Clean Up The Mines

The radiation from these mines is everywhere.
It is in our air, our water, our food and our land.
It is accumulating in our bodies and permanently altering our human DNA chain. It has caused the people of the northern plains to have the highest cancer rates in the country.
A Call to Action

The Uranium Exploration and Mining Accountability Act calls for a moratorium on uranium mining in the U.S. until all open mines have been cleaned up. This bill was written by Charmaine White Face and the Defenders of the Black Hills.

Arizona Congressman Raul Grijalva has agreed to raise the bill & Massachusetts Congressman Jim McGovern has agreed to sponsor it.

Nipponzan Myohoji Japanese Monks and Nuns are currently leading activists on a 47 day walk to Washington D.C. where they will have an audience with congressional officials to raise the bill and other pertinent bills related to environmental safety and demilitarization.
Learn more about the bill and what you can do to help
visit defendblackhills.org

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America’s Chernobyl

Full video of Charmaine White Face’s presentation “America’s Chernobyl” on the Walk for a New Spring last March.

Native American Nations recommended to be allowed access to the UN Decolonization Committee

UPDATES:

Indigenous Nations Rights in the Balance

 

“In her new book, Indigenous Nations’ Rights in the Balance: An analysis of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Charmaine White Face exposes the UN Declaration as a deeply flawed document that was not endorsed by the world’s Indigenous Peoples and Nations.”

Breaking Down the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, IC

 

“The Sioux Nation Treaty Council had approached the Decolonization Committee in the past, but this new recommendation to the General Assembly will advance their efforts for the upholding and enforcement of the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868 made with the United States.”

Press Release, Defenders of the Black Hills

 

Uranium Exploration and Mining Accountability Act
Congressman Raul Grijalva has agreed to introduce the bill to congress, and Congressman Jim McGovern has agreed to sponsor it.

More information and events to support this bill upcoming in MA.

Campaign to Boycott TD Bank for funding Tar Sands Oil Pipeline

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What:   3rd rally of Campaign to Boycott TD Bank for bankrolling
                                        climate change by investing in Tar Sands Oil
                                        development and pipelines. 

Where:  TD Bank,  1441 Main St. in downtown Springfield (and similar protests 
                               at bank offices in
 Holyoke, Westfield, Northampton, Amherst, and Greenfield)

When:   Monday, Sept. 9, noon to 1pm

 

More info:  John Berkowitz, Northampton   
                                                     413-325-4533  johnpberk@gmail.com

 

 

 

Area citizens concerned about climate change will hold a permitted rally in front of TD Bank at 1441 Main St. in downtown Springfield in a campaign to boycott TD until it stops its major investments in Tar Sands oil mining and pipelines.

 

Similar protests on the same day will take place at TD Bank branches in Holyoke, Westfield, Northampton, Amherst, and Greenfield.  Protests have already taken place in July at TD banks in Northampton and Amherst.  Read Daily Hampshire Gazette story at:http://www.gazettenet.com/home/7272782-95/qa-climate-activists-put-northampton-td-bank-branch-in-spotlight

Representatives of the group will ask the TD Bank manager to write a letter to
the TD CEO, urging him and the Board of Directors to divest its holdings and
loans to TransCanada, the Canadian energy giant that is developing the Tar
Sands Oil fields in Alberta.

The group will also call on President Obama and Sec. of State John Kerry to
reject the proposed Keystone XL pipeline from Alberta to Texas.  Their decision
is expected later this year.  Recently, 10 Nobel Peace Prize recipients signed a letter urging President Obama to reject the pipeline as a key step in taking bolder action to stop climate change.

Nearly 1500 people have been arrested in the past two years protesting the
proposed Tar Sands pipeline, including 30 college students in February at TransCanada’s office outside Boston, and 22 people of all ages in Chicago on June 17th.  Over 70,000 people across the country have signed a “Pledge of Resistance” to engage in non-violent direct action/civil disobedience to protest if the pipeline is approved.

 

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Lakota Elders Truth Tour Comes to Amherst‏

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Friends, Revolutionaries, Artists:

I hope this message finds you in good health.

I am writing to tell you of an exciting upcoming event that I welcome you to take part in.

Many of you had the opportunity to meet Charmaine White Face, an Oglala Lakota representative from Pine Ridge Reservation when she joined our latest Walk for a New Spring. The walk was a 50 day pilgrimage to D.C. calling for peace and nuclear disarmament. On the walk she shared with us a presentation entitled “America’s Chernobyl”; the untold story of uranium mining on the Great Sioux Nation.
She came representing the Lakota Nation and the Defenders of the Black Hills, an organization she co-founded to protect the sacred Black Hills.

After the Walk finished Charmaine went on tour again with the Lakota Grandmothers and the Strong Heart Lakota Solidarity Project. I had an opportunity to join this Truth Tour while they were in NYC. The tour was promoting the new documentary Red Cry which details the ways in which the United States Government initiated and is still employing genocidal tactics against the Indigenous People of this country.

This extremely pertinent documentary tells the unheard stories of Pine Ridge, and what we as a community can do to stop this cultural and physical genocide.

I am extremely excited to tell you that Charmaine, Canupa Gluha Mani and several elders and organizers will be coming back to the East Coast early next month.

Continuing the Truth Tour the elders and supporters will again go to the United Nations to deliver an official complaint of genocide from the Lakota Oyate and ask to be represented fairly as a nation.

According to the 1851 and 1868 Fort Laramie Treaties signed by the Sioux Nation and the United States Government the areas of North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, and Wyoming are set aside for the “Absolute and undisturbed use and occupation [of the great Sioux nation]”. By neglect and feigned ignorance, the United States continues to allow the devastation of indigenous land, including the Black Hills which are considered a sacred area to many Native tribes. The uranium mining of the traditional indigenous land in the Midwest, central US and Western US is a direct violation of treaties signed by the US government.

We have a chance to change that.

On Wednesday June 5th and Thursday June 6th the Truth Tour will come to Amherst.
There will be a screening of the new documentary Red Cry and a chance for discussion with the elders and organizers. We will also be hosting a solidarity & decolonization training.

I am writing to invite you to these events and ask for your help.

We are looking for a space for the approximately 10 people who will be making the trip up from South Dakota to stay.

We are also looking for some light refreshments and/or donations for food and travel expenses for the group.

If you are interested in any of these things, please contact me by phone or email.

 I thank you all for your work and interest, and I hope I will see you at one or both of these events.
More information to come.

 

Peace & Solidarity
Vanessa
Contact

 

Resources/More Information:

Lakota Elders Denied Entry into the United Nations — Video
Defenders of the Black Hills Website
Red Cry Trailer
Uranium Exploration and Mining Accountability Act
[to download this document visit newenglandpeacepagoda.org and select the document on the right hand side]
Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868

 

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