Sunday, October 31, 2010

"INDIGENOUS PEOPLE" KEY WORD SEARCH ON ALTO ARIZONA

ALTO ARIZONA WEBSITE SEARCH FOR 'INDIGENOUS PEOPLE'

CarlosDCblog: SB1070 "These are Indigenous Peoples, Not Hispanics"

SB1070 & IMPACT ON INDIGENOUS WOMEN, CHILDREN, FAMILIES AND WORKERS

A concern/question which surfaces from a critical perspective about 'coalitional' activism related to SB1070 is: when, where, and how can the directly impacted Indigenous women's, families', children's and workers' perspectives be heard and understood amidst the larger U.S. 'people of color', civil rights, anti-racism, labor, gender justice, enviro-justice movements?

Why does this film suggest that non-Indigenous, and English-speaking actors are spokespersons for the protection of Indigenous peoples' rights, in lieu of a more direct articulation from the community members?

Consultations and education for community empowerment along the lines of bridging coalitional actors, institutions, and participation to the organization models of Indigenous communities, who bring centuries long anti-colonial mechanisms and strategies to the issues unfolding.

U.S. HUMAN RIGHTS NETWORK ANNOUNCES WINNER OF THE 'TESTIFY' PROJECT

Winning Video Addresses How the U.S. Continues to Ignore Their Treaty ObligationsInnovative Multi-Media Project Seeks to Tell the Stories of Communities Affected by Human Rights Violations in Anticipation of Universal Periodic Review
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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

LIPAN APACHE EL CALABOZ LEADERS TO U.S. SOCIAL FORUM

STATEMENT OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES OF THE TEXAS-MEXICO BORDER,
LOWER RIO GRANDE RIVER, EL CALABOZ RANCHER√ćA,
TO THE U.S. SOCIAL FORUM (2010) REPRESENTATIVES


Greetings!

The Lipan Apache Women Defense (LAW-Defense), an Indigenous Peoples Organization (IPO), established in 2007, and a Texas-Mexico border human rights working group, co-founded by Eloisa Garcia Tamez and Margo Tamez, is located in the heartland of Nde' shimaa hada'didla ('lands of the lightning people clans), in El Calaboz Rancheria. We exercise the right to pursue all the venues available and to create new ones for the application of customary laws of Indigenous peoples, human rights and international law, and the United Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).
LAW-Defense welcomes and invites partnerships to work productively for Indigenous Peoples‟ pursuit of “self-determination, land and natural resources, cultural rights and sacred sites protection, subsistence, Treaty rights, health and social services, non-discrimination, environmental protection, education, language, and many others which Indigenous Peoples identified as essential to their dignity, survival and well-being.”1
At this time, LAW-Defense calls upon our sisters and brothers participating in the 2010 U.S. Social Forum to join us in the sustained interrogation of the human rights violations committed by the United States of America along the Texas-Mexico border in its construction of an 18 foot tall steel, concrete reinforced wall across Indigenous Peoples lands.
LAW-Defense calls upon the U.S. Social Forum participants to support the self-determination processes of the diverse Indigenous communities who are directly impacted and irreparably harmed by the U.S. border wall construction which unfolded, between 2006-2009 in community-held lands.

Full statement here.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

US-MEXICO Border: Human Rights and the State

US-MEXICO: Humanitarian Aid Criminalised at the Border


ARIVACA, Arizona -- Humanitarian aid groups trying to avert migrant deaths on the U.S- Mexico border are facing increased roadblocks in their mission. The hazards are not connected to a spike in drug cartels’ violence, but rather restrictions from the federal government.


By Valeria Fern√°ndez, IPS

Transporting a migrant in despair to a hospital could mean a volunteer is charged with human smuggling. A simple act of kindness like leaving water in the desert can be subject to penalties as well.

"We’re being intimidated and criminalised as humanitarians," said Walt Staton, a 27-year-old volunteer with No More Deaths, a humanitarian aid group. (For full story, click on GALDU site.