As the confrontation over the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) at Standing Rock between big oil and water protectors continues to intensify, reactions and protests are springing up across the country. DAPL protesters in New York occupied Times Square, but here in Rhode Island there have been weekly protests outside the TD Bank in downtown Providence. TD Bank is one of the financial institutions funding the pipeline.
Water protector Sophia Wilansky lays in a hospital facing as many as twenty surgeries to save her arm after an explosion, possibly caused by a concussion grenade launched by police last Sunday as water protectors attempted to clear debris from a bridge. (Police deny causing Wilansky’s injuries.) Wilansky was one of 300 people injured over a seven hour period of police action on Sunday that included the use of rubber bullets, concussion grenades and water cannons in subzero temperatures.
For the best coverage of the scene at Standing Rock, check out Democracy Now!
Those who deny that protesting outside a bank in the rain or in the cold should know that the Norwegian Bank DNB just sold its assets in the companies involved with DAPL.The pictures on this page are from Tuesday’s protest.
The next action will be on Friday, November 25, as part of a national call to action, “No Black Snake Friday” from 11am to 1pm at TD Bank at Westminster and Dorrance St downtown.
Thanksgiving is the perfect time to consider our nation’s relationship to Native Americans, our relationship to the earth, and our obligation to act in the face of corporate and governmental greed.
Standing Rock is the front line. Join the movement.