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Mark Ruffalo and Rev. Jesse Jackson Throw Their Support Behind Dakota Access Pipeline Protestors

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Mark Ruffalo and Rev. Jesse Jackson are the latest public figures to support the Standing Rock Sioux tribe’s opposition to the four-state Dakota Access oil pipeline, amid ongoing protests that have seen several demonstrators — including actress Shailene Woodley — arrested on riot charges.

Actor and activist Ruffalo, who co-founded The Solutions Project, which promotes clean and renewable energy, arrived in North Dakota Tuesday and was part of a panel for the Indigenous Environmental Network.

According to the Associated Press, Ruffalo announced plans to deliver two solar trailers made by Navajo on Wednesday to help power the camps set up amid the protest.

Jackson announced in a tweet Wednesday morning that he was also heading to North Dakota to support the cause.

“Going to stand with the Sioux Indians today in North Dakota to preserve the land & the sacred sites,” he wrote.

 

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Ruffalo, along with Susan Sarandon and Matt McGorry, were among hundreds who gathered in Los Angeles Sunday to show support for activists in North Dakota demonstrating against the oil pipeline.

 

“Not only is it an environmental, but it’s a problem in terms of social justice,” Sarandon told the demonstrators, according to Reuters. “We can do it. We can stop fracking. We can stop the pipeline. But really it’s only because of great numbers of people.”

Woodley was arrested on Oct. 10 while participating in a protest against the construction of the pipeline in Bismarck, North Dakota. The 24-year-old actress, who streamed her arrest via Facebook Live, was charged with criminal trespassing and engaging in a riot, and later pleaded not guilty.

The Divergent actress, who made her first public appearance since her arrest at the premiere of Leonardo DiCaprio‘s climate-change documentary Before the Flood at the U.N. on Thursday, published an essay about her arrest in Time magazine, describing the importance of protesting peacefully and raising awareness for environmental and social causes.

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Woodley described the issues facing Native Americans and the injustice many undergo when their culture is appropriated.

“We wear their heritage, their sacred totems, as decoration and in fashion trends, failing to honor their culture. Headdresses, feathers, arrows. Moccasins, sage, beadwork,” she wrote, adding, “You know what I’m talking about, Coachella. Walking around the flea market this weekend, I can’t even tell you how many native references I saw being used in a way that feeds our western narrative.”

 

 

The actress stated that it took her, a “white non-native woman,” being arrested to spark anyone’s attention, outrage or prayers despite 26 others being arrested that day.

“The reason we were freezing our a—- off on Oct. 10 in peaceful protest was because the night before (mind you, right after the presidential debate and on the eve of Indigenous Peoples’ Day—coincidence?) the U.S. Court of Appeals denied an injunction to halt construction of the pipeline,” she wrote. “As in: They began building once again.”

“The Dakota Access Pipeline, my friends, is not another time to ignore, mistreat and turn a blind eye to Native Americans,” she continued, adding “What if we took the hashtag #FreeShailene and made it #ProtectCleanWater, or #HonorNativeTreaties, or #IStandWithStandingRock?”