AKWESASNE WOMENS FIRE NEEDS HELP TO STOP GUNS
MNN. July 1, 2009. On Monday June 1st 2009 the Canadian Border Service Agency was to take up arms at the border crossing in the middle of Akwesasne of Mohawk Nation Territory. The people protested. At 11:30 pm on May 31st the CBSA guards abandoned their post and left. Since then, we have peacefully camped on the grounds next to the facility.
This is the first video on the ongoing events in the camp and the people. http://www.youtube.com:80/watch?v=cQQNz0FKCKI
Hawaiian groups have united to protest the state's attempts to sell the stolen Hawaiian Government and Crown Lands (what is erroneously referred to as "ceded" lands).
In a travesty of justice, as Paula Sherman writes, AAFN Spokesperson Robert Lovelace was sentenced in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Kingston to 6 months incarceration and crippling fines amounting to $25,000 for upholding Algonquin law within Algonquin homeland.
She continues:"Unfortunately a sentence was handed down to us by the Ontario court which allocated fines against us for 25,000; 15,000; 10,000 and then 2,000 per day for the community and Bob until he backs down and agrees not to interfere with FVC plan to destroy our land. At the end of the six months when he is released from jail, the fine will be 450,000 for him and 450,000 for the community.
Also in the decision by the Ontario court, the 77 million suit FVC had filed against us was awarded to them and they will now proceed to go after all the community's assets................which of course are nowhere near that amount of money. The community is effectively bankrupted from this sentencing and decision, and all we were doing was upholding Algonquin law which says we have to maintain our responsibilities to the land."
Below you can watch two YouTube-Videos which might highlight the background of the situation in Canada.
Thirty-five miles northeast of Mount Shasta, is a wilderness from which flows a vital fresh water resource to all of California. For thousands of years, it has been a sacred place and traditional training ground for Native Americans. For over 150 years, modern Americans and countless peoples from all over the world have shared its beauty and life giving water. It is nothing less than a national treasure.
Today, it is under immediate threat of destruction by geothermal industrial development.
In 2008 on the eight-day of the eight-month we are asked to gather and give our offerings for the healing and transformation of Mother Earth. This will be a time to heal old wounds, give thanks for our blessings and prayers for the safety of our future. To prepare for this we are calling for a pilgrimage of 20 days of preparation. The preparation will take the form of a journey around the circle of 19 points, plus one in the middle, where at each point we will participate in ceremonies and meditations as we are called to do by the GrandFathers and GrandMothers.
See also: Steven McFadden Website
Read about and listen to Corbin Harney who is a spiritual leader, healer and internationally known indigenous rights and anti-nuclear weapons activist. He has performed his songs at the United Nations and at demonstrations from The Nevada Test Site to the Russian Nuclear Bombing Range in Khazakstan. He has been the featured speaker at anti-nuclear conferences around the world and has led thousands past the front gates of the Nevada Test Site on his traditional lands in mass acts of non-violent resistance to stop the testing and proliferation of nuclear weapons.
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