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Friday, December 11, 2015

Native American Solidarity: Migrants and Refugees COP21 France

Kandi Mossett: "I hope they could hear us inside this detention center where migrants and refugees are being wrongfully detained."

Kandi Mossett, "The Lummi Youth Crew had a powerful presence that was just amazing, 
so proud to have them on our Indigenous Environmental Network team! "



Kandi Mossett: "I actually had a police man ask where I was from and if I was Indian to which I said no 
I'm native to North America and then he said, 'Welcome to Paris.' They allowed us to go on with 
our action without any interruption. I have it on video too."

By Kandi Mossett
Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara
Dec. 9, 2015

There were so many things amazing about today, I'm still processing it all and can't turn off my brain. This morning started with a Frontline Solidarity action with Refugees and Migrant Communities in Paris to speak out against xenophobia, racism and the criminalization of migration. It was powerful and so good to get outside the city. From there we went directly to an anti-fracking action outside the COP21 where we denounced false solutions and called out California Governor Jerry Brown that ended with a round dance and singing of the women's warrior song. After that it was on to the opening day of the Embassy of Indigenous Peoples followed by a late night strategy session around D12. Still so much more to come so stay tuned!‪#‎DefendProtectRenew‬ ‪#‎IndigneousRising‬ ‪#‎ItTakesRoots‬ ‪#‎COP21‬

COP 21: Migrant Justice Action: Over 200 Activists March In Solidarity

migrant-action-7sc.jpg(Paris, December 9, 2015) Nearly 200 grassroots activists converged and marched, chanted, and sang with colorful banners, posters and outside the Vincennes detention center in Paris where several immigrants are illegally detained by the French government.
The Vincennes detention center where grassroots communities  gathered is of particular significance, as it was the site of an historic uprising after the death of a Tunisian man while in custody in 2008. This uprising brought national attention to the inhumane treatment of migrants and refugees in detention in Paris.
It Takes Roots delegates organized and participated in this march in solidarity with thousands of impacted refugees and migrants, detained by the French government. Local community leaders, members of la Via Campesina and activists working at the intersections of migrant and refugee rights joined our delegation.
This action was in deep solidarity with refugees fleeing situations of grave conflict, and made vital connections between migrant rights, Indigenous rights, gender equality, and climate change.
Key spokespeople at the march highlighted how social and environmental justice are deeply linked, and the largely US delegation expressed their solidarity with migrant rights, especially activists working with immigrant communities along the US-Mexico border, and Indigenous activists, who highlighted how colonialism is not really dead, but alive in new and dangerous ways.
Press release from It Takes Roots
More information here.

Democracy Now: Kandi Mossett: North Dakota Fracking Fuels Violence against Women

"What we’re dealing with is a death by a thousand cuts," says North Dakota indigenous leader Kandi Mossett of the impact of the booming fracking and oil-drilling industry in her home state. "We’ve had violence against women increase by 168 percent, particularly in the area of rape," Mossett says. "We have 14-, 15- and 16-year-old girls that are willingly going into man camps [for oil workers] and selling themselves." She says the full impact of toxins from oil drilling won’t be felt for another 20 years. "I’m so worried that at this COP21 my two-and-a-half-year-old daughter won’t have a say, but she will be experiencing the worst impacts. It just doesn’t make any sense to me that this is the 21st COPand we are considered sacrifice zones in my community."
Watch on Democracy Now!

Native Americans protest tar sands and fracking at COP21

Native Americans protest tar sands and fracking at COP21

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News 
Native Americans in Paris protested the tar sands owner Total, and corporate fracking, while rallying in solidarity with migrants and refugees, standing strong this week in the face of the ban on protests during the UN COP21 climate summit.
Native American women, including Lummi women and youths, rallied for women’s rights, and remembered the murdered and missing women at home in Canada and the United States. (Photo below by Deborah Parker.)
While the world’s leaders continued to ignore Indigenous Peoples rights in negotiations, Indigenous Peoples rallied and protested in the streets, calling out exploiters and corporate profiteers.
Dine' (Navajo) and Ponca women joined other Native Americans and protested outside the auction at Hotel Drouot in Paris, were sacred ceremonial items were auctioned this week. Rare, and ancient items, sacred items of the Hopi, Pueblo, Navajo, Ojibwe, Tlingit, Maya, and others from the Americas, were auctioned.
As they called out the corporate exploiters and “greenwashers” at COP21, they provided their own media, without relying on the decaying mainstream media.
Indigenous Rising reported over one-hundred people gathered for a peaceful protest outside the headquarters of energy corporation Total.
Indigenous Rising said, “The Canadian government’s on-going commitment to tar sands expansion is incompatible with Prime Minister Trudeau’s promise at the Paris Climate talks to restrict planetary warming to just 1.5 Celsius warming. The extraction of highly polluting tar sands on indigenous lands continue to expand at a rapid rate.”
Indigenous delegations took this action, as Indigenous Rights continued to be on the chopping block of the Paris Climate Accord.
During the protest of Total, an owner of Alberta Tar Sands that is poisoning Cree and the natural world, Indigenous from the Arctic and South Pacific spoke out.
Daniel T’seleie, Dene, said, “Indigenous Rights cannot coexist with tar sands exploitation. Colonialism in its current manifestation has Indigenous communities being held as economic hostages by Canada and multinational fossil fuel corporations like Total.”
“Dependence on the fossil fuel economy needs to be replaced with local, sustainable economic opportunities in Indigenous communities if Indigenous Rights are to be realised and protected.”
Human rights were also on the chopping block at COP21, with the United States, Saudi Arabia and Norway blocking human rights language in the accords.
Countries most susceptible to the effects of climate change urged delegates to ensure that human rights remain at the core of the agreement.
“Countries such as Mexico, Costa Rica, and the Philippines have championed this language in this year's negotiations and continue to stress the importance of keeping human rights at the core of the agreement. Others, like Norway, Saudi Arabia, and the United States have blocked proposals to include this language,” Carbon Market Watch reported.
During the negotiations, wealthy countries included their scam to push for carbon credits, the scheme which allows dirty coal and other polluters to continue their operations, while exploiting the world’s poor and underdeveloped regions.
This week’s non-stop action by Indigenous Rising, It Takes Roots, and the Indigenous Environmental Network, follows the beautiful canoe flotilla on Sunday.

Saami and Maori joined the protest outside Total, tar sands owner, in Paris.
Photos Allan Lissner/Indigenous Environmental Network

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