Detroit-native Holly Miranda has joined forces with a chorus of 28 others to create her newest track ‘Midnight Oil,’ which is a cover of a Cris Williamson song. The single is being released in order to raise funds for the Standing Rock protests and all proceeds will go to this cause.
The Standing Rock protests are the public’s reaction to the Dakota Access Pipeline – a 1,200 mile, mostly finished pipeline created to carry around 470,000 barrels of crude oil per day from North Dakota to Illinois. Although the pipeline is allegedly the most cost-effective, environmentally friendly way to transport this quantity of oil, the public is blocking a portion of the pipeline from being built. Specifically, the portion that is set to be built underneath Lake Oahe, which is on the border of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. In addition to being a danger to the water supply – as the pipe could spring a leak at any moment – it is also a hazard to the Native American culture, since the pipeline cuts through sacred land.
The Standing Rock protest, popularized by hashtags like #NoDAPL and #StandWithStandingRock, is the longest running protest in America’s modern history. Protestors have been braving snow, sleet, rain, tear gas, and water cannons for months without showing signs of stopping. However, as of February 22nd, the protest has officially ended as Gov. Doug Burgum set a deadline for protesters to leave the site in order to move forward with construction. Before leaving, protestors set at least four structures ablaze in what they called a ceremony.
This does not mean the fight is over, though. Miranda’s single was released the same day the protest ‘ended,’ and it is still possible to support the song as well as the cause on standwithstandingrock.net. The 28-person New Asylum Choir features names like Ani DiFranco, Jaime King, Sasheer Zamata, Kyp Malone, and Natalie Morales, and they can all be heard chanting “don’t let the midnight oil burn low, no don’t let it burn out. Let’s see how things turn out in the end” throughout the song. Describing the lines as “healing,” Miranda wanted to attach the song to the Standing Rock protests because “Despite there being so many worthy causes in dire need of help, when we looked at where the biggest fire was, Standing Rock seemed the only choice.”
Today marks the premiere of “Midnight Oil,” a song that many others and I have been working on to benefit our brothers and sisters at Standing Rock for the last 6 months. LINK IN BIO !! People magazine (@people ) is premiering the track and CDbaby is hosting the download, waiving all fees and giving all proceeds directly to Standing Rock. Coincidentally, today is the last stand at Standing Rock, as a highly militarized police force will forcibly evict those at the main Oceti Sakowin camp. At 2pm CST, police will raid the camp and arrest anyone who remains in order to complete the final leg of drilling for the Dakota Access Pipeline. The women of Standing Rock are leading the last action placing themselves in harm’s way in order to protect our water and their treaty territory. These water protectors will face arrest, police brutality, federal charges, prison time, and hefty legal fees. Now more than ever they need our help, our voices and our attention. The song “Midnight Oil” was written in 1978 by Cris Williamson, and nearly 40 years after being written, the mantra of the song is one that the planet needs to hear now more than ever. Since we started working on this in September, the song has traveled from Mexico to Isreal, with friends around the globe adding their voices to the 28 person choir. This has been a true labor of love, with EVERYONE involved volunteering their time and energy. This effort will be even more effective if we can all share it with our social media, friends and family. Encourage them to download and support the cause to protect our water. Please, please, please help us spread the word and support! When sharing if you can use the hashtag #MidnightOilForWater
According to her, “the fight to stop the Dakota pipeline is far from over. Water is life. We’ve got to help each other, take care of each other.”