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Appellate Court Ruling in Standing Rock Police Violence Lawsuit

November 14, 2017



Appellate Court Ruling in Standing Rock Police Violence Lawsuit

No Preliminary Injunction: Case Moves Toward Trial


By Water Protector Legal Collective
Contact: Lead attorney in Dundon: Rachel Lederman, rlederman@beachledermanlaw.com, (415) 350-6496
WPLC Executive Director: Terry Janis, TerryJanis@protonmail.com, (701) 425-7080
BISMARCK, North Dakota -- The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals declined to overrule a district court decision in an appeal by water protectors who were injured on Backwater Bridge on the night of November 20, 2016. The decision released today upheld the lower court’s denial of the water protectors’ preliminary request for the court to restrict the local sheriff from using water cannons or fire hoses in freezing temperatures, explosives and other dangerous weapons on peaceful crowds in violation of the water protectors’ First Amendment rights.
Now that the appeal has been decided, the lawsuit will move forward in the US District Court for the District of North Dakota in Bismarck.
Dundon v. Kirchmeier is a federal civil rights class action lawsuit challenging police violence on the night of November 20-21, 2016, at Backwater Bridge near the water protector camps and the site of the DAPL pipeline just north of the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota. The case was filed on November 28, 2016, in the U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota by nine named plaintiffs on behalf of everyone who was injured by law enforcement that night.
Plaintiff Vanessa Dundon is a member of the Navajo/Diné Nation who was shot in the eye with a teargas canister that night, suffering a partial vision loss. Together with eight other named Plaintiffs, she represents a class of several hundred people who were injured by high pressure fire hoses, explosive grenades, chemical agents and impact munitions while peacefully protesting and engaging in prayer in opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline.
“American Indians have felt the sharp end of a sword and the blunt end of a projectile too often in this country’s history. The brutal and militarized police violence on Backwater Bridge on November 20, 2016, should not have happened and must never happen again. The preliminary injunction is denied, but we will continue our fight for a permanent injunction and to ensure that the State pays for their indiscriminate use of excessive force,” said WPLC Executive Director Terry Janis.
“Although we are certainly disappointed by the decision today, we remain determined to see justice in this case. While the appeal was pending it was revealed that Energy Transfer Partners hired security firm TigerSwan to surveil and wage a disinformation campaign against the indigenous-led anti-DAPL movement. I am hopeful that the trial judge will see that he has been misinformed due to the efforts of these hired mercenaries, and will be able to take a fresh view of the evidence as the case moves forward.” said Rachel Lederman, lead attorney on the case.
The plaintiffs’ claims for monetary damages and permanent injunctive relief are not affected by this decision and the water protectors and their legal team will continue to fight for justice.
Nearly 400 Water Protectors are still awaiting trial in their state criminal cases and six are preparing for federal felony trials. The first federal trial will be Red Fawn Fallis at the end of January, 2018.
Water Protector Legal Collective (WPLC) provides on-the-ground legal representation and coordination for Water Protectors engaged in resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock, ND.
https://waterprotectorlegal.org

Links:
Opinion (8th Circuit ruling on the appeal)
ALCU Amicus Brief (filed in support of the appeal)
WPLC Press Release May 25, 2017 (upon filing the appeal)
WPLC Press Release November 28, 2016 (upon filing Dundon)
WPLC Press Release November 21, 2016 (statement on the Nov 20 police violence)

'Walk for Salmon' Yurok River People Photos by Bad Bear Part II


Photos and videos by Western Shoshone Carl Bad Bear Sampson
on the Walk for Salmon, Seattle to San Francisco
Yurok Nation
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Wounded Knee speaks on resistance and the power of prayer

Wounded Knee DeCampo, on The Walk for the Salmon, on the Yurok Nation, said, "As Indigenous People of this country, we will always continue to battle and fight for what we have left as Indigenous Peoples. We don't have weapons of mass destruction, but we have something very powerful, heart, our sage, tobacco, sweatgrass and prayer. And then we have something more powerful than what they have, it is the Creator, who created each and every one of us. The battle continues. Let nothing stand in your way If there is an obstacle standing in your way, trying to stop you, you go around, leave them there. You've got a message to deliver."
Listen to more on video, as Wounded Knee thanks the Yurok and walkers of The Longest Walk of 1978. Wounded Knee thanked the Yurok for dinner and walkers for sacrificing their time.


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See more photos, Part I, at Censored News

Photos and videos copyright Carl Bad Bear Sampson, Censored News

U.S. and Philippine Presidents -- Massage Parlors and Jokes of Gang Rape -- Global Epidemic of Sexual Predators



U.S. and Philippine Presidents -- Massage Parlors and Jokes of Gang Rape -- Global Epidemic of Sexual Predators

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News


President Trump was granted preliminary approval for massage parlors and escort services trademarks by China. This news is galvanized by Trump's visit with Philippine
President Rodrigo Duterte, who last week bragged of murdering someone during his youth and joked about wanting to be the first in line to gang rape an Australian missionary in 1989.
The Telegraph and AP reported Trump's China trademarks for massage parlors and escort services.
"China has granted preliminary approval for 38 new Trump trademarks, paving the way for President Donald Trump and his family to develop a host of branded businesses from hotels to insurance to bodyguard and concierge services, public documents show," The Telegraph and AP reported.
"The trademarks are for businesses including branded spas, massage parlors, golf clubs, hotels, insurance, finance and real estate companies, retail shops, restaurants, bars, and private bodyguard and escort services."

In the U.S., Trump's China trademarks for massage parlors and escort services was also reported by The Hill, NBC News, USA Today, Washington Post and other media.
On Monday, Democracy Now reported of Trump's meeting with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who earlier bragged of murdering someone while he was a youth and wanting to be the first in line to gang rape a missionary.
As thousands protested Trump in the streets of the Philippines, Trump promoted Duterte and his presidency on Monday.
Amy Goodman reported, "This all comes just a few days after Duterte bragged about having stabbed someone to death when he was 16 years old. During Duterte’s campaign, he also joked about wanting to have been first in line for the gang rape of an Australian missionary who was raped and murdered in 1989. Duterte said, quote, 'She was so beautiful, the mayor should have been first. What a waste,' unquote. Duterte himself was the mayor of Davao City," Goodman reported.
Trump's trademarks for exploitative massage parlors and escort services and Duterte's joke about wanting to be the first in line to gang rape a woman, who was raped and murdered, is part of the systematic web of exploitation resulting in the kidnap, disappearance, sex trafficking, rape and murder of girls and women, boys and men globally.
The Presidents of the United States and the Philippines must be held accountable for being part of this global epidemic of sexual predators.

Read more in The UK Telegraph
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/03/08/china-gives-green-light-trump-branded-massage-parlors-bars-escort/

Watch coverage by Amy Goodman on Democracy Now
https://www.democracynow.org/2017/11/13/thousands_protest_in_manila_as_trump

Article copyright Censored News

Indigenous, Grassroots and Frontline Women for Climate Justice, COP23 Germany



Nina Gualinga (Indigenous Kichwa leader from the Pueblo of Sarayaku, Ecuador, participating in the Amazon Watch, Indigenous and WECAN Delegations) at COP23. Photo via Emily Arasim/Women's Earth and Climate Action Network
Frontline, Grassroots and Indigenous Women Stand for Just Climate Solutions at United Nations COP23 Press Conference and Side Event

By WECAN,
Media Contact: Emily Arasim
emily@wecaninternational.org
Censored News

BONN, Germany (November 14, 2017) - Tomorrow, Wednesday November 15th, grassroots, frontline and Indigenous women leaders from around the world will unite for a Women's Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN/WECC) press conference and side event at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) COP23 climate talks, currently underway in Bonn, Germany.

Presenters will share powerful testimony and analysis for addressing climate change from a climate justice framework, exploring vital topics including forest and biodiversity protection, agro-ecology implementation, fossil fuel resistance, Indigenous rights and knowledge, and rights of nature.

Women have always been on the frontlines of accelerating climate impacts and harms - and now it is time for them to be at the forefront of all planning, decision-making and action to build a healthy and just world.

The November 15th WECAN/WECC side event and press conference will provide an opportunity to hear directly from women leaders on why their stories and solutions are essential to any meaningful progress on global implementation of the Paris Climate Accord. Unwilling to compromise in their defense of the Earth and their communities, the women will also speak out against stagnancy, injustice, and perpetuation of false and patriarchal climate change policies and solutions.

The 'Women for Climate Justice Leading Solutions on the Frontlines of Climate Change' side event will be held Wednesday, November 15, 2017 from 11:30-13:00 in the BONN Zone, Meeting Room 12.

The side event will feature Patricia Gualinga (Indigenous Kichwa leader from the Pueblo of Sarayaku, Ecuador, participating in the Amazon Watch, Indigenous and WECAN Delegations); Nina Gualinga (Indigenous Kichwa leader from the Pueblo of Sarayaku, Ecuador, participating in the Amazon Watch, Indigenous and WECAN Delegations); Leila Salazar Lopez (Executive Director, Amazon Watch, United States, translating for Patricia Gualinga); Precious Phiri (Representative of Regeneration International; EarthWisdom, Zimbabwe); Heather Milton Lightening (Treaty Four Territory, Pasqua First Nation; Representative of Indigenous Climate Action; #ItTakesRoots Delegation, Canada); Thilmeeza Hussain (Former Deputy Ambassador to the UN from the Maldives; Climate Wise Women; Voice of Women; WECAN COP23 Delegation, Maldives); India Logan Riley (Youth Representative with Pacific Women's Delegation, from Hawke's Bay, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Heretaunga, New Zealand); and Osprey Orielle Lake (Founder/Executive Director of the Women's Earth and Climate Action Network, United States)

A press conference will follow, Wednesday, November 15, 2017 from 15:30 - 16:00 in the BULA Zone 3, Press Conference Room 2 Theatre - and will feature Thilmeeza Hussain (Former Deputy Ambassador to the UN from the Maldives; Climate Wise Women; Voice of Women; WECAN COP23 Delegation, Maldives); Ruth Nyambura (African Eco-Feminists Collective, Kenya); Maria Nailevu (DIVA for Equality, Fiji); Patricia Gualinga (Indigenous Kichwa leader from the Pueblo of Sarayaku, Ecuador, participating in the Amazon Watch, Indigenous and WECAN Delegations); Leila Salazar Lopez (Amazon Watch, United States); and Osprey Orielle Lake (Women's Earth and Climate Action Network United States).

Press and media on-the-ground are invited to attend both sessions. Those covering COP23 remotely are encouraged to reach out with interview requests, and for access to the press conference recording which will be available via the UNFCCC immediately after the close of the event.

Full information is available via the Women's Earth and Climate Action Network webpage : wecaninternational.org/pages/cop23

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About The Women's Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International
www.wecaninternational.org
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The Women's Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN International) is a solutions-based, multi-faceted organization established to engage women worldwide as powerful stakeholders in climate change, climate justice, and sustainability solutions. WECAN International was founded in 2013 as a project of the 501(c)3 Women's Earth and Climate Caucus (WECC) organization.