Radiohead, Green Day and Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O are among the signatures on Kate Nash‘s newly-published open letter to President Obama regarding the actions of the law enforcement against the Standing Rock protestors.
Nash has written the letter and recruited the signees in support of the protestors, who are against the building of the $3.7bn-costing Dakota Access Pipeline, which would transport crude oil from North Dakota to Illinois. The protests been fronted by the local Sioux tribe, as well as thousands of Native American supporters from across the continent.
The letter, published in full over on Noisey, specifically references the ill-treatment of the pipeline protestors across the US, and is addressed to the Army Corps of Engineers and the Department of Justice – as well as the President – to highlight the “inhumane methods” that are being used by police against the protestors.
“We are deeply disturbed by the police actions that have been taking place, where non violent protests have been and continue to be met with extremely aggressive tactics including; being shot with water canons in below freezing temperatures, chemical weapons, rubber bullets, and attack dogs,” the letter reads. “These are the same inhumane methods used during WWII and the Civil Rights Movement.”
As well as the aforementioned artists (with Radiohead represented by Ed O’Brien and Green Day by Billie Joe Armstrong), the likes of Paramore‘s Hayley Williams, Sia and Sky Ferreira have also endorsed the letter.
Nash joins Neil Young and Mac DeMarco in recently championing the protestors’ cause. Young posted a lengthy Facebook statement on November 28 that called on President Obama to “step in and end the violence against the peaceful water protectors at Standing Rock immediately.” DeMarco, meanwhile, said he “stood in solidarity” with the protestors in a special Thanksgiving message on his Instagram page.