Presentation by Andres Segura at DQ University 1977

9 01 2013





Cornel West Speaking from Tonatierra on the Arts

3 10 2010




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

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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





Arizona – Police State, Violates Indigenous Peoples Human Rights

27 04 2010

Thought I should share this with the people.  Gracias at Tonatierra for their work.

COMMUNITY

INDICTMENT

AGAINST STATE OF ARIZONA, GOVERNOR JAN BREWER (Et Al)

FOR VIOLATION OF CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS OF CITIZENS AND NON-CITIZENS PROTECTED BY THE US CONSTITUTION, THE UNITED NATIONS

UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS

AND THE

UN DECLARATION ON THE RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES

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TO WIT:

18 U.S.C.  § 241

Section 241: Conspiracy against rights

If two or more persons conspire to injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or because of his having so exercised the same; or If two or more persons go in disguise on the highway, or on the premises of another, with intent to prevent or hinder his free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege so secured – They shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and if death results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include kidnapping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill, they shall be fined under this title or imprisoned for any term of years or for life, or both, or may be sentenced to death.

18 U.S.C.  § 242

Section 242: Deprivation of rights under color of law

Whoever, under color of any law, statute, ordinance, regulation, or custom, willfully subjects any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured or protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or to different punishments, pains, or penalties, on account of such person being an alien, or by reason of his color, or race, than are prescribed for the punishment of citizens, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both; and if bodily injury results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include the use, attempted use, or threatened use of a dangerous weapon, explosives, or fire, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and if death results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include kidnapping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated

sexual abuse, or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill, shall be fined under this title, or imprisoned for any term of years or for life, or both, or may be sentenced to death.

VIOLATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN

TREATY OF GUADALUPE HIDALGO TERRITORIES (US-Mexico 1848)

ARTICLE IX

The Mexicans who, in the territories aforesaid, shall not preserve the character of citizens of the Mexican Republic, conformably with what is stipulated in the preceding article, shall be incorporated into the Union of the United States. and be admitted at the proper time (to be judged of by the Congress of the United States) to the enjoyment of all the rights of citizens of the United States, according to the principles of the Constitution; and in the mean time, shall be maintained and protected in the free enjoyment of their liberty and property, and secured in the free exercise of their religion without restriction.

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United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Adopted on December 10, 1948

by the General Assembly of the United Nations (without dissent)

Article 5

No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

Article 6

Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law.

Article 7

All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination.

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United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Adopted by the General Assembly September 13, 2007

Article 36

1. Indigenous Peoples, in particular those divided by international borders, have the right to maintain and develop contacts, relations and cooperation, including activities for spiritual, cultural, political, economic and social purposes, with their own members as well as other peoples across borders.

2. States, in consultation and cooperation with indigenous peoples, shall take effective measures to facilitate the exercise and ensure the implementation of this right.

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ORDER TO APPEAR

Before the

National Human Rights Commission of the United States

Arizona Working Group

The Spirit of Justice, the True Light of Law

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