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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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Friday
Feb102017

Construction Begins on Final Section of Dakota Access Pipeline

As reported by Democracy Now! headline news:

In North Dakota, construction crews have resumed work on the final section of the Dakota Access pipeline, after the Trump administration granted an easement to allow Energy Transfer Partners to drill beneath the Missouri River. The construction resumed as opponents of the pipeline filed a last-ditch legal challenge in a federal court in Washington, D.C., Thursday. They’re seeking an order halting construction while a separate lawsuit filed by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe proceeds in court. U.S. District Judge James Boasberg says he’ll hear arguments on the motion—on Monday.

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

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.]

Thursday
Feb092017

Protests Erupt Nationwide as Army Approves Dakota Access Pipeline

As reported on Democracy Now! headline news:

Protesters rallied at demonstrations nationwide Wednesday to protest the Army Corps of Engineers’ decision to greenlight the construction of the contested $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline. The company behind the pipeline, Energy Transfer Partners, says it will start work immediately. Hundreds of people gathered outside the White House in Washington, D.C., to protest the project, which many fear could contaminate the Missouri River, which serves as a drinking water source for millions. Crowds also gathered in Los Angeles, Manhattan, Denver and San Francisco, where about a dozen people were arrested blockading the doors of the Federal Building. More protesters rallied in Ithaca, New York; Columbus, Ohio; and Chicago, where four people were arrested after locking themselves to each other to shut down a Citibank to protest its investments in the pipeline. Many of the protesters were furious not only about the government’s approval of the pipeline, but also about Trump’s recent claims that no one had called the White House to express opposition to the project.

President Donald Trump: "As you know, I approved two pipelines that were stuck in limbo forever. I don’t even think it was controversial. You know, I approved them. I haven’t even heard—I haven’t had one call from anybody saying, 'Oh, that was a terrible thing you did.' I haven’t had one call."

As multiple news outlets have reported, the White House shut down its public comments phone line following Trump’s inauguration. However, hundreds of thousands of people have written statements denouncing the project since the Army Corps of Engineers opened up the public comment period in late January. On Wednesday, a group of veterans and indigenous water protectors delivered electronic versions of more than 200,000 of these comments to the Army Corps office in Manhattan. Meanwhile, the City Council of Davis, California, has voted unanimously to divest $124 million in city banking services from Wells Fargo over concerns about the bank’s backing of the pipeline.

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

Wednesday
Feb082017

Seattle to Divest $3 Billion from Wells Fargo over Dakota Access Pipeline

As reported by Democracy Now! during headline news:

The Seattle City Council has voted unanimously to divest $3 billion from Wells Fargo over the bank’s backing of the Dakota Access pipeline. The divestment legislation was first introduced by Socialist City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant in response to the demand issued by indigenous water protectors that individuals, cities and Native American nations cut ties with Wells Fargo and other banks that are investing in the pipeline. The Muckleshoot Tribe in Seattle, the Nez Perce Tribe in Idaho and the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe in Minnesota have all committed to divesting from Wells Fargo.

[See Democracy Now!'s regular coverage of DAPL, and related matter, extending back many months.]

Wednesday
Feb082017

RALLY TONIGHT: #NoDAPL LAST STAND

"We are calling for emergency actions all over the world. PLEASE, THIS IS OUR LAST STAND." 

Find a rally happening near you tonight — just select today’s date on the calendar and scroll down to find an event near you.

The Indigenous Coalition at Standing Rock is asking us all to join emergency actions tonight in a "#NODAPL LAST STAND".

Yesterday the US Army Corps gave notice of intent to ditch the environmental impact review and allow the Dakota Access Pipeline to move forward anyway. This is outrageous!

Last Stand

Today Trump said "I haven't had one call" opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline. This after receiving over 100,000 public comments. It's time for us to get louder than ever before.

Whether or not you can rally tonight, our Native American brothers and sisters are also asking everyone to donate to the legal defense of water protectors facing intensifying repression.
Action alert from #GreenForAll, an initiative of The Dreams Corps:

DONATE TO THE WATER PROTECTOR LEGAL FUND

Beyond an urgent moment of protest, tonight's actions are a time to connect to other struggles and think long-term movement building. We are in this for the long haul.

Click here to find a #NoDAPL rally happening near you tonight — just select today’s date on the calendar and scroll down to find an event near you.

In solidarity,

Josh Lynch
Director of Field Strategy, Green For All

P.S. WATCH Green For All Founder Van Jones call this "as big a civil rights moment as you're ever going to see". Read our statement on Trump's recent executive order on the Dakota Access Pipeline.