Judge rules DAPL needs environmental review. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe won a major victory!

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Thursday, June 15, 2017. New York City – Yesterday, I received a message from Chase Iron Eyes, Lakota Law lead counsel. I also received a message from Jan Hasselman, Earthjustice Staff Attorney. I share them with you bellow.

1/26/2017 People’s protectors demonstrate in Philadelphia, PA. "Fight enviromental racism. #NoDAPL." "Respect Native Sovereignty." "Water is Life. #NoDAPL." Photo by Javier Soriano/www.JavierSoriano.com
1/26/2017 People’s protectors demonstrate in Philadelphia, PA.
“Fight enviromental racism. #NoDAPL.”
“Respect Native Sovereignty.”
“Water is Life. #NoDAPL.”
Photo by Javier Soriano/www.JavierSoriano.com

“We just received breaking news that US District Court Judge James Boasberg ruled that the environmental review of the controversial Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) was insufficient and must be reconsidered.

Your persistence and dedication to this cause over the past few months paved the way for this important decision, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Now, you can ensure that our movement to stop this pipeline and defend the rights of water protectors moves forward with strength by making a donation today.

After many defeats on the #NoDAPL front, we are beginning to see rays of hope that the Trump Administration/oil industry alliance can be unraveled. Judge Boasberg’s decision comes on the heels of explosive revelations published by investigative reporters from The Intercept. They shed light on wartime tactics employed by pipeline security painting our #NoDAPL movement as a dangerous insurgency and branding water protectors as criminals and terrorists. Leaked documents show that the Blackwater-style paramilitary firm TigerSwan, Inc. surveilled the members of our movement, stole equipment from our camps, spread disinformation online, and framed water protectors by torching cars and blaming their actions on us.

Make no mistake: Our country is under attack from within. You can be part of the movement to expose the corporate-sponsored, state-executed violence at Standing Rock by donating to our legal defense fund today.

My people have been here for thousands of years, but this land does not belong only to us. It is your homeland too. I hope you will create a respect relationship with the rivers and creeks and streams that flow through this beautiful nation and never fail to stand strong in her defense.

Wopila—I thank you for your care and support at this crucial time in our nation’s history.”

Chase Iron Eyes, Lakota Law lead counsel.

P.S. Today’s ruling is a beacon of hope, as nothing less than the fabric—the heart and soul of our very democracy—is at stake. You can stand with us as our resistance continues in the courts. Our battle for water has become the defense of freedom. Join us by donating to our legal defense fund today. It is imperative that we act together. We cannot do this without you.

3/4/2017 - People’s protectors in NYC support Native Nations. Photo by Javier Soriano/www.JavierSoriano.com
3/4/2017 – Water’s protectors in NYC support Native Nations.
Photo by Javier Soriano/www.JavierSoriano.com

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3/4/2017 - People’s protectors in NYC support Native Nations. Photo by Javier Soriano/www.JavierSoriano.com
3/4/2017 – Water’s protectors in NYC support Native Nations.
Photo by Javier Soriano/www.JavierSoriano.com

“The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe won a major victory today in their ongoing battle to protect their drinking water and ancestral lands from the Dakota Access Pipeline. This victory is the result of the Tribe’s inspiring and courageous fight, supported by hundreds of thousands of people like you who spoke up and made your voices heard.

Just days after President Trump’s inauguration, his administration hastily issued federal permits authorizing construction of the pipeline across the Missouri River, just upstream of the Standing Rock Reservation. Today a federal judge ruled that those permits violated the law.

The court ruled that the Army Corps of Engineers did not adequately consider the impacts of an oil spill on fishing rights, hunting rights or environmental justice, or the degree to which the pipeline’s effects are likely to be highly controversial. In short, the Trump administration broke one of our nation’s bedrock environmental laws.

Today the federal courts stepped in where our political systems have failed, but the fight is far from over. The oil continues to flow, and we will continue to fight back in court. Thank you for standing with us.

Jan Hasselman, Earthjustice Staff Attorney.

6/6/2017 NYC – Beautiful roses at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Hermosas rosas en el Jardín Botánico de Brooklyn. Photo by Javier Soriano/www.JavierSoriano.com
6/6/2017 NYC – Beautiful roses at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
Hermosas rosas en el Jardín Botánico de Brooklyn.
Photo by Javier Soriano/www.JavierSoriano.com


11/05/2016 – NYC Prayer March in support of The Standing Rock Sioux Nation.


12/15/2016 – Tell Your Bank: #DeFundDAPL.

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