Red Warrior and MAMA Ride for Resistance
Feb 22nd 7-9PM
At the Friends Quaker Meeting House
823 N. A St., Lake Worth, FL 33460
Indigenous water protectors from the Red Warrior Society and the Mothers Against Meth Alliance (M.A.M.A.) will be touring the East coast as part of the Ride for Resistance Tour.
The Red Warrior Society is made up of indigenous water protectors who were part of the Red Warrior Camp at Standing Rock, the first camp to utilize direct action to resist construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The Mothers Against Meth Alliance has been fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline from the very beginning, while also fighting meth addiction on the Pine Ridge reservation.
Everglades Earth First! and the Friends Quaker Meeting House are honored to be partnering with these groups to bring this tour to the Southeast. This is an amazing opportunity to hear from frontline water protectors who continuously put their bodies on the line to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline.
A suggested donation is $5-$15 but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. You can also PayPal Julzzzzrich@gmail.com to support the tour.
The main goal of the 2017 Ride for Resistance East Coast Tour is to help MAMA secure funding and resources for a Safe House on Pine Ridge. The Safe House would serve 3 main purposes: (1) To house her and her family who are currently experiencing housing insecurity. (2) To provide safe space for children and women impacted by violence from drugs and alcohol. (3) Serve as a place of operations for the many important programs that MAMA operates. The work that Julz and her family do is extremely dangerous, she has faced violent lash back from both the state as well as drug dealers and users. As sister Julz says, “If we don’t do it, who will?”
Julee “Julz” Rich is an Oglala Lakota mother and grandmother. She descended from a long line of warriors and is the founder of the Mothers Against Meth Alliance (MAMA) out of Pine Ridge. MAMA is a non-institutionally backed grassroots organization that works directly with and for the people. Julz organizes educational and prevention workshops in schools, jails, and community spaces. She has worked to expose dealers and bust up meth houses on her reservation. She also offers safe rides for youth at night and provides them with somewhere to go if their home is unsafe due to the impacts of meth and alcohol. A primary part of her work is highlighting the connections between the oil and gas industry and violence against Indigenous peoples ––such as the ways that Man Camps bring meth, alcohol, sexual violence, and trafficking of indigenous women. Julz Rich is a matriarch of the Red Warrior Society, her and her family have been protecting Standing Rock and fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline full-time since August of ‘16. Julz has been using her time at Standing Rock coordinating and taking part in Direct Actions as well as advocating on behalf of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Two Spirits. She has also vowed to stop the KXL pipeline from crossing her lands.
Victor Puertas is a member of the Yagua nation in so-called Peru. He is a fierce land and water protector who has been active in direct action mobilization against tar sands mining in Ute territory/Utah and has provided sustained solidarity to Lakota, Diné and other indigenous, anti-colonial and anti-border imperialist struggles. When the call was put out to defend Standing Rock he answered immediately and showed up to the frontlines where he has been ever since. He is one of the founding members of Red Warrior Society which was born out of Red Warrior Camp, one of the main camps coordinating and leading direct actions against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. He is also a member of the grassroots Indigenous led media and educational project, Reclaim Turtle Island. A focal point of Victor’s work includes advocating for Direct Action and diversity of tactics to defend sacred land from colonial capitalism.