From afar, the future of the Standing Rock struggle looks bleak.
President Donald Trump is pushing the Dakota Access pipeline project through. And some tribal leaders, who are asking protesters to leave Standing Rock, are turning their attention to demanding further environmental reviews.
But the fight on the ground isn’t over. The water protecters are there, and leaders in the Lakota Sioux community are still asking people to come help with obstructing construction and join the peaceful struggle against the pipeline.
“People can come — we’re going to need it,” Chase Ironeyes, a leading Lakota activist and member of the Lakota People’s Law Project, said in a phone interview Friday. “They fully plan to drill, and we’ll need bodies.”
The mixed messaging about whether people should arrive in droves to Standing Rock comes from the conflicting approach of the Standing Rock organizers and the local tribal government. David Archambault II, the tribal chairman of the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, has repeatedly called for evacuation of protest sites.
Yet according to Ironeyes, many indigenous groups with potential claims to the Standing Rock treaty lands and the water protecters on site intend to stick it out with civil disobedience and peaceful protest. Read more
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As a full time sugar, I have a lot of things to keep in order.
So, I thought I would share my checklists with you lovely ladies if you
A) Wanted to know what a full time sugar does
B) Needed a reference
C) Wanted direction of some kind
Leave-in hair conditioner
Eyebrows on point
Check websites (SA, WYP, EM, SD4M)
Respond to POTs privately (private email, phone, skype)
Watch news or read up on current events
Workout (I use the 30 Day Challenge workout app for iPhones)
Update calendars (There’s one on my apple account for devices and I keep a whiteboard calendar)
Every Other Day Checklist
Run with Lucky (very fat dog of mine who’s getting in shape with me)
Top coat of nails
Clear out trash in room and car
Record weight (only to make sure I’m within a healthy 5 lb fluctuation range)
Update POT/SD information (details about them, what they’re offering, how much I’ve gotten from them)
Record finances (where my money is going, where it’s coming from, planned expenses)
Check on goal progress
Go out with friends at least once for sanity reasons
Weekly day off for sanity reasons
Actually clean everything that needs to be cleaned
Plan for next week
Correct amount of money put into savings, emergency, etc.
Check closet organization
Car check up
Read at least 2 books (1 for pleasure, 1 for knowledge)
Lunch with sisters
All POT/SD details updated
Hopefully this is helpful to other SB’s, feel free to add anything or change it to your personal life if you wanted a template. Most things are general, but some (rock climbing, closet organization, sister lunch, etc) are personal.
Oh, and if I left something out you think is crucial, please let me know or reblog and add it!
Jake Pogue, a 32-year-old marine corps vet, returned to the Sacred Stone camp on Friday.
US veterans are returning to Standing Rock and pledging to shield indigenous activists from attacks by a militarized police force, another sign that the fight against the Dakota Access pipeline is far from over.
Army veterans from across the country have arrived in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, or are currently en route after the news that Donald Trump’s administration has allowed the oil corporation to finish drilling across the Missouri river.
The growing group of military veterans could make it harder for police and government officials to try to remove hundreds of activists who remain camped near the construction site and, some hope, could limit use of excessive force by law enforcement during demonstrations.
“We are prepared to put our bodies between Native elders and a privatized military force,” said Elizabeth Williams, a 34-year-old air force veteran, who arrived at Standing Rock with a group of vets late on Friday. “We’ve stood in the face of fire before. We feel a responsibility to use the skills we have.”
It is unclear how many vets may arrive to Standing Rock; some organizers estimate a few dozen are on their way, while other activists are pledging that hundreds could show up in the coming weeks. An estimated 1,000 veterans traveled to Standing Rock in December just as the Obama administration announced it was denying a key permit for the oil company, a huge victory for the tribe.
The veterans camp at Standing Rock.
The massive turnout – including a ceremony in which veterans apologized to indigenous people for the long history of US violence against Native Americans – served as a powerful symbol against the $3.7bn pipeline.
But the presence of vets was not without controversy. Some said the groups were disorganized and unprepared to camp in harsh winter conditions, and others lamented that they weren’t following the directions of the Native Americans leading the movement.
Vets with post-traumatic stress disorder also suffered in the cold and chaotic environment without proper support, said Matthew Crane, a US navy veteran who is helping coordinate a return group with the organization VeteransRespond. His group has vowed to be self-sufficient and help the activists, who call themselves “water protectors”, with a wide range of services, including cleanup efforts, kitchen duties, medical support and, if needed, protection from police.
“This is a humanitarian issue,” said Crane, 33. “We’re not going to stand by and let anybody get hurt.”
On Friday afternoon, as snow rapidly melted during an unusually warm day in Cannon Ball, Jake Pogue helped organize a vets camp area at Sacred Stone, the first camp that emerged last spring in opposition to the pipeline.
“We’re not coming as fighters, but as protectors,” said the 32-year-old marine corps vet, noting that he was concerned about police escalating tactics. “Our role in that situation would be to simply form a barrier between water protectors and the police force and try to take some of that abuse for them.”
Since last fall, police have made roughly 700 arrests, at times deploying water cannons, Mace, rubber bullets, teargas, pepper spray and other less-than-lethal weapons. Private guards for the pipeline have also been accused of violent tactics.
“We have the experience of standing in the face of adverse conditions – militarization, hostility, intimidation,” said Julius Page, a 61-year-old veteran staying at the vets camp.
Dan Luker, a 66-year-old veteran who visited Standing Rock in December and returned this month, said that for many who fought in Vietnam or the Middle East it was “healing” to help water protectors.
Julius Page a 61-year-old veteran: ‘We have the experience of standing in the face of adverse conditions.’
“This is the right war, right side,” said Luker, a Vietnam vet from Boston. “Finally, it’s the US military coming on to Sioux land to help, for the first time in history, instead of coming on to Sioux land to kill natives.”
Luker said he was prepared to be hit by police ammunition if necessary: “I don’t want to see a twentysomething, thirtysomething untrained person killed by the United States government.”
LaDonna Brave Bull Allard, founder of the Sacred Stone camp and a Standing Rock tribe member, said she welcomed the return of the vets.
“The veterans are going to make sure everything is safe and sound,” she said, adding, “The people on the ground have no protection.”
At Standing Rock, indigenous activists say the mass arrests and police violence have led many of them to develop PTSD, suffering symptoms that many veterans understand well.
“This historical trauma of indigenous communities in this country is very real. It’s tragic,” said Crane. “The military has a lot of the same problems.”
Aubree Peckham, a member of the Mescalero Apache tribe who has been at Standing Rock for months, was in tears on Friday as she described the way indigenous water protectors have bonded with vets.
“We don’t know how to protect ourselves against the tactical weapons they are using,” she said. “They are getting us better prepared.”
Peckham said the affection was mutual: “We are able to talk about PTSD. And they finally feel like they are understood.”
I’m seeing a lot of people get harassed all the way off Tumblr right now, or really struggling just in general.
I came across an old post today where classic rock fans on Tumblr organized a “secret Santa” that was just sending positivity and nice things to the person you were assigned.
I think we could really use this in our community so I propose:
April Showers Of Support
The idea is that you’ll anonymously compliment/befriend a tumblr user who is randomly assigned to you and in turn, you will be assigned to someone else.
@vaspider has volunteered to help match people up, so that if someone has me blocked they can still participate!
How it works:
From now until March 25th 2017, message/inbox me or @vaspider saying you want to participate in April Showers.
It’s more fun if you have anon asks turned on, but you can still participate if you don’t.
You’ll receive a message back telling you who to send positivity to.
You will start messaging your person, ANONYMOUSLY *if possible*, whenever you get assigned one, and you can keep going until April 15 or as long as you want!
If you are doing it anonymously, you can reveal yourself on April 15, and will (hopefully) have made a new friend.
I also highly encourage participants to send a couple of extra compliments or nice gifs or whatever to random people you see reblogging this post throughout the month, to keep them guessing about who their person might be, and to spread the love.
You can send your person whatever you want (as long as it’s nice), your goal is to make your person feel happier!
(Some ideas: give their posts extra attention; tell them things you appreciate about them or their blog; send virtual hugs; cute gifs; posts you think they’d like; fun facts; things related to their interests… What else? Feel free to reblog this with ideas about what you’d enjoy getting!)
Some people might get more than one person or be assigned to more than one person, because many unexpected things can happen and I want to make sure that everybody will have a pair. We’ll ask you before giving you more than one, you definitely don’t have to do extra!
A FEW THINGS TO REMEMBER:
* If you’re not able to message your person at least a few times a week - DON’T SIGN UP. We want everyone to have a good experience.
* If your person has not contacted you in over a week, message me and I will gently remind them or find you another one.
* THIS IS FOR FUN! April Showers is designed to make new friends and meet people you might not have normally had contact with.
* It’s useful to have an easy-to-find “about me” page so that your person will have something to talk to you about.
* Please try to keep a note of who you’re assigned to!
* IF YOU CHANGE YOUR URL DURING THE PROJECT PLEASE LET US KNOW. If you don’t let us know about your new url, you will no longer be a part of the project, because your person won’t be able to find you!
* If you have any questions or want to ask for advice, do not hesitate to message me or @vaspider.
Is nobody…going to discuss…that this show is literally having Bellamy Blake (who was chained to a rock wall and beaten bloody by his sister) make Prometheus jokes (the Titan who was chained to a rock and hate his internal organs eaten out everyday) to the sister who beat him bloody.
Like, I never expected Octavia to apologize for her abuse, but to have the victim of that abuse make jokes about it?
Made all the worse by the fact that Bellamy is a MOC and Octavia is White. I’m #overit.
YOU CAN RUN, YOU CAN HIDE, BUT YOU CAN'Tunderstand that Erik seriously didn’t have some little glorified rock formation with a pipe organ on it underneath the opera house like for real the man had an actual house under there i mean no doors or windows but it had a working kitchen and privy and *drum roll* a tORTURE CHAMBER why is this so hard for movie writers to understand