Split Rock Sweetwater Solidarity

State of the Planet – Article

To raise awareness of the struggle endured by the Ramapough Lenape Nation against the pilgrim pipelines, SftP NYC’s Split Rock Sweetwater Solidarity committee members Colleen Beverly Baublitz and Avantika Goswami wrote an article published by The Earth Institute.

“The Sioux at Standing Rock captivated the nation with their fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), which threatens their access to clean drinking water and increases our dependence on fuels that contribute to climate change. But while a similar battle rages on in our own backyard, few in New York City seem to notice.”


Mann V. Ford – Documentary Viewing & Discussion

As part of ongoing efforts to amplify the struggle of the Ramapough Lenape in their battle against the Pilgrim Pipelines, SftP NYC hosted a screening of the HBO film Mann v. Ford at Bluestockings Bookstore, Cafe, and Activist Center on April 8th, 2018. The film covered the toxic legacy of the Ford Motor Company on Ramapough lands in New Jersey and the Ramapough’s long struggle for environmental justice.

Despite intense repression from the Mahwah Township, the Ramapough persist in sharing their culture and fighting pipelines that threaten both New York and New Jersey water supplies. After the screening, Owl, a leader from the Ramapough Lenape Nation offered insight into the tribe’s fight against the Pilgrim Pipelines and other ongoing struggles. Jamie Bemis, a member of SftP NYC’s Split Rock Sweetwater Solidarity committee, described how NYC residents could join in the battle for environmental justice.