CREDO to Obama: Summon the courage to just say #NoDAPL

By November 2, 2016 No Comments

FYI – CREDO, which has collected more than 370,000 petition signatures against the Dakota Access pipeline, released the statement below in response to President Obama’s remarks on the pipeline:

“President Obama’s politically convenient wait and see approach on the Dakota Access pipeline is a recipe for disaster,” CREDO Deputy Political Director Josh Nelson said. “Indigenous water protectors and the First Amendment are under assault in North Dakota – and President Obama needs to intervene now.” Nelson continued, “If President Obama wants to uphold his promises to do right by indigenous people and fight climate change, he must summon the political courage to intervene now and stop – not just reroute – the Dakota Access pipeline.”

CREDO is part of a coalition of groups organizing a national day of action at Army Corps of Engineers offices across the country on Nov. 15 to send a clear signal to the Obama administration that it must reject the pipeline.

Background on CREDO’s work to stop the Dakota Access pipeline:

370,000+ PETITION OBAMA TO REJECT PIPELINE: More than 240,000 CREDO members have signed CREDO’s petition demanding that President Obama intervene and stop the Dakota Access pipeline. Specifically, the petition calls on the president to “direct the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to revoke the permits under ‘Nationwide Permit 12’ and stop the Dakota Access pipeline once and for all.” The full petition can be found here:
NEARLY 3,000 #NoDAPL CALLS TO THE WHITE HOUSE: CREDO members have made more than 2,800 calls to the White House urging President Obama to stop the Dakota Access pipeline. View the current number of calls and call script here:

145,000 PETITION OBAMA AND GOV. DALRYMPLE TO UPHOLD FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS: More than 145,000 CREDO members have signed a petition urging Pres. Obama and North Dakota Gov. Dalrymple to “uphold the rights of Native Americans and their allies to peacefully resist the Dakota Access pipeline without threat of violence.” The full petition can be found here:

CREDO MEMBERS PARTICIPATE IN BAKKEN PLEDGE OF RESISTANCE: CREDO members in Iowa are taking part in the Bakken Pledge of Resistance, in which local activists have pledged to “engage in acts of dignified, peaceful civil disobedience” if necessary to stop the pipeline. The pledge, which was organized by Bold Iowa and is also supported by Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement and the local group 100 Grannies for a Livable Future, can be found here:

IN 2014, CREDO ACTIVISTS FOUGHT TO STOP THE PIPELINE IN IOWA: In August 2014, more than 3,000 CREDO activists in Iowa signed a CREDO Mobilize petition started by Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement calling on Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad to reject the pipeline. The petition can be found here:


CREDO Action, part of CREDO Mobile, is a social change network of 4 million activists, sending millions of petition signatures and more than 100,000 phone calls to decision-makers each year. CREDO Action members also participate in meetings, protests and other direct action for progressive change.