North Texas supporters of the water protectors protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock in North Dakota will hold an interfaith prayer rally Saturday, Nov. 12, outside the Dallas headquarters of Energy Transfer Partners, the company building the pipeline, at 8111 Westchester Drive in Dallas, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The rally will include “a peaceful, mournful procession” past the estate of ETP’s CEO, Kelcy Warren. It is being held a week after about 100 protestors and clergy members held a prayer circle on the lawn of the North Dakota State Capital.
The Standing Rock protestors are fighting to stop the pipeline from being built across sacred lands and burial grounds. They have been pepper-sprayed, shot with rubber bullets, arrested, strip-searched and kept in pens similar to dog kennels.
The prayer rally in Dallas is being staged by Texas-based Society of Native Nations. Organizations that are endorsing and/or co-sponsoring the event include Defend Big Bend, Animal Connection of Texas, Backbone Campaign, Big Bend Conservation Alliance, Big Bend Democrats, Big Bend Sierra Club, Blackland Prairie Rising Tide, CAIR-DFW, Coalition of 57, CODEPINK Greater Dallas, Curry Gallery and Studio, Dallas Peace & Justice Center, Dallas Sierra Club, Democratic Socialists of America —NorthTexas, Downwinders at Risk, former mayor of Alpine, Texas Dr. Avinash Rangra, TXDrought Project, Earthworks Oil & Gas Accountability Project, Eve’s Garden B&B,FlushTheTPP.org, Flush the TPP–Dallas, Food & Water Watch, Global Justice for the Animals and Environment, Green Party of Texas, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Irving Impact, Liveable Arlington, LULAC 102, Domingo Garcia, North Texas Light Brigade, North Texas Veterans for Peace, Pax Christi Dallas, People Demanding Action, PopularResistance.org, Progressive Allies Confluence, Public Citizen Texas, SEED Coalition, Sierra Club Lone Star Chapter, Southern Christian Leadership Conference, System Change Not Climate Change — DFW Chapter, Tar Sands Blockade, Texas Campaign for the Environment, Texas Drought Project, Trade Justice Alliance and Waco Friends of Peace.