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WOL Stands with Standing Rock
Water is life. No one has a right to deprive another human being of life. It is reported that 17 million Americans depend on the Missouri River as a source of clean drinking water. The North Dakota portion of a 1,172-mile gas pipeline was originally scheduled for completion by November 2016. In light of the explosion in Alabama on October 31, it is with extreme urgency that we appeal to WOL members and supporters to take action and stand for Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to halt any further development of the pipeline and provide safety for water protectors.

Within Our Lifetime (WOL) Network joins thousands who are standing with Standing Rock against the use of militarized police to protect corporate interests whose sole purpose is profit. The violent and inhumane treatment of peaceful protestors warrants immediate intervention from President Obama and the Department of Justice. On September 22 United Nations Expert, the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, released a statement calling upon the United States to immediately halt the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, in recognition of dire and direct threats to the drinking water, burial grounds and sacred sites of the Standing Rock Sioux people.

Terrorist tactics such as strip-searching, tasering, shooting rubber bullets and caging are being deployed against Indigenous Americans. The people are telling their stories via social media and need to be seen and heard to prevent further violence against peaceful protesters. The militarized troops are paid with public dollars and being used to protect corporate interests rather than protecting human life and dignity. WOL supports Chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Dave Archambault II request that “the Department of Justice impose an injunction to all developments at the pipeline site to keep ALL citizens – law enforcement and protesters—safe.” We further agree that “the DOJ should be enlisted and expected to investigate the overwhelming reports and videos demonstrating abuse of authority, strong-arm tactics, and unlawful arrests by law enforcement.”

Please respond to the Sioux Tribe’s urgent needs, listed below, and get the word out to your networks.  Since many news agencies are not reporting on the protests and militarized police action, please share the videos and reports from the Camp of the Sacred Stones and the Red Warrior Camp on your social media: https://nodaplsolidarity.org/media-and-outreach-materials/

The Tribe urgently needs:
  1. lawyers with civil rights expertise to provide pro bono legal assistance to the hundreds of protectors who have been arrested over the past week...to help please contact: standingrocklegalconnect@gmail.com or call or text (701) 409-0550.
  2. monitors on the ground who can observe the conflict and ensure that the civil rights of protectors who are peacefully exercising their First Amendment rights are not violated by law enforcement. If you are able to provide the tribe with such assistance or know who can, please contact NCAI Executive Director Jacqueline Pata at jpata@ncai.org.

In addition, the Tribe is requesting calls to the Obama Administration, asking it to: Direct the Department of Justice to send observers to safeguard the protectors’ safety and their First Amendment rights. Contact:
Attorney General Loretta Lynch
United States Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530

Direct the Army Corps to immediately issue an order to stop work on additional construction within a mile between Highway 1806 and the Missouri River to help reduce tensions until the Corps finalizes its decision regarding the Lake Oahe easement. Contact:
Jo-Ellen Darcy, Assistant Secretary of Army (Civil Works)
108 Army Pentagon
Washington, DC 20310
(703) 697-8986

And to the Governor to: Call North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple to remove the National Guard. It is an inappropriate use of the United States military to interfere with a peaceful exercise of the First Amendment. Contact:
Governor Jack Dalrymple & Lt. Governor Drew Wrigley
Office of Governor State of North Dakota
600 East Boulevard Avenue, Bismarck, ND 58505-0100
governor@state.nd.us http://www.governor.nd.gov/contact-us
(701) 328-2200

And Environmental Quality action to protect clean water and land:
Christy Goldfuss
Managing Director at the White House Council on Environmental Quality
1776 I St NW
Washington, DC 20006
Noreen Nielsen (CEQ)
(202) 401-1576

Excerpt from United Nations’ Victoria Tauli-Corpuz Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
GENEVA (23 September 2016) - Ms. Tauli-Corpuz's call comes after a temporary halt to construction and the recognition of the need to hold 'government-to-government consultations' made by the US Departments of the Army, Justice and of the Interior. The 1,172 mile (1,890 km) pipeline is being built by the US Army Corps of Engineers and the Energy Transfer LLC Corporation.
"The tribe was denied access to information and excluded from consultations at the planning stage of the project and environmental assessments failed to disclose the presence and proximity of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation," the expert stressed.
"The United States should, in accordance with its commitment to implement the Declaration on the rights of indigenous peoples*, consult with the affected communities in good faith and ensure their free, and informed consent prior to the approval of any project affecting their lands, particularly in connection with extractive resource industries," Ms. Tauli-Corpuz said.
The Special Rapporteur also warned that tribal leaders and community members who have turned to peaceful protests to halt the pipeline's construction have been reportedly intimidated, harassed and prosecuted. "The US authorities should fully protect and facilitate the right to freedom of peaceful assembly of indigenous peoples, which plays a key role in empowering their ability to claim other rights," she highlighted.
"I urge the United States Government to undertake a thorough review of its compliance with international standards regarding the obligation to consult with indigenous peoples and obtain their free and informed consent," the expert said. "The statutory framework should be amended to include provisions to that effect and it is important that the US Environmental Protection Agency and the US Advisory Council on Historic Preservation participate in the review of legislation."
(*) See the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/IPeoples/Pages/Declaration.aspx
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Within Our Lifetime (WOL) supports the families of Alfred Olango, Keith Scott, Terence Crutcher, Terrence Sterling, and Tyre King (among many others) and all the people grieving, organizing and protesting for justice in El Cajon, Charlotte, Tulsa, Washington, D.C Columbus, (and beyond) in the wake of the rampant police killings of Black people across America.  These tragic losses lay bare the urgent need for substantive changes in a number of areas, including law enforcement training and community oversight.  We are committed to finding ways to elevate awareness of the damage inflicted by structural racism, implicit bias and racial trauma and seek opportunities for joint work and joint action toward racial equity, justice, dialogue and healing.  In short, WOL is committed to ending the hierarchy of human value that exists in the United States according to race, and calls for the following:

First, law enforcement agencies locally and nationally must immediately shift administrative practices through training, professional development, and protocols of accountability dealing with implicit bias, and overt racism. Specifically, WOL demands advanced de-biasing training to decrease officer bias with accountability to the community they serve. We have all heard the video of a police officer in a helicopter in Tulsa call a Black man with his hands in the air “a bad dude”, despite no other information.  In addition to becoming conscious of their internalized racism, professional development for police must also address what Camara Phyllis Jones calls personally mediated, and institutionalized racism.

Second, WOL demands specific actions to increase the capacity of the community and government to hold law enforcement officers and departments accountable.  U.S. police have killed many unarmed civilians in the past 2 years, with almost no officers charged, and even fewer convicted.  We call for the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the killings, and to expedite the creation of an oversight board within the Community Oriented Policing Services program to ensure that departments that receive funding are implementing community-centered strategies,  and at a local level governments should push their departments to have independent community oversight with the power to subpoena officers. Additionally, police precincts should be controlled by communities not by centralized power of the unions..  We call for reparations for the families of those killed, and we call for a national database that prevents officers dismissed for misconduct in one police department from being hired in another.

Third, Within Our Lifetime formally endorses The Movement for Black Lives Policy Platform and urges our member organizations to do so as well as lawmakers in California, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Ohio and other state and local governments, as well as the federal government to do likewise.  The need for anti-racist  and direct democratic systems that include, community oversight of police departments, and the execution of all of the initiatives described in The Movement for Black Lives Policy Demands have never been more clear.

Finally, WOL recognizes the need for immediate responsiveness to impacted communities, as well as a renewed opportunity to work toward racial equity, justice and healing.  We reject all attempts to shift the blame to individuals that have been targeted by the police - reading a book, or carrying a toy gun, or having your car break down are never acceptable reasons for violent force.  We also reject all attempts to shift blame to the people protesting in the street in the wake of these senseless killings.  The issue is state-sanctioned violence, not the community’s response to that violence.

We offer our support and our resources to these most recently impacted communities, with the sad recognition that this problem will not end today. We will pay special attention to the trauma and recovery of the communities most impacted, including the Black community.  It is well past time for a fundamental shift in how Black lives are valued in America.  And as communities emerge from the most significant trauma and disruption, we will make available the wisdom in our network around racial healing, and the tools to fight for policy change and racial equity.  We invite you to join us in this work by becoming a member of Within Our Lifetime.

Within Our Lifetime is developing a Rapid Response protocol, in collaboration with Movement NetLab, to respond to crisis situations.  In the interim our areas of support your local community can request in times of crisis for preparedness are the following:

Emergency Financial and Material Resources : bail fund, family fund for social support costs. Movement Registry gift supplies via Amazon.
Regional Racial Healing Calls: emotional emancipation processes, racial healing community circles.
National Unified Calls to Action: mass networked symbolic and political actions that can go viral.
Remote Strategy Consultations: coaching on racial justice strategies and documentation of events of the incident or watershed event through media coverage.
Legal Support: Know Your Rights training, Tool kits, Legal Observers

To request movement support locally in your community from our interim intake process please click here. If you would like to get involved in shaping it or one of our other workgroups, please complete this form.

Here are some ways you can assist the three communities who experienced this state sanctioned violence (additional links to be provided soon for other cities):

    Sign petitions, volunteer or donate to Charlotte Uprising HERE.
    Donate to Movement 4 Black Lives support efforts HERE.
    Donate to Southern Vision Alliance Charlotte support efforts HERE.
Here are few resources to continue to learn more about the issues and to share with
in your organization, communities, and partners:

Black Lives Matter Syllabus
Racial Equity Glossary and some selected terms Policy and systems change,  Community Organizing,  Criminal Justice,  Implicit Bias and De-biasing work