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Video: Idle No More Flash Mob Round Dance
From the open publishing newswire: On December 23, 2012, a large gathering of Indigenous people and their supporters surprised Christmas shoppers at Pioneer Place Mall in Portland Oregon with a flash mob and Round Dance.
The event was held in solidarity with the Idle No More Movement and to support First Nations Elder Chief Teresa Spencer who at this writing is on the 12th day of a hunger strike to bring awareness and recognition to indigenous treaty rights to all First Nations.
This movement which began in Canada has spread world wide, Europe, the Mid East, Australia, and Mexico, as well as scores of locations in the U.S. and Canada. Although far from a complete list, this map highlights some of the teach-ins, rallies, blockades, flash mob round dances and hunger strikes that have taken place or are being planned, as well as international solidarity actions taking place on four continents.
This video is a little under 12 minutes in length and features brief interviews with two of the indigenous people attending the event. It shows about 150 Native drummers and singers as well as many people engaged in the round dance around the perimeter.
Idle No More Flash Mob Round Dance
This "Idle No More Manifesto is excerpted from the Idle No More Facebook page
Related PIMC Video Post:
As Idle no more continues to spread indigenous people reassert there rights to there land.
NO PIPELINES! Materials drive in solidarity with Indigenous Resistance
From the open publishing newswire: Deep Green Resistance is organizing a tour of the west coast to promote the upcoming Unis'tot'en Action Camp in British Columbia. The Unis'tot'en and Wetsu'wet'in First Nations have blockaded the pathway of a proposed pipeline from the Tar Sands out to the BC coast, and have asked for activists to attend an action camp in early August to support the blockade.
We will be in Portland on the following dates:
Friday, July 27th between 7pm and 8pm at Couch Park.
Sunday, July 29th between 9am and 10:30am at Mt. Tabor Park.
Please bring DONATIONS: tents, rope, white gas fuel, climbing gear, tarps, dried/canned food, coffee, money, and anything else useful in a backcountry camp. Also, bring any statements of solidarity for delivery to the action camp. We will be hanging around to chat with anyone who is interested in DGR or the action camp, and to accept donations.
International Day of Solidarity with Leonard Peltier
From the open publishing newswire: "Background: Native American activist Leonard Peltier was wrongfully convicted in connection with the deaths of two agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The evidence shows that the FBI was the aggressor in the firefight that occurred on June 26, 1975. From 1973 to 1976, Indigenous People on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota were victims of beatings, drive-by shootings, and stabbings carried out by local vigilantes who collaborated with the FBI... Indeed, Mr. Peltier's co-defendants, tried separately, were acquitted on grounds of self-defense."
As a result of my experience as an fbi agent and my battle with the fbi assassins over the past few decades, I can confirm that the following report is based upon valid premises and that in all likelihood Leonard Peltier was wrongfully convicted as set forh below; further, he is in my opinion a hero who stood as man against the fbi psychopaths and serial killers who were sent to kill him. Also, I seved in the fbi during the time of the violence at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota; Today, the fbi continues gross violations of constitutional rights against political dissidents. I believe that Leonard Peltier was such a dissident and he is a defender of liberty against the murderous fbi agents who ran amuk at the reservation .
Bellingham Successfully Blockade Railway in Solidarity with West Coast Port Actions
From the open publishing newswire: On December 12, 2011, an autonamous group, in solidarity with the West Coast Port Blockade, successfully shut down a BNSF railway. The flow of commerce headed for two of the blockaded ports, Seattle and Vancouver, was effectively stopped. This action was in solidarity with the Bellingham community's fight against earth-destroying industries including the struggle against the Gateway Pacific Coal Terminal. We are in solidarity with #Occupy and union actions from San Diego to Anchorage. Our allegaince to oppressed humans and non-humans is foundational to our struggle.
We draw inspiration from the five-hundred + years of ongoing Indigenous resistance to the corrupting agents of colonization. We recognize that we are living on stolen land, and that the railway industries have always facilitated genocide against the native peoples of this land through land theft, displacement, and habitat destruction. In the coming months and years, we call upon communities from the Powder River Basin to the Pacific Coast to take direct action against SSA Marine's proposed Gateway Pacific Coal Terminal. Only through sustained and coordinated community opposition and direct action, can we permanently disable this arm of the capitalist machine.
Communique from the Communal Autonomous Council of San Juan Copala, Oaxaca, Mexico
From the open publishing newswire: June 2nd: To the indigenous peoples and peoples of the world. To the struggles built from below and whose origin is to the left, committed to the emblematic changes to which we are all dedicated and are a fundamental part of changing the world. To the women and men of this country who carry the world on their backs, the weight of a history plagued by injustice imposed by power. To those who dream of a great homeland, free and without any more blood, with which the poorest always pay, we who have decided to march to liberate our peoples at the cost of our lives, so that tomorrow our history has a future.
Our land, as in all of our continent called America, has been filled with innocent blood... Today, as they force us to mobilize in a caravan and they want to impose on us a destiny that is not ours, we have decided to renounce this path of death, we built the Autonomous Municipality of San Juan Copala and we reassert it in order to give our families and people an alternative way of life...Therefore, today our intention to recover our community, the MARCH OF THE COLOR OF BLOOD is the cry of our peoples... JUSTICE FOR ALL OUR DEAD! JUSTICE FOR OUR PEOPLES! Jail Antonio Cruz Garcia and his paramilitaries!
For the autonomy of the Triqui people!
9 killed as Israeli forces attack Nakba marches on northern, southern and central borders
From the open publishing newswire: An estimated four people were killed Sunday on the Syria-Israel border, five killed on the Lebanon-Israel border, 52 injured in Gaza, and at least 24 injured in the West Bank as Israeli forces attacked Palestinian refugees trying to re-enter their former homes in what is now Israel. The day of protests was a commemoration of the 'Nakba' or 'Catastrophe', the day when Israel was created on Palestinian land 63 years ago.
The Israeli military confirmed firing at protesters on the Israel-Syrian border, as thousands of refugees tried to cross into the Golan Heights - a territory that was traditionally Palestinian, but is now a disputed territory claimed by both Israel and Syria. Many Palestinians who lived in the area found their towns and families split in half by the border. Initial reports indicate that four people were killed by Israeli gunfire on the Syrian border, and dozens were wounded, as Palestinians crossed dangerous unmapped minefields to cross into the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights. At least 63 Palestinians have been detained by Israeli forces at protests in the West Bank and Jerusalem since Friday.
Longest Walk 3 Northern Route 2011
From the open publishing newswire: 'Reversing Diabetes in Native America'
Portland, OR to Washington DC
February 14 - July 8, 2011
This is a 5,000+ mile Walk Across America to bring awareness of the devastating effects of diabetes and how it can be reversed by changing our entire diet and lifestyle! This disease is at epidemic levels across America, and throughout Indian Country.
We will hold community talks along the way about reversing diabetes, and heart disease. We will be advocating for major changes in our eating habits, while promoting beneficial exercise programs. Our goal will be to REVERSE DIABETES AND RAISE THE CONSCIOUS OF AMERICA THAT WE MUST HALT THE WORST DIET IN THE WORLD!
We will be leaving Portland, OR on February 14, 2011 following a ceremony, and other events, and entering Washington DC on July 8th, 2011.
PLEASE SEE NOTES [on website] FOR ROUTE MAP AND LIST OF CITIES AND TOWNS THE WALKERS WILL WALK THROUGH!
You, too, can be a part of this! Please consider donating to our cause. We are accepting gas cards and unencumbered funds to be used for support and emergencies.
We need contacts for food and and lodging in communities along the route, and runners to help with the walk.
To see a video of Day 1 on the Walk, go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJiobo_RT-Y
CIPO-CARAVAN in Portland!
From the open publishing newswire: On November 8, 2010 CIPO-VAN launched the cipo-caravan, an epic bike ride from Vancouver, Canada to Oaxaca, Mexico.
The purpose of the cipo-caravan is to raise awareness and build community around the projects and struggles of the Consejo Indigena Popular de Oaxaca - Ricardo Flores Magon and of migrant agriculture workers in Canada. Come learn and discuss about these issues, and be part of this crazy project!
Bikes and revolution!
when: Tuesday, November 16, 2010, starts at 5 pm
where: Cramer Hall 268 at Portland State University
Organized by cipo-van & friends | info: cipovan.org, email@example.com
Four Recent Community Televison Programs On Various Themes
From the open publishing newswire: Four programs which aired recently on local Public Access: one on our banking system; two programs interviewing Vietnam Veterans; the third a program featuring Indigenous issues and culture.
["A Growing Concern" and VFP Forum"]
Emergency Protest Monday: Solidarity with Oaxaca
From the open publishing newswire:
PROTEST PARAMILITARY ATTACK ON AID WORKERS IN OAXACA, MEXICO
12 NOON MONDAY MAY 3rd Meet at the Mexican Consulate SW 13th and Morrison in Portland
PROTESTA CONTRA AL ATAQUE PARAMILITAR DE LOS TRABAJADORES HUMANITARIOS EN OAXACA, MEXICO
12:00 del lunes 03 de mayo En frente del Consulado de M?xico SW 13th y Morrison en Portland
On Tuesday, April 27th, a caravan headed to San Juan Copala was attacked by gunmen identified as members of UBISORT, an organization with affiliations with the PRI (Independent Revolutionary Party) political party. At least two are reported dead, Beatriz Carino, director of CACTUS, and Jyri Antero Jaakkola, an observer from Finland, several are missing, and at least one is wounded.
Video: Portland Solidarity Statement 5.3.10
Dooda Desert Rock events
From the open publishing newswire: The community of Chaco Rio in the Navajo Nation (SW of Farmington, New Mexico) has been blockading entry to the site of a proposed 1,500 megawatt coal fired power plant since December of 2006. Desert Rock would be the third coal plant within a 20-mile radius in a region already suffering from extreme levels of toxic emissions.
As part of a west coast speaking tour, Elouise Brown, Dine (Navajo) traditionalist and president of the Dooda Desert Rock committee, will speak about dangers posed by the coal industry, the exploitation of indigenous land by energy companies, and the ongoing struggle to prevent the Desert Rock plant from ever existing.
WED 4/7 4:30 PM NAYA - 5135 NE Columbia Blvd.
WED 4/7 7:00 PM Red & Black Cafe - 400 SE 12th
THU 4/8 6:00 PM Reed College, Vollum Center - 3203 SE Woodstock
FRI 4/9 6:00 PM KBOO - 90.7 FM
"Granny D" Passes Away
From the open publishing newswire: Doris "Granny D" Haddock died peacefully today in her Dublin, New Hampshire family home at 7:18 p.m. Tuesday, March 9, 2010. She was 100 years old. Born in 1910 in Laconia, New Hampshire, she attended Emerson College and lived through two world wars and the Great Depression. She was an activist for her community and for her country, remaining active until the return of chronic respiratory problems four days ago
In the 1960s, she and her husband, James Haddock, Sr., were instrumental in halting planned nuclear tests that would have destroyed a native fishing village and region in Alaska. A public memorial service will be held this summer.
Blockade of Golden Ears Bridge, Unceded Katzie Coast Salish territory
From the open publishing newswire: As part of the No 2010 Olympics Convergence, members of Katzie First Nation and supporters took part in blocking the Golden Ears Bridge spanning the Frazer River between Pitt Meadows and Langley B.C. - Coast Salish Territories. Early this morning [February 13, 2010] members of Katzie First Nations and supporters took part in blocking the Golden Ears Bridge for 10 minutes in protest of the creation of this unwanted infrastructure. Its purpose is to transport stolen resources from other sovereign native nations, to be shipped out throughout Asia, and ship in unnecessary sweatshop made merchandise for chain stores. This bridge has desecrated a traditional site that dates back over 3000 years, and negatively impacts our sacred food source, the salmon. My people have been told when to fish and how big our net can be since our book of rules (Indian act) in 1896. My family has been arrested for fishing when they were not allowed.