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Contact: Mark Morris (818) 388 6389

No Dakota Access Pipeline - LA Indigenous, Climate, and Social Justice Organizations Hold Solidarity Rally 
Today, Sept 7, 11 AM to 1 PM - Prayer 4 to 6 PM

PROTECTION OF SACRED SITES LEADS TO CLASH WITH DAKOTA ACCESS PRIVATE SECURITY FIRM G4S

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On Saturday in North Dakota, security guards from G4S, an international security firm (with Southern California offices in Los Angeles, Torrance and Westlake Village) working for the Dakota Access pipeline company attacked Native Americans with trained dogs and pepper spray (mace) as they resisted the $3.8 billion pipeline’s construction on dozens of tribal sacred sites including a burial ground. 

On Sunday, more than 500 people marched back to the construction site (above) and held a prayer, mourning the destruction of their ancestors’ graves. 

Yesterday, a federal judge in Washington, D.C. decided to grant a temporary restraining order to halt temporarily further construction of the Dakota Access pipeline in the area near the Standing Rock Sioux Nation.

Guards sprayed mace directly into people’s faces and released dogs without warning on the actively demonstrating, unarmed protectors. At least 6 people were bitten, including a pregnant woman and a young girl who was taken to the hospital in Ft. Yates in stable condition. At no point did the security guards provide any request to leave or verbal warning, nor did they provide identification. 

SoCal 350, in cooperation with AIMSoCal (American Indian Movement), INMLA (Idle No More Los Angeles), and other social justice groups, want to show solidarity with those fighting to protect their land and water from the Dakota Access Pipeline. A press conference, demonstration and prayer are planned at the Mid-City Los Angeles office of G4S.

WHERE: 4929 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA  90010

WHEN: Today, Sept 7, 11am-1pm  Peaceful Demonstration

Today, Sept 7, 4pm-6pm  Prayers


So, we are PEACEFULLY gathering today, Wednesday.

The G4S Solutions Building is on the corner of Wilshire Blvd. and S. Highland Ave. That's the Mid-City-Hollywood area. We will have a PEACEFUL press conference and demonstration from 11am to 1pm. Then from 4pm to 6pm, we will have PEACEFUL prayers​ at the same location for the people at the Standing Rock Sioux Nation, the Camp of the Sacred Stones, and for water. ​

**SOCAL 350 MISSION**
We aim to organize, activate, and engage across class, gender, racial, and ethnic lines to build a mass movement throughout Southern California for a healthy climate and a 100% clean energy future with full employment. SoCal 350 is affiliated with the international climate change organization 350.org. 




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