Actor Mark Ruffalo arrived in North Dakota yesterday to show his support of the Standing Rock tribe’s opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline. In addition to Ruffalo’s support, actor and activist Leonardo DiCaprio says he is on his way to North Dakota. The Reverend Jesse Jackson is in North Dakota today.
Ruffalo, who is the co-founder of The Solutions Project, a non-profit that promotes clean and renewable energy, told the AP he plans to deliver a pair of Navajo-made solar trailers to assist in power needs of water protector encampments. Ruffalo’s latest role will be as Bruce Banner, aka The Hulk, in the upcoming Thor Ragnarok, which happens to be helmed by indigenous director Taika Waititi.
Ruffalo, who is an outspoken activist and proudly asserts “water is life,” confirmed Tuesday night during a press conference in Ft. Yates that DiCaprio will also be coming to North Dakota to join the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in opposition of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Ruffalo’s appearance in North Dakota follows on the heels of a protest in Hollywood California’s MacArthur Park on Sunday, October 23, in which many actors and activists such as Ruffalo, Susan Sarandon and Shailene Woodley joined more than 800 protectors at a rally in opposition to the pipeline.
“Not only is it an environmental, but it’s a problem in terms of social justice,” Sarandon told the crowd. “We can do it. We can stop fracking. We can stop the pipeline. But really it’s only because of great numbers of people.”
In a release, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe announced that the Rev. Jesse Jackson will join the protest against the Dakota Access oil pipeline. In a statement he said, “With promises broken, land stolen, and sacred lands desecrated, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is standing up for their right to clean water. They have lost land for settlers to farm, more land for gold in the Black Hills, and then again even more land for the dam that was built for flood control and hydro power. When will the taking stop? When will we start treating the first peoples of this lands with the respect and honor they deserve?”
Jackson told a local newspaper his plans to arrive in Bismarck on Wednesday and will stand with pipeline opponents and “if necessary, go to jail with them.”
More than 260 people have been arrested since demonstrations began in August, nearly half of whom were arrested over the weekend during a large protest at a pipeline construction site.
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