Divergent star Shailene Woodley caught the world's attention when she was arrested last October 10 for trespassing while protesting. However, the actress wants to ensure that people understood what she was fighting for so she wrote an essay for Time, revealing the truth about her arrest.
"So much so that it took me, a white non-native woman being arrested on Oct 10th in North Dakota, on Indigenous Peoples' Day, to bring this cause to many people's attention. And to the forefront of news publications around the world," she wrote.
Shailene's first full statement began with explaining the significance of the peaceful protest, "People who gathered together because they realize that if we don't begin taking genuine steps to protect our precious resources — our soil, our water, our essential elements — we will not have a healthy or thriving planet to pass on to future generations."
The Fault In Our Stars actress also wanted to raise awareness on the urgent need of protecting the environment and respecting the American Natives' tradition and culture.
She did not forget to thank all those who wished her well while facing the arrest, "I appreciate all of you out there who supported me while I was arrested. I am humbled and grateful for your love, your prayers and your hashtags."
"Simply feeding off the hype of a celebrity's arrest ain't going to save the world. But, standing together will," the actress ended, expressing her gratefulness "to all the people who know that if not we, then who?" and urging people to stand in solidarity.
Read Shailene's full article HERE!
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