In Standing Rock, ND and all over Ohio, the battle against fossil fuels is heating up. Protests at the Native American reservation over the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline have been growing the past month, and that action is spilling over to Ohio cities and Washington D.C.

On 9/12, people representing multiple areas in Ohio gathered at the Statehouse in Columbus to raise awareness of the battles they are fighting with the republican controlled government in our state. Carolyn Harding of Columbus Community Bill of Rights, http://www.columbusbillofrights.org/, played Governor John Kasich in a piece of creative street theatre which highlighted the Ohio government favoring corporation’s rights over Democracy.

On 9/13, the protests continued in Cleveland and Findlay. Over 100 people showed up to protests in Cleveland with Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus.

“100 people showed up at the DAPL protest on W. 25th St. In Cleveland, to stand I solidarity with our brothers and sisters in North Dakota. What indigenous people have had to endure for so long is heart breaking. Over the last 550 years we have committed less than genocide against these people… And yet take more. Enough is enough!! STOP DAPL NOW, for human rights’ sake!!”

Ohio’s own Portia Boulger traveled to Washington D.C. to take part in the #NoDAPL protest with Annabel Park and Save Main st. You can see the video below.

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