The Sustenance of Progress

Photo credit: Joe Brusky, Veterans Stand with Standing Rock 

“Joy doesn’t betray but sustains activism. And when you face a politics that aspires to make you fearful, alienated and isolated, joy is a fine act of insurrection.” – Rebecca Solnit, Hope in the Dark

One week ago, water protectors seeking to block the Dakota Access Pipeline won a major victory at Standing Rock. With news that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had denied the permit to complete the pipeline in the area, the celebration was warranted. But so was the skepticism that compelled many braving the winter weather to remain at camp, vigilant and waiting for the other shoe to drop. Continue reading