Petition update

Our time in California

Anna Lee, Bobbi Jean & the Oceti Sakowin Youth
Fort Yates, ND, United States

Nov 23, 2016 — Sorry for the silence on our end – we’ve been up to a lot since our last update!

First, we want to send another huge thank you to everyone who donated to the crowdfund to get us out to California. Every time we ask you to make one last call or donate just a few more dollars, you show up in droves. We can’t thank you enough for your support; this movement has been long and tiring, and we could never do it without people like you lifting us up.

With the money you helped us raise, we traveled out to California for a beautiful week in Big Sur, looking out at the crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean while we prayed on our fight to protect the water. We’ve been fighting for our community non-stop since April, and it’s hard to express how valuable a few days of rest and reflection were for us. While in Big Sur we received spiritual teachings from Chief Arvol Looking Horse and made plans for how we want to continue our organizing going forward.

For several reasons weren’t able to run from Big Sur to Los Angeles, but we made it down south by car! We participated in rallies in Santa Monica and in Ojai, where we met with the Chumash people in Ojai. Check out this Facebook video to hear Bobbi Jean presenting to the group:

As many of you know, this weekend we heard about one of the most brutal police attacks on water protectors yet. Troopers used rubber bullets, mace, concussion grenades and water cannons on protectors in the dark, in freezing weather. The reports keep getting worse as pipeline construction comes closer to boring under the Missouri River.

The time to take action is now, thank you for standing with us.

Bobbi, Anna and the Oceti Sakowin Youth

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