Friday, November 18, 2016

Protests and Direct Action Work

I want to preface this by saying DO NOT stop putting pressure on those in power about Standing Rock and the DAPL. That being said, the tide is starting to turn on this issue thanks to the water protectors and people engaging in direct, targeted action.

Largest Bank in Norway Sells Its Assets in Dakota Access Pipeline

According to an email I got, this happened two days after a group of activists walked into the bank and hand-delivered a petition signed by hundreds of thousands of people asking them to divest in the pipeline. Sometimes petitions do help, if they're paired with other forms of action. If it weren't for the water protectors standing directly in the path of the pipeline construction, I can almost guarantee that a petition would have done nothing. Widespread press on the issue helped, too.

This also happened a couple days ago:

Army Corps of Engineers Says Pipeline Construction Can't Continue Without Tribe Input

I mean, it shouldn't have started without tribe input or have even been considered at all for construction on their land but ok.

Monday's letter from the Army Corps to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Dakota Access LLC, and Energy Transfer Partners said construction "cannot occur because the Army has not made a final decision on whether to grant an easement." It said they would work with the Standing Rock Sioux on a timeline "that allows for robust discussion and analysis to be completed expeditiously."

I haven't heard whether this declaration has actually stopped construction. The election has pushed news of Standing Rock out of the spotlight, unfortunately. But orders from the President didn't seem to stop it, so.

Still, all of this is great to shove in the faces of the people who are trying to claim that protests don't accomplish anything right now.

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