Brainerd Area Coalition for Peace (BACP) will hold a vigil on Saturday, December 10. Vigil participants will meet at the side entrance to the United Church of Christ (UCC). The UCC is located at 415 Juniper Street, Brainerd, near the southwest corner of Gregory Park. Vigil participants will march from the UCC to the intersection of Sixth and Washington Streets (near the Sawmill Inn). The vigil is scheduled to last from 1 to 2 p.m. Signs are available for vigil participants.
The vigil will demand the immediate withdrawal of all U.S. forces from Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria; an end to all U.S. bombing campaigns, including drone assassinations; a halt to U.S. military aid to the Iraqi government, Kurdish regional government, and Syrian rebels; and the termination of U.S. support for Saudi Arabia's war on Yemen. The vigil supports peaceful resolutions to the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and Yemen.
The vigil will demand Presidential pardons for Chelsea Manning, Edward Snowden, Jeffrey Sterling, John Kiriakou, Thomas Drake, and all of the other whistleblowers prosecuted by the Obama Administration.
The vigil supports the Black Lives Matter movement's demands to end police brutality, stop militarizing the police force, reduce harsh prison sentences for non-violent offenders, and end institutional bias based on race, ethnicity, and class in the criminal justice system.
The vigil will call for police officers who commit police brutality to be held legally accountable for their actions.
The vigil is in solidarity with the Standing Rock water protectors and the Iowa farmers/landowners opposing the Dakota Access pipeline's construction. The vigil demands an end to police brutality against the Standing Rock water protectors and the withdrawal of militarized police forces and the North Dakota National Guard from the Standing Rock area. The vigil supports peaceful protests and legal challenges to the Dakota Access pipeline's construction.
After the vigil, there will be an informal discussion and potluck in the UCC's upstairs large meeting room. Food and beverages provided.
If bad weather forces cancellation of the vigil, the informal discussion and potluck in the UCC's large meeting room will be held at 1 p.m.
Everyone is welcome to attend the vigil, informal discussion, and potluck. Please join us.
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has been locked in a legal battle to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline from impacting it’s cultural, water, and natural resources. The Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) is a 1,168-mile long crude oil pipeline that will transport nearly 570,000 barrels of oil each day from North Dakota to Illinois. The Army Corps of Engineers green-lighted several sections of the process without fully satisfying the National Historic Preservation Act, various environmental statutes, and its trust responsibility to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
This is another chapter in the long history of the federal government granting the construction of potentially hazardous projects near or through tribal lands, waters, and cultural places without including the tribe. The current proposed pipeline route crosses under Lake Oahe, just a half mile up from the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.
While the Tribe is waiting for a federal court decision on a preliminary injunction to stop the pipeline construction, the pipeline company is waiting for the Army Corps of Engineers to grant an easement to drill under Lake Oahe. The Army Corps of Engineers, the White House, and Congress must halt the easement because the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s waters and sacred places must be protected.
Find out here what you can do to support the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in its fight to protect its waters and sacred places.
Our next highway cleanup will be scheduled for Spring, 2017.
Vigil at Bank Square, downtown Little Falls, intersection of Hwy 27 (Broadway Ave.) and First Street (where we met all years past) at 1 pm-2 pm.
Brainerd Area Coalition for Peace (BACP) held a vigil against police brutality in solidarity with national protests against police brutality, including a major demonstration in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, December 13.
The vigil demanded an end to police brutality and racial profiling and that police officers who commit police brutality be held legally accountable. The vigil opposed the militarization of the police force and protested disparities in justice based on class, race, and ethnicity.
The vigil also supported strong reforms to the criminal justice system against police brutality, racial profiling, harsh prison sentences for non-violent offenses, solitary confinement, and institutional bias in the justice system based on class, race, and ethnicity. The vigil supported justice for police brutality victims.
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