GREEN PARTY OF TEXAS AGAINST DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE PROJECT (DAPL)
Dallas, Texas -- In solidarity with activists currently ignored by most media, the Green Party of Texas stands with indigenous tribes, residents and others mobilizing to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline Project (DAPL). The umbrella company funding construction of the “Bakken” pipeline is Energy Transfer Partners; former governor Rick Perry sits on the board.
The Green Party values ecological wisdom. We believe it foolhardy to construct another massive pipeline (7 miles shorter than the failed Keystone XL’s length) to haul some of the world’s dirtiest oil across four states. Just as the proposed pipeline from the Canadian Tar Sands to Texas’ Valero site was struck down, we join with the people of the Dakotas, Iowa, and Illinois in the hope that DAPL meets the same fate.
"Houston, We have a solution! Vote Green 2016!"
Unquestionably, the Green Party nominating convention in Houston demonstrated that the Greens are the most unified & energized of all the ballot-qualified parties in this election cycle. Dr. Jill Stein and her running mate, human rights activist Ajamu Baraka, won the nomination with more than 80% of the delegate vote, and the positive energy among attendees was sky high during the event. But don't take our word for it, watch the livestream recording for yourself and tell us if you think this is what democracy looks like. No white noise machines or paid seat fillers here; just real people ready to fight for the future like our lives depend on it!
Last night was difficult for a variety of reasons. Chief among them is the realization that our pursuit of racial equality and police demilitarization will be even more challenging as a result. Many individuals have immediately chosen to blame the organizers and activists of the peaceful protests, here in Texas, and across the nation. The Green Party does not support violent methods of political expression, but we need to remember that the blame falls entirely on our corrupt and racist system and its institutions that terrify, brutalize, and murder people of color, as the recent incidents in Baton Rouge (#AltonSterling) and St. Paul (#PhilandoCastile) illustrate.
The truth is that violence begets violence; centuries of racist tyranny, a lack of police accountability, and the sharp rise of white nationalism begat the violence last night.
In the last week we have received numerous inquiries as to whether one can vote for Green Party candidates this November. The simple answer is YES YOU CAN!