Friday, May 31, 2013

Brazilian police shoot Indians... urgent action needed

Take action for Brazil's Indians, the uncontacted tribes of Machu Picchu, stop human safaris...
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Brazil police shoot Indians – Urgent action

Police in southern Brazil yesterday killed a Terena Indian and wounded several others while violently evicting them from their land.
Elsewhere in Brazil, an eviction order was served on Kayapo, Arara, Munduruku and Xipaia Indians occupying the controversial Belo Monte dam site. Armed police have surrounded the protesters and tensions are rising amid fears that there will be similar violence.
Please email the Brazilian President asking her to recognize Terena Indian territories and consult with the indigenous occupiers of the Belo Monte dam site.

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IN PICTURES: Peru’s uncontacted tribes threatened by gas project

They live no more than 100 kms from Machu Picchu. Today, however, the future of uncontacted tribes who live in the heartland of the ancient Inca Empire is threatened by gas and oil extraction.
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Dictator on trial for indigenous genocide

In Guatemala, the trial continues of a former general who presided over a reign of terror in the 1980s. During the military dictatorship of José Efrain Ríos Montt, around 200,000 people, almost all of them members of Guatemala’s indigenous population, were killed or disappeared. Montt is the first ever head of state to be tried for genocide.

Sponsor Nixiwaka Yawanawá’s Ben Nevis climb for Survival!

‘My name is Nixiwaka Yawanawá and I am a Yawanawá Indian from Brazil. I will soon be climbing a mountain in Scotland with some other supporters of Survival International, to raise awareness of the plight of the Awá tribe from Brazil. Please help me to fundraise for Survival, a charity that is working to help my people.’
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Sign the pledge to stop ‘human safaris’

Every day hundreds of tourists travel along the Andaman Trunk road in the hope of ‘spotting’ members of the Jarawa tribe. The Supreme Court of India ordered in 2002 that the road should be closed, yet it remains open. Help put pressure on the islands’ government by pledging not to holiday in the Andaman Islands while the road remains open to tourists.
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Who’s speaking up for Earth’s most threatened tribe?

In pictures: the celebrities supporting our campaign for the Awá tribe, including world-renowned photographer Sebastião Salgado.
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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

To stand with striking Walmart workers...

Making Change at Walmart

Reduced shifts. Worse hours. No raises. Being fired.
These are just some of the ways Walmart has retaliated against workers who have spoken up for their rights.
Workers like Vanessa Ferreira, who worked at Walmart for 8 years, until she was fired earlier this month -- having done nothing wrong beside standing up for herself and her coworkers.
Or workers like Carlton Smith, a Paramount, California, Walmart employee of 17 years, who was just fired for speaking up to make positive change.
So today, Walmart workers across the country are on strike, standing up against Walmart’s retaliation against and attempts to silence those who speak out.
They’ll be caravanning to Bentonville, Arkansas -- what they’re calling the “Ride for Respect” -- to bring their complaints directly to the Walmart shareholder meeting on June 7th.
And the more of us who stand with them right now, the louder their voices will be.
Sign their petition to Walmart today, and it'll be delivered to Walmart HQ during the shareholder meeting.
Ride for Respect
Even though Walmart makes more than $16 billion in profits each year, the retailer is creating jobs that keep its workers without enough hours, without healthcare, and struggling to get by on poverty wages.
As a result many employees can’t even support their families without relying on government assistance, while the Walton family, which controls the company, has the wealth of 42 percent of American families combined, and its CEO rakes in more than 1,000 times the salary of the average Walmart worker.
That’s why workers have been calling on Walmart to publicly commit to offering full-time hours and a minimum salary of $25,000 -- and why your support is so important.Because we know what happens to workers when they speak out -- just ask Vanessa or Carlton.
The “Ride for Respect” -- to take their concerns directly to the executives and shareholders who could make change happen -- will be a huge effort.
And having you with the workers from the start will make a huge difference. Add your name today:
Thanks so much,

Silvia Fabela
Field Organizing Assistant, Making Change at Walmart
P.S. -- We still need to raise $1,300 to make sure we can bring two Bangladeshi workers to the shareholder meeting -- and the campaign expires Friday at midnight. If we haven’t raised the money by then, we probably won’t be able to bring Kalpona and Sumi. So please make sure we hit our goal, and donate today.

LEGAL DISCLAIMER: UFCW and OUR Walmart have the purpose of helping Wal-Mart employees as individuals or groups in their dealings with Wal-Mart over labor rights and standards and their efforts to have Wal-Mart publically commit to adhering to labor rights and standards. UFCW and OUR Walmart have no intent to have Walmart recognize or bargain with UFCW or OUR Walmart as the representative of Walmart employees.


Monday, May 27, 2013

All hands on deck to help Leonard Peltier's fight for freedom #humanrights #indigenous

The fight for the freedom of Leonard Peltier Continues
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Leonard Peltier LPDOC

All Hands on Deck


We write today to make both an announcement and a request

The announcement is that we have asked Indigo Cantor to take a larger role in the strategic operations of the LPDOC as a liaison.

Indigo will help co-ordinate projects and supporters to help reach maximum effectiveness toward Leonard's freedom. She is very open to ideas and suggestions that you may have. Communication is KEY, so talk with her when you need things or have ideas.
We believe she is an innovator and that her very positive energy will be just what we need at this time. She will also help with Congressional and legal efforts and will report directly to the board. 

"Indigo is an extremely important asset to the Committee, everyone please welcome her with open arms; we need everyone's cooperation in working with her, she is very valuable to us, has come in at a critical time, and we're grateful for her."- LP

Many good people have come and gone in these long years and each and every one has contributed to the effort and has made a difference. The job has been daunting and many have stayed as long as they could but were eventually compelled by life and its responsibilities to move on. Most have been steadfast in the fight for many, many years. The gratitude we have for ALL of Leonard's supporters has NO bounds.

Yet here we are, and Leonard is still locked up in a steel cage almost 2000 miles from his family and home.  

You know it and we know it. It's time.

SO, here is the request: we would like to issue a call for All hands on deck!! 

As of May 2013, there are a number of strategic efforts in the works, some of which are not being made public at this time in order to properly launch them for maximum benefit to Leonard.  Leonard and the board have extreme confidence these strategies will bring forth exciting results you will all be proud and energized to be a part of. 

After 38 years of working toward a goal and not realizing it, frustrations and tempers are bound to grow and need a place to go.  We must transform any negative energy or frustration into POSITIVE action! Leonard DEPENDS on it, his life and well-being DEPEND on us working in unity and cooperation. There can be NO other way.

Remember, All hands on deck. Many of you have special skills you can offer, be it writing, technical, organizing, marching, etc.   The time is NOW, to put our efforts together and push in the same direction at the same time.

This is, quite likely, Leonard's last real chance for freedom. 
When his transfer was denied last month the Prison casually told him he could reapply in two years. Leonard's health and age may not allow for that. 
In two years he may not have the stamina to apply for anything. Or worse. 

In the Spirit of Getting Leonard out of Prison!!!

-The LPDOC Board of Directors. 

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