BANGOR – Hundreds of people gathered outside of TD Bank in Bangor to protest President Trump’s executive order to continue the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) through the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. TD Bank is one of the 17 banks funding DAPL.
“Water is life,” said Sherri Mitchell, an Indigenous Rights Attorney.
Life that these people are fighting for.
“We’re here for our water and rights and for the environment,” said June Sapiel, a member of the Penobscot Indian Nation, “We are spreading the word.”
After President Trump signed the executive order to continue with the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, people are in fear for their water – calling it life.
“Everything that is made is processed through water,” said Sapiel, “If you don’t have that, what do you have? We have nothing.”
Protesters believe these pipelines will destroy the earth and do not want to fund, what they call, the destruction of our future.
“We’re not going to give up because these pipelines are destroying the earth,” said Sapiel, “Someday we won’t have the right to stand out here because we won’t have an earth to stand on.”
The protesters are asking people to divest from the company – to take their money and bring it to local credit unions.
“The threat isn’t some great enemy out there coming for United States,” said Mitchell, “The threats are the corporations that are destroying our ability to live on this planet.”
Support is coming from people from all over.
“This isn’t just about ingenious, this is about all Americans,” said protester Jeremy Taliman, “We’re not doing it for our people, but for these generations – our kids and there kids.”
They say, the 28,000 jobs that these pipelines will create is not worth the potential dangers it can cause.
“We’re going to have to make some compromises along the way,” said Mitchell, “However in regards to protection of our water, there can be no compromise. This is a matter of life or death, there can be no middle ground for us to meet on here.”