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A Native American climate change activist who took part in Monday morning’s “Shut Down D.C.” protest decried the construction of pipelines on Native American land, said that children are “getting ripped from us because of war conditions that we live in,” and proclaimed that they are “literally dying.”
Climate activists took to the streets of Washington, DC, Monday morning as part of the “Shut Down D.C.” protest, which promised to “take action all over the district to disrupt business as usual.” Protesters held signs reading “Stop pipelines now,” “resist,” and “Climate emergency” and forced cars to idle in the streets by blocking intersections. Some of the protesters even started a dumpster fire in the middle of a street.
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A Native American activist explained her reason for action on camera, decrying the construction of pipelines on Native American land. She could be heard saying, “Our water is so polluted. It comes out of the faucets red, yellow and orange– smelling of petroleum.”
She said that children are “getting ripped” from us due to the “war conditions” they live in, and added that we are “literally dying.” She also called out fellow resisters for paying more attention to the “children being taken at the border.”
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“Our children are getting ripped from us because of the poor conditions that we live in. Everyone’s crying around about the children being taken at the border, why don’t they care about our people and what’s been happening to us for generations?” she asked.
“We’re literally dying. We’re having our children ripped from us and we deserve to live,”...
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