By Amanda Wicks
Vic Mensa traveled to North Dakota to stand in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and their peaceful protest to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) from being built underneath their water supply.
Mensa broadcast live from Standing Rock on November 27th, where he took 15 minutes to walk around the grounds and explain the situation to his viewers. “If we don’t stand now then who’s next?” he said, admiring the many flags that were flying in the area and the number of people who had already turned out in solidarity.
He mentioned how he’d visited Flint, Michigan, during their water crisis and how devastating that had been to the Flint community. “Anybody with a heart can’t want that to happen to the people here. Not after everything that’s happened,” he said, adding later, “There’s only so much that the earth can take.”
On Instagram, Mensa continued spreading the word, posting two photos and lengthy captions explaining the situation at Standing Rock and encouraging anyone and everyone to make their way to the area and stand in protest.
Mensa has long been outspoken about social justice and political issues affecting the country. Following Donald Trump’s election, he penned an open letter advocating for activism.
I've been at #StandingRock for the last 3 days, and the experience has been amazing. If you're not in tune with what's going on here, Standing Rock is an Indian reservation where a major oil company is trying to drill a pipeline underneath the river that supplies drinking water for millions of people on and off of the reservation. Drilling that oil pipeline could contaminate the livelihood of so many people, primarily indigenous people of this land that have been systematically destroyed since Europeans arrived in America. Thousands of people have come from all over the world to Standing Rock to stop that pipeline from being drilled and protect the water.
if you believe in the inalienable rights of people; the right to clean drinking water, the right to food & shelter and the right to freedom then you have to support standing rock. Get on a plane, drive, take a bus do whatever you have to do. December 5th the Army Corps has set an ultimatum for the people camped at standing rock, saying that they will forcibly remove the water protectors. When one of our freedom is on the line all of our freedom is on the line. Fight for freedom.