The Labor Coalition for Community Action has announced its support for Native Americans in protesting against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) and defending Native lands from exploitation by corporations and the US government. Though pipeline proponents cite it would bring 4,500 jobs, the DAPL also threatens tribal sovereignty, sacred burial grounds, and the water supply of the Standing Rock Sioux and potentially 17 million others.
“We remain committed to fighting the corporate interests that back this project and name this pipeline ‘a pipeline of greed.’ We challenge the labor movement to strategize on how to better engage and include Native people and other marginalized populations into the labor movement as a whole,” the Labor Coalition said in a press release. “Lastly, we applaud the many labor unions working to create a new economy with good green jobs and more sustainable employment opportunities for all. We also encourage stakeholders—labor unions including the building trades, the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, and others who would be impacted—to come together to discuss a collective resolution.”
The Labor Coalition for Community Action includes the AFL-CIO constituency groups: A. Phillip Randolph Institute, the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, the Coalition of Black Trace Unionists, the Coalition of Labor Union Women, the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, and Pride at Work.