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"We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” - Elie Weisel

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor." - Desmond Tutu

"There comes a time when neutrality and laying low become dishonorable. If you’re not in revolt, you’re in cahoots. When this period and your name are mentioned, decades hence, your grandkids will look away in shame." - David Brooks

5 responses to “Dakota Access Pipeline protesters arrested at TD Bank lockdown in Providence”

  1. salgal

    This is what it takes. To cause a ruckus. Some chaos. Prove inconvenient. Force these institutions to have some focused awareness that they would otherwise conveniently deny.

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  2. A Standing Rock victory

    […] fought hard even here in Rhode Island.  There were FANG’s (Fighting Against Natural Gas) actions at TD Bank where people linked together and were arrested bringing to light the financing of the […]

  3. Johnnie

    “They made us many promises, more than I can remember, but they only kept but one; they promised to take our land and they took it.”— Chief Red Cloud, Oglala Sioux

    It warms my heart to see the veterans at Standing Rock defending and standing with the oppressed Native American people and their multi-national supporters instead of standing with and defending US imperialism and fighting to subjugate and oppress people around the world.

    The rulers made a calculated decision yesterday to temporarily put their vicious attack dogs back on a leash at the Standing Rock encampment. They were not willing to risk the fallout or pay the political price of having the public see US veterans being attacked on the national news, not only here but all over the world. It would have been too much of an exposure of them and all they pretend to represent. Besides, the encampment had grown to around 10,000 people, including families and children. I don’t think they had the police forces in place to control all those people. And an attack could have brought forth thousand more to join in the struggle.

    Not that it is beyond them to attack those who have fought and died for them. In 1932, Hoover ordered the military to attack and disperse what was called the “Bonus Army,” thousands of WW I veterans and their families who camped out in Washington during the Depression seeking the bonuses that were promised to them. At that time they were willing to take the hit.

    They do not give a shit about veterans, but they are in the process of preparing the American people for another war and this would simply not comport with their plans. They need these “heroes,” as they like to call them, to prepare the next generation of youth to fight and die for them, their system and their profits.

    One thing is clear, the government would never have backed down without the heroic and inspiring resistance of ordinary people refusing to back down . This fight against the pipeline, and for the planet and humanity is far from over.

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  4. In case of lockdown, Burrillville police follow FANG activists to Barrington

    […] have led the campaign against a proposed power plant in Burrillville and participated in Providence solidarity actions against the Dakota Access Pipeline project – both of which have included lockdowns – were planning a peaceful protest in, of all […]

  5. Extraordinary turnout in support of the Community Safety Act at Providence City Hall

    […] the police. Gaines said that visibly trans people are often challenged about their gender. When Gaines protested TD Bank‘s involvement with funding the Dakota Access Pipeline in November of last year, she was […]

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