Here we are having lunch at a park in Rawlins, Wyoming, on our way to Standing Rock. Tonight my good friends and I are staying in Spearfish, South Dakota, planning to get up early so we can check in at the camp in time for the nonviolence training at 2 p.m. tomorrow. We are ready to do what we can.
I recently read This is an Uprising, How Nonviolent Revolt is Shaping the Twenty-First Century, by Paul and Mark Engler. They write about the “whirlwind,” those times in history when things come together in a new way that makes possible what seemed impossible before. Standing Rock is such a time. Many people around the world are recognizing that respecting the rights of Indigenous people and learning from them about honoring the creation are at the center of what needs to happen if we are to get through this historic time in a way that leaves hope for a habitable planet.
I’m here for the sake of the children and for future generations. Ready to enter the whirlwind.