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Thursday, November 12, 2009

AIM-West West Coast Conference, Nov. 23 -- 27, 2009

(Photo AIM-West Conference 2008/Brenda Norrell)

AIM-WEST invites you to attend its Third Annual West Coast Conference, November 23-27, 2009 in San Francisco, California. This will be an opportunity for all Indian Nations particularly those on the west coast who share common concerns, issues and challenges to come together with a positive vision for the future, and share in council with decisions and solutions, and plan for our coming generations.

The American Indian Movement-WEST, an affiliate of AIM is an inter-tribal national and international organization which seeks to promote the Right to Self-Determination for all Indigenous Nations, and efforts to re-establish our destiny in the Western Hemisphere. AIM-WEST seeks to advance the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2007, and calls upon the US Government to sign and ratify the document at the earliest time possible.

At this gathering we will address the honoring of Treaties, Sacred Sites, Human Rights and the Environment, Cultural and Spiritual Freedoms, Youth and Prisoner Rights, Immigration and Mineral Resource exploitation. A special session will also be held on how to organize an AIM chapter in your community, building alliances and coalitions, and the role of its membership, and supporters.

AIM-WEST extends friendship to all Indians of the Americas and invites the general public to all the following events; “Somos Un Solo Rio”/”We are one River”

Monday, November 23, 10am-5:30pm

Press Conference 10:30 am to 11 am

Opening Ceremonies with MC Bill Means and Madonna Thunder Hawk. San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin St. @ Grove, Koret Auditorium. A panel of special guest speakers, and a film “El Salvador: I Want My People to Live”

Tuesday, November 24, 10am to 5:00pm Location: Bahai’i Center, 170 Valencia Street, SF (near 16th BART Station)

Pre-“Unthanksgiving” Potluck Dinner and special program, starts at 12 noon. Master of Ceremony is Mary Jean Robertson. With guest speakers, drummers and singers, and dance performances by California, El Salvador, Peru, and Traditional Azteca Teo-Kalli. Clyde Bellecourt will offer blessings and a talk on the state of the States. Musical entertainment. Everyone invited to the feast, where the Eagles invite the Condors!

Wednesday, November 25, 10am-5pm Location: Bahai’i Center, 170 Valencia Street, SF

A full day of topics led by a panel of distinguished community organizers: Sacred Sites; Immigration and Border issues; Environment and COP-15 in Copenhagen; Treaties, and Mineral Resource and Mining Extraction; Prisoner Rights and strategy campaign for Leonard Peltier’ Executive Clemency; Federally Recognized, Unrecognized and Disenrollment; Building AIM chapters and defining role of supporters, coalitions, alliances, and capacity building; Youth and International Solidarity with Liberation Movements.

Thursday, November 26, 4am-9am Location: Alcatraz Island 40 Year Anniversary of The Occupation 1969-1971

Annual Sunrise Gathering, Pier #33 Hornblower Alcatraz Tours, purchase tickets online, $14 kids under 5 free! Guests are encouraged to visit local friends and relations. The sunrise program will be broadcast from THE ROCK live on radio KPFA 94.1 starting at 6am to 9am with Miguel Molina, and Co-Anchored by Tony Gonzales of AIM-WEST with Mary Jean Robertson, DJ of KPOO radio.

Friday, November 27, “Native American Day” concert 6pm-10pm

*Sacred Sites demonstration at Glen Cove, stay alert! Call Wounded Knee for more information: 707-557-2140 707-557-2140

AIM-WEST will hold a benefit fundraiser at the Bahai’I Center, 170 Valencia Street in San Francisco! Tickets $10-20 donation, no one turned away.Doors open at 6 pm until 10 pm. Music by Bob Young Project, Local Artists, special guests and much more!! Please bring cans of food for Inter-Tribal Friendship House in Oakland.

The entire event will be broadcast and recorded by Govinda. The audio will be live at . There will be live streaming video at !

For more information please contact Tony Gonzales ( 415-577-1492 415-577-1492) email: or visit


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