Dakota Access protesters reminded the nation they won’t be silenced.
The chances that activists can defeat construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) may have dimmed since last Tuesday, but that doesn’t mean the movement to stop it has slowed. Rather, the movement went national on Tuesday, with 300 rallies across the country demanding that President Obama do whatever is in his power to halt construction on the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s ancestral land.
Tuesday’s national day of action to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline drew tens of thousands of people, according to organizers. In Washington, D.C., hundreds gathered around the Army Corps of Engineers headquarters as “water protectors” occupied the entrance. The crowd marched to the White House, where Sen. Bernie Sanders echoed a growing demand among DAPL protesters.
“We say to President Obama, in any and every way you can, stop the pipeline,” he said. “If there are other approaches, such as declaring Standing Rock a federal monument, let’s do that.”
Read Grist’s on-the-ground coverage of the DAPL fight.