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Mercy Joins Standing Rock to Protect Our Earth

November 02, 2016

The Sisters of Mercy join with the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and others in their efforts to protect the water, land and sacred sites being threatened by the Dakota Access Pipeline project that will span across the United States from North Dakota to Illinois. Every day as much as 570,000 barrels of crude oil per day would flow through this pipeline, traversing the tribe’s ancestral lands and the Missouri River, the source of water for the tribe—and for many states of the Midwest. We are also increasingly concerned about the militarized response of law enforcement agencies against those gathering at the site.

The Sisters of Mercy strive to act in harmony and interdependence with all of creation and have joined the faith community in opposing the construction.  Sisters Kathleen Erickson and Áine O’Connor, and Sisters of Mercy justice team member Mike Poulin are joining the show of solidarity at Standing Rock Indian Reservation on November 3.

We embrace the call of Pope Francis to protect this Earth—our common home, and invite others to join us in prayer and in deed to support the Standing Rock Sioux at this important moment to show care and protection for our Earth and for those speaking.

Read this experience of a Mercy Associate who is from the Mohawk tribe and recently traveled to North Dakota to join in this tribal protest.

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