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2HAW: Water is Life : Lessons from Standing Rock and Spectra

  • Hunter Mfa 205 Hudson St New York, New York 10013 (map)

Water is Life: lessons from Standing Rock for a sustainable future of peaceful resistance.

On Februrary 22nd the water protectors of Oceti Sakowin (Standing Rock) were violently evicted with extreme U.S. military force from the sacred land they were protecting in North Dakota. The Dakota Access Pipeline, funded and built by Energy Transfer Partners, poses serious danger to our waters, land, and survival as a species. Not only is our earth being destroyed but treaties are being broken that protect indigenous people. This is a form of environmental racism, a process that maintains the oppression of marginalized communites and suppresses the possibility of building sustainable infrastructure. DAPL is not the only natural resource extraction project that we need to worry about.

Right here in NY, Spectra Energy's plan to build the Algonquin Pipeline Expansion represents an attack on our community. Spectra has proposed a 42 inch diameter, high pressure shale gas pipeline that would run 105 feet from of Indian Point nuclear safety facilities. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has continually ignored the calls of citizens and elected officials for independent health and safety assessments of AIM, giving Spectra Energy notice to proceed with construction, while blocking attempts by citizens to reverse their decision.

Pete Deevakul, NYC based artist and photographer, visited Oceti Sakowin for the first time in late November to volunteer. He has been working with activist and journalist August White, to find effective ways to translate the experience and lessons they have learned, to mobilize support for our waterways and the people who protect them. There is no better way to learn than from the people who are fighting out there everyday.

“This is not the government’s land. This is our land. This is treaty land. This is why we’re still here to the very last second.” - Elder Raymond Kingfisher of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe

Resist Spectra is a community of activists who pledge to join others in our communities, and engage in acts of civil disobedience to protect the land, water, and land by directly stopping the AIM pipeline expansion project.

205 Hudson Street
2nd floor - HAAG Room
New York, NY 10013