Demilitarize Standing Rock!

Tell the Department of Justice (DOJ) to investigate and demilitarize police responses to nonviolent #NoDAPL water protectors. 

This weekend we joined with over 10,000 from across the globe who have joined in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to stop the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The pipeline could destroy ancestral burial grounds and poison the water supply for an entire sovereign nation and millions of Americans downstream who rely on the Missouri River. 

This sovereign nation of the Standing Rock Sioux — one of many constantly threatened by environmental injustice —is fighting to keep its water safe and clean by means of an historic protest. But law enforcement agencies are treating them like wartime enemies. Riot police raiding a protest camp even yanked indigenous people from prayer in sweat lodges. Last week in below-freezing weather, law enforcement deployed tear gas, water cannons, percussion grenades, and rubber bullets against hundreds protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline, injuring more than 300, including Sophia who still struggles to keep her shattered arm. Right now on a North Dakota prairie, nonviolent protesters are being confronted by police in riot gear with armored military vehicles, automatic rifles, sonic weapons, concussion grenades, attack dogs, pepper spray, and beanbag bullets.

North Dakota has received $3 million worth of military equipment from the federal government through the Defense Department’s 1033 program. On top of that, more than a half dozen states have sent equipment and officers to North Dakota. They have tanks waiting at the bottom of Turtle Island. The DOJ can help stop this militarized response to indigenous activists and their allies fighting for clean water. It oversees the various federal programs that may have supplied much of the equipment being used against protesters—and it can put those oversight measures to use.

Tell the DOJ to investigate possible constitutional violations and suspend police use of federally supplied military equipment.

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Colleen Alexander
Norma J F Harrison
Wendy Emrich
Paul Karsh
Cynthia Papermaster
Monique Caulfield
Jan Franko
Jana Chwalisz
Lauren Brownlee
Donna Deitch Deitch
Jen Senko
Michael Karsh
Carol Pinson
Eleanor Grant
Arlene Allen
Lucia Marano
Andrea Bustos de Romagna
Petra Hubbeling
Hillary Keyes
Debra McIntyre
Jerry Maynard
William Thomas
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  • Colleen Alexander
    signed via 2016-11-28 08:20:29 -0500
    Colleen Alexander
  • Norma J F Harrison
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-11-28 06:08:58 -0500
    Sign the petition: Demilitarize Standing Rock!
  • Norma J F Harrison
    @NormaJFHarrison tweeted link to this page. 2016-11-28 06:08:55 -0500
  • Norma J F Harrison
    signed via 2016-11-28 06:08:27 -0500
    500 years!!!!!!!!!!
  • Wendy Emrich
    signed via 2016-11-28 02:52:30 -0500
  • Paul Karsh
    signed via 2016-11-28 01:52:15 -0500
    This is yet another example of state organizations that call themselves “law enforcement” behaving like the lawless thugs that we were told oppressed the people in Communist dictatorships! It is time for local and state governments, as well as the Federal government, to stop waging this war of oppression against indigenous people and the environment!
  • Cynthia Papermaster
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-11-28 01:27:17 -0500
    Sign the petition: Demilitarize Standing Rock!
  • Cynthia Papermaster
    signed via 2016-11-28 01:27:02 -0500
    Water is life— choose life!
  • Monique Caulfield
    signed via 2016-11-28 00:06:45 -0500
  • Jan Franko
    signed via 2016-11-27 22:55:14 -0500
    Peaceful, non-violent protestors should not be confronted with military force!
  • Jana Chwalisz
    signed via 2016-11-27 22:52:15 -0500
  • Lauren Brownlee
    @Lovenonviolence tweeted link to this page. 2016-11-27 21:48:09 -0500
  • Lauren Brownlee
    signed via 2016-11-27 21:47:30 -0500
  • Donna Deitch Deitch
    signed via 2016-11-27 21:29:18 -0500
  • Jen Senko
    signed via 2016-11-27 20:47:37 -0500
  • Michael Karsh
    signed via 2016-11-27 20:29:45 -0500
  • Carol Pinson
    signed via 2016-11-27 18:47:33 -0500
  • Eleanor Grant
    signed via 2016-11-27 17:57:18 -0500
    The whole world is witness to your provocation and brutality against peaceful protesters. Make it stop. Eleanor Grant
  • Arlene Allen
    signed via 2016-11-27 17:37:19 -0500
    Why didn’t the POTUS stop the barbarian corporate militarism?
  • Lucia Marano
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-11-27 17:35:50 -0500
    Sign the petition: Demilitarize Standing Rock!
  • Lucia Marano
    @lucestella18 tweeted link to this page. 2016-11-27 17:35:48 -0500
  • Andrea C. Bustos
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-11-27 17:35:36 -0500
    Sign the petition: Demilitarize Standing Rock!
  • Andrea C. Bustos
    @AnStAm tweeted link to this page. 2016-11-27 17:35:34 -0500
  • Lucia Marano
    signed via 2016-11-27 17:35:30 -0500
    We must NOW and moving forward NEVER allow any police force in the United States to possess any MILITARY EQUIPMENT. This is especially evident and crucial against the peaceful water protectors at #StandingRock who are protecting their land and water!!
  • Andrea Bustos de Romagna
    signed via 2016-11-27 17:35:05 -0500
  • Petra Hubbeling
    signed via 2016-11-27 17:27:12 -0500
  • Hillary Keyes
    signed via 2016-11-27 17:01:03 -0500
  • Debra McIntyre
    signed via 2016-11-27 16:44:43 -0500
  • Jerry Maynard
    signed via 2016-11-27 16:38:07 -0500
  • William Thomas
    signed via 2016-11-27 16:03:35 -0500
    I support human and civil rights and the indigenous people and environmental activists is their quest to protect their land and their source of life — water.
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