Still Standing Rock Saturday

Oil Pipeline Protest

Digging in for the winter: Activists protesting the Dakota Access pipeline shore up against the cold on Monday near Cannon Ball, N.D. (James MacPherson / AP)

Despite the immense failures of the Democratic Party to live up to its stated progressive ideals, there are differences between the two major parties. Nowhere is that difference more obvious in recent days than in the decision by Donald Trump to reinstate the Keystone XL and Dakota Access (DAPL) pipeline projects. Tens of thousands of environmental, indigenous and other activists slogged for months, even years, to push President Obama to stop the climate-destroying projects. They marched, locked themselves to each other and to heavy equipment, faced arrests and felony charges, were hit by tear gas and rubber bullets, and even bitten by dogs. But they prevailed over Obama. With the stroke of a pen, Trump signed memorandums Tuesday to undo the results of those sacrifices and struggles, even though he knows he has no popular mandate. And he did it on day five of his administration.

Despite the dismay felt by many Americans, Kandi Mossett, the Native Energy and Climate Campaign organizer with Indigenous Rising, a project of the Indigenous Environmental Network, expressed optimism in an interview for “Rising Up With Sonali.” Of the 2015 Keystone victory, she said, “We won it once and we’ll win it again, even in a Trump administration.” Just over a year before last November’s election, Obama bowed to public pressure in the face of congressional support for the project and killed it. Less than two months ago, Obama took a similar stand on the DAPL. “Even though we celebrated for one day on December 4th,” said Mossett, referring to the day of Obama’s action, “we knew that this was coming in a Trump presidency, and so we were prepared.”



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12 Responses to Still Standing Rock Saturday

  1. Den says:

    Pain, pain, go away!


  2. Den says:

    Much sunny today, broke 55, sat in the Sun and absorbed Vitamin D and Vitamin Beer.


    • David B. Benson says:

      Still essentially housebound here. Not going to the Washington Idaho Symphony concert tonight. 🙂


      • Den says:

        You guys really got hammered this year with cold and snow, we got copious amounts of rain, OK from a drought standpoint.


        • º¿carol says:

          And we’ve been snowless for awhile now, mostly rain, always cloudy and 30s and 40s.

          Colder today, some white stuff on the ground. Little white balls.


  3. David B. Benson says:

    If Trump doesn’t get us methylmercury will:
    with Trumpian policies helping all the way.


  4. Den says:

    No barfing!


  5. º¿carol says:

    What an evening, what with the banning of Muslims. FB news feed was on fire, I was on fire. Big protest in NYC at JFK, taxi drivers wouldn’t pick up or deliver to JFK. A court finally put a stay on the idiot’s E. Action. Twitter put out a tweet against what Trump did to Muslims.. The FB dude came out against the ban.

    Bob had his first at home physical therapy…with his daughter. Jill worked him hard, in the sense that in the rehab they were only interested in getting their minutes in, weren’t eager to push Bob. She’ll be back tomorrow. She was unable to come on Thursday when she was scheduled to come, she had to close on her 4th house. My daughter, the entrepreneur. She wouldn’t have been able to do that without Brian. Best thing that could have happened, meeting him. If he never asks her to marry him, the 4 houses are only in her name. Of course, if he split, she’d have to sell two of them right away, lol.

    Tired, have a few FB videos saved up to watch, will do that then go park in front of the TV in the living room, watch SNLive.


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