Neil Young and Willie Nelson performed “Who’s Gonna Stand Up?” at the Harvest of Hope concert sponsored by Bold Nebraska on a farm on the route of the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline. Thank God so many did stand up and Keystone XL was defeated.
Today the water protectors in North Dakota, and all along the route of the proposed Dakota Access pipeline, and supporters throughout the country are standing up. Thousands of Native Americans are encamped to stand up in the face of illegal assaults against their peaceful, nonviolent efforts to protect our water and our environment for all of us.
In a blatant act of environmental injustice, the pipeline route was moved away from Bismarck because authorities know that the pipeline will leak and the city’s water supply would be contaminated. In a blatant display of the forces of corporate greed yet again proceeding despite the known damage that will occur to the environment, native culture, and the very water we ALL need for our very survival, due process and First Amendment rights are suspended. So called law enforcement is the tool of the oppressor. North Dakota is a police state.
Corporate control of the mainstream media means most of the general public would not have known what has been going on, if not for courageous reporting from true journalists, such as Amy Goodman and her crew from Democracy Now. Most of us wouldn’t have known of the private security forces unleashing attack dogs against peaceful men, women and children. As a result an arrest warrant was issued for Amy Goodman. Any school child knows that is just what the First Amendment is intended for, so that this very act of abuse would not occur. And yet, it has.
Amy Goodman will surrender to authorities this Monday, October 17. “I will go back to North Dakota to fight this charge. It is a clear violation of the First Amendment,” said Goodman. “I was doing my job as a journalist, covering a violent attack on Native American protesters.”
We need to show our support for her.