A former police officer and veteran organized a massive event that will transport, feed and shelter over 5,000 veterans so they can stand in solidarity with Standing Rock and the water protectors near the Cannonball River who are peacefully trying to prevent the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline that is being illegally built in multiple states including directly on top of indigenous burial grounds in North Dakota.
Every week, as more and more campers show up to the snow-frosted sites, the police increase their hostility and force draining money from the government with federal assistance requests in the millions. On December 4th their efforts will be joined by the company of over 5,000 United States miliary veterans along with Hawaii State Congresswoman and veteran Tulsi Gabbard.
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard Is Joining The Struggle
“Next weekend, the congresswoman will be joining thousands of veterans from across the country to stand in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux in North Dakota who are protesting the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline through their tribal lands, with grave concerns about the contamination of their major water source,” Gabbard’s Press Secretary Emily Latimer told the Observer on Tuesday.
“Next weekend, the congresswoman will be joining thousands of veterans from across the country to stand in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux in North Dakota..”
Tulsi, who served 2 terms in the Middle East, continues her service as a Major in the Army National Guard. She is one of the few politicians who has been speaking publicly about the issue in North Dakota and was quoted recently stating "it’s also troubling that so many are ignoring what is happening to the people in Standing Rock. We cannot turn a blind eye when so many are taking a stand, putting themselves in harm’s way, to protect their water."
As a congresswoman and political leader she has made it her invested interest to see to it that cultural traditions are respected and a message of unity and peace is amplified often referring to the aloha spirit of Hawai'i.
This historic moment is being organized by Michael A. Wood Jr (a veteran and former Baltimore police officer) and Wes Clark (who is the son of a retired General of the United States Army and a host on TYT Network). Michael has been an ally in the fight against police brutality, black lives matter movement and the events circulating around Standing Rock. After he being actively enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and retired from the Boston police force he began speaking publicly about police abuse issues and accountability practices and has been a guest speaker on many independent media shows.
"If the cops there want to be state sanctioned agents to brutally beat non-violent veterans that have served their country honorably, if they're gonna beat us then that should be the signal to the rest of the country."
- Michael A. Wood Jr
Michael understands the importance when it comes to indigenous American citizens and the United States military reflecting upon the fact that "Native American people in this country have served at a higher percentage in the United States military than any group in this entire country. The Navajo saved us through code talking and being able to pass intelligence around".
More than 23,000 People Have Donated To Support This Event
With over a million dollars raised so far! People from all over the world are tuning in and watching what happens while they support the organizers for this event and follow it's progress. The funds raised on their page will go towards providing food, transportation and supplies for the brave patriots that join the event.