A strong and loving reminder of a day where we marched side-by-side with our Pacific Islander sisters and brothers who are on the front lines of climate change. Much love and thanks.
Pacific Islanders March for Self-Determination
by Fuifuilupe Niumeitolu
Photo by Dan Bacher. Part of the Pacific Islander (Melanesian, Micronesian, Polynesian) Contingent at the major Climate Change March, Feb. 7, 2015, in downtown Oakland. Signs held by marchers include: “Marshall Islands. Our Tides are Too High So We Rise… ” and “Pacific Islands: Melanesia * Micronesia * Polynesia. We are not Drowning / We Are Fighting / For Our Mokopuna. Oceania Coalition of Northern California.”
Even many weeks after that historic moment, viewing images of our Pacific Islander (Melanesian, Micronesian, Polynesian) contingent, marching collectively alongside each other and arm-in-arm with our Native American relatives in the Indigenous Block at the major Climate Change March on Saturday, February 7, 2015, which were shown on the many photos widely disseminated on social media, and or stored within the repository of my memory, I’m always moved to tears. I’m humbled by the images of…
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Since its proposal in 2008, Native Americans have been at the forefront of the push against TransCanada’s Keystone XL Pipeline. These indigenous voices are vital to the XL discussion as the proposed 1,179 mile path would directly effect their communities, altering the environmental and economic state of many reservations and Native communities.
Native protesters have been present for every development, steadfast in their demand for justice. Despite the bill’s Congressional passage on Thursday, the momentum Natives have built is something the Lakota People’s Law Project fully supports.
The Keystone XL Pipeline would link Canada’s tar sands (pictured below) to Nebraska, where it would branch off to preexisting oil lines that lead to Gulf Coast refineries. Supporters stand by the assertion that this $8 billion project would provide a multitude of jobs and increase energy security by solidifying ties to our affable neighbor, Canada.
Unfortunately, any job opportunity would be temporary as the pipeline will, of course, be fully constructed…
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My wish is that in this New Year each of you, my loves, takes a stand for something they believe in, no matter how big or small it may seem. Stand up for yourself, for your children and their children and theirs………. Bring your light to the world to forever shine as a beacon of hope to the next 7 generations…. and to theirs as well. Do something that will ensure a beautiful and better life and health for them and our mother, a world where brothers and sisters of all nations will come together and blossom from the fruits and seeds you have nurtured to pass on to them……
IDLE NO MORE!
On February 7, 2014, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper made a surprise visit to the Blood reservation’s Kainai High School in Standoff, near Calgary, Alberta, where he announced a “historic” agreement with the Assembly of First Nations on a revised First Nations Education Act. But not before at least two Native women were forcibly removed by police, at least one for allegedly “Tweeting.”
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The B.C. Civil Liberties Association has filed complaints against the RCMP and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, saying the law enforcement agencies may have illegally spied on opponents of pipelines and then shared the intelligence information with the petroleum industry.
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A beautiful 2 minute film showing Native Americans as they see themselves in contrast to how they are viewed by this nation and its sports teams.
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“Lies My Teacher Told Me” (1995, 2007) by James W. Loewen looks at 12 high school American history books in common use and tells you what they lie about and what important facts they leave out. Loewen looks at how and why history books get written that way. He is the same Loewen who wrote about sundown towns.
If you like this blog you would probably like this book too. I have even done posts based on some of its chapters:
Those posts are not pure…
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