FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 9, 2017                          

Mustafa Santiago Ali joins Hip Hop Caucus

Washington DC — The Hip Hop Caucus announces Mustafa Santiago Ali as the new Senior Vice President of Climate, Environmental Justice & Community Revitalization.   The Hip Hop Caucus is a national, non-profit and non-partisan organization that connects the Hip Hop community to the civic process to build power and create positive change.  As HHC Senior Vice President of Climate, Environmental Justice & Community Revitalization, Mustafa Santiago Ali will lead the strategic direction, expansion and operation of the Hip Hop Caucus’ portfolio on Climate, Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization.

Mustafa Santiago Ali joins the Hip Hop Caucus, after working 24 years at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and on Capitol Hill.  At the EPA, Mustafa S. Ali served as the Assistant Associate Administrator for Environmental Justice and Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization. Mustafa Ali elevated environmental justice issues and worked across federal agencies to strengthen environmental justice policies, programs and initiatives. At the EPA, Mustafa led the Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice (EJIWG), which was comprised of 17 federal agencies and White House offices focused on implementing holistic strategies to address the issues facing vulnerable communities.  Mustafa Ali worked for EPA Administrators beginning with William Riley and ending with Gina McCarthy.  He joined the EPA as a student and became a founding member of the EPA’s Office of Environmental Justice (OEJ).

He has been a Guest Lecturer at Yale University, George Washington University, Georgetown University, Spelman College, Albany Law School and Howard University School of Law.  Mustafa is a former instructor at West Virginia University and Stanford University in Washington, and the former co-host of the “Spirit in Action” radio show which focused on social justice issues.

Today, Mustafa Santiago Ali is renowned as a National Speaker, Trainer and Facilitator specializing in social Justice issues focused on revitalizing our most vulnerable communities. Throughout his career, Mustafa has conducted over 1,000 presentations across the country, including speeches, guest lecturers and trainings. He has also worked with over 500 domestic and international communities to secure environmental, health and economic justice.

Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr., President and CEO of the Hip Hop Caucus, stated, “I am thrilled that Mustafa will be joining our team. His award winning work over the past two decades on economic, climate and environmental justice aligns perfectly with HHC’s focus on empowering the next generation of leaders. He shares our values on culture, innovation, and elevating the voices of communities that are often overlooked and forgotten. As one of the leading voices in the social justice movement he has shown himself to be an extraordinary leader throughout his career and has a proven track record. We appreciate the incredible work that he has done with youth and his commitment to the Principles of Environmental justice”

Ali stated, “I am honored, humbled and blessed to join the Hip Hop Caucus and I look forward to collaborating with an amazing team of artists, leaders and stakeholders across the country, as we focus on moving vulnerable communities from, ‘Surviving to Thriving.’  I have always admired the innovation, dedication and positive impacts of the Hip Hop Caucus.  I look forward to contributing to the Caucus’s continued success and leadership in creating a world that is filled with Justice, Opportunity and Equality for All.”

To learn more about the work of the Hip Hop Caucus visit: www.HipHopCaucus.Org

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UPDATE:  Over the past 24-48 hours, the conflict in North Dakota over the Dakota Access Pipeline has escalated rapidly. On behalf of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe we ask for your immediate assistance.

  • Lawyers with civil rights expertise to provide pro bono legal assistance to the hundreds of protectors who have been arrested over the past week; and

  • Monitors on the ground who can observe the conflict and ensure that the civil rights of protectors who are peacefully exercising their First Amendment rights are not violated by law enforcement.


If you’re able to provide the tribe with such assistance or know who can, please contact National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) Executive Director Jacqueline Pata at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


The Tribe also NEEDS people to make calls to the Obama Administration asking it to:


  1. Direct the Department of Justice to send observers to safeguard the protectors’ safety and their First Amendment rights.



Attorney General Loretta Lynch

United States Department of Justice

950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20530

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  1. Direct the Army Corps to immediately issue an order to stop work on additional construction within a mile between Highway 1806 and the Missouri River to help reduce tensions until the Corps finalizes its decision regarding the Lake Oahe easement.


Jo-Ellen Darcy, Assistant Secretary of Army (Civil Works)

108 Army Pentagon

Washington, DC 20310

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(703) 697-8986


  1. Call North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple to remove the National Guard. It’s an inappropriate use of the United States military to interfere with a peaceful exercise of the First Amendment.



Governor Jack Dalrymple & Lt. Governor Drew Wrigley

Office of Governor State of North Dakota

600 East Boulevard Avenue,

Bismarck, ND 58505-0100

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(701) 328-2200

Many of you are asking how to help the water protectors at Standing Rock. From what I have heard and seen today from afar, from messages, live feeds, and friends on the ground (correct me and update me, everyone): More than 100 peaceful water protectors were arrested by heavily militarized police with LRAD sound cannons, tanks, and snipers. As with other actions, police instructed people to retreat and they would not be arrested, and still they were rounded up. Water protectors were maced in the eyes, injured by rubber bullets and beanbag guns, violently handled and injured, including elders and youth. Horses were shot and injured by rubber bullets too.

Here are a few important ways you can help.

1. If you are able to go to Standing Rock:

—Awesome. Visit and and read the sites in full about where to go, what to bring (especially: your own winter gear, four-season tent, food) and what not to bring, what to expect, and most importantly, how to become an active, self-sufficient, supportive, respectful participant in life at camp. Mandatory trainings in nonviolent civil disobedience are held daily.

2. No matter where you are, here are some vital ways to make a difference:

— Call North Dakota governor Jack Dalrymple at 701-328-2200. When leaving a message stating your thoughts about this subject, please be professional.

— Call the Army Corps of Engineers. They’re the one that have the final permitting decision. Call the Army Corps of Engineers and demand that they reverse the permit: (202) 761-5903.

— Call the White House at (202) 456-1111 or (202) 456-1414. Tell President Obama to rescind the Army Corps of Engineers’ Permit for the Dakota Access Pipeline.

—Call the executives of the companies that are building the pipeline:

a. Lee Hanse Executive Vice President Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. 800 E Sonterra Blvd #400 San Antonio, Texas 78258 Telephone: (210) 403-6455 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

b. Glenn Emery Vice President Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. 800 E Sonterra Blvd #400 San Antonio, Texas 78258 Telephone: (210) 403-6762 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

c. Michael (Cliff) Waters Lead Analyst Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. 1300 Main St. Houston, Texas 77002 Telephone: (713) 989-2404 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

—Sign a petition to urge President Obama to stop the pipeline.

3. If you want to donate money or items, here are some worthy funds:

—Contribute to the Sacred Stone Camp Legal Defense Fund:

—Contribute to the International Indigenous Youth Council Winter fund

—Contribute to Red Warrior Camp and their winter fund:

—Contribute to Sacred Stone Camp (note that this one probably currently needs less money than the others)

—Contribute to Standing Rock tribe

—Other organizations doing good work to fight the pipeline include Honor the Earth and Indigenous Environmental Network.

4. Educate yourself

The #StandingRockSyllabus:


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