Neil Young's Statement on Standing Rock and Dakota Access Pipeline
Yesterday, we stood in solidarity with Standing Rock protesters at the Washington Monument.
It was an an emotional and inspiring event which was capped off by a concert by Dave Matthews, Graham Nash and others later in the day at the nearby Constitution Hall.
Now comes word that Neil Young and Daryl Hannah have jointly written a statement on Facebook, requesting that U.S. President Barack Obama intervene in the Standing Rock protest and halt construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Neil Young and Daryl Hannah write:
"We are calling upon you, President Barack Obama, to step in and end the violence against the peaceful water protectors at Standing Rock immediately.Earlier this month -- on his birthday -- Neil and Daryl went to Standing Rock to demonstrate their solidarity with protesters.
Your growing activism in support of freedom over repression, addressing climate change, swiftly replacing a destructive old industries with safe, regenerative energy, encouraging wholistic thinking in balance with the future of our planet; that activism will strengthen and shed continued light on us all. These worthy goals must be met for the all the world's children and theirs after them. This is our moment for truth.
The surprise president elect was not the winner of the popular vote [and] does not have a mandate for the change of ideals envisioned. Keep in mind, close to over two million more people voted for another candidate," Young wrote without referring to Trump by name. "Nor is the surprise president the leader of the free world. Two hundred of the world's nations believe in science, above the profits of the oil, gas and coal industries, and are committed to working together to protect the future from an unchecked climate crisis.
Unintimidated, stand, speak up and show up. Be counted. Be like our brothers and sisters at Standing Rock. Be there if you can. The progress we have made over two hundred and forty years as a nation, has always come first from the people."
So who's gonna stand up for Standing Rock? Well, we certainly know who has the courage to sing truth to power, now don't we?
Water is LIFE
Dakota Access Pipeline Rally
Washington Monument - November 27, 2016
Photo by thrasher