Hello Free Spirits,
There is a movement that is happening all over the world. It’s powerful, unstoppable and far reaching. I believe that now more than ever people are waking up to the corruptions of the world. Those that are supposed to protect us are helping protect no our interests but corporate interests of big oil. It is becoming more clear about how the police system actually runs. With great social movements like black lives matter #blm and the Dakota access pipeline and with the power of social media we are watching, and most don’t like what we see. This is why I joined in on November 5 2016 Protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline Project.
It is more important now then ever to be a part of these protests and social justice movements. We have seen injustice following the American election with fucked up politicians responsible for a great and beautiful country wit over 300,000,000 individuals. With Donald Trump in Office the Keystone Project(a pipeline project in Canada) will go through. Obama’s comment on the Dakota Pipeline project was not comforting at all, he recently said that he will let it play out. What does that even mean? It’s so vague. We can no longer let politicians and corporations decide our countries fate. We must fight the peaceful fight using whatever we can.
Here is why I oppose the Dakota Access Pipeline:
- Pipelines have a history of leaking and if this pipeline leaks it will contaminate
- The Pipeline is planned to be built on sacred land which the government has no right to be on
- This fight is more than just a fight for water. It is about fighting the balance of power. Fighting against the idea that power is held by those who have the most money. Power to me is not needing anything but the land to exist, and thrive and love. If you are using power for anything else other than that you are evil.
- The DAPL was originally going to be routed near the city of Bismarck but that didn’t go through. The reason for not going through was because it would have run so close to municipal water sources. Source There is obviously a reason why they didn’t want the pipeline there. Just think about it.
- Building the pipeline on the land will disturb historic and sacred sites.
- Hired security and militarized police are arresting innocent individuals. Most of the people arrested include Journalists and Tribe Members.
- Police have used dogs to bite people, rubber bullets to shoot at protestors, tear gas to disrupt people. Planes are flying over the protestors at night to distract them and make them go against each other. The situation is so fucked up. It would be crazy of me not to do anything I could to prevent it.
Here is what you can do to help prevent this:
- Educate others
- Share the police brutality videos on all social media
- Participate in Protests
- Close your accounts with banks that support the pipeline projects( RBC, TD, HSBC, UBS, Goldman Sachs, Wells Fargo are just a few there are more). I will have an article out soon explaining my transition.
- Reduce your dependance on oil(bike if you live close by to work/school, carpool, and if you can afford it buy an electric car).
- Go join the protests in Dakota.
- Donate some money to give someone the opportunity to protest in Dakota
- Love your neighbours and treat others with respect
Below you will find lots of photos and commentary from the Dakota Access Pipeline Protest in Toronto.
I found about this protest through facebook. A friend of mine added me to the event(I’m assuming she thought I would be interested in joining it since I post a lot of articles and videos of the actual protest in Dakota). And then I invited my boyfriend and others to attend.
So we(my boyfriend and I)made it a date and joined in.
We were just coming back from our lunch date and where walking towards queens park, where the protest was taking place. Then we saw a massive crowd and noise coming from the corner of College and University.
We were caught right at the front of the march. Words can not describe the incredible powerful energy I experienced. It almost brought me to tears. There is a crazy powerful feeling you get seeing thousands of people walking behind the natives people’s who were singing and chanting.
It was lots of fun being in the crowd and i felt very safe the whole time. Lots of people were carrying signs saying “frack off”, “protect people not oil”, “standing with standing rock, no DAPL”, “worth switching banks from,(TD sign)”, “No DAPL”. Even cute little dogs were seen wearing signs.
The protest started at Old City Hall past the US Consulate and continued down University Avenue towards Nathan Phillips Square.
There were lots of police around the US Consulate but there was no need for them there. All the protestors just walked by chanting and singing in peace.
The protest ended at Nathan Phillips Square where thousands of people joined together around the water to listen to a few words by the protest leaders. They thanked all of the protesters who where there celebrating.
After the peaceful prayer we all danced together in two or three circles with a group of singing and chanting Native People’s in the centre. There were lots of people burning sage(my favourite herb) around us. Sage is commonly used during spiritual ceremonies to cleanse and purify the air/energy. There were plenty of reporters interviewing local people part of the protest. Here are some local news clips for some extra footage, feel free to share it with your friends.
- City News http://www.citynews.ca/2016/11/07/clergy-join-dakota-access-pipeline-protesters-ceremony/
- Toronto Star https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2016/11/05/toronto-protest-denounces-dakota-access-pipeline.html
Overall I had a great time at the Protest and I hope that with our continued support all around the world we will combat this negativity.
Update** Our movements are inspiring others and a few police members have walked out of their duties at Standing Rock.
According to TrueActivist, “There have been at least 2 reports of police officers turning in their badges acknowledging that this battle is not what they signed up for. You can see it in some of them, that they do not support the police actions. We must keep reminding them they are welcome to put down their weapons and badge and take a stand against this pipeline as well.
Some are waking up.
And that my friends is beautiful and makes all this worthwhile.
I love you my Free Spirits!
Sincerely, Nicole N