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Tuesday, November 1 - Friday, November 4
The Water Protectors at Standing Rock, North Dakota, have issued an urgent call for people to show up in solidarity with indigenous activists who are facing increased violence and resistance from militarized police and security forces. In particular, local clergy near Standing Rock have issued a call for clergy to show up for a non-violent direct action training and actions on November 2-3.
MUUSJA is working to help make it possible for UU clergy to respond to this call by flying into Minneapolis, traveling together to Standing Rock on Wednesday, November 2, and returning to the Twin Cities on Friday, November 4. MUUSJA will rent van(s) to transport clergy (we will be seeking volunteer drivers), and will arrange for hotel rooms at the nearby casino hotel (owned by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe) for those who do not wish to camp.
We are working with our partners at the UU Church & Fellowship of Bismarck/Mandan, as well as others from the Twin Cities area who have been at the camps at Standing Rock, to discern the best and most helpful way for us to show up.
Vans will leave from the parking lot at First Universalist Church of Minneapolis (3400 Dupont Avenue S.) at 9am on November 2. The drive to Standing Rock is about 8 hours from the Twin Cities.
There will be an option of either camping on-site at one of the camps at Standing Rock, or staying at the nearby casino hotel (owned by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe). The van will bring everyone between the camp and the hotel each day; trip participants will need to coordinate together to stay in touch and coordinate pick up and drop off times.
We are committed to not putting a drain on the already-stretched resources and hospitality of the Standing Rock camps. If you would prefer to stay at the camp, you must bring your own cold-weather camping gear, food, and equipment. We will help participants who want to camp be in touch with each other to coordinate sharing tents, etc.