“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.”
On Monday, Divergent actress Shailene Woodley was arrested in North Dakota where she was participating in a peaceful protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline. While Woodley certainly brought new attention to the protest, her arrest overshadows the cause and the horrendous way protesters have been treated.
The same thing happening in the US with DAPL is happening in Canada. Trudeau broke his promises to First Nations people by approving a pipeline through Indigenous land and now oil has spilt on THEIR land. Please spread the word.
He spent many minutes talking about how great the environment in Canada is, how we need to
improve the climate for our children and grandchildren, to closely
listen to Indigenous people and have them involved in decision making,
to transition to green jobs, and to follow through on what he was
elected for, but then he approved Kinder Morgan
He’s showed he is perfectly fine ignoring consent.
He’s showed he is not genuinely concerned with the lives and lands of Indigenous people.
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.
Amazon Watch and I are working together to permanently protect indigenous lands and rights across the Amazon Basin. These stewards of the rainforest are our best bet at preserving this global treasure and key to preventing climate chaos. Let’s help support Amazon Watch and our indigenous friends for the holidays: support.amazonwatch.org/fundraiser/866075
Listen y'all, I love witches… but if, as a witch, you don’t stand up for:
* Black Lives
* Indigenous Lives (& Lands)
* The Disabled
* The LGBTQ+ community
* And all people who are marginalized here (in the US) and abroad
(All of whom have shaped this community in one way or another)
Then I don’t think you understand what it means to be a witch. Argue all you want, rationalize hate or apathy, I don’t care. I just hope one day you will see that there is power in empathy and decency.
Considering that indigenous lands hold 80% of global biodiversity, it is no surprise that extractive industries want their resources. If left to the industries, the Amazon’s Sacred Headwaters would become one big oil field, and the watersheds of the Brazilian Amazon would be destroyed by agribusiness and mega-dams.
They say it’s 2016
this shouldn’t be happening
they talk as if time has ever been kind
I bet you after Brown vs. Board of Education
they said it’s the 1970s
shouldn’t we be past this
as if humanity was ever aligned
along a moral compass
they say it’s 2016
why are we still pushing indigenous people
off their lands for the sake of our own gain
why is the topic of shocking the gay out of our kids
still filling the air over Thanksgiving dinners
why are we still speaking for the dead
pretending that their gravestones
aren’t enough for us to change
they say it’s 2016
as if that meant anything
progress may be progress
but that is not enough of an excuse
to expect that there is nothing left to work on
just because we are here
does not mean we have made it
there is still a long way to go
because it’s just 2016.
Tired of waiting for lands promised by the Colombian government, Indigenous Nasa people, from southern Colombia, decided in a community assembly the direct action needed in order to release the lands that are industrialized by a billionaire protected by paramilitaries and mercenaries. Dispersed in different encampments in the sugar cane hectares, Indigenous peoples organize whereas the State and the sugar cane owner try by any way to put down their determination.
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.
Decades of oil drilling have severely contaminated the land occupied by Ecuador’s Waorani Indigenous people. With the help of Digital Democracy, an NGO that supports marginalized communities in using technology to defend their rights, the Waorani are putting up a strong fight against the companies drilling for oil in the rainforest.
To talk even of decolonisation is inappropriate in the case of settler colonies like Australia, New Zealand, the United States and Canada. In these cases, the colonisers or invaders did not leave, and no real dismantling of the forms of colonialism has taken place. Although there are significant differences in the recognition of native title in each case, they remain nation-states based on invasion and the appropriation of Indigenous peoples and their land.