As Buffalo Springfield said - There's something happening here. The Native American protest at Standing Rock has grown from a small band of peaceful warriors to global celebrity. In their bid to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline from despoiling the land, and polluting the largest aquifer in North America, as it inevitably will, people are realizing, no matter where you live, they are fighting for us.
John Hollow Horn of the Oglala Lakota Sioux said at the turn of the last century:
"Someday the earth will weep, she will beg for her life, she will cry with tears of blood. You will make a choice, if you will help her or let her die, and when she dies, you too will die."
It may be that this time has come.
With the world's political state unlike any we have seen before, especially in America, signs are appearing everywhere. Seasoned political observers are throwing up their hands in their attempts to read the tea leaves in the Trump - Clinton race. People who are never at a loss for words are at a loss for words.
Two days ago a rare sighting of an American buffalo stampede fortified the resolve and spirits of the protesters at Standing Rock. Last Saturday an anonymous donor paid $2.5 million to release everyone arrested in the mass arrests, tear-gassings, tazings, beatings, and strip-searching of the protesters last Thursday. (Edit: The Red Owl Collective, the legal which has been representing the protesters in bond proceedings, has categorically denied any $2.5 million donation. The link for legal fund for the Standing Rock protesters is here.)
Today Dakota Access Pipeline protesters shut down Grand Central Station in NYC.
There's something happening here.
Who, finally, will protect the water, which we all need to live? Who will answer the call of the Mother? The people at Standing Rock have made clear they are not going anywhere.
Now the world's other indigenous people are becoming keenly aware of what is happening at Standing Rock. Latest to join the movement are Australia's Aborigines.
What will it mean to the world if the peaceful warriors at Standing Rock prevail? It will mean an awareness of the power of humanity to see beyond, and triumph over, the interests of a relative few.
There should be one simple symbol, which one can put on a button, put on your laptop, on a lawn sign or in a window, to show that you stand with those this minute at Standing Rock. Calling on the artists. Now is the time to redouble our efforts to spread the word of what is happening at Standing Rock. It may be about much more than Standing Rock.
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