It took so long. Social, racial, and civil rights boundaries were pushed. Peaceful protestors got help from communities with donations of basic amenities. After these cold months in North Dakota and with winter storms on the horizon, relief came not a moment too soon to the people at Standing Rock. The Dakota Access Pipeline has been shut down! (For now)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has denied the remaining construction of the DAPL, the portion that would cross Lake Oahe. Yes, this is the time to celebrate a victory, but it’s not over. America will see a new administration begin on January 20th (just in time for my birthday!) I’m sure the pipeline will be brought up again, and the world of social justice must persevere. Now more than ever, communication and compassion and thoughtful approaches are key.
For more details, check out this news article from USA Today.
Also, read Jon Hatch’s gorgeous, moving, and insightful blog post about his visit to Standing Rock. A Christian originally from Northern Ireland, he knows about conflict, and reflects on the culture he found at Standing Rock.
Have a great week and don’t be trashy.