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I am not an activist. I don’t attend rallies, call my congressmen, or stump for causes or candidates. It isn’t that I don’t feel strongly about things. I do. My energy is better directed through other methods, though. I have a family to take care of on a daily basis. My teenagers are passionate about justice, so I think I am doing something right. As much as I would love to pack up and head out west to join the thousands in North Dakota, I can’t. It is my job to raise the next generation instead. Since I can’t go there, I am so glad that there are others who can and do. I am thankful for our water protectors.
I don’t think there is anyone who hasn’t at least heard about the Dakota Access Pipe Line. Nearly 1200 miles of environmental catastrophe waiting to happen. It is a threat to every living being in its vicinity. It frightens me.
I am so grateful to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe for standing up against this pipe line. I am grateful for their leadership to protect the water and protect our planet’s lifeblood. I am grateful for the thousands who have joined them and for those who have been brave enough to put their lives on the line to save our future. Regretfully, I am not that courageous at this time in my life.
My deepest thanks
Instead I can support them by spreading the message. I started knitting hats for them, then ran out of yarn before I finished the first one, and now I see they have taken hats off of their supply request list. I still want to help, and I want to make a difference, so although it isn’t much, I just want to publicly say thank you to our courageous and visionary water protectors. Thank you for doing what so many of us are afraid to do. Thank you for continuing to strive against injustice, despite this nation’s horrible history. Thank you for not giving up.
How to help
Here are some resources for helping in this mission.
Sacred Stone Camp This site has the supply request list as well as news updates.
#NoDAPL Solidarity This site has resources for creating non-violent actions in support of the protectors, as well as information on how to directly support the North Dakota camps.