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Friday
Jan062017

If Movie Lovers Do One Thing this Weekend to Protect the Water at Standing Rock....

Let it be writing an open letter urging one of the 38 banks providing capital for entities building the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), to withdraw their funding out of this unlawful project that, if completed, will contaminate the water source for 18 million people including Indigenous communities in North Dakota!

"It's hard to keep in mind something as simple as water, but it's important," reads the 2017 wall calendar published by Do1Thing, a non-profit organization on a mission to build more disaster resilient communities. As a U.S. citizen, you have the privilege of knowing that water -- an area of focus in Do1Thing's twelve-step emergency preparedness program -- is always there; for your drinking, cleaning and cooking needs….but what if you wake up one day and find out that the water stopped flowing, or it wasn't clean. What would you do?

This is a question Native Americans living on the Sioux Reservation in North Dakota are praying they won't have to answer, as they struggle to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) from being built under Lake Oahe on the Missouri River.

Since Spring 2016, the Indigenous led #NoDAPL movement has been working tirelessly to resist the pipeline on many levels including spiritually, legally, financially (#DefundDAPL) and through peaceful direct actions, some of which is chronicled in the short documentary film Mni Wiconi: The Stand at Standing Rock directed by Lucian Read.

Not only do I encourage movie lovers to watch this 8-minute film because it may help you get a better understanding of what's at stake for Native Americans and the earth we all share as human beings, it is the main point of reference for the Mni Wiconi (Water is Life) Blogathon hosted by yours truly with Shannon at The Warrior Muse and Misha Gericke at The Five Year Project, running now through Saturday January 7th.

In addition to gathering Do1Thing for calendars friends and family during the holiday season, I set a few aside for a GIVEAWAY following this Blogathon.

That means five lucky Mni Wiconi Blogathon participants will Win a 2017 Do1Thing Calendar with step-by-step water emergency plans and a swag bag filled with all sorts of goodies that can get you started on building your emergency supply kit!

A STAR WARS surprise is to be included in one of these packages as well. More details can be found in the Mni Wiconi Blogathon Announcement post.

What are YOU doing to prevent a water crisis at Standing Rock?

Have YOU watched the Mni Wiconi: The Stand at Standing Rock' film yet?

Is YOUR money is funding the genocide of Indigenous peoples?

Friday
Dec302016

A Farewell Letter to HSBC - Bankrolling Human Rights Violations at Standing Rock is Unacceptable

Dear Group Chief Stuart Gullive and fellow HSBC Executives,
 
As a longtime customer of HSBC, I am appalled that your bank is providing $189 million in revolving credit to Energy Transfer Equity and its subsidiary, Energy Transfer Partners, the parent company building the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). Not only has the construction of DAPL desecrated burial grounds and related sacred sites on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, it also endangers the drinking water for 18 million people living downstream on the Missouri River. 
 
While these actions alone are enough to give me pause about doing business with HSBC, the civil liberty violations that Energy Transfer Partners have made are among the issues I find most disturbing.
 
 
Private DAPL security and militarized police have used excessive force including unleashing dogs, pepper spray, water cannons, rubber bullets and tear gas to attack Native American tribe members and their allies who have united in prayer and peaceful direct actions to halt construction of this unjust, hazardous pipeline. These attacks on water protectors in North Dakota have continued to escalate to the point of severely injuring Indigenous and non-Native women.
 
In the film Mni Wiconi: The Stand at Standing Rock, Cody Hall, a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe asks "what is your spirit telling you to do?" Mine leads me to take action on a number of fronts including severing ties with any bank that prioritizes investments in oil pipelines such as DAPL over the safety of people. Today I'm writing this to inform you that I'm closing my account with HSBC and moving my money to a financial institution that is not bankrolling brutality against people, particularly Native Americans, who are exercising their rights to protect the earth and its natural, finite resources. 
 
Until your bank pulls out of its deal with Energy Transfer Equity and Energy Transfer Partners, terminate its contract with them and halt all further funds from being dispersed to these companies, I will encourage other HSBC customers to withdraw their money and close their accounts as well. You and fellow decision makers have an opportunity to demonstrate that you all have a soul. If like me, you believe crimes against humanity is unacceptable, the time for HSBC to rise as the world's ethical bank is now.
Friday
Dec022016

'Mni Wiconi' Film Illustrates The Power of a Mother's Prayer

Yesterday, I watched Mni Wiconi: The Stand at Standing Rock, a short film about water protectors from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and their allies who are trying to stop the 1,100-mile Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).

The completion of this project – also known as the Bakken Pipeline – would damage sacred Native American burial grounds and poison the water supply for 17 million people across four states including North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Illinois.

Maybe you’ve recently come across a brief news story about some aspect of the resistance. Maybe you heard about the group of U.S. veterans headed there this week to protect the citizens who are under attack at the hands of the Morton County Police Department, on the government’s watch. One of the biggest takeaways from Mni Wiconi: The Stand at Standing Rock, however, is that this spiritual awakening that has brought so many citizens from around the globe together – especially during a time when the world is so divided -- began with a woman named Ladonna Allard.

“I wasn’t an activist. I’m a mom,” expresses Allard in the film as she describes the beginnings of Sacred Stone Camp after finding out the construction of Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) was taking place where her son is buried, in North Dakota. In April 2016, Allard asked her relatives to come and stand with her to protect the water and the land. Today, several hundred tribes are united on the Standing Rock Sioux reservation, a historic gathering with prayer demonstrations to prevent the “black snake” (referring to DAPL) from destroying the earth.

Mni Wiconi: The Stand at Standing Rock is a must-see film. Please watch it, share it and honor tribal sovereignty and the Earth we inhabit by telling President Obama to deny the easement by calling 202-456-1111.

We need every person to call Obama this week before Dec. 5th!