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Sunday, October 31, 2021

Zapatistas Bring Autonomous Struggle to Scotland




 

Autonomy, Self Reliance and Dignity

Article by Brenda Norrell

Censored News

Zapatistas from Chiapas, on the Journey for Life, were welcomed to Scotland. The delegation met with 15 organizations and discussed autonomous governments and the role of women.

The delegation of more than 170 Zapatistas that arrived in Vienna, Austria, are traveling through Europe in small groups and have already joined struggles in the Far North with Sami in Finland and Russia, and supported struggles in France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Greece, Ireland, the Netherlands, Basque homelands, and the struggles of migrants and Kurdish women.

The first delegation of Zapatistas arrived from Chiapas by ship, crossing the Atlantic, arriving first in Portugal and then Spain.

Zapatistas are sharing their message of resistance to capitalism and their history of autonomous government, as they battle exploiters, government oppression, and corporate theft of their homelands for mining and development in Chiapas.

Saturday, October 30, 2021

Tohono O'odham Ofelia Rivas Speaks in Defense of Territories, Honduras Conference, Day 2



Tohono O'odham Ofelia Rivas addresses Day 2 of the National Meeting of Peoples and Communities in Defense of their Territory in Honduras, with testimony from the regions of Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, Mexico City, Bogota, Los Angeles and Madrid. 

By Ofelia Rivas, Tohono O'odham
English/Espanol
Translation by Alejandro Aguilar
Censored News
Oct. 30, 2021

In Indigenous cultures there is no negotiation in sacred matters of the tangible and intangible, as recommended, acknowledgement and legal recognition of original people and original lands will begin an understanding of the extent of ancestral obligations and levels of responsibilities that are continually disrupted by all levels of government and the privatizing of lands deeply related to original peoples.

All and all the view has been antiquated racist and ignorance. Indigenous peoples, the original people, have been ignored and all inherent rights as an individual, a group and a distinct cultures are violated. The original peoples are disappeared, executed and re-categorized at the government, corporations and political whim for their benefit.

In the reality, Indigenous ways of life have long been compromised through forced relocation and immigration caused by governments and corporations taking over land.

In moving towards a sustainable healthy community all Indigenous peoples must uphold their sacred ceremonies and original foods and languages. The world has continually been altered, but the natural world remains the same. Indigenous people, the original are apart of the natural world. All Indigenous people stand strong, the natural world is our ally and it is our obligation to do whatever we can to continue to support it.

Much respect to all the land defenders and water defenders that gave their lives. I personally was imprisoned at Tapachula, Mexico immigration prison for my actions in defense of the people and land.

Government and corporations are only machines that we can disperse, we are here today as we are capable of understanding this technology. I challenge the university students to uphold their obligation to the people:

1. Develop a people friendly accessible data base of regional proposals of extraction and other developments. 2. Develop a watch dog organization with accessible data to inform the people on processes and legal rights. 3. Develop a list of pro bono or affordable legal assistance.

Day 1: In Defense of Territories, Conference in Honduras




Espanol

Día viernes

Declaraciones de Ophelia Rivas, nación tohono o’odham, noroeste de México / suroeste de Estados Unidos.

Impactos del gobierno y de las corporaciones en los pueblos indígenas, 1. Reconocimiento legal por parte del gobierno de los territorios de los pueblos originarios. 2. Inclusión en propuestas e informes de investigación de impacto ambiental. 3. Plena autoridad legal en la participación y la toma de decisiones finales. Previa falta de preaviso en reuniones iniciales, falta de reconocimiento y reconocimiento de las autoridades tradicionales. Los pueblos indígenas acceden a la tecnología para la participación plena, telefonía, servicios de internet y traducción de material. Un proceso para el pleno consentimiento informado de los pueblos indígenas. La violación del gobierno y las corporaciones de los derechos de los pueblos indígenas bajo las leyes internacionales.

Derechos indígenas a la tierra, la cultura y las personas; mujeres, niños y hombres. Todos los pueblos indígenas tienen derecho a vivir y existir sin conflictos ni privación de derechos. Las regulaciones para la pandemia hacen cumplir los derechos individuales de protección y protección para la población en general. Signatarios de derechos indígenas por estados, México y otros países en las Naciones Unidas, derechos indígenas, desarrollados por los pueblos indígenas.

Día sábado

Cuáles son las estrategias comunicativas que deben desarrollarse para promover el patrimonio tangible e intangible de los pueblos originarios y afroamericanos para el fortalecimiento económico y el buen vivir

Respuesta de Ophelia Rivas, de la nación tohono o’odham a la primera pregunta:

En las culturas indígenas no hay negociación en asuntos sagrados de lo tangible e intangible. Como se recomienda, el reconocimiento y reconocimiento legal de los pueblos originarios y las tierras originarias, iniciará un entendimiento de la extensión de las obligaciones ancestrales y niveles de responsabilidades que son continuamente interrumpidos por todos los niveles. de gobierno y la privatización de tierras profundamente relacionadas con los pueblos originarios.

Comentario de Alejandro Aguilar, antropólogo del INAH en el norte de México:

En primer lugar, decidir si esto es lo que queremos hacer. Después de ello, generar una “política patrimonial”, para la formación de una “conciencia patrimonial”, pero pensando desde la gente, desde el patrimonio tradicional de los pueblos, herencia de sus mayores. No es lo mismo cuando gente externa se apropia del patrimonio de un pueblo “patrimonializándolo”, al proceso en que un pueblo adquiere conciencia de su propia herencia e identidad.

¿Cuál ha sido el papel de los actores sociales y políticos y económicos en la promoción del patrimonio tangible e intangible de los pueblos originarios en el marco del modelo de desarrollo predominante?

Respuesta de Ophelia Rivas

Todo y todo el punto de vista ha sido racista anticuado y con ignorancia acerca de los pueblos indígenas, los pueblos originarios han sido ignorados y todos los derechos inherentes como individuo, grupo y culturas distintas son violados. Los pueblos originarios son desaparecidos, ejecutados y recalificados por el gobierno, las corporaciones y el capricho político para su beneficio.

¿Cómo avanzar hacia las sociedades sostenibles que procuran tener una relación armoniosa con la naturaleza y respetuosa de los saberes ancestrales?

En la realidad, las formas de vida indígenas se han visto comprometidas durante mucho tiempo por la reubicación forzada y la inmigración causada por gobiernos y corporaciones que se apoderan de la tierra.

¿Quiénes y porqué deben ser los actores principales que impulsen una política cultural inclusiva e integradora?

Los pueblos originarios son la autoridad con asuntos relacionados con la cultura, tales como ceremonias, lugares sagrados y tangibles e intangibles. En la práctica anterior de los gobiernos y contratistas de los gobiernos, los grupos políticos que representan ilegalmente a los pueblos originarios han desorientado y mal informado al gobierno para su propio beneficio. En el caso de una operación de extracción de oro en la tierra de O'odham, un no O'odham era el negociador que representaba a un individuo.

Sin que los pueblos indígenas creen una organización de vigilancia para acceder a las propuestas de extracción en sus regiones, seguiremos estando mal informados y mal representados.

¿Cuál ha sido o debe ser el rol de las comunidades integradas en los territorios culturalmente afines para la defensa y promoción de su patrimonio cultural?

¿Cómo avanzar hacia sociedades sostenibles que busquen tener una relación armónica con la naturaleza y respetuosa de los conocimientos ancestrales?

¿Quiénes y por qué deberían ser los principales actores que promueven una política cultural inclusiva e inclusiva?

Respuesta

Para avanzar hacia una comunidad saludable y sostenible, todos los pueblos indígenas deben mantener sus ceremonias sagradas y sus alimentos e idiomas originales. El mundo se había alterado continuamente, pero el mundo natural sigue siendo el mismo, los pueblos indígenas, los originales son parte del mundo natural, todos los pueblos indígenas se mantienen firmes, el mundo natural es nuestro aliado y es nuestra obligación hacer todo lo posible para continuar apoyándolo.

Mucho respeto a todos los defensores de la tierra y defensores del agua que dieron sus vidas.

Yo personalmente estuve preso en la prisión de inmigración de Tapachula, México, por mis acciones en defensa del pueblo y la tierra. El gobierno y las corporaciones son solo máquinas que podemos dispersar, hoy estamos aquí porque somos capaces de entender esta tecnología.

Reto a los estudiantes universitarios a cumplir con su obligación con la gente; 1. Desarrollar una base de datos accesible y amigable para las personas de propuestas regionales de extracción y otros desarrollos. 2. Desarrollar una organización de perros guardianes con datos accesibles para informar a las personas sobre los procesos y derechos legales. 3. Desarrolle una lista de asistencia legal pro bono o asequible.


Gracias

Copyright Ofelia Rivas, Censored News. May not be reproduced without permission.

Friday, October 29, 2021

Oak Flat's Holy Ground Destroyed by Vandals by Apache Stronghold



OAK FLAT HOLY GROUND VANDALIZED AGAIN

Vandals topple and destroy crosses, eagle feathers at Oak Flat Campground 


By Apache Stronghold
Censored News

OAK FLAT, Arizona – Late Thursday evening, on October 28, a representative of the Apache Stronghold found three of the four crosses of an Apache holy ground toppled and found ceremonial eagle feathers left lying on the ground.

This a repeat of the same action that took place on March 17, 2018.

The Apache Stronghold is demanding an immediate response from the U.S. Forest Service and law enforcement officials and is asking local and national leaders to condemn this hate crime and to help ensure that it does not happen again. Law enforcement has been called on to investigate the action and pursue those responsible for this targeted crime towards the Apache people and their religious practices.

"We gather at this site for blessings and healings, it is our Church, "said Dr. Wendsler Nosie, Sr., an Apache Stronghold leader and a former San Carlos Apache Tribal Chairman. "This is the second time that we are seeing this level of violence against us here, we need more protection."

The Tonto National Forest is the land manager of Oak Flat which is supposed to be protected by the U.S. Government by Treaty with the Apache People. It is also supposed to be protected under various laws, including the American Indian Religious Freedom Act.

It is still unclear whether damage or vandalism has also occurred to other sites at Oak Flat, especially those sites newly exposed after this summer's fire.

Images of the desecration taken by Dr. Nosie on October 28, 2021:

More information at: http://apache-stronghold.com/about-us.html Instagram: @protectoakflat

Twitter: @ProtectOakFlat, @BECKETlaw

In Defense of O'odham: Indigenous Rise in Defense of Their Territories -- by Ofelia Rivas


Ofelia Rivas. Photo Jason Jaacks.


Ofelia Rivas, O'odham, joined Indigenous defenders from throughout the Americas battling corporations, governments and invaders

Statement by Ofelia Rivas, O'odham
National Meeting of Peoples and Communities in Defense of their Territory, in Honduras, with testimony from the regions of Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, Mexico City, Bogota, Los Angeles and Madrid
Censored News
Oct. 29, 2021

O'odham original territories invaded and bisected into two countries are today without land rights, without cultural and sacred sites protection and without human rights protection. These existing elements create a much needed true dialog with the first people of the lands.

Recommend: 1. Acknowledgement of original peoples as human beings apart of the natural world of Mother Earth. 2. Recognition of the original people original lands and distinct cultures documented and undocumented histories. 3. Restoration of human rights, land rights and all legal rights.

These elements are needed to support defenders against corporations and government from disappearing original people, killing defenders and illegally occupying lands.

In northern Sonora Mexico we are defenseless against the illegal invaders, unable to protect sacred sites and entire communities. Also in southern Arizona, United States, we are defenseless against government projects such as the Elbit Systems  surveillance towers in communities and other border projects.

Gold mines with un-monitored leach fields and chemical waste dumps and the lack of water protection has plagued northern Sonora, Mexico. Now, 47 communities are reduced to small rancheras with very few people. The O'odham of Mexico communities are displaced and absorbed into nearby townships with loss of government required membership numbers for assistance. O'odham existing in communities have no assistance for electricity or water to communities.

Ofelia Rivas: O'odham Rights website:

Ofelia Rivas en espanol
Translation by Alejandro Aguilar

Los territorios originales de O'odham invadidos y divididos en dos países se encuentran hoy sin derechos sobre la tierra, sin protección de sitios culturales y sagrados y sin protección de derechos humanos.

North Dakota Human Rights Film Festival Celebrates the Women of Standing Rock



Opening night of Human Rights Film Festival Celebrates the Women of Standing Rock

November 2 -- 18, 2021




Filmmaker Shannon Kring and rights activist Phyllis Youg will participate in Q&A following the film

FARGO, North Dakota (Friday, October 29, 2021) – The 2021 North Dakota Human Rights Film Festival & Summit opens Tuesday, November 2 with afternoon and evening film screenings at the historic Fargo Theatre in Fargo, North Dakota. The event is free and to the public. Due to the ongoing pandemic, limited seating is provided for in-person events, and masks and vaccination requirements are in place. Tickets can be reserved at www.ndhrff.org.

At 1:30 p.m., 1971 critically acclaimed feature documentary THE MURDER OF FRED HAMPTON will screen. The film is about the short life and death of Fred Hampton, a young African-American civil rights activist in Chicago and leader of the Illinois Black Panther Party. During the film’s production, Hampton was fatally shot on December 4, 1969, in a pre-dawn raid at his apartment by the Chicago Police Department. The raid was revealed to have been organized in cooperation with the FBI. The film is screened in partnership with the North Dakota Film Society.

At 7 p.m., the festival will recognize the 5-year anniversary of the peaceful protest against the installation of the Dakota Access Pipeline in Standing Rock with the screening of the documentary feature film, END OF THE LINE: THE WOMEN OF STANDING ROCK.

WECAN Delegation COP 26 -- Rising for Communities and Mother Earth

WECAN Indigenous Women's COP 26 Delegation Glasgow

Dear Community,
The past months have brought strong winds of social unrest, spreading among many countries and continents. People are rising demanding systemic change in diverse movements, and WECAN feels the urgency of this moment from social movements to climate actions.

In the coming week, the WECAN team is traveling with our outstanding delegation to COP26 in Glasgow to join civil society calls for governments and financial institutions to take meaningful and significant climate action.

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Ohlone Leader Corrina Gould Receives Lifetime Achievement Award


Sacred Land News - October 2021

Lifetime Award to Corrina Gould



By Sacred Land Film Project
Censored News

Ohlone leader Corrina Gould will receive the Heyday Books Lifetime Achievement Award this evening.  Heyday asked us to produce a short film about Corrina's life—the Shellmound walks she led in the 1990s, the 109-day occupation of the Ohlone village and sacred site at Sogorea Te in 2011, and the ongoing struggle to protect the West Berkeley Shellmound.

The Sacred Land Film Project produced a 13-minute film about Corrina's life work, which will be the heart of tonight's celebration. You can catch it on Heyday's YouTube channel tonight, Thursday, October 28, at 6pm PT.

Congratulations, Corrina!


West Berkeley Shellmound Update

Saturday, October 23, 2021

Apache Stronghold 'Native Religious Sacred Sites on Federal Land have no Protections from the U.S. Government'

Wendsler Nosie at San Francisco Civic Center. Photo by Steve Pavey


Native Religious Sacred Sites on Federal Land have no Protections from the U.S. Government 


By Apache Stronghold
Censored News
Oct. 22, 2021
French translation by Christine Prat
https://chrisp.lautre.net/wpblog/?p=6790

SAN FRANCISCO -- The United States Government position today in Apache Stronghold vs U.S. in the Appeal  hearing in the 9th Circuit Court confirmed that the destruction of Apache Religion is not a  concern of the U.S Government and is not an obligation of the U.S., confirming the fact that  oppression of Native people is not, never was and will not stand in the way of their actions.

"We knew where we stood all along, now the U.S. Government admits that we do not matter and that they own all federal land and the decisions about the land, our connection to it is not  of their concern."

Friday, October 22, 2021

Nye County Sheriff Releases Myron Dewey Fatal Accident Report



The Nye County Sheriff's Department said Myron Dewey died as a result of a head-on collision, when a truck pulled into his lane on a dirt road near Yomba, Nevada. 

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News
Oct. 20, 2021
Updated Oct. 24, 2021

YOMBA, Nevada -- The Nye County Sheriff Department's accident report states that the fatal accident that resulted in the death of Paiute Shoshone Journalist Myron Dewey was the result of a second vehicle pulling into his lane and causing a head-on collision.

The driver of the second vehicle, John David Walsh of Reno, said he was headed north on Ione Road, a dirt road in Nye County, when a vehicle passed him headed south and stirred up dust. Walsh said he pulled into the other lane to get out of the dust, and that is when the head-on collision occurred.

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Facebook locks account after publication of Myron Dewey's fatal crash police report


By Brenda Norrell

Censored News

Today, after publishing an article detailing the police reports of the vehicle crash that resulted in the death of Paiute Shoshone Journalist Myron Dewey, Facebook locked me out of my account. Attempts today to recover the account were unsuccessful.

The Nye County Sheriff's Department released the traffic crash reports from the Sheriff's Department and the Nevada Highway Patrol yesterday, Oct. 20.  https://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2021/10/nye-county-sheriff-releases-myron-dewey.html

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Likht'samisyu Clan Enforces Coastal Gaslink Eviction, Decommissions Heavy Equipment



Likht'samisyu Clan Enforces Coastal Gaslink Eviction, Decommissions Heavy Equipment

Media Contact: Chief Smogelgem (Warner Naziel)
Censored News
Oct 19, 2021

Unceded Likht'samisyu Territory, Houston, B.C. -- Coastal Gaslink (CGL) has removed all heavy machinery from the Wet'suwet'en territory of Parrot Lake following the seizure and decommissioning of an excavator by Likht'samisyu Hereditary Chief Dsta'hyl.
Likht'samisyu is one of five clans of the Wet'suwet'en nation, each of which have rejected all fossil fuel pipeline projects slated to cross unceded Wet'suwet'en lands. In January 2020, Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs (including several Likht'samisyu chiefs) issued an eviction notice to Coastal Gaslink and its employees, resulting in nationwide solidarity actions and the immediate eviction of Coastal Gaslink workers from Wet'suwet'en lands.
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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

OAK FLAT: Apache Protest and Media Advisory for Federal Court in San Francisco Oct. 22, 2021




This week: Apaches in court to save their sacred land

Ninth Circuit to hear Apache Stronghold’s plea to save Oak Flat from destruction

By Apache Stronghold
Censored News

WASHINGTON – Apaches in Arizona will be in federal court this week to save their spiritual lifeblood and sacred site known as Oak Flat from being destroyed by a copper mine that would swallow their holy ground in a nearly 2-mile-wide crater deeper than the Eiffel Tower.

Monday, October 18, 2021

Mohawk Mothers Tell McGill 'Don't Mess With Our Land!'



MOTHERS TELL MCGILL:
'DON’T MESS WITH OUR LAND!'

Statement by Mohawk Mothers
Censored News
English and French

Allegations of unmarked graves of Indigenous children left by MK-Ultra psychiatric  experiments on the site of the Allan Memorial Institute of McGill University lead the  kanien'kehá:ka kahnistensera (mohawk mothers), sovereign caretakers of the unceded  territory of Montreal, to block the project of re-purposing the Royal Victoria Hospital, and  to reclaim a forensic and archaeological investigation on the site.  

Tionni’tio’tià:kon (Montreal), Quebec, October 18, 2021. The kanien'kehá:ka kahnistensera (mohawk mothers),  caretakers of the quenondah (two mountains/mount royal) by virtue of their connection with mother earth,  demand the immediate suspension of all reconstruction plans for the Royal Victoria Hospital and Allan  Memorial Institute sites on the campus of McGill University, for the following reasons: 1) The site is unceded kanien'kehá:ka territory. Only the kahnistensera can give permission to do anything on this land; 2) The site contains archaeological remains from the original precolonial Iroquoian village; 3) The grounds of the Allan  Memorial Institute must be investigated for potential unmarked graves and proof of atrocities committed during  the MK-Ultra program, between 1954 and 1963. 

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Mohawk Nation News 'Kanistensera to End McGill Vic Cover-Up'


KANISTENSERA TO END MCGILL ROYAL VIC COVER-UP Audio

Posted on October 15, 2021

Mohawk Nation News




MNN. 14 Oct. 2021. TO ALL OUR RELATIONS:

Listen to audo at MNN


https://mohawknationnews.com/blog/2021/10/15/kanistensera-to-end-mcgill-royal-vic-cover-up-audio/

OBJECT: Public Consultation on the Former Royal Victoria Hospital. This brief was served on McGill Royal Victoria Secretariat on October 15, 2021.



FROM: The rotisken’raketeh of kahnawake, ohsweken/six nations of the grand river, akwesasne, and kanehsatake, on behalf of the kanien’kehá:ka kahnistensera (the mohawk mothers).

Friday, October 15, 2021

Climate Youths Arrested: More Than 655 People Arrested This Week: People vs. Fossil Fuels in Washington

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People vs. Fossil Fuels Mobilization Concludes with Youth-Led Civil Disobedience at the Capitol; 90 Arrested At Capitol; Total Arrests at 655 for the Week

More than 650 People Arrested During This Week’s “People Vs. Fossil Fuels” Mobilization Demanding Urgent Action to Stop New Fossil Fuel Projects

Build Back Fossil Free Coalition Statement
Censored News
See Photos and Video from the week

WASHINGTON — Under a banner declaring “We did not vote for fossil fuels,” Indigenous and youth climate activists led a march to the Capitol today for a mass civil disobedience action, demanding Congress and the Biden Administration take urgent action to stop all new fossil fuel projects and launch a just renewable energy revolution. 90 people were arrested on the fifth and final day of the “People vs. Fossil Fuels” mobilization, bringing the total arrested during the week of action to 655.
 

Democracy Now! 'People vs. Fossil Fuels”: Over 530 Arrested in Historic Indigenous-Led Climate Protests in D.C.'

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Today on Democracy Now!

Photos and videos of this week, with voices of Red Lake, Inupiat Siqiñiq Maupin and Joye Braun, Cheyenne River Lakota. Friday, Oct. 15, 2021.

Youth Climate Activists Risking Arrest in Washington


Now Friday: 5th Day of People vs. Fossil Fuel actions in Washington. BREAKING: Youth activists risking arrest in front of the US Capitol. https://twitter.com/i/status/1449040661894864897
Friday, noon hour in Washington.
"This is our reality. Generation after generation we fight for the Earth," said Jennifer Falcon, photographer. "Native youth are blocking the street outside of the capital risking arrest to demand
Joe Biden declare a climate emergency."


Situation evolving now. Cops have formed a human circle around the youth climate activists. Zip ties and handcuffs visible.


#PeopleVsFossilFuels is outside the Capitol. 10:04 AM · Oct 15, 2021

Livestream on Facebook: Climate youths blocking street to Capitol. Watch video from Friday.

From the Gulf of Finland to the Arctic Circle, Zapatistas link with Sami and Finland's Struggles


Meeting with the Sápmi people inside a large Lavvu tent.
Photo: Suomi Armadillo Collective



From the Gulf of Finland to the Arctic Circle, the Zapatistas link  with Finland's Struggles.


Grieta Collective
Censored News
Original en Espanol
More photos and video at:

October 10, 2021 - Traveling from end to end of Finland, the Zapatista delegation "La Extemporánea" has met with collectives, organizations and individuals learning about their struggles and resistances, learning and exchanging experiences. The Armadillo Suomi Collective of Finland has documented and shared different moments of this journey that has taken the indigenous Mayan rebels from Helsinki on the shores of the Gulf of Finland to the territory of the Sami people, within the Arctic Circle, in the town of Ohcejohka, where the borders of capital mark the boundary between Finland and Norway.

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Fifty-five Water Protectors Arrested Occupying Bureau of Indian Affairs in Washington

                         
Fifty-five Water Protectors Arrested Occupying BIA in Washington Today

Photos by Jennifer Falcon



About half of the group occupying the BIA in Washington have been taken out by police. -- Jennifer Falcon on Twitter, 2:15 pm, Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021

Watch video by Jennifer Falcon on Twitter
More video on Twitter from inside Occupied BIA: 
People vs. Fossil Fuels, Day 4 of Action in Washington
NOW! Outside Interior where about 50 people are occupying the BIA. Resist Line 3 said, "BREAKING: cops are brutally shoving pipeline activists at the Department of Interior - where Sec. Deb Haaland refuses to use her power to Stop Line3."
Five minutes ago: Jennifer K. Falcon on Twitter:
"Police have given their first warning inside the Bureau of Indian Affairs as over fifty water protectors have occupied the building demanding JoeBiden take immediate action on climate change and #stopline3" Oct. 14, 1:20 pm in Washington.NOW! "More Indigenous leaders and their allies have breached the Bureau of Indian Affairs. There are over 50 people occupying the building now." -- Jennifer Falcon on Twitter, the noon hour in Washington on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021.


 



                                                   Day 4: People vs. Fossil Fuels March on Washington

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

WASHINGTON -- 90 More Arrested as Victims of Climate Chaos Descend on White House


Climate justice and Indigenous activist Siqiñiq Maupin of Sovereign Inupiat for a Living Arctic joins a protest against fossil fuels in front of the White House in Washington, D.C. on October 13, 2021. (Photo: Eman Mohammed/Survival Media Agency)


90 More Arrested as Victims of Climate Chaos Descend on White House

"People are dying rapidly," said one campaigner battling a proposed petrochemical complex in a polluted region of Louisiana. "President Biden… you are letting us down."

JESSICA CORBETT
October 13, 2021
Common Dreams

Another 90 people were arrested outside the White House on Wednesday as residents and supporters of communities on the frontlines of climate chaos joined a week of action ramping up pressure on President Joe Biden to deliver on his campaign promises.

"How much longer will the future of our communities be on the shoulders of citizens without the backing of our elected officials?"

Nearly 300 people have been arrested over the past three days, according to organizers of the #PeopleVsFossilFuels, who are calling on the president to block all new fossil fuel projects and declare a climate emergency.

The theme of Wednesday's protest was "climate chaos is happening now." People from Alaska, California, Louisiana, North Carolina, and Texas shared how fossil fuel development and extreme weather exacerbated by rising temperatures are affecting their communities.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Zapatistas Welcomed to Ireland



Zapatistas on the Journey for Life received a warm welcome today when they arrived in Ireland. The delegation is from the larger delegation of 177 from Chiapas that arrived in Vienna, Austria. Championing the struggle and resistance, they carry the message of autonomy, self reliance and dignity. Zapatistas from the delegation have also been with Sami in the Far North lands of Finland and Russia.
“Living as human beings means living with freedom. Living is about art, science, joy, dance, & struggle.” -Words of the Zapatistas

Article by Brenda Norrell
Censored News

Zapatistas are in Ireland! Speaking in Tzeltal, Tzotzil, Chol, Zoque, Mam, Tojolabal through Spanish and from Irish through English ...

The delegations on the Journey for Life are spreading across Europe now.

One delegation of Zapatistas was with Sami in the far north, Finland and Russia, others are planning for journeys to Scotland and London. A total of 177 Zapatistas arrived from Chiapas, after being delayed when the Mexican government delayed issuing passports.

They touched down in Vienna, Austria, and supported Kurdish women in resistance immediately before joining resistance efforts to protect the land and water in neighboring countries.

Before this delegation of 177 flew to Europe, another delegation of Zapatistas from Chiapas crossed the Atlantic by ship, joining resistance struggles in Spain, France and beyond, carrying their message of 'Resistance. Autonomy. Self Reliance. Dignity.' 

Apache Convoy on the Spiritual Road to the Ninth Circuit Court



Rev. John Mendez joins the Apache Spiritual Convoy To the 9th Circuit
with Wendsler Nosie, founder Apache Stonghold 

Apache Stronghold on Spiritual Journey through Arizona and California to Protect Sacred Oak Flat

By Apache Stronghold
Censored News
Oct. 13, 2021

Rev. John Mendez who retired in 2019 as pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Winston-Salem has his whole life been engaged in the struggle for social justice. He has come to San Carlos Apache Reservation to join his long time friend of 30 years, Wendsler Nosie Sr., spiritual leader of the Apache Stronghold, on an important spiritual convoy that begins this week to the 9th Circuit Court in San Francisco for a hearing on the 22nd where the Apache religion will be on trial, a religion that seeks to protect not only sacred Oak Flat from destruction, but to protect all of Mother Earth and all the future generations to come. John said, “I had to come.” And he has been coming to support the Apache Stronghold now for 30 years joining efforts to not only protect Mount Graham and Oak Flat, but to recognize the Apache and all native religions as authentic and legitimate religion that must be recognized and protected.


 

155 More Arrested for 'People Vs. Fossil Fuels' Protest at White House


Throughout the week, Indigenous leaders and climate activists are leading protests outside the White House to demand that President Joe Biden stop fossil fuel projects and declare a climate emergency. (Photo: Shadia Fayne Wood/Survival Media Agency)

155 More Arrested for 'People Vs. Fossil Fuels' Protest at White House

"We're coming every day of this week to tell Biden: Stop this madness."

JESSICA CORBETT

October 12, 2021

 Common Dreams

At least 155 more protesters were arrested outside the White House Tuesday as part of a weeklong action pressuring President Joe Biden to declare a climate emergency and end all new fossil fuel projects.


Russell Chisholm, coordinator of Mountain Valley Watch and co-chair of Protect Our Water Heritage Rights, was among those who spoke at the rally Tuesday. Pointing to the years of opposition that the MVP has faced, he vowed that "we will continue to resist that project until it is defeated."
Guided by the theme "fossil fuels are driving the climate crisis," the latest demonstration followed over 100 arrests on Monday, when protesters marked Indigenous Peoples' Day and drew attention to polluting operations including Enbridge's Line 3 tar sands project and the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP).

Chisholm said that opponents will keep up the fight "not just to protect our water, not just to protect that tiny spring that feeds my home, but to protect our brothers and sisters who live along the Gulf Coast, who live with the climate-induced catastrophes all the way back to Katrina."

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