LeBlanc is the Director of the Native Organizers Alliance, and Kauffman wrote the new book Direct Action: Protest and the Reinvention of American Radicalism. Both were leaders of United for Peace and Justice, the main coalition against the U.S. war in Iraq in the 2000s. The discussion was moderated by Charles Lenchner of Organizing 2.0 and The People for Bernie Sanders.
Direct Action: Protest and the Invention of American Radicalism with author L.A. Kauffman, Judith LeBlanc and Charles Lenchner
Posted by Organizing 2.0 on Saturday, April 8, 2017
Here are her remarks:
My name is Judith Le Blanc and I am a proud member of the Caddo Tribe of Oklahoma and the Director of the Native Organizers Alliance. And I march for my daughter Jenna, and my nieces Nora and Marie and Victoria.
We march today for Mother Earth because water is life. Standing Rock has shown the world, our faith, our prayers, people power is stronger than rubber bullets. Across Indian Country generations have suffered from contaminated air, land and water after fossil fuel corporations ran with their profits. That is real carnage President Trump.
President Trump, we have heard you are considering privatizing Indian land for oil. You will not steal our land. We have been here before. Today, Native women are here, representing many nations. And we are marching in prayer. We are marching with our ancestors in our hearts. It’s a Standing Rock moment.
And President Trump, let me break it down for you, a Standing Rock moment means our power is rooted in love for humanity. Our strength is drawn from our ancestors. Our medicine is stronger than rubber bullets of water cannons. Standing together, people united, we are people who are here today standing with Standing Rock, standing with Flint, Michigan, standing with Oak Flats, standing with immigrants united.
Today, indigenous people — water protectors all over the world — are saying no to pipelines, no to corporate plunder of sacred sites, no to wars for oil. President Trump, the movement that we’re building is driven by faith, by hope, by love and prayers. We will stop the carnage of Mother Earth. Water is sacred. Water is life. Women are life. Thank you.Watch the video at CSPAN