Frontline Indigenous Youth Washington, DC April 1

Tomorrow, April 1, is the day of action for the youth from the Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Nations, who have arrived in Washington, DC. Along the way they stopped at the Meskwaki settlement in Iowa, where my friend Donnielle Wanatee lives.

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From the Extinction Rebellion

Dear Rebel,

On Thursday, April 1, frontline Indigenous youth and organizers from the Dakota Access and Line-3 pipeline fights will travel to Washington DC to demand that President Biden Build Back Fossil Free by stopping these climate-destroying projects.

We are calling all water protectors, land defenders, climate activists and friends to join us Thursday at 11am at the Army Corps of Engineers office 441 G Street NW Washington, DC 20314. We will then walk a short distance (about 1 mile) to the White House to make sure President Biden gets the message as well Access the full schedule of events for Thursday here.

If completed, Enbridge’s Line-3 tar-sands-oil-pipeline would cut 337 miles across northern Minnesota, carrying 760,000 barrels of heavy crude oil per day from Alberta, Canada, to Superior, Wisconsin, through 800 fragile wetlands and under 200 bodies of water, including the Mississippi headwaters.

Indigenous communities are demanding that Biden follow the mandate given with their vote: Show up for Black, Indigenous, and communities of color fighting to protect water, land, sky and their bodies from toxic pollution and climate change.

Can’t make it but want to help? Donate or sign a petition here, or help spread the word online with this social media toolkit.

Last Saturday, XRDC rebels took the streets to ramp up for the April 1st solidarity action. Using segments of the black snake representing oil and gas, we demanded that Chase bank and Citibank stop funding the Enbridge Line-3 pipeline and all other fossil fuel projects. JP Morgan Chase is the world’s worst fossil-fuel-climate-criminal, contributing $51.3 billion in fossil fuel financing last year alone, and a total of $317 billion since the signing of the Paris Climate Accord in 2016.  

Hope to see you on Thursday in solidarity
With Love and Rage,
Extinction Rebellion DC

Frontlines to DC
Shut Down DAPL and Stop Line 3
Detailed Schedule for Public

On April 1st frontline Indigenous youth and organizers from the Dakota Access and Line 3 pipeline fights will travel to Washington D.C. to demand that President Biden Build Back Fossil Free by stopping these climate-destroying projects. Five years ago on April 1st, the Sacred Stone Camp was founded and history was made as thousands of people descended to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline. 

Schedule 

9am:  Runners will gather at the National Museum of American Indian outdoor plaza, at 4th st & Jefferson Dr. There will be an opening prayer and song offered before the runners begin. 

10am: Run begins The youth runners will depart the plaza and run west along the national mall pathway. The runners will run to and circle around the Washington Monument and then proceed back east along the national mall pathway. They will turn north on 7th st and then cross over to 6th st, then proceed north until G St NW, where they will arrive at the Army Corps of Engineers Headquarters, 441 G St. NW. 

Runners will be running together, flanked by security bicycles. They will be accompanied by non-native allies and supporter runners.

11:00:  Rally at Army Corps
Line-up
Opening
Grounding
KXL
MVP
LINE 5
DAPL
LINE 3
Tribal & Congressional Leaders

12:10: 400,000 Signature Petition Delivery

12:20 March departs The march will depart and proceed north on 5th St NW, turn west on H St NW, turn north on 13 st NW, west on I st NW, and south into Black Lives Matter Plaza on 16th st NW. 

12:50 March arrives in Black Lives Matter Plaza

1pm Victory Dance program

Singers will begin to sing a victory dance song. Participants will now enact a street theater performance of “Destroying the Black Snake”

Map – Run & March Route