Category Archives: PROTEST

Q&A | Kingi Snelgar on spending time at Standing Rock, protesting the DAPL

Kingi Snelgar is a lawyer from Aotearoa. Having worked as a Crown prosecutor in his homeland, he has also worked as a Human Rights observer internationally and – on completion of an LLM at Harvard – joined the Standing Rock protests in South Dakota in late-2016. Attended by more than 150 American Indian nations, the movement began last April, and sought to stop construction of the Dakota Access (oil) pipeline. Commissioned by the Texas-based company Energy Transfer Partners, the pipeline’s route crosses the sacred tribal lands of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, threatening not only the nation’s livelihoods but the purity of their water – a vital resource.

Protesters secured a halt on construction on December 4, 2016, but the decision was subsequently reversed by US president Donald Trump in his first week of office.

Sarah was introduced to Kingi by Max Harris, who recommended she interview him about his experience. Good call:

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It’s 10 yrs since Cuban journalist Yoani Sánchez started speaking her mind

Dawn, the sound of the keyboard marks the beginning of the day. I start a blog that will make me experience the most gratifying and terrible moments of my existence. I go out with the USB stick around my neck, climb the steps of the Havana Capitol and mumble a few phrases to get myself into the place with internet access exclusively for foreigners. It is the 9th of April 2007 and I publish the first text of Generación Y. My life has just taken a turn. Continue →