Sunday, January 31, 2016

Let Us Return: The Chagos Islanders tell their story

Let Us Return is a short documentary told by the Chagos Islanders about their expulsion from their homeland and their fight to return home.

Between the late 1960's and the early 1970's the entire Chagos Archipelago was cleared of its native population by the British Government so the American Navy could build a base on the largest island, Diego Garcia. Today, nearly 50 years after these events the Chagossian community still lives a life of suffering and sadness. Today they are campaigning to return to their homeland. This film tells their current story about the effects of the past and their desire to return.

The film consists of 25 interviews shot with the Chagossian community living in the UK between 2014 and 2015 and provides a unique insight into the traumatic events the community suffered during their deportation and the gross breach of human rights by the British Government that has still not been corrected to this day.

A film by Andy Marsh and the Chagossian community of the UK. To learn more, visit chagossupport.org.uk.




Six Nations Oppose Lack Of Boundary Adjustment Consultation

Six Nations members let Brantford and Brant politicians know just how upset they are with a lack of consultation over boundary adjustment negotiations during a recent public meeting. Lester Green, a member of the Men’s Fire whose traditional name is Lonukwisles of Oneida’s Bear Clan, told Brantford Mayor Chris Friel and Brant Mayor Ron Eddy in front of hundreds of residents last Thursday that they have a responsibility to keep more than the Six Nations elected council in the loop.

More:  http://www.brantnews.com/news-story/6249278-six-nations-oppose-lack-of-boundary-adjustment-consultation/


Beekeeper Who Sounded Alarm on Colony Collapse Disorder Loses 90 Percent of His Hives

David Hackenberg and Bret Adee, along with other beekeepers, farmers, and sustainable agriculture and conservation groups, filed a lawsuit in the early part of January 2016, challenging the Environmental Protection Agency's inadequate regulation of the neonicotinoid insecticide seed coatings used on dozens of crops.

More:  http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/34589-beekeeper-who-sounded-alarm-on-colony-collapse-disorder-loses-90-of-his-hives


Infographic: How Private Prison Companies Rake In Profits From Our Criminal Legal System

A new, illustrated look at the prison industry shows that private companies profit from nearly every function of the US criminal legal system. The industry's scope is vast: Companies perform functions like prison operation and immigrant detention, and even GPS ankle monitoring and residential re-entry.

More:  http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/34578-how-private-prison-companies-rake-in-profits-from-our-criminal-legal-system


Saturday, January 30, 2016

UN WGE on People of African Descent- Press Conference

Yesterday, the UN Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent held their press conference releasing their preliminary findings from their US visit that concluded yesterday.

The preliminary findings covered a lot of ground. The Working Group indicated that it will release its final report in September 2016.

Welcome to America — Now Spy on Your Friends

When Muslim immigrants apply to become citizens, they often find the process delayed for years without explanation. Then, when they are at wit’s end, they get a visit from the FBI, with an offer they don’t dare refuse.

More:  http://www.buzzfeed.com/talalansari/welcome-to-america-now-spy-on-your-friends#.xx155BoAm


Documents Uncover NYPD's Vast License Plate Reader Database

With these stories firmly in mind, the New York Civil Liberties Union's latest license plate reader discovery is all the more chilling. Last year, we learned that the NYPD was hoping to enter into a multi-year contract that would give it access to the nationwide database of license plate reader data owned by the company Vigilant Solutions. Now, through a Freedom of Information Law request, the NYCLU has obtained the final version of the $442,500 contract and the scope-of-work proposal that gives a peek into the ever-widening world of surveillance made possible by Vigilant.

More:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mariko-hirose-/documents-uncover-nypds-v_b_9070270.html


Impact Of Confederation On Aboriginal People And Governance

Then Jody Wilson-Raybould was elected in the 2015 federal election for Vancouver Granville and sworn in as Minister of Justice of Canada on November 4, she became the first aboriginal person to hold that position. Wilson-Raybould is of the We Wai Kai Nation and a descendant of the Musgamagw Tsawataineuk and Laich-Kwil-Tach peoples, who are part of the Kwakwaka’wakw and Kwak’wala speaking peoples. On January 23, she participated in her first public speech in her role as Justice Minister as part of SFU's three-part series Being the Change: Women, Policy, and Making a Difference.

More:  http://www.straight.com/news/623701/jody-wilson-raybould-explains-impact-confederation-aboriginal-people-and-governance


Obama moves to restrict solitary confinement in the federal prison system

Citing the Kalief Browder suicide, the president late Monday announced significant reforms within the Bureau of Prisons that could affect thousands of inmates. Solitary confinement for juveniles in federal custody is now banned. Guards are also now banned from using isolated detention as punishment for inmates who commit “low-level” infractions and the feds say they’ll increase care for mentally ill prisoners. The Washington Post Related: In op-ed announcing new policy, the president in personal tones also pushes for sentencing legislation. The Washington Post More: Here’s the new DOJ report on solitary confinement. Department of Justice


Support Indigenous Peoples' Day In Colorado!

State Rep. Joe Salazar, a Democrat from Thornton, said, "Replacing Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples' Day is a small part in restoring just a little bit of our humanity and honoring people who still exist today despite past attempts to wipe them off the planet."

Sign the Petition:  http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/support-indigenous-peoples