The U.S. Veterans are keeping their promise and are in the process of raising money for protestors who have been fighting the oil company at the Dakota Access Pipeline. Until now, the GoFundMe effort for the new campaign has raised over $186,767 of the $500,000 target they need to reach, according to the group’s GoFundMe page. The funds will be used for supplies at the North Dakota protest camp, transportation of veterans to and from Standing Rock Indian Reservation and operations. The Facebook page sites increased “turmoil and uncertainty” as a motivation to continue efforts.
The Veterans Latest Statement:
“In the past two weeks the turmoil and uncertainty at Standing Rock has increased significantly. We have continued to stay in contact with indigenous and camp leadership and have identified several areas where the Veterans Stand network can continue to serve the needs of the camp and local community. We are launching this second GoFundMe to create a Standing Rock Fund to address the on-going needs at Standing Rock and our network of partners in camp.”
Back in December on GoFundMe they raised an amount of $1,155,780 to provide transportation and supplies for the thousands of veterans who volunteered to travel to Standing Rock and support protesters, some veterans formed Veterans Stand, with the mission to:
“Unite citizens and all peoples through our shared military service, to fulfil the promise to defend America from enemies, foreign and domestic, by combating the oppression of our fellow human beings and working to create a better future through continued sacrifice and service.”
This decision comes after Trumps gives the go ahead on the Dakota Access Pipeline this year.
Rallying the U.S. Veteran Troops
Wood’s form the Veterans told CNN:
“It is unlikely that we will send a mass group of people like before,”
“The biggest misconception is that Veterans Stand wants to do anything aggressive in response. People want to do something and they just don’t know what to do. We just want to give people a platform.”
Anthony Diggs, the secretary of communications for Veterans Stand said:
“People expected the easement to be granted and they are still going to stay,”
“The Water Protectors are here peacefully in prayer and in ceremony as they have always been.”
For the last few weeks Diggs has been at the Standing Rock, meeting with camp leaders, making arrangements for supplies, mobilizing volunteers and focusing on supporting infrastructure.
While proponents of the pipeline say it would be the most cost-effective and environmentally responsible way to move crude oil, significantly reducing US dependence on foreign oil, there has been continuous support for the protesters, both in person and on social media using the hash tag #NoDAPL.
“People need to know about this, we still need support. This is an issue that affects all of us.”
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