Posted by on Dec 7, 2016 in Featured

Navajo Nation files Lawsuit against EPA over Toxic Mine Spill

Navajo Nation files Lawsuit against EPA over Toxic Mine Spill

The Navajo Nation has filed a $160 million lawsuit against the U.S. government for damages caused by the massive August 2015 mine spill that released millions of gallons of toxic waste into the Animas and San Juan rivers. In a press release Navajo Nation Attorney General Ethel Branch stated, “In particular, it has impaired our ability to maintain the cultural, ceremonialism, and spiritual practices that undergird the Navajo way of life. Through this claim and our corresponding lawsuit, we are demanding that the US government finally provide the Navajo Nation relief.” The toxic spill released lead, mercury and arsenic into to rivers that Navajo and others rely on for water for people, crops and animals. Read Navajo Nation press release...

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Posted by on Dec 6, 2016 in Featured

A Message from Tahrir to #NoDAPL Original By Tarek Nasr Revamped by Patty Stonefish

A Message from Tahrir to #NoDAPL Original By Tarek Nasr Revamped by Patty Stonefish

This article was originally written in response to #IdleNoMore – however, after talking to my good friend Tarek Nasr, who is responsible for the original piece, we decided it’s time to be revamped and released again for #NoDAPL. (You may see the original, “A Message from Tahrir to #IdleNoMore” here.) Having started our own uprising roughly 2 years ago and continuing to struggle for Bread, Freedom & Social Justice we have learned a lot (and continue to learn) from this once in a lifetime experience. Having said that I will divide this post into 3 parts; the first some advice (hopefully valuable) to my Indigenous brothers and sisters and the many Water Protectors from all around the globe, 2nd to the American Government & the 3rd to the American Media. Indigenous Relatives & Water Protectors ● Firstly I need not be thanked for supporting your cause, for as a member of an oppressed people it is my cause as well. I may not understand your language or your customs...

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Posted by on Dec 6, 2016 in Featured

History Snobs ask Why Now? by Trace L Hentz

History Snobs ask Why Now? by Trace L Hentz

“The great force of history comes from the fact that we carry it within us, are unconsciously controlled by it in many ways, and history is literally present in all that we do.” ― James Baldwin, The Price of the Ticket: Collected Nonfiction, 1948-1985 This headline ought to get me a few gasps and new readers. No, I’m not a history snob. I’m a lover. I can’t get enough of what I call His-Story, where/there, when/then, what/that. I watched (with baited breath) the live feed of the history symposium at Brown University. Official title: SLAVERY AND GLOBAL PUBLIC HISTORY: New Challenges. It’s about: Universities across the United States and the world have been forced to confront connections to slavery throughout their histories. From Brown to Yale, Oxford and in South Africa, students, faculty, and administrations wrestle with how to expose, conceal, honor, or memorialize the legacies of slavery. LINK: https://www.brown.edu/initiatives/slavery-and-justice/global-public-history/schedule Esteemed historians, I’ve met quite a few of them. I remember Yale at a similar symposium in 2000. I...

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Posted by on Dec 2, 2016 in Featured

Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau Approves Two Major Tar Sands Pipelines

Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau Approves Two Major Tar Sands Pipelines

On Tuesday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau approved two major Tar Sands pipelines. Trudeau and his cabinet signed off on the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline and Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline. Combined, the pipelines will bring over a million barrels of Alberta oil sands to global markets. Separately, Trudeau rejected the permit for the Northern Gateway pipeline. The Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline will increase the capacity of an aging pipeline from 300,000 barrels to 890,000 barrels per day running from the Alberta Tar Sands to Vancouver B.C. Additionally, it will expand the tanker port as tanker traffic is anticipated to increase from five tankers per month, to 34 per-month. The pipeline has been widely opposed by numerous 1st Nations. “Now is the time to stand beside Indigenous people in support of our timeless struggle to defend Mother Earth. There is a battle being waged across the globe by Indigenous Peoples and their allies demanding a safe, healthy world for future generations. This is about water versus oil and...

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