The Rev. Peter Morales, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), issued this statement on the protests of the Dakota Access Pipeline:
The construction of the massive Dakota Access pipeline, stretching from North Dakota to Illinois, is a textbook case of marginalizing minority communities in the drive to increase fossil fuel supplies. As people of faith and conscience, committed to protecting the interdependent web of all life and supporting indigenous rights, Unitarian Universalists cannot remain silent as land held sacred by our Native American siblings is threatened.
We join other faith groups and native tribes to support the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe as they oppose the construction of this dangerous pipeline. I am proud to see that Unitarian Universalists in the region are already joining the protests. But I know that more is urgently needed. I urge you to join the effort to bear public witness to the injustice in North Dakota and add your voice to oppose the Dakota Access Pipeline.
- Learn more about what’s at stake from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
- Connect with the Camp of the Sacred Stone on Facebook to stay up to date on protest events.
- Add your voice to a petition calling on the Army Corps of Engineers to stop pipeline construction.
- Donate money and supplies to the Sacred Stone Camp or through the Bismarck Mandan Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.