October 13th, 2016 6:30 PM
350 Sonoma is kicking off our Community Conversations series with a discussion about the recent Native resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline. Co-sponsored by Comité VIDA, the newly formed Sonoma-NoDAPL group and other Standing Rock supporters, the event will include a brief overview and video followed by a group discussion with updates from people who have been to Standing Rock, and about Native American rights, protecting our water and other resources, keeping fossil fuels in the ground, and what we can do to make a difference.
“Climate change is hard to talk about. So how are we going to make the changes we need to protect our children’s futures and leave them a better world? We can begin by talking about action, and working together to transform our dependence on clearly outdated fossil fuels, and accelerate the transition to clean, local energy.”
- 350 Sonoma volunteer
More than 300 federally-recognized tribes, members of Congress and dozens of city governments across the country have voiced their support for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, who are peacefully resisting further construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Currently, thousands of individuals have joined the tribe at their encampment, including residents of the Sonoma County. This community discussion hopes to further deepen our understanding of the issues, how it impacts the greater climate change discussion, and how we can take action towards a sustainable future.
“We stand together in peaceful prayer and solidarity because this pipeline threatens the lives of the more than 17 million people who rely on the Missouri River for their water. This pipeline has already destroyed the burial places of our Lakota and Dakota ancestors. If construction continues, our people stand to lose even more of our sacred places and cultural objects.”
- Chairman Dave Archambault II of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
Thursday, October 13, 2016
6:30 PM Socializing/Networking/light appetizers
7:00 PM Overview, Video and Group Discussion
First United Methodist Church - Carriage House Room
1551 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa
The event is free.
Donations welcome for Standing Rock Sioux legal defense and other needs to help get them through the winter.
PLEASE, the tribe has requested NO CLOTHES. They are getting lots of clothes and things and have no place to store them to protect them from the rain. They are getting wet, and it's creating a lot of work to dry things out at the encampments.
FOR UPDATES ON SUPPORT BEING REQUESTED BY THE TRIBE:
See blog post: Support the Standing Rock Sioux - No DAPL!
More resources to come.