Official Statement From Tom Goldtooth, of The Indigenous Environmental Network:
We are appalled by today’s forced evacuations of indigenous people at the Camp at Standing Rock, they are a violent and unnecessary infringement on the constitutional right of water protectors to peacefully protest and exercise their freedom of speech. It hinders the camp clean up process and creates confusion and chaos that puts the Missouri River at risk of pollution from construction and camping debris.
Today’s expulsion is a continuation of a centuries old practice, where the U.S. Government forcefully removes Indigenous people from our lands and territories.
see also: Activists Occupy Pipeline in North Florida
We urge supporters of the water protectors to continue to resist this travesty by organizing mass mobilizations, distributed actions, speaking out against the violations of the Treaty rights of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the Seven Council Fires of the Great Sioux Nation, and continuing to source up the capacity for litigation and grassroots organizing against the Dakota Access pipeline.
Our hearts are not defeated. The closing of the camp is not the end of a movement or fight, it is a new beginning.
They cannot extinguish the fire that Standing Rock started. It burns within each of us. We will rise, we will resist, and we will thrive.
We are sending loving thoughts to the water protectors along the banks of the Cannonball River, today. May everyone be as safe as can be. #noDAPL
see also…How to Stop a Pipeline: Trump, DAPL and the Power of Mass Action
and… Update on Getting the Sabal Trail Pipe-Sitters out of Jail
Mooncup campaign offers a more eco-friendly alternative
Reusable sanitary product pioneer Mooncup have come up with a film that shines a light on the drama of disposable sanitary products, inviting us to leave the past behind and choose another way (models posed here are look-alikes)
The new ‘Own Your Period’ Campaign by Mooncup – the eco-friendly alternative to disposable sanitary-ware – aims to persuade women to make the switch
‘From day one we’ve had one aim: to make the experience of periods more positive, healthy and eco-friendly’ – Su Hardy, founder of Mooncup
‘Reusable sanitary product pioneer Mooncup have come up with a film that shines a light on the drama of disposable sanitary products, inviting us to leave the past behind and choose another way. Continue reading New Mooncup campaign says ‘Own Your Period’ and save the Planet
main report by by Sergi Bertran and Sonia Perez at La Directa. … translated summary by The Free ..en català abaix
….We are on the outskirts of Lleida city (in Lleida province). This area has undergone a major change in recent years… where there were small family orchards and country houses today they have built fast food chains, department stores, hotels and luxury villas. The companies and new owners of the land have been moving out the locals, buying up their land at high prices…
After a lengthy legal process against four ex-occupiers the vibrant, active, self-managed SPARK project among the orchards of Lleida is condemned to be evicted by capitalist speculation. ”The Court Sentence against La Chispa condemns the people judged to 3 months / fine at the rate of 5 euros a day. The ruling also agreed to the eviction of all persons who are in the CSO Chispa and that the speculative company (UA sl) be reimbursed for ‘damage to property’. We want to make clear that this house. if not for for being squatted for nine years, would have already collapsed due to the state of abandonment; and that the only intention is to demolish the house to speculate on the price of the ground”. Continue reading DEFEND La Chispa CSO.. LAW made for the RICH .. SOLIDARITY for the REBELS
from Kurdis Cat, with thanks. illustrations added
The spokeswoman for the Yekîneyên Parastinê Yên Jinê (Women’s Defense Units, YPJ), Nesrin Abdullah, has analyzed the current situation by the Firat News Agency in the first interview of the year 2017:
As YPJ, how do you evaluate the war in 2016? In what battles and operations did you participate?
In the first place, 2016 was a different year because some formations were established and the YPJ took part in these formations. Before 2016, YPG and YPJ carried out co-organized operations. However, in 2016, the YPJ participated in new structures and operations as a women’s force.Nesrin Abdullah, spokeswoman YPJ: ‘the struggle is not only for the defense of our land, but also for transforming people’ Continue reading Nesrin Abdullah, spokeswoman YPJ Rojava – ‘Defend the Land. Transform the People’.