PANDOS marched in solidarity with Utah Women Unite and thousands or women on the first day of the Utah legislative session! The foyer, halls on all three levels, and the steps out in front of the capital were packed with supporters of women’s rights, LGBTQIA+ rights, and the rights of those in marginalized communities. The message the crowd had was loud enough to shut down the senate and lawmakers left early because they couldn’t hear each other. It was an incredible day. PANDOS is grateful to have had the opportunity to be surrounded by so many warriors.
Cassandra Begay – The Pandos Tribal Liaison – went to Park City to stand in solidarity with Standing Rock water protectors and to interview LaDonna Brave Bulll, the founder of the first resistance camp (Sacred Stone) in Standing Rock, and Sarrain Fox, host of the Rise documentary series.
PANDOS was thrilled to host the national Earth 2 Trump tour at Ember in Salt Lake City. We had speakers from all over Utah coming together to speak for concerns of the Trump platform and to stand together in solidarity for minority communities around the U.S.
November 15th was declared and International Day of Action by the Water Protectors in Standing Rock, North Dakota. Specifically they were looking for actions to occur with the Army Corps of Engineers, sending the message that we wanted them to reject the permits for the Dakots Access Pipeline. Joining over 150 planned actions in 47 States and over a dozen countries, thousands of Water Protectors from around the world all rose November 15th for an International Day of Action.
PANDOS held a rally that included some phenominal speakers and a march to the City County Building in Downtown SLC. The rally focused on the Army Corps of Engineers as well as the Public Lands Initiative for Ute Tribal lands here in Utah. Once we arrived to the City County building, the SLC Council adopted a joint resolution with the Mayor supporting the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline. More than 200 people attended the Formal Meeting to see the resolution’s approval.
The resolution details possible negative impacts of the pipeline and discourages any action related to the pipeline that would harm or destroy the Tribe’s ancestral lands, waters and sacred sites.
Wells Fargo is the lead bank investing in the Dakota Access Pipeline- DAPL. That makes them complicit in the abusive treatment of water protectors and members of the media. They are also accountable for the damage to the environment this pipeline is causing.
The banks funding this atrocity depend on lots of people who deposit their cash in checking or savings accounts. They are using our money to fund this ecologically destructive project.
This action was meant to send a message to both the public, asking them to divert their funds to local credit union as well as let Wells Fargo know where we stand with their actions.
The Red Warrior Camp, in partnership with the Camp of the Sacred Stones issued an official Call to Action for allies from around the world to stand in solidarity with the groups by joining the #NoDAPL Global Weeks of Solidarity Actions from September 3 – 17.
According to the call to action “Water is a necessity for all life. Water is life. Now is the time for all people from all walks of life to join together to stop the desecration and destruction of water, land and life!”
This action drew together many people to help plan and contribute. Quite a few continued, growing and gaining more people… eventually becoming known as PANDOS.