No To The Sabal Trail & Dakota Access Pipelines!
For over 500 years, unspeakable acts of violence and exploitation have been committed against the Indigenous Native peoples of America. In the name of profit and “development”, resource rich lands have been stolen and continue to be laid waste to fuel a profoundly sick civilisation founded on greed and lies.
We here at Faslane Peace Camp would like to express our solidarity with all the water protectors, land defenders, saboteurs, protestors and families and friends involved in these struggles – your struggle is our struggle and we stand with you in spirit as the Native Nations march on DC.
“The ‘Dakota Access’ Pipeline (DAPL) is a $3.8B, 1,100 mile fracked-oil pipeline currently under construction from the Bakken shale fields of North Dakota to Peoria, Illinois. DAPL is slated to cross Lakota Treaty Territory at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation where it would be laid underneath the Missouri River, the longest river on the continent.”
“It is a struggle for clean water and sustainability. It is a struggle to leave a planet in good shape for the generations to come. It is also a struggle for the sovereignty and treaty rights of the First Nations.”
Kelly Hayes puts it very well when she states that – “It is crucial that people recognize that Standing Rock is part of an ongoing struggle against colonial violence. #NoDAPL is a front of struggle in a long-erased war against Native peoples — a war that has been active since first contact, and waged without interruption. Our efforts to survive the conditions of this anti-Native society have gone largely unnoticed because white supremacy is the law of the land, and because we, as Native people, have been pushed beyond the limits of public consciousness.” (Full article here)
Sabal Trail pipeline is “a fracked gas pipeline that will threaten the lands, waters (including aquifers, watersheds, rivers, springs, ponds, wetlands), our environment and flora & fauna in three states…Fracked Gas (or methane) would be transported on commuter trains and the entire system will consist of staging areas, compressor stations and areas to process and export the product. One of the plants is dangerously close to a nuclear power plant…This pipeline is just one portion of a much larger infrastructure of over 44 pipelines either being constructed now or in the planning stages all over the continent of North America”.
At least one participant in the resistance against the Sabal Trail pipeline has already been killed by the local law enforcement officers even though “no law enforcement officer was injured or fired at”.
We send our sincere condolences to all the family and friends of James Leroy Marker .
Kill pipelines not people!
- “Stand ye calm and resolute,
- Like a forest close and mute,
- With folded arms and looks which are
- Weapons of unvanquished war.
- And if then the tyrants dare,
- Let them ride among you there;
- Slash, and stab, and maim and hew;
- What they like, that let them do.
- With folded arms and steady eyes,
- And little fear, and less surprise,
- Look upon them as they slay,
- Till their rage has died away:
- Then they will return with shame,
- To the place from which they came,
- And the blood thus shed will speak
- In hot blushes on their cheek:
- Rise, like lions after slumber
- In unvanquishable number!
- Shake your chains to earth like dew
- Which in sleep had fallen on you:
- Ye are many—they are few!”
- (Percy Bysshe Shelley)