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Local snowboarding-gear company "Grenade "Gloves" boasts on their website (http://grenadegloves.com/news.php?id=721) that three snowboarders from the company team, known as "the army," will be competing at the 2010 winter olympic games, to be held on stolen native land in St'at'imc & Squamish Territories. The three athletes, Greg Bretz, Scotty Lago, and Louie Vito, express excitement and eager anticipation for participating in the olympic games, with no apparent analysis of the harmful impact that the olympics will have on the people and the living environment where it's taking place.
In Related News
Indymedia Reporter Detained in "No Mans Land" on his way to Vancouver Olympics
Also see this related story
January 10, 2010 - The mainstream media continued aiding and abetting the dirty coal industry this week, in the genocidal targeting of American Indian lands for toxic and polluting industries that the rest of the world doesn't want in their backyards.
Hopi and Navajo fighting Peabody Coal mining on Black Mesa celebrated a victory this week when the US Interior Dept. rejected a mining permit for Peabody Coal. It is a victory that the majority of the mainstream media is ignoring. Hopi and Navajo have made it easy for even the laziest journalist, or the newspaper without a dime for travel, to cover the story. There are press statements online with abundant quotes from the Hopi and Navajo who took the action and live on the land. Their phone numbers are also on their press statements, so the mainstream media has no excuse. Censored News will even send the judge's order by e-mail to anyone that requests it.
It seems the mainstream media doesn't want to admit the truth about mining on Black Mesa. Journalists do not want to take the time to understand the facts.
link to narcosphere.narconews.com
Featuring presentations by indigenous filmmaker Chris Francisco, Director and Associate Professor of Native American Studies Dr. Cornel Pewewardy, and a representative of the Olympic Resistance Network from Canada... Documentaries will also be shown and there will be free food, childcare, and opportunities for networking.
When: January 3rd, 2010. 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: Native American Student and Community Center, Portland State University, 710 SW Jackson Street, Portland, OR 97201.
The IRS has stolen 7,100 acres from the Crow Creek Indians; the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) has facilitated the land-grab. Tribal leader Brandon Sazue is fasting and occupying the stolen territory with tribal members and supporters. The federales have not yet sent in the army as they did in 1862, resulting in the largest mass execution in US history.
The Olympic Resistance Network will be in Portland to teach about the devastating legacy and impacts of the Olympics as well as describe the state of movement that is building militant resistance to the Five Ring Circus. Come learn how we in Portland can stand in solidarity with our neighbors to the north! The 2010 Winter Olympics will take place on unceded indigenous land in the Coast Salish Territories. Far from being simply about 'sport', the history of the Olympics is one rooted in displacement, corporate greed, fascism, repression, and violence. Those with the most to gain from the Olympics are the political and corporate elite - from real estate developers to private security corporations.
For more info: www.No2010.com, www.OlympicResistance.net, http://cascadiaconvergencenetwork.wordpress.com/
Related Article: Olympic Resistance Network Speaker Prevented From Speaking Out in Portland
Caravan in Support of Communities On The Front Lines Of Resistance at Big Mountain, Black Mesa, AZ.
The legacy of genocide suffered by America's indigenous nations is ongoing, too few United States citizens realize, even while making mortgage payments on stolen land. The Dineh (Navajo) are presently resisting relocation and are constantly harassed by tribal government cops from the neighboring Hopis. Previous to Peabody Coal's profitable interest in mining Big Mountain there was intermarriage and peace between the Hopis and Dineh.
If you're concerned about justice for indigenous nations and peoples here in the pacific northwest and around the world, then come help plan several awareness raising events.
On Thursday, Sep. 10th at 5:30 PM anyone interested in helping to plan several events around these issues should join us at the PSU library.
First thing we want to plan out is starting a weekly film showing and discussion around topics related to indigenism (the political belief that the needs and wants of indigenous peoples and nations must be seriously considered and taken into account by everyone). These films will include documentaries about land rights struggles and recorded discussions by knowledgeable speakers about working for autonomy and restoring traditional lifestyles, for example. Also up for discussion will be the possibility of getting together an event in early January...
Who should come? Anyone who wants to promote justice locally. People need not be indigenous themselves to understand that what's good for indigenous peoples and nations is ultimately good for everyone, and that without justice for first nations there can be no justice at all.
A vigil for Leonard Peltier
Monday July 27 6 PM
Speakers : Dorothy Ackerman, Sioux elder on the Grand Council of the American Indian Movement
Michael One Road, NW AIM
Leonard Peltier's first full parole hearing was held in 1993, at which time his case was continued for a 15-year reconsideration. Mr. Peltier has recently applied for and been granted a parole hearing. The hearing is scheduled for July 28, 2009. All supporters are encouraged to step up their efforts in support of parole for Leonard Peltier
Brian Willson lost both of his legs in an attempt to prevent U.S. arms from reaching Nicaragua's CIA-endorsed Contras. He will be speaking at a benefit for Iraq veterans against the war at 7 PM [Thursday] July 23, at the First Unitarian Church in Portland, 1211 SW Main. Donations are requested, but noone will be turned away. This is a fundraiser to help send a delegation that I am part of to Venezuela in September
For more information please visit our website: pdxvenezuela.org
Leonard Peltier, Native American leader, Ojibwa-Sioux of Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation in North Dakota, has been unjustly imprisoned for 34 years in U.S. federal prison, a victim of FBI political persecution. His upcoming parole hearing is Monday, July 27.
Act Today! Letters should be received by the BOP before July 14. Add your voice to help free Leonard Peltier!
Click here to send a letter (via the web) to the parole commission today!
Despite the rain on Wednesday morning, several intrepid activists picketed outside Halton Cat on Columbia Boulevard in Northeast Portland. The small, but spirited group of protesters held the action in solidarity with the national day of action against Caterpillar, timed to coincide with the company's annual shareholder meeting.
Presentation/discussion about the ongoing genocide & ecocide
carried out on unceeded, unsurrended Coast Salish territories and
intensified by the coming Olympics. We will look at how different
anti-Olympic communities lead lives of resistance and take
direct-action against capitalism, colonization & social control.
Sunday, May 24th
Red and Black Cafe
400 SE 12th ave at Oak
Portland, OR 97214
By donation, no one turned away for lack of funds
An educational forum focused on the ongoing case of incarcerated American Indian activist Leonard Peltier will be held May 20, 2009, at 7 pm, at the Native American Student and Community Center at Portland State University.
Recently, Peltier was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for a sixth consecutive year, in honor of his remarkable success in furthering causes of peace and human rights from behind bars during his 33 years of incarceration.
On the campaign trail last fall, President Obama met with Native American leaders and indicated his willingness to consider clemency or to support parole for Peltier. The May 20th event is part of a nationwide effort to renew support for Peltier's release now that Obama is in office.
I am writing from the Yakama Nation. And I want to say that I just saw the most shameful thing. It involves video taped footage of a press conference held by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (and also ODFW) at the Bonneville dam. The press conference was to convince the public that these organizations need to, and can safely kill sea lions to protect salmon at that dam. And to make their point, they paraded out a woman presented as a Native grandmother. It was the most shameless display of tokenism I have yet seen, and went mostly unchallenged by the press who eagerly lapped it up and patted her on her head. It was disgusting.
Were you confused or upset by the recent Israeli invasion of Gaza? Not sure what to do next? Maybe you feel like you are missing information about the conflict, and want to find out more.
Come to a screening of Occupation 101, a thought-provoking and powerful documentary film on the current and historical root causes of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This is an important and ground-breaking film that includes the voices of Jewish and Palestinian scholars, and background on the conflict that helps fill in the gaps. Unlike any other film ever produced on the conflict -- 'Occupation 101' presents a comprehensive analysis of the facts and hidden truths surrounding the never ending controversy and dispels many of its long-perceived myths and misconceptions. This screening will also include a question and answer session with Alison Weir, of 'If Americans Knew', who appears in the film.
Monday February 16th
Hollywood Theatre - 4122 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland OR
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Portland Community Media program featuring a live interview with Saed Bannoura of International Middle East Media Center and William Seaman of Portland Peaceful Response Coalition and American Jews for a Just Peace
A Growing Concern, Free Gaza
Around 250 people gathered Sunday afternoon at the corner of Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland (of course forbidden from using the square itself, because Portland's main public square is PRIVATELY owned....but that's another issue). The protesters, as in the Tuesday and Friday protests, were mainly from Portland's Arab-American community. Supporters from the peace and justice community were also present, and the protest lined the sidewalks on all four corners at SW 7th and Salmon.
Please join us for a film screening to help raise funds for the NW Caravan To Support The Struggle For Survival On The Front Lines Of Resistance at Big Mountain, Black Mesa, AZ. November 22-29, 2008
Here, we will have literature and a film describing some of the elements of the struggle of resistance to brutal colonialism, coal mining, and environmental devastation from the indigenous residents on Big Mountain. We will also have applications available if you want to participate in this year's Caravan.
Saturday, November 8th, 7p, Red and Black Cafe , Corner of SE 12th & Oak, FREE, Donations greatly appreciated
**Join Us For The Caravan To Support The Struggle For Survival On The Front Lines Of Resistance at Big Mountain, Black Mesa, AZ. November 22-29, 2008**
IMPORTANT INFO ON NW CARAVAN TO BLACK MESA, AZ!!
**Join Us For The Caravan To Support The Struggle For Survival On The Front Lines Of
Resistance at Big Mountain, Black Mesa, AZ. November 22-29, 2008**
Please Come to the Upcoming NW Regional Planning Meetings!!
The caravan is six weeks away and that time is going to go by fast!
We strongly urge ALL participants to attend ALL upcoming regional meetings
to ensure that people are really prepared.
*We are asking all interested participants to first pre-register to help
us estimate how many people to expect as well as to help us make necessary
To pre-register, please contact: stephanie@RisingTideNorthAmerica.org
-- NW Regional Meetings: Sunday, 7 PM --
Oct. 19, Nov. 2nd, Nov. 9th, Nov. 16th
3 Friends Coffee House. 201 SE 12th Ave. Portland, OR 97214
Directions: link to maps.yahoo.com
This morning at 8:20 local activists hung a banner over Interstate-84 in solidarity with tribes of the Klamath River, who have called for a Day of Action against Pacificorp, which has stalled the removal of its four outmoded dams, which are choking life from the waters and communities of the Klamath Watershed.
Warren Buffet, the owner and wealthiest person on the planet, has repeatedly refused to remove the damsódisregarding indefensible costs to the environment, as well as the cultural, physical, and economic wellbeing of indigenous, agricultural, and other local communities in Southern Oregon and Northern California. Not only do the dams prevents salmon from spawning upriver, but they have also brought about large growths of algae toxic to fish, plants, and humans.
Indigenous nations are disproportionately targeted by fossil fuel extraction & environmental devastation and Black Mesa is no exception. At this moment Peabody Coal Co. is planning to seize tribal lands and massively expand dirty coal strip-mining operations. In 30 years of controversial operation, Peabody's Black Mesa Mine has been the source of an estimated 325 million tons of CO2 that have been discharged into the atmosphere.* If expansion plans are permitted, ... Coal from the Black Mesa mine could contribute an additional 290 million tons of CO2 to the global warming crisis!*
Institutional racism has fueled neglect and abandonment of public needs such as water, maintenance of roads, health care, and schools. Daily life for Big Mountain residents hasn't changed too much over the years, except that more of them have become elderly and now struggle with daily chores. Due to lack of local job opportunities and federal strangulation on Indian self-sufficiency, extended families are forced to live many miles away to earn incomes and have all the social amenities which include choices in mandatory American education. On behalf of their peoples, their sacred ancestral lands, and future generations, residents of Black Mesa continue their staunch resistance to the efforts of the US Government, which is acting in the interests of the Peabody Coal Company to devastate whole communities & ecosystems, and de-stabilize our planet's climate for the profit of an elite few. We are at a critical juncture and must take a stand in support of communities on the front lines of resistance now! By assisting with direct, on-land projects with the Sovereign communities of Big Mountain, Black Mesa you are helping families resist an illegal occupation and to stay on their lands, who serve as the very blockade to coal mining! Projects include chopping wood, water catchment, health care, corral, roof, & home repairs.
** There is a caravan heading out from Portland. If you want to participate, we will be having weekly organizing meetings in October
For more information, or to help, please contact the Portland Coordinator at: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Portland, Or - September 18th, 2008
Come support the largest dam removal project in the history of the world alongside Klamath community members and Native people! We will assemble at Holladay Park at the corner of NE Multnomah and 11th Street in Portland at 12 noon.
From there we will march to PacifiCorp's headquarters for a press conference and rally featuring speakers from Tribal, fishing, and conservation communities. Please bring your Un-Dam the Klamath signs, salmon costumes, and lots of friends! There will be no business as usual for PacifiCorp as long as there is no business as usual on the Klamath River. Un-Dam the Klamath!
Related Coverage: Public Access Coverage of the Issue Thursday evening, 9/18 from 6 - 7:00 pm on the Public Access program, "Native Nations," which will air live on channel 11
Video Entitled "This is Coast Salish Territory"
On Monday April 28th, 2008 Indigenous Warriors on Coast Salish Territory blocked a vital intersection used for commercial shipping to the United States. The action was done in solidarity with the Tyendinaga Mohawk community. Five Warriors from Tyendinaga had been arrested and attacked by the OPP days before. SWAT teams and paramilitary units were on Tyendinaga Territory surrounding dozens of other unarmed Warriors who were peacefully occupying a rock quarry claimed to be on their territory.
Solidarity actions also happened in Six Nations and Guelph. With the mounting pressure from coast to coast, and steadfast position of the Tyendinaga Mohawks the SWAT teams and paramilitary units left Tyendinaga Territory without additional attacks.
Since their arrest, three of the five Warriors have been released on strict bail conditions. Two Warriors, Clint Brant and Shawn Brant are still in state custody.
Omaha, NE - Tonight a group of Native women from the Klamath River Basin will stage a protest over Warren Buffett's fish killing dams on the Klamath River in Northern California. The event will be held during a cocktail party at Buffett's local diamond retail Borsheims.
"Wealthy women come here to shop for their jewelry. Wealthy women from the Klamath River make our jewelry from the plants that grow along the river banks and the shells of mussel and abalone," says Yurok Tribal member Georgiana Myers. "Now the river is so polluted from Buffett's dams we are worried about harvesting the plants we need for our jewelry and regalia."
The women, many of whom are mothers, hope to convince the Buffett family to consider their appeals to meet and discuss a dam removal plan that would serve in everyone's best interests.
The conspiracy to divide Bolivia must be denounced
The process of changes in favor of the Bolivian majority is at risk of being brutally restrained. The rise to power of an Indigenous president with unprecedented support in that country and his programs of popular benefits and recovery of the natural resources have had to face the conspiracies of the oligarchy and United States interference from the very beginning.
In recent days the increase in conspiracy has reached its climax. The subversive and unconstitutional actions of the oligarchic groups to try to divide the Bolivian nation reflect the racist and elitist minds of these sectors and constitute a very dangerous precedent not only for the country's integrity, but for other countries in our region.
History shows with ample eloquence, the terrible consequences that the divisionary and separatist processes supported and induced by foreign interests have had for humanity. Faced with this situation the signers below would like to express their support for the government of Evo Morales Ayma, for his policies for change and for the sovereign constituent process of the Bolivian people. At the same time we reject the so-called Santa Cruz Autonomy Statute due to its unconstitutionality and the attempt against the unity of a nation of our America.
Support Bolivia: http://www.todosconbolivia.org/index.php?lang=2
[7min] Video of an interview with Capise Speaker on Ominous Situation in Chiapas. Mexican government paramilitaries are intensifying their activity, Mexican special forces units surround the Zapatista autonomous councils, and the low-intensity conflict is threatening to escalate further.
Also read Gloria Mu?oz Ramirez's book (released in the USA in 2008 with an updated last chapter), and listen to the interview with her on Radio Zapatista (broadcasting from occupied Aztlan)
It is time to prepare!
Inform yourself, start an affinity group, LIVE ZAPATISMO in your community, go down to Chiapas and help setting up vital infrastructure projects or be a human rights observer, boycott commercial tourism to Mexico, look to see what projects/investments/etc. of the Mexican "malgobierno" exist in your area...
Related: Movement for Justice in the Barrio
In the summer of 2006, a broad-based, non-violent, popular uprising exploded in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca. Some compared it to the Paris Commune, while others called it the first Latin American revolution of the 21st century. But it was the people's use of the media that truly made history in Oaxaca.
A 90-minute documentary, A Little Bit of So Much Truth captures the
unprecedented media phenomenon that emerged when tens of thousands of school teachers, housewives, indigenous communities, health workers,
farmers and students took 14 radio stations and one TV station into
their own hands, using them to organize, mobilize and ultimately
defend their grassroots struggle for social, cultural and economic
Un Poquito de Tanta Verdad (A Little Bit of So Much Truth)
When: Friday April 11, 7-8:30pm
Where: Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE Sandy Blvd.)
Q & A with the filmmaker after the showing.