The resistance by the Standing Rock Sioux nation and its allies to the proposed Dakota Access pipeline routing signaled a new stage in evolving community resistance to fossil fuel extraction and transportation -- but also reveals some ugly fissures within America as we enter a four year, almost certainly traumatic presidency.
When the election is over, and things are back to normal, the bison will still be there, as it has for millennia. It can remind us how unified we are and how resilient we are. In the meantime, take a moment today to celebrate the bison on National Bison Day - still bringing people together and a symbol for all Americans.
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A woman can wear a burka or she can walk the streets stark naked (or anything in between). It doesn't matter! Her safety cannot be guaranteed in either case. What can be guaranteed is that if and when she is harmed, some people will make public their opinion about how what she was wearing contributed to the crime.