Green Party candidate Jill Stein faces charges in graffiti protest
Sep 09 2016
"I hope they take action against the Dakota Access Pipeline company that is endangering drinking water not only for the Standing Rock Sioux, but for millions of people downstream of the reservation who depend on the Missouri River", Stein said in the statement. The DAPL is a $3.8 billion project, meant to transport crude oil from Montana and North Dakota's Bakken Formation to oil refineries in the Gulf Coast. Her running mate, Ajamu Baraka, was also charged for painting the word "decolonization" on another piece of nearby equipment.
After the charges were filed, Stein tweeted a photo of her vandalizing the pipeline with the caption, "The Dakota Access Pipeline is vandalism on steroids".
The Morton County Sheriff's Department is actively investigating all unlawful acts associated with the protests.
Stein has gone on Twitter repeatedly to protest the Dakota Access pipeline and has met with state tribal leaders in solidarity.
Kirchmeier originally planned to also charge Stein with vandalism for spray-painting a bulldozer at the Dakota Access Pipeline work site. Stein's name wasn't even mentioned; in his report, NBC's Jacob Soboroff included the response of a voter in Iowa to the question of whether she supported Clinton or Trump.
When Kirchmeier spoke on Tuesday afternoon, the incident was still occurring.
The government was so eager to push this project through that it directed the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to start building it "during a holiday weekend, days before a federal judge is supposed to rule on an emergency petition filed by the tribe which would slow the project down".
"My Power to the People Plan offers direct answers to the economic, social, and ecological crises brought on by both corporate political parties, and it empowers the American people to fix our broken political system and make real the promise of democracy", said Stein.
Though the administration gives "lip service" to climate change, she said, "they actually do not walk the walk that we need to walk if we are going to get out of here alive".
"The pipeline will carry up to 570,000 barrels of highly polluting Bakken crude oil per day". If those polls only asked Clinton-Trump-Johnson and Clinton-Trump-Stein instead of Clinton-Trump-Johnson-Stein, both third party candidates would probably find more support and increase their chances of making the all-important 15% threshold.