Native Liberation Conference Albuquerque, Sun. Aug. 12, 2018

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LIVE: Liberation Conference Albuquerque, Sun. Aug. 12, 2018 Native Liberation Conference AgendaAugust 11-12, 2018Health Leadership High School 1900 Randolph Rd SE Albuquerque, New Mexico 87106 Download the full Native Liberation Conference Agenda here. We live in difficult times. The US settler government has committed atrocities against poor and colonized people across the world. But Read more

Honduras: Public Ministry perpetuates impunity in the assassination of Berta Cáceres

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The COPINH, the family of Berta Cáceres and the team of lawyers of the MADJ, present ourselves before the public to warn about the future of the judicial process for the assassination of our colleague and general coordinator, Berta Cáceres and the assassination attempt of our companion Gustavo Castro.

In a few days we are to present to a hearing for the purpose of the submission of evidence in the case without having the possibility of accessing all the evidence collected for more than 2 years in judicial and investigative raids and proceedings carried out by the Public Ministry and the ATIC. On at least 35 occasions the prosecution of the case has refused to deliver information or has done so in a partial, segmented or irregular manner.



We have submitted specific requests for the information necessary to participate effectively in the trial of the assassination of Berta Caceres with due guarantees and the Public Ministry has ignored them, as well as repeated court orders by the Court of Judgment to deliver the information, such as the one that expired last Friday, after the expiration of the term of 5 days.

Since the day of the assassination, the Public Ministry and the State of Honduras have systematically denied us access to the truth. We have been denied access to basic information about what actually occurred. They have denied the Lenca People and the Honduran people in general the truth about what happened with our compañera Berta Cáceres, this despite the intermediations of the IACHR, and letters of concern from the United Nationsagencies and the European Parliament.

We must denounce that this attitude of the Honduran authorities only benefits those responsible for the assassination of Berta Cáceres, and the intellectual authors of the crime who have still not yet been prosecuted.

The trial we face today is against the people who were paid to murder Berta Cáceres: the paid assassins and the mediators. These are individuals who are the basic links to those who actually gave the order to assassinate our COPINH leader. However, from the perspective of the authorities, the prosecution of the case tries to limit access to only these links instead of pursuing prosecution of the intellectual authors of the crime.


The absence of persecution of those who, from managerial posts, ordered the murder of our compañera Berta Cáceres is the direct responsibility of Attorney General Óscar Chinchilla, who from his official position has been complacent about the irregularities in the case and the lack of investigation of the obvious intellectual authors of the crime.

It must be known that David Castillo Mejía, general manager of DESA, known persecutor and stalker of Berta Cáceres was captured not by the will nor investigation of the Public Ministry but by a complaint made by our legal team. This particular complaint was not presented solely for David Castillo Mejía but for a number of other people from the company DESA, and for which there has been no further action or response.



In this court case, the reality of the indigenous territories and campesino communities of Honduras that organize to confront the corporate cartels is emulated. In this trial we are not facing the defense of the individual Sergio Rodríguez but the defense of the corporation DESA, its managers and owners. We also face the reality of complacency of state authorities complicit in impunity, such as the ongoing violations of the human rights of our communities.

With the consent of the State, we face an economic regime that seeks to put an end to the opposition of our Popular Organizations and Indigenous Peoples to a national project of development that brings hunger, destruction, tears and blood to the communities historically most marginalized by the same State. With this official consent, even the condition of victim is denied to the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH).

We reiterate and warn that we are facing at the greatest disadvantage, a judicial process with enormous irregularities and violations of the rights of the victims.

Given in Tegucigalpa on the 7th day of August 2018








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MEXICO: EL DERECHO A LIBRE DETERMINACION INDIGENA

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SEMINARIO INTERNACIONAL:
“EXPERIENCIAS E INTERCAMBIOS SOBRE EL DERECHO A LIBRE DETERMINACION INDIGENA”
31 agosto – 3 de septiembre de 2018, CDMX


Los Pueblos Indígenas del mundo a partir de la adopción de la Declaración de Naciones Unidas sobre los Derechos de los Pueblos Indígenas 13 septiembre 2007 y la Declaración Americana sobre los Derechos de los Pueblos Indígenas junio 2016, son titulares del derecho a la Libre determinación. Este derecho recientemente se ha visto inequívocamente reconocido y reiterado en varias Constituciones de América Latina y el Caribe. Especialmente, con el reconocimiento constitucional establecido en la Constitución del Estado de CDMX con fecha 3 de febrero de 2017
Específicamente, la constitución del Estado de la ciudad de México, ha reconocido el derecho a libre determinación de los Pueblos Indígenas, Barrios y Pueblos, de la siguiente manera:

Artículo 59 – De los derechos de los pueblos y barrios originarios y comunidades indígenas residentes

A.         Carácter jurídico

1.         Los pueblos y barrios originarios y comunidades indígenas residentes tienen derecho a la libre determinación. En virtud de ese derecho determinan libremente su condición política y persiguen libremente  su desarrollo económico, social y cultural.

2.         El derecho a la libre determinación de los pueblos y barrios originarios se ejercerá en un marco constitucional de autonomía que asegure la unidad nacional, en los términos que establece la presente  Constitución.

3.         Los pueblos y barrios originarios y comunidades indígenas residentes tienen el carácter de sujetos colectivos de derecho público con personalidad jurídica y patrimonio propio. Tendrán derecho a la libre asociación.

B.         Libre determinación y autonomía

1.         La libre determinación se ejercerá a través de la autonomía de los pueblos y barrios originarios, como  partes integrantes de la Ciudad de México. Se entenderá como su capacidad para adoptar por sí mismos decisiones e instituir prácticas propias para desarrollar sus facultades económicas, políticas, sociales, educativas, judiciales, culturales, así como de manejo de los recursos naturales y del medio ambiente, en el marco constitucional mexicano y de los derechos humanos.

2.         El derecho a la libre determinación como autonomía se ejercerá en los territorios en los que se encuentran asentados los pueblos y barrios originarios, en las demarcaciones basada en sus características históricas, culturales, sociales e identitarias, conforme al marco jurídico. En sus territorios y para su régimen interno los pueblos y barrios originarios tienen competencias y facultades en materia política, administrativa, económica, social, cultural, educativa, judicial, de manejo de recursos y medio ambiente.

3.         Las comunidades indígenas residentes ejercerán su autonomía conforme a sus sistemas normativos internos y formas de organización en la Ciudad de México.

Cuyos reconocimientos tanto por parte del derecho internacional y el derecho constitucional de México, plantea un conjunto de desafíos a los titulares de este derecho, es decir a los Pueblos Indígenas, en cuanto a conocer, explorar la naturaleza y la característica de este derecho colectivo. Particularmente, sus consecuencias en el contexto de su implementación y aplicación de parte de sus destinatarios. Es decir, sus implicaciones en el ámbito político, jurídico, institucional, administrativo, económico, cultural y territorial.
Los Pueblo Indígenas de la cuenca de México y otros junto a los Mapuche de Chile, se proponen analizar y conocer las consecuencias prácticas que eventualmente generará la implementación del derecho a libre determinación. Cuyo análisis se basará en la experiencia y la vivencia organizativa de los Pueblos indígenas de México y los Mapuche de Chile.
Las experiencias prácticas de parte de los Mapuche se derivan de la realización de un procedimiento orgánico del derecho a la libre determinación, es decir mediante la realización de la Primera Sesión de la Asamblea Constituyente Mapuche. Oportunidad que permitió identificar y conocer las condiciones elementales y previas para la implementación del derecho a la libre determinación Mapuche. En esta misma dirección los Mapuche han instaurado una “Escuela para el Autogobierno Mapuche” con el objeto de conocer e identificar todas las cuestiones relativas al derecho a libre determinación. Asimismo, la redacción de un Estatuto que da cuenta la forma de implementación del derecho a libre determinación.


Objetivos del Seminario.

1.-Producir un Intercambio de experiencias sobre el derecho de libre determinación de los Pueblos Indígenas de la Cuenca de México y otros y el Pueblo Mapuche de Chile.
2.-Identificar y establecer las condiciones elementales y previas para la implementación del derecho a la libre determinación indígena.
3.-Implementación del derecho a la libre determinación en el Contexto nacional e internacional


Metodología del desarrollo del Seminario Internacional

Se organizará una mesa con 4 Ponentes y 1 Moderador que cautelará el tiempo de exposición de los relatores y producirá un diálogo interactivo con los participantes del seminario.


 
PROPUESTA: ACUERDO DE COOPERACION Y ACOMPAÑAMIENTO ENTRE ORGANIZACIONES DE LOS PUEBLOS INDÍGENAS DE MEXICO Y MAPUCHE DE CHILE PARA LA IMPLEMENTACION DEL DERECHO A LA LIBRE DETERMINACION.

FUNDAMENTO.
Los Pueblos indígenas del mundo somos titulares del derecho a la libre determinación, éste derecho que constituye el estándar más alto que disponen los Pueblos ofrece la posibilidad de determinar el futuro pleno en su más diversa manifestación.
 
El derecho a la libre determinación ha sido estipulado en la Declaración de Naciones Unidas sobre los derechos de los Pueblos Indígenas adoptado 13 septiembre 2007 y la Declaración Americana sobre los Derechos de los Pueblos Indígenas, adoptado en junio 2016, y se ha establecido de la siguiente manera:
 
“Los Pueblos Indígenas tienen derecho a la Libre determinación. En virtud de este derecho determinan libremente su condición política y persiguen libremente su desarrollo económico social y cultura”.

También cabe destacar que el derecho a la libre determinación de los Pueblos Indígenas ha sido refrendado por varias constituciones políticas en el hemisferio de Abya-Yala, en los mismos términos que lo ha estipulado el derecho internacional.
 
Con el reconocimiento del derecho a la libre determinación de parte del derecho internacional éste crea un contexto que, interpela y exhorta de manera permanente a todos los Pueblos Indígenas de Abya- Yala –América a ejercer e implementar el derecho a la libre determinación y cada Pueblo Indígena en su capacidad orgánica le otorgará su sentido práctico y en el contexto en que ejercerá dicho derecho.
 
El derecho a la libre determinación requiere que su implementación se efectué en un contexto multilateral, es decir, en el concierto de los Estados y los Pueblos no representados, entre ellos preferentemente los Pueblos Indígenas quienes fueron objeto de la conculcación de dicho derecho en la relación institucional de domesticación y colonialismo. Cuyo proceso requiere prioritariamente del debido entendimiento, cooperación y acompañamiento entre los Pueblos Indígenas que tienen similares propósitos sobre el derecho a la libre determinación.
 
Cabe subrayar que, en la convivencia multilateral de los Estados, los gobiernos y otros grupos que actúan en la esfera internacional determinan sus prioridades,  sus intereses, sus principios y directrices que guían sus acciones internacionales estableciendo alianza y cooperación para cumplir su objetivo. Esta misma practica

internacional, criterios, principios y acción se requieren para la implementación del derecho a la libre determinación de parte de los Pueblos Indígenas interesados.

El “Acuerdo de Cooperación y Acompañamiento” entre organizaciones de los Pueblos Indígenas interesados en el derecho a la libre determinación debe estar guiados imprescindiblemente por un conjunto de principios, directrices y acciones que permita gestar y promover las acciones concretas en la esfera del derecho a la libre determinación y las consecuencias que se derivan de este derecho.

En el marco del Seminario Internacional sobre el Derecho a la Libre determinación a realizarse en México los días 31 de agosto al 03 de septiembre 2018, nos proponemos celebrar un “Acuerdo de Cooperación y Acompañamiento entre las organizaciones de los Pueblos Indígenas interesados en el derecho a la libre determinación”. Dicho acuerdo comprende entre otras acciones:

a.- Informar y promover a todas las organizaciones de los Pueblos Indígenas sobre el alcance del derecho a la Libre determinación.

b.- Realizar Formación/Capacitación continua para conformar una dotación y/o contingente de líderes indígenas con mentalidad y capacidad de gobernante y del mismo modo construir voluntad colectiva para ejercer el derecho a la libre determinación.

c.-   Producir dialogo e intercambio de experiencia entre las organizaciones de   los Pueblos Indígenas sobre el derecho de libre determinación, consistente en Seminario, conferencia, coloquio grupo focales de trabajo entre otros.

d.- Producir insumos escritos, textos, manuales, análisis que guíen y orienten un proceso orgánico del derecho a la libre determinación indígena.

e.- Cautelar y salvaguardar el derecho a la libre determinación en la esfera nacional e internacional ante eventuales domesticación del derecho internacional y asimismo, ante eventuales disminución y restricción de dicho derecho.

f.- Propiciar y desarrollar una alianza permanente en la esfera internacional en todos los asuntos que afecten a los pueblos Indígenas parte del “Acuerdo de Cooperación y Acompañamiento”



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Democrats Pick Gay, Native American Nominee in Kansas 3rd

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TOPEKA, Kan. — Sharice Davids shattered the mold for a congressional primary winner from ruby red Kansas on Wednesday, becoming the state’s first Native American and gay nominee for Congress.

The 38-year-old attorney and activist prevailed in a close six-candidate Democratic primary Tuesday and will face four-term Republican Rep. Kevin Yoder. Democrats are targeting Yoder this fall because Democrat Hillary Clinton narrowly won the district in the 2016 presidential race.

Republicans hold all four Kansas seats in the U.S. House but Democrats hope to flip two of them in November.

Davids was raised by a single mother and earned a law degree from Cornell University. She was a White House fellow during Barack Obama’s presidency. And she’s a former mixed martial arts fighter who introduced herself to fellow Democrats with a video showing her in the ring and landing solid kicks to a large punching bag. That proved a compelling story for many Democratic voters in a competitive Kansas congressional race.

“In a lot of ways, my candidacy and my campaign is just another extension of the non-traditional path that I have in my life,” she said in an interview before the primary. “What people are seeing is that the traditional way that politics has been done is just not working for so many people.”

Davids, from Kansas City, Kansas, endorsed by EMILY’s List, which works to elect women who support abortion rights. She’s called for treating gun violence as a public health crisis and supports expanding Medicaid’s health coverage for more Americans. She’s critical of tax cuts championed by President Donald Trump.

But her closest primary opponent, Kansas City, Kansas, labor attorney Brent Welder, picked up the endorsed by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, the patriarch of the democratic socialist movement. Sanders campaigned for Welder with New York congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, its rising star.

Davids is a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation, of Wisconsin. Her mother served more than 20 years in the Army before working for the U.S. Postal Service.

Davids spent eight years working her way through college and law school. She also was fighting competitively: Online sites devoted to mixed marital arts say she compiled a 1-1 record in professional bouts and a 5-1 record in amateur contests, from 2006 through 2014.

Her Election Day schedule began with a 5:30 a.m. mixed marital arts workout.

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Democrats Pick Gay, Native American Nominee in Kansas 3rd

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TOPEKA, Kan. — Sharice Davids shattered the mold for a congressional primary winner from ruby red Kansas on Wednesday, becoming the state’s first Native American and gay nominee for Congress.

The 38-year-old attorney and activist prevailed in a close six-candidate Democratic primary Tuesday and will face four-term Republican Rep. Kevin Yoder. Democrats are targeting Yoder this fall because Democrat Hillary Clinton narrowly won the district in the 2016 presidential race.

Republicans hold all four Kansas seats in the U.S. House but Democrats hope to flip two of them in November.

Davids was raised by a single mother and earned a law degree from Cornell University. She was a White House fellow during Barack Obama’s presidency. And she’s a former mixed martial arts fighter who introduced herself to fellow Democrats with a video showing her in the ring and landing solid kicks to a large punching bag. That proved a compelling story for many Democratic voters in a competitive Kansas congressional race.

“In a lot of ways, my candidacy and my campaign is just another extension of the non-traditional path that I have in my life,” she said in an interview before the primary. “What people are seeing is that the traditional way that politics has been done is just not working for so many people.”

Davids, from Kansas City, Kansas, endorsed by EMILY’s List, which works to elect women who support abortion rights. She’s called for treating gun violence as a public health crisis and supports expanding Medicaid’s health coverage for more Americans. She’s critical of tax cuts championed by President Donald Trump.

But her closest primary opponent, Kansas City, Kansas, labor attorney Brent Welder, picked up the endorsed by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, the patriarch of the democratic socialist movement. Sanders campaigned for Welder with New York congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, its rising star.

Davids is a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation, of Wisconsin. Her mother served more than 20 years in the Army before working for the U.S. Postal Service.

Davids spent eight years working her way through college and law school. She also was fighting competitively: Online sites devoted to mixed marital arts say she compiled a 1-1 record in professional bouts and a 5-1 record in amateur contests, from 2006 through 2014.

Her Election Day schedule began with a 5:30 a.m. mixed marital arts workout.

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Democrats Pick Gay, Native American Nominee in Kansas 3rd

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TOPEKA, Kan. — Sharice Davids shattered the mold for a congressional primary winner from ruby red Kansas on Wednesday, becoming the state’s first Native American and gay nominee for Congress.

The 38-year-old attorney and activist prevailed in a close six-candidate Democratic primary Tuesday and will face four-term Republican Rep. Kevin Yoder. Democrats are targeting Yoder this fall because Democrat Hillary Clinton narrowly won the district in the 2016 presidential race.

Republicans hold all four Kansas seats in the U.S. House but Democrats hope to flip two of them in November.

Davids was raised by a single mother and earned a law degree from Cornell University. She was a White House fellow during Barack Obama’s presidency. And she’s a former mixed martial arts fighter who introduced herself to fellow Democrats with a video showing her in the ring and landing solid kicks to a large punching bag. That proved a compelling story for many Democratic voters in a competitive Kansas congressional race.

“In a lot of ways, my candidacy and my campaign is just another extension of the non-traditional path that I have in my life,” she said in an interview before the primary. “What people are seeing is that the traditional way that politics has been done is just not working for so many people.”

Davids, from Kansas City, Kansas, endorsed by EMILY’s List, which works to elect women who support abortion rights. She’s called for treating gun violence as a public health crisis and supports expanding Medicaid’s health coverage for more Americans. She’s critical of tax cuts championed by President Donald Trump.

But her closest primary opponent, Kansas City, Kansas, labor attorney Brent Welder, picked up the endorsed by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, the patriarch of the democratic socialist movement. Sanders campaigned for Welder with New York congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, its rising star.

Davids is a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation, of Wisconsin. Her mother served more than 20 years in the Army before working for the U.S. Postal Service.

Davids spent eight years working her way through college and law school. She also was fighting competitively: Online sites devoted to mixed marital arts say she compiled a 1-1 record in professional bouts and a 5-1 record in amateur contests, from 2006 through 2014.

Her Election Day schedule began with a 5:30 a.m. mixed marital arts workout.

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Federal Judge Blocks Energy Transfer Partners Ridiculous Lawsuit Against Earth First!

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By Earth First! https://earthfirstjournal.org/newswire/2018/08/04/judge-slams-energy-transfer-partners-for-frivolous-legal-claims-against-activists/ Censored News French translation by Christine Prat at: http://www.chrisp.lautre.net/wpblog/?p=4652 Yesterday, a federal judge blocked Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), the corporation behind the Dakota Access Pipeline, from continuing a Read more