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Saturday, November 5, 2016

SOLIDARITY STANDING ROCK -- Clergy and Catholic Workers Chose Jail, Refuse Bond as Civil Disobedience

Water Protectors and Spiritual Leaders of different faiths sat in at the State Capitol in Bismarck, then visited the Governor's Mansion. Law Enforcement responded with Riot Police and made arrests. This is the day after more than 100 Water Protectors were injured by police while trying to protect burial grounds. Photo copyright Rob Wilson.

Riot Police detaining Religious/Spiritual Leaders peacefully assembled outside the North Dakota Governor's Mansion in Bismarck, ND. Photo copyright by Rob Wilson Photography

Riot Police detaining Religious/Spiritual Leaders peacefully assembled outside the North Dakota Governor's Mansion in Bismarck, ND. Photo copyright by Rob Wilson Photography

Eleven water protectors, mostly clergy and Catholic workers, have refused bond and are doing jail solidarity as part of their civil disobedience.

By Red Owl Legal Collective/National Lawyers Guild
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(Friday, Nov. 4, 2016) Red Owl Legal Collective provided court and jail support for water protectors arrested yesterday at the capital who had bond hearings today.
Seven people were released, one of whom had her charges dropped because the judge failed to find probable cause. Sara Long has been bonded out of Cass County Jail and arrangements are being made to get her and another water protector back to camp.
Eleven water protectors, mostly clergy and Catholic workers, have refused bond and are doing jail solidarity as part of their civil disobedience. Two are being held at the Morton County Jail and nine at Cass County.
On November 3, at least 17 clergy representing multiple faiths were arrested at the governor’s office [praying] and charged with disorderly conduct and “criminal trespass.”
Rather than bring all the arrestees to a holding facility in Bismarck, law enforcement separated the group by gender, then drove all the women to Fargo, North Dakota, more than four hours’ drive away.
Red Owl has found no evidence that this decision was made because of a lack of space. The separation is part of a larger pattern of separating arrestees on seemingly arbitrary bases; Red Owl reports that arrestees have been sent to six different facilities all over the state so far.

These are sacred times. 

(Above) Published on Nov 4, 2016
TYT Politics Reporter Jordan Chariton ( reported from the State Capital of North Dakota where 14 clergy members where arrested for praying at the State Capitol of North Dakota.

The clergy members and water protectors with them were trying to speak with Governor Jack Dalrymple, whose home is on the Capitol premises. Dalrymple had told two clergy members he would speak to them, but when they arrived, he remained in his home.

(Above) Published on Nov 3, 2016

Over 400 Clergy have shown up in Cannonball, ND at Standing Rock to show their support for the indigenous people and the right to clean drinking water. As they march in support, they bring awareness to other churches in what is happening here.
If you want to join in solidarity, speak to your church or congregation about getting a bus in your area to bring you, talk to the schools/universities about doing the same, search the Standing Rock posts that are going up because one may already be scheduled to head to Standing Rock. If nothing else find a sponsor in your local area to sponsor your trip. This isn't just for them, this is happening to us all and we all need clean drinking water . I know everyday someone uses water to take showers, wash their children, make tea and coffee at home, prepare their family's meals using water. Think about the people in Flint who can not even do any of this because of polluted water. We have seen 2 pipelines explode in less that 2 months. It doesn't matter which type it was because it happens with every type all the time. Next time you go to the store to buy bottled water, you think about how companies like Nestle want to take away the right to clean drinking water forcing you to have to buy it. Next time you see a soldier coming home from war or see the National Guard passing you down the street headed to training, you need to take a double look because it may be local law enforcement. Each city and state are now becoming militarized with leftover vehicles, weapons and gear from a war on foreign soil by our military. The states are becoming military states and the law enforcement officers are being trained they are constantly at war here at home. This is why so many fear police. Police as we all know stick together regardless of circumstances. For example, look up the statistical data on abused wives of officers and then research their stories. You'll find most won't report it because they not only fear their husband's but the whole department. There are many reasons to Stand with Standing just have to pick one.. the right one. Clean water is the most important resource on the planet. 783 MILLION people don't have access to clean water, 2.5 BILLION people don't have adequate sanitation for their water and 6 to 8 million people die EVERY year of water related diseases. This isn't a joke people! It's time to wake up and act!

Rubber Bullets -- Palestine, Ferguson and Standing Rock

At Standing Rock, militarized police advancing on water protectors on Hwy 1806. Photo copyright by Rob Wilson.
By Paul Duffy
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A brief history of rubber bullets.

British soldiers in Northern Ireland were the first to use rubber bullets. During the 1970s and 80s they killed seventeen people, eight of these fatalities were children. Most of the killings were concentrated in the first few years of the 80s. No soldiers were ever prosecuted. The families of the victims continue their fight for justice to this day.

In 1981, in one month alone, following the death of hunger striker Bobby Sands, an incredible 16,665 of these so called “baton rounds” were fired.

Emma Groves was permanently blinded in both eyes after being hit by a rubber bullet. The bullet came through her living room window after a soldier aimed at her and shot from eight yards away. She began the campaign to ban rubber bullets.

‘The quiet of that April evening was broken by the distinctive sound of the firing of a plastic-bullet gun and the life of this child of the Bogside ended as a plastic baton round, fired by a British soldier, found its mark in the skull of this small 11-year-old. His head was cracked open, causing massive brain damage. Such was the force and the speed of the deadly plastic bullet that it lifted the small body of Stephen McConomy several feet off the ground. He never regained consciousness.”

‘On 16 April 1982, Stephen was among a group of youngsters aged between 9 and 12 hanging around a British army Saracen on Fahan Street. Some of the children were messing around throwing stones and trying to decorate the vehicle with a tricolour. While Stephen walked away with his hands in his pockets, the hatch of the vehicle opened and a single plastic bullet was aimed and fired at Stephen. It hit him in the back of the head; he died three days later in hospital.
Bystanders, who attempted to help Stephen, were threatened at gunpoint by the soldiers. Lance Corporal Nigel Robert Englefield of the Royal Anglian Regiment fired the shot that killed Stephen. No soldiers were ever prosecuted with his killing.’

Palestine. The following link describes the smaller rubber bullets, fired in a swarm but still powerful enough to enter the skull cavity and to break bones. Comparable to heavy gauge buckshot.

‘The phrase “rubber bullets” is often used to describe what are more accurately termed “rubber-coated metal bullets”, heavy steel projectiles with a minimal coating of 1mm or 2mm of rubber, that are regularly used to lethal effect alongside — not instead of — live ammunition.

Rubber-coated metal bullets are fired from metal tubes placed on the end of high-velocity rifles such as the M-16s commonly used by Israeli troops. Tubes contain around 8 rubber-coated, cylindrical, steel projectiles, which are powered by blank rounds fired from the gun’s magazine.

Plastic-coated metal bullets (circular, with a 1mm or 2mm hard plastic coating) are fired in the same way, from canisters with a wider diameter, holding around 15.’

In this Lancet article doctors call for an outright ban in Palestine, dismissing the theory that rubber bullets are safe. They state that firing the bullets on civilians made it "impossible to avoid severe injuries to vulnerable body regions such as the head, neck and upper torso, leading to substantial mortality, morbidity and disability."

New York, 2004, student killed.

Ferguson, MO. 2015. Militarized police use rubber bullets during the unrest following the police killing of an unarmed youth.  

Palestine 2016, 12 year old dies from cardiac arrest after rubber coated bullet to chest:

Cannonball, North Dakota. On October 27th 2016 rubber bullets are gratuitously used against peaceful environmentalists near Standing Rock, among them medics, minors, journalists, Native elders, and horses - one horse incurred injuries so severe it had to be euthanized.

Above, Jesus Wagner, peaceful activist, showing injuries incurred after militarized police stormed the site of a highly controversial pipeline route.
Above, 11/2/16, Sacred Stones Camp, near Cannonball, North Dakota. Militarized police fire indiscriminately into Water Protectors, hitting this sixteen year old boy, who coughed up more than a cup of blood after the impact. In a separate incident a rubber bullet struck a journalist, on camera conducting an interview, knocking her to the ground.

( 11/4/16 )

At Standing Rock, militarized police assault on water protectors at Treaty Camp. Oct. 27, 2016
Photo copyright by Rob Wilson Photography

Copyright Paul Duffy, Censored News

Mohawk Nation News 'Let's Stand Together'



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MNN. Nov. 5, 2016. For all of you who have been waiting for the right time to do something, now is that time.
Lasagne shows up at Standing Rock!
Lasagna shows up at Standing Rock!

Like Ben E. King says, :”Stand with us for Standing Rock”: “When the njght has come and the land is dark and the moon is the only light you’ll see. No, I won’t be afraid. Oh, I won’t be afraid, just as long as you stand, stand by me. If the sky that we look upon should tumble and fall, or the mountain should crumble to the sea, I won’t cry, no I won’t shed a tear, just as long as you stand, stand by me.” 

kentekeh stands with Standing Rock.
Vigil of Kahnawake Mohawk Peoples Fire for Standing Rock.
Vigil of Kahnawake Mohawk Peoples Fire for Standing Rock.
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LET’S TELL THEM WHERE WE STAND:Politicians, Corporatists, Band & Tribal Councils and sell-outs that are cooperating with pipeline companies; ENERGY TRANSFER PARTNERS OF HOUSTON

Bad Bear's Photos 'Standing Rock Camp'

Western Shoshone Long Walker Carl 'Bad Bear' Sampson was at Standing Rock Camp this week and shared his photos with Censored News. Bad Bear walked across America on Long Walks 2, 3 and 4 and and shared his photos. Bad Bear has also shared photos from Free Leonard Peltier events in Nevada. Thank you!

Western Shoshone long walker and photojournalist
Carl 'Bad Bear' Sampson

Red Owl Legal Collective: Red Fawn Fallis remains in custody

By Red Owl Legal Collective/National Lawyers Guild

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Red Owl Legal Collective would like to assure our water warriors and protectors that we are maintaining contact with Red Fawn Fallis and her family while she remains in custody at the Morton County Jail on serious charges. She has yet to be assigned court appointed counsel and will not have a bond reduction hearing until her representation and plans for her release have been arranged.
These are sacred times.

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