The police have moved the barricade closer to the camps and the water protectors are asking us to keep vigil with them. Three hours ago there was no media presence at the camp. However I heard more recently that The Young Turks has a reporter there–I assume it’s Jordan Chariton. I’m getting this information from two groups on FaceBook, Nodapl and the Standing Rock Protectors group.
Chase Iron Eyes spoke about 8 or 9 hours ago and expressed his disappointment that the six bands that once showed their support to the water protectors are not there now. Lately it’s occurred to me that the task of our generation my be a little different than I thought. Rather than carry on a conversation, we all might be required to put ourselves in harm’s way. When the time comes let’s hope we hear the call.
When I think of the water protectors facing the enemy alone tonight, I’m reminded of the Book of Matthew, 26: 36-46. Jesus went to Gethsemane to pray and asked his disciples to watch with him, but when he returned to them they were asleep.
“And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour?
“Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
Update: According to the BIA the people at the camp will not be removed tonight. If and when the BIA tells people to leave they will have 30 days.
There is a national general strike Friday, February 17, with rallies taking place in several cities. Don’t go to work or school and don’t purchase anything. Hold peaceful protest, engage in community service, reach out to your representatives in Congress. You can find more information here: 1. [Monique Svazlian Tallon, CPCC, There’s a Nation Strike Happening Friday. Here’s how you can participate.12/14/2017. Available: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/monique-svazlian-cpcc-acc/theres-a-national-general_b_14729604.html