imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Calendar Publish RSS
Features
latest news
best of news
syndication
commentary


KILLRADIO

VozMob

ABCF LA

A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List

LAAMN List




IMC Network:

Original Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech

Surviving Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: canada: quebec east asia: japan europe: athens barcelona belgium bristol brussels cyprus germany grenoble ireland istanbul lille linksunten nantes netherlands norway portugal united kingdom latin america: argentina cmi brasil rosario oceania: aotearoa united states: austin big muddy binghamton boston chicago columbus la michigan nyc portland rochester saint louis san diego san francisco bay area santa cruz, ca tennessee urbana-champaign worcester west asia: palestine process: fbi/legal updates process & imc docs projects: radio satellite tv
printable version - js reader version - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

Large Turnout for Dakota Pipeline Protest

by R of the Northeast LA Radical Neighbors Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016 at 3:35 PM

At the time of this writing there was no official estimate, but turnout appeared to be in the hundreds. The only mainstream media said to be present was Channel 11, which interviewed Gloria Arellanes, et al live. ….... Multiple speakers advised people to take money out of banks invested in the Dakota Access Pipeline. Jay Ponti identified HSBC, Wells Fargo, Chase, Bank of America, and Citi Bank as such investors. Besides closing accounts, he suggested reporting it on social media. #BankExit. Actress-activist Susan Sarandon, one of the delegates to go into the building, reiterated this and cited the role of boycotts in affecting South Africa.

Large Turnout for Da...
ndaplincrowd.jpg, image/jpeg, 2848x2134

As part of a world-wide demonstration against the North Dakota Access Pipeline, a very-well-attended rally, demonstration, and march occurred at the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers in downtown L.A. Mainstream media coverage was sparse—though Channel 11 interviewed Gloria Arellanes, a Tongva, live. Meanwhile, other actions took place in 300 cities around the world (200 of them reportedly in the U.S.). Here in the States, participating cities included San Francisco (where, according to the Pacifica Evening News, Market Street was shut down. Watch for more at https://www.indybay.org/); Portland, Oregon, where Portland IndyMedia reported over 500 participants (see: http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2016/11/433790.shtml); Columbus, Ohio; Montpelier, Vermont; and the University of Denver (Colorado), where hundreds also turned out.

November 15, 2016: Popular opposition to the North Dakota Access Pipeline was apparent well before I arrived at the protest site. As various protesters, including myself, walked toward the demonstration, locals responded positively to signs we were carrying.

At the site itself, passing motorists honked in support. Many participants stood on the freeway overpass with signs evoking honks from the busy 110 Freeway.

Turnout for the demonstration was quite impressive—especially for the middle of a weekday. At the time of this writing there was no official estimate, but turnout appeared to be in the hundreds. In my 14 years of demonstrating this is one of the thickest crowds I recall seeing (outside of marches). Just walking through it was very hard; it was almost solid people. Additional protesters stood across the street. There was diversity in age and ethnicity. I recognized activists from many areas of Southern California: Topanga*, Pasadena, South Pasadena, Montrose, Northeast L.A., and the West Side.

As far as I could tell, police and representatives of the Army Corp were working harmoniously with event organizers in managing the crowd.

“. . . I recognize so many relatives and people from all nations, and I'm so thankful that you are here,” said Tongva elder Gloria Arellanes. The crowd was so thick I could barely see her or any other speakers, even though I managed to get 10 or less feet away. She then gave a prayer, which I refrained from recording. I didn't know if she was uncomfortable with that as is sometimes the case. She then described conditions on reservations as they are--even without toxic and destructive pipelines--and she spoke out against deportations. Auntie/Grandma Gloria subsequently went inside the building, along with Indigenous children, others in the Native community, and actress-activist Susan Sarandon, to deliver a letter as well as letters written by individuals.

Meanwhile, others addressed the crowd. One statement that particularly struck me was said by a male: “If you want to make America great, give it back to the Natives.”

Multiple speakers advised people to take money out of banks invested in the Dakota Access Pipeline. Jay Ponti identified HSBC, Wells Fargo, Chase, Bank of America, and Citi Bank as such investors. Besides closing accounts, he suggested reporting it on social media. #BankExit.

Lydia Ponce of Idle No More, Los Angeles reminded people to keep pressure on President Obama to grant clemency to “Brother Peltier,” an innocent man (even the judge who sentenced him says his trial was unfair) with ongoing health problems. She gave the number to the White House, 202/456-1111. “And while you're at it, [tell them to] free Mumia Abul Jamal,” she added.

The immigration/refugee issue came up again. “I come from the deserts of Arizona,” said another speaker, “where thousands and thousands of people are trying to cross, and they die in the desert, because of no water. Traditionally we welcomed everyone. We honored them, we honored their differences, we honored their songs, we stood next to them, we sat by a fire. Today we isolate ourselves from them. Today many of us are at fault of isolating ourselves from the rest of the world. I am not an American, I am all of them. I am from traditional territories of my people. . . .”

The same speaker also spoke of the need to decolonize. (The need to avoid or withdraw from colonized schools was another recurring sentiment this day.) “. . . Don't listen to the lies that they continually tell you. Pull your kids out of these western bought-off schools that continue to colonize your children and even colonize you. Relatives, you have to decolonize from what you eat, the way you think, the way you see things, the way you act. You have to decolonize so that we can live together. We want to live together, we want to live with you, but some of you are too destructive, and you can't live that way. . . .”

When the delegation to the Army Corp came back outside, one member, introduced as “a relative,” commented: “I believe the gentleman that we talked to here has a heart. [Cheering.] He knows the difference between the people here and the people there and the Corp here and the Army Corp there. But the truth is we all have challenges. . . . We had dialog about the concerns of the future of our nations, of the humanity of all people. They know that they have a challenge against powers that be, but they realize that we're here, standing here where they would like to stand if they didn't wear the uniform that they represent. So at least we have a chance to have someone represent the reason that we come together for the right of life of water. . . . ”

Gloria Arellanes then gave her report. “I want to tell you the children were awesome and incredible. They had voice in there, and they were not afraid to say what they said, and they said it in a good way. I'm very proud them. . . . And we could hear you in there, whew! So if we heard you, they heard you. Good job everybody.

“But I think it was a very good meeting. He said he would forward those letters. He was very gracious to the children, and thank goodness they came because I insisted that they put the children in there. They didn't want to let the children in at first, but I said, 'They need to learn, they need to see how things work.' Because our children are very bright and very not afraid to speak up. [Applause.} So I'm pleased.”

She emphasized to the Army Corp representative concern about the time factor. Work on the pipeline is going 24 hours a day.

The next member of the delegation to speak was actress-activist Susan Sarandon. “. . . I don't know if you know that the United Nations just left Standing Rock and declared that it was inhumane circumstances there and have declared it an emergency. So it's taken the U.N. to go into the situation and say that people cannot be treated this way. [Cheering.]

“Now this past week has been very upsetting for some people after this election. People are depressed, people are angry. There are a lot of people that have taken to the streets. I just want to say that we don't have the luxury of being depressed and angry at this time. [Cheering.] This is a pressing issue. If only we had that many people that were aware of what's going on in Standing Rock and would be standing with my brothers and sisters to put an end to what is going on there. . . .” She, too, underscored the importance of divesting from the banks involved in the pipeline (“That's how we got South Africa to turn around.”) and calling President Obama. “It's not enough to just live Tweet , it's not enough to just pass things on.”

Sarandon also commended the movement for its non-violence and emphasized the importance of it.

Several of the latter statements can be seen and heard in full on Lauren Steiner's live video stream on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Lauren.Steiner.LA/videos/vb.1138104490/10211048826033408/?type=2&theater

Shortly after the report back, a march proceeded to Pershing Square.

-----

*Topanga is an original Tongva placename meaning “the point of the mountain range which ends there in the sea.” (Source: The First Angelinos: The Gabrielino Indians of Los Angeles by William McCawley, page 61.) Other Tongva placenames still in use include Cahuenga, Pacoima, Cucamonga, Tujunga, and Azusa (originally Asuksangna).

Tapo, as in Tapo Canyon, is said to be a Chumash-Tataviam placename (perhaps meaning abalone or shell or limestone deposits (McCawley, 35)), and Malibu derived from the Chumash name Humaliwu (“thought to mean 'as the surf pounds loudly'”). Reported by Dr. Chester King in this publication: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28577838-native-american-cultural-sites-in-the-santa-monica-mountains page 55.

Simi is another placename thought to have originated from a Chumash village, in this case the village of Shimiyi (see: http://articles.latimes.com/1998/apr/24/local/me-42584).

Report this post as:

Stop the North Dakota Access Pipeline

by R of the Northeast LA Radical Neighbors Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016 at 3:35 PM

Stop the North Dakot...
ndaplstandinfrockiseverywhere2cropped.jpg, image/jpeg, 2624x2128

Report this post as:

Demonstrating against the North Dakota Access Pipeline

by R of the Northeast LA Radical Neighbors Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016 at 3:35 PM

Demonstrating agains...
ndaplincrowdwerestillhere.jpg, image/jpeg, 2848x1764

Report this post as:

Speaking out against the North Dakota Access Pipeline

by R of the Northeast LA Radical Neighbors Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016 at 3:35 PM

Speaking out against...
ndaplwaterislife.jpg, image/jpeg, 2134x2848

Report this post as:

Demonstrating against the North Dakota Access Pipeline

by R of the Northeast LA Radical Neighbors Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016 at 3:35 PM

Demonstrating agains...
ndaplrespectindiansovereignty.jpg, image/jpeg, 2848x2134

Report this post as:

Speaking out against the North Dakota Access Pipeline

by R of the Northeast LA Radical Neighbors Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016 at 3:35 PM

Speaking out against...
ndaplmegaphonescientist.jpg, image/jpeg, 2848x2134

Report this post as:

North Dakota Access Pipeline threatens water!

by R of the Northeast LA Radical Neighbors Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016 at 3:35 PM

North Dakota Access ...
ndaplwaterislifedrop.jpg, image/jpeg, 2134x2848

Report this post as:

Main block of the demonstration...

by R of the Northeast LA Radical Neighbors Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016 at 3:35 PM

Main block of the de...
ndaplcrowdcars.jpg, image/jpeg, 2848x2134

...but other blocks were occupied, too.

Report this post as:

Freeway overpass

by R of the Northeast LA Radical Neighbors Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016 at 3:35 PM

Freeway overpass...
ndaplfreewayoverpass.jpg, image/jpeg, 2848x2134

Report this post as:

President-elect

by R of the Northeast LA Radical Neighbors Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016 at 3:35 PM

President-elect...
ndapltrumpbutt.jpg, image/jpeg, 2134x2848

Report this post as:

Demonstration against North Dakota Access Pipeline

by R of the Northeast LA Radical Neighbors Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016 at 3:35 PM

Demonstration agains...
ndaplvoteforearthcropped.jpg, image/jpeg, 2134x2528

Report this post as:

Speaking out against North Dakota Access Pipeline

by R of the Northeast LA Radical Neighbors Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016 at 3:35 PM

Speaking out against...
ndaplqueersinsolidarity.jpg, image/jpeg, 2134x2848

Report this post as:

Sticker worn by participant

by R of the Northeast LA Radical Neighbors Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016 at 3:35 PM

Sticker worn by part...
ndaplworstfearfedupqueer.jpg, image/jpeg, 1752x2568

Report this post as:

More participants

by R of the Northeast LA Radical Neighbors Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016 at 3:35 PM

More participants...
ndaplmananddog.jpg, image/jpeg, 2848x2134

Report this post as:

Sending message to Obama via U.S. Army Corp of Engineers

by R of the Northeast LA Radical Neighbors Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016 at 3:35 PM

Sending message to O...
ndaplincrowdvarioussigns.jpg, image/jpeg, 2848x2134

Report this post as:

More against the pipeline

by R of the Northeast LA Radical Neighbors Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016 at 3:35 PM

More against the pip...
dapllawyersscientistscropped.jpg, image/jpeg, 2572x1683

Report this post as:

Stop banks!

by R of the Northeast LA Radical Neighbors Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016 at 3:35 PM

Stop banks!...
ndaplstopbanksfrompoisoningh20.jpg, image/jpeg, 2848x2134

There were calls to boycott banks investing in the pipeline, including HSBC, Wells Fargo, Chase, Bank of America, and Citi Bank. #BankExit.

Report this post as:

Sidewalk packed!

by R of the Northeast LA Radical Neighbors Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016 at 3:35 PM

Sidewalk packed!...
ndaplincrowdmore.jpg, image/jpeg, 2848x2134

Report this post as:

Abolish Columbus Day!

by R of the Northeast LA Radical Neighbors Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016 at 3:35 PM

Abolish Columbus Day...
ndaplcolumbusbetter.jpg, image/jpeg, 2134x2672

Report this post as:

Still more signs

by R of the Northeast LA Radical Neighbors Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016 at 3:35 PM

Still more signs...
ndaplweloveournatives.jpg, image/jpeg, 2848x2134

Report this post as:

Local News

Summer 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! J10 11:58PM

Watch the Debate: Excluded Candidates for Governor of California M30 10:20PM

Change Links June 2018 posted M28 12:41AM

The Montrose Peace Vigil at 12 Years M22 1:01PM

Unity Archive Project M21 2:42AM

Dianne Feinstein's Promotion of War, Secret Animal Abuse, Military Profiteering, Censorshi M17 3:22PM

CA Senate Bill 1303 would require an independent coroner rather than being part of police M10 2:08PM

Three years after OC snitch scandal, no charges filed against sheriffs deputies M10 1:57PM

California police agencies violate Brown Act (open meetings) M02 1:31PM

Insane Company Wants To Send Nuke Plant Waste To New Mexico A29 4:47PM

Change Links May 2018 A27 1:40AM

Worker-Owned Car Wash on Vermont Closed A26 10:37PM

GUIDE TO REBEL CITY LOS ANGELES AVAILABLE A12 5:39PM

lausd whistle blower A10 11:58PM

Website Upgrade A10 3:02AM

Help KCET and UCLA identify 60s-70s Chicano images A04 1:02PM

UCLA Luskin: Casting Youth Justice in a Different Light A02 11:58AM

Change Links April 2018 A01 11:27AM

Nuclear Shutdown News March 2018 M31 6:57PM

Join The Protest Rally in Glendale on April 10, 2018! M29 7:00PM

Join The Protest Rally in Glendale on April 10, 2018! M29 6:38PM

Spring 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! M19 2:02PM

Anti-Eviction Mapping Project Shows Shocking Eviction Trends in L.A. M16 5:40PM

Steve Mnuchin video at UCLA released M15 12:34AM

Actress and Philanthropist Tanna Frederick Hosts Project Save Our Surf Beach Clean Ups M06 12:10PM

After Being Told He's 'Full of Sh*t' at School Event, Mnuchin Demands UCLA Suppress Video M02 11:44AM

Resolution of the Rent Strike in Boyle Heights M01 6:28PM

What Big Brother Knows About You and What You Can Do About It M01 3:30PM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

Giants War Hack Crystals and Gold _ NO SURVEY J24 6:35PM

Paléontologie contemporaine J24 2:05AM

RadioJustice J23 1:12PM

National Congress has Voted to Cut 2 Million People Off Food Stamps with a 19 billionSlash J22 9:52PM

Progressives wrestle with dilemma on migration J22 6:37PM

More Public Investment is Sensible and Necessary J22 6:33PM

A Partial List Black Ops, Assassinations, Destabilizations, Wars by the CIA J22 5:29PM

The Shortwave Report 06/22/18 Listen Globally! J21 4:47PM

1)stop all crime 2) lies on internet J21 2:49PM

Dismantle the ICE Detention System J21 9:35AM

Immigrants Needed in US due to 3 reasons J20 9:02PM

Paraphysique du discours logique J20 2:33AM

Fbi forces most Indymedia to ban me J19 6:18PM

Fbi forces most Indymedia to ban me J19 4:55PM

The Beam in the White House J19 6:52AM

Fbi deletes this report on their atrocities J18 7:43PM

police crimes J18 1:26PM

America is Suffering Under an Ego Driven Fascist Pig While Spineless GOP Proudly Looks On J18 12:01PM

Paraphysique de synecdoque J18 12:34AM

Le capital ou l'épouvante permanente J15 11:30PM

Authoritarian Capitalism and Digital Demagogue J15 3:08AM

The Shortwave Report 06/15/18 Listen Globally! J14 4:23PM

Autisme sociétal J13 10:53PM

Georgias Poultry Justice Alliane Helps Workers in SE J13 8:50PM

Greedy Animal Researchers Hide Truth About Alzheimer's From Public J13 3:59PM

Austerity Policy as Momentous Mistake J12 5:19PM

Abrégé de la connerie J12 1:35PM

May 2018 Honduras coup update J10 7:30PM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2018 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy