Earlier this week I awoke with a vision, which was to use the musical activism of Nahko and Medicine for the People to stimulate discussions related to the water protector’s nonviolent efforts at Standing Rock, opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline, as a way for Bear Creek Friends meeting to engage with the national #StopETP campaign. We will be showing music videos of Nahko’s songs, and talk about the images and lyrics at the meetinghouse this Saturday, September 9th at 7:00 pm.
You might wonder why have this event in the middle of nowhere? Several of the most significant things in my life in Indianapolis began with events that were posted on the Internet, just like this one.
The first was the Keystone Pledge of Resistance, that resulted in being trained how to organize nonviolent direct actions and teach others about nonviolence. That led to the development of a tightly knit group of environmental activists that not only organized many events related to the Keystone Pipeline, but also addressing homelessness, the Iran nuclear deal, and Dakota Access Pipeline.
The second was an Internet event that connected me with the Kheprw Institute (KI), the black youth mentoring and empowerment community that became a large part of my life and taught me a great deal about racial injustice.
So I’m hoping that our event at Bear Creek might lead to similar connections with others interested in environmental activism, nonviolence, and/or indigenous rights.
My first connection with Nahko and Medicine for the People was on a very cold day this past winter when our local #noDAPL group held a rally outside the theater where they were going to perform in Indianapolis. As members of the band passed us as they went into the theater, they gave each of us a big smile and a fist bump.
One of their powerful videos is Love Letters to God
From the #StopETP website: We are a growing coalition of communities and organizations that care deeply about our rights to clean water, clean air, a stable climate, and a democratic society.
We believe that landowners and indigenous tribes have the right to determine what happens to their land. But Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), a giant oil company based in Texas, has been consistently violating those rights in their drive to build new oil and gas pipelines. And along the way, communities have suffered.