Solidarity with Standing Rock in San Diego

25 08 2016

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Liberation Radio: Columbus Day unveils outrage over Indigenous genocide

13 10 2014

Liberation Radio: Columbus Day unveils outrage over Indigenous genocide.

Click link above to here interview about this issue.

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Idle No More – San Diego – Global Day of Action, Solidarity & Resurgence

10 01 2013

Come and support native people in Canada and across Turtle Island

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Back on the Journey Again

11 06 2012

Wasn’t planning on it, but here I am again, back on the Peace and Dignity Journey again.  I met the runners on May 22 in Lower Post, BC, right next to the Yukon, BC border.  Been running with them every day since.  Haven’t had reliable internet access since then, so haven’t posted much, but finally got a chance to write something, enjoy.

Update from Inland Route:  Sooooo many blessings since I last wrote.  He is a brief account.  We finished our stay in West Moberly and headed back towards Fort St. John and into Dawson Creek.  From there we headed to Sturgeon Lake and were greeted by the students with their great posters.  We collected water from this immense lake.  Many of the places that we have been visiting have lakes and rivers that they are next too.  Many tell us stories when they were kids and could fish or swim and drink the water and now all those water sources are polluted by oil and gas companies.  Honey Desjarlais arrived with her two sons and another friend.  We were so greatful to have her join us and help us through this region.  From Sturgeon Lake we ran over 100 miles to White Court and camped in the woods and ate wild moose meat that a family had hunted that morning.  We were also joined by Honey’s mother Cleo and Kerri Kerri-Anne Bear’s mom Julia.  It’s great having this aunties with us.  The next day was very heavy, due to some circumstances that we were not expecting.  When we arrived at Alexis Nakota Souix Nation we were greeted by the community who are the most Northern Sioux tribe.  It was such a beautiful ceremony and a sundancer helped us with our heaviness.  They presented a star blanket for our buffalo skull and we also received a staff and eagle feathers.  The singers sang beautiful songs for us.  This morning we went to the sacred waters of what Christians call “Lac St. Anne” and blessed the staffs and collected water.  We arrived today at Paul Band First Nation and again heard beautiful Nakota Sioux songs and tonight they will sing more and do a round dance for us.  Maybe some of us will share some danza mexica?  Thank all you back home for all of the love and support you are giving us.  It is all helping continue this amazing sacred journey.





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)





Evo Morales Indigenous Leader on Capitalism

19 11 2010

While we assert that capitalism is the cause of global warming and the destruction of forests, rainforests and Mother Earth, they seek to expand capitalism to the commoditization of nature with the word “green economy

Check out the link below for more by Evo Morales indigenous president of Bolivia

nature, forests and indigenous people are not for sale” Evo Morales