Inspiration September 11, 2017
The actress refuses to stay silent on issues regarding indigenous rights.
Through all her hard work, Shailene Woodley became a strong activist for indigenous rights last year. The 25-year-old actress was not only part of the demonstrations in North Dakota that successfully delayed the construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipeline, but she was also arrested for criminal trespassing during the protest.
The actress talked to Entertainment Tonight about what people endured during the protests.
“I was on the ground at Standing Rock starting from September last year. We saw all these protests, we saw people being shot with rubber bullets, I was arrested — hundreds were arrested. People being sprayed with water cannons in sub-zero degree temperatures, trying to protect not only our earth, but also indigenous sovereignty, and indigenous rights,” Woodley said.
So when President Trump’s executive order approved the construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipeline, Woodley didn’t stay silent.
The pipelines would destroy sacred Standing Rock Sioux Tribe sites and contaminate ground water across the Dakotas.
Woodley gave advice on how to continue the fight after Trump’s order.
“There are a lot of banks that are invested in this pipeline,” Woodley said in an MSNBC interview. “Regardless of any executive order, or what our politicians wanna do, if there’s no money invested in the pipelines, then they can’t be build.”
Woodley also stated the consequences of the pipeline.
“This pipeline would be built underneath the Missouri River,” Woodley said. “As we know, it’s not a matter of if pipelines leak, it’s a matter of when pipelines leak.”
“When this one is to leak, it will affect the drinking water of 18 million people,” Woodley continued. “Drinking water is not something that should be a luxury. It’s not something that should be limited to privilege. It’s a human right … Whether you’re a conservative or progressive, you require drinking water to survive.”
Woodley’s words and activism remind us that we can’t stay silent in desperate times.
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