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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Indigenous Tiny House Warriors joined by Victoria residents, building against Kinder Morgan pipeline

Victoria residents build tiny house in solidarity with Indigenous grassroots resistance against Kinder Morgan pipeline

By Tiny House Warriors
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20 October 2017 (VICTORIA) — This Saturday, Victoria residents will be out with hammers and hard hats building a tiny house that will eventually be placed directly in the path of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Expansion pipeline.
The tiny house is being built in solidarity with the Tiny House Warriors, a grassroots group composed of members of the Secwepemc Nation, who are building 10 tiny houses on their unceded territory to resist Kinder Morgan’s pipeline. Two houses have already been built. The house Victoria residents are building is in solidarity with their efforts.
The Tiny House Warriors caught national attention last month. The tiny homes are not only a symbol of resistance to the pipeline but also a symbol of hope and resilience and will eventually provide housing and reconnection with the land for members of the Secwepemc Nation.
WHAT: Blessing ceremony with Virgil Sampson from the Tsartlip Nation, at 10:00 a.m. followed by construction of a third tiny house being built in solidarity with the Tiny House Warriors.
WHO: Victoria residents led by Bobby Arbes, representation from the Tsartlip Nation and volunteers.
WHEN: Saturday, October 21st and Sunday October 22nd 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: 2284 Bukin Place, in the Highlands, W'sanec traditional territory.
DETAILS: There will be a blessing ceremony with Virgil Sampson of the Tsartlip Nation, at 10:00 a.m.
For more information and if you would like to attend, please contact:
Bobby Arbess,Victoria Tiny House Warriors Solidarity Build organizer,

International Leonard Peltier office moving from Fargo to Tampa

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Dear Friends and Supporters and Family, 10-21-2017
I am writing you from the National Office in Fargo. ND. Other friends and myself are in the process of moving the Peltier National Office from Fargo, North Dakota to Tampa, Florida. We are taking off in a couple of hours- loading a truck -- and hope to be at our new office on Monday; If you are in the area, please stop by and help us unload the truck!
I know that we have had numerous set back epically when Leonard wasn’t freed by Obama. However, we still recognize and know that over turning the constitutional violations in Leonard’s case is paramount to the Freedom of all people. Having said that I would encourage each and every one of you to get involved in whatever way you can and join with us in rescuing Leonard Peltier and the Constitution of the U.S. Leonard Peltier’s case is not just an Indian issue but an issue for All Americans.
Leonard Peltier has not given up on his quest for freedom and justice and neither should we. The reason we are moving the office is to better facilitate the work we are doing and to be closer to Leonard and his attorney.
I want to thank the Tampa/St. Petersburg ILPDC Chapter for helping us find our new home/ office at 116 West Osborne Ave. Tampa FL 33603. Any support that you can give to help set up our new office will be greatly appreciated.
Thanks to Mark Silent Bear for getting the following article written.
International Leonard Peltier-Field Director
David Hill – Choctaw

Chili Yazzie -- No Justice for Loreal, Murdered by White Cop in Bordertown, Winslow, Arizona

Loreal Tsingine, Dineh mom, murdered in Winslow, Arizona
Chili Yazzie: My statement before the Navajo Human Rights Commission on their hearing on the murder of Loreal in Winslow by a bad white cop.

By Chili Yazzie
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There is no justice in a 200 lb. police officer tossing a 100 lb. woman around, putting 5 bullets into her and the authorities saying he was right to do what he did. Is it because the guy behind the trigger is white and the person on the ground breathing her last breath is brown?
What is the mentality of this cop, is he a racist, is he deranged, is he a great grandson of Kit Carson, did he just want to do it to see what it felt like and watch a person die or was he truly fearful for his life. What is the degree of a real threat from a small Native woman with a pair of scissors from ten feet away? No matter how one tries to ‘reason’ this, there is no reason, it is the taking of a human life with no justification. It is wrong.
Police officers are trained to stay physically fit, to learn self-defense, take down procedures and techniques on how to defuse potential violent situations; then they have body armor, a baton, a tazer, pepper spray and firearms.
That badge says To Protect and Serve, the understanding being that it is the public who are to be protected and served. For a bad cop who is itching to react with deadly force to a threat whether real or imagined, the motto becomes a case of protect the cop first and above all else. 
The Navajo leadership needs to compel border town law enforcement to review their use of lethal force procedures and require that the ‘shoot to kill’ option be the absolute final recourse. There needs to be consensus on what constitutes a threat, because of the apparent ambiguity, the consequence is the violent terminating of Navajo lives, as in Loreal’s killing and the killing of Clint John in Farmington. The interpretation of a threat seems to be the slightest provocation, which gives a bad cop all the excuse he needs to shoot to kill. These faulty lethal force procedures must be examined and rectified, otherwise the message will be clear that governments condone the unnecessary taking of human life.

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