Hello to you and thank you for stopping by. I hope that may be folks that are sharing my concern about the developments with the pipeline will be among you and especially protectors that are actually on the front line right now. It is my sincere hope that what I am about to write to you now will inspire you and give you strength.
Now I heard that there was a press conference today and the National Guard and other forces have been called in as a preemptive strike for the decision the judge will deliver tomorrow. Most believe because they are calling in the military, the decision will be in the favor of continuing pipeline construction. Essentially, they already know the outcome. I heard a lot of very wise words about avoiding race-baiting, provocation to violence and other things that can be used as a “reason” for retaliation by these incoming forces.
I have been trying to help as I am able with this situation, to include this blog and my art which I do not profit from materially by choice! I will go a step further now. Visualization of the outcome I want to see and how it could happen.
What I see is National Guard troops being called up and all of them saying, “I am a conscientious objector” and not only that, these folks standing with the protectors to dismantle the pipeline.
What I see is the workers hired to build the pipeline turning away from their machines and going and standing with the protectors.
What I see is the judge who has currently been given the burden of approving or disapproving the continuance of this project saying no and every single judge these companies who want to build the pipeline go to, to try and buy their consent, saying, “No, I will not approve this pipeline, you can’t buy me or threaten my life to change my mind either.”
What I see is the heads of all the alternative fuels companies and products joining forces and resources and coming up with proposals to the people who want the pipeline built….showing them a way money can be made without sacrificing clean water, food and air.
What I see is the children and families of the people who are pushing for this pipeline to come forward and tell their fathers, their mothers, their grandparents, aunts and uncles, “Building this pipeline is a bad idea” and standing with the protectors to show their disapproval.
What I see is every walk of life from the very rich to the very poor expressing in every way available to them their disagreement about this pipeline….show the protectors their support in all the different ways they can.
This is one of those moments in American and World history that will make or break us.
I have one question for the people who are insisting we continue to build these pipelines and remain dependent on fossil fuels and the products derived from them and I also have the answer. Why? Money? What, who and why made you into a being that only cares about profit and not what happens to the very ground beneath your feet? The water that passes your lips? The food on your plate? The air that you breathe? Have you ever stopped to ask yourselves that? Who made you and why do you let them continue to determine your legacy?
The final part of my fantasy outcome is this…..there is no one standing in opposition to the protectors……everyone is standing together to dismantle the past and begin to collaborate on our shared future. This situation is no longer just about Native Americans versus Big Oil….it’s about America…it’s about the world. We have come full circle and now the earth shakes beneath our feet because we are draining it dry. This is about all of us….it is about how we are alike….not unalike my friends (Maya Angelou).
This may seem Utopian and infantile….too unrealistic and idealistic to the skeptical and to those opposed to where I stand on this matter. I just ask you to consider “positive profit” if you cannot see my vision. If you can find a way to compromise and collaborate you will still gain material profits….probably more than you currently are and the world will no longer hate you for it. Just a thought about true Duty, Honor, Country.
Links to resources to stay in the hoop about what’s going on in the field and ways you can help if you are unable to actually be on “sight”:
If you have a Facebook account, if you blog, if you write for a newspaper or other media outlet, if you make movies or other forms of media and can do anything with your skillsets to help – please don’t hesitate!
https://fundrazr.com/d19fAf – Legal Defense Fund for Sacred Stone Spirit Camp
https://act.credoaction.com/sign/NoDAPL?sp_ref=227816784.4.174904.f.553324.3&referring_akid=.3504209.cUyCbC&source=fb_share_sp – Tell President Obama: Stop the Dakota Access oil pipeline. #NoDAPL
My Drawings through the years that I feel are quite relevant to this now we are all in: