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The entire nuclear fuel chain involves the release of radioactivity, contamination of the environment and damage to human health. Most often, communities of color, indigenous peoples or those of low-income are targeted to bear the brunt of these impacts, particularly the damaging health and environmental effects of uranium mining. The nuclear power industry inevitably violates human rights.

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Saturday
Mar112017

Emergency rallies against DAPL, beginning today, continuing in the days/weeks ahead!

 
Find the protest action(s) nearest you:

https://actionnetwork.org/event_campaigns/nodapl-2017-action-hub

As but two examples, highlighted by Friends of the Earth via the Resist Trump Network, today, Wednesday, February 8, there will be an action at the White House in Washington, D.C. from 5-6pm Eastern, and also a day-long action at the federal building in San Francisco.

But there are many additional protest actions today, and in the days and weeks ahead, so check the #NoDAPL 2017 Action Hub for the date(s), time(s), and location(s) of protest action(s) nearest you. This site is also known as http://everydayofaction.org/

Another big one is one month from now, a Native Nations March on Washington, D.C. on Friday, March 10th:

As announced by Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman, Dave Archambault II:
  • A Native Nations march on Washington is scheduled for March 10. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and tribes across the country invite allies in America and from around the world to join the march.
"We ask that our allies join us in demanding that Congress demand a fair and accurate process," Archambault II said. "Our fight is no longer at the North Dakota site itself. Our fight is with Congress and the Trump
administration. Meet us in Washington on March 10."

See the full Standing Rock Sioux Tribe press release.

Saturday
Mar112017

DeFund DAPL!

Friday
Mar102017

Friday, March 10: Native Nations March on Washington

As announced by Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman, Dave Archambault II:

  • A Native Nations march on Washington is scheduled for March 10. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and tribes across the country invite allies in America and from around the world to join the march.

“We ask that our allies join us in demanding that Congress demand a fair and accurate process,” Archambault II said. “Our fight is no longer at the North Dakota site itself. Our fight is with Congress and the Trump administration. Meet us in Washington on March 10.”

See the full Standing Rock Sioux Tribe press release.

Monday
Feb202017

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe: The EIS has been registered. Now we need your help!

[Feb. 9 update: although President Trump and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have arbitrarily cancelled the public comment proceeding on the Environmental Impact Statement, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and numerous environmental groups listed below are still gathering comments, likely with plans to deliver them, as best they can, to incalcitrant federal officials. As Democracy Now! reported on this morning's news headlines, a group of military veterans standing with Standing Rock hand delivered 200,000 comments to the U.S. Army Corps' Manhattan HQ yesterday, even after the Trump administration declared the EIS proceeding null and void! So yes indeed, please keep submitting comments, per the links and instructions below!]

On Jan. 23, 2017, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe issued the following action alert:

Dear Water Protectors:

On January 18th, the Department of the Army published in the Federal Register its Notice of Intent to require an Environmental Impact Statement.

This is another small victory in defeating the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline.

The fight, however, is still not over.

While the EIS is exactly what we called for, we must ensure that it fully takes into consideration tribal treaty rights, natural resources, cultural and sacred places, socio-economical concerns, and environmental justice.

We need your continued support as this process moves forward.

Submit a comment to the Civil Works Division, and help us show the Army that #MillionsStandWithStandingRock

Click HERE to submit a comment.

Thursday
Feb092017

Army Corps to Greenlight Construction of Dakota Access Pipeline

As reported on Democracy Now! news headlines:

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced it will greenlight the final phase of construction for the Dakota Access pipeline, prompting indigenous water protectors and their allies to call for a "last stand" against the $3.8 billion project. In a letter to Congress, acting Army Secretary Robert Speer said the Army Corps will cancel an environmental impact study of the Dakota Access pipeline and will grant an easement today allowing Energy Transfer Partners to drill under Lake Oahe on the Missouri River. The Army Corps also said it would suspend a customary 14-day waiting period following its order, meaning the company could immediately begin boring a tunnel for the final one-and-a-half miles of pipe. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has promised a legal fight. Tribal Council Chair Dave Archambault II said in a statement, "As Native peoples, we have been knocked down again, but we will get back up, we will rise above the greed and corruption that has plagued our peoples since first contact. We call on the Native Nations of the United States to stand together, unite and fight back." Other indigenous water protectors and their allies have vowed to take direct action to stop construction at the drill pad on the west bank of the Missouri River, less than a mile north of the Standing Rock Reservation. Activists are also planning solidarity actions in cities across North America and beyond. We’ll have more on the fight against the Dakota Access pipeline later in the broadcast.

[See Democracy Now!'s regular reporting on DAPL and related matters, extending back many months.]