September 7, 2016

Jill Stein Charged With Criminal Trespass At Dakota Access Protest

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A bulldozer allegedly vandalized by Green Party candidate Jill Stein

Supplied by Morton County State Attorney's office, North Dakota

A bulldozer allegedly vandalized by Green Party candidate Jill Stein

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein has been charged with criminal trespass and criminal mischief for actions taken during a protest against the Dakota Access pipeline in North Dakota on Tuesday.

Along with her vice-presidential candidate, Ajamu Baraka (A-jom-u Ba-rock-a), Stein allegedly entered private property on the pipeline construction site and spray-painted a bulldozer. That’s according to the Morton County State’s Attorney’s office in North Dakota. A judge has issued warrants of arrest for both Baraka and Stein.

According to the criminal complaint, Stein was seen on a video spray painting a Caterpillar bulldozer with the words, “I approve this message.”

Both offenses are deemed misdemeanors.

Stein and Baraka’s actions are part of a widening protest against the construction of a 1200 mile pipeline designed to carry oil from the Bakken to Illinois.

Are you at the protests? Does this situation affect your life? Text “pipeline” to 701-354-4414 to anonymously share your story with us.

  • Richard Turnbull

    “The Dakota Access Pipeline is vandalism on steroids.” — Dr. Jill Stein

    “It is not only good for people to be shocked occasionally, but absolutely
    necessary to the progress of society that they should be shocked pretty often.”
    — George Bernard Shaw {1856-1950}

    The complete legal filing on behalf of the Standing Rock Sioux versus the Army Corps of Engineers is available online in pdf form; it is only 48 pages and after you get into the “FACTS” section it’s clear why the mainstream (no pun intended)
    media insists on superficial reporting, and not any deeper exploration about the potential hazards to the drinking water of millions of Americans, much less the implications for global climate change of bolstering this disastrous model: burning still more heat-trapping greenhouse gases, heating the oceans and destroying them, and accelerating the treats to our wildlife and humanity.

    • Amy Sisk

      Thanks for your thoughts, Richard. We’ll keep them in mind as we continue to report on the pipeline. If you want to keep up with our stories as we dig deeper into the issues surrounding the Dakota Access Pipeline, you can subscribe to our twice-monthly newsletter here: