Saturday, May 29, 2010

Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) releases its Four Principles for Climate Justice

Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) releases its Four Principles for Climate Justice

Indigenous Peoples must call for the most stringent and binding emission reduction targets. A growing body of western scientific evidence now suggests what Indigenous Peoples have expressed for a long time: Life as we know it is in danger. Western scientists tell us that climate change is accelerating, and that changes are happening faster than expected. New scientific information made available since the IPCC's Fourth Assessment Report shows that changes in ocean acidification, melting of permafrost, and ice melting are happening much faster than projected by the IPCC. Objectives must be made to reach stabilization of GHG concentrations at 300 ppm and to limit temperature rise to 1.0 degrees centigrade, based on pre-industrial levels, noting that emissions must peak in 2015.

The Petition below expresses, in the strongest possible terms, your demand that the results of the Cochabamba People’s Accord, as presented to UNFCCC - AWG-LCA Chair Margaret Mukahanana-Sangarwe (Zimbabwe)and Vice-Chair Mr. Dan Reifsnyder (United States) in an April 26th submission by the Plurinational State of Bolivia, be given the highest possible consideration during the Twelfth Session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action (AWG-LCA) in Bonn, June 1-June 11, 2010. As signers to the Petition, we have grave concern, that the ‘Note by the Chair’, officially known as ‘Text to facilitate negotiations among governmental Parties’ to the UN climate negotiations, released on May 17th, 2010, acknowledges the invitation for Nation-States to make submissions but then relegates the Bolivian submission to a miscellaneous document.

This is in direct contrast to the full integration of the Copenhagen Accord, a document which we as signers to the Petition would like to remind the Chair and Vice-Chairs, was not adopted by the delegates to COP-15, with the only agreement being to ‘take note of’ this non-binding, non-negotiated, document.

The Petition we are asking you to sign represents both people who were directly engaged in the development of these proposals in Cochabamba, where over 35,000 people from 140 countries gathered in April, 2010, as well as those who were there in spirit and support the outcomes; we also represent the voices of social movements, indigenous peoples, affected peoples and civil society organizations from around the world.

The deliberate exclusion of the full 87 articles of the Cochabamba People’s Agreement violates assurances that were given stating all representations by Nation-States would be treated equally, as well as direct statements by the Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, made to social movement representatives in the presence of Evo Morales Ayma, President of Bolivia, on May, 7th, stating that there was no preference for one submission over others.

By signing the Petition, (links to petition below) you would stand in solidarity with our Brothers and Sisters who are presently suffering from the consequences of climate change, with those as yet unborn who will suffer from our inaction, and with all living beings and Mother Earth; we therefore commit to remain vigilant in our pursuit of climate justice.

Sign the Petition

Tom Goldtooth, Executive Director, Indigenous Environmental Network

Mining (in)justice: at home and abroad

Mining (in)justice: at home and abroad

Nak'azdli FN Councilor Peter Erickson speaking at the Mining (In)Justice conference, May 7-9, 2010, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. In May, 2010, Community Solidarity Response (CSR) hosted a telling conference on Canada's mining industry, aptly named, "Mining (in)justice: at home and abroad." The three-day event, held during "shareholder's season" in Toronto, featured more than two dozen panels by ... Continue Reading:

This Week from Indian Country today

Cobell deadline extended again
WASHINGTON – Faced with the prospect of a derailed $3.4 billion settlement in the long-running Cobell v. Salazar lawsuit, Indian plaintiffs agreed Friday to another deadline extension in an effort to secure congressional approval. Read more »


Water group seeks more input on snowmaking source
Cobell deadline extended again
New class of state ferries: Kwa-di Tabil
Crazy Bull to receive honorary doctorate
Nisqually, Puyallup, Squaxin Island remove derelict gear
Swinomish will clean up site for future development
Native woman recognized as a pioneer in the aviation field
First graduating class of Pakanapul children’s class
Full schedule of activities at Nuui Cunni
Group forms for Cherokees in Kern County
Cobell deadline in peril
Standing Bear Powwow June 4 – 6 at Bakersfield College
Gov. Jim Doyle signs school mascot bill
Schaghticoke files cert on acknowledgment reversal
Northwest tribes taking strong interest in census
Republicans question Cobell settlement
Decision on a murder’s location affects jurisdiction
Urban American Indians can still be counted
Econ development popular platform on Navajo
Minn. Chippewa members test 1855 treaty rights
Hopi lawmakers drop top attorney, suspend others
Partnership formed to promote digitized health information
New feature film slated to shoot in Montana
The fight will continue for KBIC
Controversial words from a controversial person


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Friday, May 28, 2010

News from Indianz.Com

Rep. Hastings loses bid to change terms of trust settlement (5/28)

Tom Oxendine, decorated Lumbee veteran, passes on at 87 (5/28)

Navajo protesters told to sit in back of room at conference (5/28)

Red Lake Nation receives $2M to operate detention facility (5/28)

IPR: Keweenaw sacred site protest ends with two arrested (5/28)

Indian students upset over fake tribal attire at UCSD event (5/28)

Director of MMS resigns in response to Gulf oil spill disaster (5/28)

Editorial: Obama resolves concerns about who's 'in charge' (5/28)

Osage Nation to file land-into-trust applications for casinos (5/28)

Harold Monteau: Bankruptcy and defaults in Indian gaming (5/28)

Coeur d'Alene Tribe spends $75M for renovations at casino (5/28)

Connecticut tribes face gaming threats from nearby states (5/28)

Column: No state or federal enforcement on Indian gaming (5/28)

Editorial: Playing the odds on Mashpee Wampanoag casino (5/28)

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Eagle Rock Defenders camp "crushed" by Police

Eagle Rock Defenders camp "crushed" by Police

Dozens of heavily armed Police and State Troopers have raided the peaceful defenders camp at Eagle Rock in Michigan's Upper Peninsula; "crushing" the month-long effort to protect the sacred site from a controversial sulfide mine. Greg Peterson Reports. Raid at Eagle Rock; Two campers arrested, camp destroyed By Greg Peterson, Today correspondent BIG BAY, Mich. – The ...

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28 May 2010: Today's Democracy Now!

BP Oil Spill Confirmed as Worst in US History; Environmental Groups Challenge Continued Oil Operations in Gulf Excluded from New Moratorium
Although President Obama has extended the moratorium on new deepwater drilling permits for six months and halted operations at thirty-three deepwater wells in the Gulf of Mexico, some oil rigs are continuing their operations. The Center for Biological Diversity has filed a lawsuit to halt forty-nine offshore drilling plans in the Gulf of Mexico that were approved without full environmental review. Meanwhile, the group Food & Water Watch is leading an effort to shut down the Atlantis, another BP oil rig in the Gulf. The group warns an oil spill from the Atlantis could be many times larger than the current spill and even harder to stop. [includes rush transcript–partial]

Rep. Raul Grijalva: New Deployment of National Guard to US-Mexico Border Is Election-Year "Political Symbolism"
President Obama has defended his plans to further militarize the US border with Mexico. On Tuesday, Obama said he would deploy an additional 1,200 National Guard troops to the southern border and ask Congress for an extra $500 million for border security. We get reaction from Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Arizona), chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, who says border militarization advocates are trying to avoid comprehensive immigration reform.

Chevron Has 5 Activists Arrested and Bars Entry to Global Victims of Its Practices at Annual Shareholders’ Meeting
Chevron has had five protesters arrested at its annual shareholders meeting in Houston and refused to allow another two dozen people from Chevron-affected countries around the world, like Nigeria, Ecuador and Burma. Those denied entry held legal shareholder proxies. The True Cost of Chevron Network says it organized the protest to call attention to Chevron’s human rights and environmental record. We speak to Antonia Juhasz, director of the Chevron Program at Global Exchange, who spent the night in jail after her arrest; and Emem Okon, an activist from Nigeria and the founder and executive director of Kebetkache Women Development and Resource Center in the Niger Delta.

Critics: Rising Jamaican Death Toll Rooted in So-Called "War on Drugs"
Jamaica’s death toll continues to rise in the search for alleged drug lord Christopher "Dudus" Coke, wanted by the United States. Jamaican police have confirmed that seventy-three people, the vast majority civilians, have been killed in clashes between security forces and Coke’s armed supporters. Rights groups are raising questions about possible unlawful killings by security forces. We speak to Carolyn Gomes of the Kingston-based group Jamaicans for Justice and professor and author Benjamin Bowling, who writes that "the chaos in Kingston is symptomatic of the failure of US-led cocaine prohibition."


BP Oil Spill Surpasses Exxon Valdez as Worst in US History
"Top Kill" Effort Renews After Lengthy Delay
New Oil Plume Discovered in Gulf
Obama Extends Drilling Moratorium, Defends Response
Reports: MMS Head Forced to Resign
Energy Secretary Chu Tied to BP
House Approves Repeal of "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell"
Senate Approves War Funding, Rejects Timetable for Afghan Withdrawal
Israel Readies Prison for Passengers Aboard Free Gaza Aid Flotilla
Israel Charges 2 Leading Palestinian Activists with Espionage
Senior UN Official to Call for End to CIA Drone Strikes
Admin Asserts "Right to Act Unilaterally" in 1st National Security Strategy
Navajo Activists Protest Uranium Mining Plans
Berenson Freed on Parole in Peru

LPDOC Newsletter: June 2010

LP-DOC - PO Box 7488 - Fargo, ND 58106
Phone: 701/235-2206; Fax:701/235-5045

27 May 2010



Scheduled Events

- Oglala Commemoration—Plan to attend this important event in South Dakota to mark the 35th anniversary of the tragedy at Oglala. See for details. Are your tribal leaders attending the National American Indian Congress mid-year conference and trade show in Rapid City, 20-23 June? Encourage them to extend their stay and also join Leonard’s family, Peltier attorney Bruce Ellison, Tom Poor Bear and others at this year’s event.

- Commemorating Leonard Peltier & the "Reign of Terror"—Honor Leonard Peltier and those who lost their lives during the Reign of Terror. Help build the movement to bring about Leonard’s release from prison. Saturday, 26 June 2010 from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m., @ the San Jose State University Building Auditorium, Room 189, and the grassy area. The event is sponsored by the South Bay area chapter of the LP-DOC. For more information, contact Donna at 408-293-4774 or send an e-mail to

If you'll be hosting an event, give us the details:

What will you do to mark the day? One way to make it count? Exercise your freedoms as never before. Talk to everyone you meet about the Peltier case. Then write a letter. After that, make a phone call. Pay your Members of Congress and congressional candidates a visit, too, if you can. Remind everyone of the promise—Justice for ALL—and express your outrage at Peltier’s continuing imprisonment, the arbitrary and vengeful denial of parole, and the medical neglect and other torturous conditions of confinement Peltier faces every single day.

Call the White House Comment Line (202-456-1111 or 202-456-1112) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) Comment Line (202-353-1555), too.

At DOJ, demand equal justice for Leonard Peltier. If Attorney General Holder can vacate the conviction of a white U.S. Senator on the grounds of misconduct by federal prosecutors and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (as he did in 2009), he must afford an Indian man the same protection. Demand that Holder review the Peltier case. The Courts have already acknowledged the government misconduct in the case, so Holder won’t have to look so very far. As Holder has stated, it’s his job to do the right thing. So let’s make him do the right thing.

Demand that Obama take action, too. Demand that he immediately commute Peltier’s sentence. Or perhaps Mr. Obama might finally enter into nation-to-nation negotiations as requested by the sovereign Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians? Demand that Obama honor the its request for the transfer of Leonard Peltier into that Nation’s custody.


Leonard Peltier is the 2010 recipient of the Kwame Ture Lifetime Achievement Award. Kari Ann Cowan accepted the award on her uncle’s behalf at the Redwind Nation Annual Youth Conference in California in April.


This summer, Kari Ann Cowan will table for the LP-DOC at powwows throughout the Dakotas and the surrounding region. Join Kari Ann at White Earth, Hinkley, and Leech Lake. These and other powwows soon will be posted to our calendar of events at Kari challenges each of you to hit the powwow trail, too. Find an event near you. Reach out to your community to educate them about the Peltier case. Motivate people everywhere to stand up for freedom for Leonard Peltier.


We’ve had a group on Facebook for a long while, but we now also have an official page where everyone can learn about the case and efforts to win Leonard’s freedom. Search for the Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee on Facebook or visit


Do you have some spare time to devote to helping the LP-DOC with some important tasks? Do you have fax capability? Are you a MySpace aficionado? Are you heading to Detroit for the U.S. Social Forum? We’d love for you to join our team. Drop us a line and let us know your interests and resources, today:

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Lynne Stewart and the Guantanamo Lawyers: Same Fact Patterns, Same Opponent, Different Endings?

Lynne Stewart and the Guantanamo Lawyers: Same Fact Patterns, Same Opponent, Different Endings?

By Ralph Poynter

In the Spring of 2002, Lynne Stewart was arrested by the FBI, at her home in Brooklyn, for materially aiding terrorism by virtue of making a public press release to Reuters on behalf of her client, Sheik Abdel Omar Rahman of Egypt. This was done after she had signed a Special Administrative Measure issued by the Bureau of Prisons not permitting her to communicate with the media, on his behalf.

In 2006, a number of attorneys appointed and working pro bono for detainees at Guantanamo were discovered to be acting in a manner that disobeyed a Federal Judge's protective court order. The adversary in both cases was the United States Department of Justice. The results in each case were very different.

In March of 2010, a right wing group "Keep America Safe" led by Lynn Cheyney, hoping to dilute Guantanamo representation and impugn the reputations and careers of the volunteer lawyers, launched a campaign. Initially they attacked the right of the detainees to be represented at all. This was met with a massive denouncement by Press, other media, Civil rights organizations ,and rightly so, as being a threat to the Constitution and particularly the Sixth Amendment right to counsel.

A second attack on the Gitmo lawyers was made in the Wall Street Journal of March 16. This has been totally ignored in the media and by civil and human rights groups. This latter revelation about the violations, by these lawyers, of the Judge's protective orders and was revealed via litigation and the Freedom of Information Act. These pro bono lawyers serving clients assigned to them at Gitmo used privileged attorney client mail to send banned materials. They carried in news report of US failures in Afghanistan and Iraq . One lawyer drew a map of the prison. Another delivered lists to his client of all the suspects held there. They placed on the internet a facsimile of the badges worn by the Guards. Some lawyers "provided news outlets with 'interviews' of their clients using questions provided in advance by the news organizations." When a partner at one of the large Wall Street law firms sent in multiple copies of an Amnesty International brochure, which her client was to distribute to other prisoners, she was relieved from her representation and barred by the Military Commander from visiting her client.

This case is significant to interpret not because of the right wing line to punish these lawyers and manipulate their corporate clients to stop patronizing such "wayward" firms. Instead it is significant because, Lynne Stewart, a left wing progressive lawyer who had dedicated her thirty year career to defending the poor, the despised, the political prisoner and those ensnared by reason of race, gender, ethnicity, religion , who was dealt with by the same Department of Justice, in such a draconian fashion, confirms our deepest suspicions that she was targeted for prosecution and punishment because of who she is and who she represented so ably and not because of any misdeed.

Let me be very clear, I am not saying that the Gitmo lawyers acted in any "criminal" manner. The great tradition of the defense bar is to be able to make crucial decisions for and with the client without interference by the adversary Government.

I believe that they were acting as zealous attorneys trying to establish rapport and trust with their clients. That said, the moment the Department of Defense and the Department of Justice tried to remove Julia Tarver Mason from her client, the playing field tilted. Ms Tarver Mason was not led out of her home in handcuffs to the full glare of publicity. There was no press conference. The Attorney General did not go on the David Letterman show to gloat about the latest strike in the War on Terror, the purge of the Gitmo lawyer...NO.

Instead an "armada" of corporate lawyers went to Court against the Government. They, in the terms of the litigation trade, papered the US District Courthouse in Washington D.C. They brought to bear the full force of their Money and Power-- derived from the corporate world--and in 2006 "settled" the case with the government, restoring their clients to Guantanamo without any punishment at all, not to say any Indictment. Lynne Stewart, without corporate connections and coming from a working class background, was tried and convicted for issuing, on behalf of her client, a public press release to Reuters. There was no injury, no harm, no attacks, no deaths.

Yet that same Department of Justice that dealt so favorably and capitulated to the Gitmo corporate lawyers, wants to sentence Lynne Stewart to thirty (30) YEARS in prison. It is the equivalent of asking for a death sentence since she is 70 years old.

This vast disparity in treatment between Lynne and the Gitmo lawyers reveals the deep contradictions of the system --those who derive power from rich and potent corporations, those whose day to day work maintains and increases that power--are treated differently. Is it because the Corporate Power is intertwined with Government Power???

Lynne Stewart deserves Justice... equal justice under law. Her present sentence of 28 months incarceration (she is in Federal Prison) should at least be maintained, if not made equal to the punishment that was meted out to the Gitmo lawyers. The thirty year sentence, assiduously pursued by DOJ under both Bush and Obama, is an obscenity and an affront to fundamental fairness. They wanted to make her career and dedication to individual clients, a warning, to the defense bar that the Government can arrest any lawyer on any pretext. The sharp contrasts between the cases of Lynne and the Gitmo lawyers just confirm that she is getting a raw deal--one that should be protested actively, visibly and with the full force of our righteous resistance.

Lynne Stewart will be re-sentenced sometime in July, in NYC.

Ralph Poynter is the Life partner of Lynne Stewart. He is presently dedicated 24/7 to her defense, as well as other causes.

Rapid City, SD: Protest march June 1: Cristopher Capps, 22, shot dead by officer for brandishing driftwood

According to the Native Sun News in Rapid City, a march in protest of the shooting of college bound, Oglala Lakota, Christopher Capps will take place on June 1.

In-depth investigation by Randal Howell, Managing Editor at NSN, reveals the officer who shot Capps to death was wearing a taser at the time. And, the knife the officer claimed he saw was in fact a sharp, 6-8 inch piece of driftwood.

Protesters will gather at Mother Butler Center, which is located at 220 Wright St. in Rapid City. Speakers are welcome.

Monetary donations are sought along with donations of food. Contact the president of the United Urban Warrior Society/AIM, James Swan, at (605) 877-5307 or by email at:

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Peru indigenous leader detained on return from exile

Peru indigenous leader detained on return from exile
Thursday, 27 May 2010 11:55 UK, BBC

Police have detained a Peruvian indigenous leader as he returned from almost a year in exile in Nicaragua.

Alberto Pizango is accused of inciting protests against planned oil and gas exploration in Peru's rainforest that turned deadly.

More than 30 police officers and civilians died in last June's clashes.

Indigenous people objected to the use of what they consider their ancestral lands but officials said oil and gas finds would benefit all Peruvians.

Mr Pizango fled to Nicaragua last June, where he was granted asylum.

As he prepared to fly to Peru, he told reporters why he was returning: "I think that I have waited too long and will make this enormous sacrifice that has cost me and is costing me so much."

'Political persecution'

Mr Pizango, who faces charges of sedition, conspiracy and leading a rebellion, was detained at passport control at Lima airport.

He has been the leader of the country's most influential indigenous organisation, Aidesep, which last year staged two months of rallies and blockades across Peru's Amazon region.

The protests ended in bloodshed when police tried to clear roadblocks near the town of Bagua.

According to government figures, 10 civilians and 23 police officers died.

Mr Pizango's supporters say he is being politically persecuted, but the authorities say he must face justice for inciting the protests.

Last year's violence highlighted the tension between the government which wants to open up the rainforest to oil and gas exploration and logging, and the opposition of indigenous people, says the BBC's Dan Collyns in Lima.

It was also President Alan Garcia's biggest challenge since taking office in 2006. He was forced to reshuffle his cabinet and several land use laws were suspended.

27 May 2010: Today's Democracy Now!

Coast Guard Grounds Ships Involved in Spill Cleanup After 7 Fall Ill; BP Reportedly Preventing Fishermen from Wearing Respirators
At least seven fishermen involved in the cleanup of the BP oil spill were hospitalized on Wednesday after reporting nausea, dizziness, headaches and chest pains. The fishermen were likely exposed to both the leaked oil and chemical dispersants. As a precautionary measure, the Coast Guard has ordered all 125 commercial ships helping with the cleanup to return to land. For weeks, cleanup crews hired by BP have been reporting health issues, but their complaints have largely been ignored. We speak to Clint Guidry, president of the Louisiana Shrimp Association, and Albert Huang, an environmental justice attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Renowned Marine Biologist Carl Safina on the BP Oil Spill’s Ecological Impact on the Gulf Coast and Worldwide
As we continue our discussion on the BP oil spill, we turn to its long-term ecological impact. Carl Safina, the founding president of Blue Ocean Institute, warns the ecological fallout from the spill may be felt across much of the world.

Historian Bruce Cumings: U.S. Stance on Korea Ignores Tensions Rooted in 65-Year Old Conflict; North Korea Sinking Could Be Response to November ’09 South Korea Attack
Tensions continue to rise on the Korean Peninsula over North Korea’s alleged sinking of a South Korean warship two months ago. North Korea has said it will sever all ties with South Korea and repeal a non-aggression agreement between the two countries. South Korea meanwhile has announced a stop to most trade with North Korea and is seeking action against Pyongyang at the United Nations Security Council. The South Korean navy is reported to be conducting a major anti-submarine drill. We speak to University of Chicago historian Bruce Cumings, author of several books on Korea.


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Freedom of Speech a Crime?

Dear Friends,

Despite the Gulf disaster, no one from BP has been arrested and sent to jail. Despite safety violations at coal mines, no one from Massey Energy has been handcuffed. But today I write to inform you that one of America’s best global warming activists is probably facing several months of jail. He’s been convicted by a D.C. jury, and now he awaits sentencing on July 6th. Why? Because he peacefully dropped two banners on Capitol Hill that said: “GREEN JOBS NOW” and “GET TO WORK.”

I’m not joking. Ted Glick of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network was convicted by a jury May 13th of peacefully dropping the banners inside the U.S. Senate Hart Office Building last September. The DC U.S. Attorney’s office clearly has decided to make an “example” of Ted because of his previous two — count ‘em, two — convictions related to peaceful acts of climate civil disobedience. Can you believe it? You can see a three-minute video of Ted’s September “crime” right here. He’s the guy toward the end simply lowering the banners. Period.

Now Ted is facing up to three years in jail. Based on the judge’s comments last week, it really does appear that he will be incarcerated for at least a month or two.

So here’s what you can do:

First, please write a respectful but firm snail-mail letter to Judge Frederick H. Weisberg telling him why you think Ted should not go to jail. The judge’s address is below. Just type something up, print it and mail it off. Explain why only a suspended sentence is fair, especially given all the real injustices out there on global warming. There is reason to believe that that a large number of thoughtful, well-reasoned letters to the judge could bring leniency.

Second, take an action right now that will help create a world where global warming is no longer such a threat and people like Ted won’t have to drop banners and get arrested in the first place! Sign the Sign the “Windmills, Not Oil Spills” petition to stop new offshore drilling in America and promote clean energy alternatives instead.

Thanks for your support, your activism, and your prayers as CCAN fights to keep a morally innocent staff member out of jail during this time of great global crisis.


Mike Tidwell
Director, Chesapeake Climate Action Network

Here’s the judge’s address:

Judge Frederick H. Weisberg
DC Superior Court
500 Indiana Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20001

**Please keep in mind**

The letters should be respectful. Suggested topics include:

•If you personally know Ted and have shared experiences with him, tell the judge;
•Describe the urgency of the climate issue and the need to pressure our government to take action on it;
•Give your views on what would be a justice-based approach by the legal system toward nonviolent actions of the kind Ted took part in.

Please let other people know about this campaign. And it would be helpful if you could send us a copy of your letter to Judge Weisberg, or if you could let us know that you have sent a letter. You can email Ted at, or you could send by regular mail to Ted’s attention at CCAN, P.O. Box 11138, Takoma Park, Md. 20912.

Mike Tidwell
Director, Chesapeake Climate Action Network

Artwork of Antonio Guerrero Brightens up a Former Jail

International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban Five
May 26, 2010

It is hard to think of a more appropriate venue for the art exhibit of Antonio Guerrero, one of the Cuban Five imprisoned in the US, than the Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) in Venice California. The art facility was formerly the Venice jail that held prisoners from 1929 until the early 1970's. Judy Baca, renowned artist and founder of SPARC, made the jail its headquarters in 1977 and "liberated" the space for the arts.

From May 22 - June 11 the front of the SPARC facility will display a huge banner with an iconic image, taken by Cuban photographer Liborio Nidal and painted by Antonio, hanging on it as a powerful symbol of resistance announcing the works of Antonio being exhibited inside.

The small cell inside the gallery provided a distinctive touch for the exhibit entitled "From My Altitude". Over 150 people attended opening night and were able to appreciate a prisoner's shirt hanging inside the cell, mimicking one of the painting's of Antonio. Those attending the opening entered the cell and signed postcards to President Obama asking for the immediate release of the Cuban Five.

The gallery opened its door at 7:30 pm on Saturday and right away a numerous audience poured into a reception area and then to the gallery that filled it to its capacity. Judy Baca gave the welcoming and explained the struggle that SPARC is currently enduring to save its historical building from budget cuts coming down from the City of Los Angeles. At her side was Debra Padilla, SPARC's Executive Director, and known Hollywood actor Edward Asner.

Many people were motivated to come primarily to enjoy an art exhibit and to hear Mr. Asner, only to be shocked and outraged to learn for the first time about the case of the Cuban Five.

The reception was followed by a program at Beyond Baroque, a Literary Arts Center Theater next door, that was formerly the Venice City Hall which included the projecting of the evening's program to the outside patio wall for the over flow crowd.

Suzanne Thompson, from the International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban Five, produced and mc'd the program. Thompson first introduced a documentary-in progress on terrorism against Cuba by film maker Saul Landau and Jack Willis entitled "Will the Real Terrorists Please Stand Up".

The documentary was followed by a pre-recorded message by Danny Glover, who was absent due to the filming of a movie in Nigeria. Glover read two letters between Adriana Perez and Gerardo Hernandez and the story of a small bird saved by Gerardo in the high security prison in Victorville California. This short story offers just a glimpse into the human quality of Gerardo and his four brothers. (See link below)

Alicia Jrapko the US Coordinator of the International Committee gave an update on the case and invited people to get involved. In reference to the prison shirt painted by Antonio, Jrapko ended her presentation by saying "Let us continue our fight for justice until the shirts of Rene, Gerardo, Fernando, Ramon and Antonio stay behind and the return to their homeland is realized."

The program ended with actor Edward Asner, who has been an important voice in many struggles for justice inside the United States. Asner read two poems from Guerrero's book of poems "From My Altitude" and a letter from the book "Letters of Love and Hope". He also talked about the importance of continuing the struggle to free the Cuban Five.

The Shoo Flies band provided entertainment at the after party at the Beyond Baroque backspace patio.

On Sunday May 23rd, at the SPARC and UCLA Cesar Chavez Digital Mural Lab, Dolores Huerta, President of the Dolores Huerta Foundation and Co-founder of the United Farm Workers Union, spoke at a brunch in support of the rights of family visits for the Cuban Five.

After the showing of the documentary "Against the Silence" produced by De Mano a Mano Productions, Huerta explained about the injustice of the denial of family visits and told people that she was going to commit herself to work harder on the case and asked others to join her and to continue organizing until the US government grants visas to Adriana Perez and Olga Salanueva to visit their imprisoned husbands.

Danny Glover Youtubes on the Cuban 5

The Bird and the Prisoner 6:46

Letter from Adriana to Gerardo 2:09

Letter from Gerardo to Adriana 1:02

International Indian Treaty Council Newsletter

Closing Statement by the Global Caucus, Presented by Chief Wilton Littlechild, UNPFII9, April 19 -29th, 2010, New York
…This has been a truly momentous session of the UNPFII, beginning with the announcements during the first week by
New Zealand, the United States and Canada, stating their intention to reverse or reconsider their positions on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

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This Issue:

  • Closing Statement by the Global Caucus, Presented by Chief Wilton Littlechild, UNPFII9, April 19 -29th, 2010, New York
  • IITC Joins with other Indigenous Peoples organizations to present key issues
  • James Anaya, UN Special Rapporteur, launches website aimed at facilitating communication
  • Support the work of IITC ¡Apoyen nuestro trabajo!

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Machetero Gets 7 Years For 1983 Wells Fargo Robbery
Avelino Gonzalez-Claudio hardly looked the part of a notorious leader of a violent Puerto Rico pro-independence group that pulled off a $7.1 million heist of a West Hartford Wells Fargo depot more than 25 years ago.
The 67-year-old grandfather appeared frail as he shuffled slowly into U.S. District Court on Wednesday dressed in an ill-fitting orange prison jumpsuit. His hands, clasped together, shook uncontrollably at times as he was sentenced to seven years in prison for his role in the robbery — and ordered to pay back the money.

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The 67-year-old grandfather appeared frail as he shuffled slowly into U.S. District Court on Wednesday dressed in an ill-fitting orange prison jumpsuit. His hands, clasped together, shook uncontrollably at times as he was sentenced to seven years in prison for his role in the robbery — and ordered to pay back the money.

In arguing for the sentence, federal prosecutors cautioned that although Gonzalez-Claudio's advanced age and recently diagnosed Parkinson's disease might keep him from violent crimes, he still could be influential as a key figure in the Los Macheteros organization, a clandestine group that advocates the use of violence to win Puerto Rico's independence from the United States.

They questioned whether he would resume his association with the group after his release from prison.
In February 2008, authorities found documents in Gonzalez-Claudio's home that they say showed he was still involved with the group. Among them was literature that provided guidance on how to conduct a "liberation struggle," a list of "military objectives or targets," a 2007 membership roster, an inventory of weapons held by Los Macheteros members, and a 23-page bomb-making manual.

"Los Macheteros not only remains active in Puerto Rico, but continues to issue communiqués calling for armed struggle against the commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the federal government," the prosecutors' sentencing memorandum said. "Continued association with the Los Macheteros therefore presents an ongoing public safety concern."

Gonzalez-Claudio pleaded guilty in February to conspiring to rob the Wells Fargo terminal on Sept. 12, 1983, and to transporting more than $7 million in cash to Mexico. Los Macheteros intended to use the money to finance a war against federal interests on the island and to support leftist insurgencies elsewhere in Latin America, according to documents seized by authorities and other evidence.

Los Macheteros, a self-described Marxist revolutionary group, claimed responsibility in the 1970s and '80s for armed attacks — with Cuban support — on federal interests in Puerto Rico. Federal authorities have linked the group to two rocket attacks on federal buildings in Puerto Rico, the bombing of nine National Guard airplanes at an airport in Puerto Rico, and an armed assault on a U.S. Navy bus in Puerto Rico that killed two sailors and wounded 10 others.

Gonzalez-Claudio disappeared after being indicted as a conspirator in the Wells Fargo heist and was a fugitive for 22 years until his capture in Puerto Rico by the FBI in February 2008.

Authorities said the robbery was well-planned. Los Macheteros had one of their own – Victor Gerena – obtain a job as a Wells Fargo guard. During the heist, the robbers overpowered the guards with a pistol and injected them with a narcotic to incapacitate them. The cash was stuffed into a car, which was delivered to fellow Macheteros in the South End of Hartford.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Call on authorities in Brazil to protect the Guarani People

Call on authorities in Brazil to protect the Guarani People

The indigenous Guarani community of Kurussu Ambá is at grave risk of violence and destitution unless the Brazilian government steps in to protect the Guarani and respect their land rights. On March 10 of this year, a local judge in Mato Grosso do Sul ordered the community's eviction, alleging that they were illegally occupying private property. ... Continue Reading:

Jailed U.S. citizen Berenson gets parole in Peru

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Jailed U.S. citizen Berenson gets parole in Peru
Eduardo Garcia and Teresa Cespedes

Tue May 25, 2010 7:29pm EDT

LIMA (Reuters) - A Peruvian court granted parole on Tuesday to Lori Berenson, a U.S. citizen who served 15 years of a 20-year prison sentence in Peru for aiding leftist guerrillas during the dark days of the country's civil war.

She was imprisoned in 1995 after being pulled off a bus in Lima and charged with being a leader of the Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement or MRTA, a leftist insurgency active in Peru in the 1980s and 1990s.

Her family always maintained that she was unfairly convicted and never took up arms during the period of social unrest in the Andean nation.

Lawyers for the government said they would appeal, though she is expected to be released by Wednesday following the ruling by Judge Jessica Leon.

President Alan Garcia will visit President Barack Obama at the White House in the coming days, although neither president has commented on the case. Garcia's justice ministry has said it wants to deport Berenson, but the court said she must check in with authorities once a month in Peru, where she will work as a translator while pursuing a dream of opening a bakery.

Wrapped in a shawl with her brown hair pulled back in a long braid, a quiet Berenson smiled and hugged her husband after court officials announced the decision at a prison in the Chorillos neighborhood of Lima, where she has been living with her infant son.

"We are thrilled and so pleased that the Peruvian judge ruled that Lori has earned her conditional liberty, as they call it in Peru," her mother, Rhoda Berenson, said by phone from New York. "She and her baby can now start a new life together."

"This decision is going to be criticized, but it was well founded," said her husband, Anibal Apari Sanchez, a former MRTA member who is a lawyer and represented her at the hearing. "It's legally impossible for her to be deported."

Berenson married Apari in 2003. Inmates in Peru are allowed conjugal visits, though court officials said the couple's romantic relationship has ended.


Berenson, 40, a New Yorker who studied at the elite Massachusetts Institute of Technology before moving to Latin America to work as a human rights activist, won her release a year after giving birth to a baby boy, Salvador.

Berenson became eligible for parole this year after serving most of her sentence.

Shortly after she was arrested, an anonymous military court jailed her for life. But under pressure from the United States, a civilian court retried her and sentenced her to 20 years.

Berenson spent many years in a grim prison high in the Andes mountains. She was transferred in early 2009 to the capital Lima to get healthcare during her pregnancy.

At the time of her arrest, Berenson was with the wife of Nestor Cerpa, who in 1996 led a group of MRTA rebels that took hundreds of diplomats and government officials hostage at the Japanese ambassador's house in Lima.

The crisis dragged on for months until then-president Alberto Fujimori sent in commandos who had dug tunnels underneath the house. They killed more than a dozen insurgents in a surprise raid.

The MRTA was a small rebel group compared to the Maoist Shining Path, which launched a brutal war against the state in 1980. Over the subsequent two decades nearly 30,000 people died in a bloody civil war.

(Additional reporting by Terry Wade and Marco Aquino; Editing by Philip Barbara and Eric Walsh)

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26 May 2010: Today's Democracy Now!

Ahead of Pivotal Attempt to Plug Leak, BP Acknowledges "Fundamental Mistake" in Hours Before Rig Explosion
The oil giant BP has admitted it proceeded with work on the underwater oil well in the Gulf of Mexico shortly before last month’s explosion despite warning signs of a major problem. Dogged by delays, BP faces a pivotal day today as it attempts a so-called "top kill" maneuver to choke off the gushing oil by pumping heavy drilling mud and cement into the mile-deep well. The procedure risks making the leak worse. A weak spot in the device could blow under the pressure, causing a brand new leak. We speak to Abrahm Lustgarten, a reporter for the investigative news website ProPublica who has reported on BP for many years. [includes rush transcript]

BP Played Central Role in Botched Containment of 1989 Exxon Valdez Disaster
The BP oil spill is the worst to hit the United States since the Exxon Valdez disaster of 1989. The devastation in the Gulf Coast has renewed attention on BP’s key role in the botched containment of Exxon Valdez. We speak to Zygmunt Plater, an environmental law professor at Boston College who headed the legal team for the state-appointed Alaska Oil Spill Commission that investigated the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill. [includes rush transcript]

Disasters in Gulf Coast, West Virginia Spur Calls for Criminal Prosecutions of Corporate Execs
From the Gulf of Mexico to the Massey mine of West Virginia, scores of workers have died. We speak to Corporate Crime Reporter editor Russell Mokhiber, who says corporate executives should be held criminally accountable for the disasters under their watch. Mokhber is involved with a group of citizen activists who have just launched a campaign calling on the state of West Virginia to prosecute Massey Energy for manslaughter in connection with the April 5th explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine that claimed the lives of twenty-nine coal miners. [includes rush transcript]

After Over 14 Years in Peruvian Prison, Jailed US Activist Lori Berenson Ordered Freed on Parole
The jailed American activist Lori Berenson has been ordered freed on parole in Peru. Berenson has spent over fourteen years in prison after hooded Peruvian military judges convicted her of collaborating with the rebel group MRTA. She has consistently maintained her innocence. We speak to Lori’s father, Mark Berenson.

Today's Headlines

BP Admits "Fundamental Mistake" Before Oil Rig Explosion
Obama Expands Militarization of US-Mexico Border
North Korea Cuts Ties with South Korea Following Sinking Allegation
Jailed US Activist Lori Berenson Paroled in Peru
Around 30 Killed in Jamaica Clashes
15 Wounded in Israeli Attack on Gaza Strip
Admin Backs Vatican Immunity in Sexual Abuse Suit
Fmr. FBI Linguist Sentenced for Leaking Classified Documents

Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Headlines for May 25, 2010
After First Reunion in 10 Months, Mothers of 3 Jailed US Hikers in Iran on Visiting Their Children and Continuing the Fight for Their Release
"The Unspoken Alliance": New Book Documents Arms, Nuclear and Diplomatic Ties Between Israel and Apartheid South Africa

Monday, May 24, 2010

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24 May 2010: Today's Democracy Now!

Trial Begins for Ex-Chicago Police Lt. Accused of Torturing More than 100 African American Men
A former police commander accused of overseeing the torture of more than 100 African American men goes on trial today in Chicago. Former Lieutenant Jon Burge is accused of lying when he denied in a civil lawsuit that he and other detectives had tortured anyone. He faces a maximum of forty-five years in prison if convicted of all charges. The accusations of torture date back forty years, but Burge has avoided prosecution until now. For nearly two decades, beginning in 1971, Burge was at the epicenter of what has been described as the systematic torture of dozens of black men to coerce confessions. In total, more than 100 people in Chicago say they were subjected to abuse, including having guns forced into their mouths, suffocation with bags placed over their heads, and electric shocks inflicted to their genitals. We speak to attorney Flint Taylor and torture victim Darrell Cannon. [includes rush transcript]

From Japan to Guam to Hawai’i, Activists Resist Expansion of US Military Presence in the Pacific
In Japan, Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama sparked outrage this weekend when he announced he has decided to keep an American air base on the island of Okinawa. Before last year’s historic election victory, Hatoyama had vowed to move the base off of Okinawa or even out of Japan. On Sunday, he said he had decided to relocate the base to the north side of the island, as originally agreed upon with the US. Hatoyama’s decision was met with anger on Okinawa, where 90,000 residents rallied last month to oppose the base. A number of activists opposed to US military bases were recently here in New York for the International Conference for a Nuclear-Free, Peaceful, Just and Sustainable World. Anjali Kamat and I spoke to three activists from Japan, Guam and Hawai’i. [includes rush transcript]


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Saturday, May 22, 2010

Leonard Peltier Is Innocent

Picket for Avelino and Oscar/Celebrate the parole of Carlos Alberto Torres





Wednesday May 26th, 2010 at 5:30pm
Picket at 26 Federal Plaza 4,5,6, J,M,Z Train to Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall

Join ProLibertad as we denounce the sentencing of Avelino Gonzalez Claudio and the 29th anniversary of Oscar Lopez Rivera’s arrest!

Avelino and Oscar’s only “crime” was fighting for Puerto Rican Independence from U.S. colonialism!

End Avelino’s Torture!

Free Avelino Gonzalez Claudio!

Free Oscar Lopez Rivera!

Free all the Puerto Rican Political Prisoners!

We want everyone to Bring a Puerto Rican Flag! Bring your whistles, panderetas, and noise makers for Avelino and Oscar!

The ProLibertad Freedom Campaign

Marking the moment: Judi Bari

START DATE: Monday May 24
TIME: 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Location Details:
Park Blvd at E. 33rd St., Oakland
Event Type: Protest
Contact Name Karen Pickett
Email Address
Phone Number 510-548-3113

Marking the moment

People from near and far will gather at 11:30 am to mark the moment of the bomb explosion (just before noon on 5/24) at the site in Oakland that it blasted through Judi Bari's car, nearly killing her and forever changing the Earth First! movement. There will be music and a speak-out. The site is in front of Oakland High School, near E.33rd on Park Blvd. Please come and stand in solidarity with those who experienced that day, celebrate the legal victory against the FBI, and build a strong resistance.

Cosponsors include Earth First!, the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) and the Bay Area Coalition for Headwaters (BACH).

If You Really Don't Stay Away from Type II Diabetes Now, You Will Hate Yourself Later

If You Really don't Stay away from Type two diabetes Now, You will Hate Yourself Later

Type 2 diabetes is among the most common kind of diabetes. Lots of Americans appears to have been identified as having diabetes type 2 symptoms, and many more are unaware they may be at high risk. Some groups have a higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes than others.

Type 2 diabetes is more common in African Americans, Latinos, Indigenous Americans, and Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians together with other Pacific Islanders, in addition to older population.

In diabetes type 2, either one's body does not produce enough insulin or the cells ignore the insulin. Insulin is necessary to the body to be able to use glucose for energy. When you eat food, the body breaks down the sugars and starches into glucose, that's the fundamental fuel for any cells in the body. Insulin takes the sugar from the blood into the cells. When glucose generates in the blood rather than going into cells, it can result in diabetes complications.

You might have the ability to increase and protect your wellbeing. With proper nutrition and exercising and also making good life-style choices (like not smoking), you are able to feel better, stronger, and healthier, and will lower your risk of diseases like the cancer, diabetes, heart problems and stroke.

What is Healthy Weight?

There's a great way to see in case your current weight puts you in danger of developing serious diseases. Visit and take the Body Mass Index (BMI) test. The results will allow you to decide if you need to be concerned about your weight.

Better You Eat, Better You are

Here are some basic guidelines to assist you and your family make healthier food decisions.

* Eat plenty of vegatables and fruits.

* Choose wholemeal foods over processed grain products. Try brown rice instead of white. Substitute whole wheat grains bread for white.

* Eat fish 2 – three times weekly.

* Select leaner cuts of meat like the ones that end in "loin."

* Remove the skin from chicken and turkey.

* Eat non-fat dairy

* Drink water and low calories non-carbonated drinks.

* Use liquid oils for cooking rather than solid fats.

* Minimize too-high calorie junk food like chips, cookies, cakes, and regular frozen goodies. Try to find baked chips and reduced calorie snacks. Or have a bit of fruit instead.

* Watch your portion sizes. Even an excess of "healthy" food could cause extra pounds.


* Compare labels of similar foods, then pick the one with smaller amounts of saturated fats, cholesterol and sodium.

* Adults should consume lower than 2400 mg. of sodium every day. In case you have hypertension, you'll want to prefer even less.

* Try adding herbs and spices in your own cooking to take the place of salt for enhancing flavor.

Just a little Exercise Goes far away

Something that gets you up and moving is wonderful for you. Some tips about what it could do:

* Lower your risk of developing type 2 diabetes

* Lower your risk of heart disease and stroke

*Lower blood pressure and cholesterol

* Reduce blood glucose (sugar) levels in case you have diabetes, which could lower your risk of developing diabetes-related complications

* Alleviate tension

* Make it easier to slim down

* Provide you with more energy

* Assist you to sleep better

* Build stronger bones and muscle mass

You don't need to go to a gym, play sports or use fancy equipment.

Of course, it's best to speak to your medical professional prior to starting any exercise routine.

In case you have Diabetes.

Eating healthy and staying active are even more important in case you have diabetes.

Well-balanced meals can help keep your glucose (sugar) level as close to normal as possible.

Being active also helps you reduce blood glucose. In case you increase your level of physical activity, you could probably take less insulin or diabetes pills. For anyone who is very inactive, have heart disease or perhaps history of foot ulcers, consult your doctor about safe exercise to suit your needs.

Check your blood glucose before exercising. If it's under 100 mg/dl, eat some fruit, crackers or have a glass of milk or juice.

Check it again after exercising to learn how your blood glucose reacts to exercise. Bring a snack if you'll be active for some hour.


About the writer-Patricia Harris writes for the diabetic diet food menu blog, her personal hobby blog centered on ways to eat healthy to avoid and manage diabetes.