In light of the recent violence against protestors in North Dakota surrounding the Dakota Access pipeline, Stick To Your Guns have released a video for their track “Better Ash Than Dust” to help raise awareness for those on the front lines at Standing Rock.
“With the eyes of the world on what is happening in North Dakota and the Dakota access pipeline, I think this a perfect time to release this video,” the band said in their Facebook post.
Watch the video in full, and see how you can help get involved, below.
The Dakota Access Pipeline is a 1,172-mile underground pipeline being built to transport oil from the Bakken and Three Forks production areas in North Dakota to Patoka, Illinois, to reduce transportation costs involved with moving oil.
However, Native American tribes and their allies, led by the Standing Rock Sioux, have been protesting the Dakota Access pipeline. They argue that completing the pipeline would damage ancestral lands, threaten water supply and economically burden the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, which is unlikely to benefit from the project, reports the New York Times.
“So much of what is happening to the indigenous people of what we call America is not only horrifying, but downright unacceptable,” the band's statement says. “This is not just an injustice against these people, their land and their water, but it's a perfect example of how what we call a civilized society can, more often than not, be barbaric and disgusting.
“The support that the whole world has shown for Standing Rock has been an inspiring thing to watch and this band stands in solidarity with them. Stick To Your Guns, Pure Noise Records and Good Fight Management will each be donating a dollar per share, up to a thousand dollars each, to Standing Rock front line warriors.”
They also encourage listeners to see how they get involved and help. Visit standingrock.org to find out.
Other artists have also encouraged fans to support the cause.
— SWMRS (@swmrs) November 24, 2016
— Senses Fail (@SensesFail) November 22, 2016
Matt Brasch, The Wonder Years
Just got off the phone with my mom who's at Standing Rock. It's a mess out there. Cops have gone too far with the brutality. #waterislife
— Matt Brasch (@mattbrasch) November 21, 2016
I See Stars
— I See Stars (@iseestarsmusic) November 24, 2016
— Anti-Flag (@anti_flag) November 23, 2016
We have traveled and played that land. Big oil has corrupted this country for far to long. Please spread the word. #StandingRock
— Man Overboard (@ManOverboardNJ) September 9, 2016
RANDY BLYTHE, LAMB OF GOD
I am a surfer, and a true son of the South Eastern Coast of the United States. This means I spend a lot of time in the relatively warm waters of Virginia & North Carolina; in fact I spend as much time in those waters as possible given my job as a touring musician- whenever I can I ride waves, I fish, & I swim in the ocean. I have not been able to surf for a few months now because of touring with 2 different bands, & I am dying to go catch a wave. So now when I am finally off tour, why am I going far inland to freezing North Dakota (of all places), where people are getting tear gassed & arrested, instead of to the much warmer beach to chill? I am going because as a surfer, I know that all of our planet's water is connected, and that you cannot poison a river without it eventually leading to the sea. I am going because there are people trying to stop a river from being poisoned, & they need firewood, coffee, wool blankets, winter sleeping bags, & strong hands that know how to swing an ax- I have those things, so I am driving them there. I am going & bringing my Ojibwe bro David so that he can hoist his tribal flag & represent his people, & I can represent the South Eastern punk rock wave riders. I am going because I have been planning this for weeks, my heart tells me it is the right thing to do, & my spirit is restless & will not sit still inside of me until I do something besides talk about how horrible it is we are destroying our planet. So people of Standing Rock, @rollingcloud1 & I are on our way from Minnesota- we come in peace, but make no mistake- we are coming in full effect, & we are coming to stand with you. #nodapl #waterislife #hokahey