Lubbock residents show support for North Dakota Pipeline Rally

Published: Nov. 15, 2016 at 5:23 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 15, 2016 at 6:42 PM CST
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People gathered at the Timothy Cole statue for the Dakota Access Pipeline rally (source: KCBD...
People gathered at the Timothy Cole statue for the Dakota Access Pipeline rally (source: KCBD video)

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The West Texas Accountability Project says they will join with the Indigenous Environmental Network, Honor the Earth, and other climate and social justice groups across the country for a national day of action at Army Corps of Engineers, calling on President Obama to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline.

They plan to meet for the rally at the Timothy Cole Statue at 19th and University from 3:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday to join this National Day of Action Calling for Rejection of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Members of the West Texas Accountability Project say this is a demonstration of solidarity, and that by doing this they are standing with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and calling on President Obama quote "do everything in his power to stop the pipeline."

They also say they see a connection between the Dakota Access Pipeline and local environmental and social justice issues.

They say thousands nationwide will be joining in similar events on Tuesday.

"These pipelines have regularly broken. And when it breaks, they are not going to have clean water to drink. And we all know we have to have clean water or we get sick. Also, you know it's already happened that they desecrated sacred burial grounds. And who would want an oil pipeline going through their ancestors graveyard?" West Texas Accountability Project Co-Chair Leann Lamb-Vines.

Leann says they wanted this rally to remain peaceful, and it did.

But she said they welcomed anyone who might be opposed to their view to join in and start a conversation.

One rally member Jeannie Bennett says she was proud to be apart of a national day of action here locally.

"I know that to some people it may not look like a whole lot of people you know are out here today, but I think it shows that even as far away as we are that every little action of solidarity counts. And I think that, I hope the people that are at standing rock right now find out that we were here today supporting them and I hope that helps them," Bennett said.

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