On Wednesday evening, justice attorneys Chase Iron Eyes and Daniel Sheehan of the Lakota People’s Law Project shocked and energized a crowd of 200 attendees with their presentation Standing Rock Legal Update and Urgent Call to Action at the Congregational Church of Sunnyvale.
Sign their petition for North Dakota to drop all charges against peaceful pipeline protesters.
“In spring of 2016, a movement was born at Standing Rock. When the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) was rerouted to the reservation, endangering its sacred water supply, Lakota elders asked allies to rally to their cause, symbolized by the phrase: ‘Mni Wiconi — Water is Life.’ Hundreds of thousands of you answered their call,” states the event’s flyer. “Revelations of illegal paramilitary tactics employed by private security firms against Chase and other peaceful water protectors on the front lines underscore that our very democracy is at stake.”
“The fossil fuel industry is driving climate [change],” said presenter Sarah Nelson. “This is the moment we must stand with Standing Rock.”
Sheehan detailed the illegal paramilitary attacks by the private fossil fuel industry on peaceful protesters in North Dakota. “They deployed a full-scale military response, with concussion grenades, rubber bullets, pepper spray, tear gas, and thousand-pound-per-square-inch water cannons.” Sheehan recounted how deepening American oil imperialism since the end of the Cold War has entangled the world in a Climate Change crisis due to rampant fossil fuel consumption.
“I am facing a maximum five-year prison sentence,” reported Chase Iron Eyes for his actions protesting the DAPL. “We must get North Dakota to drop every charge levied on these water protectors. This is the kind of patriotism we must embrace.”