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Coos County: take decisive action, vote yes on 6-162

A massive proposed LNG (liquefied natural gas) pipeline and export terminal has been proposed in Coos County, on the southern Oregon coast. These projects, which are expected to cost $7.6 billion (twice as much as the Dakota Access Pipeline), are known as the “Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline” and the “Jordan Cove LNG Export Terminal.” The … Continue reading Coos County: take decisive action, vote yes on 6-162

Vincent Emanuele: The Indiana Democratic Party is Dead

     by Vincent Emanuele /  Z Communications  Tonight, I attended a town hall meeting featuring John Zody, the utterly uninspiring and banal Chairman of the Indiana Democratic Party. The meeting was as informative and inspiring as it was frustrating and sad. Without doubt, the Indiana Democratic Party is in serious trouble. In a county that’s 48% … Continue reading Vincent Emanuele: The Indiana Democratic Party is Dead

Trump’s Populist Deceit

     by Alex Jensen / Local Futures While misogyny, racism, and ethnic taunts were conspicuous signposts on Donald Trump’s path to the White House, much of that road was paved with “populist”, “anti-establishment” and “anti-globalization” rhetoric. Trump’s inaugural address featured numerous populist lines (e.g. “What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but … Continue reading Trump’s Populist Deceit

One Does Not Hate When One Can Despise: On Donald Trump and How We Got Here

     by Derrick Jensen When I find myself in times of trouble, I’m less interested in Mother Mary’s wisdom than I am in Joe Hill’s: Don’t mourn; organize. There’s a sense in which Trump’s election is a surprise, similar to how we somehow seem to be continually surprised when easily predictable negative consequences of this … Continue reading One Does Not Hate When One Can Despise: On Donald Trump and How We Got Here

The Rights of Nature: Indigenous Philosophies Reframing Law

Indigenous battles to defend nature have taken to the streets, leading to powerful mobilizations like the gathering at Standing Rock. They have also taken to the courts, through the development of innovative legal ways of protecting nature. In Ecuador, Bolivia and New Zealand, indigenous activism has helped spur the creation of a novel legal phenomenon—the idea that nature itself can have rights. ... Continue reading →

Terra Nullius and the History of Broken Treaties at Standing Rock

If treaties are the supreme law of the land, as the U.S. Constitution states, then how is it that treaties can be so easily broken by a government that claims to uphold a respect for the law? An even more unsettling question: how is it that the trail of broken treaties has been able to span generations under an outdated, imperial logic unknown to the majority of the U.S. citizens? The founding of the United States is predicated on this painful contradiction between principles of equality and rule of law on one side, and the colonial appropriation of land from native peoples who have inhabited them for millennia, on the other. ... Continue reading →

Nicaragua: Police Fire Rubber Bullets, Tear Gas at Yatama Supporters Amid Charges of Electoral Fraud

The day after Nicaragua’s primary elections, supporters of the Miskito indigenous party, Yapti Tasba Masraka Nanih Aslatakanka, or Sons of Mother Earth (YATAMA), took to the streets of Puerto Cabezas to celebrate a regional victory for Indigenous Peoples. It had just been announced that Brooklyn Rivera, the leader of YATAMA, had won political office. ... Continue reading →

National Indigenous Congress of Mexico to Launch Presidential Campaign in 2018

     by Emmy Keppler / Intercontinental Cry On October 13, the 500 delegates of the National Indigenous Congress (CNI) reached complete consensus on the proposal presented by the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) at the opening of the fifth Congress three days earlier: the CNI will collectively enter the 2018 Mexican presidential race with … Continue reading National Indigenous Congress of Mexico to Launch Presidential Campaign in 2018

Bears Ears Alternative Moves Into House of Representatives as Opponents Cry Land Grab

     by Kim Baca / Indian Country Today Media Network A congressional bill touted as an alternative to the Bears Ears proposal, an intertribal request to designate nearly two million acres of land as a national monument in southeast Utah, is moving forward to the full House of Representatives. The Utah Public Lands Initiative Act, H.R. … Continue reading Bears Ears Alternative Moves Into House of Representatives as Opponents Cry Land Grab