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Friday, July 2, 2010

Guatemala Maya: Searching for Bodies in the Sonoran Desert

LISTEN LIVE FROM SB 1070 Protest in Tucson
By Brenda Norrell
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Sebastian Quinac, Guatemalan Maya Kaqchikel, describes searching for the bodies of Guatemalan women, men and children, who died while walking in search of a better life. Sebastian organizes search efforts in the Sonoran Desert in southern Arizona with the Guatemalan Consulate, so families may bury their loved ones in their home villages. English, with brief summaries in Maya Kaqchikel and Spanish.
Sebastian describes his efforts to locate the body of a newly married 28-year-old Guatemalan Maya in the Sonoran Desert several years ago. Currently, he is organizing a search effort for a father and three sons who are missing in the desert south of Tucson, where extreme temperatures can reach 115 to 120 degrees, and even put searchers lives at risk. (Listen: 15 minute interview live from the SB 1070 Protest in downtown Tucson on Friday, July 2, 2010.)

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LISTEN: Indigenous Battle Border Racsim

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Human Chain of Resistance to SB 1070 begins today
By Brenda Norrell
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(FRIDAY, JULY 2, 2010) Indigenous Alliance without Borders is among 14 organizations taking action against new racist legislation in Arizona, including SB 1070, with a month of action. Today, Friday, July 2, a human chain will be formed around the Arizona State Building, at Congress and Granada downtown, from 4 to 7 p.m., in a show of taking back Arizona from racist legislators and the governor.
Listen to Jose Matus, Yaqui ceremonial leader and director of the Indigenous Alliance without Borders on Censored Blog Talk Radio. For 30 years, Matus has escorted Yaqui ceremonial leaders from Rio Yaqui, villages in southern Sonora, Mexico, to Arizona for temporary visits to conduct ceremonies. Matus deals with the harassments from Homeland Security and US Border Patrol while crossing the border on a regular basis. Listen (10 minute interview:)
Immediately at the conclusion of this interview for Censored Blog Talk Radio, at the car in south Tucson, two Tucson police on bicycles came up and asked us if we had warrants out on us. Of course we didn't. In the case of Jose Matus, it seemed to clearly be a case of racial profiling.

Communities Uniting To Resist
Coalición de Derechos Humanos
No More Deaths
Tucson Samaritans
UA Students Against SB 1070
Tucson May 1st Coalition
International Action Center of Tucson
Tierra Y Libertad Organization - TYLO
We Reject Racism Campaign
Jewish Voice for Peace- Arizona Chapter
Alianza Indígena Sin Fronteras
Restoration Project
Alliance for Global Justice
Tucson YWCA
Calpolli Teoxicalli
We Reject Racism Campaign
Green Valley Samaritans
Corazón de Tucson (Vecinos Unidos Por La Dignidad Humana)
Human Chain of Resistence!!
4:00pm - 7:00pm
State Building
Northwest Corner of Congress and Granada
Tucson, AZ
Join us today for the first of four weeks of action and RESISTANCE against SB 1070. Spread the word!
Por los próximos 4 viernes, nuestra comunidad de Tucson se movilizara de 4:00 pm a 7:00 pm enfrente del edificio estatal en Tucson Arizona.
The next four Fridays, our Tucson community will gather from 4:00 to 7:00 pm in front of the State Building in Tucson, Arizona.
¡Venga y únase a crear la Resistencia y alzar la voz que estamos en contra de la SB 1070!
Come join in creating the Resistance and raise your voice that we're against SB 1070!
¿Que?Formaremos una cadena humana alrededor del edificio estatal para alzar la voz que estamos en contra de la SB 1070!
What?We'll form a human chain outside the State Building to raise our voices that we are against SB 1070!
¿Cuando?Viernes 2 de Julio de 4:00 pm a 7:00 pm enfrente del edificio estatal. Noroeste esquina de Congress y Granada.
When?Friday, July 2 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm in front of the State Building. NW corner of Congress and Granada.
¡No dejemos que nuestra voz se quede sin escuchar!
We will not allow that our voices are not heard!
Comunidades Uniéndose a La Resistencia
Communities Uniting To Resist

State Department Consultations on UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

State Department Consultations on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Individuals can participate in writing and conference call
Photo: Havasupai gathering to halt uranium mining in Grand Canyon by Brenda Norrell

July 7, 2010 : Tribal Leaders Consultation
1 pm, Department of State, Washington, DC
July 8, 2010 : Meeting with Nongovernmental Organizations
10 am, National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, DC
The State Department is currently reviewing the United States' failure to endorse the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. As part of this formal review, the State Department is holding consultations with Indian and Alaska Native nations and NGOs to discuss the upcoming review process and receive comments. The State Department wants to receive comments from Indian and Alaska Native nations, NGOs and individuals.
Members of federally recognized tribes can participate in the July 7th Consultation either in person or by conference call
by July 2, 2010, and include "RSVP - July 7th Tribal Consultation" in the subject line. Please indicate if you will be attending in person or participating via conference call.
Anyone can submit written comments to the State Department by July 15, 2010.
By email to
By mail to: S/SR Global Intergovernmental Affairs
U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street NW, Suite 1317
Washington, DC 20520.
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