No DAPL: Toronto’s Surrealist supports Dakota Access Pipeline protests with new video
Toronto, ON – Since early 2016, the Dakota Access Pipeline has been protested by a grassroots movement now associated with the hashtag #NoDAPL. The underground oil pipeline is 1,172-miles-long (1,886 km) and begins in North Dakota and continues on through South Dakota, Iowa and close to Illinois. The protests started to occur after Dakota Access, LLC, a subsidiary of the Dallas, Texas corporation Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. made the decision to re-route the pipeline due to the original location being rejected because of its proximity to municipal water sources; residential areas; and road, wetland, and waterway crossings. In response to the decision, the company announced an alternative route but then turned around and placed it half a mile from the heavily populated Standing Rock Indian Reservation.
So to simplify things a little, authorities were worried that the original location of the pipeline would destroy the state capital’s drinking water, so they moved it closer to an reservation instead. Of course, even a minor accident could risk damaging resources for the entire Standing Rock populace and that’s part of the reason for the protest.
Indigenous Canadian recording artist Surrealist has stepped up to do his part to create awareness, while raising money for local charities by way of a new song and video project. Named after the protest movement, “NO DAPL,” the Sentury Status-produced track shines a spotlight on the peaceful protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline and, as Surrealist describes it, “the brutal mistreatment of Water Protectors and the gathering of Nations Worldwide coming together for one reason, to protect our water and environment. A GoFundMe campaign has been started to raise money for Council Fire Native Cultural Centre’s youth program located in Toronto. A donation will give you access to download the MP3 for Surrealist’s new song.
Make sure you check out the video (directed by Patrick Younger of RA Photo & Film) and consider supporting Surrealist’s goal to give back to the community.
Surrealist will be back on HipHopCanada next week to answer questions about the project, including finding inspiration from the Native youth running 2000 miles to protest the pipeline, and seeing so many different Nations standing together in peaceful protest. It’s a great discussion that you won’t want to miss. For now, check out “NO DAPL” below.
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