Mississippi Stand is a call for action against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. It was established late 2013 back when there is already hearsay with regards to the planning for the said project. This is a billion-dollar infrastructure project that aimed to create an underground pipeline where several thousand barrels of crude oil can be delivered seamlessly on a daily basis. Granted, it allows the creation of jobs especially to those unemployed individuals in the city and some advantages when it comes to the development of the local economy. But it cannot discount the fact that the downside is much greater. There is the destruction of the natural environment that both locals and tourists alike have come to enjoy. Take note that this is not exclusive and isolated to one area alone because the route of the pipeline takes over a thousand-mile long. That covers a lot of space so the damage can be as wide and as long. That’s not all. Aside from the natural surroundings that are being destroyed, there is also the sacred site for American Indians that are being touched. This is not acceptable since this is not only important to them but also to the culture of the community in the area. We want to preserve it so that it can still be experienced and cherished by the generations to come.
Contrary to what many believe, we can do something. We can come together and make our voices heard. In that way, we can get a better chance of being noticed by those people who can make this happen. So while we still have the time, let us move now. After all, this is not for us alone but also for our children and their children after them. Make sure to be the change we want to see in the world. Be part of the Mississippi Stand now.