Of all the things one can be arrested for, standing up for what you believe is right is perhaps the best of them all. That or quitting your job as a flight attendant by sliding down the emergency slide double-fisting a couple beers. But, I digress. You might recognize actress Shailene Woodley from teen flicks like The Fault in Our Starts or Divergent. Or you might recognize her from her recent arrest during a protest against construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline in Bismarck, North Dakota.
Though the protest itself was peaceful, Shailene was arrested for criminal trespassing alongside 27 others. If no publicity is bad publicity, then it’s a good thing that her arrest was prominently featured via Facebook Live, netting 3.3 million views. According to her rep, she has since been released. And she doesn’t plan to give up on protesting the pipeline.
Shailene has the support of many, including celebs like Rosario Dawson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Daryl Hannah, and Mark Ruffalo. And this pipeline is super unpopular with regular folks, too. The $3.87 billion pipeline is meant to transport oil across the several states, but protestors are opposed to it because it would cut through sites held sacred by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s reservation and allegedly poses a risk to the Missouri River, a prominent water source.
Dakota Access, the company building the pipeline, says that it would allow the U.S. to avoid importing oil from other countries, and that it would be economically beneficial for North Dakota. It would also provide jobs, Dakota Access claims.
Shailene continues to protest, however vaguely, via social media.
Image: Morton County Sheriff