[Pnews] DAPL protesters prosecuted as terrorists

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Tue Aug 24 19:39:26 EDT 2021


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Today, water protectors from Standing Rock are still being prosecuted, 
and — in the troubling cases of Ruby Montoya and Jessica Reznicek — 
they’re still being labeled as terrorists. Because we cannot allow this 
dangerous precedent to be used against more people who care for our 
Grandmother Earth, we’re going to help defend Ruby. Our struggle against 
the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) didn’t end at Standing Rock in 2017, 
and it won’t be over until every water protector in the crosshairs of 
the criminal justice system is liberated.

Lakota Law 
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I interviewed Ruby 
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her stand against DAPL.

In 2017, Ruby and Jessica engaged in a direct action that damaged an 
empty section of DAPL’s pipe. Jessica was recently found guilty, given a 
“terrorism enhancement,” and sentenced to eight years in prison. Ruby’s 
fate now hangs in the balance as her trial approaches. With litigation 
support from Lakota Law and the National Lawyers Guild, Ruby is going to 
fight. Her next hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 1.

*As Ruby says in this new video produced by our team* 
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humanity is going through a reckoning. In the future, no one will fondly 
remember the names of corporations that represented the status quo; 
instead, many people will only wish they had fought harder to protect 
life on this planet. Nobody who takes a stand to stop extractive 
destruction should ever be charged with a felony, much less be labeled a 
terrorist.

Ruby told me that Jessica has never even held a weapon in her hands, and 
at one point she was considering entering a monastery. And Ruby is a 
Waldorf School teacher, who vividly remembers kids in her classes crying 
and losing sleep because Australia and the Amazon were on fire. Ruby’s 
resistance, like my own back in 2017 that earned me a felony charge, has 
been motivated only by a desire to give the next generations a destiny 
they can believe in.

Nothing any of us did comes close to a level of governmental coercion 
necessary to justify a terrorism enhancement. It’s fallacious to suggest 
we have that type of power. If the government is being coerced by 
anyone, it’s the fossil fuel barons who buy politicians to protect their 
profits. Ruby was invited by an Indigenous community to protect water 
and help safeguard sacred lands. She showed up. Now, we will have her 
back, just like she had ours. Please stay tuned as we continue to fight 
to prevent a grave miscarriage of justice.

/Wopila tanka/ — thank you for standing for justice!
Chase iron Eyes
Co-Director and Lead Counsel
via the Lakota People’s Law Project

Lakota People's Law Project 
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