But this stand is really a revolution against corporate greed.
Corporations not only pollute the world waters, they privatize the very source of Life itself. Is there anyone out there who cares to dispute this fact that CLEAN WATER is a human right? Seems obvious as life cannot exist without it and a human is around 60% water. This basic concept is being promoted at Standing Rock in the United States. Seems preposterous that any nation should be required to add this fundamental right to national constitutions. Yet, Slovenia in Central Europe has 2.06 million people did just that. Their constitution now guarantees them their water can not be privatized. Not so in the rest of the world.
But for America Standing Rock is evolving into a fight for the Return of the Republic. A corporation called the United States has usurped the Republic.
Let’s take a look at how the Constitution for the United States has been trashed by those with “authority” at Standing Rock. There are a vast number of Civil Rights violations against the Water Protectors and a myriad of groups and individuals opposing the pipeline that include every one of the clauses cited in the 1 st Amendment, clauses within the 4th, 5th , 6th, 8th, 9th and 14th Amendments.
Amendment I. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
Religious rights are certainly being violated in numerous ways, including interfering with prayers and religious ceremonies where activist have been stopped, seized, beaten and arrested.
Most certainly the freedom of speech in the right to air your opinions have been under constant attack with weapons used against those practicing free speech.
The freedom of the press has been violated numerous occasions, including the arrest of reporters on trumped up charges which has been thrown out in court, as well as incidents of violence against reporters doing their jobs.
Absolutely the Right to Peaceful Assembly has been under constant attacks for months and weapons used against unarmed people, as well as hundreds of arrests for natives "trespassing?" on Tribal Lands granted under the Fort Laramie Treaty as they attempt to protect their lands, water, ceremonial and burial sites....
The entire demonstration is certainly an exercise in the Right to Petition the Government for Grievances and such has been violated hundreds if times, including using weapons designed for war against those presenting the grievances. Every single clause of the 1st Amendment are in violation by the pipeline company and their "law enforcement?" enforcers which are protecting private business interest over the Rights of the People.
Amendment IV: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
There have been extreme violations of the 4th Amendment Rights as people have had the personal and religious items seized, including tools (such as drones) used to report and monitor the illegal actions of police and public officials. All of which are very well documented via live video, photos, hundreds of witnesses on site and tens of thousands watching live on Social Media.
Amendment V: No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
The 5th Amendment is in clear violation as people are falsely arrested for felony charges with no prior Grand Jury proceedings and often time being arrested on multiple occasions for essential the same false criminal charges. They have had their lives put in jeopardy and limbs (including be attack dogs and "non-lethal?" weapons which in fact can be very lethal) injured by illegal police and private security actions which have not in fact had the required Grand Jury Proceedings. Properties have been seized and even when returned been badly damaged or destroyed.
Amendment VI: In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.
Countless arrest have been made and people taken into custody without being informed of their rights to legal counsel and in not case was a jury ever seated to try the cases. The vague charges brought against defendants (and usually dismissed by a presiding Judge) which have no basis in facts and no real charge that can stand up in court are even presented. Nor, in most cases at least, do the accused have witnesses in their favor, though many have witnessed the false arrests and illegal behavior of police, including acts of violence.
Amendment VIII Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
On many occasions arrest have been made and no bail place for days or weeks. The cruel and unusual punishments inflicted during and following arrest as more than
well documented, including life threatening ones which have caused major harm to individuals. Attacks by uniformed officials have been endemic and clearly violate 8th Amendment's prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment. Using weapons against unarmed people, including such said to be non-lethal ones such as tear gas, pepper spread, high caliper rubber bullets capable of inflicting major bodily harm and indeed dozens have required hospitalization, even having caused at least one heart attack. Spraying people with cold water in sub-freezing temperatures which can be fatal. Having used attack dogs against women and children.....
Amendment IX The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
The Ninth Amendment was James Madison’s attempt to ensure that the Bill of Rights was not seen as granting to the people of the United States only the specific rights it addressed. In recent years, some have interpreted it as affirming the existence of such “unenumerated” rights outside those expressly protected by the Bill of Rights. Such unenumerated rights most certainly include those guaranteed in the Treaty Rights of First Nations Peoples (Native Americans) for the preservation of their cultures and ways of life. The Right to Protect their sources of water certainly apply.
Amendment XIV Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
These quotes come from a PDF Rainbow Hawk uploaded a file on Face Book. December 19 at 4:17pm This PDF document contains a hundred pages of links (over a thousand of them) and commentary for and about Standing Rock and associated efforts. Feel free to share it far and wide as when people see it all they will be more inspired to take actions to assist and also to promote their local environmental efforts. SEE LINK FOR FILE: CLICK.