Despite Potential Arrest, Shailene Urges People to Protest New Trump Decision
On October 10, 2016, the world got to witness something no one probably ever imagined would or could happen: the arrest of Shailene Woodley. At the time, the now-25-year-old actress was actively participating in a protest — a peaceful one, mind you — against the Dakota Access Pipeline in Sioux County, North Dakota until she was taken into custody. She was let go soon after the incident, which was captured and disseminated on Facebook Live, but the 24-year-old alum of The Secret Life of the American Teenager was eventually charged with one count of misdemeanor criminal trespass and one count of misdemeanor engaging in a riot.
But at least it wasn’t all for nothing (at the time) — two months after the Divergent star’s arrest, the outgoing Obama Administration had the Army Corps of Engineers block the DAP.
Keeping on trend, though, President Donald Trump is reversing Obama’s decision, signing an executive action to advance the controversial project on Tuesday. Naturally, Shai is not taking the decision lying down:
— Shailene Woodley (@shailenewoodley) January 24, 2017
When asked what her next move will be in protesting the pipeline during an interview on MSNBC, SW said, “We mobilize. What we can do now, as a population, as a society, is hold our corporations accountable and hold our banks accountable, because there are a lot of banks that are invested in this pipeline. Regardless of any executive order or what our politicians want to do, if there’s no money invested in the pipelines, then they can’t be built.”
“I think it’s about spreading education and really honoring the fact that one of the biggest things about this particular pipeline is protecting indigenous rights,” she continued, “something that has been overlooked in our country for far too long.”
“This pipeline would be built under the Missouri River,” she explained. “As we know, it’s not a matter of if pipelines leak, it’s a matter of when pipelines leak. When this one is to leak it would affect the drinking water of 18 million people. Not only Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota and South Dakota, but millions of people down river as well.”
Sounds like Shailene will continue to fight… even if it means another potential arrest.
2016 was a big year in celebrity arrests:
Yes, this happened.
On October 10, the 25-year-old Divergent actress was peacefully protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline in Sioux County, North Dakota when police arrived and arrested her... and it was all captured on Facebook Live!
"I was trespassing like everyone," Shai told officers at the scene. "As soon as you guys asked me to leave, I l left. She was down there, everybody was down there; I'm being arrested. I was down there with everybody else. I don't know what's going on. As soon as they came I left… it's because I'm well known. It's because I have 40,000 people watching."
The Secret Life alum was charged with one count of misdemeanor criminal trespassing and one count of misdemeanor engaging in a riot.
26 other people were also arrested at the protest that day.
Photo: Morgan County Sheriff