They call themselves water protectors, land defenders. Their numbers are major; they are record; they are inspiring. At its peak, the population at the occupation’s North Dakota base, known as Sacred Stone camp, is said to have reached 3,500, including members of nearly 300 tribes and Native nations that have joined forces with the Standing Rock Sioux, whose tribal lands are most immediately imperiled by the pipeline, as well as environmental activists and other sympathizers. Read more.
Our nation’s prison and jail population had quintupled in 30 years, leaving us with the highest incarceration rate in the world. A third of black men had felony records — due in large part to a racially biased, brutal drug war — and were relegated to a permanent second-class status. Tens of millions of people in the United States had been stripped of basic civil and human rights, including the right to vote, the right to serve on juries and the right to be free of legal discrimination in employment, housing, education and basic public benefits. Read more.