Celebrities Supporting Standing Rock
Celebrities are voicing their support for the Standing Rock protest. From Shailene Woodley, Mark Ruffalo, to Chris Hemsworth. They are backing members of the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota, the site of the largest Native American protest in this country’s history. They call themselves the “water protectors” because they are protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline. So to catch everyone up to speed …
The Dakota Access Pipeline is set to be built to cross the Missouri River. And if history has taught us anything, not everything that is built will last. The concern is that when the pipeline breaks, the oil being transported will spill into the river and contaminate it. The Missouri is a water source for many people, and the federal government has asked the company that is building the pipeline to voluntary halt construction. The Obama administration temporarily blocked construction, but a federal court intervened and allowed work to continue.
As stated before, many celebrities and civil rights activists are voicing their support for the Standing Rock Reservation protesters. Some have even gone to the Sacred Stone Camp. Mark Ruffalo is bringing solar panels to help with power.
Meantime, North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple called in the National Guard, and about 140 people were arrested last week at the construction site by militarized police. Men, women, and children have been maced and shot at with rubber bullets. All this is because the indigenous people of this country are protecting land and water. Now I don’t know about you, but I can’t drink oil.
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— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) October 26, 2016
Standing with those who are fighting to protect their sacred land and water. #nodapl #waterislife #mniwiconi @taikawaititi I would also like to take this opportunity to raise something that has been bothering me for sometime. Last New Year's Eve I was at a "Lone Ranger" themed party where some of us, myself included, wore the traditional dress of First Nations people. I was stupidly unaware of the offence this may have caused and the sensitivity around this issue. I sincerely and unreservedly apologise to all First Nations people for this thoughtless action. I now appreciate that there is a great need for a deeper understanding of the complex and extensive issues facing indigenous communities. I hope that in highlighting my own ignorance I can help in some small way.