On March 21st, 2009 all across 'Canada', Indigenous peoples and their supporters gathered for the 8,000 Drums Sacred Ceremony. On Coast Salish Territory, more then 200 people attended to celebrate Indigenous culture and life. In memory of the 3000+ women murdered or missing across the country, Indigenous women lead the group in an amazing version of the Women's Warrior Song, dedicated to all the missing and murdered woman, 80% of whom are Aboriginal. Justice now!
Well known Indigenous activist Splitting-the-Sky was arrested with others at a demonstration against unindicted war criminal George Bush, speaking in Calgary. Please circulate widely...
In memory of Harriet Nahanee. No Olympics on Stolen Native Land!
March 8th 2009
"The Assembly of First Nations is at the Intercontinental Hotel to promote the Olympics and make deals with its corporate sponsors. But, grassroots movements in indigenous communities are saying no to the Olympics...The Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee (VANOC) has gone to great lengths to hide the negative impacts that the Olympics will have on indigenous peoples..."
Another contribution to "Israeli Apartheid Week".
February 21st, 2009 - by Take Back NYU!
No doubt NYU will begin attempting disciplinary action, but no suspensions, expulsions or arrests can contain what began in the last two days. This fight will carry on in the hands of the dozens of people who made it inside, and the hundreds more who came out to support the occupation. NYU showed its irrational need to defend secrecy and its exclusive hold on power, and that alone will drive this movement forward.
Some 200 people participated in the Anti-Olympic Torch Light Parade marking the 1-Year Countdown to the 2010 Winter Games on February 12, 2009 in downtown Vancouver.
By Juan Cole - February 8, 2009
America's war in Afghanistan has nearly collapsed because of logistical problems...The Taliban can accomplish...breathtaking operations against NATO in Pakistan in large part because Pakistani police and military forces are unwilling to risk much to help distant foreign America beat up their cousins.
By Walter Ewing - February 4, 2009
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Phoenix, Arizona, seems to have an appetite for publicity so insatiable that it overrides both rationality and morality. His latest stunt...comes today, when he will order “approximately 200 illegal aliens to be chained and marched” from the Durango Jail to a segregated area of his “Tent City” incarceration complex. Lest one be fooled into believing that this is a legitimate law-enforcement operation, Arpaio’s press release includes details on the parade route and where “interested media” should park to cover this spectacle of degradation.
By Max Blumenthal - AlterNet
...[H]atred was plentiful at the rally [New York Governor David] Paterson addressed. Right in front of the stage, a man held a banner reading, “Islam Is A Death Cult.” Rally attendees described the people of Gaza...as a “cancer,” called for Israel to “wipe them all out,” insisting, “They are forcing us to kill their children in order to defend our own children.” A young woman told me, “Those who die are suffering God’s wrath.”
Award winning documentary film on the root causes of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The film depicts life in occupied Palestine under Israeli military rule.
By GEORGE CICCARIELLO-MAHER - January 9-11, 2009
...[I]n the early hours of this year...the reality of the persistence of racism in Oakland became devastatingly clear, sparking a powerful response the likes of which this city hasn’t seen in years. But luckily, the condescending voices of moderation...seem [to] have little traction with those who have seen enough police murder.
By Sean Maher - Oakland Tribune
A [Bay Area Rapid Transit] police officer struggling to handcuff a 22-year-old man stood up over the facedown Hayward resident and fired a single shot into his back while a handful of officers watched, a video taken by a train passenger apparently shows...The attorney for the family of Oscar Grant III, fatally shot by an unidentified BART officer early New Year's Day, said Sunday he plans to file a $25 million lawsuit against the department and asked prosecutors to consider filing murder charges against the officer.
Video: Non-Profit Turtle Island Project Michigan Benefit Concert for the White Buffalo Calf Woman Society on Rosebud Reservation
A free four-part video series has been created by the non-profit Turtle Island Project (TIP) in Munising, Michigan on the third annual "Cowboys and Angels" concert that benefited the White Buffalo Calf Woman Society (WBCWS) in Mission, South Dakota – the world's oldest Native American domestic violence shelter...WBCWS battles domestic violence, sexual assault and an alarming increase in teen suicides on the Lakota Rosebud Sioux Reservation...A wide variety of social problems are among the causes for the Rosebud suicides and family violence including poverty, depression, no jobs, and substance abuse Rev. Dr. Lynn Hubbard performed original songs and seasonal music during the free concert on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008 at the Falling Rock Cafe and Bookstore in Munising, Michigan.
"The real crime of the Palestinians are not the rockets, not the suicide bombers, but resistance itself: whether peaceful or violent. Non-violent protests have also evoked brutal and even murderous responses from the Israeli army. The Palestinian's very existence denies the legitimacy of the Zionist claim of Palestine having been 'a land without a people.' That they don’t agree to being exiled forever, to being denied their human, civil and political rights, that they don’t agree to disappear—that is the real crime of the Palestinians."
--Statement from Dr. Gabor Mate, an anti-Zionist Jew who spoke at a rally in Vancouver on Jan. 3, 2009 to protest the latest Israeli assault in Gaza
By HANNAH MERMELSTEIN - December 25, 2008
When settlers attack, Palestinians get punished /sent home/ re routed. It is as though the settlers are a natural phenomenon. They could place a sign in the road saying, "Caution: Settlers Ahead" and it would seem as natural to the soldiers as a sign saying "Caution: Storm Conditions Ahead" or "Caution: Road Curves Ahead." It is as though the condition of settler attacks is unpreventable.