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Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Tarsands Pipeline Protest Returns to Washington Nov. 18, 2012

Obama promoting southern route of Keystone XL pipeline
in Cushing, Okla., in March. The pipeline destruction is
now terrorizing Texas landowners.
Keystone XL Tarsands Pipeline Protest Returns to Washington

We're coming back to Washington to fight the Keystone XL pipeline. Join us:
Sunday, November 18th, 3:00 PM
Freedom Plaza, Washington DC
We'll meet at Freedom Plaza following's Do the Math event, then march around the White House and rally on the Ellipse.
Want to join us for Do the Math? Get your tickets now before they sell out!
Can't be there on the 18th? Take the pledge to add your voice and join us next time.

Dear friends --
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, as the warmest year in American history draws to a close, as the disastrous drought lingers on in the Midwest, everyone is looking for ways to make a real difference in the fight to slow climate change. We’d like to ask you to come once more to Washington, to resume the battle to stop the Keystone XL Pipeline, mid-afternoon on Nov. 18th.
This summer President Obama took the biggest step of any president to date when he raised fuel efficiency standards -- a move that will cut US greenhouse gas emissions by 10% when fully implemented. Many of you worked to make this happen. Thank you. It’s an important step in the right direction. Let’s take a few more.
As you’ll recall, your efforts last year slowed down the decision, giving the State Department more time to consider the impacts of a dangerous export pipeline that will transport one of the world’s dirtiest, most carbon-intensive fuels. Although they did go ahead with the southern segment, where many of our colleagues are waging a remarkable fight against its construction. But now that the election is over a decision by the President is imminent—the administration has hinted a decision could come in the first quarter of 2013.
Here’s what’s changed since last year: the Arctic has melted disastrously.
Here’s what hasn’t changed: Keystone XL is still a crazy idea, a giant straw into the second biggest pool of carbon. Even if it doesn’t spill, it would add 900,000 barrels of oil worth of carbon each day to the earth’s atmosphere, or as much as the new auto efficiency regulations would save. It would, in other words, cancel out the whole long fight to increase auto mileage. Those tarsands are still the dirtiest energy on the planet.
And more and more people are realizing it. Our brothers and sisters in Canada have effectively blocked the so-called Gateway Pipeline to Canada’s west coast. It won’t be built anytime soon, depriving the administration of their only halfway decent argument—that the oil would just go somewhere else. No, Barack Obama is now even more the man who holds the fate of the tarsands expansion in his hands.
No one needs to get arrested this time—though that may come as the winter wears on. For now we simply need to let the President know we haven’t forgotten, and that our conviction hasn’t cooled. Please be there if you possibly can.
Many thanks,
Bill McKibben and May Boeve,
Michael Brune, Sierra Club
Naomi Klein, author
James Hansen, climate scientist
Tzeporah Berman, author
Jane Kleeb, BOLD Nebraska
Michael Kieschnick, Credo Mobile
Tom Goldtooth, Indigenous Environmental Network
Gus Speth, author and professor of law, Vermont Law School
Maura Cowley, Energy Action Coalition
Rebecca Tarbotton, Rainforest Action Network
Joe Uehlein, Labor Network for Sustainability
Mike Tidwell, Chesapeake Climate Action Network
Michael Mann, Penn State University Earth System Science Center
Stephen Kretzmann, Oil Change International
Brad Johnson, Forecast the Facts
Phil Radford, Greenpeace US
Cherri Foytlin, Bridge the Gulf Project
Tar Sands Blockade

AIM West Conference: Trail of Broken Treaties and UN Declaration on Indigenous Rights

The 40th Anniversary of the Trail of Broken Treaties and how it relates to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
See full schedule at:
By AIM West
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Now with the US President being confirmed for another four more years it is the time for AIM friends and supporters to gather together and take the opportunity and momentum and seek out new and challenging methods to have the voice of Indigenous peoples heard! With the passing of our Elders and leadership into spirit world over the recent months and years it is time to re-group and develop new workable strategies and with a five year vision of where we want to be at that time.
A new national and international strategy for the release of political prisoner Leonard Peltier is in the making, also an assessment of what has been achieved since the Trail of Broken Treaties. Mr. Mike Upshaw, attorney, will be our keynote speaker on Monday morning of the 19th, let’s give him the respect he deserves with your presence. And, how does 1972 Trail of Broken Treaties relate to the recent UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples? Which is the theme for this year’s 6th annual AIM-WEST hosting the AIM West Coast Conference, lots to talk and plan together. Let’s come together and see what inspiration we can provide for the coming generations.
Mark your calendars now! AIM High!! AIM for Freedom!
Antonio Gonzales
AIM-WEST Director
AIM UN Liaison

AIM Day of Action against Wells Fargo Justice for Niko

Photos and article by Southern California AIM
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Also see at Censored News: Apache woman terminally ill evicted in Orange County

The American Indian Movement of Southern California (AIM-SoCal) called for a day of action against Wells Fargo Bank on Saturday, November 3, to draw attention to the illegal eviction of Niko Black, a terminally-ill Native American woman in Garden Grove, California. The day of action began with a 9am protest at the Wells Fargo Bank branch located at 14211 Jeffrey Rd., in Irvine, where AIM-SoCal, together with affiliated organizations and members of the public demanded justice for Black, beginning with recognition of the court order allowing Black to remain in her home. AIM-SoCal was joined with people in other cities in similar demonstrations demanding Justice for Niko Black in this campaign against Wells Fargo.

On October 10, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department forcibly entered Black’s home, ignoring the Federal Court order prohibiting such action, taped to the front door. The court order, written by Federal Judge Theodore C. Albert, allows Black, who suffers from terminal breast cancer, to remain in her home. Despite the ruling, Wells Fargo attorney Jason Burris directed officers to ignore the court order and forcibly remove Black. Sheriff’s Department officers, were noted to having made inappropriate sexual comments, prior to then pointing a gun to the head of the diminutive and frail Black, smashed windows and destroyed a security camera. Officers then held Black outside her home and refused her requests to retrieve her medication and needed medical equipment. Her condition quickly deteriorated, leading to her hospitalization, against the wishes of her doctor- her life being placed more in jeopardy due to a weak immune system.

Niko Black’s case has quickly gained attention with a petition on (with more than 121,000 signatures as of 11/6) and an article in the Huffington Post. Black’s story is only the most recent account of outrageous and inhuman behavior toward poor and working class people perpetrated by Wells Fargo. Federal Judge Elizabeth Magner best characterized the banks behavior in April of this year: “[Wells Fargo] prefers to rely on the ignorance of borrowers or their inability to fund a challenge to its demands.” 

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