Green, Indigenous, Native American, etc., actions
This post on Disabled Greens News and discussion:
Green, Indigenous, Native American, etc., actions:
This petition on change.org:
Green, Indigenous, Native American, acts:
Turtles, sharks and juvenile tuna need your help!:
In this image a whale shark is caught in a net meant for tuna. Help us stop ocean destruction!
E-mail Princes Tuna!
Dear fellow Ocean Defenders,
I’ve got some great news to share with you about our campaign to save tuna. This week, having got wind of the fact that it was going to come last in Greenpeace UK’s new tinned tuna league table, Tesco (a supermarket giant in the UK) did a spectacular u-turn. After being the subject of a Greenpeace investigation, it has radically improved its policy on the fishing methods used to catch its own-brand tinned tuna.
It seems the mere threat of a Greenpeace campaign – and the outrage of thousands of Greenpeace supporters – is sometimes enough to move huge corporations.
We need international tinned tuna brands to follow suit in order to give sharks, turtles and juvenile tuna the break they so desperately need! That’s why I am writing to you today – to ask for your help in stopping ocean destruction by Princes – a tuna supplier with an incredibly poor record for sustainability.
Princes Tuna can change their policy and improve their sustainability.
Ask them to act now!
The majority of Princes tuna is caught using FADs (fish aggregating devices) alongside massive purse seine nets. FADs are basically death traps for endangered sharks, rays and juvenile tuna and if any company is serious about sustainability – it shouldn’t have anything to do with them.
Write to Princes now and tell it to stop canning ocean destruction.
You may have already sent a letter to Princes, and if so you probably received an automated response with empty statements. But the bottom line is – Princes is still responsible for the unacceptable loss of marine life because it has yet to change its policy on FADs. You can still e-mail Princes telling it you know its dirty secret and urge it to act on its serious and genuine commitment to sustainability.
Greenpeace UK supporters have been sending complaints to their national fair trading authority pointing out that Princes has been printing false green claims on its tuna tins in the UK. Labels state “Princes is fully committed to fishing methods which protect the marine environment and marine life.” And after just one day of launching this online action we received confirmation from Princes that it will be removing this statement.
Now that Princes has admitted its tuna products are unsustainable it needs to start taking measures to change the way its tuna is caught – rather than just changing its labels. With your help – we’re hoping to mount enough pressure on them so that they start walking their talk.
I’m currently on the Rainbow Warrior in Taiwan. We’re taking this amazing ship on a tour of East Asia rallying support for the creation of marine reserves in the Pacific Commons – one of the most important marine areas for the conservation of the world’s tuna species. You can find all the updates from us on the ship including videos, photos and blogs here. And you can read more about the effect of the shifting tuna market on our campaign for healthy oceans here.
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January E-news: WE STILL LIVE HERE– Film featuring the Wôpanâak Language to launch:
January 2011 E-Newsletter
New Law to Protect Indigenous Peoples’ Rights in the Congo
The Republic of Congo will become the first country in Africa to pass legislation that will protect its Indigenous Peoples’ rights. Ten percent of Congo’s population is Indigenous, many of whom are marginalized and even used as slaves. Read more.
Australia Registers Its First Indigenous Political Party
On January 10th, Australia´s first Indigenous political party was officially registered and will participate in the next federal election and Northern Territory (NT) state elections. Indigenous people are estimated to make up about 2.7 percent of the Australian population and 32 percent of Northern Territory residents are Indigenous. Read more.
Global Response Campaign Update: Wal-Mart’s Jewelry Doesn’t Live Up to the Company’s Green Promises
In an article posted on the websites of the Broward and Miami New Times, journalist Jean Friedman-Rudovsky picks up where our Global Response campaign left off: she exposes the emptiness of Walmart’s claim that its “Love, Earth” gold jewelry comes from socially and environmentally responsible mines and manufacturers. Read more.
Documentary Featuring the Wôpanâak Language Reclamation Project Premieres This Month
WE STILL LIVE HERE Âs Nutayuneân, an hour-long film directed by Anne Makepeace, and produced with the assistance of Cultural Survival program officer Jennifer Weston, will have its public premiere at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival on Saturday, January 29 at 4:00 PM at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. The film tells a remarkable story of cultural revival by the Wampanoag of Southeastern Massachusetts. Read more.
In Memoriam : Wampanoag Tribal Rights Advocate, Alice Lopez
Cultural Survival mourns the loss of Wampanoag tribal rights advocate Alice Lopez, who passed away at the young age of 49. “If a person has two blankets, they have one too many. It is an old Native American philosophy that guided the sensibility and generosity of Alice Mae Lopez, a beloved member of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and a tireless advocate for the poor and homeless, who passed away suddenly on New Year’s Day at the age of 49.” Read more.
Guatemala Radio Project Update
New Community Radio to Be Founded Near Site of Controversial Marlin Mine
At the request of a local community group in San Miguel Ixtahuacán, San Marcos, Guatemala, Cultural Survival’s Radio Project staff members traveled west to the mountains of San Marcos to participate in a 4-day workshop this weekend on how to initiate and operate a community radio station. Read more.
Community Radio Profile: Radio Ixchel
Radio Ixchel is a community radio station located in Sumpango Sacatepequez, Guatemala. Anselmo Xunic founded the station when he saw a need for a means of communication that represented their own community. Read more.
Cultural Survival Quarterly
Camouflage By Amanda Wapass-Griffin
A personal essay on the challenges of identity and appearance.
Farmers Without Borders By Laird Townsend and Annie Murphy
Climate change is affecting Indigenous communities around the world. One of those efforts, an exchange between Ethiopian and Peruvian small farmers, could become a model for the future.
The Dwellers of the Valley By Lyansong Tamsang
A community profile from West Bengal, India.
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Australia Releases Guide to UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
The Australian Human Rights Commission has released a new guide for Indigenous Australians, explaining how they can use the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The guide discusses the rights outlined in the declaration and offers communities advice on how they can use its principles and reinforce its legitimacy. It also gives examples of how Indigenous Peoples are already using the declaration to address their issues. Read more.
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Uh oh. Dangerous flip-flop on offshore drilling:
“Obama Administration Allows Oil Companies to Resume Drilling in the Gulf of Mexico” – 1/3/2011
Last week, just months after saying it would require stricter safety regulations for offshore drilling, the Obama Administration flip-flopped, giving 13 oil companies the go-ahead to resume deepwater drilling in the Gulf without providing proof that their wells are safe and defect-free.
We need to let the Obama administration know that this is unacceptable and remind them that their job is to protect our oceans from another spill like the BP Horizon disaster, not to ensure that Big Oil’s profits remain high.
Send a message to Michael Bromwich and Ken Salazar, the top federal officials overseeing the regulation of oil drilling, and demand that they implement stricter safety standards and enforcement.
It is urgent that we make our voices heard now. It’s been less than a week since the new Republican-controlled Congress was sworn in – this will be just the first of many attacks on our environment.
Help us set a precedent by reminding our leaders that they work for us, not for Big Oil and Coal.
Send an email to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Michael Bromwich, the director of the newly created Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) today.
Last week, the commission investigating the BP explosion cited failures in the way oil rig equipment is inspected and tested which ultimately led to the disaster. The report said that the companies investigated made decisions to cut costs and save time that directly contributed to the spill.
Yet the 16 wells resuming activity in the Gulf will not undergo any additional environmental reviews nor show proof that their operations won’t poison Gulf waters!
The commission also recommended expanding drilling regulations to keep pace with companies drilling in deeper and deeper water. Big Oil and their allies have already put profits before safety with disastrous effects. How can we continue to allow the oil industry to drill under unsafe conditions and gamble with the Gulf Coastline – one of the United States’ most fragile ecosystems?
Tell the Obama Administration we won’t let the oil companies bully us.
Ask BOEMRE director, Michael Bromwich and Interior Secretary, Ken Salazar to stop cutting corners at the expense of our planet.
Then please spread the word and ask your friends and family to join you.
Thank you again for standing up for our oceans, our environment, and our future.
Take Action for Leonard Peltier:
Transmitted on behalf of the Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee
Call to Action: Write, Call and E-mail USP Lewisburg
Demand Leonard’s Immediate Transfer to the Mayo Clinic!
The Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee urgently calls upon all supporters to consistently and constantly contact USP Lewisburg to demand Leonard Peltier be immediately transferred to the Mayo Clinic for a full medical evaluation and appropriate treatment. As many of you know, Leonard has exhibited symptoms of prostate cancer for over a year. After months of pressure by attorneys, Leonard underwent blood tests in June of 2010. Those results were not made available until early November 2010. A biopsy was indicated which was ordered by a physician and approved by the prison. However, the biopsy has not been performed. The delay in testing, diagnosis, and treatment is unacceptable and constitutes medical neglect.
Please, in contacting USP Lewisburg, refrain from speaking out of anger. Your outrage, disgust and frustration can and should be expressed in a respectful yet forceful manner.
To be clear, we still need to keep the pressure on the White House, so keep making those calls and writing those letters to President Obama.
The White House
President Barack Obama
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, DC 20500
Comment Line: 202-456-1111 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 202-456-1111 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Switchboard: 202-456-1414 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 202-456-1414 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Web Form: http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact
Bureau of Prisons (Be certain to always reference “Leonard Peltier #89637-132” when contacting the BOP)
2400 Robert F. Miller Drive
Lewisburg, PA 17837
Phone: 570-523-1251 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 570-523-1251 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
E-mail address: LEW/EXECASSISTANT@BOP.GOV
BOP may start blocking e-mail addresses and phone numbers, so you may want to use several different e-mail addresses and phone numbers to make your point.
FREE LEONARD PELTIER!
Thank you for all you do on Leonard’s behalf.
Launched into cyberspace by the
Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee
PO Box 7488, Fargo, ND 58106
(701) 235-2206 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (701) 235-2206 end_of_the_skype_highlighting (Phone)
Time to set him free… Because it is the RIGHT thing to do.
Friends of Peltier
Attacks on EPA Regulation of GHG a Threat to Public Health, will Increase Health Costs:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 11, 2011
Contact: Eileen Secrest, 540-497-0168 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 540-497-0168 end_of_the_skype_highlighting; email@example.com
Attacks on EPA Regulation of Greenhouse Gases “A Threat to Public Health”
Congressional Attack will Increase the Nation’s Healthcare Costs
(Washington, DC) Attacks on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) role in protecting air quality and regulating greenhouse gases pose significant threats to the nation’s health, according to environment and health advocacy group Health Care Without Harm. Efforts to curtail the role of the EPA in regulating greenhouse gases and to prevent and roll back regulations intended to reduce air pollution are underway in the 112th Congress through new legislation introduced and being planned by House members.
“Curtailing these efforts by placing our regulatory system in a stranglehold will sentence tens of thousands of people to debilitating, respiratory illnesses, adding to the burden of chronic disease in the nation and increased financial burden to the health care system,” said Gary Cohen, president of Health Care Without Harm, an international coalition of organizations dedicated to reducing environmental damage caused by the health care sector. “The EPA declaration in 2010 that greenhouse gas is a threat to public health gave new urgency to efforts to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gasses worldwide—lifesaving efforts that Congress now wants to limit.”
One of the first Acts of Rep. Marcia Blackburn (R-TN) in 2011 was to introduce H.R. 97, a bill to amend the Clean Air Act to stipulate that greenhouse gases are not subject to the Act. Those co-sponsoring the bill state EPA regulations are “job-killing” and not authorized by Congress. But members of Congress who support EPA regulation of greenhouse gases state that the Clean Air Act was passed by Congress with the intention of having the EPA regulate all air pollutants, including greenhouse gases. An article in The New York Times (
characterized the new legislation as an attempt to “throttle the Environmental Protection Agency.”
“Greenhouse gases contribute to human morbidity and mortality in the same way that smog and soot pollution and other air toxins do,” stated Cohen. “We call on all of our members and supporters to let their Representatives know that we want them to fully support the EPA in its efforts to carry out its responsibilities to reduce air pollutants, from whatever the source.”
HCWH is an international coalition of more than 430 organizations in 52 countries, working to transform the health care industry worldwide, without compromising patient safety or care, so that it is ecologically sustainable and no longer a source of harm to public health and the environment. For more information on HCWH, visit
Director of Communications
Health Care Without Harm
Note New Phone: 540-479-0168 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 540-479-0168 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
follow HCWH at http://www.Twitter.com/hcwithoutharm
My son and I are opening a Tribal Arts and Ink Studio in Camilla, GA.
Any Nation members anywhere who would like to showcase a particular artform
or talent in stonework, leatherwork, beadwork, bonework, sandart, or dreamcatchers of their region,
please contact me at Julianne Aknin firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Creek Indian members are going to be showing and selling pieces in the Gallery.
The Gallery is 33 by 44 ft and will have space for plenty of display area.
This will certainly beautify our area and make more people aware of the extreme talent that might otherwise be overlooked.
Thank you and looking forward to your email.
Tribal Arts & Ink Studio
20 N. Scott Street
Camilla, GA 31779