Yesterday I checked in at Standing Rock Indian Reservation in solidarity with the Water Protectors.
"The Morton County Sheriff's Department has been using Facebook check-ins to find out who is at Standing Rock in order to target them in attempts to disrupt the prayer camps.Hundreds of Native American protectors have gathered at the site since April to protest peacefully against the Dakota Access pipeline’s construction on land they claim is tribal under the 1851 treaty of Fort Laramie https://ourdocuments.gov/doc.php?flash=false&doc=42.The people of Standing Rock, often called Sioux, warn that a potential oil spill into the river would threaten the water, land, health and sacred lands of their reservation.Their fight is also against a system of domination that has been imposed on the original nations.Members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe ,say it threatens the environment and will destroy Native American burial sites, prayer sites and artifacts.The Standing Rock Sioux reservation straddles the border between North Dakota and South Dakota, and the projected path of the pipeline is near the reservation's northeast corner.
Assertions that the local sheriff's department is using the Facebook check-in feature to identify and target protesters began to circulate the social media site, as have calls to check virtually in at Standing Rock to complicate these suspected efforts. SO Water Protecters are calling on EVERYONE to check-in at Standing Rock, to overwhelm and confuse them.It isn't actually clear whether the call actually originated with the people at the North Dakota protest but it is a powerful tool of expressing solidarity nevertheless, helping the protestors see that the world has not forgotten their plight, or their fight to defend their land.
This is concrete action that can protect people putting their bodies and well-beings on the line that we can do without leaving our homes.Over 1 million facebook users have already answered the call, in a spirit of defiance and solidarity in a mass check-in organized to prevent local law enforcement from tracking protesters on social media.Standing together with hearts and minds protesting against corporate enterprises that have deceived this country and stolen peoples freedom in exchange of profits and materialistic want. The most ubiquitous of these virtual calls to action asserts that the "Water Protestors" are imploring people to simply say they're at Standing Rock, even if they're not.
If you're sharing your location at Standing Stock (which you should be doing)
1) make it public
2) make the clarification post separate, and so that only your friends can see it
3) don't clarify on your check in, message friends who say "stay safe!" to let them know what's up -- the stay safe posts are more convincing / confusing for p*lice
4) copy paste to share clarification messages (like this one) because making it public blows our cover
5) say "Standing Stock" in clarification posts so that when they filter out / search those terms, your post is visible to the right people"
Will you join me in Standing Rock?" supporting the courageous peaceful resistance led by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to protect their land and water and become inspired by this community-led struggle, and by the potential for joint action that this widespread solidarity has demonstrated.
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