On indigenous land, Trump wants a pipeline and Turnbull wants a coal mine.
That is, Turnbull just announced he’s gonna change the Native Title Act
so it can’t be used to stop the Adani coal mine. This happens a lot.
Whenever the Native Title Act helps give Indigenous people power to stop
destructive government projects, the government just amends the Act to
disempower them again. It’s a weak law.
The world over, stopping climate change, stopping fossil fuels and empowering Indigenous people are deeply linked.
Where’s the “white people are descended from extraterrestrials, and that lack of indigenous connection to this land explains why they have a history of disregarding the health of the earth and its inhabitants” conspiracy theory?
If anyone is near Kamloops, BC, my university Thompson rivers university is hosting a panel discussion with indigenous land/water defenders in regards to the fight against oil pipelines. There’s some big names presenting (I recognize a few of them).
It’s a free event, and is happening this Monday, February 6th.
“At a challenging moment in our history, let us remind ourselves that we the hundreds of thousands, the millions of women, trans-people, men and youth who are here at the Women’s March, we represent the powerful forces of change that are determined to prevent the dying cultures of racism, hetero-patriarchy from rising again.
"We recognize that we are collective agents of history and that history cannot be deleted like web pages. We know that we gather this afternoon on indigenous land and we follow the lead of the first peoples who despite massive genocidal violence have never relinquished the struggle for land, water, culture, their people. We especially salute today the Standing Rock Sioux.
"The freedom struggles of black people that have shaped the very nature of this country’s history cannot be deleted with the sweep of a hand. We cannot be made to forget that black lives do matter. This is a country anchored in slavery and colonialism, which means for better or for worse the very history of the United States is a history of immigration and enslavement. Spreading xenophobia, hurling accusations of murder and rape and building walls will not erase history.
"No human being is illegal.
"The struggle to save the planet, to stop climate change, to guarantee the accessibility of water from the lands of the Standing Rock Sioux, to Flint, Michigan, to the West Bank and Gaza. The struggle to save our flora and fauna, to save the air—this is ground zero of the struggle for social justice.
"This is a women’s march and this women’s march represents the promise of feminism as against the pernicious powers of state violence. And inclusive and intersectional feminism that calls upon all of us to join the resistance to racism, to Islamophobia, to anti-Semitism, to misogyny, to capitalist exploitation.
"Yes, we salute the fight for 15. We dedicate ourselves to collective resistance. Resistance to the billionaire mortgage profiteers and gentrifiers. Resistance to the health care privateers. Resistance to the attacks on Muslims and on immigrants. Resistance to attacks on disabled people. Resistance to state violence perpetrated by the police and through the prison industrial complex. Resistance to institutional and intimate gender violence, especially against trans women of color.
"Women’s rights are human rights all over the planet and that is why we say freedom and justice for Palestine. We celebrate the impending release of Chelsea Manning. And Oscar López Rivera. But we also say free Leonard Peltier. Free Mumia Abu-Jamal. Free Assata Shakur.
"Over the next months and years we will be called upon to intensify our demands for social justice to become more militant in our defense of vulnerable populations. Those who still defend the supremacy of white male hetero-patriarchy had better watch out.
"The next 1,459 days of the Trump administration will be 1,459 days of resistance: Resistance on the ground, resistance in the classrooms, resistance on the job, resistance in our art and in our music.
"This is just the beginning and in the words of the inimitable Ella Baker, ‘We who believe in freedom cannot rest until it comes.’ Thank you.”
I would like to submit my friend Shay, a bi black trans scholar & organizer in Chicago. From his website http://decolonizeallthethings.com: “I’m Shay Akil McLean (twitter.com/Hood_Biologist), I’m a Pan Africanist (Nkrumah Toureist/scientific socialist) & anti-colonial community organizer (on & offline). I’m a Transman of African descent on stolen Indigenous land, writer, public intellectual, human skeletal biologist & sociologist.
I’m a sociologist & biological anthropologist studying STS/HASTS, bioethics, medical ethics, philosophy of biology, genomics, health, knowledge production and medicine. As a scholar I study how systemic inequity results in the differential distribution of health, illness, quality of life, and death. I’m currently working on my PhD in Sociology, specializing in STS/HASTS, genomics, & bioinformatics.
My academic work includes studying the impact of social, political, & economic inequality on human skeletal biology. My Master’s work looked at the impact of food insecurity, high poverty, & racial residential segregation on the dental health of poor Blacks in the 4th poorest city in the U.S.. It is through this work that I aim to construct community based grassroots interventions that change the marginalized’s relationships to knowledge and power to strategically gain equitable access to the very resources that heavily impact disease risk & life determinants while also resisting the ever present processes of settlement and displacement.”
He consistently provides invaluable knowledge on both on his website & his twitter so any donations at http://cash.me/ShayAkil would go directly towards a black trans person.
On Wednesday, President Donald Trump was scheduled to visit Andrew Jackson’s tomb in Nashville, Tennessee, to pay tribute to the seventh U.S. president on his 250th birthday. “They say my election was most similar to his,” Trump told a crowd of auto workers gathered in Michigan shortly before his planned trip to the Hermitage, Jackson’s Tennessee home, to lay a wreath on the former president’s grave. Jackson was one of the most viciously racist presidents in American history. His years spent leading brutal military campaigns against Native Americans in Georgia, Alabama and Florida presaged him forcing 46,000 indigenous people from their lands in the Southeast and marching them west, including via what became known as the “Trail of Tears.” Read more. (3/15/2017 5:01 PM)
DAPL looms with Trump’s support. This means a continued legacy of stolen land and poisoned water. This means genocide.
The single easiest and most impactful thing you can do this very week: divest your money from DAPL.
The one thing the backers of pipeline projects care about is money!
SPEAK THEIR LANGUAGE
Step 1: Find a credit union or a bank that doesn’t support pipelines (Amalgamated Bank in New York just for example… but I love my Credit Union!! see if you can sign up for a credit union through your job! Shop around!
Or find local Black-owned banks and credit unions to support through a simple Google search!!)
Step 2: Close your account with banks supporting DAPL and Energy Transfer Partners (BofA, Citi, Chase, Wells Fargo, TD, pretty much all the big ones).
If you’re of a dramatic disposition, make a spectacle out of it! Film it! At the very least do take pictures and post them on social media #bankexit #nodapl #defundDAPL
Step 3: contact your branch representative and let them know exactly why you closed your account, because you can’t be a part of funding genocide, trampling Indigenous Land Rights, and causing irreparable damage to our air, water, wildlife, and climate.
Encourage them to see the light and invest in clean green energy projects, which are the future.
Again, what these people understand is money.
Make investments in Fossil Fuel a losing proposition!
Step 4: Log on to DefundDAPL.org, where they are keeping track of how much money is being divested, and enter your total!! Every little bit helps!
Step 5: Keep fighting! Stay tuned! Keep learning!
And keep environmental racism and indigenous rights, from Flint to Standing Rock and beyond at the center of your environmentalism! 💥
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg used a complicated legal framework in Hawai'i called “quiet title” to sue ancestral land owners and force them to sell their lands. It was all to secure his private getaway on Kaua'i. After Native Hawai'ians protested, using his own platform, he dropped the suits. The damage, however, has been done.
Tenzing Norgay was an indigenous Nepalese Sherpa who became famous for becoming one of the first people to climb Mount Everest with Sir Edmund Hillary in 1953. Throughout the years journalists have questioned Norgay and Hillary about who arrived at the summit first, but they have always maintained that they arrived together, as a team, and refused to say who was first.
Named by TIME Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century, the popularity of Tenzing Norgay lead to an increase in expeditions to Mount Everest as well as growing awareness about the crucial role of the Sherpa on these expeditions. As the death toll on Everest has risen in the past fifty years, particularly among Sherpa, people have began to question the ethics of climbing Everest when the majority of the work is done by Sherpa who are put in increasingly dangerous situations. Additionally, the increase in mountaineering has left the mountain in very poor condition, with trash and oxygen tanks covering the mountain known as
Chomolungma to the Sherpa and considered sacred. Is the achievement of climbing Everest truly worth the environmental costs, continued loss of life, and desecration of sacred ground?
Regardless of the issues surrounding Everest today, the achievements of Tenzing Norgay stand as a testament to the human spirit. His achievements have been honored by Queen Elizabeth with the George Medal, although some believe his extreme efforts merit being knighted instead. Regarding the fame surrounding his summit of Mount Everest, the always humble Norgay said: I have climbed my mountain, but I must still live my life.
Why you hate Justin Trudeu? I thought he was a kinda cool guy
he’s uggghhhhhh very liberal (in the canadian sense). the easiest way to sum up his entire time as pm is like putting a nice bandaid over a problem and drawing little hearts on it to make it look pretty and cover it up but not actually like. doing anything about it
The 2017 Invasion Day protest in Melbourne. More than 5,000 people turned out to say that they disagree with our national day being held on the anniversary of Britain declaring Australia terra nullius and attempting to erase the oldest continuous culture on the planet. If you’re an Australian and you support #NoDAPL - why weren’t you marching?
“ All youkai are the ruins of humans. Youkai continue to exist both inside and outside humans. They wish to return to a human form, but are unable to do so. They live in fields, mountains, seas, grasses and trees, full of sadness at not being able to return to a human form.” - Abe Masamichi
This is a quote that I pulled from the book: Japanese Demon Lore by Noriko T. Reider. Which aside from so far being an interesting read as far as the history of Oni and their many representations in both myth and fables. It also has a section that covers how youkai are represented in anime and Inuyasha is one of the examples used. I wanted to share a couple of interesting points from this section in case anyone was interested. For me this was a delight as my headcanons surrounding my muses in particular are heavily inspired by mythology.
The white dog in Japanese Folklore.
Through medieval times the dog was seen as not only a trusted companion but as a creature associated with the dead. That was due to the fact that dogs often ate the corpses of the dead left without proper burial. Or dug up the corpses that weren’t buried deep enough. People who saw this began to believe that the dogs were retrieving the soul to bring to the other world.
This brought up the opinion that dogs were in tune with the supernatural forces around them. Some even capable of developing their own powers. There are many stories of dogs saving their masters from supernatural threats. Or protecting people from the dangers of yurei and youkai alike.
Then there is the deeper belief that some dogs can become trans-boundary creatures, allowing them to travel between this world and the underworld. Making them excellent guides to those who dare tread in the world of the dead. One such story is told by a priest named Kobo Daishi, who’s trek to the sacred grounds of Mt. Koya was only made possible by the aid of a magical white dog.
The story of the Yasha.
In Indian Buddhist mythology, a Yasha is a frightening and violent monster. There is a story where a Buddhist Guardian by the name of Bishamonten crossed paths with one particularly ferocious Yasha, a beast so wild and uncontrollable that it looked as if killing it was the only solution.
However Bishamonten opted to instead subdue the Yasha, calming the demon and giving it a greater purpose. In the end the Yasha became a protector and kin to the Guardian.
Tsuchigumo: The Earth Spider.
There are a few youkai spiders through out japanese mythology, but the Tsuchigumo has some of the deepest roots. It’s one of the oldest recorded youkai and it’s name can be used to refer to other things.
In the very earliest years of Japanese history Tsuchigumo was used to refer to people who did not conform to society. Either because they were outlaws, pit dwellers or those who simply defy the emperors divine rule. Essentially a Tsuchigumo was a person destined for hell.
Unfortunately Tsuchigumo was also a derogatory term used to refer to the indigenous people of the land, or anyone who did not share the same physiological features of a typical Japanese person. Or anyone in general who lived apart from society. Which is where the ‘pit dwelling’ part comes in.
If Native American resistance is an old story, that’s because the systemic violation of indigenous land rights is an old story. And if history is any precedent, the resistance won’t end at Standing Rock.