There’s been very little attention given to the protests opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline in the Dakotas and I’m as guilty as the rest of the nation’s news organizations (though I have drawn one cartoon on the issue a few weeks ago).
Earlier this week a 21-year-old girl from New York who had joined the protest was injured from an explosion and she may lose her left arm.
Many of the protesters are blaming the police and claim they used a concussion grenade. Despite the term “concussion” it’s not a bomb designed to merely give one a headache. It’s lethal and used in war. The police are blaming the protesters for the explosion and have accused them of making bombs out of propane tanks.
The young woman’s father says doctors pulled shrapnel out of her arm and it’s evidence it’s from a grenade. I’m hoping we can eventually get a confirmation on the cause of the explosion.
The police have been using tear gas, water cannons, and rubber bullets so it’s not like they haven’t been responding to the protesters with violence.
A “Go Fund Me” page has been set up for the young lady’s medical expenses and it’s raised over $300,000 at this point. I’d put up a link to it (which I did on social media) but I am having some issues with the GoFundMe folks for taking a commission from this woman’s injury.
Hopefully it won’t take any more explosions for this issue to get the media attention it deserves…or attention from President Obama who should put a stop to the pipeline and help Native Americans protect land that rightfully belongs to them. If he waits any longer President Donald Trump will green light the entire thing and slap a casino next to it.
Other than all that, I hope you have a great Thanksgiving and enjoy a long weekend (if you’re getting a long weekend). I’ll probably keep drawing cartoons and blogging. I don’t know what to do with myself when I take a day off.
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