Mustafa Howard - Sep 25, 2016
Stop DAPL Together protest, Dallas, Sep 24 2016.  Photos by Mustafa Howard

The Standing Rock and numerous other tribes of Indigenous Americans are fighting to stop an atrocity.  Another oil pipeline, something no one needs, is being built across Tribal lands, destroying land, ancient burial sites, and threatening lakes and rivers in North Dakota.  Some have been fighting this corruption since April (5 months) on site.  They have set up numerous camps.  They are using their time and their lives to protect water, earth, atmosphere, history, Indigenous rights, dignity, and original right of humanity:  to defend Earth, our mutual home and need.

Protesters have been attacked by hired “security” thugs and their dogs.  Protesters HAVE been bitten by these dogs that were deliberately “siccumed” on the protesters.  Amy Goodman of Democracy Now filmed such an incident.  Now, she is being charged with trespassing.  She’s a journalist.  Our First Amendment, our VERY First Amendment, is to protect human rights to voice opinion, protest, document, and publicize.  Jill Stein of the Green Party has also been charged.  Many protesters have been arrested.

It is obvious this is an important issue.  There is not only a national but also a global outcry.  Tribal leaders have requested the UN to get involved, as it seems the US, state, and local governments are unwilling to do anything that is RIGHT.

Energy Transfer Partners, the company behind the pipeline project, making the decisions to dig-up graves, invade tribal land, poison our water, attack and arrest protesters and journalists, is headquartered here in Dallas, TX.  ETP’s CEO, Kelcy Warren, owns a 27,000 square-foot mansion near the headquarters.  On Saturday, September 24th, 2016 protesters gathered at the headquarters and marched to Kelcy’s home.  Some held a sign reading “Arrest Kelcy Warren”.  I took these photos from the march.  Following the photos is a Democracy Now interview including Amy Goodman, who is being charged with trespassing, and Standing Rock Sioux tribal historian LaDonna Brave Bull Allard, a co-founder of the Sacred Stone Camp that launched on her land on April 1 to resist the Dakota Access pipeline.

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Stop DAPL Together protest, Dallas, Sep 24 2016. Photo by Mustafa Howard

We start outside Energy Transfer Partners headquarters in north Dallas.  This is where the Dakota Access crimes originate, where the criminals make their millions.

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Stop DAPL Together protest, Dallas, Sep 24 2016. Photo by Mustafa Howard
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Stop DAPL Together protest, Dallas, Sep 24 2016. Photo by Mustafa Howard

I’m always inspired by the beautiful people who gather in solidarity.  Real thinking, conscientious human beings spending their time, energy, and some cash to resist the crimes and tyranny of the 1%.

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Stop DAPL Together protest, Dallas, Sep 24 2016. Photo by Mustafa Howard

Great poster that illustrates the incredible crimes being committed by the greedy, thoughtless CRIMINALS of Energy Transfer Partners.

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Stop DAPL Together protest, Dallas, Sep 24 2016. Photo by Mustafa Howard

Beautiful SOLIDARITY !

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Stop DAPL Together protest, Dallas, Sep 24 2016. Photo by Mustafa Howard

This was a great banner someone made.  The pipeline is illustrated as a poisonous snake threatening land, water, and of course, human beings.

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Stop DAPL Together protest, Dallas, Sep 24 2016. Photo by Mustafa Howard

 

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Stop DAPL Together protest, Dallas, Sep 24 2016. Photo by Mustafa Howard

Dear Kelcy Warren:  we’re coming !

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Stop DAPL Together protest, Dallas, Sep 24 2016. Photo by Mustafa Howard

Outside another lush 1%’ers castle

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Stop DAPL Together protest, Dallas, Sep 24 2016. Photo by Mustafa Howard

On an overpass.  I’m thinking to myself “this Brother looks authentic.”

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Stop DAPL Together protest, Dallas, Sep 24 2016. Photo by Mustafa Howard
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Stop DAPL Together protest, Dallas, Sep 24 2016. Photo by Mustafa Howard

You can’t exercise your First Amendment rights without a police presence.  Of course, you really can’t exercise your First Amendment rights WITH a police presence.  The main duty of cops is to protect the 1% from people’s justice, from any real law or morality being exercised.

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Stop DAPL Together protest, Dallas, Sep 24 2016. Photo by Mustafa Howard

And here we are:  Kelcy Warren’s $27 Million palace, 27000 absurd fucking square feet.  2 private security vehicles provided so Kelcy doesn’t have to confront his accusers.

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Stop DAPL Together protest, Dallas, Sep 24 2016. Photo by Mustafa Howard

The march continues – outside another 1%’ers chalet.  It struck me what delusions such people maintain about themselves.  And others.

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Stop DAPL Together protest, Dallas, Sep 24 2016. Photo by Mustafa Howard

So, um, then THIS happened.  

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Stop DAPL Together protest, Dallas, Sep 24 2016. Photo by Mustafa Howard

And the incredible irony struck me as I watched the traffic debris on one side of the overpass, and the cars piling-up on the other.  WTF ?  More oil for WHAT?  This!  More cars for GM and Ford profits.  More human beings killed in wrecks.  More hours of human life spent driving around in circles.  MORE climate destruction as the clock ticks down to climate armageddon.    

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Stop DAPL Together protest, Dallas, Sep 24 2016. Photo by Mustafa Howard

Dear Amy Goodman, Jill Stein, and the dozens of protesters arrested and attacked by dogs:  THIS IS FOR YOU !!!

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Stop DAPL Together protest, Dallas, Sep 24 2016. Photo by Mustafa Howard
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Stop DAPL Together protest, Dallas, Sep 24 2016. Photo by Mustafa Howard

After all, we are in a 1% neighborhood.  This used to be an all-white area BY LAW !

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Stop DAPL Together protest, Dallas, Sep 24 2016. Photo by Mustafa Howard
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Stop DAPL Together protest, Dallas, Sep 24 2016. Photo by Mustafa Howard

And that to me is the 2nd of a two-part statement.  Stop DAPL.  It’s a crime.  And arrest the criminals !

Here’s the Criminal:

Meet the Texas billionaire and GOP donor behind the North Dakota pipeline controversy | Facing South

Old man Mustafa needed a break.
Old man Mustafa needed a break.

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