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Standing Rock Protestors Use Mirrors To Inspire Humility Among Police Officers [Watch]

by Amanda Froelich, True Activist

"Water protectors" wielded mirrors at Standing Rock to create a connection with police and to empower protestors.

In case you missed it, over 20,000 people gathered at the Standing Rock camp near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, last weekend to protest the development of the four-state Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). Sunday, especially, was a  monumental day for numerous reasons: first, over 2,000 veterans from all around the country offered their support and services to the Standing Rock Sioux tribe who are fighting to protect the Missouri river and burial ground deemed to be sacred. Second, the US Army Corps of Engineers denied an easement to Energy Transfer Partners, the parent company responsible for the construction of the DAPL. When the news was announced, cheers erupted in the camp. However, a statement by the company later revealed that construction will continue, regardless.

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‘Drug War Has Failed’ Governor To Pardon Thousands Of People Convicted For Pot

The governor of Vermont just took one of the boldest actions against the drug war.

By: Matt Agorist / The Free Thought Project   

Montpelier, VT — Those members of government who are willing to challenge the status quo and stand against injustice are few and far between. Those members of government who not only stand against injustice but take action to reverse are all but entirely mythical. However, Vermont governor Peter Shumlin is one of those people.

Peter Shumlin just announced one of the boldest moves by a politician in recent history — he is going to pardon thousands of people whose lives were ruined by the war on drugs.

“Today I am announcing an effort using the Governor’s pardoning power to expedite our move to a saner drug policy and criminal justice system,” the Governor said on Thursday. “Decriminalization was a good first step in updating our outmoded drug laws. It makes no sense that minor marijuana convictions should tarnish the lives of Vermonters indefinitely.”

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Gaza Girls Create Eco-Friendly Bricks From Rubble To Help Rebuild Their City

by Amanda Froelich, True Activist

Two engineering graduates developed an affordable brick made from the rubble of war. This will allow citizens affected by the Israeli blockade to rebuild their homes.

Two engineering graduates from the Islamic University of Gaza developed an eco-friendly brick made from the rubble of war that will allow people to rebuild their homes and community. According to Inhabitat, Majd Mashharawi and Rawan Abddllaht were inspired to create an accessible building material when confronted with the reality that an Israeli blockade poses.

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North Dakota Fracking Company Fined $2.1 Million For Pollution Of Native American Reservation

by Whitney Webb, True Activist

Slawson Exploration Company, the largest oil producer in the Midwest, was fined over $2 million for contaminating the air of the Fort Berthold reservation in North Dakota.

During the past few centuries, the US federal government has consistently abused North American indigenous groups through the seizure of land and resources as well as through social and political discrimination. These practices were born out of a widespread belief known as “Manifest Destiny,” which held that European settlers were meant to expand across the North American content, replacing native culture with their own. Settler groups often advanced this agenda through the massacres of entire tribes and settlements along with other hallmarks of genocide.

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Oil Company Responds To US Army Corps’ Announcement, Will Continue To Proceed With Pipeline

by Amanda Froelich, True Activist

Energy Transfer Partners released a statement making it clear that the Obama administration's decision will in no way halt the DAPL's construction.

Sunday afternoon, hundreds of thousands of “water protectors” celebrated around the world – and specifically at the Standing Rock protest camp near Cannon Ball, ND –  as word spread of the US Army Corps’ decision to deny an easement to Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) and Sunoco Logistics Partners (SLP) for the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).

Jo-Ellen Darcy, the Army’s Assistant Secretary for Civil Works, said in a statement:

“The Department of the Army will not approve an easement that would allow the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline to cross under Lake Oahe in North Dakota.”

Darcy added that the decision was based on the need to explore alternate routes for the pipeline crossing.

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Trump’s Treasury Pick Is A Goldman Sachs Banker Who Foreclosed On Tens Of Thousands

by Whitney Webb, True Activist

Steve Mnuchin, Trump's choice to head the US Treasury, has a dark past working with Goldman Sachs and later heading OneWest Bank, which foreclosed the homes of thousands of Americans after 2008.

After the 2008 campaign, many Americans were full of “hope” as then-President-Elect Barack Obama was set to bring much-needed “change” following the Bush years. However, warning signs flared as Obama set about arming his cabinet picks, filled with the very same Wall Street insiders and corrupt political figures that he had railed against in the campaign. At the time, many of his supporters made excuses for these choices, saying that Obama had to work within the system to change it and that these appointments were “compromises.” However, it was actually the massive bank Citigroup that had hand-picked Obama’s cabinet. Upon assuming the office of President, Obama did anything but deliver on his lofty promises of “hope” and “change,” particularly his promise to reign in Wall Street and stop government corruption in its tracks.

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