9 Summaries and links to Recent actions by the ACLU of North Dakota – supporting the Save our Water Protesters and covering some of the many legal issues surrounding the Dakota Access Pipeline – 3 possible action items:
ACLU and the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights call for an end to law enforcement response to peaceful protesters with weapons of war. They sent a letter on 11-4-2016 to the Justice Department calling for an investigation of possible constitutional rights violations in the police response to peaceful protesters demonstrating against the Dakota Access pipeline.
Pending that investigation, the letter also calls for local law enforcement to immediately suspend the use of any federally resourced military weapons and equipment. The letter was signed by Leadership Conference President & CEO Wade Henderson and Vice President Nancy Zirkin, and ACLU Washington Director Karin Johanson.
NOVEMBER 4, 2016
In the United States, people have the right to protest, and the press has the right to write about it. But over the past month, multiple journalists, documentary filmmakers, and activists have been arrested in three different states for engaging in and reporting on protests against fossil fuel infrastructure projects.
OCTOBER 24, 2016
The use of highway roadblocks and checkpoints, and militarized equipment by law enforcement in response to DAPL protests and the numerous reports of unwarranted stops by police sent to our office from individuals prompted the records requests.
OCTOBER 13, 2016
Our country has a long way to go in our relations with indigenous nations. We can start now in North Dakota by demilitarizing, ending the surveillance of the camp and water protectors, and starting to listen to the prayers of those who are protecting the water for us all.
OCTOBER 10, 2016
Help the ACLU of North Dakota stand with Standing Rock. Sign their petition and tell Governor Dalrymple to demilitarize North Dakota’s response to peaceful protesters and protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline.
SEPTEMBER 21, 2016
Several thousand indigenous people from across the county have journeyed to a little-known pasture on the prairie just miles from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s reservation to protect the land the tribes consider sacred and culturally significant as well as the water necessary for life. In response to the pipeline protests, North Dakota’s government suppressed free speech and militarized its policing by declaring a state of emergency and calling out the National Guard.
SEPTEMBER 13, 2016
Eyewitness accounts and video footage of nonviolent pipeline protesters engaged in civil disobedience near Cannonball, North Dakota on Saturday, September 3, 2016, highlight the use of excessive force by Dakota Access, LLC (DAPL) private security personnel on protesters.
SEPTEMBER 4, 2016
The American Civil Liberties Union of North Dakota sent a letter to Governor Dalrymple and the Morton County Sheriff on August 25, 2016 urging them to protect the First Amendment rights of protesters at the site of the Dakota Access Pipeline construction.
AUGUST 26, 2016
The curbing of peaceful protests at the site of the Dakota Access Pipeline construction is in violation of our core principles of free speech.
AUGUST 22, 2016