Wednesday, December 4, 2019

COP25 Climate Summit opens to controversy: Chile presidency and market-based offsets rejected



Mapuche men block entrance to Liempi Colipi, a Mapuche community occupying 1500 ha of ancestral lands begun two weeks ago. They were attacked by the police twice, with some members injured and others hospitalized. Photo: Orin Langelle/GJEP
           By Global Justice Ecology Project and Biofuelwatch
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2 December 2019                                     Español abajo
Contact: Steve Taylor in the U.S. +1.314.210.1322 / In Chile: Anne Petermann (English) +1.716.364.1188 / Gary Graham Hughes (Spanish and English) +1.707.223 5434
As UN Climate COP launches in Madrid Activists in Chile Demand Rejection of Neoliberal Model and Removal of Chile from COP Presidency
Chilean President Sebastian Piñera Abandons Plans to Travel to Madrid for COP25
Due to Threat of Detention for Human Rights Abuses
SANTIAGO, Chile–While the annual UN Climate Summit (COP25) commences in Madrid, protesters across Chile, the country in which the COP was originally planned, are demanding that Chile be stripped of the Presidency of COP 25 due to the human rights abuses happening in Chile. At the same time, Spanish Judge Baltasar Garzón has threatened to have Chile’s President Piñera detained if he attempts to enter the country.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

The Renaissance on Alcatraz 50 Years Later

In the age of extractors, Alcatraz is renaissance and renewal

During the 50th Anniversary of the Occupation of Alcatraz, Flashpoints host Dennis J. Bernstein talks with Lakota Bill Means and Dine' Lenny Foster

Photo by Agnes Patak

Article by Brenda Norrell
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Listen to KPFA Flashpoints

SAN FRANCISCO -- On the ferry from San Francisco Bay to Alcatraz, Lakota Bill Means says it is a good day, a day that is symbolized by Alcatraz as a prison, and by the Occupation of Alcatraz that was the beginning of the movement.
"It's good to be here, it is the renaissance of the movement," Means told radio host Dennis J. Bernstein on KPFA's Flashpoints.
Dine' Lenny Foster said Leonard Peltier, a symbol of the movement, is suffering in prison.
"They are afraid if they release him, he would talk and inspire a nation," Foster said of Leonard Peltier, in poor health in Coleman Prison, a high-security prison for male inmates in Florida.
"They want to basically kill him because he is a symbol of the resistance. He is our Nelson Mandela. He is our Geronimo."
Approaching Alcatraz on the ferry, Means said the prison on Alcatraz represents the relocation and boarding schools that have confined Native people -- but Alcatraz also represents the students from the University of California Berkeley and San Francisco State who took Alcatraz and occupied it.
Means remembered the Hopi who were imprisoned here. "If you wouldn't become baptized, you would end up here."
"All of these things come to mind when you come to Alcatraz."
"When you come here, you are regenerated."

Lenny Foster and Bill Means at the AIM West Eagle and Condor UnThanksgiving in San Francisco, during the 50th Anniversary of the Occupation of Alcatraz Nov. 2019.
Photo by Agnes Patak

Means said the resistance began to build with the Occupation of Alcatraz and the fight for Treaty rights was on. The fight against the corporations taking the Black Hills was underway.
At the same time in the 1960s, there was the anti-war movement, the movement for Chicano rights, and the movement for Civil Rights.
It was all happening at the same time.
The organizing began in communities, beyond the politicians.
"We caught on to that, it was very exciting times."
As people traveled from place to place, Means said people would take them into their homes, people of all colors.
"But also there were a lot of people dying. They made the ultimate sacrifice."
Means said people were lynched down south during voter registration drives and the Freedom Rides.
"There was a lot of no-compromise."
Still today, Means said the gold miners are on the Black Hills, and the mining companies are there.
"Power has diminished through the BIA and other colonial instruments that they use."
The Black Hills are full of minerals. Now there is mining contamination and the mines use huge amounts of water. Resounding the words that became synonymous with the resistance at Standing Rock, Means said Mni Wiconi 'Water is Life.'
Hopeful in these times, Means said today non-Indians are now becoming involved. 
KPFA's host Miguel Molina asked Means about the legislation signed by President Trump regarding missing and murdered Indigenous women.
Molina said, "It was like he wasn't even paying attention."
"No sincerity in what he was doing. It lasted five minutes and it was over."
Means said some of the tribal leaders are under the influence of Trump. He said assimilated Indians are the ones chosen to work on these issues.
"That is the way it is in the colonial governments called tribal governments."
Bill Wahpepah began to revive the tradition of UnThanksgiving and the numbers have grown, Means said, as thousands arrived to attend the 50th Anniversary of the Occupation of Alcatraz.
Means said those who went first deserve a lot of credit.

Lenny Foster photo by Karen Wright 

Radio show host Bernstein introduced Lenny Foster, Dine', as spiritual advisor for Leonard Peltier.
Foster said, "I was here 50 years ago. I was 21 years old at the time."
Remembering coming here as a Colorado State University student in Fort Collins, Colorado, Foster said it has been a long hard struggle for Indigenous people. Still, the Treaties have not been fulfilled or upheld.
"It was perhaps one of the most profound statements that Indigenous could make," Foster said of the Occupation of Alcatraz.
Today, however, the Treaties still have not been honored and there is strip mining and uranium mining. There is a concern for the people who live around the mines and there is the fight for water rights. There is the struggle to protect the water, including the huge Ogalalla Aquifer which could be poisoned by an oil spill.
Foster said of the Five Fingered People, Human Beings, Indigenous Peoples are leading the struggle.
Describing his work with Native Americans and their rights in prisons, Foster said Leonard Peltier is now in Coleman I Penitentiary, which is a supermax, and currently Peltier is enduring a month-long lockdown. It makes it very hard, with the lack of fresh air and sunlight.
"It's been very difficult for him."
Lenny said Peltier defended the honor of the community, the women, elders and the children, and pushed for Treaty Rights.
"He is a symbol of resistance."
"They are afraid if they release him, he would talk and inspire a nation."
Foster said Peltier is 75 years old and in ill health. Peltier has high blood pressure, diabetes and recently underwent open-heart surgery.
Describing his small cell, Foster said, "It's very difficult for him to be confined."
"They want to basically kill him because he is a symbol of the resistance."
"He is our Nelson Mandela. He is our Geronimo."
Lenny shared the importance of the fire and sunrise.
Remembering the first Occupation of Alcatraz, he said, "It was the beginning of a renaissance in the Indian world."
Traditional prayer and ceremonial practices were revived.
Now, the movement has gone throughout the Western Hemisphere to the tip of South America and beyond to the Pacific. "It has touched all Indigenous People."
Foster said the ancestors would be glad to see the prayers and ceremonies here this day.
"Prophecies are being fulfilled today."
"We are the evidence of those prayers."
At dawn on Alcatraz, Rumšen Am:a Tur:ataj Ohlone Tribal Chair Dee Dee Ybarra welcomed the more than 4,000 gathered. She encouraged all to celebrate in unity with all people.

"We want to welcome all of you and give everyone a good memory of being here."
"These are troubling times. We need to stand in unity," Ybarra said, calling for the protection of the land and water and of one another.
Speaking on the historical genocide of Native people, she said of today: "The bad thing is that it is our own people doing it."
Sharing goodwill and speaking in her own language as the traditional singers prepared to begin, she said, "Many blessings and good fortune to all of you, all my relations."

The students who occupied Alcatraz 1969 -- 1971 chose the name 'Indians of All Tribes.' In the years that followed, the American Indian Movement grew with the Trail of Broken Treaties, takeover of the BIA in Washington and Wounded Knee in '73. Bill Means, Lenny Foster and Dee Dee Ybarra are longtime members of the American Indian Movement. Bill Means' father Walter 'Hank' Means and brother Russell Means led the first Occupation of Alcatraz on March 08, 1964.

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Derechos Humanos The cruel 'Remain in Mexico' will not work

The Cruel 'Remain in Mexico' Expansion Efforts to Separate Us Will Not Work

By Derechos Humanos

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TUCSON -- In its unrelenting mission to attack migrants, the Trump administration is yet again ramping up the pressure and suffering of people at our U.S.-Mexico border. The Remain in Mexico protocols have already caused unimaginable conditions for people who have been forced to abandon their home countries, only to be turned away at our ports of entry to await their hearing in one of the Mexican border cities. This has resulted in inhumane and dangerous conditions for applicants and their families. Accounts of children being denied entry and told to “wait in line” (there is no official line), families threatened by the various actors in the journey, physical attacks, family separations, and many other horrific circumstances are already commonplace.

Monday, December 2, 2019

Tohono O'odham Ofelia Rivas with Extinction Rebellion in New York

Singer and actress Melba Moore (left) with Ofelia Rivas in New York.
Photo courtesy Ofelia Rivas

Photo by Ofelia Rivas

Photo Ofelia Rivas

Photo Ofelia Rivas

Tohono O'odham Ofelia Rivas with Extinction Rebellion in New York

Consumerism driven by the corporate system threatens Mother Earth -- Ofelia Rivas

Article by Brenda Norrell
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French translation by Christine Prat

NEW YORK -- Tohono O'odham Ofelia Rivas spoke to a gathering of Extinction Rebellion in New York on Black Friday, sharing the need to protect Mother Earth.

Ofelia Rivas said she "shared the message for people to consider a personal conscious choice to end consumerism driven by this corporate system."

"The message from Indigenous Peoples is to protect Mother Earth. They are here taking this action, and it is a sign that people have heard our message," Rivas told Censored News.

In New York, Rivas opened the 20 Million Women Strong organization event in the East Village.

While in New York, Rivas provided a prayer song for Bolivians at the "Impunity with the Aymara Community of Bolivia," gathering of The Center for Constitutional Rights and Harvard Law.

At the Concerned Citizens for Change meeting at Manhattan College, Rivas also delivered a presentation.

The Extinction Rebellion action in New York was part of planned Black Friday protests around the world, with activists blockading shopping malls in Paris, Montreal and Madrid, calling for an end to consumerism.

Rivas is founder of O'odham Voice against the Wall and has lived her life on her homeland, battling the U.S. Border Patrol who sit outside her home. One U.S. Border Patrol Special Operations Agent from El Paso pulled a gun on her as he was stalking her at her gate. 

After testifying before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in Jamaica in May on the militarization of her homeland, and abuses by U.S. Homeland Security and its Border Patrol on the Tohono O'odham Nation, Ofelia was delayed two days returning home after being targeted by U.S. Homeland Security with repeated searches because of her testimony.

Currently, protected Saguaro Cactus and endangered species are being destroyed near Rivas' home on the Tohono O'odham Nation. At the nearby Organ Pipe National Monument, construction of a border wall segment, now endangers a sacred spring. The border wall construction all along the Arizona border is now blocking the migration paths of jaguar, pronghorn and other rare and endangered species.

The border wall has already proved worthless, as an eight-year-old climber scaled a mock wall in seconds. On the California border recently, the border wall was cut open and a truck driven through it. 

Previously Rivas and O'odham elders returned the remains of their ancestors to their resting place after they were dug up by the United States' construction of a border vehicle barrier on the Tohono O'odham Nation.

Now, the human rights violator Elbit Systems, an Israeli defense contractor responsible for Apartheid security in Palestine, is constructing spy towers on the Tohono O'odham Nation. These integrated fixed towers, contracted by U.S. Homeland Security in remote O'odham communities will continue the spying and stalking of O'odham, which is already underway by the U.S. Border Patrol.

On Friday, at least 27 members of the Extinction Rebellion were arrested in New York.

“This is a real crisis. It’s a moral crisis. We’re in a very sad place,” said Manhattan resident Sarah Kollodny, 80, reports The New York Post.

“We really want to draw attention to what’s happening in the world. Black Friday is a day of strong consumerism,” she added, urging people to “reflect on our resources and consumerism.”

Extinction Rebellion members carried signs calling for “Empathy, humility, frugality” and declaring a “climate emergency,” caused by what they said were carbon emissions from excessive consumption.

Photos copyright Ofelia Rivas
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Video interview LaNada War Jack: Occupation of Alcatraz 50 years later

Dr. LaNada War Jack remembers the Occupation of Alcatraz 50 years ago and discusses
her new book, 'Native Resistance,' at the AIM West UnThanksgiving Feast in San Francisco.
Video interview by Brenda Norrell, Censored News.

The Occupation of Alcatraz

LaNada War Jack 'From Self-Determination Back to Termination''

By Brenda Norrell
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Nov. 27, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO -- The victories that came with the Occupation of Alcatraz 50 years ago are now threatened by the Trump administration, said Dr. LaNada War Jack, Shoshone Bannock, at the American Indian Movement's UnThanksgiving dinner here.
"I'm really happy that we finally made it to our 50th year. There's been a lot of progress, we've gone forward, and unfortunately, we've gone many steps back as well because of the present administration. And of course after Standing Rock, he signed that executive order to allow the Dakota Access pipeline to continue, and now we have polluted waters in Montana," War Jack said in an interview with Censored News.
"We have gone forward into self-determination and now back into the termination era under the present administration."

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Sunday, December 1, 2019

The 50th Anniversary of the Occupation of Alcatraz Photos by Agnes Patak

Alcatraz Sunrise Ceremony 2019
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Alcatraz 2019 photo Agnes Patak

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AIM West UnThansgiving Eagle and Condor Feast 2019
San Francisco. Photo Agnes Patak.

AIM West UnThanksgiving Eagle and Condor Feast, San Francisco, 2019.
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Ferry Alcatraz/San Francisco Bay Sunrise Ceremony, photo by Agnes Patak 2019

AIM West UnThanksgiving Eagle and Condor Feast photo by Agnes Patak 2019

Agnes Patak was born in Southern California after her parents arrived from Ecuador. She has hosted and produced “Heart of the Earth” Native radio programming on KMUD for over 30 years. Agnes is a Native photographer who loves art and documentary photos.

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