Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Navajos in Palestine 'NO to Apartheid!'

Lyla June Johnston and Orlando Begay

Navajos say 'NO!' to Strangulation by Apartheid in Palestine
Massacres and Displacement of Palestinians by Israel Repeats Genocide of Native Americans in the United States 

By Lyla June Johnston in Palestine
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French translation by Christine Prat

Watch video below -- Lyla in Palestine stands before a home demolished by Israel. She  describes Israel's goal of "maximum territory" and "minimum population" of Palestinians, who are removed by force, beaten and often hospitalized as Israel destroys Palestinian homes and forces them into refugee camps.

"A Palestinian city strangled by apartheid wall construction. Over 2500 people were forced to move their livelihoods to refugee/concentration camps. Because of the wall construction, kids had to get up at 4 am just to get around the wall to their school. If someone has a heart attack they would have to take over an hour to get to the hospital. They were isolated out of existence and now it is a huge ghost city in ancestral Palestine." -- Lyla June Johnston

"These are the windows of a school for Palestinian girls that were broken with rubber bullets and tear gas bombs by the Israeli army. This is in the refugee camp called Shu'fat camp
It is across the street from Jewish settlements where people not only don’t have to pay taxes but receive benefits to live there. Here in Shu’fat people are taxed and resources are extracted. No services are provided and so there is no way to push out the trash which gathers on the side of streets or is burned." -- Lyla June Johnston

"Today I am visiting the ancient city of Lifta. It was 'depopulated' in 1947 by Zionist Militias. And by this I mean the people were driven out by force. Around this time 120 men women and children were massacred.

The whole area has remnants of indigenous land stewardship: almond trees, fig trees, rich soil, greenery all around, a sacred spring. We are now on our way to the refugee camp 20 minutes away where the displaced people live to this day. Sound familiar? For native Americans, it sure does... It is time for us as Americans to raise our voices and pressure the American government to cease the veto-ing process at the UN. The veto power used by the US prevents international law and treaties from protecting Palestinians.
No matter what your religion is or what your sacred texts say, myself and many progressive Jews understand that nothing justifies us to kill others or behave in a dominator mindset or violently displace a person who has lived there for hundreds if not thousands of years. — in Lifta, Yerushalayim, Israel." -- Lyla June Johnston

Watch Lyla's video below
The Massacre of LIfta

"Whenever you see these cactus trees, you know it was a “depopulated” Palestinian village. Although not indigenous to Palestine, they were a favorite plant species of Palestinian communities as they served many purposes. Thus the cactus has become a symbol of #AlNakba, or “The Catastrophe,” of 1947 when Zionist militias drove out 700,000 Palestinian people by force, massacring hundreds and hundreds along the way. A second removal occurred in 1967 during the Six Day War and they were forced to leave everything they knew once again. Today, people are routinely imprisoned, killed and every movement they make is controlled and monitored by cameras and checkpoints hidden as much as possible from the affluent Israeli community right next door. Grandmothers have watched three generations of children be war torn and wonder when it will stop. The answer to the question depends on each of us."-- Lyla June Johnston #BoycottSanctionDivest

"What if every time you simply wanted to get back home from work you had to go through a checkpoint full of armed guards that may or may not harass you? This is what Palestinians go through. What if at the age of 18 you were forced to join the Israeli Army and check people you don’t even know who just want to get home at night? This is what Jewish Israeli youth go through. In the context of oppression, nobody wins and all are held in the bondage of untruth." -- Lyla June Johnston
Photos and article copyright Lyla June Johnston
May not be used without permission

Interior Oil and Gas Sale of Bears Ears Area Land on March 20, 2018

(Above) Maps, documents, parcels for oil and gas lease sale on March 20, 2018
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke posted this photo of himself when he toured Bears Ears on May 11, 2017. Now, Interior e-mails reveal the land seized from Bears Ears was for the benefit of oil, gas, coal and uranium corporations, and sports hunters. Sports hunters made contact with Zinke by way of hunting with Donald Trump, Jr., in Utah.

Interior halts oil and gas sale at gateway to Yellowstone -- but still plans sale around Bears Ears boundary on March 20, 2018 unless it is halted
By Brenda Norrell
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The Interior Department has halted an oil and gas sale at the gateway to Yellowstone, after an outcry, but still plans to sell leases for oil and gas around Bears Ears in southeastern Utah on March 20.
The land includes pristine areas along the Green River, San Juan River and Moab.
"U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said on Monday he has postponed a second federal oil and gas lease sale planned for March in less than a week in response to local opposition to the possibility of drilling near national parks and monuments," Reuters reports.

"Zinke said the Interior's Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will remove 17,300 acres out of the planned March 13 sale of 63,496 acres of federal land for oil and gas leases near the tourist city of Livingston, Montana, which is a gateway to the Yellowstone National Park."
"In southeastern Utah, local environmental and archaeological groups have protested a March 20 auction of around 57,000 acres near the former boundaries of the Bears Ears National Monument - reduced by 85 percent last year by President Donald Trump - that is known to contain significant cultural sites." This sale is still scheduled.

More details about the March 20, 2018 lease sale near Bears Ears boundaries -- areas of Moab, Green River, San Juan River, Utah:

Interior documents -- "No significant impact" with maps, data, parcels for oil and gas sale on March 20, 2018:

Anasazi Site Toured by Zinke in Bears Ears area Targeted for Exploitation and Desecration 

The New York Times has gained access to 20,000 e-mails of the Interior, revealing that Bears Ears land was seized for the benefit of oil, gas, coal and uranium corporations, and sports hunters. The head of Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife had a private dinner with Zinke in Utah, after going hunting with Donald Trump, Jr. Below is a photo posted by the Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife. Read more at Censored News about the exploitation of Bears Ears: https://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2018/03/interior-e-mails-reveal-interior.html

Read more: Zinke says Interior should partner with oil companies

Mohawk Nation News 'Mohawk Eyes Wide Shut'


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MNN. March 12, 2018. Who are you listening to? The Mohawk Council of Kahnawá:ke Inc. [MCK Inc.] is a private corporation. Their bar lawyers help them set up the MCK Inc. municipality of Kahnawake.
MCK Inc. is a Government of Canada committee that provides administrative and operation services to the native people who own everything. These councils are in effect Canadian embassies representing foreign armed [called Peacekeepers] occupiers within our territories to steal our possessions and keep control over us. These puppets are elected by a small minority of followers who get jobs from the MCK Inc. committee. The MCK privately incorporated themselves and are making private laws and rules enforced by their goons. MCK Inc. has fraudulently taken possession of our land and assets without our permission.

Read article at Mohawk Nation News

Monday, March 12, 2018

COAST SALISH: 10,000 March to Protect the Inlet -- Vancouver B.C.

Protect the water, land, and climate

On March 10th Coast Salish spiritual leaders and members launched an ambitious project in Metro Vancouver to stop the Kinder Morgan pipeline. They raised a traditional Coast Salish Watch House near the pipeline route which will act as a base for resistance to the project. 10,000 people in Metro Vancouver marched in solidarity.
Photos by Coast Protectors
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Thousands of people walking peacefully and determinedly behind Grand Chief Stewart Phillip and Indigenous leaders from across Turtle Island to make our collective NO to Kinder Morgan's risky pipeline and tanker project heard across the country, and beyond.
Support the Watch House | Kwekwecnewtxw : www.ProtectTheInlet.ca
Watch House Going Up
Press Conference Video Below:
Thousands of marchers in British Columbia say no to Trans Mountain pipeline
By Lynda V. Mapes
Seattle Times environment reporter
BURNABY, British Columbia — Thousands of opponents of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain oil-pipeline expansion filled the streets of metro Vancouver on Saturday in the biggest pushback yet against the $7.3 billion project.

Planned along the existing Trans Mountain Pipeline from Alberta to Burnaby, the expansion already approved by the federal government of Canada is intended to nearly triple the volume of diluted bitumen oil flowing from Alberta to Burnaby in British Columbia to slake overseas markets’ thirst for oil. But the project has hit a buzz saw of opposition from First Nations and tribes on both sides of the border, the province of British Columbia and municipalities from Burnaby to Vancouver to Victoria.
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Sunday, March 11, 2018

UTE MOUNTAIN -- Struggle against White Mesa Uranium Mill in Southeast Utah

Watch video interview below:
Yolanda Badback, Ute, about the White Mesa uranium Mill, l'usine de traitement d'uranium de Blanding, Utah from Christine Prat on Vimeo.


Article, video and photos by Christine Prat
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In French at:

The Ute community of Ute Mountain has been struggling for years against a uranium processing mill nearby, the Energy Fuels White Mesa Mill near Blanding, Utah.
They are of course supporting – and are supported by - the struggle of Haul No!, which opposes plans to operate a uranium mine, Canyon Mine, situated near the Grand Canyon National Park and at the foot of Red Butte, which is sacred for the Havasupai. The transport should go through the Navajo Nation, so that Haul No! was mainly initiated by Diné people. The Ute of Ute Mountain do not wish to have more uranium ore brought to the mill. But they mainly want the mill to close, as it has already brought diseases and spoiled the water in their community for years.
The mill was built in 1979 and started its operations in 1980. It was supposed to process uranium from the region, which is, according to the Energy Fuels site, "Central to the highest-grade uranium mines and deposits in the United States…" However, according to the Grand Canyon Trust site, "Built in 1979 to process uranium ore from the Colorado Plateau, the mill has been in the business of importing radioactive waste called "alternate feed material" since 1987. While Energy Fuels recovers and sells some uranium and vanadium from the waste, their primary source of revenue is the fees associated with storing the toxic materials in the mill's tailings impoundments..."
On September 16th, 2017, I met Yolanda Bad Back, Ute of Ute Mountain, at a conference organized by Uplift, an initiative from youth of the Colorado Plateau, supported by the Grand Canyon Trust. What Yolanda said in the interview is unfortunately not outdated, as the license of the mill has been renewed by DEQ-Utah, on February 16, 2018. (See PDF of the letter from DEQ to Energy Fuels on https://documents.deq.utah.gov/waste-management-and-radiation-control/facilities/energy-fuels-white-mesa/DRC-2018-001587.pdf ). On February 27, 2018, Reuters published an article stating that "Energy Fuels wins approval to expand uranium, vanadium mines in Utah" ( https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-mining-uranium/energy-fuels-wins-approval-to-expand-uranium-vanadium-mines-in-utah-idUSKCN1GB2YK ). It mentions other sites than White Mesa, thus more people will be subjected to uranium impacts. Grand Canyon Trust also published an article by Aaron Paul, Staff Attorney, on October 09 2017 ( https://www.grandcanyontrust.org/blog/white-mesa-utah-loses-uranium-mill-waste-lawsuit ), announcing that they had lost their case against Energy Fuels, after three-and-half years struggling: in 2012, Energy Fuels took the mill over from Denison Mines, and then announced that waste pits were emitting more radon gas than regulations allowed. At first, people, including Grand Canyon Trust, thought that Energy Fuels would thus clean those pits. They did not. Thus, Grand Canyon Trust prosecuted them. In September 2017, they lost.

Video Yolanda (Uplift, September 16th 2017)

Quoted or used info:

The White Mesa Mill is the only fully-licensed and operating conventional uranium mill in the United States.
Central to the highest-grade uranium mines and deposits in the United States

Grand Canyon Trust:
Built in 1979 to process uranium ore from the Colorado Plateau, the mill has been in the business of importing radioactive waste called "alternate feed material" since 1987. While Energy Fuels recovers and sells some uranium and vanadium from the waste, their primary source of revenue is the fees associated with storing the toxic materials in the mill's tailings impoundments – large liquid-covered and solid waste pits that are up to 71 acres in size.
- White Mesa, Utah Loses to Uranium-Mill Waste in Court

"After operating with an expired license for a decade, White Mesa uranium mill may get new permits" Salt Lake Tribune, by Emma Penrod, June 8, 2017

According to DEQ Utah site, license renewed on February 16, 2018

Reuters, February 27, 2018 Energy Fuels wins approval to expand uranium mines in Utah

Copyright Christine Prat, Censored News 

Thursday, March 8, 2018

AIM WEST Liberation Day Honors Heroes -- from Pine Ridge to Black Panthers

Liberation Day Honors Heroes and Legends, from Pine Ridge to Black Panthers 

By Tony Gonzales

AIM West
Photos by Louie Gutierrez, of San Francisco's La Reyna Bakery
The Longest Walk '78 photo by Ilka Hartmann.
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SAN FRANCISCO --- We had a terrific ‘big time’ during “Liberation Day” 2/27/18 with Madonna Thunder Hawk, Lakota, Sarah James, Arctic Village, Alaska, Jessie Riddle, Pit River, California, and John Iverson, Annishinabe, participating as our special guests!
We had roll-call, too, and read the names of those 65 people who died or were killed during the ‘Reign of Terror’ (1973-76) as absent.
Mr. Emory Douglas, former Black Panther Minister of Culture, artist/activist, was also present in solidarity, and with a recent poster drawing of Leonard Peltier he sells with half proceeds toward the Leonard Peltier Defense/Offense Committee!
See pictures and voices of solidarity below. Aho! All my relations!

Thank you!
Antonio Gonzales

Wall of Women Opposing Kinder Morgan -- Stand With Them in Vancouver March 10, 2018

A WALL OF WOMEN AGAINST KINDER MORGAN. On March 10, STAND WITH THEM and Coastal Salish Spiritual Leaders in Vancouver BC. Photograph of "Wall of Women" at Ambleside Park in West Vancouver.
Photo by Zack Embree for Greenpeace
The moment to stop the dangerous Kinder Morgan pipeline and tanker project is upon us. 
Texas oil giant Kinder Morgan has been threatening to destroy our lands, waters, culture and spirit by poisoning our territory, and wrecking the climate that sustains us all, with its dangerous Trans Mountain pipeline.
Since this pipeline was first conceived, Tsleil-Waututh members have been protecting our territory from proposed oil flowing through our lands, and tankers intruding into our Inlet. Now, we are asking you to stand with us in our defence of the lands and waters.  
Our members, spiritual leaders, and youth will be on the land practicing our culture and spirit as we have for time immemorial. We will use our presence to stop Kinder Morgan.
It is time for you to join us and do whatever it takes to stop Kinder Morgan. Join Kwekwecnewtxw and stand with us to Protect the Inlet.
It will take all of us to stop this massive project.  
O’siem and Hay cha qa,
Ta’ah (Amy George), Tsleil-Waututh Elder
Will George, Tsleil-Waututh Member

Standing With Women Defenders On International Women's Day 2018

WECAN International Featured On ABC Good Morning America On International Women's Day
By WECAN International
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Dear Friends and Allies,
We celebrate International Women's Day with you and with women around the world. We ask that you join us today in honoring the women defenders of the land - who put their bodies on the line everyday for human rights, forests, rivers, wildlife, traditional territories, the global climate, and the lives and futures of us all.

In the context of recent reports, which document the murder of 312 defenders in 2017 - the majority tied to land protection - we stand in solidarity and raise the highest call of attention to the remarkable, courageous, and dedicated frontline women who continue their vital work despite violence, threats and assaults.

We can all provide support by amplifying their stories. We must all defend the defenders.

Explore our special International Women's Day newsletter for Women Earth Defenders media and analysis to read and share. To donate in support of WECAN International's ongoing work, please click here.
[READ] A Red Flag on International Women's Day:
Women Land and Rights Defenders Facing Violence
As part of a special week of media highlighting the stories and urgent demands of women defenders - the Women's Earth and Climate Action Network spoke with women experts from Global Witness and Frontline Defenders, to learn more about how women in particular are impacted within the context of the dangerous acceleration of violence against global Earth and rights defenders. 

"The increased exposure that comes with activism pits these women against deep-seated social and cultural norms that expect them to play a passive role in overwhelmingly patriarchal societies, and all of the risks that come with challenging those norms. 
Female land or environmental defenders who we have met have become victims of smear campaigns that attempt to ruin their reputation as 'good women' in an effort to ostracize them from their communities and discredit their activism." 
- Alice Harrison, Senior Campaigner for Global Witness

Read and share the full interview here via Medium! An abridged version is also available via The Ecologist.
Solidarity With Indigenous Women Forest Defenders Rising Against Extractivism In Ecuador
Two years ago today, WECAN International was honored to join our allies on the ground in Ecuador, to march in solidarity with Indigenous women leaders from across the Ecuadorian Amazon, gathered to oppose a new oil contract signed between the Ecuadorian government and a Chinese oil company without the consent of affected Indigenous communities.

TODAY, hundreds of women from seven nationalities, Kichwa, Sápara, Shiwiar, Shuar, Achuar, Andoa, and Waorani, and their allies, united once again in the city of Puyo on International Women's Day, to respond to additional oil auctions announced by Ecuadorian officials last week.
Indigenous women leaders from across the Ecuadorian Amazon march against oil extraction in Puyo -  Photo via Emily Arasim/WECAN International
Their strong, grassroots organizing, led by CONFENIAE and community associations, including Sarayakyu's Kuriñampi and the Sapara's Ashiñawaka, comes even despite countless obstacles, and recent attacks against prominent women leaders.
Among their diverse calls to action are the defense of their Indigenous territories, the rights of women, the rights of nature, health, culture, the protection of traditional practices and resources, and addressing the impacts of climate change.

WECAN International ally Belen Paez (Fundación Pachamama) reported from the march for us on WECAN's Facebook Live today!

WECAN International Featured On ABC Good Morning America On International Women's Day
Along with three other women leaders, Osprey Orielle Lake, Founder and Executive Director of WECAN International, was highlighted by ABC Good Morning America today, as part of International Women's Day.

READ and share - 'Four Brave Women Fighting For Equality On International Women's Day
Women Human Rights And Land Defenders - 
Stories To Uplift And Share
In celebration of International Women's Day - all week this week, the Women's Earth and Climate Action Network has been using social media to amplify the stories and demands of women land defenders across the globe. 

Explore important articles and reports below, and visit the WECAN Women Speak research database to browse a growing collection of additional stories in the 'Women Human Rights and Earth Defenders' section - one of 14 dynamic categories!
We encourage you to share these stories today and everyday, as a part of global efforts to expose injustice and make it clear that allies around the world are watching, and will not stand for continued abuses.
For the Earth and All Generations,
Osprey Orielle Lake 
Founder and Executive Director
Emily Arasim
Communications Coordinator

Women's Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International