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Learning from Standing Rock

  • Topping Room at EP Foster Library Ventura, California 93001 (map)

Tim Nafziger and Tomás Morales Rebecchi will share their experiences and insights from visiting the Oceti Sakowin camp, where members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and their supporters are opposing the Dakota Access oil pipeline that threaten their water supply and sacred grounds. The 1,134-mile pipeline project to connect the Bakken oil fields in northwest North Dakota to an oil tank farm in Illinois is routed through land that was granted to the Lakota and Dakota people in the 1851 treaty.

Nafziger spent a week with the Christian Peacemaker Teams at the camp. He stated, “I witnessed hours of police assault on water protectors with flash bangs, rubber bullets, bean bag rounds, tear gas and water hoses at freezing temperatures. And yet, in the face of all that, I have never been part of a mass movement so deeply grounded in prayer and ceremony as the Oceti Sakowin camp at Standing Rock.”

Tim Nafziger is a leader of the Ventura county chapter of Showing up for Racial Justice. Since 2003, he has been a reservist with Christian Peacemaker Teams and served there as part of their administrative team from 2008 to 2014. He lives with his wife Charletta in Oak View where he builds websites and writes.

Tomás Morales Rebecchi is a Senior Central Coast Organizer for Food & Water Watch. Based in Oxnard and Ventura, California, he works with local communities and statewide organizations to ban fracking. His background is in civic engagement, running voter registration drives and managing political campaigns. In 2016, he supported and was co-campaign manager for Measure Z in Monterey.