ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Clothes for a cause: A local group is spreading their message about Standing Rock through t-shirts, tanks and hoodies. Now, those designs are going far beyond the local scope.
“They want to have a visual to put out there in public,” said Towana Yepa, organizer with Pueblo Action Alliance.
It’s an ongoing fight between protesters and proponents for an underground oil pipeline and a battle that local group, Pueblo Action Alliance, has been a part of since September.
They’ve been raising funds ever since to continue supporting those who have decided to stay in North Dakota for the winter.
”We had to be active and put our efforts into really helping all of our people who decided to stay,” said Yepa.
They’ve partnered with a local screen printer to create tank tops, t-shirts and hoodies. Each one with a different message to raise awareness.
Screen printer, Adam Parker, collected these designs from artists from all over the southwest.
“All of these artists I know, so they’re willing to do designs and stuff to help out,” said Parker.
Now, these designs are being seen throughout the world.
“Everybody still gets to see it and they ask questions and they still get to raise awareness,” said Parker.
As word has spread through social media, people from across the world are putting in requests to get their hands on these designs.
“She’s like, ‘Do you mail to Australia?’ and I told her, ‘Yeah, can you pay for postage?’ And she’s like, ‘Of course!’ To me it’s not a big deal to send an international package because this is an international movement,” said Yepa.
Each person with the same common goal, protecting the planet and supporting those willing to protect their sacred land.
All of the money raised will go towards materials for inside of their yurt up in Standing Rock. Items like blankets, lanterns and instillation to help keep things warm for those sticking it out this winter.
Right now, members of Pueblo Action Alliance are in North Dakota on a supply run to drop off propane, winter thermals and emergency blankets. This will be their 14th trip.
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