Via the Mining Working Group at the UN:
As I am sure many of you have heard, the easement has been granted for the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. While I am deeply heartbroken, I think it’s crucial to stay involved and aware of all coming updates and opportunities to unite.
- Here is an article that outlines the granting of the easement: http://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/US-Army-Corps-of-Engineers-grants-easement-for-DAPL-under-Lake-Oahe-413224723.html
- Here is a #NoDAPL action hub (it has actions listed out in all states)–it was created by the indigenous youth central to the #NoDAPL fight: http://everydayofaction.org/
- And a music video about Standing Rock to uplift our spirits and remind us why advocacy and fighting the fight is important: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Onyk7guvHK8
On A Gender-Just & Sustainable Trade Agenda
Part of the 61st Commission on the Status of Women
Monday, March 20, 2017, 1:15 – 2:30 pm
Ex-Press Bar, Third Floor
United Nations HQ, New York
- Grove Harris, Temple of Understanding, moderating and introducing short film Roots of Change: Food Sovereignty, Women and Eco-Justice
- Chantal Line Carpentier, PhD. Chief, UNCTAD New York Office
- Kate Lappin, Regional Coordinator, Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD)
- Respondents, with local/regional updates and promising practices
Temple of Understanding
Women’s Major Group
Mining Working Group
UNCTAD – Trade, Gender and Development
Women’s Major Group Joint Statement – UNCTAD 14
Temple of Understanding – Food Sovereignty
On December 4, the department of the Army announced that it will not approve an easement that will allow the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline to cross under Lake Oahe. The following statement was released by Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II.
“Today, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced that it will not be granting the easement to cross Lake Oahe for the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline. Instead, the Corps will be undertaking an environmental impact statement to look at possible alternative routes…”
But the fight is not over! So long as the project is still being funded, it may move forward at a later date. Please take action to cut off the Dakota Pipeline’s funding.
“While the US Army Corps continues its consultation with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe about the river crossing, the Dakota Access pipeline project is in financial jeopardy. It is likely impossible for the company to meet its January 1 deadline, and if it does not, producers and shippers who two years ago committed to use the pipeline will have the option to renegotiate or even terminate their contracts… In August, a group of banks agreed to lend $2.5 billion to Dakota Access. But $1.4 billion of this loan is still on hold until the Army Corps grants the final permits for the pipeline. This means that there is still time for the banks involved in this loan to cut their line of credit.”
You can also join MoveOn.org in thanking the Standing Rock Sioux community and/or contributing financially to the tribe.
- Include your name and message in a thank-you card to be sent to Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman David Archambault II
- Make a tax-deductible donation to the Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation, which has established a special fund for the exclusive use of the tribe >>
The Temple of Understanding stands with Standing Rock! Grove Harris, our Main Representative to the United Nations, is pictured (third from the right) with interns from Peace Boat US, which does peace missions around the world. This shot was taken on Nov. 15 on the way to a rally in support of Standing Rock protesters.
From the New York Times:
MEXICO CITY — The government of El Salvador won a long-running legal battle on Friday when an international arbitration panel ruled that it did not have to pay compensation to a mining company that was denied a concession to drill for gold.
The case had been watched by antimining activists, who had pointed to it as a test of the rights of governments to make laws protecting their citizens’ health and the environment against challenges from corporations.
The panel, the International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes, at the World Bank in Washington, accepted El Salvador’s argument that the company, Pac Rim Cayman, did not meet all the legal requirements to receive a permit.
The ruling was a relief to the Salvadoran government, which faced a demand for $314 million in compensation from Pac Rim Cayman for the loss of expected profits from the mining venture.
“What is clear is that investments are welcome if they respect institutions, if they respect the environment and health,” Lina Pohl, El Salvador’s environment minister, said in a phone interview from San Salvador, the capital.
For months, people have gathered to fight the Dakota Oil Pipeline that will cut through sacred Native American land. This is life at the Sacred Stone Camp. Click the image to view the video from BuzzFeed News.
What can you do to support the historic protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline currently happening at Standing Rock in North Dakota?
- Donate via the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s Official Fundraising page. To date, more than 300 tribes and first nations officially stand with Standing Rock by way of tribal resolutions, letters of support, or tribal delegations joining the camp. Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has been providing a multitude of support services for the thousands of people resisting DAPL.
- Stay updated. The Forum for Religion and Ecology has been providing excellent coverage of the protest. Read their most recent updates here: 10/13/16 Standing Rock Update and 9/29/16 Standing Rock Update Information on how to subscribe to FORE’s newsletter is here.
- Urge North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp to Stand with Standing Rock Sioux Against the Dakota Access Pipeline. MoveOn.org is hosting this petition.
- Contact the 17 Banks Funding the Dakota Access Pipeline. Banks have choices when it comes to what projects they give loans to. Yes! Magazine provides sample paragraphs for your letter or phone script.
This is an incredibly important moment for Indigenous rights, water rights, and environmental justice. Please take action and share!
Muslim Americans are showing solidarity and raising funds for the Standing Rock Sioux in their fight against the Dakota Access pipeline. Click the image below to view the video and share on Facebook.
Bill McKibben: Dakota Access Pipeline Resistance Powerful Enough to Overwhelm Fossil Fuel Industry
DemocracyNow reporters speak with 350.org’s Bill McKibben about how the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and members of hundreds of other tribes from across the U.S., Canada and Latin America have resisted construction of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline, even as police carrying assault rifles responded to them with armored vehicles, tear gas and helicopters. “We cannot pump more oil,” McKibben says. “Frontline communities, and particularly indigenous people, have been in the forefront of this climate fight.” He also discusses Hillary Clinton’s failure to take a stance on the project and how some unions have supported the resistance.
Read more on Dakota Access Pipeline Resistance >>
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For the first time ever, tribe leaders from dozens of historically rival nations put aside their differences to join together in a call for a PERMANENT END OF DAKOTA PIPELINE
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From Yes! Magazine:
Standing Rock Joins the World’s Indigenous Fighting For Land and Life
When opposition to the Dakota Access pipeline galvanized the support of hundreds of U.S. tribes, it became an unprecedented show of Indian Country unity and resolve.
Now, it’s a global indigenous movement.
Members of tribal communities from around the world have joined in activism led by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. A Sami group from Norway was the latest to arrive on Friday. This resistance campaign, many say, has emerged as part of a greater global crisis—a united struggle in which indigenous lands, resources, and people are perpetually threatened by corporations and governments often using military force. Integral to this shared narrative is the routine ignoring of treaties.
In their continued struggle, the Lakota Sioux are advancing an Indigenous agenda that calls for governments to acknowledge the unique and inherent rights of First Peoples.