Conscious party: Support for Standing Rock

FARAWAY FRIENDS: Ashevillean Sara Legatski has traveled to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation several times, and while at home, she helps organize fundraisers for the movement unfolding there. One such upcoming concert and art auction feature work by Ravi Mitchell, Faryn Davis and Peter Parpan, pictured from left.

As protestors of the Dakota Access Pipeline continue to occupy the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, Ashevilleans are offering aid in various forms. Here are several upcoming benefits:

Rock for Standing Rock
“It’s fine to come out for a night and support Standing Rock and just listen to music, hang out and drink a beer,” says local activist Sara Legatski. “But if you’re really in the spirit and want to support this, you need to swallow some of the hard truth and understand some of the details. It motivates you. It fires you up.”

Legatski has helped condense the Standing Rock movement and its precursors into a brief presentation, which she’ll share at the start of Rock for Standing Rock. It usually leads to questions, she says, so an informal talk will follow.

“And then we have tons of art,” she adds. Around two dozen local artists and several out-of-state supporters have donated pieces to the silent auction.

The night’s headlining act, local band Death & The Reverend, contacted Legatski about staging the fundraiser after she put a call out to bands. Proceeds will help indigenous-led nonprofit All Nations Indigenous Center provide the Rosebud Lakota camp with emergency supplies as winter conditions set in.

Rock for Standing Rock is at PULP on Sunday, Nov. 27, at 8 p.m. $5 suggested donation.

LaZoom’s Band and Beer tours

There are two chances to support the Standing Rock movement by embarking on a LaZoom comedy tour. Both entail beers aboard LaZoom’s iconic purple bus, which makes pit stops at several breweries, plus mobile music performances by Sirius B (Thursday, Dec. 1) and Josh Phillips Folk Festival (Thursday, Dec. 8).

LaZoom’s bus departs from Tasty Beverage Co., at 7 p.m., on both nights. $50 donation per person supports All Nations Indigenous Center.

Standing Rock Asheville Council’s meetings
Whether you want to start your own Standing Rock-related project or support an existing initiative, Standing Rock Asheville Council’s weekly meetings provide an opportunity to get involved. At each public gathering, participants present information, hold Q&A sessions and break into focus groups for further planning.

Sol Bar hosts SRAC on Sundays, 5-7 p.m.


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15 thoughts on “Conscious party: Support for Standing Rock

  1. Snowflake (Social Justice Worrier)

    Pretty cool art. I like it.

    In the interest of truth, I hope that these hard truths for people to swallow are presented at these gatherings.

    * The pipeline is on private property, not the Indian reservation
    * The pipeline closely follows the route of an existing pipeline
    * Approx 1/3 of Bakken reserve oil comes from Indian land
    * The pipeline will carry up to about 570,000 barrels of oil per day. That is equivalent to about 3500 oil trucks on the highways per day, or about 900 rail cars per day. Local towns want the pipeline because it will dramatically reduce the more hazardous and noisome truck and train traffic through their towns.
    * A significant number of the protestors don’t really care about Indian needs and are simply using this event as an opportunity to promote their anti-oil agenda, sometimes through intimidation, violence, illegality and vandalism.

    • Greg Varnau

      This information is not accurate. It comes from this site:

      This “fact checker” is a project of Midwest Alliance for Infrastructure Now (MAIN), who has a vested interest in the completion of the pipeline.

      The very first “fact” which is highlighted above, “The pipeline is on private property, not the Indian reservation” is not accurate. The proposed pipeline route is set to be built within the boundaries of the Great Sioux Treaty from 1851. This is unceded treaty land.

      And in addition to being wrong about your first fact, you are also wrong about something else: your facts above do not matter. The Indigenous Tribes and the Earth have asked that we don’t build the pipeline. We should listen. Period.

    • Snowflake (Social Justice Worrier)

      They’re going to be busy. They just discovered an oil field in Texas that is 3-4 times bigger than the Bakken oil field.

      • John R Penley

        Perhaps it would help if you read the article before commenting. The Florida pipeline is for compressed natural gas not oil. Also, the Colonial Pipeline which is actually in our area and provides gas that supplies Asheville recently had a large spill and an explosian which set off a large wildfire and killed and injured people. Because the Standing Rock protest is now the only pipeline that people seem to be concerned about the protest in Florida and the Colonial Pipeline are getting no attention, little opposition and support for the small protests in Florida and none over Colonial.

        • Lulz

          LOL, yet those protesting are told not to talk to the media, not answer questions or even can factual speak as to what they’re actually protesting. Only mindless;y manipulated minions for the left similar to the young Chinese communist during Mao’s cultural revolution.

    • Snowflake (Social Justice Worrier)

      After reading your linked-to article. I must say, IMO these people are just attention-seeking idiots. Natural gas represents no threat to river water. It cannot dissolve in water. It cannot contaminate an aquifer lying below it. It is a gas that will simply dissipate onto the atmosphere if there is a pipeline leak.. It is non-toxic unless you are in the unfortunate situation where it has replaced oxygen (it is heavier than oxygen).

  2. boatrocker

    Wow- where are the wide eyed rabid vegan ‘activists’ with their tsumani like posts once we really need them for an issue like this?
    We could use their passion for issues other than their omnivore guilt.

    • Snowflake (Social Justice Worrier)

      Don’t you remember? The whole radical vegan issue boils down to dependence on oil for synthetic fertilizers. Poo poo fertilizer is a big no-no.

    • Snowflake (Social Justice Worrier)

      To give you an idea what losers these pipeline protesters are, they are now whining that the police have trapped them on a bridge. The police previously blocked the bridge with vehicles the protesters had burned. The bridge was ordered closed by the ND Dept of Transportation because of damage caused to it by the fires. The protesters got semis to remove the vehicles and started marching north on the bridge when police stopped them. Then they started screaming and crying that the police trapped them. Can’t believe a word these people say.

      • boatrocker

        Yea, they called American Indians terrorists too for not liking outsiders depleting the land and fresh water supplies for a quick $.
        How dare they!

  3. Snowflake (Social Justice Worrier)

    One protester’s justification for protesting is that the pipeline is not needed (even though the $3.8 billion pipeline is 99.9% complete) because the oil can be transported by truck.

    Here’s some more fun facts for pipeline protesters to consider:

    * The nearly 1200-mile-long pipeline will transport approx. 21 million gallons of oil per day (500,000 barrels)
    * It would take approx 2333 oil tanker trucks to carry the same qty of oil (21,000,000/9000)
    * Semi trucks average about 6 mpg
    * So transporting this qty of oil by truck would burn about 933,000 gallons of diesel
    every day (2400 miles round trip).

    So the geniuses who are protesting this pipeline because they are anti-oil are trying to create a situation where almost one million gallons of diesel fuel is unnecessarily wasted per day. Not to mention the increase in hazardous highway traffic, and increased costs due to truck wear and tear, truck driver payroll, etc.

    • Snowflake (Social Justice Worrier)

      This of course excludes fuel costs for pumping stations and their associated overhead costs, but those will be not nearly as large.

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