Vigil for Injured Water Protector; Where to Call; and Critiquing Media Coverage

Vigil outside of HCMC Tuesday night for Sophia Wilansky, a 21-year-old water protector injured by a concussion grenade.

More than 100 people braved a cold evening to hold a vigil Tuesday night for a young water protector who sustained a serious arm injury, the result of ongoing excessive force used against those opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline. Sophia Wilansky, 21 of New York, was carrying water to unarmed people on the front lines when she was struck by a concussion grenade, according to a report in Indian Country Today. She had to be airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center where she underwent a lengthy operation to save her badly damaged arm.

The Indian Country Today story included a statement by Wilansky’s father:

Both her radial and ulnar artery were completely destroyed. Her radius was shattered and a large piece of it is missing. Her medial nerve is missing a large section as well. All of the muscle and soft tissue between her elbow and wrist were blown away. The police did not do this by accident—it was an intentional act of throwing it directly at her.  …

I died a thousand deaths today and will continue to do so for quite some time. I am left without the right words to describe the anguish of watching her look at her now alien arm and hand.”

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Vigil at 4 p.m. Today for Water Protector Airlifted to HCMC; More Updates on Injuries

The excessive military response to the Water Protectors in North Dakota continues, this time resulting in serious injury to a woman who was struck in the arm by a concussion grenade. Sophia Wilansky was airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) for surgery.

There will be a prayer vigil for her from 4-6 p.m. today outside HCMC, 730 South 8th Street, Minneapolis. Here is the Facebook Page.

Wilansky is 21 years old and from New York, according to a media release from the American Indian Movement. The injury to her arm was so severe it nearly required amputation, and “the extent of the injury is likely to have a devastating impact on her.”

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