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December 9, 2016

#NoDAPL Moves From Camp to Courtrooms

The fight is not over. Protesters at Standing Rock are deciding whether to stay at the camps or to heed the Tribe’s call for them to go home, following the government’s announcement on Sunday to ban construction of a crucial section of the Dakota Access Pipeline. On Monday the company building the pipeline took the federal ruling to court.

Meanwhile, the Army Corps of Engineers is conducting a new review of the project, which will consider alternative pipeline routes and include an environmental impact statement.

Jubilation over this victory is tempered with caution, given the US government’s track record for making and then breaking promises to Native peoples.

During the week of Thanksgiving, our Executive Director Marie Clarke joined the protests at Standing Rock. In her blog, she talks about the connections between the #NoDAPL movement and the struggles of indigenous peoples across the Global South to defend their rights.

Rescue Efforts Continue After Indonesia Earthquake

They’re not giving up. Rescue crews are breaking through the rubble to look for survivors in the Indonesia province of Aceh, where a 6.5-magnitude earthquake killed more than 100 people and injured hundreds on Wednesday.

ActionAid Indonesia is supporting its partners in the region to respond in Aceh and confirming response plans.

Refugee Children in Turkey Learn Circus Skills

Circus therapy is taking hold in Mardin, the Turkish city that has received tens of thousands of refugees from neighboring Syria over the past five years. Although children make up a large part of Turkey’s refugee communities, many of them don’t make it to school due to language barriers. This is where circus school comes in. At the Mardin-based Art Anywhere Association, Syrian children can learn to juggle and ride unicycles without speaking Turkish. In the process, they socialize and pick up language skills that can help them navigate life in their new home.