Water is life; we can’t drink money.  There’s no stopping an idea whose time has come.

waterislife“Construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline has been halted. The decision was made by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, who told water protectors that the current path of the pipeline will be denied, according to a statement from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

And a young woman named Sophia Wilansky might actually might lose her arm after a concussion grenade tore through flesh all the way to the bone. It’s because of these people the pipeline construction has now been stopped, and we thank you so much for all that you’ve done. For a long time, thousands of people have come together in peaceful prayer and communion, and after all they’ve already been through, success if finally here. It’s distressing to think that peaceful water protectors could be hurt in such a manner, all in the name of corporate greed that the entire collective no longer desires.

It’s something that happens and is happening worldwide, as this hand of corporate greed and finance is slowly looses its grip over the planet. The time for change has come and it will continue to move forward, this is a great example and gives us great hope moving forward.” – Arjun Walia via Collective Evolution

standingrock“As things stand now, something nearly miraculous has happened: the protesters have won, indigenous people will not be forced at gunpoint to allow a danger to their drinking water that their settler neighbors had rejected, and the pipeline may die. Despite a media blackout and brutal suppression, native people have won an historic and just victory through bravery and humbling perseverance, and that victory has also struck a blow for a world where preventing climate change and preserving our common home takes precedence over enriching the tiny minority of investors in the oil industry.

But it’s far from over. The Army Corps will apparently research alternate routes for the pipeline, Energy Transfer Partners could sue to repeal the refusal, the Trump administration could reverse the Corps.

The Army wants the water protectors to clear out, but many are digging in to stay and ensure that the decision sticks. At best, this encampment could be the seed of a new post-Trump resistance that fuses the Occupy movement and movements for justice for indigenous people like Idle No More.” – Cory Doctorow / via Boing Boing

standingrockcamp“The Army Corps of Engineers will not grant the permit for the Dakota Access pipeline to drill under the Missouri river, the army announced on Sunday, handing a major victory to the Standing Rock Sioux tribe after a months-long campaign against the pipeline.

While the news is a victory, Jan Hasselman, an attorney for the tribe, cautioned that the decision could be appealed.” –Julia Carrie Wong via The Guardian