Despite guards attacking with dogs and mace, unarmed men, women and children stepped in front of bulldozers ripping up sacred burial grounds a week ago today. The protesters halted, for another day, the corporations and banks trying to force a pipeline across the Standing Rock Reservation and the Missouri River, threatening the water supply for some 10 million people living downstream.
Democracy Now captured the breathtaking scene in this video of the crowd surging forward to push back the dozers, the the security team and their dogs.
Warriors Recommit to LOVE
The day after this attack, Diné activist and singer Lyla June Johnston shared a message from the women of Sacred Stone Camp, who are recognized as the leaders of this protest. The video expresses the women’s unwavering support for nonviolence, and insists that the hundreds of new protesters arriving at the camp leave their guns at home.
“Do not come carrying any weapons. Come carrying your pipe. Come carrying your sacred staff … Come carrying your prayers in your heart because that is what is going to win this battle.”
Lakota call for increased allegiance to nonviolence even in light of recent events. #NoDAPL #MniWichoni #SacredStoneCamp #WaterIsLife. For updates see Waniya Locke’s live speeches on her feeds.
A few days later, she posted the All Nations Rise video with these lyrics:
Creator is sending his very best warriors.
And this time, it isn’t Indians vs. cowboys, no!
This time, it is all the beautiful races of humanity together on the same side,
and we are fighting to replace our fear with love.
Did you catch that?
Creator is sending his very best warriors…
The men, women and children of Standing Rock.
Fighting on the same side to replace our fear with love.
Does this remind you of someone else’s message?
Is there somewhere in your life you need take a stand? To say no? To choose love? Do you feel it deep inside?
Only you can say what that is. I encourage you to follow your warrior’s calling.
And in honor of Michael the warrior, I invite you to join me in supporting Sacred Stone Camp (home base for the pipeline protesters), because their struggle is our struggle.
Standing Stone is asking people of all races to join them on the front lines and in running the camp, which is exploding in size. They need calls to Congress, the President, the Governor, and the company. They need funding, a long list of supplies, food, and water (water to the camp was shut off by the state, and it has to be trucked in). If you feel called to help in any of these ways, you can find more information here. (To help with funding, go here.)
by Keely Meagan