HEALTHCARE WORKERS SUPPORT NORTH DAKOTA WATER PROTECTORS WHO ARE FIGHTING FOR CLEAN WATER AND AIR FOR ALL!December 1, 2016
Native Americans and allies are protesting the construction of the 1,100 mile “Dakota Access Pipeline” that would transport millions of gallons of dirty oil per day. President Obama temporarily halted construction, but now the governor of North Dakota has ordered the protest camps to be evacuated, and protesters have been attacked with dogs, water hoses, tear gas grenades and rubber bullets.
Here’s why healthcare workers are supporting the protesters at this critical time:
• Clean water and air. The process of digging up, transporting and burning dirty fuel like oil, gas and coal creates toxic pollution and is a direct threat to the health of our patients, families, communities and our planet.
• Good jobs. Instead of the small number of temporary pipeline jobs, we need to create millions of good jobs through massive investment in clean energy manufacturing, construction and research, especially solar and wind.
• Native Americans’ rights and religious freedom. The pipeline construction violates the sacred lands, cultural sites and burial grounds of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, and threatens their water sources.
• Climate change. Many of our communities have been directly impacted by the disastrous floods, heat waves, droughts, wildfires, and storms like Superstorm Sandy that have been caused by worsening climate change. Climate change also threatens public health, with increases in asthma and the spread of viruses like Zika, Chikungunya and West Nile. The world’s scientists warn that we must stop burning dirty fuel and transition to a clean energy economy now in order to avoid global catastrophe.
YOU can make the difference.
Go to StandWithStandingRock.net to sign a letter to President Obama, donate funds for food and shelter directly to the protest camps, and take other action.
HEALTHCARE WORKERS STAND WITH THE NORTH DAKOTA WATER PROTECTORS WHO ARE FIGHTING FOR CLEAN WATER AND AIR FOR ALL
We stand in solidarity with the people of the Standing Rock Sioux Nation and all who would be affected by the proposed 1,100-mile-long Dakota Access Pipeline. We thank President Obama for halting construction of the pipeline, and call on him to stop it permanently. And we call on North Dakota Governor Dalrymple to reverse his evacuation order and end the attacks on protestors. This pipeline would carry toxic fracked oil from North Dakota across four states, and under the Missouri River immediately upstream from the Standing Rock Sioux Nation, threatening the air, water and land for millions. Read More