SLAPP, which stands for “Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation,” is a suit brought by big corporations intended to censor, intimidate and silence critics.
Dakota Access pipeline protesters are seeing the charges against them dropped, while activists in Canada celebrate the abandonment of a large pipeline project.
The Intercept reports that a private security firm employed by Energy Transfer Partners worked with local police to suppress opposition to the Dakota Access pipeline.
Activists worry that the spill, which did not threaten waterways, is just the first of others to come.
The lake, which flows into the Missouri River, serves as the primary water source for numerous indigenous tribes, including the Standing Rock Sioux and the Cheyenne River Sioux.
As the Sioux tribes run out of legal routes to halt the pipeline, military veterans travel to North Dakota to support the water protectors' final stand.
An independent inspection is needed immediately to determine whether construction is continuing in defiance of an official order.
However temporary it may be, the water protectors’ triumph over energy corporations compels us to seek opportunities to use our bodies as implements of change.
Cold weather, police violence and government promises won't deter the water protectors. Although the Dakota Access pipeline has been halted, these demonstrators are not leaving Cannon Ball, N.D., until the project is dead.