Protestors Against the Dakota Access Pipeline Gathered in Two Major Humboldt Cities
The gathering began in Arcata with an estimated several hundred protesting in front of Wells Fargo. Then about 1:30 p.m. about 50 water protectors moved to in front of the Chase bank in downtown Eureka chanting, “You can’t drink oil; Keep it in the soil.”As of 1:41 p.m. the Water Protectors moved to the nearby Wells Fargo bank. Mahlija Florendo, one of the organizers, tells us that this is a protest put together by youth of four different Native American tribes–Yurok, Hoopa, Wasco, and Siletz.
“We are trying to fight the black snake,” 19-year-old Florendo said referring to the pipeline that is already partly constructed. “We are here to cut the head off of the snake……We do not support an institution that funds genocide.”