Indigenous; Green; Elders; Native American Acts

These actions on Disabled Greens News and discussion:
Indigenous; Green; Elders; Native American Acts:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/9078

This petition on change.org: Green; Elders; N.A. Acts:

http://www.change.org/petitions/green-elders-na-acts-6?share_id=CjSOiNawkE&pe=pce

Stop the Tar Sands Pipeline- NRDC’s Save BioGems News, May 2011:

Acts:  http://www.savebiogems.org/takeaction/

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Bird Nursery in Danger

Stop the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline

Each year, billions of birds follow migration routes that converge in one spot in Canada’s boreal forest: the Peace-Athabasca Delta in northeastern Alberta. These undisturbed wetlands provide a resting spot for tundra swans, snow geese and countless ducks, but they are now being threatened by plans for a trans-boundary pipeline that would carry tar sands oil from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast. If approved, the TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline would lead tomore tar sands mining and drilling in the boreal forest, creating toxic waste sites, destroying critical wildlife habitat for millions of birds and generating three times the amount of global warming as conventional fuel production. The 2,000-mile pipeline would also traverse the U.S. heartland, including the Nebraska Sandhills and the Ogallala Aquifer — the source of clean drinking water for two million residents.

» Tell the State Department to reject this destructive pipeline.

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In the News

MINING GIANT GETS YOUR MESSAGE
Last month, NRDC senior attorney Joel Reynolds traveled to London to deliver 57,000 petitions from BioGems Defenders to Rio Tinto executives at their annual shareholders meeting. The petitions urged the mining giant to abandon its stake in the disastrous Pebble Mine project, which threatens Alaska’s Bristol Bay wilderness. At the meeting, Reynolds — and a representative of Alaskan Native village corporations around Bristol Bay testified against the mine, asking Rio Tinto to follow the example of Mitsubishi, which withdrew from the Pebble Mine project in February. On the same day, an ad placed in the London Financial Times by NRDC and our Alaskan allies challenged Rio Tinto to deliver on its green rhetoric by abandoning its stake in the mine. To date, our Members and BioGems Defenders have sent more than 300,000 messages to the global mining companies behind the Pebble Mine.

EXXONMOBIL TRUCKING SCHEME HITS ROADBLOCK
Back in January, we updated you on ExxonMobil’s plan to bury power lines in Montana’s Lolo National Forest that would enable the company to haul super-sized loads of mining equipment through the forest and onward to tar sands developments in Canada. ExxonMobil recently conducted a “test” shipment to navigate one of their giant trucks — weighing as much as 500,000 pounds — through the scenic Lolo Pass. The truck ran into overhanging trees, eventually colliding with power lines and causing a blackout. Exxon’s remedy to this calamity was to trim and cut century-old trees that line the 200-mile route, some of which have been around since the Lewis & Clark Expedition. Its failed experiment clearly shows this pristine area is no place for a transportation corridor. We continue to challenge ExxonMobil’s plans and will keep you updated on the latest developments.

SHELL VOWS TO DRILL IN POLAR BEAR SEAS IN 2012
Shell has announced it will not conduct exploratory drilling in the Beaufort Sea off the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge this summer, but the company does plan to drill in the summers of 2012 and 2013 in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas also known as the Polar Bear Seas. Shell’s announcement comes in the wake of a new government report that says the worst-case scenario for a blowout in the Chukchi Sea could result in a spill of more than 58 million gallons (or about 2.6 million gallons per day). That’s about a quarter of the Deepwater Horizon spill, but it’s five times more than Shell Oil could handle under its current response plan. In its application for exploratory permits, Shell’s response plan could only handle a spill of 504,000 gallons per day. Oil companies have no proven method for cleaning up spills in ice-filled waters. A spill could prove catastrophic to vulnerable populations of polar bears and other wildlife.

Action Insider

PEBBLE MINE IN ALASKA
Read about NRDC Wildlife Advocate Matt Skoglund’s unforgettable trip to Bristol Bay.

THIS GREEN LIFE: COMPOST NOW!
With warmer weather on the way, there’s no better time to start composting. Sheryl Eisenberg shows you how.

Photo credits: Boreal owl–Boreal Songbird Initiative. Patagonia–Linde Waidhofer, westerneye.com. Sea lion–Lon Lauber, AlaskaStock.com. Frog–U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

» To read this newsletter on the BioGems website, go to http://www.savebiogems.org/newsletter

Obama gives go ahead for more Gulf drilling:
Tell the Obama Administration: more drilling is NOT the answer!

We need cleaner cars to decrease our addiction to oil.

Send your letter today.

http://soe.salsalabs.com/o/1/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=217&autologin=true&track=2011_0526_CleanCarsThree

It’s hard to kick a habit – but you know it’s time to make a change when you find yourself spending $1 billion a day to feed your addiction.

That’s how much the U.S. government spends on importing foreign oil right now – and though Obama has pledged to reduce our reliance on foreign oil by 2025, so far his administration plans to do it by increasing drilling here in the U.S.

In the last few weeks, the Obama Administration granted a blanket extension to all Gulf drilling permits.

Talk about NOT thinking outside of the box! There’s a much better way to fight our dangerous oil addiction – cleaner, more fuel-efficient vehicles.

Tell the Obama Administration to move clean cars into the fast lane by setting standards that cut global warming pollution from new vehicles by 6% per year and achieve an average fuel efficiency of 60 miles per gallon (mpg) in 2025.

Right now, the EPA is working with the National Highway Transportation Association to set the fuel efficiency and global warming pollution standards for new passenger vehicles sold from 2017-2025 – the deadline to let the EPA know that you want clean cars is June 9!

Not only does the technology to get us there exist today, but a 60 mpg standard would also save consumers money at the pump. With gas prices topping $4.00 per gallon, the average American family would save $513 at the gas pump this summer1 and $8,900 over the life of the vehicle if cars and trucks met a 60 mpg standard.2

New cars and trucks sold today are only required to get a measly standard of 27.3 miles per gallon. Tomorrow’s new cars should average nothing less than 60 mpg. Send your letter by June 9 to urge the EPA to push for clean car standards.

Getting to 60 mpg is the single biggest step we can take to break our $1 billion per day habit of importing foreign oil and end a dependence that threatens our economy, our environment, and our national security.3

Send a letter to the Obama Administration today to urge them to cut global warming pollution and ensure our cars and trucks meet an average standard of at least 60 mpg by 2025.

Acts:  http://www.saveourenvironment.org/

Thank you for your help and support.

Sincerely,

Michael Town
Director, SaveOurEnvironment.org
info@saveourenvironment.org

1 “Summer Gas Prices: Beating the Heat with Clean Cars,” Environment America: Accessed May 9, 2011.

2 “Protecting Consumers from Pain at the Gas Pump,” Union of Concerned Scientists: March 2011.

3 “Oil Addiction: Fueling Our Enemies,” Jonathan Powers, Truman National Security Project: February 17, 2010.

Your update from The Elders:
Dear friends,

It has been a busy few weeks for The Elders.

Following four months of terrible violence in Côte d’Ivoire and the eventual removal of former President Laurent Gbagbo from office, Mary Robinson, Archbishop Tutu and I travelled there at the end of April to encourage healing and reconciliation and to begin a dialogue on accountability.

Reconciliation in Côte d’Ivoire

Mary Robinson with women’s representatives

We met the new President, Alassane Ouattara and were encouraged by his government’s plans to establish a truth and reconciliation commission, although we urged him not to rush the process.

We met Mr Gbagbo, who had not been seen in public since his arrest on 11 April. He told us that he was being treated well and urged the new leadership to return the country to normality as a path to national reconciliation. We also met representatives of women’s groups and civil society organisations.

Many supporters of the former president we spoke to were afraid of potential reprisals but they also told us that they believe their country can recover.

I sincerely hope the new leadership will fulfill its duty to restore security and help the people rediscover their common ground. You can see photos from our visit here .
The Korean Peninsula: hunger and human rights

In April, four of my fellow Elders visited North Korea, South Korea and Beijing. Jimmy Carter led the delegation, accompanied by Martti Ahtisaari, Gro Brundtland and Mary Robinson.

With relations between North and South Korea at rock-bottom, the group hoped to encourage all parties involved to resume dialogue.

This short video about the Elders’ visit includes the moment when they received a last-minute message from North Korean leader Kim Jong Il – and I encourage you to read Jimmy Carter’s blog from Pyongyang.

Gro Brundtland and Jimmy Carter
visit a nursing school in North Korea

The delegation also discussed reports of serious food shortages with officials and aid agencies in North Korea. Chris Ward from France raised an important question about this when he emailed us to ask: “By offering to feed the people, are you not prolonging the agony of a country in desperate need of change?”

We agree that serious reforms are needed if North Korea is to avoid these food crises in future. However, we do not believe it is right to withhold essential humanitarian support from people facing acute hunger because we don’t like their government or agree with its policies.

As Mary Robinson wrote in her blog about human rights in North Korea, “Food is a basic human right and the suffering of the population must be decoupled from politics.”
Hamas-Fatah agreement: a real chance for peace

http://theelders.org/middle-east

We were glad to learn that Hamas and Fatah, the two major Palestinian factions, have signed a reconciliation agreement in Cairo.

My fellow Elders Lakhdar Brahimi, Jimmy Carter, Mary Robinson and Desmond Tutu and I discussed this last week – you can watch the video here.

http://theelders.org/middle-east/blogs/elders/elders-discuss-palestinian-reconciliation

I know that some people doubt whether Hamas can be a constructive partner in peace negotiations with Israel.

However, as Elders we believe that talking to all parties is the only way to move beyond entrenched positions and ensure everyone has a stake in the peace process. This has to be the foundation of a secure and lasting peace.

This new agreement allows the Palestinian people to be represented by a unified voice – at a time when across the Middle East, the voice of the people is emerging as a real factor in political affairs.

Peace needs your voice too. As I mention in the video, if leaders do not lead, the people can make them follow.

With best wishes,

Kofi Annan

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Don’t let them destroy uncontacted tribes:
Dear friends,

Actions: http://www.survivalinternational.org/actnow

100 days ago, I narrated an astonishing film of an uncontacted tribe on the Peru-Brazil border. But the loggers are still there, and Survival International needs your help to fund a global campaign to protect their lands and lives.
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100 days have passed since Survival International asked me to narrate an astonishing film of an uncontacted tribe on the Peru-Brazil border. Millions of people saw it and, after the global outcry, Peru’s government promised action against the illegal loggers who put uncontacted tribes at risk.

100 days on, loggers are still there, and the tribes are still in danger. This is a unique opportunity to form a global campaign to protect the lands and lives of uncontacted tribes.

https://www.survivalinternational.org/donate/uncontacted-campaign

We need to tackle illegal loggers and gold miners by taking concrete action. Just last month, satellite images caught ranchers red-handed destroying the forests of uncontacted Indians in Paraguay. Within the last two weeks, oil company ConocoPhillips was forced to withdraw from a project which would have invaded the lands of uncontacted tribes in Peru.

Your support can fund the recording of eye-witness testimonies, ensure liaison with local indigenous organizations, buy more satellite pictures, press for cases to be taken up by the UN and Inter-American Court, and help gather the evidence to confront governments and corporations. The momentum is with us… now is the time to step up the pressure.

Please give to Survival’s campaign for uncontacted tribes now. No amount is too small.

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Yours,

Gillian Anderson
for Survival International

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NALU: Energy Development, Health Care News, Response to “Geronimo”:
Native American Legislative Update — May 2011
Energy Development, Health Care News, Response to “Geronimo”
In this update:

— Clean, Local Energy in Indian Country
— Indian Country Responds to Bin Laden’s “Geronimo” Codename
— Indian Health Care Improvement Act: Meeting Deadlines
— Two Agencies Release Tribal Consultation Policies

Clean, Local Energy in Indian Country

This month, the Department of Energy (DOE) hosted a Tribal Summit, bringing together more than 350 people to discuss issues and opportunities for developing energy initiatives in Indian Country.  Secretary Chu announced his intent to form an Indian Clean Energy and Infrastructure Working Group, which will assess and make recommendations on challenges that tribes face in developing clean energy. The department also made a commitment to purchase energy from tribal lands when possible.

As we mentioned in the April NALU, the DOE hosted tribal roundtables around the country in March and April with tribal leaders and representatives. The purpose was to clarify the partnership between the Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs (DOE) and tribal governments and federal agencies in order to further energy priorities in Indian Country. The participants identified ways DOE tribal policies and programs can be improved:

— Increase tribal access and inclusion in energy transmission planning and capacity
— Provide incentives for tribal governments and the energy industry to develop energy projects within tribal lands.
— Provide affordable energy access in rural tribal communities
— Develop new energy practices
— Access, coordinate and secure a broad range of funding resources for large and small-scale tribal energy projects.

Get more information on the Tribal Summit:

http://fcnl.org/r/A/MTUyMTg0/NDYzODY/0/0/aHR0cDovL3d3dy5lbmVyZ3kuZ292L2luZGlhbmVuZXJneS90cmliYWxzdW1taXQuaHRt

Check out the April NALU: http://fcnl.org/r/A/MTUyMTg1/NDYzODY/0/0/aHR0cDovL2Zjbmwub3JnL2lzc3Vlcy9uYXRpdmVhbS9saXN0L25hbHVfbWFyY2hfMzBfMjAxMV90aGVfYnVkZ2V0X2NvYmVsbF91cGRhdGVfYW5kX21vcmUvIzQ

Indian Country Responds to Bin Laden’s “Geronimo” Codename

http://fcnl.org/r/A/MTUyMTg2/NDYzODY/0/0/aHR0cDovL3dhcnJpb3JwdWJsaWNhdGlvbnMuZmlsZXMud29yZHByZXNzLmNvbS8yMDExLzA1L2dlcm9uSW5kaWFu   Country has been reacting with anger and protest to the U.S. military’s use of “Geronimo” as Osama bin Laden’s codename. Dozens of columns have been written in response, including from well-known Native American activists. Winona LaDuke, Anishinaabe activist and writer said, “It is a continuation of the wars against indigenous people.”

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs held an oversight hearing on Indian mascots called, “Stolen Identities: The Impact of Racist Stereotypes on Indigenous People” on May 5th, four days after the Bin Laden killing. Harlyn Geronimo, a lineal descendant of the Apache leader, submitted a passionate statement to the committee requesting an apology for “the grievous insult.”

Geronimo, born in the 1820s in what is now New Mexico, was a prominent leader of the Chiricahua Apache people who is known for his resistance to Mexican and U.S. attempts to expand onto their land. To the U.S. soldiers that pursued him during his life, Geronimo was a “vicious killer,” but to the Apaches he was an “unyielding protector of his family’s freedom.” He became and remains a symbol of resistance and freedom in the Native American community.  If people, including elected officials in Washington, knew more of each others’ stories, such as that of Geronimo, we would be more aware of offenses against historically marginalized groups. FCNL looks forward to a richer, more inclusive society that treasures every person’s spirit and potential, and we are pleased to bear witness in Washington toward that end.

See all the columns written in response to Geronimo:

http://fcnl.org/r/A/MTUyMTg3/NDYzODY/0/0/aHR0cDovLzY0LjM4LjEyLjEzOC9OZXdzLzIwMTEvMDAxNTc0LmFzcA

Watch Winona LaDuke’s response: http://fcnl.org/r/A/MTUyMTg4/NDYzODY/0/0/aHR0cDovL3d3dy5odWZmaW5ndG9ucG9zdC5jb20vZGVtb2NyYWN5LW5vdy93aW5vbmEtbGFkdWtlLXVzZS1vZi1nZXJvX2JfODU4NTU1Lmh0bWw
Read Harlyn Geronimo’s statement: http://fcnl.org/r/A/MTUyMTg5/NDYzODY/0/0/aHR0cDovLzY0LjM4LjEyLjEzOC9OZXdzLzIwMTEvMDAxNDU0LmFzcA

Indian Health Care Improvement Act: Meeting Deadlines

Native Americans face an average life expectancy five years shorter than the national average.  They also have higher rates of suicide, diabetes, and substance abuse, and often have to travel long distances to access health services. The Indian Health Care Improvement Act (IHCIA), permanently reauthorized as part of the health reform law, was passed last year to address these and other issues in Native American communities. The landmark legislation provides funding for programs, services, and research in Indian Country, such as treatment for domestic violence and behavioral health problems.

Marking the one-year anniversary of passage, Dr. Yvette Roubideaux, the Director of the Indian Health Service (IHS), released a letter to tribal leaders reporting on implementation of the IHCIA over the last year. “One year after the enactment of the IHCIA,” she writes, “the Indian Health Service has accomplished, on time, all statutory requirements with specific deadlines one year from enactment.” In the letter she outlines a few of these requirements, including:

— A preliminary report assessing the “comprehensive, national, ranked list of all health care needs for the IHS, Indian tribes, and tribal organizations” was submitted to the House Natural Resources Committee and the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.
— A sexual assault policy was created that establishes a uniform standard of care for sexual assault victims seeking clinical services at an IHS hospital, “to ensure their care is patient-centered, their needs are addressed, and the community response is coordinated.”
— An Memorandum of Agreement between the IHS with the Department of the Interior was updated to develop a comprehensive strategy that will address Indian alcohol and substance abuse and mental health issues.

Although there is still much more to be done, these accomplishments are key steps to address the gaping health disparities between Indian Country and the rest of the nation. At FCNL, we agree with Dr. Roubideaux’s concluding words and “look forward to a timely and inclusive implementation of IHCIA provisions.”

Read Dr. Roubideaux’s letter to tribal leaders:

http://fcnl.org/r/A/MTUyMTkw/NDYzODY/0/0/aHR0cDovL210d3l0bGMub3JnL2ltYWdlcy9zdG9yaWVzL3VzZXJzLzAxNDk0XzAwOTY2LnBkZg

Two Agencies Release Tribal Consultation Policies

At the first Tribal Leaders Summit in 2009, President Obama issued a memorandum in reference to an executive order directing federal agencies to develop and implement a tribal consultation policy, which would put in place a standard procedure for consulting with tribes on issues under the agencies’ jurisdictions. The memorandum required all federal agencies to create detailed plans of action to implement the directives of the order, which had been issues almost ten years prior.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was the first to release its finalized consultation policy on May 4th, 2011, and the Department of the Interior (DOI) released a draft of its policy soon after. The policies outline when and how consultation will occur, as well as the roles and responsibilities of consultation officials and the process to determine which issue require tribal consultation.

FCNL applauds the EPA and DOI’s progress on tribal consultation. Open and regular dialogue between federal agencies and tribes is critical to ensuring strong government-to-government relations and appropriate implementation of relevant federal policies. Poor nation-to-nation communication has caused centuries of neglect and abuse, and these steps towards tribal consultation are essential in correcting those disparities.

Remember what happened at the ’09 White House Tribal Nations Summit:
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Read President Obama’s memorandum: http://fcnl.org/r/A/MTUyMTky/NDYzODY/0/0/aHR0cDovL3d3dy53aGl0ZWhvdXNlLmdvdi90aGUtcHJlc3Mtb2ZmaWNlL21lbW9yYW5kdW0tdHJpYmFsLWNvbnN1bHRhdGlvbi1zaWduZWQtcHJlc2lkZW50
Check out the Executive Order:

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See the EPA’s Tribal Consultation Policy: http://fcnl.org/r/A/MTUyMTk0/NDYzODY/0/0/aHR0cDovL3d3dy5lcGEuZ292L2luZGlhbi9wZGYvY29ucy1hbmQtY29vcmQtd2l0aC1pbmRpYW4tdHJpYmVzLXBvbGljeS5wZGY
Read the DOI’s draft Tribal Consultation Policy: http://fcnl.org/r/A/MTUyMTk1/NDYzODY/0/0/aHR0cDovL3d3dy5kb2kuZ292L2dvdmVybm1lbnRzL2xvYWRlci5jZm0_Y3NNb2R1bGU9c2VjdXJpdHkvZ2V0ZmlsZSZwYWdlaWQ9MTE5Mzkz

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How to Quit Coal in 30 Seconds:
Check out this amazing video of Greenpeace activists painting “Quit Coal” on the 450 ft. tall smokestack at the Fisk power plant in Chicago. They were up there for 26 hours getting the message out.

Watch the video and then help them spread the word even more by sharing it with your friends. Just click the image below…

http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/en/campaigns/actions/quit-coal-chicago/Quit-Coal-Chicago-Time-Lapse-Video/

All told, air pollution from coal-fired power plants kills tens of thousands of Americans every year. That human cost isn’t part of the bottom-line for giant utility companies like Edison International that operate plants like the ones in Chicago.

But local communities everywhere are fighting back. And Greenpeace has a campaign to support them.

Spread the word about the movement to quit coal by watching our video and sharing it with your friends right now.

Act: https://secure3.convio.net/gpeace/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=851&s_src=GPnav

The more views this video gets in its first 24 hours the more likely it is to become popular on YouTube! And the more popular it becomes the more people will hear about the amazing work activist all over are doing to get coal out of their communities.

Sincerely,

Kelly Mitchell
Greenpeace Coal Campaigner

P.S. Please forward this to everyone you know who likes amazing videos!

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We’re in the Arctic – help us uncover Cairn’s plans:
We’ve arrived in the Arctic. But so have risky oil drillers Cairn Energy, and they’re refusing to make their Arctic spill response plan public.

Tell Cairn’s boss, Sir Bill Gammell, to release his spill response plan!

http://act.greenpeace.org.uk/ea-campaign/clientcampaign.do?ea.client.id=18&ea.campaign.id=10720&utm_source=20110525ebulletinspillresponseplan&utm_medium=email&utm_term=gobeyondoil&utm_campaign=climate

Hello friends,

We’re here. After several weeks chasing the most controversial oil rig in the world, our two ships the Esperanza and the Arctic Sunrise have arrived in the Arctic.

As I look out my cabin port hole I can see the Leiv Eiriksson – a huge rusty beast of a rig – heading towards its drill site in a hazardous region known as Iceberg Alley. Alongside the rig is a Danish warship, supposedly protecting the rig from us. Which begs the question: who is protecting the Arctic from the oil drillers?

Yesterday, we published government correspondence that shows even ministers think an Arctic oil spill would be all but impossible to clean up. But Cairn Energy, the operator of the rig, says it has an oil spill response plan. Only thing is, Cairn won’t let anyone see it.

Tell Cairn’s boss, Sir Bill Gammell, to publish his Arctic spill response plan

This is the first time I’ve sailed on a Greenpeace ship, which is an enormous privilege in itself, but it’s also the first time I’ve ever been this far north.

As a child I grew up reading about the Norse myths, tales of Thor, Heimdall, Loki and, above all, the sinister Frost Giants who lived in the frozen lands of Jotunheim. I remember daydreaming about watching the aurora dancing and flickering high above the ice fields. Ever since then I’ve been captivated by the Arctic.

Seeing, hearing and feeling first-hand the absolute silence, the remoteness of this unique, vulnerable and pristine region makes me realise more than ever just how crucial it is that we succeed in our campaign to stop Arctic oil drilling.

The seasonal ice and remoteness of the location would make any spill here incredibly difficult to deal with. That’s before you think about the dangers of drilling in a place where ships have to destroy icebergs with giant hoses of warm water to avoid collisions with rigs.

Cairn is the only company drilling up in the Arctic this year and some of you will remember we were up here stopping its drilling operations last summer. Right now, Cairn is refusing to publish its oil spill response plan. Boss Bill Gammell wants us to take his word that his company knows how to clean up an Arctic oil spill.

But seeing as he recently said that drilling in the Arctic was like “going to a casino”, it’s hardly surprising we don’t trust him on his word.

Tell Cairn’s boss, Sir Bill Gammell, to publish his Arctic spill response plan

I’ll be sending you updates from the Arctic as we continue our campaign – thank you for your support,

Ben on the Esperanza

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VIDEO: RAN activists standing up to Chevron:
Thanks for standing up to Chevron with the Ecaudoreans demanding justice in the Amazon by signing the solidarity petition. The Ecuadorean delegation and I will deliver the petition with your signature directly to the company’s management and board members tomorrow at Chevron’s annual shareholder meeting.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5b6L8qliKs&feature=channel_video_title

RAN activists are standing with the Ecuadoreans too. Just wanted to make sure you saw this video from yesterday’s banner hang action we did at the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, right next to Chevron’s Richmond refinery:

Can you help get the word out about the solidarity petition by sharing this video?

We’re trying to get 30,000 Americans to stand up with the Ecuadoreans by signing the petition, and we’re at about 20,000 with less than 24 hours to go. Anything you can do to help raise awareness of this issue and the solidarity petition is much appreciated. Sharing the video is a great way to help.

Thanks,
Ginger Cassady
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Get involved: http://www.ran.org/content/get-involved

Friends of Peltier: Friends Digest Vol. 5, No. 1:
Don’t Let Up – Peltier Must Be Transferred

From the Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee: In March,
Leonard was allowed a biopsy to rule out prostate cancer. After a
very long wait, for a test that should have yielded results within
only a day or two, Leonard has finally been officially notified
that he does not have cancer. This is reason for celebration, but we
caution you about being overly optimistic about Leonard’s health. His
symptoms persist and new tests have been conducted. A diagnosis is
long overdue for symptoms that presented so very long ago. Urologic
disorders which can mimic prostate cancer also can be very serious
indeed — even leading to kidney failure. With Leonard’s severe
diabetes as a complicating factor, we should all continue to be
very concerned about his wellbeing and overall quality of medical
care. Please continue writing and calling the Bureau of Prisons
to demand Leonard’s transfer. For details and contact information,
please see

http://www.whoisleonardpeltier.info/alert.htm .

Our note: Thomas Kane is the Acting Director of the BOP.
(Lappin retired this month.)

Events

You may find events listed on the Leonard
Peltier Defense Offense Committee’s calendar:

http://www.whoisleonardpeltier.info/calendar.htm  .

36th Anniversary

June 26th is the 36th anniversary of the firefight at Oglala.
Mr. Peltier’s life was changed forever on that fateful day.
We must never forget his sacrifice or the reason he and others
defended The People and continue to do so today.

The Oglala Commemoration is being planned now and we’ll
release details as they become available. Visit also

http://www.oglalacommemoration.com  .

Do you have something planned to mark the day? Share the information
with us. Write to info@FreePeltierNow.org . Make a special effort
to educate others and to include them in your planned activity.

Human Rights

The new Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human
Rights has jurisdiction related to the enforcement and protection
of constitutional rights, statutory guarantees of civil rights and
civil liberties, human rights laws and practices, and enforcement
and implementation of human rights laws in the United States.

Write to the Subcommittee about the constitutional violations
involved with Mr. Peltier’s case and the human rights violations
to which he’s been subjected:

U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary
Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights
224 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Donate

Leonard’s attorneys need funds now. Please donate what you can. You
can donate securely online by visiting http://www.FreePeltierNow.org.
Click on the donate button on the left sidebar. (The link will take
you to the LPDOC PayPal page.) Or send a check or money order to the
LPDOC, PO Box 7488, Fargo, ND 58106. Great news. The Committee can
now accept foreign currencies. You should also check out the LPDOC
merchandise at

http://www.whoisleonardpeltier.info/shop.htm .

And don’t forget about the artwork for sale:

http://www.whoisleonardpeltier.info/paintings.htm  .

Time to set him free… Because it is the RIGHT thing to do.

Friends of Peltier

http://www.FreePeltierNow.org

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Also, thanx for signing my petitions, et al, please consider sharing them. Also, since Admin. of change.org aren't allowing me to invite people to do my actions lately and are switching my urls for my petitions so when I invite people off their site they can't get to the petition either (ergo 3 possible urls for each petition), here's a few of my latest actions; do as few or as many as you'd like (there are 3 linx for each petition because admin. switches between the 3 of them so people trying to sign the petition can‘t get to it): This post on Disabled Greens News and discussion: Haiti disaster anniversary, please, do what you can: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/9033 This petition on change.org: Haiti disaster anniversary: http://www.change.org/petitions/view/haiti_disaster_anniversary_2?share_id=yIpWHEHxri&pe=pce http://uspoverty.change.org/petitions/view/haiti_disaster_anniversary_2 http://www.change.org/petitions/view/haiti_disaster_anniversary_2   This post on Disabled Greens News and discussion: Green, Indigenous, Native American, etc., actions: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/9026 This petition on change.org: Green, Indigenous, Native American, acts: http://www.change.org/petitions/view/green_indigenous_native_american_acts?share_id=NHvTtQadfP&pe=pce http://uspoverty.change.org/petitions/view/green_indigenous,_native_american_acts http://www.change.org/petitions/view/green_indigenous,_native_american_acts   This post on Disabled Greens News and discussion: Art/Act: celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday, holiday: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/9024 This petition on change.org: Art/Act: celebrate Dr. M.L. King, Jr.'s holiday: http://www.change.org/petitions/view/artact_celebrate_dr_ml_king_jrs_holiday?share_id=QjOkAUGeBQ&pe=pce http://uspoverty.change.org/petitions/view/art_act_celebrate_dr_ml_king_jr_s_holiday http://www.change.org/petitions/view/art_act_celebrate_dr_ml_king_jr_s_holiday   This post on Disabled Greens News and discussion: Green; NA; the evolution; Civil, Human, LP, Prisoner's Rights; Poverty; etc..: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/9022 This petition on change.org: Economically empower through advocacy: http://www.change.org/petitions/view/economically_empower_through_advocacy?share_id=WZNqBQWcXE&pe=pce http://uspoverty.change.org/petitions/view/economically_empower_through_advocacy http://www.change.org/petitions/view/economically_empower_throug
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