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Reflections on the journey to Bolivia

Reflections on the journey to Bolivia By Brenda Norrell Censored News
Photos: President Evo Morales, playing soccer in Colomi; Photo 2: President Morales at the traditional feast after the game in his community 0f Colomi, Bolivia. Photos by Brenda Norrell.
Now, that the World Climate Conference and journey to Bolivia is almost behind me, it is a good time to reflect on this incredible experience. I really was not prepared to nearly die in La Paz, with its altitude of 13,000 feet, or wind up in an ambulance on oxygen in Cochabamba, then on oxygen again at the airport.
Then, again, I could not have imagined that even though I could not walk or stand for more than 10 minutes at a time, that I would still be able to travel up the mountains in a press bus, and watch President Evo Morales play soccer. It was a great joy to be with the Bolivian people in Colomi and share their bounty of fresh foods, delicious fish, beans, corn and other traditional foods. The spi…

Underreported Indigenous Struggles, April 2010

Underreported Struggles #37, April 2010
In this month's Underreported Struggles: Paramilitaries attack peaceful caravan in Oaxaca; Kayan People win 12-year battle against oil palm; Indigenous People issue warning of bloodshed in Brazil; Indian Police and Private militias attack indigenous protesters; Canadian company gets permission to drill on Kichwa land.
Democracy Now! Paramilitaries kill two human rights activists in Oaxaca

Arizona's Racial Cleansing Law: How Senators Voted

ARIZONA LAW: On Suspicion of Being Brown

Update: Rallies against SB 1070 in Tucson and Phoenix on May 1:
Huge crowds expected at Los Angeles protest over Arizona law on Saturday:

By Brenda Norrell
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Here is how senators voted on the final version of Arizona Senate Bill 1070, Arizona's new racial cleansing law, which allows for racial profiling. It was created by Sen. Russell Pearce, Republican senator from Mesa, Arizona.
Why did it pass? Check out the votes. Navajo Senator Albert Hale did not vote. White supremacists rely on non-voting legislators and 'no shows' to get bills like this passed.
Northern Arizona is home to Navajo, Hopi, Havasupai, Hualapai, Paiute, Apache, Yavapai and other Native Americans. From northern Arizona, Senators Sylvia Allen, Jack Harper, Steve Pierce and Ron Gould voted 'Yes' to the racial cleansing law.
The law …


Tom Goldtooth, director of the Indigenous Environmental Network, describes the work carried out by the working group on Forests at the World Peoples Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth. Recorded live in Bolivia, Goldtooth said all peoples must reevaluate their relationship with the sacredness of Mother Earth.YouTube:!

Walking for Sacred Wild Salmon

Nimpkish to Sayward, Day2-Day4 of the Wild Migration from Alexandra Morton on Vimeo.BC: A Mission Statement from Alex Morton: The Get Out Migration is a call to action to make government aware that we want wild salmon to take higher priority than farm salmon. Farms belong on land. We will start walking from Sointula, at the north end of Vancouver Island, on April 23 and arrive in Victoria May 8. Hundreds of people have pledged to walk portions of the trip, there are events under planning every night, Itinerary, now Frazer River to Victoria:

Protest Barrick Gold, Toronto, Wed., April 28, 2010

Protest Barrick Gold!
Rally outside Barrick's Annual Shareholder's Meeting, Wed. April 28
Once a year, the board of directors for the world's most powerful gold miner converge in downtown Toronto. Be there to Confront Barrick Gold!
WHEN: 11am Wednesday, April 28, 2010
WHAT: Barrick Gold's annual shareholders meeting
WHERE: Metro Convention Center, 255 Front St. Downtown Toronto
WHO is Barrick Gold?Barrick is the world's largest gold mining company, founded and chaired by Peter Munk. Barrick is one of the biggest forces pushing Corporate Social Responsibility as an alternative to government oversight. With a former executive on the board of the Canadian Pension Fund, and a former Prime Minister on their board of directors, Barrick enjoys public funding and diplomative support.
WHY Protest Barrick?Barrick takes advantage of inadequate and poorly enforced regulatory controls to rob indigenous people of their lands, destroy sensitive ecosystems and agricultural land, support …

Bolivia: Voices of the Raven and Caribou Peoples

Bolivia: Life lessons from Alaskan Native Women

Alaskan Native Women describe what is happening to Alaska and what must be done for the future Seven Generations

By Brenda Norrell/Censored News, Bolivia – When the ducks first saw the vapors rising from the highway, the ducks that could not distinguish between the heat waves rising from the pavement, and the heat waves rising from the rivers and ponds, perished.

In a similar way, it is unknown what lies within each of us that someday may result in our own survival. As with the ducks, being able to distinguish between the rising vapors of the man-made world and the world of natural creation, ensures survival of the fittest.

This is one of the stories shared by Kay Wallis, Athabascan and Gwich’in elder, during the World Peoples Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth. During an interview recorded live by Earthcycles, Wallis shares the…

Navajo Horseback Riders arrive as Council negotiates with Peabody Coal

While Indigenous Peoples gathered in Cochabamba, Bolivia, for the protection of Mother Earth, the Navajo Nation Council continued to negotiate with Peabody Coal to dig out the liver of Mother Earth
Photo: Riders on horseback following a three-day, 100-mile horseback ride from Black Mesa to Window Rock. The ride was intended to send a message to the Navajo Nation Spring Council session that the voice of tribal members and the future of Black Mesa should be fully considered in current coal royalty negotiations with Peabody Coal Co.Courtesy photo. By Wahelah Johns Navajo Hopi Observer

BLACK MESA, Ariz. - Residents from Black Mesa arrived last Saturday evening in St. Michaels following a three-day, 100-mile horseback ride from Black Mesa en route to Window Rock. The ride was intended to send a message to the Navajo Nation Spring Council session, which began April 19, that the voice of all tribal members a…


Official English translation of final declaration:

World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth
April 22nd, Cochabamba, Bolivia
Photo: Michelle Cook, Bolivia

Today, our Mother Earth is wounded and the future of humanity is in danger.

If global warming increases by more than 2 degrees Celsius, a situation that the “Copenhagen Accord” could lead to, there is a 50% probability that the damages caused to our Mother Earth will be completely irreversible. Between 20% and 30% of species would be in danger of disappearing. Large extensions of forest would be affected, droughts and floods would affect different regions of the planet, deserts would expand, and the melting of the polar ice caps and the glaciers in the Andes and Himalayas would worsen. Many island states would disappear, and Africa would suffer an increase in temperature of more than 3 degrees Celsius. Likewise, the production of food would diminish in the wor…

BOLIVIA: Indigenous Peoples' Declaration

Bolivia: Working Group #7, Indigenous Peoples:



Photos by Michelle Cook, Navajo
Mother Earth can live without us, but we can’t live without her.
We, the Indigenous Peoples, nations and organizations from all over the world, gathered at the World Peoples’ Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Earth, from April 19th to 22nd, 2010 in Tiquipaya, Cochabamba, Bolivia, after extensive discussions, express the following:
We Indigenous Peoples are sons and daughters of Mother Earth, or “Pachamama” in Quechua. Mother Earth is a living being in the universe that concentrates energy and life, while giving shelter and life to all without asking anything in return, she is the past, present and future; this is our relationship with Mother Earth. We have lived in coexistence with her for thousands of years, with our wisdom and cosmic spirituality linked to nature. However, the economic models …

US Shuns 'Rights of Mother Earth'

By Brenda Norrell
Narcosphere Photo by Michelle Cook COCHABAMBA, Bolivia -- At the close of the World Climate Conference, the Hall of Shame award goes to the mainstream US media, which usually pretends to be covering world events. In the case of the World Climate Conference, the mainstream US media was not only noticeably absent, but the armchair journalists pumped out spin articles to discredit Bolivian President Evo Morales. Take note of who wrote the 'chicken' articles and other negative articles, and follow their writing. Whether it is CIA-inspired, or just journalists attempting to make themselves look clever, the intent is to distract from the real purpose of the climate conference.

The real purpose is to rescue this planet from destruction by corporations and personal indulgence. President Evo Morales had the vision to bring people from all over the world here, people ready to…

Guardian Features Grassroots Native Americans in Bolivia

On the frontline of climate change
For many of North America's indigenous activists at the Bolivia summit, the fight against climate change is rooted in local issues
Article by Joseph Huff-Hannon (Photo of Tom Goldtooth in Bolivia by Michelle Cook)
This week's massive climate conference in Bolivia played host to a geographically diverse group of diplomats from the US, well-versed in advancing tough negotiating postures, and working within a framework of international treaties often not worth the paper they're printed on. The US delegation didn't come from the state department, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or the department of energy. Yet one delegate was given central billing in the inaugural event that kicked off the conference earlier in the week.

"We remain firm in our inalienable, sovereign rights," Faith Gemmill told a crowd of thousands that filled up Tiquipaya…

LISTEN: Alaskan Native at Bolivia Climate Conference

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News Photo: Brad Garness with Ofelia Rivas, O'odham, by Michelle Cook
Listen to Brad Garness, Samish and executive director of the Alaska Inter-Tribal Council, as he describes what is happening to his homeland, animals and fish in the north. Garness tells why he answered the call of Bolivian President Evo Morales to come to the world climate conference in Cochabamba. Live from Cochabamba, Bolivia.

Alaskan Native Communities support World Climate Conference in Bolivia
Resolutions of support: Lime Village Council Support for Climate Conference; Hooper Bay Support for Climate Conference; Brevig Mission Climate Conference Resolution; Diomede Support for Climate Conference; Buckland Support for Climate Conference; Kongiganak Traditional Council Support for Climate Conference; Chignik Lake Village Council Support for Climate Conference; Newtok Resolution 10_07 Support for Climate Conference; White Mountain Tribal Council Support for…

Bolivia: Final Agreement of Peoples upholds rights of Indigenous Peoples

Final Declaration relies on wisdom of Indigenous Peoples, while upholding their inherent rights
Photos by Michelle Cook, Navajo
Photo: Indigenous delegation at opening ceremony includes Ofelia Rivas, O'odham, Manny Pino, Acomo Pueblo and Tom Goldtooth, Dakota/Navajo director IEN. Photo by Michelle Cook, Navajo. By Brenda Norrell
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UPDATE: Also see Peoples' Agreement, official English translation:
COCHABAMBA, Bolivia -- The World Peoples Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth culminated Thursday and released the final declaration, the Agreement of the Peoples, calling for the establishment of an International Climate Court to prosecute polluters, condemning REDD and holding polluters responsible for their climate debt.

With the release of the final declaration, Indigenous Peoples proclaimed the outcome as, "The Cochabamba Protocols."