By now, you should already know that Vic Mensa is one of the most progressive artists of our time. The rapper is a man of action, so it should come as no surprise that he's making his mark in North Dakota to protest the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). For the past three days, Mensa has been standing in solidarity with the Standing Rock tribe on their reservation as they continue to fight for the right to protect their supply of clean water.
"If you believe in the inalienable rights of people; the right to clean drinking water, the right to food and shelter, and the right to freedom then you have to support standing rock," he stated in an Instagram post. "Get on a plane, drive, take a bus do whatever you have to do... When one of our freedom is on the line all of our freedom is on the line. Fight for freedom."
Other celebrities like Shailene Woodley, Pharrell Williams, and Leonardo DiCaprio have expressed their support for the #NoDAPL movement. (Woodley was arrested when she was identified by police at a protest organized on the construction grounds this past October.) U.S. Army veterans have also stepped up as human shields to protect protestors in light of the injuries caused by water cannons that were aimed at protestors by the police.
The governor of North Dakota issued an emergency evacuation on the grounds where protestors and activists were camping while attempting to cut off their supplies by fining them. For more information on how to get involved with the cause, please proceed here.
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.