Protests over the Dakota Access Pipeline have become a major national story and one of the most prominent environmental movements in years. People from all over the country have travelled to Standing Rock, the portion of the pipeline that was set to be installed near a Native American reservation, to support the Sioux tribe who fear about the contamination of their main water source, The Missouri River.
In large part because of the scale of the protests, The Army Corps of Engineers recently decided to halt construction of the pipeline. While considered a major victory, protests are not expected to end anytime soon, especially since president-elect Donald Trump has said he's in favor of the pipeline.
Detroiters have also come out in force to support the protests. There have been benefits and fundraisers at Trinosophes
, El Club
, Marble Bar
, Citizen Yoga
, the Tangent Gallery
, and more.
The art gallery and studio Riopelle
is hosting a "Solidarity Night,"
presenting some of the avenues people can support the movement.
A documentary filmed by members of Activate! 313
after their visit to Standing Rock will be screened this Thursday
at the Universe Building on Montana Street. Model D contributor Michele Oberholtzer also visited Standing Rock and wrote a very moving piece
about it for her website.
These are just some of the ways Detroiters are getting involved in the Standing Rock protests. What other events, fundraisers, screenings, and protests are taking place? Comment below or send more information to [email protected]. This article will be updated as we receive more information.