Standing Rock Call to Action ~ Call the Army Corps of Engineers #NoDAPL~


Published on Oct 23, 2016

Kandi Mossett, Tara Houska, and Dallas Goldtooth present an update and call to action on the situation at Standing Rock, North Dakota – where thousands of Indigenous water protectors and allies are defending sacred lands from desecration by the Dakota Access Pipeline in the face of police brutality and arrest.

Filmed live at the Bioneers 2016 Conference on October 23, 2016.

Learn more at

The Army Corps of Engineers Contact information 

Honor the Earth 

Sacred Stone Camp

Indigenous Environmental Network

Ongoing News Coverage of #NoDAPL at Democracy Now!

Have I Got This Right? : North Dakota Repudiates The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution Because It’s Not Good News for Energy Transfer Partners’ Big Oil Agenda

Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

First Amendment ~ U.S. Constitution

The First Amendment is not respected in North Dakota. Or maybe it got lost in the Second Amendment Shuffle. The right to bear arms is definitely allowed–well, as long as you’re a police officer or a member of a private security force or oil company executives. Can’t say for sure about oil company executives because they don’t show their faces in public and they’re definitely not heading out any time soon to lay any pipe themselves. Personally, I’d really like to see that dirty work in the field happen but that’s an entirely different issue. Oh, wait, there’s also some serious history of law authorities not being too fond of the Lakota/Sioux having weapons of any sort close at hand–so I suspect the Second Amendment is off-limits to them in North Dakota.

When in North Dakota:

Journalists Shall Not Report what is going on at Standing Rock or elsewhere regarding the defense of water and land under threat by a big oil pipeline. They will arrest you for this:

Citizens Shall Not Live-stream the actions of Police, the National Guard and Private Security Firms. They will arrest you for this.

Thou Shall Not Take Photographs which document Police, National Guard, and Private Security Firms which contradict their stated version of events involving peaceful Protectors.They will arrest you for this.

Thou Shall Not Reveal How the Police in North Dakota are doing the bidding of Energy Transfer Partners. They will arrest you for this.

If you think I’m joking just ask Deia Schlosberg, Unicorn Riot , Shailene Woodley, Madison WI City Alderman Rebecca Kemble  and the Standing Rock Protectors who’ve been jailed for documenting what’s happened with North Dakota Police, ETP’s private security, and the National Guard.

If you do record and share such information you are an enemy of the state of North Dakota and its good buddies, Energy Transfer Partners and the big banks which are funding the Dakota Access Pipeline. (If you think ‘enemy’ is too strong a word then feel free to suggest other word choices. I’m open to suggestions.)

Wondering why I’m rambling on about the Freedom of the Press?

Things are going to get a tad interesting regarding the Freedom of the Press in North Dakota on Monday morning when Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman intends to turn herself in to authorities to deal with the charges made against her for doing her job.

UPDATE Regarding North Dakota Versus Amy Goodman  Now it’s “riot” instead of “trespassing.”

I’m wondering if any mainstream media operations will cover this action. Will CBS, ABC, NBC, PBS, NPR show up for this confrontation regarding First Amendment festivities? How about Al Jazeera? CNN maybe? At the moment I’m betting they’ll all be no-shows, though they do like using Democracy Now!’s news footage from time to time. Those pesky independent journalists get to go to all the ‘fun’ hot spots television news anchors might not be able to find on a travel guide map. (Is that too harsh? I don’t think so, but one never knows.) By the way, if you don’t know who Amy Goodman is and you’ve never watched Democracy Now!’s Independent Global News well then it’s about time you considered expanding your news horizons. Be forewarned, there will be no hot blondes in tight dresses breathlessly spewing out sound bites in an effort to give you an anxiety attack about local events. The headlines are often delivered at a fast and furious speed in an effort to make the most of the time. The in-depth coverage might take you places and introduce you to people you never knew existed–and probably would never meet via mainstream news.


You might get angry. You might be offended. You might start wondering why mainstream media treats people like blithering idiots. Some of those interviewed such as Henry A. Giroux will share their thoughts on that last notion from time to time. If you have children in school you might want to pay close attention. (Damn all the teaching to the tests.)


So, if you’re a serious reader you might discover some new books. Said books may depress you with their reality checks. But so be it.

And then there are the discussions of films ET wouldn’t dare spotlight:

If you’ve read and watched so far you now have some idea of the nature of independent journalism as practiced by Amy Goodman and the rest of Democracy Now! It’s probably clear why Energy Transfer Partners and the authorities in North Dakota are none too keen on making Goodman or any other kind of journalist welcome to venture out to Standing Rock and other oil pipeline sites. Even from New York City, Democracy Now! has provided all kinds of ongoing intriguing issue raising coverage of #NoDAPL.  Most of which puts the likes of PBS to shame for its depth and breadth.

Hence, come October 17, 2016 I wonder which journalists will be covering the story of Goodman turning herself in Mandan, North Dakota. There’s a chance there might only be the Democracy Now! crew and Standing Rock Protectors as witnesses. Let’s hope not. Let’s hope mainstream media can find its way to Mandan, Standing Rock and the Dakota Access Pipeline no one needs. Like Climate Change, which mainstream media has done a damn fine job of ignoring, the First Amendment impacts all of us. Ignorance is not bliss. You really do need to know what the hell is going on. That’s the purpose of having an independent news media.









Elegy for Paradise

Sweet water ripples

falls fruit ripe

lovely breath

lush was paradise


anchors dropped

sailoirs landfall


color flows out of the world

what words for this loss

life flows out of the earth

tiniest to largest creature vanishing

words cannot serve this loss

sky closes saturated with human waste

homo sapiens self harms

collateral damage in excess

all life flows out of the earth

words fail

waters cries



In the sixties,

In a Catholic school,

Thou Shall Not Ask:

“Where are all the Indian People?”


Time out,

On your knees in the corner,

Another pink slip home.

In 2016,

“Where are all the Indigenous People?


At Standing Rock defending the Water, Earth and Sky.




A Power Point Parts Per Million Video Parade For Your Perusal

You may consider this video heavy post laziness on my part, unwillingness to return to previous stomped climate ground, or simply an easy way to engage via visual aides in order to get some traction. Actually it doesn’t matter. What does matter is that whatever your level of understanding of what’s going on with those parts per million comments popping up hither and yon there’s something here or in the links to other information resources for frying in your brain-pan.

Pick your present point of information departure.

Democracy Now! ~ 2016


The Young Turks ~ 2016


PPM = Basic Parts Per Million ~ Explained

Risk Bites

400 Parts Per Million CO2  ~ 2013

Enspire  Click through to watch YouTube for more info links.

Democracy Now! ~ 2013

More information sources:

Inside Climate News  Concerning the Science of 350 / 400 ppm, resources and more.

Climate Central Antarctica CO2 Hits 400 ppm for first time in 4 Million Years

On October 6, 2016, The PBS News Hour devoted some time to Climate Change via The Paris Accord . … during which Judy Woodruff asked Gavin Schmidt, NASA climatologist, if the rise to 4oo+ ppm was important. Schmidt clearly thought it was. It wasn’t clear if Woodruff agreed or not. ~~~ “baby steps”—ahhhh haaa….

More trees please.



The Real Consequences of Climate Change for Children.

As Dear Kitty often writes —“The video speaks for itself.”

Well, actually Dr. James Hansen and his granddaughter, Sophie, do all the speaking. And they do it quite well.

What’s your butterfly count?

Yes, I really want to know how many butterflies you’ve seen this summer.

My count so far:

13 Monarchs

5 Yellow Swallowtails

3 Black Swallowtails

4 Viceroys

Uncountable number of teeny tiny white butterflies swarming lavender flowers.

This count is not impressive. When I was a kid I saw so many Monarch butterflies that I took them for granted. Even on the South Side of Chicago they frequented gardens, vacant lots filled with wild Queen’s Anne Lace, Milkweed, and Black-eyed Susans. Where I live now sighting a Monarch, a Swallowtail or any other is a day maker for me.

What’s flying, or not, in your outside spaces? Are you seeing bees, butterflies and hummingbirds?

The ‘rain-drop’ effect. Yes, you too can grow Milkweed. And so can your neighbors and friends.

(Click the watch on YouTube option for more information about video providers.)


This afternoon I sighted Yellow Swallowtail number 5 catching a meal on the dwarf orange Zinnas which are still blooming madly in this ‘autumn’ heat. As I watched #5 move from flower to flower I wondered if this summer might be the last summer I see any Swallowtails and Monarchs–or any butterflies for that matter. A friend has only seen three Monarchs in her garden this years.

Calvin takes butterfly plant choices beyond the planting of Milkweed. Depending on the growing conditions where you live, consider your plant choices for gardens. Or if you’ve never planted anything how to start by planning a garden in order to provide what butterflies need to survive.

Take note: I’ve seen NO large bumble-bees like those that visited my  flowers last summer. Nope, not a single one. Have you seen them?

A glimpse of the bigger picture involving butterflies, bees and homo sapiens.



Get Your Cellphones Charged. It’s #NoDAPL Pipeline Party Time!

What’s a cellphone for? Activism at your fingertips.

Share your loving concern for Mother Earth’s health and well springs (as in water not mattresses) with a  CEO banker who funds DAPL

Call a CEO and share your concerns about their funding of the Dakota Access Pipeline–and other oil projects if you’re so inclined–which contribute to climate change.

Oh, no, not just any banker will do. Contact the CEO bankers investing money in DAPL.

Yes! magazine has put together a list of CEOs to contact at the banks funding the pipeline: names, corporate addresses, phone numbers, email addresses. If you’d rather use snail mail, go right ahead.

How to contact the 17 Banks Funding the Dakota Access Pipeline

There are even suggestions for what to say if you’re at a loss for words.

Be clear. Be kind. Be polite. Be firm.

Don’t be passive.

Don’t let the people at Standing Rock and in Iowa have all the fun.

This matters to all of us. Even those who deny it.

Still unsure about letting your fingers get some action? Then let Bill McKibben of have a few minutes of your reading time:

A Strategy to Stop the Funding Behind the Dakota Access Pipeline.

What have you got to lose?

Clean water. Clean air.

So, have a pipeline party. Gather some friends. Get some pizza and beer. Or some pies and coffee. Call some CEOs.

Water Is Life




International Days of Prayer and Action with Standing Rock NoDAPL Oct.8, 9, 10 & 11.


Lyla June Johnston


1- Close accounts with:


Wells Fargo

Bank of America

Money talks.

2- Lock-down major headquarters of these Banks

3- Gas strike / boycott especially Phillips 66

4- Organize a public prayer peaceful event/ demonstration of support.

What have we all got to lose? 



Published on Sep 26, 2016

We are working on our website now…

Until then, please take 1 minute to record your prayer/action so we can put you “on the map”

Click here to record your event.

Let’s reach our goal to mobilize 5000 cities (or towns) in solidarity with Standing Rock!🙂

Feeling Grateful

Take a walk with Al along the river.

Artist at Exit 0 Riverblog

Rose Mallow at the Falls of the Ohio

We have had some stellar days of late with the air so crystalline and fresh that it has been an added bonus to be outside.  The temps have been manageable as well.  I began this post more than a week ago, but put it on the back burner until now.  I am no doubt busier now than I ever have been (particularly at work), but I’m still finding the time to be involved with my own art.  And I must confess…if I have to prioritize whether to stay home and work on a blog article or go to the river and participate in life at that level…well, I think you know what my answer will be!  I have enjoyed blogging, but must admit to myself that what I do will never be most people’s’ idea of a good read, especially since there are now literally millions of blogs out there!…

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Get a Drone’s View of Aleppo.

Link to The Guardian will take you directly there.

Aren’t we humans clever?


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