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Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Friday, August 5, 2016

Native Youth Runners Protest at White House 'NO Dakota Access Pipeline!'


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Photo by Ulrick Francisco: Live at the White House Saturday




Live in front of the White House, runner says, "It is a good day to be alive!"
"It is a good day to be human!"
Dakota runners demanded Obama ensure that this pipeline will not go through.
Runners chanted, "We can't drink oil, keep it in the soil."
"What do we do when our people are under attack?"
"Stand up and fight back"
"What do we do when our water is under attack? 
Stand up and fight back!"

Broadcast live Saturday on Facebook
VIDEO: Actress Shailene Woodley broadcastng live in front of White House.
This video had 78,000 views by Saturday evening.
https://www.facebook.com/ShaileneWoodley/videos/594378480723536/
Shailene Woodley said, "Obama we are out front. Please come out."

VIDEO: Ulrick Francisco streaming live in front of White House of Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/bvttonsmasher/videos/1137363086309665/

VIDEO: Rezpect Water: Live at the White House
https://www.facebook.com/ReZpectOurWater/videos/1172240589484901/
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Live from the White House


Congratulations to the Native American youth runners who ran from Standing Rock Nation in North Dakota to DC! They ran to halt the Dakota Access Pipeline and its immediate threat to the Missouri River: Defend Sacred Water!
The public is invited to join the runners to protest on Lafayette Square in DC today, Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016, at 1 p.m.
Please share with media.

Photo by Victoria Humphreys

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(Above) Native runners protested on Friday at the Army Corps of Engineers, after arriving from their cross country run from Cannonball, North Dakota.


Click arrow below to watch video of Native youth arriving in DC on Thursday!

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Watch video below: Native youth runners at White House today!

Mount Polley Blockade: Land Defender injured by Imperial Metals Employee






MT POLLEY BLOCKADE



 NEW! Video!
BREAKING NEWS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LAND DEFENDER INJURED BY IMPERIAL METALS EMPLOYEE
Censored News
Dutch translation by Alice Holemans, at NAIS

On August 4, 2016, the Secwepemc Women’s Warrior Societies and Allies, including Ancestral Pride gathered in front of the Imperial Metals Mount Polley Mine to mark the second year anniversary of British Columbia’s largest catastrophic industrial disaster devastating one of the world’s most fragile ecosystems, home to the world’s second largest sockeye salmon run.
The Allied Land Defenders including youth, Elders and women temporarily blockaded the mine site for the day, allowing workers to leave but not re-enter. In this process, an Imperial Metals employee attempted to violently breach the line of Elders, women and children at the mine entrance with their vehicle. Sacheen of Ancestral Pride, in an attempt to stop the vehicle was herself assaulted and sustained serious injuries and was immediately taken to the hospital for treatment. She has since been released and will be filing a report against the driver of the vehicle and is further seeking legal guidance.
Media Contact: Kanahus Manuel and Sacheen
BACKGROUND INFORMATION
On August 4th 2014, the largest industrial disaster was unleashed into Secwepemc Waters and onto Unceded and Unsurrendered Secwepemc Lands as Imperial Metals’ Mount Polley tailings dam failed after years of unenforced warnings from the Province of British Columbia regarding the integrity and capacity of the dam, spilling 24 million cubic metres of toxic mine waste into the area.
First, it should be clearly stated, the Provincial Government has no legal jurisdiction on unceded and unsurrendered Territory to be issuing any of the permits that they have issued to Imperial Metals Mount Polley Mine. Second, Imperial Metals has refused to clean up the toxic tailings left on the Land and in the Water and has not been held responsible for any of the mass destruction it has caused and continues to cause to and in Unceded and Unsurrendered Secwepemc Territory.
That the Province has continued to issue the Mount Polley Mine permits to re-open and operate at full capacity is not only absolutely unacceptable but criminal. The Province’s active aiding and abetting of Imperial Metals’ large scale industrial destruction on Secwepemc Lands is a continuation of genocide against the Secwepemc People. These actions have not and will not be tolerated.
“The Secwepemc Women’s Warrior Society will not be stopped. Imperial Metals Mount Polley Mine will not be allowed to be re-opened.”

TransCanada and Peabody Coal spying with the feds



In this deceptive world of U.S. and corporate spying, land defenders and human rights activists are targeted, private corporations and U.S. agents are intertwined, young people are duped and go to prison, and federal agents use romance to spy on, and manipulate, peaceful protesters.

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

TransCanada and Peabody Coal have been spying on activists in a toxic, dark world where private corporations and the U.S. government act in collusion, an attorney reveals in a news article on Earth First newswire.
In this deceptive world, private corporations and federal agents are intertwined, young people are duped and go to prison, and U.S. agents use romance to spy on, and manipulate their targets.
The article, Informants, Green Scare Snitches, and Surveillance: Interview with Lauren Regan, CLDC.

The real danger of these covert operations within the United States is that people are vulnerable. They get duped by these operators and schemes, and in the end they go to prison.
Now, by way of the Freedom of Information Act, the facts are being exposed of how corporations and the U.S. government target peaceful protesters, criminalize them, and send them to prison.
In the article, attorney Lauren Regan explains, "TransCanada was giving powerpoint presentations to FBI offices and local law enforcement agencies along the [Keystone] pipeline route. We actually got their whole powerpoint presentation, which included photos of lead organizers, and all of the federal terrorist crimes that they were encouraging local DA’s to use against activists, and things like that. Some of it we actually got through their own stupidity." 
Then there's Peabody Coal: "The way a lot of them work, say Peabody Coal for instance, they know they can’t have in-house spies. Because if that gets back to them, they get in trouble. So they set up and fund a separate private entity that is half-PR firm and half-security firm. In order for that entity to remain operational they have to produce information that Peabody Coal wants to hear, and they have to be validating their own job."
Facebook is referred to as 'facecrack,' and there is a caution. There's no need to create drama on facecrack when you know infiltrators are headed someone's way.
When a known infiltrator was headed to the Buffalo Field Campaign in Montana, here's what they did.
"We were able to call them, and I remember I faxed a black and white photo of the person to them, and said 'hey this person may be heading in your direction, keep your eyes out.' And they did, and they were able to shoo him on.'"

Earth First trial in Prescott exposed FBI entrapment


Meanwhile, in Arizona, it was the Earth First trial in Prescott that revealed how a federal agent romanced his target, entrapped environmentalists and sent them to prison in 1991.

The trial was an expose in federal misconduct in the early 1990s. 
Alongside Mike Lacey, founder of Phoenix New Times, I was among the reporters in the courtroom.
The trial was an introduction into FBI and U.S. misconduct in this dark world of spying, manipulation and entrapment, where the federal government is never prosecuted for entrapment.
Besides the romancing undercover FBI agent, the U.S. also sent an old boyfriend into a home as a babysitter to spy on one woman, planting a spy device in her bedroom. She had a new boyfriend at the time.
Without the romancing undercover FBI agent, there would have been no charges or trial. The U.S. attempted to turn every joke on the defendants tapped phone into a crime.
When the so-called "monkey wrenchers," named after Ed Abbey's book, didn't have a ride to do their monkeying around, the undercover FBI agent gave them a ride. He drove them out  there. Most of those on trial went to prison. Peg Millet out ran the agents at the scene, but later turned herself in.
At the time, I was a stringer for AP. When the trial was over, I question the prosecutor about planting an old boyfriend in someone's home as an undercover agent. "Wasn't he a sleaze?" I asked.
"All informants are sleazes," she said.
At New Times, Lacey had fun with the prosecutor Asst. US Attorney Roslyn Moore-Silver. In one article, Lacy wrote that she came into the courtroom, grabbed her balls and shot the judge a high five.
Lacey went a step further and sent the prosecutor flowers when she had an accidental fall after the trial. She sent them back.
While it was fun at times in that Prescott courtroom, it no doubt was not fun for those well-meaning activists who went to prison while attempting to make a difference in the world.

Corporate bottom-feeders laughing all the way to the bank


These days, the entrapment is more sophisticated and the spying permeates everyone's lives, from the street corner, to cell phones to Internet e-mails and chats.

With new laws now, those manipulated and entrapped are sent to prison for even longer terms.
Snitches are often those who are arrested and are trying to avoid jail time, or those in prison wanting early release. They are willing to send others to prison.
The private corporations found a way to turn all this into money.
Protecting disastrous mining means money to the corporations, and mega dollars roll into new spy corporations. The private prisons and security firms are making fortunes.
Since the media in the U.S. has collapsed -- with most reporters flopped in their easy chairs and plagiarizing from the web -- this dark world is now a vacuum for bottom-feeders.
The film industry too has been compromised. It is now a vehicle to promote bogus wars, U.S. targeted assassinations, and the fantasy world of U.S. news and policy.

Time has brought the gift of truth


The environmentalists who were once demonized in the backrooms of news rooms, who were once vilified by the sell-outs, are now beginning to be recognized as front runners protecting the land, water and air.

As water is vanishing, lands are poisoned, and the air is dark, the world is beginning to appreciate the struggles of the land defenders.
Indigenous Peoples continue to be assassinated by corporations around the world as they defend their lands from mining and destruction. In North America, Native Americans with few resources bear the burden of defending the land, water, and air.
Today they carry on.


Also see The Guardian: Undercover cop fathered children with activists
https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2012/jan/20/undercover-police-children-activists