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by Nidhi Prakash
The key to alleviating world hunger, poverty and combating climate change may lie in fresh, small-scale approaches to agriculture, according to a report from the Worldwatch Institute.
Small is key ... school nutrition programmes and indigenous livestock preservation are excellent ways to encourage food security. (Photograph: Graeme Robertson)
The US-based institute's annual State of the World report, published yesterday, calls for a move away from industrial agriculture and discusses small-scale initiatives in sub-Saharan Africa that work towards poverty and hunger relief in an environmentally sustainable way.
The authors suggest that instead of producing more food to meet the world's growing population needs, a more effective way to address food security issues and climate change would be to encourage self-sufficiency and waste reduction, in wealthier and poorer nations alike.
"If we shift just some of our attention away from production to consumption issues and reducing food waste, we might actually get quite a big bang for our buck, because that ground has been neglected," said Brian Halweil, co-director of the project.
"The majority of incentives that governments give to farmers are still tied to the production mindset. The farmers are rewarded for sheer production quantity, with very little guidance for the quality they produce and the impact of their farmingpractices on the environment and on human health and nutrition ... It is necessary to change these incentives," he said.
The projects explored in the report include community-based initiatives in urban farming, school gardening and feeding programmes, and indigenous livestock preservation.
In Kenya's largest slum, in Nairobi, local women are growing vertical gardens in sacks, providing them with a source of income but also an element of food security for their families.
"They sell their produce and also consume part of what they grow," said Danielle Nierenberg, Halweil's co-director.
"As we talk about all these innovations, it's important to remember that farmers aren't just farmers: they're businesswomen and -men, they're stewards of their land and they're educators passing on their knowledge to others in their communities," she said.
In another programme in Uganda, Developing Innovations in School Cultivation (Disc), children are being taught about nutrition, food preparation and growing local vegetables. Pilot programmes are also being run in Mali and Sudan to feed children in schools and educate them on food production and consumption.
Anna Lappé, the author of a chapter in the report entitled Coping with Climate Change and Building Resilience, said: "We have really emphasised a set of policies over the past half a century that have prioritised an agricultural system that is incredibly fuel-intensive and emissions-based."
Emma Hockridge, head of policy at the UK Soil Association, said the report supports the case for the expansion of organic farming.
"Organic farming systems benefit biodiversity, are resilient in the face of climate change, and have been shown to improve yields and the ability of poor communities in the global south to feed themselves," she said.
Although Halweil says national governments should lead the way in implementing change, the report suggests that international attitudes towards agricultural development need to shift if the lessons from these case studies are to bring about results on a larger scale.
"I think the African Union is a natural starting point, an organising body for all these initiatives, to share between members the experience in these initiatives, but also in setting themselves goals," said Halweil.
He suggests that international aid policies on food need an overhaul to better serve the long-term interests of those on the ground.
"Food aid is a short-term fix, a Band-Aid rather than an opportunity to infuse money into the local economy and an incentive to process and distribute food locally," he said.
© Guardian News and Media Limited 2011
Mt.Shasta and Goliath: Bringing Down Corporate Rule
Study reveals top ten violence-inducing prescription drugsby Ethan A. Huff, staff writer
(NaturalNews) The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) recently published a study in the journalPLoS One highlighting the worst prescription drug offenders that cause patients to become violent. Among the top-ten most dangerous are the antidepressants Pristiq (desvenlafaxine), Paxil (paroxetine) andProzac (fluoxetine).
Concerns about the extreme negative side effects of many popular antidepressant and antipsychotic drugs have been on the rise, as these drugs not only cause severe health problems to users, but also pose a significant threat to society. The ISMP report indicates that, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Adverse Event Reporting System, many popular drugs are linked even to homicides.
Most of the drugs in the top ten most dangerous are antidepressants, but also included are an insomniamedication, an attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) drug, a malaria drug and an anti-smoking medication.
As reported in Time, the top ten list is as follows:
10. Desvenlafaxine (Pristiq) - An antidepressant that affects serotonin and noradrenaline. The drug is 7.9 times more likely to be associated with violence than other drugs.
9. Venlafaxine (Effexor) - An antidepressant that treats anxiety disorders. The drug is 8.3 times more likely to be associated with violence than other drugs.
8. Fluvoxamine (Luvox) - A selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) drug that is 8.4 times more likely to be associated with violence than other drugs.
7. Triazolam (Halcion) - A benzodiazepine drug for insomnia that is 8.7 times more likely to be associated with violence than other drugs.
6. Atomoxetine (Strattera) - An ADHD drug that is 9 times more likely to be associated with violence than other drugs.
5. Mefoquine (Lariam) - A malaria drug that is 9.5 times more likely to be associated with violence than other drugs.
4. Amphetamines - This general class of ADHD drug is 9.6 times more likely to be associated with violence than other drugs.
3. Paroxetine (Paxil) - An SSRI antidepressant drug that is 10.3 times more likely to be associated with violence than other drugs. It is also linked to severe withdrawal symptoms and birth defects.
2. Fluoxetine (Prozac) - A popular SSRI antidepressant drug that is 10.9 times more likely to be associated with violence than other drugs.
1. Varenicline (Chantix) - An anti-smoking drug that is a shocking 18 times more likely to be associated with violence than other drugs.
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Witness: Man shot by police 'seemed well-behaved'
The Native American wood carver who was fatally shot by a Seattle police officer "seemed well-behaved" just before the officer opened fire, a woman who was crossing the street near the incident testified Friday.
Several witnesses have said John T. Williams wasn't threatening, and some have said they thought the officer who killed him, Ian Birk, acted more aggressively than expected. The Williams family attorney, Tim Ford, has continually brought up two points during inquest testimony: Witnesses didn't see Williams threaten or attack anyone on Aug. 30.
Birk's attorney has repeatedly noted no witness has a clear view or recollection of everything that happened.
Nancy Bushman, who was near the intersection of Boren Avenue and Howell Street on the day of the shooting, said Williams didn't appear aggressive.
"He seemed very well-behaved and like a normal pedestrian, just walking as I was," Bushman said during the fifth day of testimony. "So I didn't hardly have any reason to look any more carefully."
Deanna Sebring, who was walking near the incident, testified on Thursday she thought Williams might be manipulating something, but didn't see aggression or other actions that would prompt the shooting. Barbara Newman, who saw the incident from her car going southbound on Howell Street, testified Thursday that Seattle Police officer Ian Birk raised his gun before Williams turned, and said she didn't witness aggressive behavior.
Newman also said she never saw Williams turn to face Birk and never saw him take a step toward the officer. Birk testified that Williams glanced back once, then turned with an aggressive posture that he believed, based on his training, indicated an attack was imminent.
Being questioned by Birk's attorney, Ted Buck, Newman acknowledged she was moving her attention from the officer to Williams during the incident, and said it was possible she could have not seen the actions of one man while looking at the other.
Buck, attempting to question the accuracy of witness accounts, pointed out that no witnesses clearly saw a knife in Williams' hand. He also pointed out that some witnesses didn't hear Birk yell, which is audible on the footage from Birk's patrol car video.
Graphic photos from the investigation into Williams' death also were showing at the inquest Friday, prompting his brother and other support to leave the courtroom. After the inquest ended for the day about 4:15 p.m., more than 100 supporters held a prayer vigil outside the King County Courthouse. A video of that is below.
Situation escalated quickly
A march in opposition to Seattle police was also advertised to take place Monday, forming at Garfield High School during the Monday Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration. The march was advertised at the prayer vigil by the October 22 Coalition to Stop Police Brutality, Repression, & the Criminalization of a Generation. The group was advertised as part of a workshop with the American Civil Liberties Union and Copwatch.
Birk said Williams didn't look confused, didn't put his hands up and didn't show any sign he would comply with the order to drop the knife. The officer told the court he didn't think Williams' initial look back was a sign of compliance, and that it would have been a stretch for Williams to place the knife on a nearby wall. He said he was left with no other reasonable alternative but defending himself.
"I utilized all the time I felt that I had," Birk said. "But the situation escalated certainly more quickly than I could have known or predicted."
Though witnesses had different accounts, some said they didn't see Williams turn back to the officer. Newman said the officer raised his gun before Williams turned.
Ford pointed out that the officer was wearing sunglasses that day. Williams' knife had a black blade with silver on part of the outer edge, and a silver-and-black handle. Ford additionally questioned why the knife was found closed on the ground when Officer Grant Leavitt, who watched the knife from the time Birk took his foot off of it to the point when other investigators relieved him, saw it.
"It did surprise me that the knife was closed, having just seen Mr. Williams holding a knife open in his hand," Birk said Wednesday. "I have no idea how that knife was closed, if that was the knife I saw initially or not."
On Monday, lead case detective Jeffrey Mudd of the Seattle Police homicide unit said a second knife fell from Williams' right jacket pocket when investigators were looking for his identification. But Mudd said that knife also was found closed.
Seattle Fire Department Lt. Lisa Barron testified on Thursday that she was "positive" she saw a knife open near Williams' body.
Ford has said he believes Williams was trying to put down and close the knife, but "didn't have a chance to put it down because he was shot."
Birk, 27, said he followed his training and didn't have time to take other action with what he perceived as a deadly threat. Birk said Williams shifted his weight and had an aggressive expression that make him react based on his training.
He clarified, when questioned by his own attorney, Buck, that he was not required to tell Williams he would shoot if he didn't drop the knife.
But witness John Hartsfield, who was going south on Boren Avenue across Howell Street when Birk confronted Williams, testified Wednesday that Birk "seemed more aggressive than I was expecting."
Inquest expected to end next week
This week's inquest is not a criminal proceeding -- jurors will be asked to find whether the shooting was justified, but their finding will have no immediate impact. King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg will make a charging decision after the inquest is complete.
The inquest is expected to continue through Tuesday.
Williams' shooting was one of five officer-involved shootings in Seattle last year and one of three that were fatal. In 2009, Seattle had the same number of officer-involved shootings, ending with the fatal confrontation involving cop-killer Maurice Clemmons.
Posted By: Tw Davis
To: Members in NATIVE AMERICAN SPECIAL OLYMPIC'S
HELP TO SUPPORT THEM
ALL OF OUR NATIVE NATIONS HAVE SPECIAL NEEDS PEOPLE AND IF WE CAN ALL SUPPORT THEM ONE WAY OR OTHER WE WILL ALL BE BETTER OFF
Prime Minister Harper to to Summoned to Tribunal to answer charges of complicity in Genocide; Tribunal will launch its own investigation in Canada
Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada is about to be issued a Summons by an International Tribunal to answer charges of complicity in genocide.
And the same Tribunal plans to start its own investigation into children who died in Canadian Indian residential schools, if Harper doesn't take action by March 1.
In a letter issued to Harper earlier today, the Executive of the newly-formed International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State (ITCCS) accused Harper and his government of subverting justice and exonerating the churches responsible for the deaths of thousands of children in residential schools.
The letter states that if by March 1, 2011, Harper's government has not initiated criminal charges against the Catholic, Anglican and United churches and begun to repatriate the remains of the dead children, the ITCCS will dispatch its own staff of investigators to Canada.
The staff will conduct forensic investigations at alleged mass grave sites near former residential schools "in conjunction with indigenous elders and families of the victims", and will gather evidence to indict Canada for Genocide.
The ITCCS letter concludes by informing Prime Minister Harper that it intends to issue a Public Summons to him to appear before its opening session in London, England on September 12, 2011.
The Tribunal also plans to bring criminal charges against the aforementioned churches. The ITCCS has already issued a Summons to Pope Benedict, Joseph Ratzinger, to appear at the September Tribunal.
A complete copy of the ITCCS letter to Prime Minister Harper follows.
For more information, contact the ITCCS at firstname.lastname@example.org , or its Canadian field agent, Rev. Kevin Annett, at this email or at 250-753-3345.
Final Notification to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Government of Canada
Regarding your duty of compliance to an order that you cease and desist from obstructing justice and aiding parties to Crimes against Humanity in Canada
From The International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State (ITCCS) and its Legal Advisory Group
(Established June 15, 2010)
17 January, 2011
Dear Mr. Harper,
Over the past three years, your government has legally exonerated the churches responsible for the death of more than 50,000 children in their Indian residential schools, refused to prosecute those responsible, and resisted all attempts to locate and repatriate the remains of these children for a proper burial and criminal investigation.
Accordingly, on October 25, 2010, our Canadian representative, Rev. Kevin Annett, wrote to you on our behalf and requested that your government do the following:
1. Begin criminal legal proceedings against the Roman Catholic, Anglican and United Church of Canada for their proven criminal actions in Indian residential schools and hospitals, including their responsibility for the death of more than 50,000 children,
3. Conduct a full and unrestricted public disclosure of the full truth of crimes committed by both these churches and the Canadian government in these schools.
In the same letter, Rev. Annett also notified you that if your government failed to begin such actions by March 1, 2011, our organization and its personnel would intervene in Canada to do so.
Neither Rev. Annett nor our body have received a reply from your office. We must therefore assume that by your silence, you are not contesting these claims and the clear evidence that you, the Canadian government and the said churches are complicit in aiding and abetting this crime against humanity.
Accordingly, this letter will notify you and your government that as of March 1, 2011, as part of the work of our Tribunal, our field agents and other specialists will begin operating in your country and will be conducting their own investigations into these crimes, including conducting forensic examinations of alleged mass grave sites near these former residential schools. We will be doing so in conjunction with indigenous elders and families of the victims.
We will also be bringing legal charges, sanctions and other measures against the aforementioned churches and individuals responsible for these crimes.
The results of our investigations will be submitted as evidence before our international panel of judges and the world media when our Tribunal convenes in London, England on September 12, 2011.
In this regard, our representatives will soon be serving upon you, Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, a Public Summons to appear before this Tribunal to answer these and other charges.
The Executive, The International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State (ITCCS)
Cc: world media and governments
Canadian field representative: Rev. Kevin Annett, M.A., M.Div.
Email: email@example.com - ph: 250-753-3345
Mohawk Nation members and Kevin Annett protest at Canadian Parliament, April 2009, demanding return of residential school children's remains
See the evidence of Genocide in Canada at www.hiddennolonger.com
Watch Kevin's award-winning documentary film UNREPENTANT on his websitewww.hiddenfromhistory.org
"We will bring to light the hidden works of darkness and drive falsity to the bottomless pit. For all doctrines founded in fraud or nursed by fear shall be confounded by Truth."
- Kevin's ancestor Peter Annett, writing in The Free Inquirer, October 17, 1761, just before being imprisoned by the English crown for "blasphemous libel"
"I gave Kevin Annett his Indian name, Eagle Strong Voice, in 2004 when I adopted him into our Anishinabe Nation. He carries that name proudly because he is doing the job he was sent to do, to tell his people of their wrongs. He speaks strongly and with truth. He speaks for our stolen and murdered children. I ask everyone to listen to him and welcome him."
Chief Louis Daniels - Whispers Wind
See the evidence of Genocide in Canada at www.hiddennolonger.com
Watch Kevin's award-winning documentary film UNREPENTANT on his websitewww.hiddenfromhistory.org
Posted By: TjMaxx Henhawk
To: Members in First Nations & Aboriginal Rights
Native Americans Protest Over Excavation of Ancestors
Just outside the Los Angeles construction site of what was intended to be a Mexican cultural center, at least 50 Native Americans protested the excavation of what they believe to the grave sites of many of their ancestors.
Saturday morning, local members of the Gabrieleno Band of Mission Indians said they have ancestors buried at the construction site, located on the grounds of La Placita church, and were not notified when workers dug up human remains in October. They was protesting and praying alongside other Southern California tribes, as well as descendants of Spanish settlers who were also buried there.
The La Placita church was Los Angeles’ first Catholic church, and many of those in attendance on Saturday held documents they said proved their family members were buried at the site.
The Native Americans are asking that the area be preserved as a cemetery and their ancestors remains be “respectfully handled.”
In October, when human bone fragments were initially discovered, the workers stopped the excavation, but continued after La Plaza officials said they contacted the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles and the coroner’s office. As the excavation continued, workers began removing full skeletons, coffins and other artifacts, though the Archdiocese says they were never informed of the discovery of full graves, and according to Catholic records, the cemetery attached to the church was relocated in 1844. Those records are incorrect, and records at the Huntington Library in San Marino describe multiple Indian burials at the site.
When the archdiocese and Native Americans laid on the pressure, the president and CEO of La Plaza, Miguel Angel Corzo, said work in the area was halted “indefinitely’ once human remains were found, but protestors said they saw crews working Saturday morning.
Katie Dunham, the La Plaza spokesperson said workers have been working on the western part of the area, where no remains were found.
“My sixth grandfather, Pedro, is buried here along with some of his family,” Tim Poyorena-Miguel, a Luise o Indian and archivist for the Montebello Historical Society said. “I don’t want them dug up.”
X NEWS SAYS NO LINK BETWEEN MATCHES FIRE
Fox News Reports No Link Between Matches, Gasoline and Fire
by Stephen Foley in New York
COMMUNITY ACTION- HAVE YOUR VOICE HEARD! write a letter demanding a letter of apology to Native people- and so they won't sell that shirt or any shirt like that again!
Ps. can anyone help us locate the manufacture of these horrible racist shirts? lets go National
January 19, 2011
Moon River Store
708 State Street
Santa Barbara, CA. 93101
Regarding: Moon River Store and Racist T-shirt “Runs with Beer”
To The Owner of Moon River
As you may or may not know, the Santa Barbara Chapter of the American Indian Movement (http://www.facebook.com/l/
Our AIM SB chapter participated in the Martin Luther King March that happened on Monday January 17, 2011. Afterwards, 8 of us, in addition to a few children, walked down enjoying the nice weather and window shopping back to our cars off of De La Guerra Street. We came across your store called MOON RIVER located at 708 State Street in Santa Barbara.
The store employee, who appeared to be Asian, (who refused to give us her name) at the counter, stated she was the owner. Several us explained to the employee why this shirt was racially offensive and perpetuated negative stereotypes against Native people. We stated that it should not be sold anymore. However she did not seem interested in anything we said and stated that it was not against the law to sell it. In fact, the employee stated that if we wanted the shirt, we could buy it and she laughed while making this statement. Frankly, we were shocked that we would have to explain to a person of another ethnic minority about how harmful stereotypes are. We were disappointed that this woman offered no compassion or empathy regarding how disrespected we felt towards that shirt.
Our office contacted another employee later that day, who stated his name was Mr. Young. Mr. Young stated he was the manager/owner of Moon River. AIM SB made it clear that we are now demanding for the Moon River Store owner to write a letter on letterhead stating they will no longer sell this shirt or anything like it in the future. We told Mr. Young that once he does that- we will cease and desist- but up until then we will continue organizing and letting everyone know in Santa Barbara and beyond this is a store that promotes racism- and they sell it.
My family and I have lived here for almost 40 years. We have family that comes from all over the United States and Canada to visit and enjoy the warm year around weather. There is a strong close knit community of Native people living, working and who are FROM this area. No one should EVER be subjected to this type of discrimination. To publicly display this kind of material, such as this shirts, adds to negative stereotypes that are out there about Native people, perpetuate more of them, promote racism and poke fun at the sacredness of our culture: especially ones as esteemed as our naming ceremonies- this is profane as it is unacceptable.
The American Indian Movement chapter of Santa Barbara is part of a National organization. We have been fighting racism in media and sports for almost 50 years. This information has been sent out and numerous updates to many contacts through out Santa Barbara County and through out the United States and Canada. As you know we have contacted the Down Town Business Organization and have urged others to do so. We will not cease and desist until the owner of the store removes these racist shirts AND makes a formal apology- in written form and company letterhead to the Native American people of this County. If you do not, we will continue to organize and demonstrate on the internet and off – including in front of your store until you write the letter of apology.
We strongly urge you to address this issue without hesitation and write the letter.
Pilayame/Megwetch/ Thank you
Corine Fairbanks- Development
American Indian Movement Santa Barbara, CA
Rest in Peace Little Ben- you will be forever missed
Ben Wolf said there will be service held in Los Angeles in the near future we will announce it as soon as we know-
Benjamin Keith Zotigh Wagner, died January 4, 2011, in Hobart, OK. He was born December 8, 1987 in Lawton, He is the son of Benjamin Lucero Wolf, Long Beach, CA and also the son of Dee Renee Zotigh Wagner of Hobart, OK. There will be an all night wake service at the First American Indian Baptist Church, Hobart on Tuesday at 7;00 p.m.. The funeral will be Wednesday, at 11:00 a.m. at the same church.
Benjamin attended the public schools of Long Beach, Ca, where he grew up. He has been living in Hobart with his grandmother for several years and was employed by Seth Miller and Jake Hunn. Benjamin completed certification with the Kiowa Tribal Firefighters. He was very proud of his Kiowa culture and enjoyed traveling to pow-wows. He was a Fancy and Southern Straight Dancer. Benjamin also enjoyed singing at the drum. His maternal grandmother is Darlene Wolf Hovakah, Hobart, OK and his paternal grandfather the late Spencer Zotigh. Benjamin was preceded in death by his brother Shane Dean Zotigh, August 7, 2002. Other survivors include his big sister, Heather Wagner and many cousins, aunts, uncles and friends. Burial will follow in the Elk Creek Tribal Cemetery under the direction of Ray & Martha's Funeral Home, Hobart, OK
The American Indian Movement has been fighting racism in media and sports for almost 50 years. Why? Because it has been documented in psychological journals and in academia that racial stereotypes HURT people. How a child feels about himself/herself determines their future or chances of survival. There are links from these studies to statistics of suicide rates for Native people (which we all know is the highest among everyone) and substance abuse. Some have mentioned that it is a waste of our time to be addressing “everyday issues” such as mascot issues or shirts like “My Indian Name is falls down drunk” or “My Indian Name is runs with beer”. However, how do we teach our children, and those non Indian children, this is wrong? There have been so many bricks taken down from our self esteem and self worth as a people and as individuals (historical trauma) - that addressing “little every day issues” becomes a necessary act towards stepping forward and helping our communities heal.
Communities become empowered by standing up to these “little everyday issues” that are socially conditioned to be okay- the white man says it is, and some of you believe it - but it is not- Abuse of any kind, physical or emotional is wrong.
Poking fun at the sacredness of our culture: especially ones as esteemed as our naming ceremonies- isPROFANE as it is unacceptable. When do we stand up for that? Isn’t the protection and preservation of our ceremonies important? Why are we okay with white American society capitalizing on it? Why are some of you so willing to allow our people to be degraded to such a disgusting degree?
Looking at things from a larger perspective- Standing up for the respect and dignity of our people is a necessary ACT in addressing all of the issues in Indian Country- because they are all connected; from poverty, foster care, faulty legal systems, third world living conditions, to substance abuse, to domestic violence, to violence perpetuated against us, and violence against each other. When someone does not have any dignity or self respect- what do they do? They self mutilate and act out in self destructive ways.
By not standing up to these “everyday issues” co-sign the abuse of our people, by non Natives that randomly shoot at us, desecrate, destroy and develop over our sacred sites, and freak ass weirdoes that want to corrupt and exploit our ceremonies and sell them off to the highest bidder.
In addition to that, we fight for self determination- how we are portrayed in the media- is ultimately how we are perceived internationally. One could even challenge that the media also contributes to how we perceive our own Native people. How will anyone or any media take our issues seriously when it is OKAY to be the butt of a joke? When they don’t even identify us as real people with REAL PROBLEMS?
Lastly, regarding the comment and observations made of brothers and sisters being killed and AIM doing nothing about it. Let me remind all of you this- WE ARE IN SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA. We can not organize in Washington because that is a financial impossibility. However we have shown support of individuals and organizations that have focused their activism in their geographic areas. We would and have eblasted on issues from around the country. If individuals are so upset that AIM is not organizing in the Washington area, well by all means- get a chapter together- start one. Stop complaining and get proactive. Blaming us on your inaction is a waste of time and completely side stepping personal responsibility and accountability.
Michael & Corine Fairbanks
Hello Bolsa Chica Supporters:
It has been a while since my last communication. As we begin a new year, I would like to thank you all for your continued support of the sacred site at Bolsa Chica! Bolsa Chica continues to be at risk of desecration, as are all sacred sites. And, it is important to continue to bring attention to the disregard of the state and federal laws that should protect sacred sites on public (and private) land. The City of Huntington Beach and the developer, Hearthside Homes continue to plan for the development of homes on the last remaining 11 acres.
Therefore, it is important to come together as a community to address the City of Huntington Beach, Hearthside Homes and the California Coastal Commission. Please join us on Saturday, February 5, 2011 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm for a gathering of . We will gather at the corner of Warner Ave. and Bolsa Chica Rd. in Huntington Beach. Then, we will walk to and through the Brightwater housing development and end with a prayer and discussion to address a plan of action to address the City, Hearthside Homes and the Coastal Commission.
Please pass on this important date to everyone you fill would be interested.. I will send out another e-mail to remind everyone, as we get closer to February 5th.
Wishing you contentment during 2011..
The American Indian Student Association at UCI is asking for your support and solidarity with us in regards to an event that occurred on November 23, 2010. In light of Thanksgiving, the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity at UCI decided to throw a "Pilgrims and Indians" party.
As soon as AISA was made aware of this event, it was reported it to the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity and an official complaint was filed through the school. While the right steps were taken to ensure that our voices were heard; they were seemingly NOT heard. Although the school administration, faculty, and the fraternity involved were notified about the grievance filed and the situation; the party still went on. Advertisement for the event were still distributed throughout the UCI community through the attached fliers, Ring Road tabling and throughout the internet via a Facebook event. To make matters worse, university shuttles served as transportation for students JUST FOR THIS EVENT!
AISA members have went out of their way to voice their opinion on the issue. Dedicated their time educating and explaining why this event was exceedingly disrespectful to the Native community. Yet AISA members were subjected to seeing students of all stature prancing around adorned in rainbow colored headdresses, skimpy "loin clothes" and warpaint. Making a mockery of our culture and a direct attack on our communities experiences for the sake of entertainment.
As university students and as Native community members, it is not acceptable for us to have to endure these repeated cases of hostility towards us as people of color and Indigenous peoples especially in an educational institution like UC Irvine that advocates its dedication to diversity. This events and others that make a mockery of peoples experiences and identity are not to be tolerated. They create a hostile campus climate for people of color that are not safe and welcoming. That is why we are taking a stand and making sure that our voices are heard at the University of California, Irvine. We will not back down, and though we only have a .01% representation on the UCI campus; our voices are loud. Numerous other cultural and campus organizations stand in solidarity with us. This is not an isolated incident to Natives or other cultural groups, and we demand that this outright racism and disregard for who we are as Indigenous peoples and disrespect of our culture stops immediately.
Due to the issue presented, you play a key role in making this issue, OUR issue, valid and seen. We are asking for letters of support from all individuals, allies, organizations, etc. in response to the event that occurred on November 23, 2010.
We are demanding a change in the UCI's discrimination policy for these types of events do not occur which cause distress upon Native and other students of color. We are also demanding an increase of Native faculty (with UCI currently having none!), Native American courses taught by these professors, and THE AMERICAN INDIAN STUDENT ASSOCIATION AT UCI DEMAND A CHAIR THAT OVERSEES THE HIRING PROCESS, AND INVOLVEMENT IN ALL STEPS /ASPECTS OF CHOOSING THE PROFESSOR AND IN THE HIRING PROCESS.
These are not unreasonable demands for the university. In fact they are long overdue. These adjustments, increase Native representation, and classes will not only help the campus climate at UCI, but also bring awareness to Native and other student of color issues. Ultimately bringing a much needed structure of support and advocacy for the campus and serves to help with the retention of Natives at UCI. We hope that you will take the time to write a letter in support and solidarity in response to the events that have occurred on November 23, 2010, in support of our demands.
Please forward this letter out to other individuals, allies, and organizations and send your letters to UCI's Assistant Vice Chancellor Thomas Parham firstname.lastname@example.org and/or mail them to:
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA 92697-2215
Thank you in advance for your support, time, and attention. We greatly appreciate it and know that our voices will be heard.
We have also attached a copy of a letter we sent to VP Parham from AISA for your viewing. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns you may email our American Indian Student Association, Chair , Cheyenne Reynoso, email@example.com.
In Unity, Power, Strength & Solidarity,
The American Indian Student Association at UCI
Burned alive, making Abercrombi
online text: The Search for the Manchurian Candidate
You're a person. Toyota isn't.
Child trafficking at the Supeer Bowl :-(
Posted By: Ann Amelia Kaciulis]
To: Members in FIRST DO NO HARM - HEALTH CARE IN NORTHERN MANITOBA AND IN FIRST NATION COMMUNITIES
Wendy Saric is a victim of BRHA, this is what was posted earlier and please keep sending Wendy prayers and to her family and check out this story http://grassrootsnewsmb.com/
Something needs to be done to make sure this never happens again, Wendy is 33 years old and has two beautiful children,
**PLEASE forward this message in its entirety.
January 21, 2011
Update regarding oil drilling at Bear Butte
From: Protect Sacred Sites
On November 18, 2010, the South Dakota DENR approved a permit for Nakota Energy to drill for oil, one mile west of Bear Butte, a sacred site to the Plains Tribes. Bear Butte has four National designations; National Historical Landmark listed on December 21, 1981, National Historical Places listed on June 19, 1973, National Natural Landmark, listed on April 1965, Registered National Trail (Bear Butte Summit Trail), listed on June 1,1971. Bear Butte also has a wildlife refuge for migratory birds, protected under USFWS.
The permit was approved by DENR without adequate public comments or public knowledge. Our organization immediately began to challenge the approval of permits with DENR. During our conversations with DENR, Governor Rounds office, USFWS and Meade County we were repeatedly told, there was nothing that could be done once the permits were approved. USFWS regretfully was not able to intervene due to logistics of boundary regulations and State supersedes County in this instance. The final outcome was appearing that if we wanted to take action, it would have to be done as an appeal in court. This was not a reality for us as an organization.
We also contacted the Tribes for assistance and to alert them of the potential for oil drilling. Thankfully, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe took action and passed a Tribal Resolution opposed the drilling near the mountain. This also could be submitted during the public comment period and hearing.
Persistence and public outcry in this case has made a difference and the decision could potentially be changed. The beginning of January the South Dakota Historical Society put a temporary halt to the drilling at Bear Butte, resulting from Nakota Energy not following protocol on consultation, prior to drilling. This consultation is a requirement since Bear Butte is listed as a National Historical Landmark.
I spoke with Jason Haug of the Society today, to get an update on the issue and what action will be taken next. Mr. Haug informed me that DENR will be opening an additional public comment period and court hearing will be held sometime in the next couple months. The Society will submit their findings and suggested plan of action for DENR at that time. Once I have been made aware that the public comment period is in effect, we will be sending out an action alert asking everyone including the public, Tribes and organizations to send in opposition letters to both DENR and to Mr. Haug at SDHS. When the alert is sent out, I will try and include a “sample letter” for everyone to use if they choose to do so.
Over the past six years all of us taking a stand for the Protect Bear Butte efforts have battled bars, concert venues, helicopter rides over the mountain, shooting ranges and today, attacks violating and desecrating under Mother Earth and our sacred site, oil drilling. Over the years, never thought we would be battling this type of encroachment, as if the Rally isn’t violating enough.
This could be a glimmer of hope for the Protect Bear Butte efforts; at least SDHS is holding Nakota Energy accountable for their actions. I tried repeatedly to explain to DENR back in November that they were not following proper notification and Bear Butte is protected. Of course all they did was deny and argue with me about the issue, guess they will learn to follow procedures in the future, when it affects a sacred site! At least for once our voices have been heard!
A huge wopila tanka and thank you to everyone that helped make this happen! Your support for the Protect Bear Butte efforts is greatly appreciated!
Will keep everyone posted and will send out the alert as soon as the comment period re-opens.
“Our Sacred Ground is NOT Your Playground!”
In peace & solidarity,
Protect Sacred Sites Indigenous People, One Nation
An Urgent Message Regarding Protecting the Ancient Great Forest in the South March Highlands, Kanata - and a Special Ceremony On Saturday January 22 at noon!
Cards stacked against aboriginal ex-convicts
Once their time is served in jail, many aboriginal ex-cons hope to start a new life.
In Winnipeg the first stop is often one of the employment agencies. But with a criminal record, no driver’s licence and no place to call home, the barriers are overwhelming, says Janet Easter, employment counsellor at the Centre for Aboriginal Human Resource Development.
“First of all, I guess you can basically say they’re homeless, because ... when they do get out of the halfway house, where do they go? To the street right away if you don’t have any family,” Easter said.
People from northern reserves are often not able to go back home, she said, due to their conditions or other circumstances.
“Sometimes there’s no home for you,” she said.
The job search is often a futile effort.
“It’s very hard to do with limited education, limited work experience and no driver’s license,” Easter said. “And the criminal record is a big one.”
It’s hard for the counsellors who see these problems on a regular basis, she said.
“They have so much in front of them that they have to overcome. They just keep going but not really going anywhere,” she said. “I feel sorry. I just empathize with them.”
Often the only option is to turn back to a criminal lifestyle.
“How are you going to find a job when you have no bus fare? How are you going to find a job when you have nothing to eat?” Easter said.
A change needs to happen in the social assistance policies, Easter says.
“I’ve heard lots of stories where people have gone to assistance, and they say, “No, sorry,’” Easter said.
“We need to see a change in the social assistance, and how they assist people ... who are right at the bottom. They need that extra help.”
he Federation of Southern Cooperatives/
Land Assistance Fund's
28th Annual Small Farmers Conference
Albany, GA February 11-12, 2011
Hilton Garden Inn
101 South Front Street in Albany, GA 31701
For hotel reservations phone: 229.888.1590
The Small Farmers Conference, Marketing and Trade Show will host over 300 farmers, landowners and supporters from across the south. The conference objective is to provide information on USDA programs, marketing, technical assistance, legal risk management issues, conservation and a variety of other agriculture issues that impact the survival of small farmers.
Keynote speaker on Saturday will be Attorney Hank Sanders, Class Counsel of the Pigford Lawsuit. Other speakers will include Jonathon Coppess, Administration of the Farm Service Agency (USDA), Dr. Dave White, Chief of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA); and Karis Gutter, Deputy Administrator for Field Operations (USDA).
Friday February 11, 2011
"Farm & Co-op Tour with Workshops"
9:00AM - 7:00PM
Fee - $10.00
Bus will depart from Hilton Garden Inn at 9:00AM.
Lunch will be provided.
Please contact the FSC Albany Office TODAY
to assure your seat on the bus.
Saturday February 12, 2011
"Small Farmers Conference"
8:00AM - 3:00PM Registration
Fee - $30.00
Includes conference material and lunch
** HEAR THE UPDATE ON
THE PIGFORD LAWSUIT SETTLEMENT **
Please register ASAP to reserve a place on the
bus tour on February 11 and for the meeting on Saturday.
that can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
or faxed to the Albany office at 229 439 0894.
Registration payments can be
(2) checks mailed to FSC/LAF, P.O. Box 3092, Albany, GA 31706 or
(3) paid on the day of the conference.
We would, however, appreciate your pre-conference registration payment.
For additional information please go to the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund's website at www.federation.coop
or the Federation's Albany office at 229.432.5799.
2769 Church Street · East Point, GA · 30344
404 765 0991 · www.federation.coop
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