Tar Sands and Keystone Pipeline Destruction to Mother Earth

30 03 2012

Been meaning to write about this struggle for some time now.  The Keystone pipeline has received lot’s of media attention and mainstream support from various sectors of U.S. working class.  Several celebrities have even jumped on the bandwagon, by participating in public disobedience or direct actions in Washington DC.  So I am definitely behind the curve here, but the more people are blogging about this issue the more communities will be informed.

These are huge topics that many have written about and the following is only a teaser.  I recommend people do more research to learn more details about these issues, but hopefully the following will get you started and interested in these important struggles.

Tar Sands – There is much to know about the Tar Sands, but simply put this is a massive process that destroys mother earth.  It takes place mainly in the Alberta province of Canada.  Basically it involves removing crude oil from the earth’s surface.  However, to remove that crude oil from the surface is a highly destructive process.  There are two methods that I’m aware of, depending on how deep the oil is.  The oil is mixed in with other elements, mainly soil or sand the process involves using other chemicals or natural gas to separate the oil from the soil, but one of the main elements used to separate the oil is WATER.  Millions of gallons of water are used a day to separate the oil.

When we think about efforts to conserve water, we should consider the amount of water corporations use to extract oil from the earth’s surface.  This water is also contaminated once it’s been used, but it goes back into the system and causes massive destruction to drinking water for people and animals.

Another element of the environment that is destroyed is mass amounts of forest that are clear-cut in order to get to the soil.  Again, this is highly destructive to the animals and ecosystem that in turn affects us.

For all intensive purposes, the Tar Sands oil extraction process is the worst thing corporations can be doing to the environment in Alberta, Canada.  We must remember why they are doing this.  The ultimate goal of companies involved in these projects is PROFIT and to maximize those profits at any and all cost, to the earth and human life.  There is nothing that would stop these jerks from continuing the destruction of mother earth as long as they keep making money off extracting and selling crude oil.

The Keystone Pipeline – Again, I won’t get into a lot of details with this either, but I recommend reading more about the issue.  This pipeline would basically transport the crude oil extracted from the Tar Sands to the Gulf-Coast of the United States.  This again is huge project and would involve digging a huge whole all the way from Alberta, Canada to Texas, USA.  Then putting piping in that hole to transport the oil.  The pipe would go beneath water ways, forest and other fragile environments, including crossing several Indian reservations in both countries.  All to allow the transport of crude oil in order to be sold and exported to other places in the world.  But ultimately, in order for these companies to make huge profits.

Capitalism is the system that allows both of these types of projects to exist and to be supported by the governments of both countries.  Imagen what we could do if we put that amount of resources and energy into building projects that would meet people’s needs.  The city of San Diego where I live can’t even build a damn shelter for the thousands of homeless people living on the street or pay for the number of teachers and counselors needed for students to get a quality education.  Only because it chooses not to, because there is no profit in it.

Join the Native communities from so-called “Canada” and the “United States” in standing up against these projects and all other projects that seek to maximize profits at the expense of mother earth and humanity.

Also, a reminder that the 2012 Peace and Dignity Journeys will be running in honor of the Water this year and we will be bringing light to these types of issues across Turtle Island.

For more details on both these projects I recommend Indigenous Environmental Network.  Here is a link to article on the Tar Sands and one on the Keystone XL Pipeline project

Chief Tecumseh, Leader Against Western Capitalism

28 10 2011

A telling and pertinent quote by an important native leader, not only because he felt the only way to win was to unite all “Redman”, but for something we should all keep in mind.

“to unite in claiming a common and equal right in the land, as it was at first and should be yet; for it was never divided, but belongs to all for the use of each.  That no part has a right to sell, even to each other,…”

This was before Karl Marx wrote the Communist Manifesto in 1848.  Feels good to know that what I believe in goes back hundreds of years and to be indigenous is to be anti-capitalist and to fight for an end to private property.

From this belief against selling of land, Andrew Jackson, the greatest enemy against Indian people during this period would start a process that would effect us til this day.

“Jackson’s 1814 treaty with the Creeks started something new and important.  It granted Indians individual ownership of land, thus, splitting Indian from Indian, breaking up communal land holding, bribing some with land, leaving others out – introducing the competition and conniving that marked the spirit of Western capitalism (Howard Zinn, A People’s History of the United States, 127)

During another meeting with U.S. government officials Tecumseh refused to submit.  “Your father (the president) requests you take a chair”  Tecumseh replied “My father!  The sun is my father, and the earth is my mother…” (Zinn, 131)

Pelican Bay solidarity event increases awareness of prison-industrial complex

27 10 2011

Pelican Bay solidarity event increases awareness of prison-industrial complex.

19 04 2011

Story by Abel Macias and Irvin Pachuca

On the last day before students went on spring break the U.S. Department of Education held a summit at the San Diego Community College campus.   Despite the date, over one hundred students and faculty arrived at the campus at 8am to protest the hypocrisy of the education summit.  According to government documents, the President’s goal for 2020 is for the United States to have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world. This is contradictory to what is truly happening.  A recent announcement informed students and part time faculty that the summer session for the entire San Diego Community College District would be cancelled.  As a result of the cancellation, all part-time faculty will be laid off, and as many as 35,000 students will be affected.

Students and faculty from campuses throughout the district came and spoke to the real problem facing public education, capitalist greed!

Students and faculty take over street in front of Seville Theater

Student after student gave testimony as to how the cancellation of summer session was going to affect them and how if the government really wanted to help students and veterans they should quit canceling classes and raising student fees.
Protestors then began a march around the school and took over the street on Park Blvd in downtown San Diego.  From there they marched straight to the Seville theatre where the summit was being held.  Unfortunately, the students and faculty were not allowed into the theatre.
The protestors decided to hold their own summit in the street in front of the theatre.  Again students denounced the tax breaks for the rich and endless funding for war. San Diego City College student Irvin Pachuca said, “It’s hypocritical that there is enough money to beautify the campus in order to impress government officials, while at the same time the students are told that there isn’t enough money for classes, teachers, or other student resources. We realize all the lies we are told and are becoming more involved in direct action against these destructive budget cuts to public education.”
Due to pressure, a district administrator came out to speak to the student protestors.  He offered only lip service and attempted to give excuses for the budget problems that students are forced to deal with. The students weren’t having it and after respectfully allowing him to speak went back to the truth behind the budget problem.
After shutting down the street for over an hour, students marched back to the campus to continue the protest of the summit at their lunch break.  This time the police prevented the students from even stepping foot into the campus quad.
The summit organizers had ordered the lock down of the whole quad area where the summit lunch was being prepared.  Students quickly reorganized and found a gap in the police lines and were able to get back onto the campus.  The students then proceeded to occupy the lunch area and sat at the white linen tables with silverware.  By this time the administration and police had become furious and started surrounding the students, while staff also removed all of the linens and silverware.

This caused City College President Terrence Burgess and the District Chancellor Constance Carroll to come and speak to the students in another futile attempt to make excuses for the ruling class.
After a stand off, the Administration was to forced to agree to meet with the students to discuss what students feel could fix the budget problem, at the top of that list was taxing the rich.
The rally that took place and the spontaneous action on behalf of students and faculty show what strength the working class has over the capitalist and their servants.  The ruling class trembles in fear when the working class comes together to demand what is rightfully theirs, free education, jobs for all and an end to imperialist wars.

Interview with PDJ Runners Gaby and Oscar

6 12 2010

This is an interview done with Brad from Indy Media,  with Oscar Montalvo and Gabriela Reza in San Diego at the Farmers Market in East Side San Diego.

click image to go to audio interview with Gaby and Oscar

Big Oil At It Again, Pipeline Proposal in Canada

28 11 2010

This time in Canada, threatening to destroy a natural habitat for a very rare bear only found in one place on earth.

All for what? Oil…!! Do we really need to build another pipeline to get oil from the interior to the sea so giant oil tankers can carry it to other points?

Or are the only needs being met by this proposed project those of the Big Oil companies that will profit from this project?

End capitalist exploitation of our planet.  (click image below to go to story)

click image to go to story


indigenous people discriminated against by grape growers in CA

10 11 2010

check out this article on the UFW website.