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I stand with Standing Rock


overhead view of water cannons spraying water protectors in North Dakota it is night and freezing temperatures

North Dakota Water Protectors being sprayed with a water cannon

I let this happen. We all let this happen. Every day that I get in my car and drive our kids to school and drive myself to work and drive to the grocery store for food, I let this happen. We can’t drink the petroleum oil. But we can put it in our cars, drive around, and continue our lives as usual.

Now as brave water protectors hold the line in North Dakota preventing the Dakota Access Pipeline from being built under Lake Oahe and the Missouri River, they are being harassed, beaten, arrested and sprayed with a water cannon in the dark of night in freezing temperatures.

Meanwhile, the insular privileged leaders of both the Democrats and Republicans led their parties down a path towards what they each defined progress to be; while leaving the concerns of common citizens largely unaddressed, creating a giant leadership vacuum at the top tier of both parties. The result of which was two candidates no one wanted in the final face-off to win the highest seat in our democratic government, the winner being the less-evil by electoral votes and the more-evil by popular vote.

Those that counted themselves winners were stunned into near silence by the 2016 election result while the those that counted themselves losers ran around like Chicken Little yelling “the sky is falling!”

water cannon mounted near armored tank spray water over razor wire onto citizens protecting our natural resources

a tremendous price is being paid by these water protectors, a symbol of the price we will pay in the future for valuing oil over life

The future of our nation is tenuous right now, but there are some things we know to be fact. Crude oil is the foundation of our economy. The price and availability of this crucial resource affects everything important to our survival from our food supply to maintenance of our infrastructure to our ability to get to the jobs that support our families. And, crude oil is limited. Our effort to maintain a supply overseas has disrupted the stability of other nations and cost many lives of our soldiers and theirs. Our effort to create a supply more locally on our continent have resulted in massive environmental destruction, loss of wildlife habitat for already threatened species, as well as poisoned land and water.

This is not sustainable. We know that already. We also know that as regular citizens, we are not the ones that profit off this irreparable resource extraction. The corporations profit. The global elite profit. We the people will be paying the price for generations to come.

another view of the water cannon spraying water protectors in the night

the tragic irony of water protectors being sprayed with water

Many of us have known for a long time that the answer lies in lifestyle changes as well as systemic infrastructure and policy changes. Many voices have used their platform and their influence to share this message with us.

But real change has been very, very slow. The resistance of society’s momentum in the current direction has been very strong. The resistance of corporate power and the global elite shaping our public policy has been very strong. Our own individual resistance to change when we are relatively comfortable and safe (for now) has also been very strong.

We must be stronger. We must take back our power. We must rise up and find ways to bring change faster. Or it won’t be pretty.

We are already the ones drinking the poisoned water and toxic food while they have filtered water and organic food. We are already the ones living paycheck to paycheck and taking handouts while they have million dollar salaries and golden parachutes.

We watched as the flower children dropped out and created new paradigms. We watched as they were worn down and subdued and swept under the carpet.

silouette of protectors against the white spray of water in the night

peaceful and unarmed we stand in solidarity holding the line

Now it’s our turn to try and resist the oppressors. As we can see from these images of water protectors standing up to the paid mercenaries of corporate profit, it won’t be easy, we will pay a heavy cost. The oppressors will not “go gentl(y) into the good night.” They will open their fat wallets and pay people just like us, people equally as oppressed, to fight against us. The oppressor won’t be on the front line. We’ll be fighting ourselves. Again.

armed police officers security guards an armored tank police cars form a wall on the frontline

not the enemy

Look at those photos. The police officers and security guards are not our enemies. They are just like us. Worker bees. Slave to the system. That is why the water protectors went to the Morton County police department offices with a message of forgiveness and joined hands in prayer signifying that the police are not the enemy we are resisting.

water protectors surround Morton County police department offices with a message of forgiveness and peace

we forgive you

While the brave water protectors put their bodies on the line to hold off the construction of this pipeline, we must be a support to them. We must be the resistance in our own towns, on our own frontlines.

1. Spiritually, we must hold in our hearts the vision of a future that sustains ALL people.

2. Mentally, we must pursue solutions to the challenges we face, designing new systems, and adapting the old ones, to achieve our vision of a sustainable future.

3. Physically, we must immediately make sacrifices. Use less, drive less, buy less. Our dollars fund the system and using our dollars counter-culturally can bring the system down and rebuild a new system.

On Thanksgiving Day this Thursday, I will give thanks and pay respect to the First Nations people whose land and lives were taken. On Black Friday, I won’t shop, I will #optoutside and go for a hike instead. When holiday gifts are exchanged next month, I will make them by hand or buy local crafts, or write a loving card or letter instead. Also, if I am able, I will make a charitable donation in someone’s name.

These are small things that help me align my actions with my values. Much more is needed. Sacrifice is necessary. I’m ready, are you? Onward.

Mni Waconi. Water is Life.



[author’s note: I wrote and published this article my personal blog as well. These words are my own.]


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16 comments on “I stand with Standing Rock

  1. michelle213norton
    December 10, 2016

    I’m so glad they won!! The real turkey of the whole thing is that these pipelines aren’t really for delivery of oil to us. They are setting up infrastructure to serve the 3rd world countries as they start to progress out of poverty. We will be progressing beyond our need for it, but their goal is for us to be so vested in it that it makes no sense to abandon it all the way like we should!!

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    • thehonkinggoose
      December 15, 2016

      ETP and the DAPL are not done yet, they’ll keep pushing to get this easement after the (limited) EIS is done. Hopefully all the attention this has gained will not go away and stand at Standing Rock will be successful long term.

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      • michelle213norton
        December 15, 2016

        Yeah, I wish we could just be done with all the pipelines!!

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  2. Jinny Snow
    December 2, 2016

    Count me still standing and praying for standing rock!

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  3. Jinny Snow
    December 1, 2016

    I hate to mention this, since some have said we need the fuel. The problem is a political one and I’m sure most people know that. They will try to whittle away at the resources of our Native population until they have every penny they can squeeze from the hands of people who only wanted to protect and honor the land as God commissioned us to do, and promises are worthless to them. They don’t care about the condition of the land or the people who are left. Since man was exiled from Eden for not being satisfied with the generous provisions God provided, and took more than was offered, the world has gone down and down. They need to be thankful for what is provided and leave the rest alone. There’s a lot of money to be made on that fuel. What good will the money do them when there’s nothing more to buy? Count me still standing and praying for Standing Rock.

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  4. dbp49
    November 23, 2016

    And each of the words that you wrote reflect the beauty and concern for others that always keeps me looking in on your page. I also stand with our friends at Standing Rock, and tried to do my little bit by attending the Kinder-Morgan Protest here in Vancouver on Monday. Hope to get something up on my page about it in the next couple days or so. Stand strong.

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  5. latskojerry
    November 22, 2016

    Very well said. Far too many people do not think about their consumption of the poisons, whether they be jet fuel, diesel, gasoline, or heating fuel. We need to find ways to slow our lives down. Thank you.

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    • thehonkinggoose
      November 25, 2016

      We really do need to slow down, consumption wise. It seems like it is going to require strict regulation to get the job done. There is just not a broad appeal or enough personal incentive to cause enough people to do it on their own. And even more so when it comes to business and industry.

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  6. Grumpa Joe
    November 22, 2016

    At this time there are no other practical alternatives to fossil fuels. We must all give up our cars, electricity, and heat. Imagine a world of seven billion people that is without energy. The environment will be more destroyed by us looking for food, and fuel to heat our homes. We can help by giving up driving and walking instead. That is not even imaginable in today’s world.
    To get enough electricity to supply our current needs we would have to cover the entire planet with solar panels and hope for sunny days. To get enough power from windmills, we would have to construct huge forests of them. The noise would be unbearable and our birds would all be dead. We could try using whale oil like our forefathers, but the would only last a very short time.
    Our planet will not be ready for alternative energy until such a time when fossil fuels have been completely expended. Then, the drive to find new sources will be powerful enough that creative men will invent the next generation of energy.

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    • thehonkinggoose
      November 22, 2016

      Actually, the reason our society has been relatively slow to transition from fossil fuels to renewable energies primarily because the fossil fuel industry has a vested interest in continuing itself and making a profit. That is a huge lobby with lots of money and power in government.

      Our planet and population is more than ready for alternatives; the oil corporations are not. Here is a map showing how much surface area in solar panels is required to produce the energy we currently us in the world:

      map shows how much surface area is required to produce electricity for the whole world

      The yellow squares are tiny and hard to see so you will probably need to zoom in.

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  7. Yonni's Wacky Workshop
    November 21, 2016

    Hated to”like” this post because of the subject matter, but like that there still are people in this country who are taking a stand against this pipeline and are willing to do what they can. Keep up the great work 😎👍

    Liked by 1 person

  8. TheOriginalPhoenix
    November 21, 2016

    This is such an important post, thanks for writing this.

    Liked by 2 people

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