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Monday, November 20, 2017

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AIM WEST LIVE on Spirit Resistance Radio

In case you missed the live coverage, scroll down below for radio files for Day 1 and video replays of Day 2.

Madonna Thunderhawk, Lakota, at AIM West 2017
Madonna spoke on the strength at Standing Rock camps and how Indigenous delegations came from thought the Americas and the world.

Govinda is live at AIM West in San Francisco on Spirit Resistance Radio. 
Bill Means, Lakota, is among the speakers today.
Spirit Resistance Radio

Update: If you missed the live broadcast, click on link above to listen to speakers.

Bill Means, Lakota

Tony Gonzales

Photos by Karen Wright, Spirit Resistance Radio
Update: Watch Day 2 videos below:

Nebraska approved dirty crude oil Keystone XL pipeline route

Breaking News
Nebraska just approved the dirty crude oil Keystone XL route:

Walking for the Salmon with Hopland Pomo, Photos by Bad Bear

Photos by Western Shoshone Carl Bad Bear Sampson, Walk for the Salmon, Seattle to San Francisco,  2017
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'Black Snake Killaz, A NoDAPL Story' by Unicorn Riot, Watch for Free

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Dismantling the Nuclear Beast Symposium at UNM Albuquerque, Dec. 1 --3, 2017

Local Anti-Nuke Group Announces Symposium to Dismantle Nuclear Beast
Nuclear Issues Study Group to Hold Symposium at UNM in December to Connect Local Activists with National Movement

By Nuclear Issues Study Group, Albuquerque
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Media Contacts:
Leona Morgan,
Eileen Shaughnessy,

What: A Symposium called “Dismantling the Nuclear Beast: Connecting Local Work to the National Movement”

Who: Nuclear Issues Study Group, an Albuquerque-based group of students and organizers which has been meeting since 2016 to address nuclear issues statewide

Where: The Hibben Center at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
When: December 1-3, 2017

Why: To protect New Mexico from all things nuclear

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico -- From uranium mining and enrichment to weapons production and nuclear waste storage, we here in New Mexico live quite literally in the “belly of the beast.” The Nuclear Issues Study Group (NISG) is organizing a symposium in
December to make information about nuclearism accessible and to get more people— especially students, young people, and people of color—involved in resisting the nuclear beast. During the symposium, we will do our best to explore and expose every stage of the nuclear fuel chain—past, current, and future—as well as highlight some key threats to New Mexico that NISG is focusing on including: Sandia National Laboratories’ Mixed Waste Landfill and the proposed Centralized “Interim” Storage of high-level radioactive waste from nuclear reactors in the southeastern corner of our state.

The symposium will include presentations, panel discussions, and information tables plus art, poetry and music focusing on all aspects of the nuclear production chain. We are inviting speakers from all over New Mexico and the country to share their stories, their work, and how we can take action to protect our environment and our communities!

“Dismantling the Nuclear Beast: Connecting Local Work to the National Movement”
A Symposium Presented by the Nuclear Issues Study Group
December 1-3, 2017
At the University of New Mexico’s Hibben Center

Confirmed speakers at this time include: Keynote Speaker Verna Teller, Tribal Council member of the Pueblo of Isleta; NISG cofounders Leona Morgan and Eileen Shaughnessy; Kathy Sanchez and Beata Tsosie-Peña of Tewa Women United; Klee Benally, Project Coordinator, Indigenous Action Media; Diane D’Arrigo, Radioactive Waste Project Director, Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS); Joni Arends, Executive Director, Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety; Sarah M. Fields, Program Director, Uranium Watch; Karen Hadden, Executive Director, Sustainable Energy and Economic Development (SEED); Tina Cordova, cofounder, Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium; Myrriah Gomez, UNM Assistant Professor, Honors College and author of Nuclear Nuevo México; Lindsay Harper, Program and Communications Manager, Georgia WAND (Women’s Action for New Directions); Dave McCoy, Executive Director, Citizen Action New Mexico; Don Hancock, Nuclear Waste Program Director, Southwest Research & Information Center (SRIC); Jay Coghlan, Executive Director, Nuclear Watch New Mexico; Kevin Kamps, Radioactive Waste Watchdog at Beyond Nuclear; Thomas Depree, PhD candidate in Science and Technology Studies, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; and Western Australian Nuclear-free Alliance via Skype from Australia. More speakers pending.

Confirmed performers include: Eileen & the In-Betweens, Sina Soul, Whisper, Walatowa Massive and Celestino Crow.  

Leona Morgan, cofounder of Nuclear Issues Study Group and Diné No Nukes, said, “The reality of the nuclear industry’s impacts on the environment and all lives is too often covered up and the problems remain unaddressed. Many good people have given their lives for the protection and rights of future generations; but now, especially in this political climate, the anti-nuke movement in this country and internationally is in dire need of change and new energy. We hope to be that change and to inspire new energy!”

Celestino Crow, two-spirit transman advocate, member of NISG, and coordinator of art and poetry for the symposium said, “We can be protectors. We can live without fear of holocaust, destruction and nuclear poison. We can be a self-sustaining people who nurture our environment and each other. Art is capable of creating these admissions for us, when we feel
we do not have a voice. It reaches across man-made borders, laws, and languages. Art can be uniting, fearless, spiritual, and healing.”

Eileen Shaughnessy, cofounder of Nuclear Issues Study Group, lecturer in the University of New Mexico’s Sustainability Studies Program, and singer/songwriter for Eileen & the In-Betweens, said, “Future life on earth depends on our ability to address past and present wrongs caused by the destructiveness of nuclear colonialism. This symposium will give us the tools to do that noble work.”

Cody Slama, a student at the University of New Mexico majoring in Sustainability Studies, said, “We are holding this symposium to address many nuclear issues throughout New Mexico that are having negative impacts on our community. We want people to come to learn and be able to participate in meaningful actions to dismantle the nuclear beast.”

Joel Lorimer, an anti-nuclear activist on and off since the 1970s, said, “The symposium is important to me because it’s a platform for spreading information about the UN Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty. The treaty is the next step toward banning the bomb, building upon treaties which have limited the number of nuclear weapons.”

Graham Unverzagt, a member of the Nuclear Issues Study Group and a graduate of UNM in Geography and Environmental Studies, said, “New Mexico has a long history of nuclear colonialism that has never really been addressed, and I think it’s time that the nuclear movement be centered around those who have been impacted the most. Growing up in Grants, NM, you are always taught about the boom times during the uranium mining, but living there you can see the lasting effect it’s had on the landscape and the people, economically and physically.”

Susan Schuurman, Outreach Coordinator for the Albuquerque Center for Peace & Justice and member of the NISG, said, “The Labs have always been a sacred cow in this state, untouchable and unaccountable. It’s time we convert the mission of the labs from creating weapons of death and mass destruction to creating green jobs and new technologies for cleaning up massive contamination.”

Tina Cordova, Cofounder of The Tularosa Downwinders Consortium, said she is “glad to hear that this symposium is being organized because of the nuclear history that is tied to New Mexico and its implications that the nuclear industry has had on New Mexico since the beginning.”  

For more information about the symposium, please go to

'Action Alert on National Forests' by Lloyd Vivola

Protect forests, oppose bills before Senate

By Lloyd Vivola
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As many scientists and citizens have known for decades, forest fires are part of a natural cycle that enhances the enduring long-term health of a biome in which associated flora and fauna have flourished over tens of thousands of years. Accordingly, indigenous people have utilized fire for centuries to better sustain their ongoing place in the life-giving lands they call home.

Unfortunately, when modern news media report that forests were “destroyed” by fire, and accompany such language with dramatic if newsworthy images of extraordinary blazes as was the case this past summer, they often impress upon the public a general misunderstanding about a forest's ongoing ecological value. Far more troubling, this false impression opens a door to the flat-out lies of those who seek political and economic gain in the aftermath of these conflagrations.

On Wednesday night, friends and supporters of the Columbia River Gorge packed a Portland, Oregon auditorium to hear what was an upbeat analysis of last summer's forest fire in Eagle Creek, a beautiful, much-beloved trail venue in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. The fire burned some 49,000 acres, but an assessment by the Burn Area Emergency Response of the US Forest Service estimates that only 15% of that forest suffered high burn severity, while across some 55% of the area there was very low or no burn. A recent photograph taken by the Forest Service in a burned-out area showed fresh bracken fern already standing a foot tall. In the weeks ahead, flora and fauna of all kinds will reestablish themselves in the biome according to a time-honored script. In a few short years, scorched forest will regain a lush green carpet of first stage undergrowth.  As one scientist summarized after observation: “This is a good burn.”

But all of this is lost on too many of our politicians in Washington DC, and already there are two bills that have been passed by the House of Representatives with explicit designs to open burned forest areas to the sort of snag logging that will interfere with natural cycles to the detriment of wildlife, soil and water while, ironically, making these areas less resilient – not more resilient, as sponsors of the bills claim – to future fires. The bills would also gut many established policies that regulate logging on public lands and currently ensure some degree of public oversight.

One bill is H.R. 3715 ( introduced by Rep. Greg Walden, R-OR ).

The other bill is H.R. 2936 ( introduced by Bruce Westerman, R-AR ).

Both bills have been received by the US Senate for consideration. If passed by the Senate and adopted by the Trump Administration, they will impact forest and public land policy across the nation. Whatever your state of residence, it is imperative that you contact your US Senators and voice your opposition to these or any like bills as soon as possible. Let them know that you know what is taking place in the US Congress.

Also note that aside from environmentalists and nature advocates, many rural communities, businesses and agricultural firms are opposed to these bills. One such organization is Cascadia Locks Strong, representing the interests of a river town of some 1200 residents that was spared the flames of the Eagle Creek fire but not its ongoing economic impact.
To learn more, visit:

To view an aerial assessment of the Eagle Creek Burn Area from Trip Jennings, Balance Media, and The Oregonian, visit:

To learn more about H.R. 3715 and send an email to your representatives, visit Friends of the Columbia Gorge at:

To learn more about H.R. 2936, visit Cascadia Wild at:
To email your representatives, visit Forests Forever at:

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Lloyd Vivola
November 17, 2017

Criminalizing Protests, North Dakota Leads the Way, New Tracking Reveals


President Trump and the states have enacted new laws that target Earth Defenders, while protecting the profits of destructive industries

By Brenda Norrell
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North Dakota leads in enacting the most laws to criminalize protests, according to the tracking of laws by the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law. North Dakota has enacted more laws to criminalize protests than any other state.
However, other states are passing, or in the process of passing, laws that criminalize the wearing of masks at protests, and other laws that remove penalties for drivers running over protesters.
The laws enacted by North Dakota include the executive order of Feb. 15, 2017, ordering the evacuation of Oceti Sakowin, giving water protectors only one week to leave.
North Dakota also enacted laws criminalizing the wearing of masks. Further, North Dakota passed two other laws, expanding the scope for trespass and heightening penalties for riot offenses.
South Dakota enacted a law on March 14, 2017, which expands the governor's power to restrict certain protests. This law expands the governor’s authority to curtail protest activities on public lands and restricts protests that interfere with highway traffic.
Oklahoma heightened penalties for protesters who trespass onto private property.
Washington State still has a bill pending that would heighten penalties for those who conceal their identities during protests.
Although Colorado attempted to protect the oil and gas industry from protests with a new law, it failed.
Trump's order, Obama's military at Standing Rock
In August, President Trump issued an executive order giving riot gear and other military equipment to local law enforcement. Executive order 13809 "reinstates a program that transfers surplus military equipment to police departments across the country."
However, riot gear and other military equipment was routinely used against peaceful water protectors at Standing Rock in 2016, during the Obama administration, as shown in the photo below.
The new report states:
The “Presidential Executive Order on Restoring State, Tribal, and Local Law Enforcement's Access to Life-Saving Equipment and Resources” reinstates a program that transfers surplus military equipment to police departments across the country. President Obama had scaled back the 1990s-era program in 2015, following the heavily armed police response to protests against the killing of black men in Ferguson, Missouri and elsewhere. With Executive Order 13809, President Trump restored the program, and police departments will again receive free weaponized vehicles, certain large-caliber ammunition, riot gear, and other military equipment – which may once again be used when responding to protests. 
Militarized police at Standing Rock during the Obama administration in 2016. Photo by Rob Wilson.

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