One defining characteristic of the Keep It in the Ground movement is an almost charming belief that if you wish for something really hard and repeat the same lies over and over you can alter reality.
Even the name of the movement—Keep It in the Ground—suggests we’d be better off without the petrochemicals that make modern life possible, despite all evidence to the contrary.
The latest effort to manifest an alternate reality through sheer force of will (and a slick PR campaign) is the Free Red Fawn crusade.
To hear the activists tell it, Red Fawn Fallis “is a sister, a aunty (sic), a niece, a granddaughter, and a friend.” She is a “trained medic” who was “helping injured water protectors who had been sprayed with mace and hit by rubber bullets at Standing Rock.”
Most important, she was “a leader among the youth at Standing Rock always guiding them and ensuring they knew this was a peaceful protest which consisted of prayer” and—apparently—a hand gun that she allegedly fired three times at law enforcement officials during one of those “peaceful protests.”
Of course, the activists saw it differently: “As Fallis struggled under the weight of her arresting officers, who were attempting to put her in handcuffs, three gun shots allegedly went off alongside her.” And now they are calling her a “political prisoner.”
It’s interesting that the KIITG movement decided to go all in with Red Fawn considering all the baggage she brought to the protest camp. Apparently, peaceful “aunty” Fawn pleaded guilty in 2003 to being an accessory to an attempted murder (for driving the getaway car) and served 30 months on probation. When she was arrested in 2016, she was carrying brass knuckles, pepper spray, and two “speed strips” with six live rounds each for the .38 caliber Ruger revolver she used in the shooting—which is a big no-no for convicted felons like her.
Despite a coordinated PR campaign protesting her innocence and the “Free Red Fawn” fundraising campaign (which has collected just 9% of its half-million-dollar goal), Red Fawn pleaded guilty last week to two federal charges in a deal to avoid a trial that could have put her in prison for life if convicted.
The PR campaign to “Free Red Fawn” has quieted down considerably since her admission of guilt, but you can still watch a video she created based on a poem she wrote in prison, which includes the lines:
My name is Red Fawn, I am a prisoner of war …
My name is Red Fawn, my people know my name …
My name is Red Fawn, I hear the people sing outside my window now
I hear the people, they sing my name
Oh, wait. That’s just the night guard doing a bed check.