November 2016 Archives
Press freedom in the U.S. has already suffered under President Barack Obama, as whistleblowers face prosecution and freedom of information requests go unanswered . . . A president Trump who maligns [unfavorable] press and expresses no concern for the wellbeing of journalists attacked by his supporters is not likely to improve this record, and, if international examples provide any warning, such a president could well make it worse.
One week after the election of Donald Trump all but ensured the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) project's eventual completion, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers determined that "additional discussion and analysis are warranted in light of the history of the Great Sioux Nation's dispossessions of lands, the importance of Lake Oahe to the tribe, our government-to-government relationship, and the statute governing easements through government property."
"The delays and noncommittal statements from the Obama administration are disappointing to say the least," said Tara Houska, national campaigns director for Honor the Earth. "We want answers. Conduct an Environmental Impact Statement. Halt the construction of this destructive project."
Hundreds of people took to Market Street to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline last Tuesday. The San Francisco protest was part of a nationwide day of action, in which more than 200 demonstrations took place across the country, reported SFGATE.
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe sued the Army Corps, saying the project "threatens the Tribe's environmental and economic well-being and would damage and destroy sites of great historic, religious and cultural significance."
Hartman Deetz, one of the organizers of the protest, vowed "This is just the beginning of the fight." The struggle to stop the DAPL is a battle against modern-day genocide of Native Americans and environmental destruction. Revolution newspaper correspondents at Standing Rock report that more people continue to arrive at the encampment every day. "What takes place at Standing Rock can contribute to fueling a more defiant and determined spirit of resistance against all this system's crimes -- including the election of Trump. . .
"This is a crucial juncture. Everyone needs to express clear, unequivocal, and public support for the fighters at Standing Rock."