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You Can Still Rally In Chicago Against The Dakota Access Pipeline

By Rachel Cromidas in News on Feb 3, 2017 11:14PM

(Photo by Tyler LaRiviere/Chicagoist)

The struggle to protect native land in Standing Rock from the creation of the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the #NoDAPL movement that has grown up around it in the past year, is forging on—even in the face of the Trump administration's growing efforts to make the pipeline a reality.

Chicagoans can still show their solidarity with the so-called water protectors and other protesters fighting in Standing Rock, North Dakota and elsewhere this Saturday. Organizers are rallying at 1 p.m. in Daley Plaza to show their disapproval of the pipeline.

As organizers said in a press release, the group will demand that Chicago and other cities divest from banks that support the pipeline's construction:

"The indigenous resistance against the Dakota Access Pipeline has called for emergency solidarity actions across the world. From the threat that the Army Corps will approve the DAPL easement, to the attack on indigenous sovereignty, to ongoing ecocide and climate crisis, we recognize this is a time of great urgency as we respond to this call. We will assemble in Power and push back against the Trump regime, the fossil fuel industry and big finance. The City of Seattle stands poised to pull $3 billion out of Wells-Fargo on Monday, as part of the larger #DivestDAPL campaign. We call on cities around the country -- including Chicago -- to divest from this pipeline, and others like it. Illinois Water Protectors reject the reckless conduct of the Trump administration, and will fight to uphold native sovereignty, self-determination and treaty rights, and to dismantle colonially-imposed borders."