Dakota Pipeline Halted — Take Action to Stop the Construction for Good #StandingRock #NoDAPL

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…”

Read the complete statement at StandWithStandingRock.net >>


Take Action

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.”

Target the 17 banks funding the pipeline and demand they divest from the project — read more on HonorEarth.org >>

You can also join MoveOn.org in thanking the Standing Rock Sioux community and/or contributing financially to the tribe.


Demand that your bank stop financially supporting the Dakota Access Pipeline

Via SumOfUs.org:

Over 100 water protectors were brutally arrested by Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) security forces — some locked in dog kennels and shot at with rubber bullets and pepper spray — just for standing up for their ancestral lands and our most precious resource, water.

Thousands have peacefully gathered in person and in solidarity to stop this 570,000 barrel-per-day pipeline that would endanger the water and ancestral lands of the Standing Rock Sioux. People around the world have donated, showed up in person, and millions used Facebook’s ‘check in’ function in solidarity just this week.

And while this inspiring work is going on, the banks that we use every day are backing the project with hundreds of millions of dollars in loans and investment each.

Demand that your bank stop financially supporting the Dakota Access Pipeline and associated projects such as Energy Transfer now. >>

Big News! Norway-based Bank DNB just announced it is reconsidering its financing of the Dakota Access Pipeline project. This is thanks your support and the brave water defenders who have been on the front lines standing up for the ancestral lands of the Standing Rock Sioux and our water.


Please add your name to the petition!

Pledge to Register as a Muslim if Trump requires Muslims to register

The Alliance of Community Trainers has launched this campaign on CAUSES:

Pledge to Register as a Muslim if Trump requires Muslims to register.

In this dire moment, we need to send a strong message that we will not let prejudice and hatred prevail.  We call on every person of good heart to join us, to hold the vision that this country can yet become a place where we value diversity, cherish the freedom to believe and worship as we choose, and counter fear with courage and love.

View the campaign page here.

Standing Rock Action Steps #StandingRock #NoDAPL

What can you do to support the historic protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline currently happening at Standing Rock in North Dakota?

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Urge North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp to Stand with Standing Rock Sioux Against the Dakota Access Pipeline. MoveOn.org is hosting this petition.
  4. 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!


Photo by Fibonacci Blue via Flickr. (CC BY 2.0)

Photo by Fibonacci Blue via Flickr. (CC BY 2.0)

“We Declared a Higher Ground”: Moral Day of Action + Action Items

On September 16, Repairers of the Breach called for a Moral Day of Action. What an amazing turnout as we all prepare for the November election!

In 30 state capitols and the District of Columbia, rabbis, imams, priests and preachers stood with people impacted by unjust policies to declare, in one voice, that some issues are not liberal or conservative, but right versus wrong.

Repairers of the Breach Moral Day of Action

“I was in tears as I watched hundreds of news stories come in from across the country, and saw the faces of so many impacted persons and moral leaders through images and videos shared on Twitter. In fact, I learned during our press conference in Raleigh that our coordinated actions was the highest trending topic on Twitter through the #MoralDayofAction, #MoralRevial, and #MoralAgenda hashtags.” –Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II

Rev. Dr. Barber is Pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church, Disciples of Christ in Goldsboro, North Carolina and architect of the Forward Together Moral Movement that gained national acclaim with its Moral Monday protests at the North Carolina General Assembly in 2013. These weekly actions drew tens of thousands of North Carolinians and other moral witnesses to the state legislature.

What are the next steps? Repairers of the Breach say:

1. We need you to organize and get to the polls and vote for candidates who will embrace a moral agenda! If you believe in your community, in your neighbors, and in the heart of this nation, you cannot sit this election or any election out! Sister Simone Campbell and our friends at NETWORK have put together these election resources. We will also keep updating our action page with tools to help support your efforts.

2. We call on rabbis, imams, priest, pastors, and other clerics to preach and teach about the moral agenda. We must work together to reframe the moral conversation in our local communities. Economic justice, criminal justice reform, equality in education, healthcare access for all, equal protection under the law – these are the moral issues of our time! Please preach and teach about these issues on at least two weekends (if not every weekend) between now and the November election.

Read more on BreachRepairers.org >>

Fellowship of Reconciliation Campaign to End Islamophobia: #GiveRefugeesRest

The Fellowship of Reconciliation, a peace and justice organization active since 1915, has been pressuring Speaker Paul Ryan and other leaders to end Islamophobia through the #GiveRefugeesRest campaign!

As reported by Yes Magazine:

It’s a message of compassion, scribbled in marker on a pillowcase: #GiveRefugeesRest.

This pillowcase symbolizes the peace Syrian refugees need. The more than 4 million people fleeing the ongoing war in Syria constitute the world’s largest group of refugees. Many have been seeking asylum in countries such as the United States and Canada, while others have escaped into the neighboring countries of Greece, Turkey, and Iraq, often risking their lives in the process.

The Fellowship of Reconciliation, an interfaith organization established in the early 1900s, is urging people to join its campaign and send the message-scrawled pillowcase and a letter to their governor or to U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan—after, of course, taking a photo with the pillowcase and posting on social media.

The campaign has been ongoing for several months, but you can still design and send your own pillowcase or hold a pillowcase-making party! Check out www.giverefugeesrest.com for more information.


Multifaith Responses to the #Orlando Massacre: Videos, Articles, and Actions

Orlando: Love as an Act of Defiance
Multifaith leaders from across the country come together to mourn, pray, and organize after the mass shooting in Orlando. Hosted by Rev. Paul B. Raushenbush, Senior VP of Public Engagement at Auburn Seminary. #LoveAsDefiance #LoveisLove #PropheticGrief

The Religious Institute, working with partner organizations, has drafted a statement for people of faith to show their support and solidarity with the LGBTQ, Latinx, and Muslim communities as well as those living with mental illness. You’re invited to sign this statement to express your solidarity and support.

SIGN ON to the Religious Institute Statement on the Orlando Massacre

The Huffington Post:

Muslims in NYC Remember the Lives Lost in Orlando

United Religions Initiative:

Why Mourning Orlando in Diverse Communities is Powerful and Necessary“, with links to many communities’ interfaith gatherings.

I’m Done Accommodating Religious Hatred Toward Queer Lives – By Paul Raushenbush, Senior VP of Public Engagement at Auburn Seminary

For too long I have tolerated “Setting a big tent” and “Allowing many points of view” and “Dialogue” when talking about LGBT people as if our lives are up for debate and as if the jury is still out on our humanity, our dignity, or our being made beautifully in God’s image…. All I hear in these conversations now is death.

KAICIID Board of Directors Statement:

“In this deeply painful moment, we extend our prayers and condolences to the families of the victims and those injured in the Orlando attack. This deliberate and merciless massacre is a hate crime that we denounce. We reject violence, in particular when it is perpetrated in the name of religion.

We pledge in the face of this hatred and violence to support those who build bridges of understanding that bring together all communities in respect and understanding and pray they never cease their good works in this supremely important task.”

KAICIID is an intergovernmental organisation mandated to promote dialogue among different religious and cultural groups to promote justice, peace and reconciliation and to counteract the abuse of religion to justify violence. The Centre is  governed by a multi-religious KAICIID Board of Directors, consisting of representatives of five religions – Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism.

Via Democracy Now!:

Openly Gay Muslim Imam Reacts to Orlando: Clubs Like Pulse are Safe Havens for LGBT Muslims, Too

IMAM DAAYIEE ABDULLAH: …one of the issues I think is very important, in many communities of color, there’s a stigma about mental health. And in my pastoral counseling that I provide to not only LGBTMuslims, but also young Muslims, interfaith couples, older Muslims who are now in a different culture, we find that the shaming that comes from acknowledging that one may have some issues that may relate to mental health, often people are not willing to go and seek additional help because of that shaming or that cultural stigma that’s associated with it. And I think that we need to make this change in how people approach mental health, so that people can be helped much earlier in the process if they should exhibit certain issues or certain ways of—in which we show there’s some mental illness issues.

#SacredEarth2016: Sign On for Social Media Action on Climate Change, 6/12/16

Via Our Voices: Bringing Faith to the Climate Talks:

We’re just 11 days away from Sacred Earth, Sacred Trust – the day of celebration, prayer and action for the world on June 12 – and things are really starting to take off. We already know of almost 100 events taking place around the world in 30 countries!

I’m getting in touch to ask if you and your organisation would be willing to lend your support to Sacred Earth by joining the Thunderclap and helping spread the message to millions around the world.

Click here to support the Sacred Earth 2016 Thunderclap

If you sign up to the Thunderclap, on June 12 we will all post this one-time message simultaneously: “Millions of people need 1.5°C to stay alive. Today, faiths around the world say protect our #SacredEarth2016.”


We know there are millions of people in vulnerable communities who are already suffering from the effects of climate change. It is for them that we must share our message far and loud, calling on world leaders to commit to a 1.5 degree limit on global temperature rise.

Whether it’s Facebook or Twitter, you have a community online who listen to you. Support the Sacred Earth Thunderclap today

And if you don’t have a social media account, there are still endless number of ways to take part in Sacred Earth on the website here: http://sacredearth2016.org/




If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Thank you for your commitment to creating a better world for us all!

With positive light,
Sean & the OurVoices team

Sign on to Protect Onondaga Lake – Support the Indian Law Alliance Petition

Via Change.org and the American Indian Law Alliance:

Onondaga Lake, near Syracuse, NY, was once beautiful and healthy. It is culturally and spiritually important to the Haudenosaunee (also known as the Iroquois or Six Nations): their confederacy was founded on its shores over 1000 years ago. The lake later became home to resorts and a robust fishery that provided the delicacy of Onondaga Lake whitefish to expensive restaurants in NYC. It was a desirable place to be.


People should be able to drink the water, eat the fish, swim, and walk Onondaga Lake’s shores without worry. We want our children to be able to enjoy Onondaga Lake without health concerns.  The toxic “black goo” and other industrial waste being left around and at the bottom of the lake prevents this future, while Honeywell is spending millions to convince the public they’ve done enough to clean up the lake. We want a better future for Onondaga Lake.


Onondaga Lake

Faith Groups Call for Nuclear Weapons Abolition in Geneva – Sign On!

Faith groups and individuals wishing to add their names to the nuclear weapons abolition statement can do so by emailing y-matsuoka [at] soka.jp.



On May 2, a group of diverse faith-based organizations issued a powerful interfaith statement highlighting the moral and ethical imperatives for the abolition of nuclear weapons, to mark the second session of the 2016 UN Open-ended Working Group (OEWG) taking forward multilateral nuclear disarmament negotiations being held in Geneva between May 2 and 13.

The statement reads: “Nuclear weapons are incompatible with the values upheld by our respective faith traditions—the right of people to live in security and dignity; the commands of conscience and justice; the duty to protect the vulnerable and to exercise the stewardship that will safeguard the planet for future generations.”

Read more on Sokka Gakkai International >>