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Mizeur leads Dakota Pipeline protest outside Governor’s mansion

Former Del. Heather Mizeur marches to the beat of her own drum — a drum she just happens to bring with her.

Former Del. Heather Mizeur leads a crowd of about 50 in a Native American chant. The flash mob-style protest called on Gov. Larry Hogan to speak out against the Dakota Access Pipeline Proejct. (The Daily Record / Bryan P. Sears)

Former Del. Heather Mizeur leads a crowd of about 50 in a Native American chant. The flash mob-style protest called on Gov. Larry Hogan to speak out against the Dakota Access Pipeline Proejct. (The Daily Record / Bryan P. Sears)

Mizeur, a former Democratic candidate for governor, led a flash-mob style protest in front of Government House Wednesday night, calling on Gov. Larry Hogan to oppose federal actions related to the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Mizeur called on Hogan to urge President Donald Trump to delay action on the Dakota Access Pipeline until an environmental impact study can be performed.

“I was just in bed, catching up on the news before turning in for the night, and now I’m up at my computer, spontaneously calling for a civic action tomorrow night without any certainty that another will join me but I’m so outraged I feel like I have no other choice,” Mizeur wrote Tuesday night on the Facebook page she once used for her run for governor in 2014. “The Trump Administration has directed the Army Corps of Engineers to forego reviewing the environmental impact statement on the Dakota Access Pipeline and to begin drilling immediately. Our water protectors at #StandingRock have put out a plea to make tomorrow an international day of action as our Last Stand of Resistance against this tragic turn of events. I’m asking you to join me tomorrow night in an emergency action in Maryland to demonstrate against #NODAPL.”

Mizeur expressed concern that she might be the only one to show up.

Nearly 50 others joined her in Native American chants in front of the mansion as Hogan held his annual evening reception with House and Senate Republicans.

“What can we do in Maryland?” Mizeur wrote Wednesday morning on Facebook. “Call on our Republican Governor Hogan to use his voice and his influence to talk to the President and request a fair process; to call his colleague, ND Governor Dalrymple to help tamper down the militarized police response (not to mention — what the hell is up with the ND legislature recently passing laws to allow someone to run over a protester with a car and not face manslaughter charges? Or their new law designed to give protesters at Standing Rock severe prison sentences for their resistance when they are arrested? It’s crazy mad in ND right now and what are other GOP Governors doing to say ENOUGH!?)”


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