Neil Young has a long history of involvement with political and social issues; “4 Dead in Ohio” is over 36 years old, after all. And he showed today, with a long Facebook post, that even an old dog still has some fight. Young reminisced on his visit to the Dakota Pipeline and described “standing on the front lines to protect water.” Contrary to the riotous picture some might expect, the musician wrote, “Everyone we talk with is committed to peaceful resistance. Weapons alcohol and drugs are forbidden there.”

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He went on to describe the militarized police force that has been deployed to Standing Rock, writing that the protesters are “standing while being hit with water cannons, mace, tear gas, rubber bullets. Standing without weapons and praying […] in sub freezing temperatures.”

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The folk singer asked President Obama to intervene and looked toward the future president. He didn’t go easy on Trump, re-iterating that Trump lost the popular vote and stating that the president-elect “is not the leader of the free world. Two hundred of the world’s nations believe in science, above the profits of the oil, gas and coal industries, and are committed to working together to protect the future from an unchecked climate crisis.” He encouraged his followers be skeptical of Trump’s appointees, saying, “Do not be intimidated by the surprise presidents’ cabinet appointees as they descend the golden escalator. Those who behave in racist ways are not your leaders. The golden tower is not yours.”

Neil Young had a lot to say about Standing Rock and Donald Trump (Photo by Rob Grabowski/Invision/AP)
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