UK musician Kate Nash has enlisted over 120 musicians, including Radiohead's Ed O'Brien, Sia, Green Day, Sky Ferreira, Ed Droste, Bethany Consentino, Troye Sivan, Death Cab For Cutie, and many more to sign an open letter petition to President Obama to reevaluate "inhumane" new law enforcement actions against the thousands protesting the Dakota Access Pipline at Standing Rock, North Dakota.
Other than displays of force and brutality by police, authorities are threatening to block the protestors' access to supplies, as the winter temperatures grow worse. North Dakota governor Jack Dalrymple has also ordered protestors to evacuate due to the harsh weather conditions, but they plan to remain for the "long haul," as Sioux member Chase Iron Eyes told CNN.
Dear President Obama, Army Corps of Engineers, and Department of Justice,
We are writing to express our shock at the treatment of the people of Standing Rock Sioux in North Dakota. We are deeply disturbed by the police actions that have been taking place, where non violent protests have been and continue to be met with extremely aggressive tactics including; being shot with water canons in below freezing temperatures, chemical weapons, rubber bullets, and attack dogs. These are the same inhumane methods used during WWII and the Civil Rights Movement.
We feel strongly in the current political climate that those in power must be held accountable for their actions. We stand behind and urge you to take action regarding the following requests made in the coalition statement released on November 27th, 2016:
WE CALL ON THE WHITE HOUSE TO DENY THE EASEMENT NOW, REVOKE THE PERMITS, REMOVE THE DAPL CONSTRUCTION WORKERS, AND ORDER A FULL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT IN FORMAL CONSULTATION WITH IMPACTED TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS. PUT AN END TO THE VIOLENCE.
We encourage you to remember that this planet provides for us, not the other way around. Water is life and this cannot be underestimated or taken for granted in 2016.
We are aware of the long and painful history between the US and its indigenous people. Know that the world's eyes and the eyes of the music community are on you now as you continue to disregard the treaties you have with the Native American people and act barbarically towards them.
Standing Rock we stand with you.
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