Lakota youths at Lakota Media Project produced this superb video for the protection of Mother Earth and in solidarity to halt the Keystone XL pipeline of dirty crude oil targeting their land and water. -- Censored News Please watch and share this short video about the Moccasins on the Ground Tour of Resistance. This was made by the young people at Lakota Media Project and Peoples Media Project of Chicago. For more information and updates please visit www.oweakuinternational.org
Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights
Thursday, April 11, 2013
MNN. Apr. 11, 2013 To derail the occupation forces, we must understand their corporate strategy and then build resistance. The following is the breakdown of the strategy they have in place. Our strength is in our own minds.
1. Get organized. Corporations answer to the City of London multinational bankers who give the orders to the politicians.
2. Think Tanks. Fraser and C.D. Howe Institutes create ‘expert’ opinions and train academics to spout them, which are continuously publicized until the public starts to believe them.
3. Spokespeople are created and promoted through media and quoted by academics.
4. Right wing terminology is created like “big government”, “the debt/deficit crisis”, “welfare cheats”, “special interest groups”, “globalization”, “competitiveness”, “economic restructuring”, “downsizing”. Stereotype the lazy, confused, abused, good-for-nothing Indigenous. Give them money to sit in healing circles to pacify them and stop resistance.
5. Control media. News and views support corporate agenda. Dissenters get no attention.
6. Control all political parties. They all advance the corporate agenda.
7. Corporate Mobility. Politicians push through agreements so corporations can globally exploit the cheapest labor, lowest taxes and to get rid of Canadian workers.
8. Remove legal restrictions that impede corporate freedom, such as environmental safety standards, social programs, consumer protection.
9. Dismantle public sector. Demonize the debt/deficit crisis so corporations and their politicians can slash social programs.
10. Weaken opposition. Ridicule and discredit those who oppose their corporate agenda. Call them terrorists, cranks, troublemakers, special interest groups, too political, welfare parasites. Keep unemployment high and EI /welfare low.
11. Curb organized labor by wage freezes and other threats.
12. Protect wealthy. Keep interest rates high, inflation low, impose little or no taxes, allow worldwide mobility, give them riot squad protection.
13. Preserve the illusion of democracy.
Any structure can be brought down. Every opposing action or critique brings closer the time when the occupying army will be thrown out. Social justice does not come from being passive. We have to struggle as individuals and members of larger communities until we win. Our acts of defiance and resistance are the building blocks of solidarity. As Ella Fitzgerald sang: “Broadway’s turning into Coney, Champagne Charlies drinking gin. Old New York is new and phoney. Give it back to the Indians“.
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|Long Walk concert 1978: Buffy Sainte Marie: 'What a great memory.'|
I hope you're thriving, wherever you are. Many thanks as always for your continued good work in keeping this old canoe balanced. I just got back from Oklahoma (anti-frakking rally) and Regina for a week with my family, and it was really cold. Idle No More events continue to pick up enthusiasm across all backgrounds and age groups. Teach-ins happening everywhere, including peer to peer in the back seat of cars. One of the most powerful things we're pointing out is that Bill C45 is over 500 pages long and written in lawyer-ese that most of the legislators didn't even read; while Treaty One is only four pages long. Thus everybody is starting to become more interested in reading, understanding, framing their own copies of our Treaties to hang on the wall.
Also see: Buffy Sainte Marie, blacklisted out of the music business, and then censored by Indian Country Today, following this interview with ICT staff writer Brenda Norrell at Dine' College in 1999:
Photo: The Longest Walk, 1978. Muhammad Ali, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Floyd Red Crow Westerman, Harold Smith, Stevie Wonder, Marlon Brando, Max Gail, Dick Gregory, Richie Havens and David Amram at the concert at the end of the Longest Walk, a 3,600-mile protest march from San Francisco to Washington, D.C., in the name of the Native rights.