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Monday, June 27, 2011

Copwatch and Infoshop on Missouri's bizarre watch list of domestic threats

Copwatch, Infoshop and Christian vegetarians are on Missouri’s domestic terrorist ‘treat’ list -- rather than ‘threat’ list -- thanks to a misspelled word

By Brenda Norrell
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Copwatch, Infoshop and Christian vegetarians are all under surveillance because they pose a “significant domestic terrorist” threat.
Why? Because they are anarchists, according to the Missouri Information Analysis Center (MIAC) of the Division of Drug and Crime Control.
Well, actually, due to a misspelled word, it says they all pose a “significant domestic terrorist ‘treat’ at this time.”
Missouri, are they domestic threats or domestic treats?
The report, “MIAC Strategic Report 11-28-2008 on Anarchists,” is a police watch list published in 2008. The watch list was exposed by Lulzsec, in the Arizona Department of Public Safety files.
The Missouri watch list tosses feminists, peace activists, labor activists and environmentalists into the mix.
“Although they have not all been listed, we believe the groups discussed pose a significant domestic terrorist treat at this time,” the report states.
In its bizarre categories of anarchists, the Missouri watch list states, “direct action radical sub-groups not all believe in violence.” Feminists, peace activists and race equality activists are listed as anarchists in the Anarchist Punk category.
“Many Anarcho-Punks are supporters of issues such as animal rights, racial equality, anti-heterosexism, feminism, environmentalism, worker's autonomy, the anti-war movement, and the anti-globalization movement.”
Christian vegetarians are apparently something to be feared, at least by Missouri officials, who fail to explain how being a vegetarian deserves a mention on a police watch list.
Here’s what Missouri officials say:
“Christian anarchists have opposed war and other ‘Statist’ aggression through nonviolent tax resistance. Many Christian Anarchists were vegetarian or vegan.”
The watch list includes a variety of labor union organizations, Black Bloc and eco-anarchist groups, without naming any personal names.
Although Copwatch is most often considered a human rights organization and Infoshop, an online news source, Missouri officials, however, place both on the anarchists watch list, as domestic threats:
Copwatch is a network of United States volunteer organizations that "police the police". Copwatch groups usually engage in monitoring of the police, videotaping police activity, educating the public about police misconduct, and advocating for more accountable law enforcement practices.
The main function of most Copwatch groups is monitoring police activity. "Copwatchers" go out on foot or driving patrols in their communities and videotape interactions between the police and civilians. Some groups also patrol at protests and demonstrations to ensure that the rights of protesters are not violated by police officers. Copwatch organizations generally abide by a policy of non-interventions with the police, although this may not be true for all groups. The anarchist ran Infoshop News published the new “Copwatch 101” booklet found at the following address

Run for the 1950s bomb shelter: Missouri officials say the Anti-Racist Action Network is not only anarchist, but are “sometime seen to be ‘Red’ or Communist.”


Michelle Cook Photos: Shoshone Days

Shoshone Days photo copyright Michelle Cook

Shoshone Days photo copyright Michelle Cook

Shoshone Days photo copyright Michelle Cook

Photos copyright Michelle Cook, Navajo, published with permission at Censored News. Thank you for sharing!
Michelle Cook was a Native youth delegate to the climate summit in Cochabamba, Bolivia, in 2010, the World Peoples Conference on the Protection of Mother Earth and the Rights of Nature. An Indigenous rights activist, Michelle arrived from New Zealand where she was a Fulbright scholar for the past two years. Earlier, while studying at the University of Arizona in Tucson, she was a border activist with the Indigenous Alliance without Borders and supporter of the Zapatistas.
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Owns the Sabre: Painting and walking for future generations

By Brenda Norrell
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Paul Owns the Sabre Long  Walk 2 by Brenda Norrell
Long walker Paul Owns the Sabre, Lakota from Cheyenne River, South Dakota, said he was surprised and honored to discover that one of his paintings is in the Smithsonian's National Museum of American Indians.
"Something good has come out of this walk for me personally," Owns the Sabre said.
The Lakota elder, 71, has been on the Long Walk 3 across America for the Reversal of Diabetes, which left the west coast in February and will arrive in DC the first week of July.
Owns the Sabre said he is glad to know that his artwork will be there for future generations, along with his contributions to the Longest Walks across America. He was walked across America on the original Long Walk for American Indian rights in 1978.
"It is a chance to leave something behind artistically. Its good to leave all this to future generations. Not many people have the chance to do this."
Appreciating the donation to the museum, Owns the Sabre said, "It is good that people think well enough of you to do this. That's really something, what can you say."
On the Long Walk 2 northern route across America in 2008, Owns the Sabre was reunited with his mother Thelma Franks, in Colorado, who he had not seen in 30 years. They reunited in Eads, Colorado, before the long walkers gathered for prayers at dawn at the site of the Sand Creek Massacre, where Cheyenne Arapaho women and children were among those massacred.
Franks passed to the Spirit World the following year.
Owns the Sabre will be in DC the first week of July, 2011, with the group of walkers who call themselves The Renegade Walkers for Diabetes.

Owns the Sabre with his mother.

In DC, the Renegade Walkers will join two other groups of walkers who departed from the west coast in February, the northern route and the southern route. The walkers will host Long Walk 3 diabetes awareness events in DC.
Paul Owns the Sabre's painting now at NMAI in DC, is titled, "I saw this in the water today." It was formerly in the collection of R.E. Mansfield (1937-2007) and donated to NMAI in 2005.

Watch a brief video of Owns the Sabre's reunion with his mother in Eads, Colorado, on the Long Walk 2:

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