Translated by Scott Campbell, May 3, 2013. Source: El Enemigo Común
TO THE PEOPLE OF OAXACA
TO CONSCIOUS PEOPLE AND STUDENTS
TO THE COLLECTIVES AND ORGANIZATIONS IN STRUGGLE AND RESISTANCE
TO ALL THOSE WHO CARRY A NEW WORLD IN THEIR HEARTS
With profound indignation we denounce the aggression we were subjected to this May Day by the state and municipal police in the service of the rich and the state government, under the command of the criminal, murderer, and fascist Gabino Cué Monteagudo (which has been called the “government of change”), showing again the repressive policies guiding the repressive forces of the state and capital, in coordination with the murderer and oppressor of Atenco, Enrique Peña Nieto, not caring that all kinds of people had been participants in the demonstration, from children, elderly, even mothers. This is the change that we have received during the three years of his government, though his actions follow the same repressive policies of the tyrant Ulises Ruiz, without forgetting Peña Nieto who now sitting in the presidential chair continues his dirty, repressive and murderous policies. Today, as yesterday, we remain oppressed, just like the compañeros in Guerrero, Michoacán, DF and other geographic locations and resistance groups.
This aggression was carried out while we participated in the May Day march, sincerely and honestly protesting against the structural reforms driven by the capitalist state and neoliberal policies.
By Dave Ross, Vietnam Veterans Against the War, Will Miller Green Mountain Veterans for Peace, 4 May, 2013
Kent State Ohio, touched by history. Last night I met, and talked briefly with, Dean Kahler following a candlelight march to honor and remember the four students shot down in cold blood by the Ohio National Guard and the nine students they wounded. The students were shot down for protesting the war in Vietnam, my war, they were neither violent nor even threatening. Of the wounded who lived, Dean received the worst injuries and will spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair. In the candlelight, he still looked young; he is appreciative that people still remember what happened that day at Kent and Jackson state.
I was with my friends from Vietnam Veterans Against the War / Old School Sappers who are also members of Veterans for Peace. In my memory of pictures I have seen of the Guard shooting down on the students, the hill they are standing looks impressive. Actually, it’s just a little rise looking over a nondescript parking area – just nothing dramatic at all. The organizers had laid out four tiny “plots” where the students fell – these small, empty spaces are where we left our candles and America left its soul.
For GJEP Board Chair and co-founder Orin Langelle’s blog post about Kent State including his photo from the Kent State protest at the 1972 Republican National Convention, visit the Langelle Photography website
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By Roxanne Amico, April 11, 2013. Source: Spiritmorph Studio
Click here to listen to this installment of “Rad Rox the Roots”: An audio series sowing narrative seeds to cultivate a future of justice & sustainability; a series sharing voices & visions of people with a deep critique of the current culture: What’s at stake in the battles we are fighting; the forces we are up against; and what we can do about it together.
Today’s segment is titled, “Green is Green”, and it’s an interview with Josh Harper, the anarchist from Oregon who was one of the SHAC (Stop Huntington Animal Cruelty) 7. SHAC was an international animal rights campaign initiated in the Pacific Northwest in the 2000’s, with the intention to shut down a UK research organization called Huntington Life Sciences, infamous for their testing of harmful medical and other substances on 10’s of 1,000’s of animals every year.
Josh spoke at Burning Books in Buffalo NY on the 28th of Feb., 2013, and Radio Roxanne had a chance to meet up with him in a café, where we talked about how people of conscience resist the power of the state and its corporate sponsors. We talked about his call for “Revolution Before It’s Too Late” (title of his talk in Feb.), about his identity as an activist, his influences, his mistakes, and what he learned.
By medianoche, April 1, 2013. Source: El Enemigo Común
Not long ago, Oaxaca was ruled by a despot named Ulises Ruiz. He was accused of crimes against humanity committed against the teachers’ movement and the people who came out in solidarity with them.
That tyrant arrested countless political activists — members of collectives, organizations and communities who rose up against his crimes against humanity. Yet the arrests continue even though he’s no longer in office. Why so, if the new governor is of a different political party and still refers to his administration with the slogan “government of change”?
The name of the current ruler is Gabino Cué. As was formerly the case, he tolerates groups of gunmen who ruthlessly attack townspeople resisting the enormous wind energy projects on the Isthmus of Tehuantepec. During his term of office, murders have gone unpunished against people opposing mining taking place without community consent.
The arrest of David Venegas last March 28, along with Feliciano Efrén Hernández Pablo, is just one example of how political repression is still taking place in Oaxaca.
By Josh Schlossberg, March 28, 2013. Source: Energy Justice Network/Biomass Monitor
Alison Guzman (center) and Lisa Arkin (left) of Beyond Toxics in Eugene, Oregon
Sometimes what seems like defeat in the short term can actually turn out to be victory in the long run. One such case involves the opposition to the construction of Seneca Sawmill’s biomass power incinerator in Eugene, Oregon. While the facility fired up its smokestacks for the first time in 2011, the effort to educate neighborhood residents about the health threats of the industrial polluter morphed into a powerful environmental justice movement in the low-income community surrounding the facility.
When Eugene-based Beyond Toxics (formerly Oregon Toxics Alliance) set out to question the “green” credentials of Seneca Sawmill’s biomass power plant in 2010—an 18.8 megawatt facility adjacent to the timber corporation’s existing lumber mill—they knew the deck was stacked against them. In a state where the timber industry still commands a great (some say disproportionate) amount of political influence, the organization wasn’t under any illusions that the corporation would voluntarily scrap its plans to profit off the sale of excess electricity to Eugene Water and Electric Board.
Surprisingly, despite Seneca Jones Timber Company’s dismal track record of clearcutting hundreds of thousands of acres of Oregon forests—including old growth—and dousing them with toxic herbicides—including in Eugene’s drinking watershed—few local or state environmental groups spoke out against the biomass incinerator.
In 2009, the Lane County Health Advisory Committee concluded that “biomass plants would add to our already overburdened air pollution problem in Eugene,” in a county that had been stuck with a “D” in air quality from the American Lung Association. This reality encouraged Beyond Toxics to zero in on the air pollution impacts of the proposed facility to the local community.
By Carlito Pablo, March 28 2013. Source: Georgia Straight
Commentators say official neglect of climate-change issues will bring on more large, concerted protests, such as this one on Cambie Street in 2010. Photo: Stephen Hui
TALK OF DIRECT action puts some people into a tizzy. They conjure up images of masked vandals rampaging through the streets, breaking storefront windows, and hurling firebombs at police cars.
Nonetheless, with a growing sense of urgency about climate change and rising frustration that energy corporations and governments don’t care about the planet, there’s bound to be more actual direct action than talk.
“When corporations aren’t listening to the people, when governments aren’t listening to the people, we have to put matters back into our own hands,” Maryam Adrangi told the Georgia Straight in a phone interview.
Adrangi is a member of Rising Tide: Vancouver Coast Salish Territories, a group organizing a direct-action training session this Thursday (March 28). According to Rising Tide’s website, topics to be discussed from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Burnaby Public Library’s McGill branch (4595 Albert Street) include “simple techniques for holding space”, “diversity of tactics”, and the difference between “passive” and “active” resistance. Continue reading
By Aaron Lakoff, March 26 2013. Source: Free Speech Radio News
The Journey of the Nishiyuu arrives in Ottawa, March 25, 2013. Photo: Aaron Lakoff
In Canada, a group of Indigenous youth who walked more than 900 miles in sub-zero temperatures wrapped up a historic voyage yesterday. They’re drawing inspiration from the Idle No More movement and calling for aboriginal rights and land protection. FSRN’s Aaron Lakoff has the story.
Audio file here: http://fsrn.org/audio/canada-indigenous-youth-conclude-900-mile-march-aboriginal-rights/11766
This week’s Earth Watch features Rue, a writer, independent media and film maker, and queer radical social and environmental justice activist. Rue talks about their organizing work with the Tar Sands Blockade including the actual tree blockade in rural East Texas and environmental justice work in Houston’s toxic East End, as well as the importance of bridging extraction resistance movements and necessity of bringing the struggles of frontline communities to the center of the environmental movement.
Global Justice Ecology Project teams up with KPFK’s Sojourner Truth show for weekly Earth Minutes every Tuesday and Earth Watch interviews every Thursday.
Note: Global Justice Ecology Project stands in solidarity with Popular Communicators for Autonomy (COMPPA), and their efforts to amplify the voices of women in Mesoamerica. Please consider contributing to this effort to lift up the voices of Indigenous, Garifuna and campesina women. You can donate here: http://bit.ly/ZfdeH0
-The GJEP Team
March 21, 2013. Source: Popular Communicators for Autonomy (COMPPA)
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By Ed Ronco, March 14, 2013. Source: National Public Radio
Nelson Kanuk, a senior at Mt. Edgecumbe High School, is one of six Alaskan youth suing the state, asking it to pay more attention to climate change. Photo: Ed Ronco, for NPR
Nelson Kanuk’s house is built on a melting tundra. In a year or two, it could be gone.
So the 18-year-old Yup’ik Eskimo is suing the state of Alaska, arguing the state needs to take more action on climate change.
“The river that runs in front of my house is called the Kugkaktlik River, and it means ‘the middle one’ in the Yup’ik language,” Kanuk says.
Kanuk is from a Yup’ik Eskimo village called Kipnuk. There are no roads in or out, so the river is the village’s main highway. It’s seven hours by motorboat to the nearest town. And now that the permafrost isn’t so perma, something is happening to Kanuk’s yard.
“It’s disappearing,” he says. Continue reading