Long story short: white people have spent centuries trying to eradicate Native Americans in order to get their land, their resources, and their wealth. That hasn’t stopped. It’s ongoing today. It’s probably happening in your community without you even realizing. It’s happening in North Dakota, and if you’re not aware of the situation, please remedy that right now.
The Standing Rock Sioux are trying to preserve their land and their water from a pipeline that (overwhelmingly white) Bismarck refused to have passing through their city. You know why they don’t want it: pipelines break. They explode. They spill. And for women, there’s a whole other set of horrific problems that come along with a pipeline.
We have taken so much from these tribes, and now we’re trying to take more, and this is where it needs to stop. It needs to stop for the health and safety of our indigenous peoples. It needs to stop so that corporations and governments no longer assume it’s no problem to take what they want from the reservations without regard to the residents. It needs to stop for the sake of our land, our water, and our air.
This is one of the most important movements for Native American self-determination and survival in our lifetime. The people of Standing Rock need you to stand with them. Here’s how you can do it: Continue reading “How to Stand with Standing Rock – And Why We Must”
Public service: ur doin it rong:
Next weekend they’re going to host a walleye fishing festival in the Tittabawassee and Saginaw rivers. Because it’s walleye breeding season and the fish are running. In fact, they run right through a zone that is in the process of being listed as a Superfund site, a site where the EPA recorded the highest levels of dioxin ever measured in this country.
That’s dumb enough, right? It gets worse.
The fishing festival is sponsored by Dow Chemical, the company that put the pollution there in the first place.
Yes, that’s even more ridiculous. But it actually gets worse.
They’re donating the fish from the festival to a local food bank to give to the poor.
I know that corporations like to do charity work in order to prove what good citizens they are. Call me a cynic, but I don’t think this is quite going to accomplish that goal.
Marie Antoinette would’ve been so proud…