Interview with PDJ Runners Gaby and Oscar

6 12 2010

This is an interview done with Brad from Indy Media,  with Oscar Montalvo and Gabriela Reza in San Diego at the Farmers Market in East Side San Diego.

click image to go to audio interview with Gaby and Oscar





Big Oil At It Again, Pipeline Proposal in Canada

28 11 2010

This time in Canada, threatening to destroy a natural habitat for a very rare bear only found in one place on earth.

All for what? Oil…!! Do we really need to build another pipeline to get oil from the interior to the sea so giant oil tankers can carry it to other points?

Or are the only needs being met by this proposed project those of the Big Oil companies that will profit from this project?

End capitalist exploitation of our planet.  (click image below to go to story)

click image to go to story

 





indigenous people discriminated against by grape growers in CA

10 11 2010

check out this article on the UFW website.





Independence for whom? September 16 Mexican Independence Day

15 09 2010

September 16, 2010 will mark two hundred years of Mexico’s independence from Spain.  This holiday will be celebrated by millions of people in Mexico and by Mexicans and Chicanos living in the United States.  Just as many of us living in the United States also celebrate this country’s independence on the 4th of July.
However, the question remains, who received independence and what does that independence mean?
In the case of Mexico, after a violent ten-year battle that ended in 1821, the colony gained the ability to govern itself.  Where as prior to 1810 it was required to pay tribute and follow the orders given by the royal government of Spain.  Mexico would no longer be a colony of Spain.  It would become it’s own independent country.
But who would remain in power in the newly formed local government of Mexico?  The answer would be the same as it had been for 300 years, the Spaniards or more specifically the Spaniards born in the colony versus those born in Spain.
Unfortunately, the mass majority of the population of Mexico, the “Indian” and Mestizo (mixed “Indian” and Spanish) would not have their interest included in the new constitution that was created.  This was especially true for those people in the rural areas outside of Mexico’s more urban areas.  These were some of the poorest people in Mexico.  Although they fought in the war for independence from Spain they would not see the benefits of that independence.  They would remain in poverty, and still remain in poverty till this day.
The indigenous or Indian people in the rural areas would be forced to work that land that belonged to someone else, participating in a wage labor economy that only benefited the small elite class of landowners who were mainly the descendants of Spaniards.  These descendants of Spaniards born in Mexico were better known as the Criollos.  Many of their descendents continue to rule much of Mexico today.
So on September 16, 2010 as millions celebrate the independence of Mexico, Mexicans must ask, how much of the colonial mentality and system still exist?  The Indian population of Mexico is the original inhabitants of that land, but is still the poorest sector of the society.  500 years after the first Spaniards arrived to colonize Mexico, Indians, are still fighting to reclaim their rightful place in society.  Only now they are joined by the vast majority of working class Mestizo Mexicans that are struggling to live day by day.
To complicate things, many individual mestizos and some Indians have moved up the social ladder and now occupy spaces within the corrupt government.  Giving the appearance that others can also succeed if they assimilate and become part of the ruling class establishment.  However, the majority of native and mestizo people live in poverty desperate for survival have even been forced to work in illegal activities with drug cartels.  Those that choose this illegal life do so out of need as their options for legal work that feeds their families diminish or for farmers who have lost land are forced to move to cities to look for work.
In the end the majority of the population will continue to be engaged in a struggle for survival in direct conflict with those that seek to maintain their wealth and keep millions of people living in poverty.  Until another uprising occurs like the one that occurred in 1910 lead by Emiliano Zapata and Pancho Villa that lasted for ten years.  Or the one that occurred in 1994 led by Mayan Indians in the state of Chiapas.  There is another revolution, waiting to be organized.





Cornel West on the Left

15 08 2010

Here is Cornel West speaking on what it means to be a leftist in the U.S. with the analysis that this country was really founded by a Corporation, not the “Pilgrims” and their experiment that we are feed by the our school teachers growing up.  Jamestown founded in 1607 the “Pilgrims” wouldn’t land in the Massachusett Bay until 1620, which by the way was also funded by the Virginia Co. of London another business venture.





State Targets Sal Reza for his Activism

2 08 2010

Passing on this press release from Tonatierra in Arizona, by Tupac Enrique.  Sal Reza has been targeted by the state police forces.  Sal Reza is also an organizer with the Peace and Dignity Journeys and was Panama with us in 2008 as the continental runners converged in the center of the Americas.

Tonatierra

Statement to the Press

Date: Friday July 30, 2010

Contact: Tupac Enrique Acosta

ABDUCTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST SALVADOR REZA

BY MARICOPA COUNTY SHERIFF DEPUTIES TODAY

Phoenix, Arizona – In response to the current Human Rights crisis in Maricopa County Arizona, and the targeting of Human Rights activist Salvador Reza by the Maricopa County Sheriff Department, the following statement is given:

“I do not dignify this as an arrest. This was an abduction. It is an act of state sanctioned persecution and discriminatory profiling.  And just as AZ SB 1070 is not a law, the taking into custody of Salvador Reza today represents the policies of persecution that are the inevitable result of the complicity of Obama administration via the 287g agreements with local law enforcement such as Maricopa County Sheriff J. Arpaio.

This was an abduction not only of Salvador Reza, but of the protections for Human Rights for all in the State of Arizona.”

Tupac Enrique Acosta

TONATIERRA

YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dh8YhP

Links:

www.puenteaz.org

www.altoarizona.com

www.tonatierra.org

www.nahuacalli.org/Dec.html





Tohono O’Odham Nation Joins Lawsuit against SB1070

30 07 2010
TONATIERRA

Press Release

Date: July 28, 2010

Contact: Tupac Enrique Acosta (602) 466-8367

Email: Chantlaca@tonatierra.org

National Human Rights Commission of the Peoples of the United States

Prepares to Report on Human Rights Violations in Arizona

Phoenix, AZ – A working group of the National Human Rights Commission of the Peoples of the US convenes in Phoenix today to assess and document the violation of Human Rights in terms of the impact of AZ SB1070 which was scheduled to advance into implementation July 29, 2010 throughout the state of Arizona.

Today however, US District Court Judge Susan Bolton issued an order enjoining portions of the SB 1070 legislation that has been the object of broad community denunciation as a violation of Civil Rights, Human Rights, and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples of the territory now known as the State of Arizona.  TONATIERRA a client in the one of the seven lawsuits before Judge Bolton.

The Tohono O’Odham Nation whose traditional territories are bisected by the US-Mexico border also joined the lawsuit before Judge Bolton seeking injunction against AZ SB 1070, submitting a brief of amicus curiae denouncing the violations of Civil Rights of tribal members which would be caused by the rampant racial profiling officialized by the statute, and as an intrusion and violation of the Right of Self Government on jurisdictions of territories in Indian Country.

The Intertribal Council of Arizona, with a membership of 21 Tribal Nations that control one third of the territory known as the State of Arizona, also expressed opposition to the AZ SB1070 as being “without jurisdiction” on lands of the Indigenous Peoples.

While recognizing the necessary and temporary nature of the injunction given today by Judge Bolton, which blocks the immediate implementation of portions of AZ SB1070, acknowledgment must be made that the systemic pattern of Human Rights violations inflicted upon the Indigenous Peoples and migratory workers as a consequence of governmental economic and legal policies, both national and state, have been left unaddressed.

In turn, the National Human Rights Commission of the Peoples of the United States will continue to assess and document these issues for presentation before the next session of the United Nations Human Rights Council scheduled for November in Geneva, Switzerland.  At that time, the government of the United States of America will be called to report for the situation regarding Human Rights in the US, with reference being the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international instruments of international Human Rights law, such as the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Contesting the lack of regard for the rights of the jornaleros, migratory workers and day laborers generally in the process of addressing the economic injustices of international trade policies such as NAFTA which frame the issue of AZ SB1070, TONATIERRA general coordinator Tupac Enrique Acosta stated:

“The issue is not the right to work. Under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 23 to which the US government is signatory, everyone has the right to work.  What is at issue are the illegal, discriminatory and predatory economic policies and practices of the licensing procedures for lawful employment in the US economy.”

“Such policies and practices are in themselves complicit in perpetuating the centuries of deprivation, exploitation, and racism inflicted upon our Indigenous Peoples, and marginalized workers in general under programs of colonization.”

Working from the perspective of the long trajectory of social justice movements in North America that include the experiences of the US Civil Rights movement of the previous generation, the theme of community organizing efforts in Arizona has been driven by the message:

“From Selma to Phoenix, from Civil Right to Human Rights and, the Rights of Mother Earth.”

In this context, at the last major march for Human Rights in Phoenix which took place on May 29, and was led by delegations of Indigenous Peoples, a Declaration of Interdependence was proclaimed as fundamental to the strategy of movement building which now is realized with the National Human Rights Commission of the Peoples of the United States.

As a point of departure for the report to be compiled and submitted to the UN Human Rights Council, the Arizona working group will reference the UN Universal Declaration on Human Rights (1948) and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (2007) to clarify the situation in regards to the Human Rights of the “non-white” and Indigenous Peoples of the territories referenced in the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo (1848) which established the current border between the republics of the US and Mexico.

Specifically, the accusations of Human Rights violations brought forward in the Community Indictment Against the State of Arizona, Governor J. Brewer (et al), which was served during the National March for Human Rights May 29, 2010 specifies points of evidence, documentation, and denunciation to be elaborated in the report to be delivered to the United Nations Human Rights Council, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States (OAS), and the member states of the UN as a whole.

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TONATIERRA

PO Box 24009  Phoenix, Arizona 85074   Tel: (602) 254-5230

www.tonatierra.org