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This Week's Events
MAR

26

SUN
Fellowship Hour
11:30 AM to 12:15 AM
Congregational Meeting Planned
11:45 AM to 12:15 PM
Quorum needed! Board will discuss change in by-laws and revised annual budget for 2017. All are invited and encouraged to attend!
MAR

27

MON
April Newsletter Deadline
Please send articles, pictures, and newsletter information to office@bismanuu.org by the deadline
MAR

30

THU
Volunteer at Ruth Meier's Hospitality House
11:00 AM to 12:45 PM
Volunteer at Ruth Meiersí
4-5 volunteers are needed to serve noon lunch at Ruth Meiers' Hospitality House every fifth Thursday (of months which have 5 Thursdays) from 11:00 AM to 12:45 PM. No clean up is required.
MAR

31

FRI
UU Folk Choir Practice
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Music practice at the church. Director Jean King can be reached at jking@bis.midco.net.

Bismarck-Mandan UU Social Action Working Group (SAWG)

Currently, the UU Social Action Working Group has championed the cause of the water protectors at Standing Rock. Our church is a drop off site for donations for Sacred Stone and Oceti Sakowin Camps. SAWG has also constructed an online petition to call on President Obama to instruct the Army Corps of Engineers to conduct a full Environmental Impact Statement to better evaluate the effects of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Click on the link below to read and sign the petition. 

https://www.change.org/p/president-barack-obama-president-obama-full-environmental-impact-statement-for-dakota-access-pipeline?recruiter=12810198&utm_source=share_for_starters&utm_medium=copyLink

Please sign and share widely if you feel so moved to do so!

Thank you,

Social Action Working Group

The petition reads as follows:

The Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) is proposed to carry oil from the Bakken oil fields of North Dakota 1,172 miles to Pakota, Illinois (just 7 miles shorter than the rejected Keystone XL pipeline). Currently under construction, it is sited to cross the Missouri River just north of the Standing Rock Nation in North Dakota. It was initially proposed to cross the Missouri River north of the capital city of Bismarck, ND, but that plan was rejected out of concern for the water supply of Bismarck residents. Pipelines eventually leak; a leak in the pipeline under the Missouri River would poison the water supply of not just Standing Rock, but residents of six states downstream. 

DAPL was fast-tracked with minimal environmental oversight and minimal consultation with Standing Rock tribal officials. The process undermines the Clean Water Act and the National Environmental Policy Act and contradicts the federal government’s doctrine of trust responsibility to protect tribes.

We respectfully request that President Barack Obama instruct the Army Corps of Engineers to conduct a full Environmental Impact Statement to better evaluate the potential effects of the pipeline. 

This petition will be delivered to:

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