Grassroots organizing, nonviolent direct action and leadership from front-line indigenous people succeeded in stopping the $3.8 billion, 1,200-mile pipeline in its tracks.
The pipeline has been stopped after the Army Corps of Engineers announced on Sunday, December 4 that it denied the easement of the Dakota Access Pipeline. This is a remarkable victory for the Standing Rock Sioux Nation and the thousands of native and non-native allies.
The Arab American Civic Council, partnered with the Palestinian Youth Movement and Activate Labs on From Palestine to the Pipeline: A Journey for Justice, a campaign answering to a national call to action for Standing Rock.
|Ready to march on Sunday, November 27|
with water protectors including historian LaDonna Brave Bull Allard
We are proud to have taken part in this struggle as allies of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe by sending Palestinian American delegations to Standing Rock to learn, offer support, share stories, and help water protectors in the front lines.
We shared stories of the Palestinian struggle for statehood, sovereignty, and access to existing resources, including water. Through a gift from Folk Art Mavens, we were able to distribute 60 Palestinian Kuffieyehs (scarves) to tribal elders and water protectors as they marched in the front lines against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
The struggle is not over yet. Many native people are skeptical and will remain in Standing Rockuntil the project completely ends. President-Elect Donald Trump supports the pipeline and could overturn the Army's decision after his inauguration.
|We met Syrian American documentarian Elias Matar |
(watch his film Flight of the Refugees)
|Pueblo Action Alliance|
|We ran into activist Medea Benjamin, |
co-founder of Code Pink