier for us to recognize each other in the crowd.

COST: Free

TIME: Starts at 7pm and will go for a few hours.

PBC UNITED AGAINST TRUMP: Now is not the time for citizens to be passive. If you're on Facebook, join the PBC United Against Trump page. It lists progressive actions happening in Palm Beach County, and helps network all people who oppose the new Trump Hate Machine. (Unsurprisingly, Trump has anti-environmentalist policy positions and owns shares in companies invested in seeing this pipeline completed regardless of cost or environmental impact.)

LOCATION and PARKING: Google PARKING CLEMATIS WEST PALM to find parking garages close to the rally. When you look at the map, the rally is located on the corner of 1st and Olive. 

FOR MORE ABOUT BLAST: Toni Jr. - [masked]

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  • Ruthie B.

    WE missed you, Toni, sorry you were not feeling well. Hope you are better now.
    We were about 30 of us. All millennial and some of their children Not in a good place, little lighting , the usual posters, horns beeping in support.
    we were treated like the grandmothers we were. One young man gave Connie a beach chair. I held up a poster. the young man is spending themonth from 6-9PM doing the same at Clematis and Flagler. He is starting a new environmental group. glad we went to be counted in this awful situation.

    6 days ago

  • Toni Armstrong J.

    So sorry to miss this one. I feel ill and need to stay home tonight.

    December 2

    • Julia T

      I do hope you feel better quickly.

      December 2

  • Danielle A.

    I absolutely love that this occurring. I'll be in Central Florida with my nephew because of his birthday this weekend but I stand in solidarity with y'all and my brothers and sisters on the Rez. This is near and dear to my heart

    December 1

  • Lisa G.

    Want to come, but I have a 3" tear in my Achilles' tendon. I will be there in spirit

    December 1

    • Toni Armstrong J.

      Have someone drop you off with a bag chair. You don't have to stand.

      December 1

  • Ruthie B.

    We said ,yes. it depends on how connie is feeling. We support, fully,withthe native Americans protesting their water and sacred land,

    November 30

    • Toni Armstrong J.

      Maybe have someone drop you off and pick you up. Bring bag chairs so you're not standing the whole time you're there.

      November 30

  • Julia T

    I can't possibly convey how disappointed I am that I cannnot attend due to another commitment I have scheduled because I am very empathetic toward their plight (which is all of ours).

    November 29

  • Cheryl A P.

    Would love to make this event but the Assisted Living where my aunt resides is having their family holiday dinner that night. I am the only person she will have in town.

    November 28

  • Diane

    I will be with you in spirit. Thank you BLAST for supporting the Water Protectors.

    1 · November 28

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