Malia Obama, 18, has taken her first real political stand. Former President Obama’s oldest daughter attended The Sundance Film Festival on Monday at Park City Utah. While attending the festival, Malia joined the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) protest on Monday.
Us Magazine reported, actress Shailene Woodley, who is also a big- time supporter of the anti-pipeline campaign recently praised Malia’s actions. Woodley stated that it was incredible to see Malia at the event. She added that it is amazing to see her coming to her own outside of her famous family. Woodley stated that it was great to see that Malia realizes that if she doesn’t participate in democracy there could be no world left for her future children.
Malia Obama turned down the opportunity to go with her family to the Caribbean to attend The Sundance Festival just before her internship with producer Harvey Weinstein starts in February. Malia will attend Harvard in the fall.
Woodley has been part of the Dakota Pipeline since the beginning. She was even arrested during one of the protests.
The proposed DAPL is being opposed by the Sioux Tribe whose land it will affect as well as thousands of others. The pipeline would intrude on Native American cultural sites, disrupt sacred burial grounds and have negative environmental consequences.
President Trump signed an executive action earlier this week to approve the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines. When Barack Obama was in office he and his administration attempted to block construction of the pipeline, according to VH1, but those attempts have proven to come too late.
If the pipeline project is completed it will carry 470,000 barrels of crude oil per day from North Dakota to Illinois. However, Malia Obama, Woodley, and many people around the U.S. will do what they can to stop the pipeline.
On January 25, President Trump signed an executive order that approved the controversial project. Many believe that Donald Trump cleared the pipeline to start back up because he has an invested interest in it being completed. Hope Hicks, a spokesperson for Trump, has stated that Trump has sold his remaining shares of Energy Transfer Partners back in late 2016, but no proof of that has ever been given.
In 2016, John Kennedy Jr. came forward to claim that Trump had a $2 million stake in the pipeline. Financial disclosure documents that Trump released in May showed that he owned between $15,000 and $50,000 in Energy Transfer Partners stock. Many believe that the release of Trump’s tax records will prove whether the president is lying about his financial connection to the pipeline.
Now, Malia Obama will start preparing herself for Hollywood and her internship. The summer will likely move quickly for her and in no time she will start attending classes at Harvard.
By Tammy Marie Rose