“From Palestine to Standing Rock” a reception and conversation with the artist of this month’s pictures in the Art Gallery”
Sunday, June 23rd following worship.
This photo exhibit by activist/artist Frank Esposito represents the actions Water Protectors took to protect the water, the culture, and the land against those who came in the name of greed. The scenes depicted here are from the occupied treaty lands of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and offer a small glimpse as to what happened during the 2016 battle to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline from desecrating sacred lands and putting the water supply of 18 million people in danger.
Most of the images shown here are from the October 27th, 2016 police riot that pushed Water Protectors, who had established the 1851 Treaty Camp in the direct line of the DAPL, back to just south of the backwater bridge near the Oceti Sakowin and Rosebud camps. In a coordinated effort; local, county, state, and federal law enforcement agents, in collusion with private security guards and the owner of the pipeline Energy Transfer Partners, assaulted Water Protectors with pepper-sprayed, tasers, flash-bangs, rubber bullets, and sound cannons. Representatives from tribes all across the Americas as well as relatives from all over the world joined to oppose the construction of a pipeline that they feared would endanger sacred lands, tribal sovereignty, and the water in the longest river in the United States, the Missouri. People from every area of Mother Earth stood in solidarity with the Water Protectors who fought for clean water in what is today called North Dakota, including Palestinians. The Lakota people, just as the people of occupied Palestine, know what it is like to have land taken, international laws broken, and sovereign rights lost and ignored. Both know of the struggle for clean water and self-determination. The struggle for social justice is mirrored in Standing Rock as well as in Palestine. Please enjoy my small contribution to the global fight for social justice and human rights.