The Flood never came to Standing Rock, so let's bring the Flood to the United Nations.
From April 24th to May 5th the United Nations in New York City is holding the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, also known as PFII. Typically, these forums lack Native American representation, and often have Non-Natives speaking on behalf of Natives and their issues. This ends now.
For two weeks, we need to show New York, The UN, and the world that Indigenous People are here, and can speak for themselves.
The world will not forget what happened at Standing Rock. The world will no longer ignore the conditions on reservations, and the issues effecting indigenous people around the globe. 3/4 of the world's population are indigenous, and it's time they stop forgetting that.
There are multiple levels of events within this forum, some more exclusive than others. We want to come out in full force at every level. From top to bottom. From panels at the UN headquarters to flash mob round dances in Time Square, we are going to Flood New York City.
Whether you are registered for the forum or not, we are asking for all indigenous people and allies to come to New York City and show your support. As the strongest of warriors take the United Nations to speak, they will have the support of their brothers and sisters outside, praying, singing, marching and standing in solidarity.
Thousands came to Standing Rock. Thousands came to DC. And we can do the same in New York City.
We are planning a plethora of events, from demonstrations, to speaking engagements, to gatherings and dances and celebrations. For two weeks, let's make New York City our new home.
More details to come as this develops and grows.
If you would like to register your own group for the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII) in New York City. http://bit.ly/PFIIRegistration
Deadline March 30th 2017
Inexpensive Bus resources :
The Flood never came to Standing Rock, so let's bring the Flood to the United Nations.
Location and Time: Metcalf Research Auditorium at 7 P.M.
In light of Earth Week, join the Rhode Island Student Climate Coalition for a panel on current fossil fuel infrastructure concerns in the state and how local activists are working to address these issues. Panelists will include Jerry Elmer from the Conservation Law Foundation, Priscilla De La Cruz from People’s Power and Light & Energize Rhode Island, Kathy Martley from Burrillville Against Spectra Expansion, and Nick Katkevich from Fighting Against Natural Gas. Learn how to join the fight to move Rhode Island towards renewable energy and a sustainable future!
The #Earth2Trump: Roadshow of Resistance is coming through Providence, Rhode Island and bringing with it some musical medicine and a call to action! These shows will be an act of resistance within themselves - providing ways to get inspired, plug in to your local community's issues, and even take action during the event. There are a million ways to resist, so make sure to join us and help spread the word! The event is free, family friendly, and open to the public.
A special emphasis will be put on #NoDAPL, #protectthesacred, and indigenous solidarity. Learn more about Sacred Stone camp, civil disobedience, the importance of building bridges, and standing up for the land and water. You don't want to miss our line-up here in Providence.
Featuring music by: RSVP encouraged
Lyla June - Diné and Cheyenne hip-hop artist
Casey Neill - singer-songwriter
Cheryl Angel - Lakota elder fighting the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines
Brytnee Laurette - activist with Center for Biological Diversity
Acts of resistance:
Prints will be for sale to raise money for the Lakota Peoples Law Project
Letter to Your Senators station will be set up, where you can sign an already written postcard or write your own message to your senators. Postcards and stamps will be provided.
Plug into your local community by visiting one of the many organizations tabling at the venue.
Join 65,000 other protectors across the U.S. who have signed the pledge of resistance to let Trump and his administration know we are here to protect and resist.
And more - guess you'll have to come to find out!
Shout outs to our local partners:
Hi! Its Aaron! I'm part owner of the Parlour and a member of the No LNG in PVD coalition. To celebrate the 1st anniversary of my 40th birthday, Extraordinary Rendition Band and Jared Paul have agreed to throw it down for a fundraiser / birthday bash! More performers TBA.
National Grid's plan for a fracked, Liquefied Natural Gas liquefaction facility in Fields Point is the last straw for an overburdened and dangerous port and a clear act of environmental racism. NoLNGinPVD is a grassroots effort made up of frontline community members supported by Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island, The FANG Collective, Rhode Island Sierra Club and many other churches, businesses, community groups etc. As the coalition prepares to contiue community outreach and build opposition to the $180 million dollar fracked gas infrastructure National Grid wants RI'ers to pay for, the campaign needs $$$ to support community members work and to pay for legal representation.
Join No DAPL RI for #ProvidenceDivest this Wednesday March 22 at 5:45pm on the 3rd Floor of Providence City Hall. We need support from all residents, groups, and organizations who can help out to 1) Attend the meeting and bring signs! 2) Call the commitee and voice your support!
Over the next two days leading up to the meeting please call all committee members to voice support.
Please call Providence Council Staff (works for all city council members) at 401-521-7477 and ask:
"Please relay my support to the Ordinance Committee members to vote in favor of divesting from the Dakota Access Pipeline on Wednesday night. Please ask Chairman Hassett and Vice-Chairman Principe to allow Randy Noka, a councilman of the Narragansett Tribe, and Elizabeth Hoover, Professor at Brown University, speak on No DAPL RI's behalf."
Below is additional contact info for the ordinance committee members:
"Councilman/woman__ , please vote in favor of divesting from the Dakota Access Pipeline on Wednesday night."
If emailing, please copy email@example.com so the entire city council will see the support.
Councilman Terrence M. Hassett, Chairman
401-454-0644 (No voicemail)
Councilman Bryan Principe, Vice-Chairman
Councilwoman Carmen Castillo Ward9@providenceri.com
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Ward9CityCouncil/
Councilwoman Mary Kay Harris Ward11@providenceri.com
Councilwoman Jo-Ann Ryan
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Ward5Providence/
What's on the agenda?
Join No DAPL RI to advance Councilman Yurdin's resolution to divest City of Providence funds from banks funding the Dakota Access Pipeline and other "resource" projects that attack Indigenous sovereignty and survival and invite ecological disaster.
Divesting makes Providence a leader along with cities that already passed ordinances: Seattle, WA; David, CA; Santa Monica, CA and a handfull of other cities are in the process of passing ordinances: San Franciso, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, and New York City.
-Divesting improves the local economy by keeping our money local.
-Inaction normalizes the injustice of DAPL
-Inaction normalizes police violence
-Inaction breaks treaties with Native nations
-DAPL threatens water for 18 million people
-Safety with explosions (220 significant pipeline spills in US from January – October 25 2016, and 3,032 since 2006), and
Energy Transfer/Sunoco Logistics also funds:
-Mariner East Pipeline in Pennsylvania,
-Bayou Bridge Pipeline in Louisiana, and
-Trans-Pecos Pipeline in Texas
Some sign suggestions:
Water Is Life
No DAPL for PVD
Here's the link to the official agenda:
Fill the house! Join us!
This is a three day event from Monday March 20th at 8am to Wednesday March 22 at 5pm, by No DAPL RI, in solidarity with Resist Sunoco PA. We ask in support of the Resist Sunoco PA week of action that Rhode Island residents join the call-in to Attorney General Josh Shapiro to demand that he investigates the DEP for issuing permits without investigating deficiencies. Residents outside of the Rhode Island area are also welcome to join this call to action!
Call his office and demand that he follow through with his campaign promises by investigating the DEP and putting a hold on all new construction permits until the investigation is completed.
The DEP illegally issued permits for the Mariner East 2 pipeline. Mention in your call that the DEP sent out letters to Sunoco detailing HUNDREDS of deficiencies in their permit applications for the project. However, under pressure from Governor Tom Wolf's office, the DEP issued permits without deficiencies having been addressed.
The Mariner East pipelines:
"The Mariner East 2 pipelines would span over 300 miles across 17 counties in Pennsylvania carrying natural gas liquids, including propane, butane, and ethane, which are 150 times more flammable than natural gas. The pipeline will cross many streams, wetlands, and waterways, severely impacting Pennsylvania’s watersheds." (cleanaircouncil.org)
Why the Attorney General and the DEP:
"New information from a team of investigative journalists at Public Herald shows Department of Environmental Protection has systematically handled fracking-related complaints with misconduct.
Investigators fought with DEP for three years to obtain information on fracking-related complaints. What they uncovered is jarring. DEP has received over 9,400 complaints related to gas and oil impact. Within this data, the Public Herald alleges to have identified at least 177 water contamination investigations herein DEP committed one or more of three types of official misconduct: malfeasance, misfeasance, and negligence.
Pursuing this potential criminal activity is the responsibility of the Office of the Attorney General."
(Pennsylvanians Against Fracking
How does this relate to No DAPL RI?
From resistsunocopa.com: "Sunoco Logistics, funded by Energy Transfer Equity, is the company responsible for the Dakota Access Pipeline, the Mariner East Pipeline, the Marcus Hook Refinery, and countless other dangerous and polluting structures. Sunoco Pipeline Resistance Pennsylvania carries the No DAPL struggle in our hearts as we work to protect watersheds on land stolen from indigenous people here about 200 years ago. We know that Pennsylvania as a state has done an intentional job of erasing native history. This state has no recognized tribes or treaty lands, yet native communities are alive here today and have a long history that we work to lift up while we resist the pipeline"
More info on Resist Sunoco can be found here: