Dakota Access Pipeline draws ire from Phoenix protesters

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(Source: 3TV/CBS 5) (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
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On Wednesday, President Trump signed an executive order to continue the construction of the Dakota and Keystone Pipelines on the premise that it will create jobs. 

Since the controversy over the pipeline's potential damage to the environment, Lucille Johnson and a small group of protesters have been getting together on the fourth Saturday of the month and walking to the state Capitol. 

"We need water for everything," organizer T.J. King said.

Saturday morning a group of protesters gathered on the west side of Indian Steele Park in Central Phoenix in an effort to peacefully support those in the Dakotas and Iowa who prefer the pipeline not be finished. The pipeline would run for approximately 1100 miles. 

"This isn't about Native Americans vs. other people and ethnicity, it's about the whole humanity. Human life around the world," King said.

"Being here to protect what we have," Lucille Johnson said. "There is nothing without the land and water. For our children to come (in the future)."

The group ended their walk at the state Capitol, where they met another group of protesters. 

"We all are with you brothers and sisters (speaking to those in the area affected by the pipeline construction). We are not going to give up," Johnson said.

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