The Dominican Sisters of Blauvelt invited the Rockland community to stand in solidarity with the North Dakota Standing Rock Water Protectors to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline on Sunday, November 20 at Nyack Memorial Park. Several RDCs, Nyack residents, and seasoned activists gathered by the Hudson River, a Sunday afternoon under gray skies and a cold wind. We prayed to express our solidarity with Standing Rock water protectors – we prayed for an end to our national insatiability for fossil fuel – we prayed for the Sioux nation peacefully gathered on their sacred lands to protest the destruction and desecration that accompany pipeline construction.
Blauvelt Dominican Sister Ceil Lavan commented, "Having so many join us in our water ritual in solidarity with the Standing Rock Water Protectors warmed my heart on a cold day. The depth of the commitment of the people gathered to stand with the Dakota Sioux against the Dakota Access Pipeline and as New Yorkers against the Spectra AIM and the Pilgrim Pipelines is inspiring and gives me hope."
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