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Pipe And Protest, Chicago’s NoDAPL

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BY @BOXCROWS, @Anarchimedia and The Chicago Chapter


saw a great intersectional protest. There were Feminists, Black Lives Matter activists, LGBT activists, Libertarians, Socialists, Anarchists, Revolutionaries, Mass media and concerned citizens. The protesters’ objective was to curb the construction of the North Dakota Access Pipeline and to show solidarity and support the often overlooked and fetishized Native American people.

The question I ask you is- Where have our values gone? There seems to be two main value systems in play in our country today: those that value isolationism, individualism, money, white power, militarism or those that value the lives of the poor, human rights, community, immigrants, marginalized people. Which side are you on? What kind of country have we become? Some people are ruled by fear or hatred right now and some are smug. They have nothing to fear, things are merely going according to plan for them. They peer down on us from skyscrapers, they fly over us on their jet planes, they giggle about us in their mansions and country clubs, they scoff at us when they see us march because we are an inconvenience or we can be used and it is only because they allow it that we are allowed to march.

Our Government wants to build a pipeline. It has already begun to be built. Those that don’t want the pipeline see it as an abuse in a long history of abuse, it is a sign of disrespect, a greedy, self interested misstep and a disaster just waiting to happen. No pipes are perfect, they will leak and they will burst and when that happens, who will suffer? We are over-ruled by fear and hatred.

Discussion 6 Comments

  • Peter Lach-Newinsky 3rd Dec 2016

    Thanks for the info Claire. Maybe a bit more info on the ecological and indigenous ramifications of that pipeline for us non-US folks?

    • Claire Bruhn 5th Dec 2016

      The ecological and indigenous ramifications of the oil pipeline are enormous and potentially devastating. The pipeline runs diagonally south east from North Dakota and ending in Illinois and it impacts the ecological areas and the people surrounding, their water source and everything down river. Shady dealings, disregard for treaties and disrespect for natives and their well-being...

      Here's a map that illustrates it up well:


  • Peter Lach-Newinsky 5th Dec 2016

    Thanks, Claire, a useful map. Just wondering if there is any oil = climate chaos dimension to this struggle as well as the indigenous and potential local ecology violations?

  • Bat Chainpuller 6th Dec 2016

    There was this recently at Z. Included is a comment fro Dave. Interesting.

    Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s Statement on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Decision to Not Grant Easement

    By Dave Archambault II
    Source: Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
    December 5, 2016

    Posted in: Activism, Ecology, US | Comments: 2

    Cannon Ball, N.D.- The department of the Army will not approve an easement that will allow the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline to cross under Lake Oahe. The following statement was released by Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II.

    “Today, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced that it will not be granting the easement to cross Lake Oahe for the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline. Instead, the Corps will be undertaking an environmental impact statement to look at possible alternative routes. We wholeheartedly support the decision of the administration and commend with the utmost gratitude the courage it took on the part of President Obama, the Army Corps, the Department of Justice and the Department of the Interior to take steps to correct the course of history and to do the right thing.

    The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and all of Indian Country will be forever grateful to the Obama Administration for this historic decision.

    We want to thank everyone who played a role in advocating for this cause. We thank the tribal youth who initiated this movement. We thank the millions of people around the globe who expressed support for our cause. We thank the thousands of people who came to the camps to support us, and the tens of thousands who donated time, talent, and money to our efforts to stand against this pipeline in the name of protecting our water. We especially thank all of the other tribal nations and jurisdictions who stood in solidarity with us, and we stand ready to stand with you if and when your people are in need.

    Throughout this effort I have stressed the importance of acting at all times in a peaceful and prayerful manner – and that is how we will respond to this decision. With this decision we look forward to being able to return home and spend the winter with our families and loved ones, many of whom have sacrificed as well. We look forward to celebrating in wopila, in thanks, in the coming days.

    We hope that Kelcey Warren, Governor Dalrymple, and the incoming Trump administration respect this decision and understand the complex process that led us to this point. When it comes to infrastructure development in Indian Country and with respect to treaty lands, we must strive to work together to reach decisions that reflect the multifaceted considerations of tribes.

    Treaties are paramount law and must be respected, and we welcome dialogue on how to continue to honor that moving forward. We are not opposed to energy independence, economic development, or national security concerns but we must ensure that these decisions are made with the considerations of our Indigenous peoples.

    To our local law enforcement, I hope that we can work together to heal our relationship as we all work to protect the lives and safety of our people. I recognize the extreme stress that the situation caused and look forward to a future that reflects more mutual understanding and respect.

    Again, we are deeply appreciative that the Obama Administration took the time and effort to genuinely consider the broad spectrum of tribal concerns. In a system that has continuously been stacked against us from every angle, it took tremendous courage to take a new approach to our nation-to-nation relationship, and we will be forever grateful.

    Learn more about the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe at standwithstandingrock.net. For incremental updates please follow our Facebook page at Standing Rock Sioux Tribe or follow us on Twitter @standingrockst.


    David Jones December 5, 2016 6:41 pm

    So they just wanted the Black Snake moved from their backyard. This was the theoretical problem with the narrative “water protector” not “protester” and with the emphasis on “sovereignty” and “treaty rights”.

    An internationalist understanding of climate justice was absent and the relationship to “Sacred Mother Nature” less than well-considered. I wonder how Naomi Klein, Neil Young and the rest feel as the camp picks up and the momentum dissipates.

    • Claire Bruhn 7th Dec 2016

      Thank you for the article Maestro Bat. And yes, Peter, I think it's safe to say that oil equals climate chaos and that shit should be staying in the ground.

  • Dave Jones 9th Jan 2017

    I have been critical of the messaging around the action and it is an uncomfortable place to be, easily misunderstood. First, as a water protector myself, I think we have to understand that the Missouri River has lots of oil pipelines crossing it which are actually safer than the multitude of train tracks carrying crude which also cross it. Not to mention the mining operations and sewage treatment plants and non-pointsource pollution (fertilizers, pesticides, other chemicals) and on and on.So if "Water Is Life" why aren't we hearing about all of that?

    Of course the native sovereignty and consultation issues are important, but a unified climate justice movement with a clear consistent message of Leave It In The Ground, encompassing black,brown, red and white people, would be super helpful right now. Not attacking each project piecemeal but going after the structure which makes all the proposals. Most people don't understand the true nature of the crisis because the messaging is scattered and confused. Just sayin.