Demonstrations against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) have been going on for several months now.
Morton County, North Dakota, police have arrested hundreds of “water protectors,” most of them unarmed, and used pepper spray, tear-gas, rubber bullets and sound cannons along with other hostile tactics to disperse them.
The anti-DAPL movement, in April, started off as a protest against the $3.7 billion huge oil pipeline that has prompted legitimate concerns regarding the possible pollution of the waterways, which could affect the local Native American tribal community, including the Standing Rock Sioux reservation.
However, over the past few months, anti-DAPL protests have also become a much bigger and broader struggle for fundamental human rights over the past couple of months, attracting support from across the country.
But there’s more you can do to help:
In addition to buying supplies for encampment, the protesters need money for legal purposes as well. The Standing Rock Sioux website accepts donations so you can send your contributions directly to them via PayPal.
There are also other pages like The Official -Sacred Stone Camp GoFundMe — they also have an Amazon Wishlist — the Mni Wiconi (Water is Life) Health Clinic led by the “Do No Harm Coalition” at University of California, San Francisco, at the camp of the Standing Rock Lakota Dakota, the Sacred Stone Legal Defense Fund FundRazr.
The protesters are bracing for winter so they will need essential supplies, especially the ones “that can't be found on Amazon, like building supplies and a pick-up truck,” according to the Camp of the Sacred Stone website.
“(If you have a good condition (not a fixer upper) 4wd pickup that you'd like to donate, please email us at email@example.com — a truck will be used for getting water, firewood and other supplies to the camp. We are in need so something that can handle harsh cold, snow and steep dirt roads),” the website stated.
They have also provided a supply list.
Spread the word:
Another way you can help out is by spreading the word about the anti-DAPL movement. You can check out this “DAPL Factsheet” for more information.
Also, write to and call the Obama administration as well as to North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple to demand the removal of the militarized police force at the protest site.
You can sign this whitehouse.gov petition.