August 2020

Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Run4Salmon Prayer Journey goes virtual due to COVID-19


Contacts: Holly Irene Cardoza
Will Doolittle, Run4Salmon Media Team,
July 17, 2020

MOUNT SHASTA, California -- Starting today, the annual Run4Salmon Prayer Journey of 300 miles goes virtual for 2020 due to COVID-19.

Adapting, instead of canceling the annual event, this year's Run4Salmon offers online participation.

Santa Rosa human rights report details Pomo shot in mouth with sting ball grenade by police

Marqus Red Bear Martinez

Sting ball grenade

Human Right Violations in Santa Rosa, California

Policing the Black Lives Matter Protests

Update: Class Action suit results in settlement

The Press Democrat reports:

The city of Santa Rosa will pay $1.9 million to five people injured in protests that followed the death of George Floyd, including a man whose face was shattered by a sting ball grenade.

The settlement is the largest in the city’s history involving a civil rights lawsuit and the Santa Rosa Police Department, City Attorney Sue Gallagher confirmed through a city spokeswoman Friday.

Marqus Martinez and Michaela Staggs filed the lawsuit last year, saying they were peacefully protesting and filming police when they were injured by so-called “less lethal” projectiles fired by officers. Three other plaintiffs later joined the suit.

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New report details testimony of Marqus 'Red Bear' Martinez, Pomo, who was shot in the mouth with a sting ball grenade by Santa Rosa police. Liz Martinez, Pomo, said, "I'm a student nurse. I'm a real estate agent. And I still fear the police here. When I see my brother's face that night, and he told me no officers came to his aid, once he was shot."

By Sonoma County Commission on Human Rights
Published: July 10, 2020

The Sonoma County Commission on Human Rights has released a groundbreaking report on police violence against protesters over the last weeks. "Human Right Violations in Santa Rosa California - Policing the Black Lives Matter Protests," details the excessive use of force and human rights abuses perpetrated on the public by the Santa Rosa Police Department(SRPD) and other law enforcement agencies during protests following the murder of George Floyd.

Coronavirus testing team reports to Navajo Council Committee on tests and gating measures

Coronavirus testing team reports to Navajo Council Committee on tests and gating measures

Health, Education, and Human Services Committee hears Navajo Nation Testing Team report on COVID-19 testing strategies and gating measures

Office of the Speaker
July 16, 2020
Photos by Navajo Council
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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — The Health, Education, and Services Committee (HEHSC) of the 24th Navajo Nation Council heard updates regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) testing strategy and gating measures from the Navajo Epidemiology Center (NEC) and COVID-19 Testing Coordination Team last week Wednesday, Jul. 8.

Team members Dr. Jill Jim, director of the Navajo Department of Health (NDOH), Ramona Antone-Nez, director of the NEC, Dr. Laura Hammit, director of Infectious Disease Programs at the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health and Del Yazzie, epidemiologist, were present for the report.

Dr. Hammit described the Navajo Nation’s COVID-19 testing strategy, which she said is based on recommendations from neighboring states and from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“We’re learning new information all the time, and we need to be able to adapt to that new information, and our recommendations may change,” Dr. Hammit said.

Uranium leave it in the ground! Global online launch of first Uranium Atlas with Western Shoshone, Navajo and more

The first atomic bomb blast in July 16, 1945 in Alamogordo, New Mexico,
The international guests participating in this event are: Makoma Lekalakala (Earthlife Africa, South Africa), Ian Zabarte (Western Shoshone Nation, USA), Sascha Hach (Nuclear Free Future Foundation, Germany) and Anna Rondon (New Mexico Social Justice and Equity Institute, Navajo Nation, USA). There will be additional recorded statements from Tina Cordova (Trinity Downwinders, USA) and Larry King (Navajo Nation, USA).

Leave uranium in the ground!

Global Online Launch of the first Uranium Atlas

Watch online at 1 pm Eastern time, July 16, 2020.

The Uranium Atlas tells the global story of uranium through maps, graphics and narratives covering every phase of the uranium fuel chain. The raw material of the Atomic Age was or is mostly mined in African countries, Australia, Kazakhstan and Canada, and the consequences for the inhabitants of these mining areas have been fatal from the very beginning. The victims of global nuclear colonialism are mostly Indigenous peoples whose voices remain unheard.

July 16 is seared in the memory of New Mexicans: On July 16, 1945, at 5:30 in the morning, scientists from Los Alamos detonated Trinity, the first atomic bomb, in the White Sands desert. On July 16, 1979, at 5:30 in the morning, the tailings dam of the Church Rock uranium mill broke, contaminating the drinking water of the Diné (Navajo) people.

We dedicate the launch of the Uranium Atlas to all the victims of July 16.

Indigenous women push Deutsche Bank for fossil fuel divestment amidst pipeline shutdowns

Indigenous Women’s Divestment Delegation Pushes Deutsche Bank for Fossil Fuel Divestment Amidst Pipeline Shutdowns, a Global Pandemic and the Climate Crisis

Joint press release in collaboration with Divest Invest Protect and The Women's Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International

The Women's Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International
MEDIA CONTACT Katherine Quaid, WECAN International,
Michelle Cook, Divest Invest Protect,

SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA, California -- Following recent divestment advancements, a sixth Indigenous Women’s Divestment Delegation— infused with the spirit of their ancestors and unwavering determination to seek accountability and justice— will meet virtually with representatives from Deutsche Bank on July 16th, 2020. The Delegation will highlight human rights and Indigenous rights violations— sharing data, stories and calls for immediate action toward fossil fuel divestment and support of Indigenous self-determination and a just, clean energy future.

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