We all know and love Shailene from the Divergent movies, The Fault in our Stars, or if you really have followed her The Secret Life of the American Teenager. But we really commend her for standing up for what she believes in. On Monday, October 10th Shailene was arrested for trespassing while leaving a protest against the Dakota access pipeline. As she was being arrested she live streamed the entire thing on Facebook with the help of her mother. You can watch it all unfold below. (She gets arrested around the 6-minute mark.)
The Dakota Acess Pipeline has been protested since July, out of concern that it will affect the local ecology and climate change, as well as the use of handing over privately-owned agricultural land to a private corporation.
Native American Tribes requested an injunction to block the construction from traveling through their sacred lands but unfortunately, this injunction was denied this past Sunday night. This allows for the 3.7 billion dollar oil pipeline to resume it’s building by a Texas-based company. The tribe has vowed to continue its protest as they weigh their legal options. They will continue to protect their water and their sacred land for their children and their children’s children. Their voices are certainly heard and their passion for saving their sacred lands is admirable.
As for Shailene, she was taken into custody and processed. But confirmed by one of her reps, she was released the same day. She was charged with criminal trespassing and engaging in a riot. Shailene paid a $500 dollar fine and will have to appear in court on Oct. 24th.
What do you think about Shailene’s arrest?