Lakota People's Law Project
On July 30 and 31, the Democratic Party will host its second round of debates at the Fox Theater in Detroit. Those same days, the Sunrise Movement will gather for a march and rallies to raise awareness about and call for a debate centered specifically around the climate crisis.
Phyllis Young of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, who serves as that nation’s organizer for the Lakota People’s Law Project, will attend in solidarity and be available to the press. Topics up for discussion include the Sunrise action, Native perspectives on the climate crisis, renewable solutions at Standing Rock, the impending buildout of the Keystone XL pipeline through Lakota country and plans to double the oil being carried by the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL).
The Lakota Law team is currently calling for support in requesting a public hearing on the proposed Dakota Access pipeline expansion. Letters may be submitted to the North Dakota Public Service Commission, located in Bismarck. The deadline is August 9.
The Sunrise Movement and the Lakota Law team will also be joined in Detroit by a delegation from the Service Employees International Union and many other progressive voices.
Sunrise Movement officials said they hope to give additional platforms to presidential candidates and others who are actively working on effective policy to stop climate change.