Standing in Solidarity with Standing Rock

05 Sep Standing in Solidarity with Standing Rock

 

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The Spirit Weavers Community proudly stands in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Nation, the Lakota people, and all Indigenous Peoples who fight to preserve and protect their homes, their lands, and the future of our children. We stand in solidarity with all who declare these things sacred: clean water and air, lush forests, meadows, prairies, wetlands, and ways of life that honor the people of the earth over profit to few. We do this with the belief that to hold something sacred means that its wellbeing becomes the standard by which we judge our actions and decisions. In the words of the defenders of Standing Rock, water is life and so water is sacred. The water supply of the Standing Rock Sioux is threatened by construction of the Dakota Access pipeline, which was permitted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in late July, despite the objections of three federal agencies including the federal Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of the Interior and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.

We acknowledge the history of genocide, theft of land and resources, that have occurred to the Indigenous peoples of this continent beginning half a millennium ago and continuing today. From around the world the first peoples have been on the forefront of the assault on mother earth in the name of oil. From the jungles of south america to the oil fields of Nigeria indigenous people have been tortured, as the ones who benefit from fracking the earth to her bones stand to gain profit from their loss of lands, health, and clean water for all children. And because we can not drink the oil the question stands; will we continue to stand by and benefit from this assault on the earth and her first peoples or we will stand in solidarity with the first peoples as their wisdom guides us to fight for a better future?

Many of the traditions in which we celebrate have roots in the earth-based spiritual traditions of our ancestors from around the world. In many places they too suffered for holding to their old ways and beliefs, In each moment through our voices and actions we are shifting out of old paradigm ways and into a new consciousness, one that benefits ALL BEINGS!

Choosing to stand with Standing Rock is choosing to take the first step towards what we know is the necessary change all humans must take to create a sustainable future for generations to come. To acknowledge the wisdom of the first peoples and to stand in solidarity with their fight for clean water and rights to protect the land that serves as the web of interconnection for us all.

 

10 easy and useful ways in which you can help support what is happening at Standing Rock! 

1. You can donate items from the Sacred Stone Camp Supply List:
http://sacredstonecamp.org/supply-list/

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2. Contribute directly to the tribe to support the Red Warrior Camp: http://standingrock.org/news/standing-rock-sioux-tribe–dakota-access-pipeline-donation-fund/

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3. Donate Herbal Medicine to support the earth defenders at Sacred Stone Camp through Pagan Indigenous Solidarity: http://paganindigenoussolidarity.org/?p=49
Herbalist Facebook Page Support: https://www.facebook.com/events/325863717753978/?active_tab=posts
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4. Call the White House… (202) 456-1111. Tell President Obama to rescind the Army Corps of Engineers’ Permit for the Dakota Access Pipeline.
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5. Contribute to the Sacred Stone Camp Legal Defense Fund: https://fundrazr.com/d19fAf
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6. Contribute to the Sacred Stone Camp gofundme account: https://www.gofundme.com/sacredstonecamp
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7. Call the Army Corps of Engineers and demand that they reverse the permit: (202) 761-5903
Screen Shot 2016-09-04 at 1.52.16 PM8. You can sign the petition to the White House to Stop DAPL: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/stop-construction-dakota-access-pipeline-which-endangers-water-supply-native-american-reservations
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9.Call the executives of the companies that are building the pipeline:
a. Lee Hanse
Executive Vice President
Energy Transfer Partners, L.P.
800 E Sonterra Blvd #400
San Antonio, Texas 78258
Telephone: (210) 403-6455 Lee.Hanse@energytransfer.com
b. Glenn Emery
Vice President
Energy Transfer Partners, L.P.
800 E Sonterra Blvd #400
San Antonio, Texas 78258
Telephone: (210) 403-6762 Glenn.Emery@energytransfer.com
c. Michael (Cliff) Waters
Lead Analyst
Energy Transfer Partners, L.P.
1300 Main St.
Houston, Texas 77002
Telephone: (713) 989-2404 Michael.Waters@energytransfer.com
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10. Share the news! Use the power of Social Media to share what is happening at Standing Rock and what can be done to help!

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Great Thanks to  http://reclaiming.org and http://paganindigenoussolidarity.org for the Inspiration.