treaties of rights

Dakota Access Pipeline workers bulldozed sacred sites and graves in North Dakota on Sunday, and I found out today that one of those graves belonged to one of my relatives…

I’m not even from Standing Rock and they desecrated a grave of my family member, Charles Picotte (Eta-ke-cha). He isn’t just a long dead man people have forgotten about, this was the grave of a man whose face I know, who I have pictures of in family albums. A family member that lived through the transition to reservation life. I’m upset. I’m angry. I’m shocked right now because it hits home. He was a translator and one of the signers of the Treaty of Fort Laramie, a treaty that 3 of my relatives signed, a treaty they are breaking RIGHT NOW with this pipeline.

I’ve never set foot in Standing Rock, I don’t even know anyone from Standing Rock. But this has affected me all the way over here in Washington, and this is an attack on the rights of native peoples. People need to share what’s happening right now, how they’re desecrating these sacred sites, hiring paramilitary, unleashing dogs and tear gas on protesters defending the health and future of their community, plus their treaty rights, because the media is ignoring all of this. Sign the petition to stop it, send donations to the Sacred Stone camp, raise awareness. This is about the interests of a corporation being put before indigenous peoples rights and health.


ViewPoint | Trudeau’s Indigenous betrayal

OPINION: Pam Palmater says Justin Trudeau forgot his promises to First Nations after he was elected prime minister

Dorothea Erxleben (1715-1762) was the first woman to receive a PhD in Germany, as well as the first female medical doctor in the country. She was also a strong proponent of female education.

During childhood, her father made sure that she received the same education as her brother, subverting the usual gender roles of the time. She studied medicine at the University of Halle despite ongoing scepticism and obstacles from society, and gained her qualification in 1754. She is the author of a treaty in support of the right of women to attend university.
Over 70 arrested at Standing Rock as Dakota Access aims to finish pipeline
North Dakota police arrested 76 people one day after federal officials suggested that the government could soon approve the final stage of pipeline construction
By Sam Levin

North Dakota police have arrested 76 people at Standing Rock one day after federal officials suggested that the government could soon approve the final stage of construction of the Dakota Access pipeline.

The arrests occurred after a group of activists, who call themselves water protectors, established a new camp near the pipeline construction.

Rob Keller, spokesman for the Morton County sheriff’s office, told the Guardian on Wednesday night that it was too soon to say what charges were being filed. In a statement, he claimed that a “rogue group of protesters” had trespassed on private property.

“A lot of water protectors really felt that we needed to make some sort of stand as far as treaty rights,” said Linda Black Elk, a member of the Catawba Nation. “We basically started to see police mobilizing from all directions. Someone came along and told us we had about 15 minutes before the camp would get raided.”

Black Elk, who works with the Standing Rock Medic & Healer Council, said there were initially hundreds of activists at the new camp but that those who did not want to be taken into custody ultimately decided to retreat.

“There were a lot of people who felt like the prospect of treaty rights was something worth getting arrested over,” she said.

“As a Chicano symbol, Aztlán has two meanings: first, it represents the geographic region known as the Southwest of the United States, composed of the territory that Mexico ceded in 1848 with the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo; second, and more important, Aztlán symbolizes the spiritual union of the Chicanos, something that is carried within the heart, no matter where they may live or where they may find themselves.”

- Luis Leal 1989

some paragraphs from what I am writing to Senators about the Racial Discrimination Act Amendment. you are welcome to use these to assist your own submissions on email or on the phone


One of the reasons the Explanatory Memorandum gives for this Amendment is that it is “contrary to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights” and broader than other nations’ protections. I can’t help but wonder why the Parliament (and in this case, the Liberal Party especially) cares so much about being “contrary” to international human rights law when our asylum seeker detention policy has been repeatedly condemned by other nations and by the UN for flagrantly contravening many human rights treaties, covenants and declarations including the Declaration of Human Rights, the Refugee Convention, and the Convention Against Torture. If we are to uphold the ICCPR in such a way as to reduce protections, even if arguably in a minor way, then we absolutely must acknowledge and repair the heinous situation we are currently inflicting on asylum seekers. Given ~20 years of multi-party inaction on this matter I can only conclude that this is not likely to happen and therefore, that any claim based on representing international human rights law with this amendment are meaningless.


It is difficult to believe that someone “offended” or “insulted” in a minor way would go through the effort, expense and stress of prosecuting such a behaviour. If it is prosecuted despite the aforementioned obstacles, there is probably good reason, especially if the court finds in favour. As demonstrated by the spike in explicitly racial attacks after Trump’s election, however, it is not remotely unrealistic to suggest that more racial attacks may occur after such behaviour has been institutionally supported.


Neither excessive litigation nor redundancy of the phrases was cited in the Explanatory Memorandum, which suggests to me that there is little actual legal meaning to this amendment being pursued. It is not solving a problem, but as the hashtag #FreedomofSpeech, experiences of even MP Nova Harris, and countless voices of racial minorities across the world have expressed, it perpetuates some.


I am extremely concerned about the political environment in which this amendment is taking place. Parliament and the law itself are not merely legally enforceable barriers of behaviour, but also symbols of what we as a society do and do not accept. Given the increasingly nationalistic, white supremacist environment in the US, Europe, and even here, it is completely inappropriate for us to reduce protections at this time, especially with such shallow reasoning, and send this national and international message that racism is okay.


and remember! when talking to your Senator you don’t actually need legalese or evidence, and you don’t need to worry about if what you’re saying is correct - if you can pull that stuff out, that’s great, but they are your ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES here for YOU whether they like it or not. you can literally write “I don’t like it I think it’s mean” on a piece of perfumed paper and they have to consider it. hooray democracy. so please contribute, even if it’s just a few sentences!

anonymous asked:

Hey happy Munday, and I have a fact about my country (Ireland) it was the first country to legalize same sex marriage by popular vote! (Love your blog by they way!!)

That’s awesome!!! :D And thanks!

Meanwhile, my stupid country didn’t even sign a treaty regarding gay and trans rights, while the rest of the Americas did. 

My presiden even say: “We are going to defend the family (?) and the morality”. 

In my country you can be killed because you are gay and it will not be considered a hate crime. Even more, people are going to blame you because you are gay :|

The womb is not a democracy.

The womb is not a signatory to any human rights treaty.

The womb is not a place where all (or ANY!) residents have the rights to life, liberty or pursuit of happiness.

The womb is not a front on the battle for equality, or a place where marginalized people must be protected from oppression. 

Every woman on earth is the Dictator-for-Life and God-Emperor of her own uterus.

If your politics assume otherwise, your politics are misogynist garbage.

Ten months later, the trials of Class B and C defendants—those accused of ordering or carrying out abuse or atrocities—were ended.
An army officer named Osamu Satano was the last man tried by the United States. His punishment fit the reconciliatory mood; convicted of beheading an airman, he was sentenced to just five years.
In early 1950, MacArthur ruled that war criminals’ sentences would be reduced for good behavior, and those serving life sentences would be eligible for parole after fifteen years.
Then, in 1951, the Allies and Japan signed the Treaty of Peace, which would end the occupation.
The treaty waived the right of former POWs and their families to seek reparations from Japan and Japanese companies that had profited from their enslavement. Finally, in March 1952, just before the treaty took effect and the occupation ended, the order for apprehension of fugitive war criminals was lifted.
Though Watanabe was on the fugitive list, hardly anyone believed that he was still alive.
When he saw the story, Watanabe was wary. Afraid that the police had planted the story as a trap, he didn’t go home. He spent much of the spring working as a fishmonger, all the while wondering if he was free. Finally, he decided to sneak back to his mother. Watanabe rang the bell, but no one answered. He rang again, longer, and heard footfalls on the garden stones.
The gate swung open, and there was the face of his youngest brother, whom he hadn’t seen since the latter was a boy. His brother threw his arms around him, then pulled him into the house, singing out, “Mu-cchan’s back!”
Mutsuhiro Watanabe’s flight was over.
In his absence, many of his fellow camp guards and officials had been convicted of war crimes. Some had been executed. The others wouldn’t be in prison for long. In keeping with the American effort to reconcile with Japan, all of them, including those serving life sentences, would soon be paroled. It appears that even Sueharu Kitamura, “the Quack,” was set free, in spite of his death sentence.
By 1958, every war criminal who had not been executed would be free, and on December 30 of that year, all would be granted amnesty.
Sugamo would be torn down, and the epic ordeals of POWs in Japan would fade from the world’s memory.
Watanabe would later admit that in the beginning of his life in exile, he had pondered the question of whether or not he had committed any crime.
In the end, he laid the blame not on himself but on “sinful, absurd, insane war.”
He saw himself as a victim.
If he had tugs of conscience over what he’d done, he shrugged them away by assuring himself that the lifting of the fugitive-apprehension order was a personal exoneration.
“I was just in a great joy of complete release and liberation,” he wrote in 1956, “that I was not guilty.”
—  Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand

City moves to name street in honor of late activist Billy Frank

It looks like a street in Bellingham, Washington, will be named in honor of the late treaty rights activist Billy Frank Jr.The city council directed staff to look into changing Indian Street to Billy Frank Jr. Street, The Bellingham Herald reported. Frank was a member of the Nisqually Tribe who died in May2014.

“A great many people in North America believe that Canada and the United States, in a moment of inexplicable generosity, gave treaty rights to Native people as a gift. Of course, anyone familiar with the history of Indians in North America knows that Native people paid for every treaty right, and in some cases, paid more than once. The idea that either country gave First Nations something for free is horseshit.” ― Thomas King

2/4 Someone left a can of Pringles Brand Extruded Crispy Starch Paraboloids here! Now, by ancient treaty rights, all snack foods with unsettling hyperbolic geometry are to be rendered unto the chickens, Last True Children Of The Dinosaurs. So it is written.

We attempted to render the Crispy Starch Paraboloids unto the chickens. However, every time a chicken pecked at a Starch Paraboloid, instead of ending up inside her beak, the Starch Paraboloid just broke into two pieces, which, when pecked, became four pieces, then eight, and so on. Eventually all the chickens got bored of Exponentially Replicating Unpeckable Starch Paraboloid bits and wandered off. Thankfully, this was somewhat before the number of Exponentially Replicating Tiny Starch Paraboloids exceeded the number of atoms in the universe. 

The sheep ate all the Extruded Crispy Starch Paraboloids bits instead, using some weird meat flaps attached to their faces.

The new pillars for the rebuilt chicken yard are up and concreted, hooray.

And before I go away again.

So a couple of day ago Russia signed this grand peace treaty, right????

Guess  what, a town Debaltseve is being viped away from the map right now, the fire never stops. And those bastards got ‘humanitarian help’ from Russia yesterday. Read: firearms and armour.

So everything happened just as I thought it would: Russia signed an amazing thing, but then took the paper and viped its ass with it.

And we actually might have Martial Law enforced upon us soon, if nothing changes in this couple of days.

Like, wow, life is great and Russia is amazing.

and tumblr keeps silent about this thank you