Dakota Access: Stars From Hollywood to Washington Support Water Protectors
From movie stars to prominent politicians, celebrities are adding their voices and presence to the fight against the Dakota Access oil pipeline, and the number is growing.
Shailene Woodley, star of the movie series Divergent, has been most in evidence, spending weeks with the water protectors out near the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe reservation, traveling to Washington D.C. to help get the word out to government officials, and lending her voice to events in New York City. She was joined there by Rosario Dawson and Riley Keough.
Most recently, Susan Sarandon attended a rally in Washington D.C. on August 24 outside U.S. District Court. She joined hundreds of others, including Woodley, in support of Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman David Archambault II, who was inside with the tribe’s attorneys trying to get a judge to halt construction on the 1,172-mile-long pipeline.
Before that there were the stars of Justice League, who sent out messages of support via Twitter back in May.
The actor and directing superstar Leonardo DiCaprio has long been an advocate against climate change and highlighted Indigenous People's contributions to environmental awareness. He walked shoulder-to-shoulder with indigenous activists during the 2014 People's Climate March in New York City and gave First Nations a shoutout during his Oscar acceptance speech for The Revenant.
DiCaprio came out early in support of the fight against the pipeline and of late has reiterated that support with a post on Facebook.
“Stand with the Standing Rock Sioux in their opposition of the Dakota Access Pipeline which threatens our climate,” he wrote, linking to an article on the topic. “Take action here: http://www.change.org/rezpectourwater.”
Prominent Native folks are also in the mix. Native American Natural Foods sent its president, to the camp bearing—what else?—the company’s signature Tanka Bars.
“Tanka president Mark Tilsen, along with his friends Bruce and Rich Ellison, are heading up to Standing Rock to support our brothers and sisters fighting the Dakota Access oil pipeline in order to protect our sacred water,” said the company on Facebook. “They are bringing 5.700 Tanka Bars with him to feed the people.”
Then there was musician Pharrell Williams, who voiced support with a photo on his Facebook page.
“We have so much we can learn from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and other Native American tribes,” he said. “The children of Standing Rock ran 2,200 miles on foot to Washington, D.C. to save their sacred land from the oil industry. Let's help protect them so they can continue to live in peace #rezpectourwater.”
In the political realm were both Jane O’Meara Sanders and her husband, former Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.
Bernie Sanders echoed similar sentiments, while tying the pipeline to climate change and the need to cease relying on fossil fuels.
“As a nation, our job is to break our addiction to fossil fuels, not increase our dependence on oil,” Sanders said in a statement on August 25. “I join with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the many tribal nations fighting this dangerous pipeline.”
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