Anti-DAPL Benefit Friday

Anti-DAPL Benefit Friday

'Our goal is to ensure the continuance of this new sacred fire and aid in the safety of those who continue this resistance' - Celestino Crow

 The event is 6-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, at El Chante Casa De Cultura

BY SAYRAH NAMASTE

sayrahn@hotmail.com

Despite Donald Trump’s executive order to revive the controversial Dakota Access pipeline, water protectors remain at the Standing Rock protest, and Albuquerque activists are supporting them. A fine art benefit called “Keep the Fires Lit at Standing Rock!” aims to raise funds for firewood, propane and supplies to keep the DAPL water protectors warm.

The event is scheduled for 6-9 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 10, at El Chante Casa De Cultura, 804 Park Ave. SW. Artwork will be for sale, and several people will give firsthand accounts of what they witnessed at Standing Rock.

“Our goal is to ensure the continuance of this new sacred fire and aid in the safety of those who continue this resistance during hazardous winter conditions,” said Celestino Crow, one of the coordinators of the benefit. Find details on Facebook by searching on the keywords “Keep the Fires Lit.”

The protests

So many activists I talk to have said they are energized by the enormous marches and rallies recently in Albuquerque. Yet seasoned activists express concern that with the many last-minute calls to action against Trump’s policies, people will get burned out quickly.

“Resistencia y Regeneracion” is a workshop offering tools for getting emotional support and dealing with stress. The event is scheduled for 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 15, at El Chante Casa de Cultura, 804 Park Ave. SW.

“Making human contact and staying connected will be as important now as ever,” said organizer Enrique Cardiel. “We will meet and share in person our stress, concerns, fears and hopes in this difficult time. We will practice listening to each other in a supportive manner.” Find details on Facebook by searching on the name of the event.

Sayrah Namasté is an organizer with the American Friends Service Committee in Albuquerque. She writes about events of interest to Albuquerque’s activist community.

Standing Rock encampment photo by Johhny Vizcaino

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