Standing Rock Support Drive
$1,485 of $5,000 goal
We have been called to support the protectors at Standing Rock, and have been gifted a van to drive to North Dakota, which will be donated to the camp upon arrival. This trip is estimated to cost $800 including gas, as well as insurance and ownership transfer fees. Any extra funds generated will be donated to Standing Rock. We will be leaving in mid November, carrying supplies from Standing Rock's most needed list and a few passengers. The gift of this van is an affirmation of our passion to support this movement. We are in places in our lives that allow us to make this physical journey, and appreciate the financial support that we need to get there. Thank you for supporting the indigenous led movement to protect our environment and confront colonization. Water is sacred.
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Thank you to all who offered support for our journey to Standing Rock - whether financially or by holding space and support for our ability to be there. We were able to donate the bus plus another 1000 plus pounds of food, clothing, rocket stove, and tools. Extra funds donated went to support of standing rock actions there. For me, this is Cedar - Cody is on his way back now and will have a larger story to tell - being there even just the 8 days I was there was enough to understand some of the flow of the camp. Immediately it became evident that this was a dynamic community - people coming and going each day. Supplies and food were coming in such quantities that extra tents needed to be put up to handle the volumes. Many volunteers were active in the sorting and distribution of clothes and food. The main underlying current there is that of love of water and each other and a community focus on one primary task - to protect the water using non-violent methods. People working, working, working to build shelter, kitchens, medic stations, areas for children, shuttling materials from one location to another. Distributing materials to camps took most of a day with donations dropped off at the first of the camps - Sacred Stone camp, the main resistance camp of Oceti Sakowin, and the camp on reservation land, Rosebud Camp. We met dozens of people who are there to provide on-the-ground support - kitchens in each camp with Oceti having about 6 separate kitchens - Olalla, Grandmothers, Winona's kitchen, ....and the Food Not Bombs kitchen at Rosebud. Tremendous gratitude for those who worked in the kitchens to provide us with great food. It took only a few hours after getting there to realize that the camp is under a constant threat of intimidating surveillance - small planes and a helicopter circling day and night within the federally mandated no-fly zone, often way too low and without lights. The glare of huge floodlights lighting the path of the pipeline, the black snake of prophecy cast an ever present pall of over all the camps and a track of light at night reminding all of the sacred sites that were destroyed in the placement of the pipeline. Police cars and militarized police vehicles parked overlooking the camps on the hills above - a presence, always a presence characterized by hateful intent. Within the camps, the thing that was ever-present was prayer and song and love for water. I left just after the first blizzard, realizing that my medical issues were going to preclude my staying there. Thanks to all of you for the support to be able to make a contribution that will sustain over time - the delivery of the mini school bus donated by Explorer West Middle School in West Seattle. Last I heard is that it will be used for elder support and transportation. Blessings and gratitude - Mni Wiconi. Some of you may be aware that I spent some of last summer in the forests around Mt. Hood learning about GroundTruthing. Bark, based in Portland, was in 2016 able to save 900+ acres of forest from being sold for logging by the Forest Service using GroundTruthing. In January hopefully, there will be a community presentation in Bellingham about how we in our region might be able to save forest lands from being logged. I will be posting on FaceBook about it and other areas as well. At Standing Rock, it was often said that decisions made today were made keeping awareness of the next seven generations to come. Saving forest lands from being logged may help our future relations seven generations from now be able to enjoy the deep quality of forest beauty in which we have been able to engage.