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Monday, March 30, 2015

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Arizona border communities stand with the families of Jose Gutierrez, Carlos La Madrid and Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez

Tucson, AZ: Border residents from Tucson, Arizona are rallying Monday to support the family of Jose Gutierrez who continues to denounce the brutal beating he endured 4 years ago at the hands of 11  Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents at the San Luis Port of Entry as he attempted to cross back into the U.S. to reunite with his family. The case of Jose Gutierrez still has not been resolved and no agent has been held accountable.

Press Conference:
2:00 pm Monday, March 30, 2015
El Tiradito Wishing Shrine
420 S. Main Ave, Tucson, AZ. 85701

5:00 pm
4th Ave. & 6th St. Intersection
Tucson, AZ. 85701

The actions on Monday will also call attention to the case of 19-year-old Carlos La Madrid who was shot and killed 9 days before Jose Gutierrez' beating and also the case of 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez who was shot and killed by Border Patrol agents as he was walking down the street in Nogales, Mexico. April 10, marks 2 ½ years since his killing.

Since the incidents took place, the families of the victims of border brutality have begun working together to demand justice for their cases and to call for accountability and oversight over the nation's largest law-enforcement agency, Customs and Border Protection. As a result of the relentless efforts of the families, CBP has recently begun a pilot program to equip agents with body-worn cameras, which marks a step forward in bringing about meaningful oversight and accountability.

Visuals: In Monday's events, sections of the Border Quilt will be on display. The Border Quilt is a collection of nearly 200 handmade cloth panels made by border residents expressing the toll that border militarization has taken in terms of rights violations and abuse. To call attention to the cases of border families, the Border Quilt will travel throughout the southern border over the next 12 weeks culminating with actions commemorating the deaths of Anastasio Hernandez Rojas in San Diego and Sergio Adrian Hernandez-Huereca, two high-profile cases of border brutality.

Human rights groups including the Border Action Network, Border Patrol Victims Network and the Southern Border Communities Coalition will be joining Shena Gutierrez, wife of Jose Gutierrez for a press conference and an evening rally.

Shena Gutierrez, wife of Jose, released this statement on behalf of their family:

Four years ago, our lives completely changed when Jose was handcuffed and taken from us to be deported to Mexico, a country he had not seen in over 3 decades. We did not think things could get any worse until March 30, 2011, when Jose was brutally beaten into a coma by Border Patrol agents. For 4 years we have been fighting for justice and we will continue to raise awareness about the culture of violence within Customs and Border Protection.

The Southern Border Communities Coalition (SBCC) brings together more than 60 organizations from San Diego, California, to Brownsville, Texas, to ensure that border enforcement policies and practices are accountable and fair, respect human dignity and human rights, and prevent the loss of life in the region.

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Economic Blackmail: The New McCarthyism in Indian Country News

John Kane, Mohawk
Does truth-telling in the media now mean that you have to work for free in America?

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News
Dutch translation by Alice Holemans, NAIS Gazette

It is sad that John Kane, Mohawk, can not find any sponsors to keep his radio show, 'Let's Talk Native,' going.

Is this what happens now to the truth-tellers in the media? Does telling the truth in the media now mean that you have to work for free in America?

During the Boarding School Tribunal in Green Bay, Wisconsin, it was John Kane who called in to provide radio coverage. The only media there was Govinda of Earthcycles and Censored News. None of us are paid for our work. In fact, as John's message below shows, we can't even attract enough donations to cover our expenses to keep going.

The point is that the media has collapsed and a form of economic blackmail is present. It is just as serious as the blacklisting of McCarthyism. It is just carried out in a different manner.

At the same time, this black hole of journalism has created a door for heroes to walk through. It offers us the chance to be present and cover the stories that no one else will, a chance to broadcast the ideas that could transform this planet.

Surely future generations will look back for kernels of truth, and will celebrate those that survive.

With the high costs of travel, equipment, radio airtime and more, the truth-tellers, even when they offer their labors of love for free, are finding there is no way to keep going.

The problem with grants and advertising is that neither are free. Each comes with a price.

As Hopi elder Dan Evehema told me years ago, "Don't ever take grants, or they will own you."

As for big money advertisers, look at the effects that casino, mining and CIA ads have had on Indian country news. The majority of what you have today is either plagiarism by stay-at-home reporters, or fluff by writers surfing and re-writing the web. 

Those stay-at-home reporters have also found cash bounty in the good-hearted activists who pay their own way to share the news. Those stay-at-home plagiarizers get a paycheck from what they seize from the web.

What you have today in the news is the void remaining from the issues that are censored.

John Kane posted this message on Sunday:

Tonight is to be my final "Let's Talk Native…" program. WWKB would like me to stay on but the cost of paid programming has always been a challenge and the lack sustainable funding has made the show in its existing form and location unsustainable as well. I will make a plea tonight to continue to support my costs associated with travel to NYC for my show there and I will make what will likely be my final pitch to cover the costs for the billing cycle I am completing with my show here in Buffalo. I have been asked if I would be willing to continue through the month of April and I will say that if there is support for me to continue through next month, with firm commitments to cover the airtime on a weekly basis I would consider doing so.
But join us tonight with your calls and thoughts as we look back on this show and look for future opportunities to keep the conversations going.
Let's Talk!
Contact John at

Brenda Norrell has been a news reporter in Indian country for 33 years, beginning at Navajo Times during the 18 years that she lived on the Navajo Nation. She served as a freelance reporter for AP and USA Today covering the Navajo Nation and federal courts. After being censored and terminated as a staff writer for Indian Country Today, she created Censored News, now in its 9th year with 3.8 million pageviews.

Hillary, about those iris scans

Hillary, about those iris scans 

By Brenda Norrell

Hillary Clinton has deleted all her e-mails, leaving me with two questions. First, with all the NSA spying going on, aren't those e-mails stored in some cryptic tomb somewhere?

Also, I am wondering about those iris scans that Hillary, while Secretary of State, asked her Ambassadors to collect. The iris scans, and personal data, were ordered by Hillary and then exposed in the big Wikileaks State Department dump. In case you missed it, here goes:

The State Department asked US Ambassadors to engage in espionage.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ordered US Ambassadors to get DNA, fingerprints, frequent flyer numbers and iris scans on world leaders.

Iris scans?

As originally reported in Censored News after the big Wikileaks dump, here it is:

Clinton wrote, "Data should include email addresses, telephone and fax numbers, fingerprints, facial images, DNA, and iris scans."
The April 16, 2009, cable was for "reporting and collection needs: African Great Lakes," for the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi and Rwanda. Similar cables were written for other parts of the world.
Along with ethnicity (tribe and clan) and religious information, Clinton asked for "compendia of contact information, such as telephone directories (in compact disc or electronic format if available) and e-mail listings; internet and intranet 'handles,' internet e-mail addresses, web site identification-URLs; credit card account numbers; frequent flyer account numbers; work schedules."
Clinton's cable to Paraguay inquired about "rifts" and "internal factions" of politicians. The "reporting and collection" needs again included iris scans and DNA.
Clinton asked US diplomats in Paraguay for: "Biographic and financial information on all leading contenders, and especially on Minister of Education Blanca Ovelar, former Vice President Castiglioni, Lino Oviedo, and Fernando Lugo; and biometric data, to include fingerprints, facial images, iris scans, and DNA, on these individuals."
Africa cable:
Paraguay cable:

We realize that many of you don't like to read long stories, so we'll keep this one short.

OK, so maybe I have a third question: Hillary did you re-read your 60,000 e-mails to determine which ones were work related, and which ones were personal? So, how long did that take?

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