Two Spirit Standing Rock Support
The Two Spirit Camp is LGBTQI people who are providing an important role at Standing Rock. They are holding prayer, participating in direct peaceful actions, and providing leadership in communication and support.
As a Transgender person, I was personally inspired with the bravery of the people in this camp in putting themselves at risk for arrest, especially Trans people. As we know, Morton Co Police have been treating people inhumanely and for a Trans person to take that risk in incredible.
It is with much devotion that I announce today that I will be traveling to the Standing Rock, North Dakota #NoDAPL camp for for Thanksgiving. This will be my second trip. The first trip announcement can be found here. I will accompanied by fellow media artist and my former student Feather Metsch, my colleague Matt Maes, and two people from Santa Fe I not met yet, Ash and Lariel. We are all traveling to the Oceti Sakowin Camp to show solidarity with the water protectors as we look forward to a future of worldwide solidarity and protection of Indigenous People and protection of our resources.
As some of you may know, November 28 is my birthday. This year for my birthday, I ask everyone to give to Standing Rock via my GoFundMe and review and follow through the other support outlined below. Last year, many of you gave cash to people experiencing homelessness in your towns and cities for my birthday. This year, the water protectors are in desperate need of many supplies to get through the winter and to survive police brutality.
I have several goals while I am at Standing Rock. I am honored to have the opportunity get to to know Indigenous People from around the world. I will show my solidarity with the indigenous people of this nation and all nations as well as to show my support for the conservation the earth. I'll be shooting full sphere 360° video, flat video and images, as well as posting to my social media. You can follow me on twitter, facebook, or instagram to follow my journey. Feather and I hope to do some projection mapping art and show movies to help keep spirits lifted.
As a Transgender person who has been an activist since I was able to leave the house on my own, it is my belief that this cause to stop the black snake, is of utmost importance. This #NoDAPL movement will set the tone for many many years to come in terms of human rights, government control and use of force, and protection of natural resources.
I traveled the Missouri River via canoe in the 90s studying land use and water ecology along with Marxism. I have been to North Dakota more times than I can count as my extended family is all living there. During my last trip to Standing Rock, I bared witness to a private meeting between the Mayans of Guatemala and the Sioux Counsel. I know the importance of what the water protectors at Standing Rock are doing. This land and this movement for Indigenous people is important to ALL HUMANS and all creatures on this planet.
Many of you have seen stories from Sunday, November 20th's unbridled assault from military police on unarmed protesters. I watched live as one person streamed the entire event from the hill. The police were brutally using rubber bullets, concussion grenades, mace, tear gas, and a water canon in freezing weather with what could have been no other intention that to cause physical harm to people, which they did. Several people were injured including one elder who suffered a cardiac arrest, one woman who may have to have her arm amputated because the flesh was torn off from a grenade, and a thirteen year old girl who was shot in the face.
There is no more time to wait. Everyone must support this cause now otherwise we are all giving our consent to this type of treatment to citizens of America. The darkness of white supremacy, police violence, and fear is upon us. We must do everything we can to fight with love and support each other to get through this to the other side. I see a much brighter future for all of us. Please join me in support #DAPL. If not for yourself, then do it for my birthday. ;)
As some of you know, I have just returned from my second trip to Standing Rock. This trip was even more profound that the last one. The population over the Thanksgiving holiday was between 10,000 and 12,000. Even though they did not expect 7,000 - 9,000 people to show up, everything was handled with ease. People were so generous and grateful. There were workshops on being an ally, drum circles, a music concert, crafts, people organizing and helping build the community. It was all based on love and knowing that we are connected to everyone and everything.
Cultures were being shared in the most beautiful ways. Tribes from the Northwest were serving traditional foods, people from all over the world were sharing songs, alliances were being made, and babies are being made. Seriously, there are quite a few #NoDAPL pregnancies. This is a future generation being created.
It’s also damn cold and it will only get colder. There are certain items they need in order to make it through the winter - like firewood, which we could not find to the last 7 hours of our drive to Standing Rock from Denver. Their axes have been used too much that they are breaking. Solar power would be a great help. Please donate and I will make sure they get what they need.
The Standing Rock Two Spirit Nation is providing an important role at Standing Rock and is being recognized as claiming their place in this historical moment. I know Robbie who is helping to organize the camp and have a direct connection to what their needs are as things change daily. (more on Two Spirit http://www.nativepeoples.com/Native-Peoples/May-June-2014/Two-Spirit-The-Story-of-a-Movement-Unfolds/)