Roc Nation’s boy next door Vic Mensa is using his social activism powers for good as he joined water protectors of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline over Thanksgiving weekend.
Mensa, who recently unleashed his politically and socially-charged album There’s Alot Going On, posted videos of his experience with the indigenous community as he accompanied the protests.
“I’m up at Standing Rock right now, coming to stand in solidarity with the people of Standing Rock Sioux,” he begins in the lengthy video. “It’s kinda cold, I’m alive though.” The Chi-Town-bred emcee discussed the roots of the controversial pipeline project, explaining that it interferes with the welfare of drinking water for the Native American community and their sacred burial grounds.
“You gotta imagine that this was your family,” he declares in the video. “Because you know what? It can and will be your family and neighborhood next if we keep allowing this type of s**t to happen.”
Though reports of law enforcement attempting to seize the protests by attacking the demonstrators with tear gas, water cannons and rubber bullets have surfaced, Mensa is no beginner when it comes to police surveillance. In 2015, the “16 Shots” rapper marched in his Chicago hometown to protest the police killing of a 17-year-old black teenager, Laquan McDonald. He even said that, during the protests, law officials targeted and attacked him along with other protesters.
Posting to his Instagram and Facebook, Vic urged everyone to join the fight in protecting Standing Rock.
“December 5, the Army Corps has set an ultimatum for the people camped at Standing Rock, saying that they will forcibly remove the water protectors,” he said. “When one of our freedom is on the line, all of our freedom is on the line. Fight for freedom.”
Despite such a bold move by Vic, we’re praying for a safe and peaceful protest for him and all other individuals protesting at Standing Rock.
Check out his documentation of his experience at Standing Rock in the posts below.
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.
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