Ecologistics was fortunate to be approached by San Luis Obispo resident Roberto Monge offering to make a presentation at the Deep Ecology Collaboratory October 22nd about his experiences at the Dakota Access Pipeline project Standing Rock Protest. Roberto was just back from a trip to the site with his daughter to help set up a tech warrior camp.
The challenges faced by the tribes was a lack of broadband on site and spotty cell data that was probably being jammed by law enforcement. The camp is located in a river valley with no easy line of sight to cell or radio towers. The tribes were in desperate need to get information out about the human rights violations they were suffering at the hands of the oil company and County law enforcement. Putting $6,000 on his credit card, Roberto purchased networking equipment to set up a media center so that the water protectors could stay in touch with the outside world.
Please help keep the communication lines open by donating to Roberto’s Tech Warrior Camp GoFundMe campaign. So far over $8,000 has been raised toward improving communications, setting up media aggregation stations, providing portable solar and wind systems and creating a local radio station. Another $17,000 is needed.
You could have heard a pin drop in the room as Roberto related stories of courage, persistence and unwavering peacefulness by the water protectors in the face of the ugliest treatment you could possibly imagine. One would think we were hearing old tales of the 1800s and not something happening right here, right now. Consider writing to Senators Boxer or Feinstein or to your local Representative or signing a petition urging President Obama to intervene in these atrocities.
San Luis Obispo County is well represented at Standing Rock. Besides Robert Monge, local documentary filmmaker Brittany App (Where There Once Was Water) and musician Erin Inglish are on their way to Standing Rock to join the peaceful demonstrations. Los Osos resident Caitlin O’Donnell is also departing this week to stand with the water protectors. Our hearts go with them in their struggle.
Watch the short video SLO Sands with Standing Rock.