Vic Mensa journeyed to the controversial site of protest at Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota. He joined the many water protectors from a plethora of backgrounds to object the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The pipeline intrudes on Sioux land settled in The 1851 Treaty of Fort Laramie–which was eventually taken away. construction was orignially planned to run through the city of Bismarck, but was turned down after due to the community’s concern about its water supply. The pipeline was then re-routed to run underneath Standing Rock Sioux sacred tribal sites and The Missouri River–the tribe’s source of drinking water.
Mensa documented his time there via video and shared photos on Instagram to promote the unification of Americans to join in on the fight for justice and clean water.
I’ve been at #StandingRock for the last 3 days, and the experience has been amazing. If you’re not in tune with what’s going on here, Standing Rock is an Indian reservation where a major oil company is trying to drill a pipeline underneath the river that supplies drinking water for millions of people on and off of the reservation. Drilling that oil pipeline could contaminate the livelihood of so many people, primarily indigenous people of this land that have been systematically destroyed since Europeans arrived in America. Thousands of people have come from all over the world to Standing Rock to stop that pipeline from being drilled and protect the water.
if you believe in the inalienable rights of people; the right to clean drinking water, the right to food & shelter and the right to freedom then you have to support standing rock. Get on a plane, drive, take a bus do whatever you have to do. December 5th the Army Corps has set an ultimatum for the people camped at standing rock, saying that they will forcibly remove the water protectors. When one of our freedom is on the line all of our freedom is on the line. Fight for freedom.
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The Chi-Town rapper also states he will return to the site on December 4th, along with the two thousand American veterans intent on protesting the State Governor’s evacuation order. Vic Mensa has become one of the many growing celebrities and talent to lend his voice to the cause of water protection. Shailene Woodley, Zoe Kravitz, Mark Ruffalo and Jason Momoa have also been physical and vocal activists to raise awareness.