Shailene Woodley And Bernie Sanders Call On Obama To Stand In Solidarity With Standing Rock

The power of outspoken millennials.

In the fight to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline from entering the Standing Rock Reservation, actress Shailene Woodley has been one of the most recognizable advocates. And even though the 25-year-old was arrested and charged for criminal trespassing while protesting in October — she might face prison time — she's on the front lines, protesting the pipeline, which demonstrators say threatens the local water supply.

On Tuesday night, which happened to be her birthday, Woodley published a Facebook Live video from a large protest in front of the White House. In the video, Woodley asked her viewers to write a letter to President Obama to demand action on the pipeline.

"We are asking you [Mr. Obama], we are begging you to do the right thing, to be on the right side of history," she said. "To honor all of those people who have come before you, and honor all of your future ancestors, and stand in solidarity, Mr. President, with those on the ground in Standing Rock Reservation."

Over 36,000 people have liked the video since it was posted last night.


Joining Woodley at the hundreds-strong peaceful was Sen. Bernie Sanders. The United States Senator from Vermont was the only 2016 presidential candidate to speak out against the pipeline.

"It is a time for a new approach for the Native American people, and not to run a pipeline through their land," Sanders said at Tuesday's protest.

Sanders also called for Obama to stop the pipeline and to declare Standing Rock a national monument.

"We have got to tell Trump and everybody else that we are not going silently into the night," Sanders said. "The stakes are too high for the future of this planet."


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