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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Native American Justice Struggles: Peoples Movement Assembly Tour


Justice struggles in Native American Country
http://peoplesmovementsassembly.blogspot.com/2011/06/meaning-of-community.html
Flagstaff, Arizona
On our third stop on route of the Peoples Movement Assembly (PMA) southwest organizing tour that started June 1, 2011. Was in Flagstaff, Arizona where we visited Black Mesa Water Coalition and Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) energy campaign office. In Flagstaff we met with Jihan Gearon from IEN-energy campaign, and Wahleah Johns the Black Mesa Water Coalition.
It was really a surprise stop but we managed to do an interview with Wahela and Jihan, and they quickly organized a BBQ at the house of Wahleah and Billy Parish of Solar Mosaic. The BBQ was joined with about a dozen people of more and it turned out to be a really fun night.
It was such a wonderful and warm experience of ‘brotherhood’ and ‘sisterhood’; family. It was so good that the collective there invited us back Sunday to do a presentation workshop on the PMA process. The workshop will be held Sunday 4-6 PM.
The big issue facing both organizations is DIRTY Coal. It is used t power all of Los Angeles, California, Las Vegas, Nevada, and provides water for Phoenix and Tucson as well as 3 millions gallons a day used by Peabody Coal at Black Mountain. The energy issues impact the Navajo nation and the Hopi nation.
We had a great time and stayed over at Wahleah and Billy’s house to sleep for the night before heading to the bottom of the Grand Canyon to visit the Havasupai Tribe.

Watch video at:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqBOu0bapJI

Also see:
Peoples Movement Tour: Supai Guardians of the Grand Canyon
http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2011/06/peoples-movement-assemply-supai.html
Havasupai: Peoples Movements Assembly SW Organizing Tour:
http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2011/06/havasupai-peoples-movements-assembly.html

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