We are donating our trailer to the International Indigenous Youth Council at Standing Rock. Above, is the [formerly Eat for Equity] trailer, in its new home at Oceti Sakowin camp, Standing Rock.
Many of you will have been following the Standing Rock water protectors, an Indigenous led movement to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline from crossing through native lands [#nodapl]. Today is a National Day of Action in support of Standing Rock and fighting against the pipeline.
They listed trailers as one of their top needs. Eat for Equity has a trailer. And so, we started asking ourselves what we invite others to ask themselves. What is needed? What do we have to give? How can we share our resources to support causes that address inequities?
Last week, with the support of our board, we brought the trailer out to Standing Rock to share with the International Indigenous Youth Council. The young people in the council – from across the Americas – have been at Standing Rock throughout the year and have decided to stay the winter. The trailer will be a space for them to organize and live in.
One of the people supporting the council, Vivian, talked about how much the young leaders inspired her. “We need those babies. We wouldn’t be here without them. They are true warriors.” They are leading non-violent direct actions [and are being physically attacked], and they are telling their stories, and they are models of resistance. You can follow their work online.
We hope this trailer provides protection from the elements and support for their justice work. And on this National Day of Action, we ask you to ask, what is needed? What do you have to give? How can you share your resources – time, money, trailer – to support causes that address inequities?