Prayer for Leonard Peltier & Other Polical Prisoners Held in San Jose

Edward Morillo

Edward Morillo

Published December 12, 2015

SAN JOSE – Medicine people, dtummers, singers and supporters filled a room at School of Arts & Culture in San Jose, California on Thursday, December 10, 2015 to host a special prayer for Leonard Peltier and other political prisoners of war.

Peltier is serving a life sentence in the U.S. Penitentiary in Coleman, Florida. He was accused of the 1975 murders of two FBI agents on the Pine Ridge Reservation. He was convicted in 1977. Many people consider Leonard Peltier a political prisoner of war.

Edward Morillo, San Juan Bautista Ahmah Mutsun Ohlone, provided a passionate and powerful opening prayer.EdwardMorillo

Black Berets por La Justicia San Jose Drum Circle drummed and sang the American Indian Movement honor song.

Naichi Dominguez

Naichi Dominguez

Naiche Dominguez sang, drummed and prayed for his father Long Walker Henry Dominguez.

Donna Wallach

Donna Wallach

The whole event was put on by Donna Wallach and her Leonard Peltier Support Group Silicon Valley.

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Navajo Nation President: Separating Navajo Children from Their Parents & Families is Devastating

 

Navajo Nation President Begaye provides strong words during opening address

Navajo Nation President Begaye provides strong words during opening address

Published December 12, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE—During the opening banquet for Navajo Division of Social Service and Casey Family Program’s Navajo Child Work Session in Albuquerque on Monday, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye called for the absolute protection of Navajo children in his support of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA).

“There is nothing more devastating than seeing a Navajo child being taken from their parents. The connection that exists between a child and their parent is strong. It’s a sacred bond. In our support of the ICWA, we are protecting the connection between children, their parents and siblings,” President Begaye said.

Last week, President Begaye delivered a letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell asking for her to support ICWA in enforcing that state courts investigate and verify the enrollment of Native American children in cases regarding custody and foster care.

President Begaye talked about the boarding school era in the history of American Indians to emphasize the historical trauma caused by the separation of Indian children from their families, culture and language. Both President Begaye and his brothers attended boarding school as young men.

“Imagine your identity being erased. Imagine not being able to see your mother and father. Imagine knowing you have family but not being able to see them. The separation is too much,” he said. “Now imagine children who are separated from their families and cultures for the entirety of their lives.

On July 7th of this year, ICWA came under fire when the Goldwater Institute filed a proposed class-action lawsuit in federal district court in Arizona challenging the constitutionality of ICWA and the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) guidelines that strengthen this legislation.

The Goldwater lawsuit has sparked a national discussion questioning the purpose of ICWA.  It is the position of the Navajo Nation that tribes, states and partners do everything they can to advocate for this legislation which protects tribe’s connection to Native American children.

President Begaye said the lawsuit portrays the lifeways of Native Americans as being insignificant while also portraying tribal communities as substandard.  For non-Natives, the lawsuit could be interpreted as compelling.

“It makes you think about the issue in the questions it raises,” he said. “Rather than go down that road, we, as Native Americans, need to know that we are just as good as anybody else.”

The Goldwater lawsuit is a fight for the soul of tribal nations, he said. It challenges the equality of tribal nations against non-tribal paradigms of societal standards not based in traditional culture or knowledge.

“Our traditional ways nurture our children and foster environments that are conducive to the success of our children. Navajo culture inherently protects the future generations as it does the elders.”

President Begaye expressed his gratitude to all departments in attendance, as well as the Health Education and Human Services Committee and Law & Order Committee delegates, for coming together to support and address the importance of ICWA in keeping Navajo children with Navajo families.  He called for the Nation’s continued support of ICWA and for tribes to stand against the Goldwater Institute’s lawsuit, which questions the constitutionality of the Act.

“Native Americans are just as good as any other society on earth. We love our families and will stand with them,” he said. “We need to make sure that every Navajo child in state custody or foster care doesn’t have to go through life wondering who they are or who their parents are.”

During the following morning’s agenda, Vice President Jonathan Nez presented a welcoming address to the work session that supported President Begaye’s position while also supporting positive, healthy families and homes on the Nation. The vice president also extended gratitude to the partners who organized the conference.

Regarding the Goldwater Institute’s lawsuit, Vice President Nez supports the need for all tribal nations to come forth with strong messages supporting ICWA.  He said there is a the need for the Nation to develop a strong strategy in combating the Goldwater Institute’s messaging and media campaign.

“What they are doing is chipping away at the sovereign rights of Native Americans which can eventually extend beyond ICWA,” Vice President Nez said. “What the Goldwater Institute is doing is wrong.”

Both President Begaye and Vice President Nez voiced support of ICWA and the protection of Indian children by keeping them with Native American families.

 

 

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ISIS launches app to spread terror agenda – Times of India

For IS, social media is prominent in formulating recruitment strategies.According to theconversation.com, Facebook is a key platform to gather young fans, supporters and recruits to incite them to acts of violence by the means of propaganda and the use of Islamic grievance.When it comes to real-time orchestrating of terror strikes, IS network works with encrypted messaging applications — including Kik, Surespot, Wickr and Telegram — that are very difficult to hack.

Source: ISIS launches app to spread terror agenda – Times of India

Attacks on Stop the War coalition harden Jeremy Corbyn’s resolve to stand by his old allies | Politics | The Guardian

This was a pretty clear message about the Labour leader’s allegiances – although he then went one step further. In a 15-minute speech, in which he acknowledged Stop the War’s faults, and joked about the abuse he had received in recent weeks, Corbyn insisted to cheers from the 200 people eating meze: “The antiwar movement has been a vital force at the heart of our democracy. Branding it as somehow illegitimate is an attempt to close down democratic debate and campaigning.”

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Source: Attacks on Stop the War coalition harden Jeremy Corbyn’s resolve to stand by his old allies | Politics | The Guardian

New York Disco in 1979 – Stunning Photographs of the Last Days of Disco Captured by Bill Bernstein

Stunning photography by Bill Bernstein. Containing many previously unpublished photographs, Disco takes the viewer on an access-all-areas tour of late 70s New York nightlife. Bernstein’s eye was drawn to the characters that lived for the night, rather than the celebrities, the unknown men and women who were transformed by the nightlife haze. The pictures in his new book “Disco: The Bill Bernstein Photographs” are a document of an incredibly exciting and creative time, not only in music, but in social, political and fashion history as well.

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DJ Larry Levan, Paradise Garage, 1979

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Studio 54, 1979

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Xenon Dance Floor, 1979

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L’Amour, 1979

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GG’s Barnum Room Disco Bats, 1979

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