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Monday, July 8, 2013

EZLN, National Indigenous Congress, support Yaqui water rights blockade

Yaqui blockade highway near Vicam Pueblo, Sonora
Censored News

The Zapatistas' EZLN and National Indigenous Congress of Mexico are standing in solidarity with Yaqui who have blockaded a main highway in Sonora, to protest the theft of their water from Rio Yaqui, by way of the Independence Aqueduct.   

"We demand the immediate cancellation of the arrest warrants and fabricated charges against members of the Yaqui Tribe and condemn the criminalization of their fight."

"The Rio Yaqui has historically been the bearer of the continuity of culture and ancestral territory of the Yaqui," said the EZLN and National Indigenous Congress.  Read full statement in Spanish:

 Comunicado del CCRI-CG del EZLN y el Congreso Nacional Indígena en solidaridad con la Tribu Yaqui 
http://enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx/2013/07/08/comunicado-del-ccri-cg-del-ezln-y-el-congreso-nacional-indigena-en-solidaridad-con-la-tribu-yaqui/


A la Tribu Yaqui,
Al Pueblo de México,
A la Sexta nacional e Internacional
A los gobiernos de México y del Mundo.  
Desde las montañas del sureste mexicano en territorio rebelde zapatista emitimos nuestra palabra conjunta como Pueblos, Naciones y Tribus Indígenas que conformamos el Congreso Nacional Indígena, a través de la cual enviamos un saludo fraterno de fuerza y solidaridad a los miembros de la Tribu Yaqui, a su Gobierno y Guardia Tradicional, esperando que se encuentren todos con bien.
Saludamos la movilización histórica de la Tribu Yaqui en la defensa de su existencia y de su territorio, misma que en los últimos 40 días se ha manifestado en el establecimiento de un campamento en resistencia en torno a la Carretera Internacional en Vicam, Primera Cabecera de la Tribu Yaqui, ante el robo del agua que el mal gobierno pretende concretar a través del Acueducto Independencia, mismo que afecta no solo al yaqui sino a todo el sur de Sonora; lo anterior a pesar de que la Tribu Yaqui ha recorrido los caminos legales necesarios, en los que ha obtenido triunfos que el propio gobierno no ha respetado. Su lucha, compañeros es nuestra también, pues, al igual que ustedes, mantenemos la certeza de que la tierra es nuestra madre y el agua que corre por sus venas no se vende, pues de ella depende la vida que es un derecho y que no nos ha sido dado por los malos gobierno ni por los empresarios.
Exigimos la cancelación inmediata de las órdenes de aprehensión y de la fabricación de delitos en contra de integrantes de la Tribu Yaqui y condenamos la criminalización de su lucha, diciendo a los malos gobiernos emanados de los partidos políticos que el río Yaqui ha sido históricamente el portador de la continuidad ancestral de la cultura y territorio de la Tribu Yaqui y los que conformamos el Congreso Nacional Indígena, reiteramos que si nos tocan a unos nos tocan a todos, por lo que responderemos en consecuencia ante cualquier intento de reprimir esta digna lucha o cualquier otra lucha.
Finalmente, hacemos un llamado a la comunidad internacional y a los hermanos y hermanas de la Sexta Internacional a permanecer  atentos a los acontecimientos que se presenten en lo futuro en el territorio de la tribu Yaqui, sumándose a la solidaridad con la Tribu y a sus exigencias.

Atentamente
A 7 de julio de 2013
Desde el Caracol Zapatista número 2 – Resistencia y Rebeldía por la Humanidad, de Oventic, Chiapas
Nunca más un México sin nosotros
Comité Clandestino Revolucionario Indígena- Comandancia General del EZLN
Congreso Nacional Indígena

Armed security contractors exposed on Arizona border, and Wisconsin

Wisconsin mining site
Mining companies now hiring contract snipers with assault weapons -- with scopes and silencers -- in Wisconsin and Arizona -- just as in Guatemala.


Update: The contract snipers have been removed in Wisconsin because they were not licensed in the state, but will return after licensing, NBC reports.

Brenda Norrell
Copyright Brenda Norrell

Masked and armed private security contractors are doing the dirty work of mining companies -- and working with law enforcement agencies that stalk Native American human rights activists.

The exposure of heavily-armed masked guards around a mining site in Wisconsin has led to another exposure, identifying private security contractors on the US/Mexico border. 

The company is Bulletproof Securities and its clients include the Salt River Project, the operator of the dirty Arizona coal fired power plant located on Navajoland, the Navajo Generating Station.

Bulletproof Securities boasts of its work on the US/Mexico border, on its website. It names several US agencies that it says it has a strong relationship with. Those are the same US agencies that were recently exposed for spying on Navajo and Tohono O’odham human rights activists who oppose the militarization of O'odham lands, and the exploitation by the dirty coal industry of Navajoland. http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2013/05/tohono-oodham-and-arizona-police-stalk.html
 
Today's exposure comes as Tohono O’odham and other Native people who are abused by US Border Patrol agents and private security contractors have been questioning who these new heavily-armed contractors are lurking around the border. The contractors have refused to identify themselves.

In Wisconsin, lawmakers asked mining company Gogebic Taconite to remove the armed security guards from proposed mining sites, after frightening photos surfaced from the proposed iron ore mining site on Saturday.

Video: Bulletproof atop armored vehicle
Calling it horrifying and appalling, State Sen. Bob Jauch. D-Poplar, and Rep. Janet Bewley, D-Ashland, sent a letter to Gogebic Taconite President Bill Williams, calling on him to immediately remove “the heavily armed masked commando security unit recently hired to protect the company’s property in the Penokee Hills.” http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/event/article/id/271905/group/homepage

Back at the US/Mexico border, Bulletproof Securities' website  shows a photo of the contractor working with the US Border Patrol.

Bulletproof Securities website
The exposure comes today, following a recent Freedom of Information request concerning the Occupy movement. Those US documents exposed the fact that Tohono O'odham and Navajo human rights activists were being spied on and stalked by federal agencies, Arizona police, Tucson police, and Tohono O'odham police.

Bulletproof Securities says it trains with submachine guns and builds machine guns. "We also have the ability to train and sell weapons to our clients."

The guards are trained snipers and sharpshooters and former US military, police officers and US Border Patrol agents.

Bulletproof Security says on its website: “BPS has at its disposal the latest cache of specialized equipment for border security operations, not typically found in the private sector. As example, BPS owns heavily armored Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTV’s), Tactical All Terrain Vehicles (T-ATV’s), FLIR (mobile thermal systems), mast equipment (eye in the sky), and many other state-of-the-art assets.”

Bulletproof Securities website
Bulletproof Securities is based in Scottsdale.
http://www.eastvalleytribune.com/article_6b9e1408-4f66-5820-b19b-f3c446326564.html?mode=story

Top photo caption Wisconsin:  Photographs of armed guards dressed in military-style camouflage and combat gear have appeared on anti-mining blogs in recent days. In one photo, one of the guards, armed with an assault-style rifle, appears to be masked. The photographer, Rob Ganson, said this was taken at a Gogebic Taconite drill site on Saturday.

Video: In Wisconsin, video surveillance of the guards, with an Ojibwe offer of fry bread.

Longest Walk 4 Begins July 15, 2013

Schedule and info (English/French/Dutch) http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2013/06/schedule-longest-walk-4-return-to.html

 LA CAMINATA MAS LARGA 4 REGRESO A ALCATRAZ
 
WASHINGTON DC DC- ALCATRAZ CA 

15 DE JULIO- DECIEMBRE 21, 2013. 

El proposito de esta caminata es para reafirmar el corazón de las tradiciones de las tribus, plantado y governado por la base de la relacion espiritual con la tierra(naturaleza). Nosotros caminamos con los espiritus de nuestros antepasados, por el presente y por las futuras generaciones que nosotros como personas no olvidamos, que es lo que nos hace indígenas. Nosotros caminamos para re-afirmar al mundo que nosotros continuamos todavia como libres y soveranas personas, le hacemos un llamado a todas las personas indigenas, y a todos aquellos que cuidan la tierra y la comunidad. vengan a apollar esta caminata. 

" NUESTRAS VIDAS SON SAGRADAS" 
"TODA VIDA ES SAGRADA" 
(fb. grupo " "the Longest Walk 4" )                ReturnToAlcatraz.com ;
grupo de fb. "la caminata mas larga 4"
                          No drugs, No alcohol, No Weapons.

Navajo whistleblowers expose corruption: Navajo water department, dirty coal industry

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News
 
Whistleblowers within the Navajo Nation government have exposed corruption in the takeover of the Navajo Water Code Administration. The Resources and Development Committee is holding a meeting on Tuesday, July 9, 2013, at 10 am in regards to the following memo. Grassroots Dine' are encouraged to attend.
Dine' told Censored News that the memo is exposing those on the Navajo Nation's payroll who are aiding the outside interests that they ultimately serve. Those include Jon Kyl and John McCain, along with the states of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah, and the dirty coal industries of Navajo Generating Station, Salt  River Project, Peabody Coal, BHP and more.

Read whistleblowers memo from within Navajo Nation government, posted by Censored News: