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Keoni Defranco – “In many ways this country has shown they don’t have a lot of respect for human rights in this country. There are a few aspects of this, the environmental aspects I think are the most obvious. They’re willing to sacrifice this water for very short term gains. I think we’re at a point in history to go green, go solar, go electric and they’re choosing against that for very short term profit and I think that’s a bit appalling. I think the most appalling thing is that have shown months of mistreatment and lack of regard for human lives, specifically the indigenous lives of this land.” Is this resistance movement something that can move to another fossil fuel fight? “Absolutely, I’ve only been here for a day, and I’ve been tracking this since April. Coming here is so powerful and everyone that comes and goes are bringing with them the medicine that is creating here to their own communities and I think they’re activating that. I think this is something that’s going to spread, hopefully through our lifetime. People here they drum, that drum is the heartbeat of the land, if you bring that drumbeat with you, you can continue to activate a global mission.” What affect will Donald Trump’s election have on you? “Specifically for this pipeline he’s an individual investor, so he’s shown his colors, whether or not he’s said it publicly. In terms of my own life, I have a lot of gay friends in NY and they’re afraid that whether or not what he said last week is true, that they’re not going to be able to get married. Basic human rights are going to be abused in a very scary way and the scariest thing about is not just 4 years but the lasting impacts. Supreme Court appointees or other decisions that are made in the next year or two that could affect the rest of our lifetime if we don’t stay together and try to do something about it.”

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