Future Left Podcast Ep. 53: Understanding Standing Rock
We're joined by Alexander S. Heaton to discuss the organizing success at Standing Rock back in December. Heaton is a US Marine veteran that joined a large busing campaign to that sent over 4500 veterans to support the Standing Rock Sioux defend their territory--and longstanding US treaties--from corporate interest and private security forces. What mobilized veterans to show up in force to protect the Sioux? What does increased militarization of police mean to veterans? How does this activist view the such social movements and direct actions in light of the long four years that lay ahead of us. We talk about all that and more this week on Future Left Podcast!
Heaton wrote a piece for us about his experience at Standing Rock and what the effort means to him, for those of you intellectuals that prefer to "read." Check it out!
Also: Heaton will soon be heading down to Mexico to collect the oral histories of US military veterans who were deported after serving their country. It's a frustrating story (which we mention in the podcast) and we kindly ask you to consider funding Alex's upcoming trip on GoFundMe.
Also again: Since talking with us, Heaton started a facebook page that seeks to connect veterans and enable them with a "voice and a means to participate in the new civil rights movement. Check it out and give it a like!
We should say here that Future Left, given the current political context we today find ourselves in, will be making more of an effort to talk with the organizers and participants in ongoing social movements and protests. We view this as wholeheartedly within our mission to prioritize a democratic and equitable future. Adam and Casey are also, with this changing political context in mind, revising Future Left's Founders' Statement. We very much would appreciate any feedback and guidance our listeners may have as we go about clarifying how we view this project of ours.
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