Editor’s Note: This statement was issued by the SP USA. It is offered in solidarity with the Water Protectors fighting the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, American Indians, and Indigenous Peoples everywhere.
The Socialist Party USA congratulates those activists, organizers, and allies who have stood their ground at Standing Rock, which halted the construction of the pipeline.
But the fight still continues. As this statement is being read, Energy
Transfer, Dakota Access Pipeline’s parent company, is looking for ways to
continue with their project. From an ecosocialist perspective, this project
is harming our planet and will also affect communities surrounding it. There
are many reports of existing pipelines that have burst, and oil has spread
into [neighboring] areas. Also, this project also does not produce any full
employment; independent contractors are being brought in to work on the
The pipeline is yet another example of how the United States relies on a
market economy that does not fully consider the cost of lives and to our
planet. Its only consideration is for those who profit from this project,
including its investors.
Socialist Party USA encourages the people to stand alongside those at Standing
Rock, and to develop local actions in solidarity. People can join the SPUSA to
be involved in Commissions that organize these efforts, or join one of the
many organizations that are involved in support of Standing Rock activists.
Keep Standing at Standing Rock!
Join us for a SPUSA members Video Conference!
Join us for a conversation on the status of the Dakota Access Pipeline, the
actions at Standing Rock and how this issue is connected to the Party’s Plan
of Action Campaigns. What have we done, what will we continue to do, what are
we learning and how do we apply that knowledge toward our work. This phone
conference is being called by the SPUSA Anti-War, Ecosocialist and Labor &
Living Wage Commissions. All Party members in good standing are invited to
attend this video conference.
Video/Phone Conference Info (phone -in option available too):
Thursday Dec 15, 2016 9:00 PM Eastern Time / 6:00 Pacific
Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:
Telephone: 408 638 0968 or +646 558 8656
Meeting ID: 846 038 4852