Movement of Movements: Indigenous Rights, Immigration Reform, Environmental Justice Come Together

Indigenous peoples are standing with Muslims in opposing President Trump’s immigration restrictions.

Environmentalists are standing with indigenous peoples, supporting their efforts to recognize and remember missing and murdered indigenous women.

What might seem like unlikely allies on different issues actually is a sign of a greater understanding of how different issues are connected. The term coming into common usage is Movement of Movements. The article Awakening the Movement of Movements in Truthout gives the following description:

The “Movement of Movements” is a phrase used to describe the current profusion of social justice movements sweeping the national and global social-political landscape. Neither an umbrella nor a grand unification organization, it is rather a way of perceiving the threads of connection that link these social justice movements together.

Here are two quick examples of how the work of different movements intersect and support each other.

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New Map Shows DAPL Missouri River Crossing Puts Disproportionate Risk on Native American Communities; Check Out the Trahant Reports

New maps show how the Missouri River crossing for the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) puts the greatest risks on those communities where Native Americans live. Jennifer Veilleux and fellow geographer Candice Landry developed maps looking at issues of environmental justice around DAPL.

Their research found that out of 485 counties in the Missouri River Basin, 48 host population that identify as Native American — “and just more than 50% of these counties are either in the path of, or downstream of, the Dakota Access Pipeline.”

The article is titled: Income Maps of the Native Americans Living in the Missouri River Basin, and here is one of the maps. Notice that once the pipeline crosses the Missouri just above the northern tip of the Standing Rock Reservation, the river flows through a series of counties which have a disproportionate number of Native American residents.

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