Donation Advice

Donation Advice [updated 2/24/2017]

Please check the camp web sites (below) for the latest updates before sending anything other than money. We have heard an eyewitness report of stacks of rocket stoves still in boxes unopened at one of the camps. Also check our Sonoma Solidarity with Standing Rock Facebook page, this Sonoma Supports Standing Rock group page (not run by us), and this web page for occasional updates on requests from the tribe!

Donations welcome for Standing Rock legal defense and general fund to help get them through the winter. We've been advised by several sources to be careful where you give your money. We suggest the web sites listed below.

Note that both the Oceti Oyate Camp (formerly known as Oceti Sakawin Camp) and Sacred Stone Camp are asking people to STOP sending clothing.

Oceti Oyate donation page (formerly Oceti Sakawin)


From the Sacred Stone Camp FAQ:

"At this time we are asking that you DO NOT SEND CLOTHING DONATIONS as we are experiencing an overwhelming amount and are not currently in need of used clothing or blankets. Please check out our Amazon list at the link above, or our SUPPLY LIST page for information on what we do need."


Requests for supplies, winter shelters, medical supplies and more continue to come in. But there is also a tremendous need for cash donations. The camps desperately need money for bail and legal expenses, and winterizing the camps. The most flexible gift is simply a donation of money. If you are sending medical supplies, equipment, etc. then those items need to be transported from Sonoma County to North Dakota. However money can be sent electronically. Then the camps can purchase exactly what they need.


Legal Defense: There is still a tremendous need for funding for legal defense and bail:

Lakota People's Law Project

Sacred Stone Legal Defense Fund


On 1/23/2017, young members of Withstand With Wolves who are from Standing Rock spoke at the Sebastopol Grange to an audience of over 100. When asked what is needed, they recommended the following:

  • 500 GoPro video cameras in order to document what's happening and get the latest news updates out.
  • O'Reilly Auto Parts gift cards.
  • Lowe's Home Improvement gift cards.


They and others say the money and items being donated are not reaching everyone. They recommend donating directly to those in need, rather than to the general camp funds, as the money is not being distributed evenly.

We have also heard that Camp of the Sacred Stones receives more donations that the other camps such as Oceti Oyate (formerly Oceti Sakowin), and Rosebud (women's camp). Please try to donate to the other camps to spread the support.

North Dakota winter temperatures can drop to 60 degrees below zero. If you do send clothes, please make sure to to send ONLY winter clothing rated for ARCTIC weather. They are getting lots of clothes that are not suitable to the freezing cold winter and things and have no place to store them. Again, both Sacred Stone Camp and Oceti Sakawin have stopped accepting donations of clothing. Again, a cash donation has the most flexibility.

There have been requests for sleeping bags that are suitable for SUB-ZERO temperatures, winterized yurts, shelters, etc. rated for ARCTIC weather. Please contact the tribes at the links below to see what is needed.

General Info: http://www.ocetisakowincamp.org, http://sacredstonecamp.org

Use the DAPL Fund donation link on this page: http://standingrock.org

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#NoDAPL, #WaterIsLife


Keep Up the Pressure! DIVEST!

[Updated 2/10/17]

Banks Financing the DAPL - Divest Now!

From the coalition statement 12/8/2016 by the following organizations: 

Sacred Stone Camp | Indigenous Environmental Network | International Indigenous Youth Council |  Honor the Earth

"We ask you to join us in an unprecedented divestment campaign to kill the black snake financially. ...Let us use this time to cut off funding for the project.  

December is an international month of action focused on the 17 banks that are profiting off investments in the Dakota Access pipeline. Shut these banks down with direct action. Close your accounts and tell the world you’re doing it. Pressure your local jurisdictions and philanthropists to divest. Every day is a day of action.   

This fight is not over, not even close. In fact, this fight is escalating. The incoming Trump administration promises to be a friend to the oil industry and an enemy to Indigenous people. It is unclear what will happen with the river crossing. Now more than ever, we ask that you stand with us as we continue to demand justice."

 

DeFund DAPL has a great website about defunding the pipeline:

4 Easy Steps to Defund DAPL

Watch the video on the home page

 

December 24, 2016 - Nation of Change
7 things the Defund DAPL campaign has achieved so far (including $28 million in personal accounts moved) By Ari Paul

September 9, 2016 - Democracy Now!
Who Is Funding the Dakota Access Pipeline? Bank of America, HSBC, UBS, Goldman Sachs, Wells Fargo

September 6, 2016 - Food & Water Watch
Who's Banking on the Dakota Access Pipeline?

October 26, 2016 - North Bay Bohemian
The Spigot: Bay Area investment fuels America's fracking boom—and pipeline protests by Will Parrish

September 29, 2016 (updated November 30, 2016) - YES! Magazine
How to Contact the 17 Banks Funding the Dakota Access Pipeline


Download a list of Banks and Contact Info

Here’s a script you can use:

“As a customer of [bank name] I was upset to learn that you are financially invested in the Dakota Access Pipeline, which threatens the water and livelihood of the Standing Rock Sioux and the thousands of people who live along the Missouri River. I’m calling to ask that you withdraw your financial support of and stake in the project immediately.”

Sample divestment letters below.

 

Where to Move Your Money TO

December 1, 2016 - YES! Magazine
Is Your Bank Funding DAPL? Here’s How to Find One That Isn’t
There’s an entire industry of ethically minded banks and financial institutions out there to choose from. The article recommends BankLocal.info to check out and compare banks.

GreenAmerica: Take Charge of Your Card
16 credit cards that benefit non-profit organizations such as Sierra Club, Amazon Watch, the League of Conservation, GreenAmerica, Clean Water Action and many more - recommended by GreenAmerica.

April 1, 2012 - Sonoma County Gazette
It Matters Where You Bank by David R. Williams
Though this article is a few years out of date, it lists local banks in Sonoma County. We are talking to Gazette to ask them to update the article.

Sierra Club recommends Aspiration for sustainable, green investments.

 

Petition Targeting Banks

Change.org - Petition started by DeFund DAPL
Stop The Dakota Access Pipeline By Pressuring The Investing Banks to Pull Their Money Out!

 

Sample Divestment & Other Letters

From: Linda Swartz

Subject: Divestment and other letters

Date: January 5, 2017 at 9:11:02 PM PST


Hello to all,

I am attaching copies of four letters I am sending off to Citibank, Costco Corporation, Wells Fargo Corporation, and Congressional Representative Jared Huffman. The first three relate to urging these financial organizations to divest from dirty fossil fuel companies, and the last asks Rep Huffman to follow up on his earlier actions to influence Washington to pay attention to the ongoing issues at Standing Rock. 

I want to acknowledge the “ghost writer” who posted an earlier letter in an email, and whose elegant and pointed language I borrowed from. I couldn’t find the author of that earlier letter, and hope I can safely assume it was OK to use some of his/her phrasing as I invite anyone else to use anything you see in any of these letters. Feel free to pass them on to anyone interested.

Letter to Citibank CEO

Letter to Costco

Letter to Wells Fargo Bank

Letter to Rep. Jared Huffman

 

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#NoDAPL

#DeFundDAPL

 


Phone Numbers & Emails



President Obama has made promises to indigenous peoples he needs to keep.

End fossil fuel infrastructure!

Phone Numbers & Emails to Stop the Violence and End the DAPL!

Here are long and short sample scripts to use when calling or emailing President Obama:

202 456-1111 or email to whitehouse.gov/contact


Detailed Version

I am calling on you to step in and end the violence against the peaceful water protectors (or the peaceful Native Americans and their allies) at Standing Rock.

Please use your Executive Power to take the following actions :

  • Block the injunction by which the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) company would evict the protesters from their encampments at Standing Rock.
  • Order a full Environmental Impact Report (EIR) to study in detail the impacts, cumulative impacts of building this pipeline under the Missouri River as proposed. This is a legal requirement which has not been met.
  • Act to protect the civil rights of the indigenous peoples, calling on the pipeline company to halt both open and clandestine attacks on the unarmed civilians who are camped here.
  • Make reparations to the people and their families  who have been harassed, and injured, either physically or mentally at Standing Rock.

Keep your promises publicly made in June 2014 to the youth and the tribal leaders at the Nations to Nations Conference to “do better by our first Americans” by being  a partner every day”  to build lasting economic, social, and educational opportunity for these people.

 

Simple Version

Please use your Executive Power to take the following actions:

  • Block the injunction by which the Dakota Access Pipeline company would evict the protesters from their encampments at Standing Rock.
  • Call on the pipeline company to immediately halt the violence against unarmed protesters at Standing Rock.
  • Ask the EPA or other departments in charge to require a full Environmental Impact Report on the proposed pipeline to meet legal requirements.
  • Make reparations to physically and mentally injured victims and their families who were attacked by the police.

Keep your promises which you publicly made in June 2014 to the tribal youth and leaders at the Nations to Nations Conference, to not break yet another treaty and to be a partner to the native Americans of this nation.

 

Who Else is Supporting the DAPL?

Energy Transfer Partners and other fossil fuel companies are able to push their pipelines and other controversial projects because they get state, federal and corporate support, including millions of dollars to fund militarized police:

Sheriffs Refuse to Send Troops to Standing Rock as Public Outrage and Costs Mount

North Dakota is stretched thin in its battle to protect the Dakota Access pipeline construction: Costs are nearing $15 million, and police reinforcements are diminishing.

 

Click Here for More Phone Numbers to Call

 

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Sign MoveOn Petition

From: Standing Rock Sioux Chairman David Archambault II <moveon-help@list.moveon.org>
Date: Fri, Oct 28, 2016 at 2:58 PM
Subject: Add your name: Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline once and for all

Yesterday, militarized law enforcement agencies moved in with tanks and riot gear on water protectors who stand in opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline—a massive pipeline project that would cut through four states, impact the water to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, and violate sacred sites and ancient grounds. While native elders prayed in peace, they were attacked with pepper spray, rubber bullets, as well as sound and concussion cannons. By the end of the day, more than 140 people were arrested.1 Please, add your name and demand that President Obama reject this pipeline once and for all.


Dear MoveOn member,

My name is David Archambault II, and I'm the chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, which has long opposed the Dakota Access Pipeline project. This proposed pipeline presents a threat to our lands, our sacred sites, and our water. Current and future generations depend on our rivers and aquifer to live. 

Will you stand in solidarity and urge President Obama to reject the Dakota Access Pipeline, once and for all?

Reject the Dakota Access Pipeline and declare this land a cultural district, eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places, to ensure its protection.

Thousands of American Indians, from more than 300 tribes spanning the continent, have joined with us to stand against this violation of our tribe's rights under federal laws and regulations. More than nineteen city and county governments have also joined us to stand in opposition to this pipeline.2 

We demand that the construction of this pipeline be stopped before any further damage is done.

While we engage in the long legal process to curtail construction of the pipeline, Dakota Access is still poised to begin construction. Halting the construction was an unprecedented step in response to our powerful movement—and now President Obama must reject the pipeline's permit outright.

Click here to add your name to this petition, and then pass it along to your friends.

The Dakota Access Pipeline jeopardizes the heath of our water and would affect our people, as well as countless communities who live downstream, as the pipeline would cross four states. The pipeline, as designed, would destroy ancient burial grounds, which is a violation of federal law.3

Over the past year, I have spent a great deal of time addressing our tribe's concerns about this pipeline. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has failed to follow the law and has failed to consider the impacts of the pipeline on the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and neighboring communities.

Last month, Dakota Access bulldozed two miles of burial grounds. Their private security sicced dogs on and pepper-sprayed those who tried to protect the site. This company cannot be trusted. Urgent action is needed to prevent Dakota Access from continuing to violate federal laws.4

We demand to be heard, and we will continue to stand together for our nation, and for all who live with and by the Missouri River, until justice is done.

Click here to add your name to this petition, and then pass it along to your friends.

Thank you.

—David Archambault II
Chairman, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

Sources:

1. "North Dakota pipeline: 141 arrests as protesters pushed back from site," The Guardian, October 28, 2016
https://act.moveon.org/go/6481?t=7&akid=172406.17866318.Z8yVOE

2. "Standing With Standing Rock: 19 Cities Express Solidarity Against DAPL," Indian Country, October 13, 2016
http://act.moveon.org/go/6454?t=9&akid=172406.17866318.Z8yVOE

3. "What to Know About the Dakota Access Pipeline Protests," TIME, October 28, 2016
http://act.moveon.org/go/6482?t=11&akid=172406.17866318.Z8yVOE

4. "FULL Exclusive Report: Dakota Access Pipeline Co. Attacks Native Americans with Dogs & Pepper Spray," Democracy Now!, September 6, 2016
http://act.moveon.org/go/6456?t=13&akid=172406.17866318.Z8yVOE

You're receiving this petition because we thought it might interest you. It was created on MoveOn.org, where anyone can start their own online petitions. You can start your own petition here.


Contributions to MoveOn.org Civic Action are not tax deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes.
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News / Updates / FAQs

[Updated 2/21/17]

Next Steps for Solidarity with Standing Rock

Fri 2/24 NO DAPL Protest at SPO Partners in Mill Valley!

Join Sonoma​ ​Solidarity with Standing Rock at a mass action at SPO Partners in Mill Valley! ​

We picked SPO Partners as our target because they are ​local, and ​the largest investor in Oasis Petroleum, that is one of nine companies supplying oil to the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). As Energy Transfer Partners, the builder of the DAPL, and law enforcement are waging war on peaceful Standing Rock protesters, We see SPO Partners as complicit in genocide. NO DAPL!

For more info​ about the protest​ and carpool info, see Facebook. Please like and share the event on Facebook!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1859257447675450/

Click here for press release.

 

Here's How You Can Help Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline

Leave a Public Comment on the Dakota Access
Environmental Impact Statement by Feb. 20! (EIS)

Sample letters and advice below!

From Huffington Post 1/31/2017:

Here’s how to make your voice heard.

Send a letter or email to:

Mr. Gib Owen
Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works
108 Army Pentagon
Washington, DC 20310-0108

Email:  gib.a.owen.civ@mail.mil 
(Use subject line: NOI Comments, Dakota Access Pipeline Crossing)

Use this form created by the Standing Rock Sioux to send a letter.

Use this form from the Sierra Club to send an email.

We have heard that faxing is another way to get your comments in. However the fax number for the Washington, DC office is nowhere to be found on the web site, or through searching several pages of Google search results. If you have it, please let us know. Thanks!

 

February 2017 - Sample public comment letter - by one of our volunteers!

January 27, 2017 - Daily Kos - Army Corps stifles public comment and WATER PROTECTOR LEGAL COLLECTIVE files new evidence (several updates here)

January 29, 2017 - EcoWatch - Here's How You Can Help Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline (with sample public comment letter) by Jake Tracy

January 13, 2017 - Grist Magazine - Here’s a new way to fight the Dakota Access Pipeline by Jake Tracy


 

December 2016 - Divest from the 17 Banks Funding the Dakota Access Pipeline! #NoDAPL !

Click for update from coalition and our advice on divestment

 

 

General Info/Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Donation Advice - written by Sonoma County - Solidarity with Standing Rock

Standing Rock FAQ (2 pages) - written by Sonoma County - Solidarity with Standing Rock

Dakota Access Pipeline: What You Need to Know - from Camp of the Sacred Stones

 

Native American Organizations

Indigenous Environmental Network
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/ienearth
Web site: http://indigenousrising.org

Honor the Earth
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WinonaLaDukeHonorTheEarth
Web site: http://www.honorearth.org

Oceti Sakawen Camp - There are other camps, but these two links seem to have a lot of information:
Latest News: http://www.ocetisakowincamp.org/latest-news
Camp Stories: http://www.ocetisakowincamp.org/camp-stories


Television

Democracy Now! is providing some of the best, and often the only coverage of events at Standing Rock.

December 6, 2016 - Tavis Smiley goes to Standing Rock  (PBS)
Protection Not Protest: The People of Standing Rock

September 20, 2016 - Tavis Smiley Show on PBS
Tavis Smiley interviews Amy Goodman about Democracy Now's coverage of Standing Rock.

 

Radio

Dennis Bernstein, (Flashpoints, KPFA 94.1) has provided outstanding coverage on Standing Rock. You can access his reports at https://kpfa.org/program/flashpoints/

December 22, 2016 - Kris Welch interviews Adam Villagomez on KPFA. The interview starts about half way through the one-hour program.

 

Articles about Standing Rock, and Related

February 17, 2017 - Huffington Post
Investors Urge Banks To Support Rerouting Dakota Access Pipeline By Michael McLaughlin

January 30, 2017 - Fortune Magazine
Investors Should Steer Clear of the Keystone Pipeline By Tom Sanzillo

December 24, 2016 - Nation of Change
7 things the Defund DAPL campaign has achieved so far (including $28 million in personal accounts moved) By Ari Paul

December 4, 2016 - Los Angeles Times
Army halts Dakota Access oil pipeline and says new routes will be explored

October 25, 2016 - NY Magazine
Amy Goodman on Why the North Dakota Pipeline Standoff Is Only Getting Worse

October 25, 2016 - Seattle Times
What we’re reading about the Dakota Access Pipeline
"Looking to learn more about the Dakota Access Pipeline and the issues surrounding it, from tribal rights to the impacts of moving oil? Here's some recommended reading from Seattle Times reporter Lynda V. Mapes."

 

Coverage of Local Support

December 22, 2016 - Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Op-Ed: Close to Home: Standing with the Standing Rock Sioux by Adam Villagomez and Jenny Blaker

December 14, 2016 - North Bay Bohemian
Standing Together: Northern California tribes join Standing Rock Sioux by Will Parrish

December 11, 2016 - Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Standing Rock protest is personal for Windsor man by Chris Smith

December 4, 2016 - Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Solemn ‘Standing Rock’ march through Santa Rosa ends in celebration - slideshow by Erik Castro, article by Julie Johnson

November 23, 2016 - North Bay Bohemian: Open Mic
Standing Tall: Local efforts to block Dakota Access Pipeline grow by Shepherd Bliss

November 2016 / December 2017 Issue - Sonoma County Peace Press
Standing Rock Sioux Water Protectors vs. The Fossil Fuel Industry by Hoai-An Truong

November 15, 2016 - Associated Press
Dakota Access oil pipeline protest closes San Francisco street

November 15, 2016 - Marin Independent Journal
Protesters in San Rafael rally against Dakota Access Pipeline by Adrian Rodriguez

October 28, 2016 - Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Sonoma County activists support Standing Rock pipeline protest by Paul Payne

October 26, 2016 - North Bay Bohemian
The Spigot: Bay Area investment fuels America's fracking boom — and pipeline protests by Will Parrish

October 8, 2016 - Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Smith: She was changed by her discoveries at Standing Rock by Chris Smith

 

Local Resources, Local Organizing

 

Mailing lists

Sign up for one or more of our Sonoma-NoDAPL mailing lists for updates on upcoming actions, fundraisers, meetings, volunteer opportunities, petitions, etc. Email sonoma.solidarity@gmail.com which mailing list(s) you want to be added to:

  • Mailing list for actions, news, announcements, events
  • Mailing list for active volunteers
  • Mailing list for helping get the word out, publicity

 

Other Updates

 

 

#NoDAPL, #WaterIsLife

 


About Solidarity

Here's the poster for the call to action that brought us all together last year.

Sonoma County Stands in Solidarity
with the Standing Rock Sioux Water Protectors
Against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL)

News of Upcoming Actions, Events, Petitions, Articles/Blogs, Videos

  • Sign up for one or more of our Sonoma-NoDAPL mailing lists for updates on upcoming actions, fundraisers, meetings, volunteer opportunities, petitions, etc. Email sonoma.solidarity@gmail.com which mailing list(s) you want to be added to:

    • Mailing list for active volunteers
    • Mailing list for helping get the word out, publicity
    • Mailing list for actions, news, announcements, events

  • Like and check the Facebook page for updates: www.facebook.com/SonomaNoDAPL
    If you “like” our Facebook page, you will get some Facebook updates automatically, but not all. So please check the page from time to time for updates.

  • Check our Facebook Events page:  www.facebook.com/SonomaNoDAPL/events
  • Sign up for Sonoma Supports Standing Rock - a Facebook group page. We don't run it, but it's another local source of updates.

 

About Us

A member of Comité Vida (immigrant defense advocacy and services) wanted people to come together in Sonoma County to support the Standing Rock Sioux water protectors. She asked a friend who works at the Peace & Justice Center of Sonoma County, to put together a kick-ass flyer to invite people to meet to talk about ways to support the Standing Rock Sioux. On September 24, 2016, around 30 people showed up at A'Roma Roasters Cafe in Santa Rosa, CA. And that is how our group began.

We work to get the word out about Standing Rock, raise money, and call people to action to support Standing Rock. Together we are applying increasing amounts of public pressure to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). You can see some of our accomplishments on the News/Updates/FAQs page under Coverage of Local Support (see links at the top), including organizing a vigil and march on December 4, 2016 that drew around 500 participants. It's astonishing how many efforts are going on in Sonoma County alone to support Standing Rock. We continue to hear of local residents who are going to Standing Rock or who have returned from Standing Rock. We are now working to network with other groups so that we can work together more effectively, avoid duplicating our efforts and collaborate on actions and events.

Join our mailing lists and check our Facebook page for updates. Also check out the links at the top for more information about the Standing Rock at the top of this page under SOLIDARITY WITH STANDING ROCK.

Join us!

 

 

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