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Standing up for water

Drilling for natural gas will soon be coming to Western Maryland, splitting camps into those who think it is no different than other industries and others with environmental concerns. (Kenneth K. Lam/Baltimore Sun video)

Currently, my friend and I are walking across the state to celebrate water and protect it by supporting a statewide ban on fracking ("Fracking pays a lot better than tourism jobs," Oct. 26).

Our trip coincides with a Native American uprising in the Dakotas that is protecting the water of millions of Americans but is also about standing up against hundreds of years of oppression.

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I respect the courageous, peaceful actions performed by these people defending the right to a healthy, happy life for future generations. I respect that even in the face of our government's militarization, fear tactics and blatent disrespect for the rights and culture of the natives, these people continue to peacefully rise above.

And so here we are, right before the election, and to me, it doesn't matter so much anymore who is elected, but rather that we show up as our authentic self for our community. For our children and for our children's children.

Sending love from downstream, may we all understand our connection.

Kimb Alexander

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