Following protests led by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, a federal order overruled a district judge’s order, halting construction of the Dakota Access crude oil pipeline. The pipeline threatened to endanger both the tribe’s sacred burial grounds and water supply from the Missouri River.

While Standing Rock celebrates this victory, Chuck Collins notes that the anti-pipeline movement is picking up steam, as residents across the nation are fighting against a system that favors big gas and oil over local concerns and the environment.

And Jill Richardson says that same economic system also squeezes small farmers, sometimes so much that they’re forced to forgo eco-friendly farming in order to stay in business.

Also this week in OtherWords, Marge Baker reminds us that a vote for Trump is also a vote for his list of regressive Supreme Court nominees. And Raed Jarrar laments that both Democrats and Republicans are spewing Islamophobic, “us. vs. them” messages this election season that correlate with an uptick in violent hate crimes against Muslims.

Finally, Khalil Bendib shows the irony in the outrage over Hillary Clinton’s use of the word “deplorables” to describe Trump supporters.


The Deplorables, an OtherWords cartoon by Khalil Bendib

  1. Anti-pipeline Movement Gathers Steam / Chuck Collins
    From Standing Rock North Dakota to Kentucky, residents are fighting big oil and gas.
  2. The Reduction of Muslim Americans / Raed Jarrar
    Both Democrats and Republicans are spreading the same Islamophobic message: you’re either with us, or you’re against us.
  3. The Supreme Court is On the Ballot for 2016 / Marge Baker
    Trump’s courtroom contenders could seriously jeopardize women’s and civil rights.
  4. Even Organic Farms Sacrifice Sustainability to Cut Costs / Jill Richardson
    Because our economic system squeezes small farmers, even the most eco-conscious among them have to compromise their values to stay in business.
  5. The Deplorables / Khalil Bendib


Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Domenica Ghanem

Domenica Ghanem is the OtherWords coordinator.

OtherWords commentaries are free to re-publish in print and online — all it takes is a simple attribution to To get a roundup of our work each Wednesday, sign up for our free weekly newsletter here.

(Note: Images credited to Getty or Shutterstock are not covered by our Creative Commons license. Please license these separately if you wish to use them.)