In from Freedom Socialist and Radical Women
Report from the frontline
Actions, debates and solidarity at Standing Rock
By Gina Petry, Saturday, November 19, 2016
Both of the ceremonies I attended were led by women. There is conscious encouragement for women to step forward, be leaders and speak up. Native women speakers encouraged all women to unify and stand together with our brothers and everyone struggling for justice.
Patrick continues to work hard on construction of winter-ready housing structures. He’s sharing his skills, tools and political ideas with the crew he’s on. Patrick also started connecting with a camp of unionists from many places in U.S. who are building rank-and-file support of organized labor for Standing Rock. They were thrilled to meet another union carpenter who wants to get more unions to show solidarity.
Many people are excited to hear about socialist feminism and the existence of Radical Women and Freedom Socialist Party. I have had several conversations about the greed and destruction of capitalism. Everyone has agreed we need a new system!
There are only a couple days left in our week here. In this short time, we have only scratched the surface of all that is encompassed at Standing Rock. The connections we’re making will strengthen our ability to confront the battles that are coming.
Gina Petry, the Organizer of Seattle Radical Women, and Patrick Burns, a union carpenter and activist with the Seattle branch of the Freedom Socialist Party, responded to the urgent call for on-site support to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline, which will jeopardize the country’s water supply by running toxic oil conduits under the Missouri River. They will be in North Dakota through November 20.