Two females from Des Moines, Iowa with a long history of arrests decided to protest and destroy the construction of a pipeline.
35 years old Jessica Reznicek and 27 years old Ruby Montoya are responsible for the damage worth $3.8 billion over the Dakota Access Pipeline.
In order to claim responsibility, they called for a press conference and shared their remarks.
Both of them are a part of the Iowa’s Catholic Worker social justice movement. Their movement started on the day of the election in 2016. They started explaining their starting process which occurred in northwest Iowa’s Buena Vista County where they burned around five pieces of heavy equipment that was used along the pipeline.
Reznicek stated: “The Dakota Access Pipeline is an issue that affects this entire nation and the people that are subject to its rule. With DAPL, we have seen incredible issues regarding the rule of law, indigenous sovereignty, land seizures, state-sanctioned brutality, as well as corporate protections and pardons for their wrongdoings. To all those that continue to be subjected to the government’s injustices, we humbly stand with you, and we ask now that you stand with us.”
Furthermore, they continued by damaging the empty pipeline valves using oxyacetylene cutting torches. Afterwards, they continued with destroying the pipeline in Mahaska County established in southeast Iowa.
They continued with their rampage all over Iowa and one area of South Dakota. They continued the process until their supplies decreased. However, they figured out that they can use tires and gasoline-soaked rags to burn the valve sites and electric units.
Both of them claimed that they chose to have a press conference in order to reveal the truth to the public because the media haven’t published a story out of their movement yet.
Montoya continued with critics towards the decisions of the court and several officials. She stated: “Our conclusion is that the system is broken and it is up to us as individuals to take peaceful action and remedy it, and this we did, out of necessity.”
They were taken into custody in the Polk County Jail convicted for fourth-degree criminal mischief for damaging metal letters on the sign outside the Iowa Utilities Board building. Also, they were kept on a $1,000 bond. However, there is still investigators who are looking into the whole situation.
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