Once connected, tell North Dakota’s Governor Doug Burgum:

Keep water protectors safe from police abuse and remove the road blockade. The Standing Rock Sioux and water protectors have endured militarized police crackdowns – simply for defending their water rights and exercising free speech while protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline. Do not put political expediency over their safety and do not repeat former Governor Dalrymple’s mistakes.

President Trump took executive action encouraging the Army Corps of Engineers to override environmental review and speed up construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation.

His action is a slap in the face to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and water protectors. With resilience, water protectors have already endured militarized crackdowns, police abuse, and daily intimidation – simply for defending their water rights. An estimated 300 protesters were injured in November when police in riot gear used water cannons for hours in subfreezing weather to disperse them.

Any day now, law enforcement may try to disperse water protectors with unnecessary and dangerous use of force. But North Dakota has a new governor – and a chance to avoid the mistakes of its last governor.

Source aclu.org 2-8-2017

 

 
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