Anti-pipeline rally draws hundreds in Oregon
BISMARCK, N.D - Hundreds of people rallied in the rain in Portland, Oregon, on Thanksgiving Day to show their solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and others who have spent months protesting the construction of an oil pipeline in North Dakota.
The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that more than 350 people took part in the demonstration at the city's Pioneer Courthouse Square.
The Portland rally drew families with young children, couples and a smattering of umbrellas amid a sea of soaked rain jackets. Attendees chanted, "Stop the pipeline" and "Water rights are human rights."
Shannon Berger-Hammond co-founded a group called Families for Peaceful Protest, which organized the rally. She said Thanksgiving is "meant to highlight peace and thanks and community and to celebrate indigenous nations, and the indigenous nations are suffering right now."