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Protesters take to the Statehouse to protest Trump’s executive orders

Protesters outside the Statehouse rally against President Donald Trump’s decision to move forward with oil pipeline developments. Credit: Ris Twigg | Lantern Reporter

About 30 local activists and Ohio State students protested in front of the Statehouse Tuesday night in response to President Donald Trump’s executive orders made just hours earlier.

Ohio Revolution, an activist group focused on environmental issues and political reform, organized the impromptu rally just hours after Trump’s decision to continue development of the previously halted Keystone XL and the Dakota Access oil pipelines.

Protesters gathered and led chants outside the Statehouse for about an hour before dispersing.

Atticus Garden, an event organizer for the group, said he was touching on his experiences as a medic at Standing Rock, in North Dakota, where the protesters gathered to contest the Dakota Access Pipeline.

A protester holds a sign expressing opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline and the Keystone XL Pipeline. Credit: Ris Twigg | Lantern Reporter

“There are things we are willing to compromise on and things we aren’t,” Garden said. “These pipelines are harmful to our communities, our waterways and our ecosystem. So this is one area we are not willing to compromise.”

The executive order from Trump comes after the Obama administration denied a permit to Dakota Access developer Energy Transfer Partners back in December after months of protest, halting the project’s completion.

“We want to be proactive instead of reactive,” Garden said. “This demonstration is to show that we stand with Standing Rock.”

The Standing Rock Sioux tribe attracted headlines this past fall when thousands of protesters flocked to North Dakota to protest the pipeline

Standing Rock protesters like Garden were joined by a new wave of protesters, both young and old, who were inspired to act by Trump’s executive actions.

Laura Wallace, a graduate student in psychology, said she joined the protest, her first, because she is concerned about the future of the country.

“It was a big win when the Dakota Access Pipeline got banned, and now it seems like we are going through this all over again,” Wallace said. “It continues our legacy, as a country, of oppressing native people and ignoring environmental concerns.”

Another first-time protester, 63-year-old Wendy Mellott, reiterated the treatment of Native Americans in the United States as a reason for her newfound activism.

“These people have fought to keep this from happening for so long,” Mellott said. “( Trump) signs an executive order and just throws it all away.”

Correction 1/25: An earlier version of this story stated that Atticus Garden had previously worked as a medic in North Dakota as well as South Dakota. He has only worked in North Dakota. The article has been updated to reflect this.


  1. You write a story about 30 nut cases trying to get 15 seconds of fame. I sure hope my donations to OSU don’t fund this nonsense! get a life Lantern!

  2. Those 30 people had a chance to vote in November. They lost. They aren’t protesting executive orders they are protesting democracy. They only like it when they win. Whining liberals thought nothing of Obama sending 221m to Palestine in his last hours of office. No story by the Latern there, but will do a story on 30 whiny millennials. Sorry snowflakes.

  3. Maybe if they protest hard enough, the Ohio government won’t run either pipeline through Ohio…..lmao

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