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Iowa woman opposed to pipeline continues fast, into 5th day without food

Jessica Reznicek of Des Moines
Jessica Reznicek of Des Moines

DES MOINES – An Iowa woman continues to go without food in a protest over the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline and staged a protest at the state capitol Thanksgiving Day while governor Tery Branstad feasted inside Terrace Hill.

On Thanksgiving Day, Jessica Reznicek of Des Moines and other members (they call themselves “Water Protectors”) of the protest group Mississippi Stand and the State of Iowa began the morning with a water ceremony at the Des Moines River to “honor and give thanks to all life-giving water”. From there, after 10 AM, they mobilized to Terrace Hill, where Governor Terry Branstad was celebrating Thanksgiving.

Reznicek cautioned “that there will be no reason to feast when this pipeline breaks and pollutes all of our waters.”

Gov. Terry Branstad
Gov. Terry Branstad

Reznicek and Mississippi Stand mobilized to Terrace Hill to call the Governor to action on a day that was created “to celebrate the murderings of numerous Native Americans.”

“We will go to Terrace Hill to fast, to pray, and to remember that this holiday celebrates the murders of Native Americans,” Reznicek explained. “We must learn our history as a country, so that we do not continue to repeat it, as we are continuing to up in North Dakota.”

Today, Reznicek continues her fifth day of the Hunger Strike in front of the Iowa Utilities Board where she started an open ended, liquid only fast, in response to “the IUB’s inaction to revoke the permits to Dakota Access, LLC for numerous violations across the State.”

Pipeline route
Pipeline route

According to its social media page, Mississippi Stand was an encampment started in Lee County, Iowa the 30th of August by Reznicek in opposition to the drilling underneath the Mississippi River in Iowa. The encampment started with this one woman from Dallas County and has grown into a mobile caravan of resistance against the Dakota Access Pipeline that runs across the state of Iowa.

Reznicek continues to be in high spirits, the age says, thanks the many locals who have visited her at the IUB to give support, and encourages others to do the same. Mississippi Stand asks for others to join them in holding the IUB accountable. A call to action for all to join these water protectors in solidarity and support today and the days to follow until the law is upheld and construction stops.

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