Good morning and Happy New Year everyone! Once again I have a lot of catching up to do after some extended time away due to the Holiday and then an absolute mad rush of work at the ‘real world job’. I hope you are all well and hope we can do some catching up in the comments… perhaps discuss a little of the second season of The Man In The High Castle if you’ve watched it yet (and you absolutely should). Though its several years old I also managed to take in the documentary: Holy Man: The USA vs Douglas White. You can watch the trailer here & find the entire thing on Amazon Prime and perhaps other places on the internet.
Moving onto the news.. this happened this weekend and made me quite happy:
Continuing a strategy to target the project’s financial backers, a small team of Dakota Access Pipeline opponents on Sunday pulled off a dramatic banner-drop from the rafters of the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis as the Minnesota Vikings played the Chicago Bears.
Above the crowded stadium, which can hold nearly 70,000 attendees at capacity, the two individuals—later identified as Karl Zimmerman, 32, and Sen Holiday, 26—rappelled from large steel girders during the second quarter
Holiday, who shot live video while dangling beside the banner, explained their reasoning. “We are here today at the U.S. Bank Stadium in solidarity with water protectors from standing rock,” she said. “We are urging US Bank to divest from the Dakota Access pipeline, a project threatening the tribe’s clean water supply.”
Corey Schmidt, a public information officer with the Minneapolis Police Department, told local CBS affiliate WCCO Channel 4 News the largest concern was for safety. “That sign could have fallen, they could have fallen,” Schmidt said. “We don’t want people to do that.”
Returning to the ground after several hours, both Zimmerman and Holiday, were arrested for trespassing and burglary, both gross misdemeanors, for their participation in the protest. A third person, identified by police as 27-year-old Carolyn Feldman, was arrested on lesser charges.
Speaking from jail with WCCO reporter Jeff Wagner, Zimmerman declined to say how they got their climbing equipment and the banner inside the stadium, but said that like police, the idea of safety was also on their mind. “What’s relevant is that the Dakota Access Pipeline is unsafe,” Zimmerman told Wagner. “It’s unsafe for the residents of Bismarck, it’s unsafe for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and it is unsafe for the Missouri River.”
Everything else will be added to the comments as I come across it. Hope to see you there!