Climate Activists From Portland, Oregon Building Medical Bus and Sending to Standing Rock

The Portland Climate Action Coalition isn’t just checking into Standing Rock. It’s bringing Standing Rock a place to check in—and get help.

The Portland CAC, a coalition of local social and environmental justice groups, is working to retrofit an old school bus into a makeshift refuge and medical care unit to be driven to to the oil pipeline protest at Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota. Complete with beds, heat, and medical supplies, the bus will provide a warm space and limited medical services to protestors allied with Native American tribes trying to block the pipeline.

The Bunk Bus project began when CAC members Mike Horner and Harlan Shober made a trip to Standing Rock to drop off supplies in the end of September. Hauling a load of wood stoves, tents, food, and other supplies, Horner and Shober were floored by the 30-mile-per-hour winds and severe weather conditions they encountered.

“The wind was howling,” says Horner. “Tents were falling down. Just by looking we could see that it was going to be unbelievably cold in the winter.”

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