WATER PROTECTORS ATTACKED AT BARRICADE

The Indigenous Environmental Network

 

Cannon Ball – On November 20th at approximately 6PM CST over 100 Water Protectors from the Oceti Sakowin and Sacred Stone Camps mobilized to a nearby bridge to remove a barricade that was built by the Morton County Sheriff’s Department and the State of North Dakota. This barricade, built after law enforcement raided the 1851 treaty camp, not only restricts North Dakota residents from using the 1806 freely but also puts the community of Cannon Ball, the camps, and the Standing Rock Tribe at risk as emergency services are unable to use that highway…

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Please. Stop.

I have heard a lot of talk lately, some in the form of jokes, and some serious. It is aimed at white males. The lost election for Hillary is just that, it is lost. I have heard so many theories as well as excuses. It was an election that called for foresight, such that the Hillary campaign did not have. In my opinion, and I AM a Bernie supporter and he has talked about middle America being ignored. I say needing jobs and insurance is not a reason to elect a fascist such as Donald Trump. Neither is being an evangelical. Get real.

Now, please those on the left that want to blame white males and to wish them harm, please stop. Just stop.

The Politics of Sexual Assault

Why is it so hard for some people to understand that it is a very likely a male in power “could” sexually assault or intimidate women. It happens in families. It happens in schools and other institutions. It happens in the world of politics. To make it anything other than it is insults women or any victim. It is not something to run on in a campaign, nor should it be something to throw at your opponent just to get votes. I doubt most women would want to be treated in that way. It is out there now though and we must deal with it because victims of sexual assault are victims no matter who the perp may be. It doesn’t change if it is a doctor, a professor, a relative, a republican or a democrat.

Many people try to brush it off as tabloid stuff, which gets in the way of real issues of the day. Sexual assault IS real. It is one of the most important ISSUES we have faced as a nation. How we treat and have treated women is in the DNA of American history. Many others try to brush it off as boys will be boys, or locker room talk. Many may have been raised to treat women as inferior. That does not make it right. It is also not right to politicize a problem that can affect a victim for the rest of their life. I doubt any “one” politician could do anything about the problem. But we as citizens, whether private citizens or public servants,  could stop listening to the excuses, stop being bystanders and stop letting people make us believe we are becoming numb to how completely wrong dehumanizing women is, or any human for that matter. I happen to be on the subject of women right now, but it applies to everyone. We must listen and continue to listen to the victims and those that are trained to know what the aftermath of assault can do. All the information has been out there for decades. Don’t let politicians or anyone no matter who they are tell you it is not important enough. Laws must also reflect what we teach everyday. So if a law says it is ok, I would say there is something wrong with that law.

The Most Important of Times

Time spent with my son, was and is the most important times in my life. Those times mean more than anything else that I could ever do or ever want to do. Talking with him, watching him grow from a beautiful small boy to a wonderful and amazing adult. If I could have stayed home for 18 years and not ever worked, I would have been happy. Now that he is grown and married, I think of all the wonderful love and adventure, and moments he has in store for him. His never ending quest to make a difference in the world with technology makes me happy for him, too. I wish him all the love, joy and success he could ever imagine. I wish this because he is my son, and I love him with all of my heart.