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 Happy Halloween

The weather outside is frightful depending upon which state you live in. It is reported that snow is rolling through the low land Plains, Canada and the PNW Mountains though life in the low lands here is as per usual here in the 206 … windy and cold. In a complete surprise, reports are that #Halloween2019 will be sunny and cold! So make sure to dress appropriately and be on the safe side!
Halloween in the 206 is usually rainy.

just another rant …
I don’t know about you but dang, the #WANov5ballot was complex and took a little longer than usual to fill out because of the many positions, issues and the lack of information to ponder but, the fact that I couldn’t vote for Mayor or the City Council in my area due to how the lines are drawn is upsetting, not acceptable. I did refer to the #ProgressiveVotersGuide website for help! So, my point is, I hope everyone has taken the time to go over that #Nov5Ballot and checked the information on it with some much-needed research. I did NOT vote for R88 in this era of trump because I don’t know who or how companies will be monitored; who will face any consequences if this policy is on an honor system only and as Vets have been stating … They might or will be left out.

Politics! has seeped into every part of our lives since trump managed to gain the highest position in the land and not in a good way IMO. Whoever helped him and however he got there, it certainly isn’t what our founders envisioned. When the 2018Midterms showed that the country wanted needed checks and balances on this guy, things just got crazier. Now, we are in a Historic moment where not only has the trump impeachment inquiry vote taken in the House and will move forward we have an African American Woman currently in the position of 4th in the Democratic Primary Candidate choices. While all this is going on the Republican Nationalist Party has made a whole lot of folks uncomfortable, what with all the loony tune behavior, overt lies and racist comments by folks who claim they are qualified to be representing constituents… Tell me how that can be if you are engaging in fear of nonwhites? We all need to repeat daily, that are a nation of immigrants yet, being brown and or black appears to be enough to be considered suspect.

“Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.”

I do not want to go back to what sounds like the colonial days …it controlled the lives & the future of people of colour and now a group that took a hard right are saying they are Nationalists …their definition btw hasn’t been clarified by team trump after tossing it out into the airwaves.

Q: Are they determined to repeal equity in all its forms …
We are a nation of immigrants, yet it seems like there is a stark difference between which immigrants, asylum seekers or refugees that are more acceptable … You heard the rhetoric, we must move forward to stay in the present so discrimination in all its forms fails.

~ Nativegrl77

 

 

 

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Sunday Stills
ISSUE 06
Sunday, December 15, 2013
IN MEMORY
Nelson Mandela’s Life and Times
in Photographs

Nelson Mandela

PHOTOGRAPH BY ROB CROESE, AP
Nelson Mandela, the civil rights leader who rose from a small village in rural, apartheid-era South Africa to become the country’s first black president, died last Thursday at age 95. Mandela’s election in 1994 ended three centuries of European domination of indigenous African people of the region.
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a message from dir. Branden


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Servio CuripomaFor the past two weeks we have brought you the courageous and heartbreaking story of Servio Curipoma and his ongoing struggle for clean water, a healthy environment and remediation of the toxic wasteland that Chevron left in his rainforest homeland. Speaking with him at his farm in Ecuador just last week, it was clear that he seeks only to be able to work his land and leave something for his children – to afford a peaceful and productive life – something that Chevron continues to deliberately deny him.

Servio’s fight is only going to get tougher as Chevron’s multibillion dollar legal defense continues to pour money into lambasting those seeking justice, those who have already won. The story is an endless circus of lies, vilification and a callousness that defies rationality.

We need your support to keep the pressure up. We are doing everything we can to make sure Chevron doesn’t get away with the most blatant environmental crime in history.

Amazon Watch will continue to work with the broad coalition of institutional shareholders, NGOs, affected peoples and individuals to pressure Chevron until they accept responsibility for their horrendous crime and do the right thing. After a 20-year legal battle, this is a case that is simply too big to fail. With your help we’ll continue to pressure Chevron, demand enforcement of the judgment and bear witness to its ridiculous countersuit alleging that the plaintiffs sued Chevron in an attempt to defraud them (Really?!).

Please support Amazon Watch and our Clean Up Ecuador campaign today. Your contribution will help us continue to stand with Servio and the 30,000 other Ecuadorians who have suffered for too long. We will not allow Chevron to drown out their voices – to drown out the truth about what happened in Ecuador.

For justice – for the opportunity to set an international precedent for the rights of indigenous peoples to defend their homes from companies seeking profits over people – please add your support.

For the Amazon,

Branden Barber
Branden Barber
Engagement Director

Isolated Mashco-Piro Indians appear in Peru


FILE - This Nov. 2011 file photo, shows members of the Mashco-Piro tribe, photographed at an undisclosed location near the Manu National Park in southeastern Peru. More than 100 Mashco-Piro appeared across a river from the remote community of Monte Salvado in Madre de Dios state, says Klaus Quicque the president of the regional FENAMAD indigenous federation on Monday, Aug. 19, 2013. The Maschco-Piro first appeared in May 2011 after more than two decades in voluntary isolation. (AP Photo/Diego Cortijo, Survival International, File)

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FRANK BAJAK

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FILE – This Nov. 2011 file photo, shows members of the Mashco-Piro tribe,

photographed at an undisclosed area …

In another case of big corporations … Pushing Provoking the Mashco-Piro Indians  ~~ illegal logging drugs smugglers Oil Gas which also impacts the Amazon … and needs to stop.

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Members of an Indian tribe that has long lived in voluntary isolation in Peru‘s southeastern Amazon attempted to make contact with outsiders for a second time since 2011, leading to a tense standoff at a river hamlet.Authorities are unsure what provoked the three-day encounter but say the Mashco-Piro may be upset by illegal logging in their territory as well as drug smugglers who pass through.

Oil and gas exploration also affects the region.

The more than 100 members of Mashco-Piro clan appeared across the Las Piedras river from the remote community of Monte Salvado in the Tambopata region of Madre de Dios state from June 24-26, said Klaus Quicque, president of the regional FENAMAD indigenous federation.

They asked for bananas, rope and machetes from the local Yine people but were dissuaded from crossing the river by FENAMAD rangers posted at the settlement, said Quicque, who directed them to a banana patch on their side of the river.

The incident on the Las Piedras is chronicled in video shot by one of the rangers and obtained Monday by The Associated Press.

“You can see in the images there was a lot of threatening — the intention of crossing. They practically reached mid-river,” Quicque said by phone from Puerto Maldonado, the regional capital.

The video shows Mashco-Piro of all ages and sexes, including men with lances, bows and arrows. In one image shot during a moment of tension, a man flexes his bow, ready to shoot.

Quicque said the estimated 110-150 people living in Monte Salvado “feared for their lives.” He credited the ranger, Rommel Ponciano, for keeping a cool head.

He said 23 Mashco-Piro appeared on the first day, 110 on the second and 25 on the third. The clan left and hasn’t returned.

“They spoke a variant of Yine,” Quicque said, but Ponciano understood only about two-thirds of the words.

The Mashco-Piro live by their own social code, which includes kidnapping other tribes’ women and children, according to Carlos Soria, a Lima professor and former head of Peru’s park protection agency.

Peruvian law prohibits physical contact with the estimated 15 “uncontacted” tribes in Peru that together are estimated to number between 12,000 and 15,000 people living in jungles east of the Andes. The main reason is their safety: Their immune systems are highly vulnerable to germs other humans carry.

Anthropologist Beatriz Huertas, who works with Peru’s agency for indigenous affairs, says the Mashco-Piro are becoming increasingly less isolated. The tribe is believed to number in the hundreds in several different clans.

It is not unusual for them to appear where they did during a season of sparse rainfall when rivers are low, and they tend to be itinerant, she said.

“What’s strange is that they came so close to the population of Monte Salvado. It could be they are upset by problems of others taking advantage of resources in their territories and for that reason were demanding objects and food of the population,” Huertas said.

Naturalists in the area and national park officials say the tribe’s traditional hunting grounds have been affected by a rise in low-flying air traffic related to natural gas and oil exploration in the region.

Quicque said the Mashco-Piro were victimized by “genocide” in the mid-1980s from the incursion of loggers, and subsequently engaged in battles with mahogany-seekers.

Members of the group reappeared in May 2011 on the banks of a different river after more than two decades in voluntary isolation.

After those sightings, and after tourists left clothing for the Mashco-Piro, authorities barred all boats from going ashore in the area.

Mashco-Piro were blamed later in 2011 for the wounding of one forest ranger and the killing of a Matsiguenka Indian who had long maintained a relationship with them and provided them with machetes and cooking pots.

a message from Rashad Robinson


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“I didn’t want to be right, but sadly I am.”-Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in her first interview since the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Right Act.1

In her dissent, Justice Ginsburg predicted a wave of attacks on our freedom to vote. States have rushed to implement discriminatory voting laws now that the VRA can no longer block them. North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory — who by his own admission has not even read the bill yet — is about to sign the “most sweeping anti-voter law in decades,” eliminating same day registration, cutting back on early voting, implementing a strict Voter ID requirement that does not allow student IDs, and even ending a statewide civics class that pre-registered high school students.2

Fight back against right-wing attacks on our freedom to vote. Support a constitutional amendment at FreeToVote.org

Below is the email we sent the day the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act. As I said on that day, “This is no ordinary campaign, but one that will require years of hard work to win.” Please join me and the more than 274,000 others in demanding a constitutional amendment guaranteeing the freedom to vote. Take the first step at FreeToVote.org.

Thanks and Peace,

–Rashad   August 2nd, 2013

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References

1. “Ginsburg Says Push for Voter ID Laws Predictable,” Associated Press, 7-26-13 http://act.colorofchange.org/go/2843?t=5&akid=3057.1174326.MLufFl?

2. “North Carolina Passes the Country’s Worst Voter Suppression Law,” The Nation, 7-26-13 http://act.colorofchange.org/go/2844?t=7&akid=3057.1174326.MLufFl