It’s been six weeks since Shailene Woodley was arrested in North Dakota for peacefully protesting the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, and now she’s heading to the nation’s capital to make sure that her concerns — and those of the thousands fighting for the protection of Standing Rock — are heard.
Today (November 27), Woodley is in Washington, D.C. for the Water Is Life march and rally, which starts at the Department of Justice and leads to the Washington Monument.
On October 10, Woodley was protesting — before all of Facebook, too, thanks to a live feed — when she was arrested and detained, and she wondered, at the time, if authorities singled her out from other protesters: “Why am I being arrested and no one else is who was down there? Is it because I’m famous?”
She later reflected on the incident and stressed how, yes, she has a platform that she’s more than willing to use to amplify causes she believes in, but that it’s screwed up that a ton of people weren’t paying attention to what was going on in North Dakota otherwise: “Simply feeding off the hype of a celebrity’s arrest ain’t going to save the world. But, standing together will. Please stand in solidarity with the Sioux people of Standing Rock Reservation to ensure that we still have rivers to swim in, springs to drink from and lakes to float on.”