24th Nov 2016

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Chris Downey 24th Nov 2016 edit delete
Chris Downey
If you're American, it's Thanksgiving. The spirit of Thanksgiving has always been about coming together in a collaborative effort to survive, and helping your neighbors when times are hard.

At the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, protestors have been fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline for months. They're trying to prevent it from being built in order to protect their access to clean water, but they're being met with heavy opposition at every turn. Police in riot gear have turned fire hoses on the protestors in below-freezing temperatures. There have been reports of tear gas and rubber bullets. And the protestors haven't left, because if they stop, if they give up, they would no longer have drinking water.

Needless to say, they're in need of supplies. The original Thanksgiving story is about Native Americans helping American colonists out when they needed it; now, it's time to give back.

If you donate to the efforts at Standing Rock, you can send me your receipt for doing so, and I'll draw a free sketch request. Email me at chris.downey.yenwod.sirhc@gmail.com to let me know.

Places you can donate:
To Standing Rock directly
To the Sacred Stone Camp legal defense fund
To the Red Warrior Camp legal defense fund
The Mní Wičhóni Nakíčižiŋ Owáyawa school at camp
To Oceti Sakowin Camp, the main camp, directly

Please, take a minute to help some people out.