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New Orleans Stands with Standing Rock Nov 15
by wtulnews
Tuesday Nov 22nd, 2016 5:06 PM
more than 300 people gathered in front of the Army Corps Office on Leake st in support of water protectors in North Dakota and Iowa who have assembled to prevent the Dakota Access Pipeline from transporting fracked crude oil from Bakken fields to Tx and through Louisiana. Alicia Cooke of 350La, James Hartwell of Gulf Restoration Network, Anne Rolfes of LA Bucket Brigade, and Cherri Foytlin of BOLD Louisiana spoke to the racial injustice of the pipeline route, avoiding federal law for profit, the likelihood of spills and accidents, and the need for a hearing on the Bayou Bridge segment
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More than 300 people gathered in front of the Army Corps Office on Leake st in support of water protectors in North Dakota and Iowa who have assembled to prevent the Dakota Access Pipeline from transporting fracked crude oil from Bakken fields to Tx and through Louisiana. The Louisiana leg of the Dakota Access Pipeline is know as Bayou Bridge, and a portion already runs from Nederland, Tx to Lake Charles, LA.

The Lake Charles to St James segment is proposed to destroy 600 acres of wetland and cross more than 700 water bodies, including the crawfish producing Atchafalaya Basin, and Bayou Lafourche, drinking water for over 300,000 residents of coastal Louisiana.

Alicia Cooke of 350La, James Hartwell of Gulf Restoration Network, Anne Rolfes of LA Bucket Brigade, and Cherri Foytlin of BOLD Louisiana spoke to the racial injustice of the pipeline route, avoiding federal law for profit, the likelihood of spills and accidents, and the need for a hearing on the Bayou Bridge segment.

The assembly ended with water ceremonies and dances on the Mississippi River, downstream of the current encampment struggles on the Missouri.

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by wtulnews
Wednesday Nov 23rd, 2016 9:10 AM
Alicia Cooke, 350 Louisiana
"The water protectors are fighting to keep [the pipeline] off their land, the Sioux reservation in North Dakota..What we are seeing right now is a snapshot in time of a struggle against white supremacy and white entitlement that has been going on for generations...Another sacrifice zone is home, is the Gulf. The exact same pipeline runs to the Gulf of Mexico in the form of the Bayou Bridge Pipeline"

James Hartwell, Gulf Restoration Network
"[The Corps] has the power to stop this pipeline right now. I hope y'all know, we will not be going backwards. Dakota Access is not just another pipeline. Bayou Bridge is just not another pipeline. Number 45 is not just another president. ...The fun thing about pipelines is that they don't work unless every piece is unified, they are only as strong as their weakest link. I'm more confident than ever that our wave of compassion can overcome"


by wtulnews
Wednesday Nov 23rd, 2016 9:44 AM
Anne Rolfes, Louisiana Bucket Brigade
"I spent my morning going through accident reports filed to the federal government....63 in two weeks. I'm just going to read the ones associated with equipment failure...If anyone tries to call you a job killer, we have the greatest argument possible. They could put people to work tomorrow fixing all the junk that's breaking.
...Grand Isle, Cypremont Point, Venice, this our home, this is our home they are destroying. We are protectors.
Industry has an accident problem, and they don't have any business putting in another pipeline, whether it's here or in North Dakota"

Cherri Foytlin, BOLD Louisiana
"We are at a crossroads, and it's time for us to decide... which way we're going to go"

"Can we recognize that this land belongs to the United Houma Nation, that the land was stolen through genocide and acts of violence that continue to this day in the Gulf of Mexico as they rape our land and take our oil from the water, those are our resources. that they take and damage our earth in violence in the same way that violence has always been committed against indigenous peoples in this country? In the same way that they stole labor from black people in this country?"

"The government has told them they cannot drill...they have said they have every intention of drilling underneath that water, you know why? They've got enough money to pay a fine, they don't care, there's no teeth, nobody's holding them to task, you know? The only thing that's going to hold them to task is you and me and everybody else, right?"

"This was the most beautiful thing, because all the indigenous people went to the middle were gathered and praying and all the white people gathered in a circle around them and protected them. I've never seen anything like that before in my life"

"It's a continuation, i'm trying to tell you that it's not about one thing, it's about everything!
We as the people of the United States are being stepped on by corporations and rich people that think that we don't matter. They don't <i>care</i>. They don't. And the worst thing they are doing is making other poor people think that it's us, that's it's us that we're doing that to them."

"The thing about Standing Rock, when I was there, was this hope that goes across everyone that's there. It's a belief that runs through everything like that river runs through that land that we will win."

by wtulnews
Wednesday Nov 23rd, 2016 10:43 AM
Sierra Legarde Bayou Lacombe Choctaw

"this is not a native issue, this is a human issue, because all of us need water to survive. All of us need a clean environment for ourselves for our children. And that's why i'm standing here, that's why our team at NOLA supports Standing Rock is. That's why we're all here, it's for a clean environment and clean water.

If it's not up at Standing Rock, it's down here in Louisiana with this Bayou Bridge."

"I was a victim of Katrina and the BP oil spill. Two instances that would not have happened if it not for a messed up environment. Katrina would not have had the momentum if we had had our wetlands, and we wouldn't have lost our wetlands if not for these oil spills... It's a damaging cycle that keeps going on."

"The Mississippi River, we are just nothing but a train station when you think about it. We're the last stop on that train station, and it starts up in North Dakota."

We are all related, Mitakuye Oyasin, we are all related, and Mni Wiconi, Water is life"


by wtulnews
Wednesday Nov 23rd, 2016 10:54 AM
Sierra Lagarde NOLA Support Standing Rock

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