For a while now, Shailene Woodley has been pretty vocal with her feelings about the Dakota Access Pipeline in Bismarch, N.D. It wasn’t garnering a lot of attention but this should. While protesting peacefully, the actress was arrested on Monday. And the best part is that it was all captured on camera. Thank goodness for Facebook Live, right? At the time of her arrest, Woodley, who was released later in the day, appeared to be the only one getting hauled in but E! News reports 26 others were also arrested.
just landed back in the US after being overseas for 2 weeks to THIS horrifying news. America, wake the fuck up. this is atrocious. and it’s no ones responsibility but OURS. yes, our government, our politicians, and our police force can act in corrupt manners, but it’s because we haven’t been holding them accountable. take notice of the brilliant work #blacklivesmatter is doing. and the resiliency #sacredstonecamp has garnered. across our nation, people are rising. standing tall and demanding a change. so let us join them. at all costs. to stand up in the face of corrupt adversity is the ONLY path to change. no one will do it if WE don’t. let us not let photos like this pass us blindly. let us repost these images, talk about them, print them, send them to the White House and congress, call our representatives. and, above all else, let us pray for hearts to be opened and eyes to be broadened to see the underlying truth: we are all one. time is NOW. #UpToUs from @frankwaln – #NoDAPL: “This is what our Protectors face as they work to defend the water and land. This photo was taken today were law enforcement had shotguns and semi-automatic rifles aimed at our relatives AND had planes spraying tear gas above the crowd! Shits bananas. #NoDAPL #WaterIsLife #KeepItInTheGround” (via #InstaRepost @AppsKottage)
“Shailene Woodley has been released from the Morton County Jail in North Dakota. She appreciates the outpouring of support, not only for her, but more importantly, for the continued fight against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline,” the star’s rep told People.
Shailene was on her way back to her vehicle when she was stopped by police, who charged her with criminal trespassing.
“I was walking back to my RV, which is right there so that we can go back to camp peacefully and they grabbed me by my jacket and said that I wasn’t allowed to continue. And they had giant guns and batons and zip ties and they’re not letting me go,” she said to the camera. A few minutes later, she was put under arrest.
“Why am I being arrested and no one else is?” she asked the police, pointing to the group of people who were walking with her before conceding, “I was trespassing like everyone else, but as soon as you guys asked me to leave, I left. I was down there with everyone else… It’s because I’m well known, it’s because I have 40,000 people watching.”
Shailene speaks once more to the camera before being escorted away by the police: “So everybody knows… we were going to our vehicle which they had all surrounded and waiting for me with giant guns and a giant truck behind them just so they could arrest me. I hope you’re watching mainstream media.”
Like Woodley says near the beginning of one of her Facebook videos, it’s pretty convenient that when mainstream media was busy covering the debate on Sunday, the courts denied the request of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to extend an injunction preventing construction within 20 miles of Lake Oahe in North Dakota. Because of that ruling, construction can now continue on the $3.8 billion pipeline, which travels through North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Illinois.
Protesters and demonstrators — who argue that it puts communities at risk should there be a pipeline leak which would contaminate the Missouri River — are standing their ground. And a petition on Change.org titled “Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline” has no doubt it will happen, stating the pipeline “will poison our river and threaten the health of [the] community when it leaks.”
Woodley, who has been trying to raise awareness of what’s going on, has posted a number of clips on Facebook over the last several weeks. And while her arrest was annoying, perhaps it’s exactly what their fight needed to get the attention it deserves.