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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Black Friday: Defend Sacred Ohlone Shellmounds

Shellmound walkers at Alcatraz
2007 photo Brenda Norrell
November 25, 2011- 10th Anniversary of the Annual Black Friday Protest Against the Bay Street Mall: No More Desecration of Sacred Ohlone Shellmounds!

At 12 noon on Friday, November 25th Indigenous peoples and allies will gather at the Bay Street Mall to contest the continued desecration of sacred sites. This shopping center opened in 2000, amid massive controversy. It was erected atop one of the last remaining shellmounds -- the traditional burial sites of the Ohlone people who are the original inhabitants of the Bay Area. With blatant disregard for the desires of the local Native community, developers and the City of Emeryville plowed ahead with construction of the mall and Indigenous peoples have since expressed their outrage annually on this busiest of shopping days.

This year, on the historic 10th anniversary of the event, the Occupy/Decolonize Oakland movement will be present to express their solidarity. In a unanimous vote last evening, the General Assembly endorsed the Black Friday protest, acknowledging the centuries of genocide that have taken place against the Native inhabitants of this land; the United States has, in fact, been ‘occupied’ for over 500 years.  It is only through the recognition of the rights of Indigenous peoples to have their sacred places accessible and intact that the historical injustices can begin to be addressed.

All are invited to join in this family-friendly event. Meet at the corner of Ohlone Way and Shellmound Street from 12 noon to 3:00pm to educate shoppers about the history of the mall and pay respects to the ancient burial ground upon which it sits.

Contact: Corrina Gould

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Facebook Freezes my Content: Lets Have a Look

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News
Retired Capt. Police Chief Ray Lewis
supporting Occupy Wall Street in
New York, the most controversial
photo from my Facebook posts, based
on the responses.
(OWS photo)

Facebook froze information that was shared with me for the past week, preventing me from viewing an important meeting of Navajos fighting Wildcat Mining on the sacred mountain in Hesperus, Colorado. I was also prevented from sharing a photo of the type of surveillance van photographed outside Occupy Wall Street.

Why did Facebook freeze content that was tagged for me to post and tagged for me to share? Facebook said I had violated its policies. Since I have no idea what policy I violated (and really couldn't care less) I took a look back at my most controversial posts from a week ago.

Possibly, Facebook didn't appreciate the ACLU article, "The Social Network is Stalking You."

However, based on the responses of the trolls on Facebook -- those who attempt to discredit, confuse and distract -- the most controversial post would have been this photo of Retired Police Capt. Ray Lewis of Philadelphia, supporting the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York.

But really, there was so much police abuse of peaceful protesters across the nation about one week ago, that any of the following posts could have been sufficient to trigger Big Brother slamming my Facebook content into ice-chest mode.

Here's my list of the top 20 controversial posts that could have triggered Facebook freezing my incoming content last week.

We begin with the photo of the police surveillance van parked outside Occupy Wall Street in New York, during the raid on Zuccotti Park.

Surveillance van at Occupy Wall Street during
raid on Zuccotti Park, Nov. 15.

Here's 19 other controversial posts on my Facebook:

CENSORED NEWS: Anonymous Exposing Law Enforcement after Police Brutalize Occupy Movement

Seattle's 84 yr old: "I feel so energized! It is amazing what a little pepper spray will do for you!"

Anonymous circumvents 'no masks' rules, by painting their faces!

For those of you who wanted to identify Homeland Security secret police at Occupy movements. Here's the photos from Portland:

Police State Tactics: Signs Point to a Coordinated National Program to Try and Unoccupy Wall Street.

CENSORED NEWS: VIDEO: Police captain joins Occupy Wall Street

The Social Network is Stalking You

Arrests underway inside Bank of America San Francisco, where 100 protesters took over the bank; crowd marching in streets. Live on ABC:

Occupying Solidarity with Indigenous Rights

More photos of police with assault rifles on rampage at Occupy Chapel Hill NC:

CENSORED NEWS: Video: New York Police Assault Occupiers

New York Councilman assaulted by police at Occupy raid, arrested, denied access to attorney:

AP cracks the whip on staff tweeters! When you're arrested, don't scoop the wire with a tweet:

NY Mayor's Big Lie about Occupy's library. Laptops destroyed:

CENSORED NEWS: Seattle Police Pepper Spray Woman, 84, at Occupy March

CENSORED NEWS: Video: Police beating Berkeley students, young women

CENSORED NEWS: Alameda Sheriff's officers beat women, deny ACLU records

CENSORED NEWS: Photo: Police officer beats Occupy Wall Street protester with fist

New York police say people can retrieve their seized belongings from the dumpster. (Photo from livestream Tuesday, Nov. 15: Police threw personal belongings, including laptops and thousands of books, into piles and threw them in a dumpster.)

Here's the announcement that I was prevented from viewing, when Facebook froze my incoming content:

Save Dibé Nitsaa!! Sacred Navajo North Mountain in Durango, CO

by Shannon Francis on Thursday, November 17, 2011 at 12:19am
Meeting with Native American Students / Buffalo Council, Navajo Nation Rep., Ferlin Clark  & Attorney for Wildcat Mining Corp., Penfield Tate.

Where: Native American Center @ Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colorado

When: Thursday, November 17, 2011 @ 1pm

Colorado has approved the beginning stages permit for water and soil testing to mine rare earth minerals on Hesperus Mountain, with already having violations. This is a sacred site, they are in violation of federal law, and Wildcat has not consulted with Navajo Nation.

Come join the native studentd voice to keep this mine closed.

Please contact Buffalo Council Robert Abshire at

Brenda Norrell, publisher of Censored News, has been a new reporters for 29 years. Norrell lived on the Navajo Nation for 18 years, serving as a news reporter for Navajo Times, and a stringer for AP and USA Today. After serving as a longtime staff reporter for Indian Country Today, she was censored, then terminated, in 2006. Censored News is now in its fifth year.

Al Jazeera hosts Russell Means

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News
Al Jazeera will host Russell Means tomorrow, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011. On Twitter today, Al Jazeera Stream said, "Send us your questions for Native American activist! He'll be on tomorrow." More at:

Means received the Oyate Wayanka Po Win Lifetime Achievement Award at the recent 8th Annual Red Nation Film Festival gala in Los Angeles. Means, who was diagnosed with terminal cancer of his esophagus in July, attended the gala event with his wife, Pearl. Read more at Native News Network:

Homeland Security pitches new spy towers at Tohono O'odham

New spy towers pitched for sovereign Tohono O'odham Nation, after billion dollar boondoggle
Copyright by Brenda Norrell
Censored News

TOHONO O'ODHAM NATION -- (Nov. 23, 2011) The US Homeland Security is now pitching new spy towers to the Tohono O'odham, after Homeland Security wasted billions on the last boondoggle of Arizona spy towers that did not function.
Previously on the Arizona/Mexico border, Homeland Security's Secure Border Initiative spy towers were pointed at the people of the community in locations like Arivaca and not at the border.
Photo copyright Brenda Norrell
US spy tower on Tohono
O'odham land 2007.
Those spy towers, including one on the Tohono O'odham Nation south of Sells, Arizona (shown below) were fashioned after Israeli's Apartheid Wall. Those spy towers were built by Boeing and the Israeli defense contractor Elbit Systems.
Then, Homeland Security announced in Jan. 2011, the replacement of the previous boondoggle SBInet with the Alternative Southwest Border Technology. It also referred to as Arizona Border Surveillance Technology.
Homeland Security is now presenting new spy towers, shown below, to Tohono O'odham districts for approval.

The Tohono O'odham elected government has been able to censor the media by not allowing outside journalists into Tohono O'odham Legislative Council sessions.
The Tohono O'odham elected government also controls the movement of mainstream media when it attempts to cover news stories on the Tohono O'odham Nation.
The elected Tohono O'odham government spoonfeeds the mainstream media and the result is public relations hype published in newspapers who are sometimes considered credible, like the Los Angeles Times and New York Times.
Tohono O'odham activists who attempt to protest the Tohono O'odham government, which has been coopted by US Homeland Security and Border Patrol, are followed and threatened by US Border Patrol agents and Tohono O'odham police.
News reporters who attempt to cover the real story, and grassroots Tohono O'odham who speak out against the US surveillance on sovereign Indian land, are also stalked, detained and threatened by US Border Patrol agents.
Border Patrol spy camera focused on Tohono
O'odham home, on sovereign Tohono O'odham Nation
The US Border Patrol continues to spy on Tohono O'odham families with spy cameras mounted on US Border Patrol trucks on sovereign Tohono O'odham land, as shown here. The US Border Patrol continues to harass and assault Tohono O'odham, as docu
mented by human rights organizations in Arizona.
As for media spin doctors, Los Angeles Times now has a news story out on the "Indian Shadow Wolves" trackers. But as one Tohono O'odham woman in Sel
ls said, "If they are such good trackers, why haven't they found even one O'odham in the desert."
The Shadow Wolves hype is spoonfed to mainstream media to make it appear like the Tohono O'odham are still in control of law enforcement on the Tohono O'odham Nation, when it is actually the US.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano canceled the virtual fence along the U.S. border with Mexico in January. Napolitano cited technical problems, cost overruns and schedule delays since its inception in 2005.
The Secure Border Initiative-network, a high-tech surveillance system, has so far cost taxpayers almost $1 billion for two regions in Arizona, covering just 53 miles overall on the 2,000-mile border, according to Homeland Security reports.
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