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Nicht länger untätig – Idle no more Eine kanadische Protestbewegung
Indianische Aktivisten und Umweltschützer protestieren gegen ein Gesetz, das der kanadischen Regierung ungehinderten Zugriff auf indianisches Land ermöglicht, um dort Resourcen zu plündern. Wieder einmal werden Verträge gebrochen, wieder einmal wird das Land zur Beute für den energiehungrigen kanadischen Staat.
Am 14. Dezember 2012 verabschiedete der kanadische Staat im Eiltempo das Gesetz Bill C-45. Die Bill C 45 ermöglicht Unternehmen Zugang zu bisher nicht erschlossenen Energiequellen, indem das Gesetz vertragliche Rechte der indianischen Nationen in Bezug auf das eigene Land sowie Umweltschutz und Selbstbestimmungsrechte der First Nations aushebelt und stattdessen die ungehinderte Rohstofferschließung in diesen Territorien ermöglicht. Ein beachtlicher Anteil der begehrten Bodenschätze, Gold, Holz, und vor allem Ölvorkommen, befindet sich auf indianischem Land.
“We can´t be idle no more”
Sylvia McAdam ist eine der Frauen, die “Idle no more“, mitbegründet hat. Idle no More, das heißt auf Deutsch: nicht länger untätig sein. Und ist der Name für eine kraftvolle Bewegung, die für Gegenwind sorgt und aufbegehrt gegen das Gesetz Bill C 45. Sylvia Mc Adam stammt aus der Nēhiyaw Nation, auf Englisch Cree genannt. Als Juristin überblickt sie sehr genau die politischen und ökologischen Implikationen diese Gesetzes. Und entschloß sich, Widerstand dagegen zu organisieren.
“Letztes Jahr war ich dabei, ein Buch zu schreiben. In einem Kapitel geht es ums Land. Das weckte in mir viele Kindheitserinnerungen: an kristallklares Wasser, an Wälder und Wildnis. Und mich packte der Wunsch, heimzukehren und dort an dem Kapitel zu arbeiten. Das tat ich. Ich packte und ging zurück aufs Land. Zu den Flüssen, zu unseren Jagdgebieten. Doch was ich vorfand, erschütterte mich. Die Bäche waren ausgetrocknet, das Land wurde beackert, der Wald wurde in einem immensen Ausmaß abgeholzt”
Sylvia Mac Adam, Cree
Eben noch bei Facebook und jetzt teilen wir Kanda unter uns auf
Sylvia Mc Adam und BR-Autorin Sonja John
Als Sylvia sich in den Wald aufmachte, um auf ihrem vertraglich reservierten Land eine Jagdhütte zu errichten und andere Indigene dazu aufrief, gleiches zu tun, stellte sie die neue gesetzlich hergestellte Fremdbestimmung durch die kanadische Regierung in Frage. Das besondere Verhältnis zwischen First Nations und dem kanadischen Staat gründet auf internationalen Verträgen. Die Anerkennung ihrer Rechte und die Aufrechterhaltung dieses besonderen Verhältnisses gehören seither zu den Forderungen von Indigenen und prägen die Kernforderung von Idle No More.
Eine Bewegung vor allem von Frauen
“Idle no more” ist eine Bewegung, die nicht nur, aber vor allem von Frauen getragen wird, die 2012 begannen, sich miteinander zu vernetzen. Nur zwei von ihnen kannten sich vorher persönlich, tauschten sich zunächst in einem Chatroom über die Folgen der Bill C-45 aus.
“Und dann sagten wir uns: Wieso nicht ein nationaler Aktionstag? Dabei hatten wir von Aktivismus keine Ahnung. Aber wir riefen für den 10. Dezember 2012 einen nationalen Aktionstag aus. Daraufhin haben uns so viele Menschen kontaktiert. Wir fragten, wer uns helfen kann. Und auf einmal hatten wir Torri Cress aus Toronto, Darla Goodwin aus British Columbia. Wir hatten Janice und Tania. All die Leute aus Alberta und Ottowa. Und in Winnipeg hatten wir Nina, die dort zur Uni geht. All diese Menschen folgten unserem Aufruf, größtenteils Frauen. Am 10. Dezember waren wir selbst überrascht: Eben noch bei Facebook und nun teilten wir Kanada unter uns auf”
Sylvia Mc Adam, Cree
Idle No More argumentiert, dass mit dem Gesetz Bill C-45 die kolonialen Eroberungsfeldzüge des einstigen Siedlerstaates fortgesetzt werden, denn schon die Gründung und der Aufstieg Kanadas gründen auf der Enteignung der First Nations und deren Vertreibung. Mit den Gesetzesänderungen wird die moderne Landbesetzung wesentlich vereinfacht. Idle No More kritisiert die kapitalistische Landzerstörung sowie die Attitüde der manifest destiny , die Selbstverständlichkeit, mit der sich die Weißen die Welt und andere Völker Untertan machen.
Das Land bewahrt die Traditionen und das kulturelle Erbe
Land ist für indigene Gemeinschaften essentiell und bei weitem mehr als rein materielle Ressource, es ist kultureller Besitz, dessen man sich immer wieder rückversichert, in Form von Geschichten, durch religiöse Zeremonien. So bestärkt man im Lauf jahrhundertelanger Verbundenheit die eigene Identität als Zugehörigkeit zu genau diesem Stück Land. Ein Angriff auf indigenes Land ist daher auch immer ein Angriff auf indigene Identität.
“Ich sprach mit den Ältesten. Und sie sagten zu mir: In Zeiten der Krise gibt es ein Gesetz, das die Frauen aussprechen. Dieses Gesetz heißt Notawamissouin. Notawamissouin bedeutet die Kinder verteidigen. Und nicht nur indigene Kinder, sondern alle Kinder. Und es reicht noch weiter. Du musst auch die Kinder der Tiere verteidigen und die der Pflanzen. Und dieses Gesetz ist heilig. Es ist friedlich. Es ist ein Gebet nicht nur für die jetzige Generation, sondern auch für die sieben Generationen, die uns folgen werden.”
Sylvia Mc Adam, Cree
- Petitioning Hon. Kellie Leitch, Minister for the Status of Women
This petition will be delivered to:
Call a public inquiry into hundreds of missing and murdered Aboriginal women like my cousin Loretta Saunders
- Petition byHolly Jarrett
- Petition byHolly Jarrett
Last month, my cousin Loretta Saunders was murdered at age 26. She was a student at St. Mary’s University in Halifax and was writing her honours thesis on the hundreds of missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada.
Our family is Inuit, and Loretta has now become one of the over 800 missing or murdered Aboriginal women she was fighting for. It is time for our government to address this epidemic of violence against Aboriginal women.
Last week, we broke down when we learned Loretta’s body had been found in a ditch beside the Trans-Canada Highway in New Brunswick. Our family is gathering strength and we will not let her death be in vain. We will fight to complete Loretta’s unfinished work.
Please sign this petition and call on Federal Minister for the Status of Women Kellie Leitch to immediately call a public inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada. The Native Women’s Association of Canada and other groups have worked on this for years and I started this petition to support them and to demand justice for Loretta.
We need to know why it is that Aboriginal girls and women like Loretta are five to seven times more likely to die as a result of violence than non-Aboriginal women. This is what a public inquiry must address immediately so that action can be taken to stop these tragedies and protect aboriginal girls and women in Canada.
The Government has so far ignored calls for a public inquiry. If they don’t act the tragedies will continue. The epidemic of racist and sexist violence against Aboriginal women in Canada is claiming lives and devastating families each month.
It boils down to a simple question. Does the Canadian Government think it’s a problem that Aboriginal women are 5-7 times more likely to die from a violent attack? Right now, we don’t know. I’m praying that Loretta’s death and tens of thousands calling for the inquiry will finally move them to do the right thing.
I travelled from Labrador to St.Johns with Loretta when she left home. We talked about our Inuit roots, our family and our pasts and how we looked at our future as an opportunity to create change and different more healthy cycles and family patterns. We spoke about the topic of aboriginal women going missing and being killed. We joked about how she would change the world, but it wasn’t really a joke at all. Loretta HAS changed the world and. I’m determined that Loretta will continue to change the world.
Please sign this petition and demand justice for Loretta and all Aboriginal women.
As mentioned the Native Women’s Association of Canada has worked on this issue for years and has already collected 23,000 signatures calling for a public inquiry. Here is a link to their site as well as their document explaining in more detail why a public inquiry is needed.
Sincerely, [Your name]
Published on Thursday, March 6, 2014 by TruthDig.com
44 Years a Prisoner: The Case of Eddie Conway
Marshall “Eddie” Conway walked free from prison this week, just one month shy of 44 years behind bars. He was convicted of the April 1970 killing of a Baltimore police officer. Conway has always maintained his innocence. At the time of his arrest and trial, he was a prominent member of the Baltimore chapter of the Black Panther Party, the militant black-rights organization that was the principal focus of COINTELPRO, the FBI’s illegal “counterintelligence program.” The FBI, under the leadership of J. Edgar Hoover, surveilled and infiltrated Black Panther chapters from coast to coast, disrupting their organizing activities, often with violence.
(Image: Ars Skeptica/cc/flickr)The prosecution alleged Conway was behind the fatal shooting of Baltimore police officer Donald Sager. The case hinged on the testimony of a police officer and a jailhouse informant, who claimed Conway described the crime while they were sharing a cell. Former Baltimore NAACP President Marvin “Doc” Cheatham, a longtime supporter of Conway’s, told The Baltimore Sun: “This was when the COINTEL program was at its height. … They did not have a witness who saw him there. They had no fingerprints or evidence there. They basically convicted him on the basis of what we now call an informant.” A global movement grew calling for Conway’s release. In 2001, the Baltimore City Council passed a resolution asking the Maryland governor to pardon him.
Conway’s arrest happened a full year before a group of anti-war activists broke into the FBI field office in Media, Pa., and took thousands of pages of classified FBI documents and released them to the press. The word “COINTELPRO” was exposed for the first time.
One of Conway’s attorneys for more than 20 years, Bob Boyle, explained: “Mr. Conway’s trial took place in January of 1971. The break-in at the office in Media, Pennsylvania, which led to the disclosures concerning COINTELPRO, did not occur until April of 1971. So Eddie went to trial at a time when COINTELPRO was still active and the jury did not know that there was this campaign to neutralize the leadership and the organization of the Black Panther Party.”
It was in this environment that the Baltimore chapter of the Black Panther Party was created. Conway had been in the U.S. Army in Germany and was bound for Vietnam. Then, in the summer of 1967, he saw a photo of the riots in Newark, N.J. He told me, “They put armored personnel carriers in the center of the black community, and they pointed .50 caliber machine guns at about 25 or 30 black women standing on a corner … something was wrong with that picture, and I could probably come home and help join some efforts to reform that.”
He joined the NAACP, and he joined CORE (the Congress of Racial Equality). He continued: “I looked at all the different organizations, and the Black Panther Party represented at least a serious attempt to start feeding the children, to start educating the population, to start organizing health care and stuff like that. So I joined and started working with them.”
What Conway didn’t know was that the Baltimore chapter of the Panthers was actually created by a police infiltrator. Conway became suspicious of one of the local Black Panther leaders. He told me: “There was a defense captain named Warren Hart, he worked for the National Security Agency. … I was instrumental in exposing him after a lengthy investigation, and he fled the country.” Not long after exposing the agent, Conway was arrested for the charges that ultimately landed him in prison for close to 44 years.
He led an exemplary life behind bars, movingly detailed in his memoir, “Marshall Law.” He told us on the “Democracy Now!” news hour about Maryland’s prisons: “There was a tremendous amount of young men in prison, and because there wasn’t anything constructive to do, there was a tremendous amount of violence. So I started off first trying to, one, change that violence thing, and then, two, find things that could help enhance the prisoner’s life.” He co-founded Friend of a Friend, a prison mentoring program affiliated with the American Friends Service Committee, to help the youngest and most vulnerable prisoners adapt and better survive the brutal prison system.
Eddie Conway will turn 68 in April. After 44 years behind bars, you would think he would never want to set foot in a prison again. But that is not Eddie Conway. For his future, he says: “I’m going to continue to work with the Friend of a Friend organization. I think we’ve saved a lot of lives. I think we can save a lot more.”
Denis Moynihan contributed research to this column.
Originally posted on ChildreninPrison:
- Petitioning Kym Worthy
This petition will be delivered to:
Kym Worthy, Wayne County Prosecutor: Use Your Prosecutorial Discretion to Free Innocent Davontae Sanford
- Petition byAnn Wright
There is little in this world more vile than pinning a murder on one of society’s most vulnerable citizens. However, pinning four murders on a child who is poor, black, developmentally delayed and blind in one eye is the height of inhumanity. It is especially ruthless when an adult murderer, a well-known professional hitman, has confessed to these murders and is willing to admit formally in court. Davontae has been incarcerated for six years and has had a difficult time adjusting to prison life. It is time for Kym Worthy to do the right thing and free this innocent young man.
After intense interrogations over the next few days, which included showing the young boy crime scene photographs and taking him to the actual crime scene, the officers typed out a “confession” for Davontae to sign. Only able to read at a 2nd to 3rd grade level and desperate to go home, Davontae signed what was put in front of him, not understanding the long-term implications of his actions. He was scared and wanted to return to his family.
It was later that the Police Officers realized that what was written in the “confession” did not mesh with the true facts of the case. Davontae, in his desperation to please the officers and go home made up many aspects of the confession, from the number of accomplices he had to the weapon that he used. None of these could be corroborated. In fact, these “facts” were easily proven false.
However, the police and the Prosecutors’ Office forged ahead, and young Davontae and his mother, innocent to the world of the criminal justice system were strongly encouraged to plead guilty to the crime. The lawyer Davontae had was Robert Slameka who had accumulated a frightening record: He had been admonished 11 times, reprimanded four times and one of his client’s convictions was overturned because of Slameka’s poor performance.
After Davontae pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 37 – 90 years in prison, a professional hitman named Vincent Smothers was arrested for another murder. While he was being interrogated (and it was being recorded), he admitted to committing the murders on Runyon Street. Once he was sentenced and incarcerated he saw Davontae in the very same prison as he was in. He told his lawyer that he would formally confess to the murders on Runyon Street.
Ms. Worthy, you know that Davontae Sanford’s confession is false. It has too many inconsistencies and it makes no sense. However, Vincent Smothers’ confession has all the details that you need in a confession. The AK-47 that Smothers’ confessed to using matched the ballistics at both the Runyon Street scene and another murder that he committed. In addition, Smothers identified an accomplice in the Runyon Street killings who used a 45 pistol, which when found, also clearly matched some of the casings and bullets at the crime scene.
Sadly, Davontae has been wrongfully incarcerated for the past six years. He is not thriving in this prison setting and has missed out on his childhood. Ms. Worthy, it is time you recognized the mistake that was made and do what needs to be done to remedy it so that this young man will not lose more of his precious life.
Sincerely, [Your name]
Originally posted on spiritandanimal.wordpress.com:
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THANK YOU. LUREE!
Originally posted on spiritandanimal.wordpress.com:
Famous Prankster Arrested, Video Confiscated for ‘Evidence’
Amanda Warren Activist PostIn a post-9/11 world there is no room for humor or common sense among hyperactive law enforcement. But a man who makes a living by laugh-inducing pranks believes otherwise.
Columbus, Ohio police arrested pro-prankster Roman Atwood on Tuesday for “inducing panic and disorderly conduct.”
The question remains – what law was broken to force the man to appear in court next week?
Atwood’s viral pranks include anything from attaching rubber snakes to girls in public, helping the homeless with pizza parties or staging kidnappings. The young father and his team average tens of millions of views on his award-winning YouTube channel. Some are elaborate like the drive-by shooting prank, and some involve police threats while pretending to urinate in public. His most well-known Internet favorite garnered 43+ million views and featured a surprise twist when he told his girlfriend of 5 years that he had cheated.
This time he faked breaking into a bought and gutted ATM with play money.