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Lakotas Launch Hunger Strike Against Tar Sands Pipelines


Environment  (tags: tar sands, ecosystems, US, Canada, environment, world, nature, conservation, habitat, pollution, protection, politics, healthconditions, wildlife, research )

Cal
- 880 days ago - huffingtonpost.com
In the Dakotas, members of the proud Lakota Nation rose in protest this week to join a 48-hour hunger strike in opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline -- and all tar sands pipelines -- they say will destroy precious water resources and ancestral lands in



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Sue H. (7)
Tuesday April 3, 2012, 11:32 pm
I stand with them in spirit!
 

ellen m. (233)
Tuesday April 3, 2012, 11:50 pm
Unfortunately this is not getting the press it deserves, and secondly most people would not consider 48 hours a real hunger strike.

Even my friend David Kuhlman. who is on DAY 34 of a hunger strike protesting Monsanto...he should be on the front page of every newspaper across the globe!!! But he is not.
Please help change that by at the very least go to his fb page. Just google "Monsanto Hunger Strike", go to his page, and send him some love and encouragement. THANK YOU! 1love
 

Carol H. (229)
Wednesday April 4, 2012, 4:41 am
noted, thank you Cal
 

John Gregoire (255)
Wednesday April 4, 2012, 5:28 am
Thanks Cal and Ellen. Yes these very important news items deserve strong national coverage...and help. We stand with the Lakotas and Mr. Kuhlman.
 

. (0)
Wednesday April 4, 2012, 7:10 am
Noted, thank you.
 

tasunka m. (334)
Wednesday April 4, 2012, 8:25 am
noted.Proud to be Lakota
 

Eileen R. (13)
Wednesday April 4, 2012, 10:11 am
get a copy of the nature of things with david suziki he tells the story how the tarsands has been poisoning the people of the chipewayan first nations in northern alberta. how they can't ven use their own land anymore. how the oilsands companies have lied for decades about the polution. how they are dying off because of all kinds of cancers.
 

Eileen R. (13)
Wednesday April 4, 2012, 10:17 am
i can honestly say i'm not proud to be canadian, the government won't give me my indian status back, even though they kidnapped my mother from her family up in fort chipewayan. they didn't educate her and called her retarded and was gong to put her in an institution and have her sterolized. then when she became pregnant, she was forced to marry and lost her status. I can't even get work, because they are too busy bringing in foreign workers who push us out of work, (engieneering) though these foreign workers also take many non skilled jobs. so pride in canada is non existant really especially for first nations.
 

Marlene Dinkins (232)
Wednesday April 4, 2012, 10:20 am
noted thnx
 

Stella AWAY W. (258)
Wednesday April 4, 2012, 11:17 am
Eileen R, very sad situation - thanks for sharing, you are in our thoughts! ALL pipelines should be 'washed off the face of the earth', we cannot afford any more on this "one and only" planet! And the Lakota people are fighting over/for their 'sovereign territory', as I understand it - NO flippin government should allow ANYone to interfere or encroach?? So, as usual - disgusting politicians and corporates 'on the go' again!!!
 

Winifred Hohlt (1)
Wednesday April 4, 2012, 11:39 am
This should get more coverage from the "mainstream press" and it doesn't matter whether the Lakota's hunger strike is 48 hours or 48 days, it is a show of protest and should be recognized.
 

Lin Penrose (92)
Wednesday April 4, 2012, 11:52 am
Thanks Cal. Dreadful for the Lakota's and all life along the pipelines and at the tar pits. Dreadful for the whole world for the pollution effects, now and in the future.

Don't think a hunger strike is going to stop the pipline or the extraction. There is a Glut of oil coming from a couple of drilling (North Dakota)and tar sand oil extraction sites and not enough pipelines to deliver the oil to refineries that are equipped to handle those types of oil. Then, of course, there are the future buyers of the oil, China being the largest. Several countries, including the U.S.A. and Canada, have impressive debts to China.
 

Margery Coffey (8)
Wednesday April 4, 2012, 12:22 pm
I stand with the Lakota. Ewithe woNgithe: all my relatives
 

Dave C. (214)
Wednesday April 4, 2012, 12:30 pm
we've already stolen their land once, now we want to do it again....I, too, stand with The Lakota and all who oppose Keystone XL and any TarSands destruction....
 

Deborah G. (1)
Wednesday April 4, 2012, 12:36 pm
I stand with the Lakota and we should all be working to stop this ridiculous trend. Oil companies will not voluntarily stop until all the people who could have bought their fuel are dead from the pollution caused by the extraction. We need to stop it now to protect our children from living in a poisoned world.
 

Claudia O. (73)
Wednesday April 4, 2012, 12:40 pm
If there is anything we can do to stop this, let us know. We are doing all we can but it seems to be marching on. We cannot give up, it is too important.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday April 4, 2012, 12:44 pm
Thank you for this act of caring for the earth and her creatures..
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday April 4, 2012, 12:53 pm
NOTED. Government will not pay attention to the Lakota Hunger Strike, however, as Indians suffering and going without is par for the course as far as this US is concerned. Demands for Nature and Life to be respected falls on deaf, profiteering ears, to our great detriment. The world is being made filthy and poisoned, dying, due to this ignorant mind-set and world view. Money as God is spreading. We must be humble and see that there is a GREAT MYSTERY that SUSTAINS ALL IN THIS CREATION EQUALLY.
 

Wim Zunnebeld (144)
Wednesday April 4, 2012, 1:00 pm
signed and noted
 

Tom Sullivan (99)
Wednesday April 4, 2012, 1:11 pm
The goverment don't care
 

Muriel Servaege (45)
Wednesday April 4, 2012, 2:20 pm
Noted, thank you.
 

Nelson Baker (0)
Wednesday April 4, 2012, 3:12 pm
I am with the Lakota but I am afraid nothing we can do will prevent the pipeline from being completed. I believe their is too much corruption in our government. Money can buy anything with corrupt people in control.
 

Iwona Krzeminska (73)
Wednesday April 4, 2012, 3:51 pm
I stand with the Lakota. We are all related.
 

. (0)
Wednesday April 4, 2012, 4:43 pm
Noted.
 

Gordon W. (3)
Wednesday April 4, 2012, 5:07 pm
Let's hope we can do this for the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline in Canada.
Wirth,G
 

Kate Kenner (200)
Wednesday April 4, 2012, 5:16 pm
Well, I wish them strength and success and thank them for standing up to the giants.
 

Jennifer C. (172)
Wednesday April 4, 2012, 5:18 pm
Noted. Thanks.
 

Alice B. (241)
Wednesday April 4, 2012, 6:40 pm
This hateful XL Pipelines is a DISGRACE and the FIrst Nations seem to be the *only* people who truly are fighting with courage and honesty. Everybody else seems to think that politicians will help stop it - what a joke. Politicians can't wait to whore themselves out to Big Oil, regardless of what political party they belong to.
 

Janet R. (34)
Wednesday April 4, 2012, 7:03 pm
This is so sad and definitely needs more attention by the media but since the media is controlled by companies, it's probably not going to happen. I stand with the Lakota and I will do everything I can do to stop this pipeline from coming to America.
 

Joan M. (1090)
Wednesday April 4, 2012, 7:06 pm
I am right behind the Lakota people, and if I though going on a 48 hour hunger strike would help I would certainly be willing to do so.
 

greenplanet e. (157)
Wednesday April 4, 2012, 8:47 pm
The tar sands are devastating and must be even more so to indigenous peoples. The tar sands project is currently the biggest industrial project and abuse of the planet on Earth.

My heart goes out to them and to the Earth that is being ruined by stupid, greedy people. We should be moving away from fossil fuels, not going after more and more difficult to access and dirty forms of them.
 

greenplanet e. (157)
Wednesday April 4, 2012, 8:48 pm
The tar sands project should actually stop. The devastation is huger than huge, and the First Nations people are right to protest.
 

Mary T. (186)
Wednesday April 4, 2012, 8:50 pm
Good for them, I also stand with the Lakota people.
 

Susan V. (80)
Wednesday April 4, 2012, 9:41 pm
Please sign and pass on this petition protesting Obama's support of this Southern piece of the pipeline.
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/stop-the-oklahoma-to-texas-pipeline/

And Ellen, I'm going to look into that Monsanto hunger strike.

Thanks, susna
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday April 4, 2012, 10:11 pm
OK, I am joining in.
 

ellen m. (233)
Wednesday April 4, 2012, 10:41 pm
Thanks John and Susan!
Virtual stars to those that didn't get them...it.s hard to give them when deserved as care2 has limits and i've got some great and articulate, caring friends!
 

ellen m. (233)
Wednesday April 4, 2012, 10:44 pm
Soooo signed, tweeted, fb and shared Susan ! :-)
 

Teresa Cowley (273)
Thursday April 5, 2012, 5:11 am
Noted and signed.
 

Kathleen R. (138)
Thursday April 5, 2012, 6:30 am
noted
 

Lydia Weissmuller Price (181)
Thursday April 5, 2012, 8:10 am
Eileen R. I'm so sorry this happened to your family! If we would have listened to the wisdom of the Native Americans in the first place our earth would never be in this terrible shape. Instead of learning from other people's wisdom, all we did was try to conquer and in the end we have destroyed ourselves.
 

Christopher Gomez (29)
Thursday April 5, 2012, 9:31 am
We cannot drink oil or eat money, let's all stand together to protect mother earth.
 

Liliana D. (124)
Thursday April 5, 2012, 12:10 pm
noted, thanks for posting Cal
 

Gloria H. (88)
Thursday April 5, 2012, 4:45 pm
the government doesn't listen to world opinion, let alone the wishes of it's own people. Are lobbyists giving them free cars or something?
 

Roxann Shadrick (15)
Thursday April 5, 2012, 5:16 pm
Noted, I stand with them in Spirit.
 

Philip Heinlein (471)
Thursday April 5, 2012, 5:27 pm
why is this the only place I can find anything at all about this??? where's the media? what are they covering instead?

We are with you , Lakota!
 

Angela Weber (27)
Thursday April 5, 2012, 10:28 pm
Good for these people. I am sad that they have to take such actions, but I am glad that they are interesting in protecting Mother Earth.
 
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