Protests over laying the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota represent more than just a fight over water– and land rights; the movement represents “a recalibration of what it means to be more fully human in this modern world,” one university expert says. Here, we take a look at this complex issue from three angles—the politics, protests, and people of Standing Rock.
In the days since the election, movements have cropped up across the U.S. to protest Donald J. Trump’s presidency. While assistant professor Sarah J. Jackson says the climate reminds her of “the mood of the nation in the 1960s,” she also notes that protests in general can serve to bring people together, and are in fact a necessary part of a healthy democracy.
Lola Akingbade, S’18, interviewed more than two dozen African-Americans in St. Louis this summer, looking to capture the city’s mood in the wake of the shooting death of Michael Brown.
Gordana Rabrenovic, director of Northeastern’s Brudnick Center on Violence and Conflict, says respected leaders in the St. Louis suburb need to call for and establish a review committee chartered to examine the causes of the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown.
Journalist Dan Peleschuk, AS’09, is covering the unrest in Ukraine for Global Post, an online U.S. news organization.