sky ferreira and fiona apple to play massive standing rock benefit show
On Sunday the U.S. Army announced that it would look for alternative routes for the controversial Dakota Access pipeline that would endanger the water supply of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and up to 17 million residents downstream. This a huge win for the environmental and indigenous activists who have been tirelessly protesting — often in freezing weather while being blasted with water cannons — since April. But it's not a clear victory. Native American groups and allies are continuing to camp on the site, fearing that this is just a temporary halt, and their concerns are hardly irrational. President-Elect Donald Trump has made it clear that he would support Energy Transfer Partners finishing the $3.7 billion pipeline even if he didn't own stock in the company.
While it's frustrating that it took so long for the Army to recognize the Native American tribe's basic human right to drinkable water, it has been heartening to witness those not directly affected by the pipeline using their platforms to incite action. Artists and activists including Vic Mensa, Shailene Woodley, and Jaden and Willow Smith have been lending their voices to the crucial cause, and now The Fonda in Los Angeles is about to crank the call for justice all the way up. Sky Ferreira and Fiona Apple are among those scheduled to play at a Standing Rock benefit show at the Hollywood Boulevard venue next Sunday. Other famous names on the bill include Riley Keough, Moses Sumney, Patricia Arquette, and TV on the Radio, which organized the show. (Unfortunately the Fonda lineup doesn't include the legendary Jane Fonda, who recently served Thanksgiving dinner to 500 protesters at Standing Rock, but there are surprise guests slated to appear).
"There are 500 legal changes still pending toward the water protectors. That means they will need continued support," says TV on the Radio's Kyp Malone. "The levels of deprivation, unconscionably low life expectancy, infant mortality, and the adolescent suicide rate all point to the continued need for us to stand in support of First Nations people. We need to keep the light shining on this. We won this battle but the war does go on. Please let's stay vigilant."
The proceeds will go to toward GiveLove, the Oceti Sakowin Camp fund, Native Children's Survival, and Seeding Sovereignty Project. Tickets for the December 18 show are $25 for general admission or $35 for reserved balcony, and can be purchased here on Thursday.
Text Hannah Ongley
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