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Is North Dakota Really Charging Jill Stein For Spray Painting Pipeline Bulldozer?

Jill Stein vandalism

North Dakota might charge Jill Stein for standing with Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

The state of North Dakota may press charges against Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein for spray-painting a piece of equipment that it’s currently using to construct an oil pipeline on the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe reservation, telesur news reports.

According to the report, Stein visited the site, which has been engaged in a months-long protest against Dakota Access, on Monday and spent the night with protestors to show her support.

Like many other high-profile figures, such as Rosario Dawson, Susan Sarandon, Leonardo DiCaprio and Ben Affleck, Stein has been outspoken about the health risks of building a pipeline in the area (and its possibility of contaminating the water supply), not to mention the fact that pursuing the project would be a direct violation of 1868 Treaty of Fort Laramie, which restricts North Dakota from any form of intrusion on Native American sacred ground.

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In the video, Stein can be seen smiling and laughing while spray painting “I approve this message” on the front of bulldozer shovel, surrounded by protestors. And, guess what? We love each and every moment of it!

If charged, the infractions in question would be trespassing and vandalism. Both would be misdemeanors.

According to telesur, the trespassing charge stems from Army Corps of Engineers insisting that “it owns the land where the camps are being held, making their occupation illegal.”

And, where do we stand on this issue? Where else …

#NoDAPL

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Antwan is an educator, cultural critic, actor, and writer for Wear Your Voice Mag (WYV), where he focuses on the dynamics of class, race, gender, politics, and pop culture. Prior to joining the team at WYV, he was an adjunct professor in the African American Studies Department at Valdosta State University in southern Georgia, where he taught African American Literature. He has traveled the U.S. and U.K. showcasing a fifty-five minute, one-person play titled Whitewash, which focuses on the state of black men in the post-civil rights era. Antwan received his B.A. in English and Literature from California State University, Dominguez Hills, and M.A. in African American Studies from University of California, Los Angeles. He is a Ronald E. McNair Scholar and NAACP theater nominee.

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