Malia Obama Joins Dakota Access Pipeline Protest
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Malia Obama joined a protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline at the Sundance Film Festival on Monday.
Actress Shailene Woodley spoke to Democracy Now about how touched she was to see the 18-year-old former first daughter taking place in the demonstration in Park City, Utah.
"It was amazing to see Malia, President Obama’s daughter," Woodley said. "Also, to witness a human being and a woman coming into her own outside of her family and outside of the attachments that this country has on her, but someone who’s willing to participate in democracy because she chooses to, because she recognizes, regardless of her last name, that if she doesn’t participate in democracy, there will be no world for her future children."
Several celebrities, including Ronda Rousey, have stood in solidarity with those battling the planned building of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access oil pipeline.
The Sioux tribe of Standing Rock has been at the forefront of the ongoing protest. They are concerned that their drinking water will be contaminated if the pipeline is built.
Malia will be starting an internship with Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein beginning in February, according to the New York Daily News, before starting at Harvard University in the fall.
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