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Standing Rock: Still Protected (for now)
First up, we wanted to call attention to a small victory in the long fight against the DAPL. In a move that proves that Lauren is on to something with her idea that protests and action are both greater than petitions (usually), months of peaceful protests in the face of militarized police and private security force have finally gotten the pipeline blocked. For now. We believe this fight isn’t over – oil interests are likely too entrenched to give up that easily, but we have hope that this is the beginning of the end for the DAPL plans. One of the most heartwarming stories to come out of these fraught last few months? The group of 2,000+ veterans who went to Standing Rock in December to protect the protestors, honoring their pledge to protect citizens against threats both foreign and domestic. While there they also apologized to tribal leaders for centuries of oppression. Now that’s class.
What’s Left of Aleppo
Aleppo is proving to be one of the greatest tragedies of the year. There is so much sadness coming out of the news surrounding Aleppo we’re not sure what news story to link for you, frankly. With a situation where not even children, hospitals, or schools are safe from bombing, there is not much left standing in Aleppo. Charities continue to band together to try and help. One of the larger ongoing efforts is being run by Unicef, but there are many churches, NGOs and other charities also sending aid and creating art to raise awareness.
Rise in hate crimes
As you know, both the UK and the US have seen some political and social shakeups in the last year that have led to a rise in hate crimes and general unrest and unease. We urge you to fight hate on the ground by speaking up and standing with the tormented in the moment against their tormentors. If it isn’t safe for you to do so, go get a manager or someone in authority to help. If it is, sometimes simply standing with the target of the attack – verbal or physical – in the moment is the best way to help. If you see hate online or off, report it to the Southern Poverty Law Center. On Twitter they are using the hashtag #reporthate, or you can report it on the SPLC site at this link.