WE STAND WITH STANDING ROCK #NODAPL
On November 14th, 2016, the Herb Bus traveled to North Dakota to provide medical and logistical support to the protest camp at Standing Rock. We witnessed The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and many allies courageously protecting both the water and their rights as a sovereign nation.
The camps have since been cleared and in June the pipeline was turned on but there is still much to do. Here is a note from the Standing Rock Medic + Healer Council. They continue to do important work and could use our support.
We greet you with heavy hearts, yet with our heads held high. As we all move forward from the destruction of the camps, the Medic and Healer Council is looking forward, and we see much to be hopeful about.
Over the last year of the #NODAPL resistance camps and in the face of historic police violence, our medics and the huge community supporting us has had the humble honor of serving as a safety net for the tens of thousands of people from the hundreds of nations who came to the banks of Mni Sose to pray and lay their bodies and freedom on the line for the water and future generations.
With the evictions of the Oceti, Sicangu, Sacred Stone and Seventh Generation camps, our most acute reasons for existing have come to an end. We continue to muster resources in the four directions to try and help our protectors through efforts such as the “Healing the Waters Within” project.
We also are working to redistribute our remaining supplies to provide support for ongoing indigenous lead resistances and earnest fights to protect the waters across Turtle Island. We will also be investing in the creation of the Mni Wiconi Clinic in Fort Yates to focus on providing integrated care that strives to decolonize medical care as well as provide care with dignity. You can continue to support that project with your donations to ensure that access to decolonized healthcare remains in place for the Standing Rock Reservation community, just as it was provided during the Dakota Access Pipeline resistance encampment by our council.
We thank you for your support and want to assure that as we return to the four directions, we will continue to find our ways to the frontlines to lend our care and support.
The Herbal Action Network connects herbalists around the country in support of social and environmental justice.
The Network was launched this past summer by the Florida School of Holistic Living to formalize a network of herbalists and ensure that calls for support were more efficient and effective. They also share educational resources and organizing tools among the herbal community.
Our world is experiencing a crises of displaced persons unlike we have ever known. People driven from their homes by war and persecution are then finding their way blocked by closed borders. In Calais, France over 6,000 refugees lived in a shanty town of tarps and scrap metal known as “the Jungle”. These refugees are from all over— not only from Syria, but from the Sudan, Afghanistan, Eritrea, Iraq, and Pakistan. The recent clearing of the camp, by way of demolition and fire, resulted in missing children and deepens the crises.
Thanks to your support, Herbalista traveled to Calais during the summer of 2016 to provide foot care to refugees at the first aid station in the ” Jungle” refugee camp along with other herbalists, doctors, nurses, and emergency workers. A collective of Herbalists in the UK and Ireland have begun organizing refugee medical support, both for displaced persons in refugee camps in France and also for migrants who have relocated to the UK. Click here to learn more about Herbalists Without Borders in the UK and to get involved in their efforts.