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Standing Rock is a well-organized, small city and will be impossible to evacuate

CANNON BALL, ND - The first thing you notice once you enter Oceti Sakowin Camp, close to the front lines of the showdown at Standing Rock, is that the “camp” is now a small city, housing some 8,000 people. That includes indigenous people, activists, visitors and media, all camping in the snow in below freezing temperatures. The indigenous people of Standing Rock have expanded the camp and have meticulously organized a massive operation running solely on donations, volunteer work and the spirit of the Sioux people and the visitors who’ve come to protect the water with them.

Many structures are so strongly built that you can walk on the rooftops. Notably, there is a school that has been teaching a class of Lakota youth as a home school resource center since August, which is planning an expansion.

That some refer to Standing Rock as their “home” is not hyperbole; for many Sioux, their home at Standing Rock is now a permanent residence. As you look around the small city, one thing becomes clear: Short of a small military invasion, requiring demolition and significant force, an evacuation is simply not realistic.

On Facebook, where incoming supporters share information, there’s a new rumor nearly every day of what is and isn’t happening at the camp. Some claimed that police shut down access to all supplies from the outside, but supply routes are still open. Some believed drones had been banned, but drones are in the air. However, alcohol, drugs and weapons of any kind are banned from camp. Security check through supplies, confiscating contraband like alcohol when it comes through.

It is unclear when the next action will be, but every morning there is a schedule for Oceti Sakowin Camp, with notices posted, whiteboards updated and signs put up in meeting halls and port-a-potties with new requests and announcements. Action meetings are at 8 a.m., mandatory orientation is at 9 a.m. Before dawn, a group leaves from one of the sacred fires for prayer. White allies are told to attend at least one of these prayers to pay respect. White allies are also recommended to attend to one of the many decolonization education sessions that are held at the dome every other night at 6 p.m.

More about life at the Standing Rock camp. | follow @the-movemnt

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Villagers are knitting jumpers for elephants to protect them from near-freezing temperatures
Elephants in India are sporting colourful woollen jumpers after villagers knitted the super-size garments to protect the animals from near-freezing temperatures. Women in a village near the Wildlife SOS Elephant Conservation and Care Centre in the northern city of Mathura reportedly began producing the colourful, pyjama-like garments after staff at the centre warned temperatures were approaching sub-zero at night.
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Local law enforcement officers have arrested some people who chose not to evacuate federal land near part of the Dakota Access Pipeline north of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. Most protesters had left earlier. At dusk, police moved back, and said they would not enter the camp at that time.

The governor of North Dakota had set Wednesday as the

evacuation deadline

for the largest protest camp, which is on a flat area north of the Cannonball River. He cited flooding concerns.

Protesters supporting members of the Standing Rock Sioux, many of whom believe the pipeline’s route under a section of the Missouri River known as Lake Oahe will endanger drinking water, have been living on the land for six months or more. They have erected shelters and organized supply systems for food and water, even as winter brought freezing temperatures and feet of snow.

As the 3 p.m. ET deadline approached, some demonstrators prayed while others took down some shelters and set fire to things they were not carrying out. Rain falling on law enforcement and demonstrators turned to fat snowflakes.

“It looks like a trash pile. But it’s getting picked up and every spot is starting to look better and better as we work together,” Dotty Agard of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe told Amy Sisk of Inside Energy while sorting through abandoned goods.

“One man used a four-wheeler to help get a car out of the deep mud, and another person rode a snowmobile through the dirt,” The New York Times reported from the area. “Some semipermanent structures had been burned, apparently an effort to demolish them ahead of the deadline. A fire burned, black smoke rising in the cold air, while some people roamed the area.”

Protesters Leave Dakota Access Pipeline Area; Some Stay And Are Arrested

Photos: Angus Mordant for NPR

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400 Water Protectors were trapped on bridge as police fire tear gas, water, grenades today. 13-year-old girl was shot in the face by rubber bullets. 168 were people injured, 7 people were hospitalized with head injuries, 1 elder cardiac arrest. 

The use of water cannons in freezing temperatures is torture. It’s a war crimes we’re witnessing.

This must end.

#NoDAPL #PoliceViolence 

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LGBTQ+ activists make out in front of Trump Tower in protest

  • A group of 40 to 50 activists staged a “LGBTQ+ Make Out At Trump Tower” event on Sunday in New York, marching from Columbus Circle to President Donald Trump’s Manhattan base of operations to protest his administration and stand in solidarity with other groups fighting his policies. 
  • Attendance was smaller than expected, likely due to freezing rain and temperatures in the low 30s. 
  • But while the mass makeout session — billed by organizers on Facebook as “an intersectional celebration and amplification of marginalized voices” — did not materialize in full force, activists nonetheless staged individual makeout sessions just across the intersection from Trump Tower. Read more
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Villagers are knitting jumpers for elephants to protect them from near-freezing temperatures
Elephants in India are sporting colourful woollen jumpers after villagers knitted the super-size garments to protect the animals from near-freezing temperatures. Women in a village near the Wildlife SOS Elephant Conservation and Care Centre in the northern city of Mathura reportedly began producing the colourful, pyjama-like garments after staff at the centre warned temperatures were approaching sub-zero at night.

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The apartment was warm and still smelt of the apple, pumpkin pie from the night before. The sheets on Harry’s bed always felt softer than the ones on yours. Maybe it was the man lying beside you or maybe it was just the holiday tempo passing by, but despite the freezing temperatures outside, you felt peaceful.

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The Year I Almost Never Had

“One year ago today I was wandering in open fields, unaware of how my life would nearly be cut short and then change forever. One year ago today the temperature was mild and I was making my way around familiar territory when suddenly a snow storm moved in faster than I was prepared for. The snow fell so hard and so fast. I was just a little guy. No more than a couple months old. I did the only thing I knew to do, head to shelter. But the storm was too strong. The snow was falling too fast. It was dark and I had lost my way. I pushed until I could push no more and eventually the snow covered my curled up little body and the freezing cold temperatures began to take me. I slipped slowly into unconsciousness. My body immovable. My eyes jet black. My fur frozen stiff. This was the end. It came so suddenly, so unexpectedly, so cold. The sun came up the next morning but I did not feel its warmth, nor could I gaze into its hope giving light. My eyes were frozen wide open, face down in the snow, and I was no longer breathing.

What happened next is mostly a blur, but like an out-of-body experience I recall two warm hands sheathed in wool gloves scooping me up and turning me over. My body fell limp. I could not hold up my own head, I could not see a thing, and I had stopped breathing some time ago. A crowd gathered around as I was put next to a fireplace and rubbed repeatedly. Still, I had been frozen for much of the night and the mere hope of a Thanksgiving Day miracle was simply not enough to breathe life into my lifeless frame.

But that did not stop the family who stumbled on my snow covered body. They continued working with me, turning, rubbing, warming until I felt something. I felt the slightest breath of air enter my lungs and my mouth opened just enough to signal the man holding me to keep going! Do not give up, there is life still in me! He did not give up. He did not throw in the towel. He kept going strong for more than an hour before I finally opened my eyes and beheld the loving human who had given his all so that I could have a second chance at life.

Thanksgiving will always be special to me. More than a holiday. More than a feast. It will be the day I was reborn, given another life, and shown love and kindness like I had never seen before. A love and kindness that is much needed and much desired in the world. On Thanksgiving I will forever be thankful for those who took me in, who gave me shelter, who gave me warmth, who gave me of their food and of their hearts.

Thank you to all who have supported me along my journey and join me as I live a full, healthy, happy, and blessed life! This is only the beginning and I have so much more life to live.

Today I am thankful. Happy Holidays from your furry friend Laz, the formerly Frozen Kitten.”

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For those who haven’t heard, earlier this week, the water protectors at Standing Rock were attacked by police with tear gas, rubber bullets, concussion grenades, and water cannons. The water cannons were used in below-freezing temperatures, and injured a lot of people. Hundreds of protesters were hospitalized, with several in serious condition.

DFA sent me an email today urging people to call the White House and let them know that this is not okay. I wanted to repost this information for those who have the ability to give them a call.

Phone number: (202) 456-1111 

Script that you can use:

Hello, my name is [name] and I’m calling from [location].

I’m calling to ask President Obama to step in and stop the attacks on the protesters at Standing Rock – and to act quickly to stop this pipeline. We have less than 60 days until the president leaves office. There’s no time to lose, and people are being hurt and hospitalized right now.

Tell President Obama I expect him to side with peaceful protesters and Native American rights – he must step in to stop police violence, and stop the pipeline.

Even if you can’t call for whatever reason, please spread the word so that others who are able can.