Actions against the Dakota Access pipeline continued this past Saturday.
AMY GOODMAN: What’s your name, and where are you from, and why are you here today?

IRENE YEH: Irene Yeh. I’m from Ann Arbor, Michigan. I am here because—to be honest, I didn’t know why I was coming. I felt a calling, and I came. I showed up. And I’m finding more and more that it is about the bigger picture for all of humanity. I believe we’re all interconnected. And it’s about water, because I’m thinking about Flint. I’m coming from Michigan. I’m thinking about Flint. I’m thinking about Detroit, Kalamazoo. And I’m thinking allies, front lines. Poor people, working people are affected the most, but eventually it’s going to affect all of us, so we need to come together. The tribes, hundreds of tribes, have connected their histories, connected around this one purpose—to save the water, to protect sacred sites and to protect our future generations. And I just, as an ally and an outsider, but an ally, I like to support that.


Art based on photos by Indigenous Environmental Network and David Zalubowski/AP Images

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