Today the last of the water protectors at Standing Rock are shutting down the camp and will most likely be arrested, and most assuredly will be injured in the process. The militarized police (some sent in from neighboring counties, embarrassingly included on that list is the county I was born and grew up in, Hennepin County, in my home state of Minnesota), have already abused the peaceful protestors using mace, water cannons, rubber bullets, attack dogs, and in many other "legal," fashions. This entire situation has been handled in an absurd manner by all people in power, but especially the law enforcement of North Dakota, and the counties of cowards who joined them. When humans use violence against other humans in the name of the law, they also do harm to the very existence of law and the existence of humanity.
If there was ever a lesson to take from this situation, it's that we are all connected by something bigger. What started as a protest by the indigenous people of the Standing Sioux tribe swelled into a movement against big banks, big oil, and for the sanctity of honoring long held treaties between our government and the indigenous people who's land we stole. This movement is growing. It can't be stopped. It won't be stopped.
I don't know what will happen from here, I never have and never will and neither do you. But what I do know is that in every action I take, the water protectors will take with me because they have forever changed my view of the world.
Humanity is tricky and it's messy and it's scary, but it can also be breathtaking and fearless and wise. The beginning of something big it here and happening, all we have to do to see it is to look at the world through each other's eyes.
Below are photos from the #NoDAPL protests in Chicago on November 15, 2016: