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Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Friday, October 19, 2012

Native Women Fighting Tar Sands

Nobel Women’s Initiative Visit the Tar Sands Oct. 9 – 16, 2012

nobel women, tar sands, environmental destruction
 
Reposted from the Indigenous Environmental Network
Censored News
 
 
Our Breaking Ground: Women, Oil & Climate Change delegation officially kicked off on, October 9, and we’re flying high – literally!! Follow them online from October 9-16 as the Nobel Women’s Initiative travels to the oil sands of Alberta and into British Columbia along the proposed route of the Northern Gateway Pipeline.
Led by Nobel Peace Laureate Jody Williams, the delegation is interested in learning about the impact of oil sands expansion and related tanker and pipeline projects on women and their communities – perspectives rarely taken into account by decision makers.
Yesterday, members of our team had a rare opportunity to view the oil sands from the sky. Check out our Flickr galleries to see the shocking aerials! Plus, stay tuned on our Twitter,Facebook, Blog, Flickr, and Instagram (@nobelwomen #breakingground) as we tweet, blog, post, and share photo stories from both industry and women grassroots and Indigenous leaders along the way.
Why Women, Oil & Climate Change? Click here for a video message from Jody Williams.

Breaking Ground DAY 1 – Oil sands from the air


Click here to read the daily social media digest for Day 1

Breaking Ground DAY 2 – Meeting with women from Fort McKay First Nation Ft. Elder Celina Harpe


Click here to read the daily social media digest for Day 2

Breaking ground DAY 3 – Highlights from Crystal Lameman, Beaver Lake Cree


Here are the highlights from DAY 3 of Breaking Ground:

Highlights from Day 4:
Also, links to media about the delegation:

Highlights from DAY 5:
And news about the delegation:
Macleans Newsmakers of the Week http://www2.macleans.ca/2012/10/12/newsmakers-69/

“Women’s week in Fort McMurray
The woman who won the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize for banning land mines trod onto more explosive territory this week: she kicked off her one-week tour of the proposed Northern Gateway route in Fort McMurray, Alta., U.S. activist Jody Williams is leading an all-female delegation that includes singer Sarah Harmer and climate scientist Marianne Douglas to solicit women’s opinions about pipeline development. In a video released by the tour’s sponsor, Ottawa-based Nobel Women’s Initiative, Williams explains: “In too many situations of crisis around the world, the women and their children are the ones who suffer the most when their environment is destroyed.” But she’ll get some other points of view along the way: one of her meetings was with Melissa Blake, the pro-development mayor of Wood Buffalo, of which Fort McMurray is part.”
Highlights from DAY 6:
- Jody Williams interview starts around 2:10:30 – 2:19:30
Highlights from DAY 7:
And news about the delegation:



Highlights from DAY 8
And news about the delegation:
Join us online for…Breaking Ground: Women, Oil & Climate ChangeA Nobel Women’s Initiative Delegation to Alberta & British Columbia | October 9-16 2012
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GAP e-mailed apology for Manifest Destiny genocide t-shirts


 
 

AIM – SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA DELIVERS DEMANDS, RECEIVES APOLOGY EMAIL FROM GAP REPRESENTATIVE
 
GAP pressed for formal apology, to remove series of colonial t-shirts, and give funds to Leonard Peltier defense
 
By SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AIM
CENSORED NEWS
http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com
FRENCH TRANSLATION BY CHRISTINE PRAT
http://www.chrisp.lautre.net/wpblog/?p=1071
 
Oct. 16, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO – An AIM Southern California Chapter representative delivered demands to a Gap Communications representative at Gap Headquarters. Gap representative Debbie Mesloh acknowledged that despite media and news claims, no formal apology had been issued. However, by early evening AIM Southern California received an apology e-mail from Mesloh.

            Mari Reprado, a Northern California representative of AIM So Cal, delivered the demands to Mesloh. Mesloh confirmed that although Gap had not yet made an official public apology regarding the controversy, it was working on one. Mesloh reported that the apology would be e-mailed directly to AIM So Cal. Mesloh stated that Gap is no longer selling the “Manifest Destiny” t-shirts online or in stores. Reprado informed Mesloh that there are still three remaining shirts that depict the ideology of Manifest Destiny; featuring the text, “Exploring East-West,” “Onward,” “Roam Free United States of America,” and colonial imagery such as a wagon, US map, and bison. Reprado told Mesloh that until AIM So Cal demands are met, AIM So Cal will continue to endorse and enforce a Gap boycott.

            By early evening, Gap spokesperson Mesloh sent AIM So Cal an apology e-mail titled, “Statement from Gap.” It stated, “We’re sincerely sorry for the offense that the ‘Manifest Destiny’ t-shirt may have caused. This shirt was part of the partnership between Gap and GQ featuring new designers and was never meant to be insensitive. Because of your feedback, we made the decision to no longer sell the t-shirt as soon as it was brought to our attention. The t-shirt has been removed from Gap.com and we are in the process of removing it from our stores. We are also focusing on how we select product designs for these types of partnerships in the future. Thank you for your continued feedback; we’re always listening.”

            AIM So Cal holds to their original four campaign demands, which require Gap to: 1) Discontinue all four shirts (that glorify westward expansion) and their corresponding advertisements from online and offline sale and promotion; 2) That all money profited from the sale of the four shirts be donated to the legal defense for political prisoner Leonard Peltier, for his freedom and to bring him home; 3) Fire the designer Mark McNairy, and agree to never contract with this designer in the future; 4) Most importantly, that Gap and McNairy issue a public, formal apology, taking full responsibility for the creation, marketing and sales of these shirts.

            The original controversial “Manifest Destiny” shirt promotes an ideology that resulted in the mass genocide of indigenous people. In reaction to the selling of this shirt, AIM So Cal mass communicated the issue to their network of Natives and allies. Shortly after, a UCLA student created a Change.org petition that, within 72 hours, has collected over 4,700 signatures, demanding that the shirt be discontinued and that Gap issue a formal apology. Gap.com has since removed the shirt from online sales, but AIM So Cal is awaiting consistent and complete removal of the shirt in stores. Despite news and media rumors, until Tuesday evening, Gap had not issued an apology; until then, Gap had emailed and tweeted in response to individuals who contacted them, in addition to an email to a Salon.com writer.

            The current success is only partial, and AIM and non-AIM members continue to join forces. Corine Fairbanks, AIM So Cal Director stated, “We feel that their apology is not enough. We want him [McNairy] fired and other shirts taken out. We understood there are some with ‘Exploring from East to West’ [shirts] and others like that.” AIM So Cal maintains their stance and calls to action all supporters of this cause: to continue the Gap Inc. boycott until AIM So Cal demands are met in entirety. Fairbanks continued, “What you [the designer] did and how Gap endorsed it is not acceptable.”

            For more information on this issue, please contact Corine Fairbanks at (805) 284-4114 or aimsocalifornia@ymail.com. For general information about AIM So Cal, please visit www.aimsocal.org or https://www.facebook.com/aimsocalifornia. View the petition link at www.change.org/petitions/gap-discontinue-the-manifest-destiny-tshirt-and-issue-a-formal-apology. High resolution photos are available upon request.
 





MAIN CONTACT: Corine Fairbanks
Director, AIM So Cal
Email: aimsocalifornia@ymail.com Phone: (805) 284-4114
SECONDARY CONTACT: Stephanie Ann
Public Relations/Media Assistant
Email: aimsocalmedia@yahoo.com

Native Americans demand formal apology for GAP genocide t-shirt


Image by Indigenous Action
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AMERICAN INDIAN MOVEMENT SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
LEFT FURIOUS AND DEMANDING MORE FROM GAP

By Southern California AIM
Censored News
Oct. 16, 2012

LOS ANGELES -- American Indian Movement Southern California (AIM So Cal) Chapter is left furious and demanding more, after Gap insufficiently responds to outrage to a MANIFEST DESTINY t-shirt by designer Mark McNairy.
The shirt, black with white capital letters reading “MANIFEST DESTINY,” promotes an ideology that resulted in the mass genocide of indigenous people. The shirt serves to normalize oppression by giving no context for the racism and inequality that persists in our society, to this day, as a result of this doctrine. By selling this shirt, it is implied that Gap Inc. is racist, ignorant, and/or insensitive to the true meaning of the phrase. In reaction to the selling of this shirt, AIM So Cal mass communicated the issue to their network of Natives and allies. A UCLA student created a Change.org petition (link below) that has, within 48 hours, collected over 4,000 signatures, demanding that the shirt be discontinued, and that Gap issue a formal apology. Gap.com has since removed the shirt from online sales, but there is conflicting information between rumors that Gap will remove the shirt from shelves, and first-hand accounts of the product still on sale and display in stores. Gap has not issued a formal apology nor statement, despite rumors of such. Major, local, and independent news outlets assisted in communicating the seriousness of the issue.
AIM So Cal attributes the cause’s partial success to that of spearheading a community action; AIM and non-AIM members continue to join forces. Fairbanks stated, “This is bigger than AIM. These are crimes against humanity, against all indigenous people of this continent. We demand a formal apology from Gap to the Native and Indigenous communities of the United States, and the world. Gap would do so for other ethnic communities, and we should be no exception. In fact, we are the First Nations of this country and have rights that supersede the United States Constitution. Anyone outside of our nations are immigrants and guests on this land. Dominant society has ignored Native American people, and that is why they forget we exist. That is why designer Mark McNairy and Gap view such products as acceptable, and are neglecting to issue a formal apology. However, this is unacceptable. Their actions will not be excused simply because they have taken this one shirt off of their website.”
There are four shirts that Gap currently sells which glorify westward expansion into Native American territory. AIM So Cal has the following demands: 1) Discontinue all four shirts and advertisements with these shirts from online and offline sale and promotion; 2) That all money profited from the sale of the four shirts be donated to the legal defense for political prisoner Leonard Peltier, for his freedom and to bring him home! 3) Fire the designer Mark McNairy, and agree to never contract with this designer in the future; 4) Most importantly, AIM So Cal demands that Gap and McNairy issue a public, formal apology, taking full responsibility for the creation, marketing and sales of these shirts. An AIM So Cal representative will be delivering a letter to Gap on Powell St. in San Francisco, CA with AIM So Cal’s demands on Tues., Oct.16, 2012.
For more information on this issue, please contact Corine Fairbanks at (805) 284-4114 or aimsocalifornia@ymail.com. For general information about AIM So Cal, please visit www.aimsocal.org. View the petition link at www.change.org/petitions/gap-discontinue-the-manifest-destiny-tshirt-and-issue-a-formal-apology. High resolution photos are available upon request.

 


MAIN CONTACT: Corine Fairbanks
Director, AIM So Cal
Email: aimsocalifornia@ymail.com Phone: (805) 284-4114
SECONDARY CONTACT: Stephanie Ann
Public Relations/Media Assistant
Email: aimsocalmedia@yahoo.com