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The 2045 Initiative A Technological Enclosure ?

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Technology is advancing rapidly, in the last 40 years a computer the size of a room has been surpassed by smart phones and hand held devices. Artificial hearts have been created to extend life, artificial limbs allow amputees to walk again and even athletic augmentation through pharmaceuticals are used to push the limits of the human abilities. This quickening pace of technology is explained by the mathematical theory called ‘Moore’s Law‘, which states that technological advancements will double every 12- 18 months, and according to Ray Kurzweil by 2045 we will reach what is called “The Singularity.” This is the point in time when artificial AI might surpass human intelligence. These future technological advancements might allow human kind to live longer and avoid ‘the hardships of nature,’ allowing us to stay young, become smarter and according to ‘The 2045 Initiative“, achieve the ultimate enlightened state called ‘neo-humanity.’(2045 video). Who controls this technology and owns it? Who gets to have this technology and who gets left behind?

We have reason for great concern when billionaires and technocrats are at the forefront of these advancements, This control will continue to further the binary division between the classes by continuously enclosing technology on human kind and alienating nature.

The 2045 Initiative

The promotional video depicts human civilization as an unyielding antiquated society fighting a losing battle with nature. According to ‘The 2045 Initiative‘ the goal is to “create a new mankind” and the company’s promotional video cleverly points out that in order to do that “we need technical revolution” and “the deepest social transformation.” The technologies that ‘The 2045 Initiative” state they are working on are as follows: Nano Technology; Bio Technology; Information Technology; Cognitive Technology; Genetics and Robotics yet oddly enough nothing on social structure is mentioned on the web site nor any detail in the promotional video.

The Dalilama with Billionaire Dmitry Itskov

Dalilama with Billionaire Dmitry Itskov ~Forbs.com

 ’The 2045 Initiative‘ was started by Dmitry Itskov, a 31 year old Russian media mogul who hopes to someday live forever. Itskov claims that by the year 2045 humankind will have evolved through several stages all of which are cybernetic, and in the end we will become so called ‘Neo-Humans’ an assemblage of cybernetic parts connected to a human concessions. Now this end goal may seem far fetched, but the advancement of some of these technologies are quite possible in the next 20 years such as ‘Nano and Bio Technology’ which could rid the world of diseases, increase cognitive ability’s and usher in extended life for humanity. The promotional video shines a negative light on human development and nature as cruel, slow and stagnant, and that we should finally take responsibility for our own evolution through technology. Interestingly this anti-nature aspect is also seen in Adley Huxley’s book ‘brave new world‘ were a technocratic society trains it’s citizens in ‘nature nausea’ in order to disconnect the natural world with humanity, reinforcing the rational technocratic way of thinking.

The Technological Enclosure

The last time the world underwent a large technological change was during the industrial revolution. At that time the captains of industry were helped along by technocrats like Frederick Taylor, whose methods provided the ground work for deskilling multi-skilled farm workers in order to create a task orientated efficient system of labour, through his ‘scientific method.’ It was proclaimed that these revolutions in technological industrialization would give people prosperity and leisure, and that the benefits of these things would be shared between management and workers.

Theodore Kazcynski commented on this in the uni-bomber manifesto “Oh’ said the technophiles, science is going to X all that! We will conquer famine, eliminate psychological suffering. Make everybody healthy and happy! Yeah, sure. That’s what they said 200 years ago.” (Kazcynski, Manifesto) The industrial revolution did not make life better for everyone and moving people from the commons to the cities removed them from communal life and the diversity of the labour that they owned.

With the enclosure acts in England people were forced off common held land and into the cities and into the labour of industry. “The enclosure movement probably peaked from 1760 to 1832; by the latter date it had essentially completed the destruction of the medieval peasant community.” (Moore, Barrington1966)

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The billionaires and technocrats behind the 2045 Initiative could be cast in the same light, as the captains of industry and the technocrats during the industrial revolution. The promise of salvation from nature as seen in the promotional video, freeing us to enjoy an eternal life devoid of negative aspects of humanity is what is being sold, and only the rich can buy in of course. In order to gather further funding Itskov has published an open letter to the world’s richest people, urging them to back the initiative and consider volunteering themselves as potential avatars. “I urge you to take note of the vital importance of funding scientific development in the field of cybernetic immortality and the artificial body,” Itskov writes in the letter, first spotted by PopSci.com. “Such research has the potential to free you, as well as the majority of all people on our planet, from disease, old age and even death.” (Katie Drummond, 2012)

The Enclosure during the industrial revolution was not only taking property from the people, it was forcing them into labour which was not their own. Thus the capitalist could control and manipulate the labour force, commodifing and dehumanizing people like ‘cogs in the machine’ as Max Weber would say: “Once capitalism came about, it was like a machine that you were being pulled into without an alternative option.” (Weber, 2002.) With this new enclosure, the technological, humanity itself will become the machine and the enclosure on our very being will take away not our land but it will take away our autonomy as individuals, “ A further reason why industrial society cannot be reformed in favour of freedom is that modern technology is a unified system in which all parts are dependent on one another. You can’t get rid of the bad parts of technology and retain only the good parts.” (Kazcynski , Manifesto)

Conclusion

These promises of health and prosperity due to technological change are the same promises made by the same people during the industrial revolution. There is no talk about the social ramifications, no talk about the less privileged in the world that can not afford these changes.

The enclosure of our very being by technology is whats being proposed by ‘The 2045 Initiative‘, removing the natural flaws in favour of the technological instrumental rationality. We might very well lose what it is to be human, and elimination of all suffering, pain and anguish would also deprive the world of potential great works of art and music not to mention the disconnect from nature.

There is no discounting we are at the beginning of the next big revolution, but unlike the time of the industrial revolution, we have a learned history of these changes and the negative and positive implications. Fortunately today the internet has allowed us to share ideas, forge political bonds, and become much more aware of the social divides in our society. We need to force the debate about the implications these technologies will have on our society as a whole. It’s quite clear that these new technologies (if they even work) will initially be for the super rich, and even at some point if they are made more available, it is doubtful that the poor of even the first world nations could afford it. This will further the binary divisions between the rich and the poor, leaving the majority of the world either as indentured slaves constantly saving or going into debt to keep up with one and other, or the emergence of two human species, one technologically superior and one naturally inferior. This time however we need to take control of the rudder rather then letting the greater felons guide society.

“The law locks up the man or woman
Who steals the goose from off the common
But leaves the greater villain loose
Who steals the common from the goose.” (Anonymous, 1821.)

This time we know who the villains are.

By Mike Roy (TheIndignants.org)

April 8th 2014

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Canada wide banner drops in support of Deepan Budlakoti

 On Wednesday 9 April, 2014, in a strong demonstration of nation-wide solidarity, over 10 cities from coast to coast dropped banners in support of Deepan Budlakoti and his fight to have his citizenship restored. Communities from Ottawa, to Kingston, Guelph, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, St. Catherines, Toronto, Montreal, Halifax and Vancouver, dropped banners in solidarity with the Justice for Deepan campaign.

Solidarity across Canada

Solidarity across Canada

Press Release: Call on government to restore Deepan’s citizenship ahead of the Charter challenge

In May 2010, Deepan Budlakoti, a construction worker born in Ottawa, Canada, was informed by the government that his passport was issued to him in error.

On Wednesday 9 April, 2014, in a strong demonstration of nation-wide solidarity, over 10 cities from coast to coast dropped banners in support of Deepan Budlakoti and his fight to have his citizenship restored. Communities from Ottawa, to Kingston, Guelph, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, St. Catherines, Toronto, Montreal, Halifax and Vancouver, dropped banners in solidarity with the Justice for Deepan campaign.

In May 2010, Deepan Budlakoti, a construction worker born in Ottawa, Canada, was informed by the government that his passport was issued to him in error.

“Although Deepan was born in Ottawa and has lived here his entire life, the government is trying to deport him to India”, said Lena McFarlane a member of the Justice for Deepan Support Committee. “Deepan has been rendered stateless by his own government – the government of Canada. She added, “the government’s actions are outrageous and inexcusable.”

Thousands of individuals, organizations, and communities across the country agree. The nation-wide banner drop was just the latest in a series of events around the world that are bringing attention to the Canadian government’s actions and Deepan’s struggle for justice. “We demand that his deportation order be stopped, his citizenship recognized, and that he be able to live with justice, dignity and freedom,” reads a statement by Solidarity Across Borders in Montreal.

The government of India has affirmed that Deepan is not and never has been a citizen of India. The Indian High Commission, the once workplace of Deepan’s parents, has also publicly declared that Deepan’s parents did not work for them at the time of his birth.

“In the face of incontrovertible evidence, the government persists in making Deepan’s daily life almost unlivable,” said Deepan’s lawyer Yavar Hameed. “We are in the midst of a Charter challenge against the government for these reasons.”

The banner drop on Wednesday was to draw attention as Mr. Budlakoti takes his case to the Federal Court.

Contact:
Deepan Budlakoti: 613-216-1295
Yavar Hameed (Mr. Budlakoti’s Lawyer): 613-232-2688 ext. 228

Lena McFarlane (Spokesperson): 613-700-2320
Stan Kupferschmidt (Spokesperson): 613-295-4329

For Background: www.justicefordeepan.org
justicefordeepan@gmail.com

Source: http://www.justicefordeepan.org/

Additional: http://rabble.ca/podcasts/shows/talking-radical-radio/2013/10/fighting-unjust-deportation-justice-deepan

Additional: http://canadians.org/blog/council-supports-justice-deepan-campaign
~mike roy (The Indignants.org)

 

Rivers of Resistance March 28 – April 4, 2014

THIS IS NATIVE LAND

The ‘Trutch’ Eviction
Lekwungen & Wsanec territories, Occupied Turtle Island (“Canada”)  

The 'Trutch' Eviction. Photo by: Sumbal

The ‘Trutch’ Eviction. Photo by: Sumbal

Unilaterally commemorated for his capitalistic and political contributions – Joseph Trutch has shamefully never been held accountable for the flagrant and vulgar racist legacy he left behind in so called British Columbia. As the appointed Chief Commissioner of Land and Works, Trutch intentionally worked towards usurping land from Indigenous communities. Trutch did not hide his racist disdain for Indigenous communities and refused to engage in treaty negotiations with them. He instead he tirelessly worked towards making room for European settlers. This colonial reality continues to haunt the lives of Indigenous peoples here in the West Coast who continue to host illegal settlers on unceded territories. Whereas Trutch rests in the honour of colonial street names and buildings.

The 'Trutch' Eviction. Photo by: Sumbal

The ‘Trutch’ Eviction. Photo by: Sumbal

The 'Trutch' Eviction at the Trutch Residence at the University of Victoria.  Photo by: Sumbal

The ‘Trutch’ Eviction at the Trutch Residence at the University of Victoria.
Photo by: Sumbal

The 'Trutch' Eviction at the Trutch st. Manor.  Photo by: Sumbal

The ‘Trutch’ Eviction at the Trutch st. Manor.
Photo by: Sumbal

EVERYDAY IS LAND DAY
Occupied Palestinian Territories (“Israel”)

On March 30th 1976, in response to Israel’s plan to expropriate thousands of acres of Palestinian land for “security and settlement purposes”, marches and a general strike were organized by Palestinian towns within Israel, from the Galilee to the Negev. The night before the planned protests, the Israeli government imposed a curfew on the Palestinian villages of Sakhnin, Arraba, Deir Hanna, Tur’an, Tamra and Kabul, in the Western Galilee. The curfew failed. Openly and courageously, Palestinians defied the the colonial state and solidarity demonstrations spread. Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, as well as refugee communities across the Middle East, joined the resistance.

In the confrontations that ensued the Israeli army and police were excessively violent, six unarmed protestors were killed, about 100 were wounded, and hundreds more arrested. These events created a consciousness among the national Palestinian struggle that manifest in the form of mass collective action. Land day lives on today, clear in Palestinians ancestral memory of their homelands land. Today in 1976, as today, the conflict is not limited to Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestine, but extends to Palestinian’s right to remain, freedom to move, and right to return.

Every year since these events, March 30th has been recognized as ’Land Day’ across all areas of Palestine, as well as by Palestinians and their supporters around the world. It is a day of collective land defence and this year demonstrations were held in many locations across Palestine as well as multiple days of working on and with the land in the spirit of Indigenous resurgence.

March 28, 2014. Burin, Nablus. 
Israeli forces dispersed protestors observing Land Day. Villagers had intended to plant olives trees following the demonstration, but Israeli forces fired stun grenades and tear gas at the crowds, causing a number of activists to suffer from tear gas inhalation.

Nablus, West Bank. Land Day.  Photo from: http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=685519

Nablus, West Bank. Land Day.
Photo from: http://www.maannews.net

March 29, 2014. Bilin, West Bank. 
Commemorating ‘Land Day’ Palestinians from Bilin held a march, some carrying trees to be planted in their lands close to the Israeli Apartheid wall. The demonstration was violently suppressed and Israeli forces chased Palestinian youth in an attempt to arrest them. Waed Burnat (38 years) suffered injuries from being pepper sprayed in the face and eyes.

Bilin, West Bank. Land Day. Photo by: Rani Bornat. Posted by: Popular Struggle Coordination Committee

Bilin, West Bank. Land Day.
Photo by: Rani Bornat.
Posted by: Popular Struggle Coordination Committee

Bilin, West Bank. Land Day.  Photo by: Mohammed yasin. Posted by: Popular Struggle Coordination Committee

Bilin, West Bank. Land Day.
Photo by: Mohammed yasin.
Posted by: Popular Struggle Coordination Committee

March 29, 2014. Nabi Selah, West Bank. 
The weekly protest in Nabi Saleh this week was organized to mark Palestinian ‘Land Day’. The protest marched towards the water spring of the village and was attacked by Israeli forces who fired teargas canisters directly at protesters. Dozens suffered from teargas inhalation when Israeli forces declared the village a closed military zone.

Nabi Saleh, West Bank. Land Day.  Photo posted by: Popular Struggle Coordination Committee

Nabi Saleh, West Bank. Land Day.
Photo posted by: Popular Struggle Coordination Committee

Nabi Saleh, West Bank. Land Day.  Photo posted by: Popular Struggle Coordination Committee

Nabi Saleh, West Bank. Land Day.
Photo posted by: Popular Struggle Coordination Committee

March 30, 2014. East Jerusalem, West Bank.
‘Land Day’ celebrations in illegally annexed East Jerusalem included a dabkeh performance organized by the Lifta Association amidst the ruins of Lifta village. Relatively small demonstrations were met with a violent response from the occupation in Jerusalem, several people were injured.

Lifta, East Jerusalem. Land Day. Photo posted by: Rima Najjar

Lifta, East Jerusalem. Land Day.
Photo posted by: Rima Najjar

Damascus Gate, East Jerusalem. Land Day. Photo by: Activestills.org

Damascus Gate, East Jerusalem. Land Day.
Photo by: Activestills.org

Damascus Gate, East Jerusalem. Land Day. Photo by: Yotam Ronen, ActiveStills.org

Damascus Gate, East Jerusalem. Land Day.
Photo by: Yotam Ronen, ActiveStills.org

March 30, 2014. Bethlehem, West Bank. 
Amongst the various Land Day events in Bethlehem, local community-based initiatives organised a solidarity action in support of Riyad Abed Allatef, a farmer in Al-Khader village whose land is under threat of being illegally confiscated by Israel’s expanding settler-colonialism. Similar tactics have been used by Israel to usurp Palestinian land from several villages in the area.

Al-Khader, Bethlehem. Land Day. Photo by: Rich Wiles.  Posted on: www.middleeastmonitor.com

Al-Khader, Bethlehem. Land Day.
Photo by: Rich Wiles.
Posted on: www.middleeastmonitor.com

At the Al Khader Land Day event, refugee youth worked with Allatef and his family to replant a small patch of olive tree saplings in an area that has been declared a closed military zone by the colonial authorities and is surrounded by settlements and military bases. There was also a ‘Land Day’ tree planting event in Aida Refugee Camp.

Al-Khader, Bethlehem. Land Day. Photo by: Rich Wiles. Posted on: www.middleeastmonitor.com

Al-Khader, Bethlehem. Land Day.
Photo by: Rich Wiles.
Posted on: www.middleeastmonitor.com

Olive trees are a significant symbol of Palestinian nationhood and steadfastness, in addition to being a staple of Palestinian cuisine. Olive trees can live for thousands of years and are passed down through generations if not uprooted and destroyed by Israeli settlers, which has become common practice for Palestinian families living under occupation.

Al-Khader, Bethlehem. Land Day. Photo by: Rich Wiles. Posted on: www.middleeastmonitor.com

Al-Khader, Bethlehem. Land Day.
Photo by: Rich Wiles.
Posted on: www.middleeastmonitor.com

March 28, 2014. Al Ma’sara, West Bank.
Palestinians and Israeli activists play a game of soccer in front of Israeli soldiers blocking the road during the weekly demonstration against the apartheid wall.

Al Ma’sara, West Bank. Weekly Demo.  Photo by: Activestills.org

Al Ma’sara, West Bank. Weekly Demo.
Photo by: Activestills.org

March 29, 2014. Al Quds University, West Bank.
An art show at Al Quds University highlights the popular resistance movement.

Al Quds University, West Bank.  Photo by: Mohammed Basman Yasin

Al Quds University, West Bank.
Photo by: Mohammed Basman Yasin

Al Quds University, West Bank.  Photo by: Mohammed Basman Yasin

Al Quds University, West Bank.
Photo by: Mohammed Basman Yasin

April 4, 2014 Ramallah, West Bank.
Protestors gathered at the Ofer Military Prison in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners. The Israeli armed forces shot live ammunition into the crowd of hundreds. At the demonstration, 17 Palestinians were injured by the Israeli army, dozens were wounded and even more suffered severe tear gas inhalation. Palestinian protestors used slingshots to hurl stones forward Israeli troops.  Palestinan photographer Mohammad Basman Yassin sustained two injuries from the Israeli army, one in the stomach and the other to the face. He is awaiting operation, and a bullet is lodged in one of his kidneys permanently.

Ramallah, West Bank. Orfer Military Prison Protest. Photo by: Hamde Abu Hamde Abu.

Ramallah, West Bank. Orfer Military Prison Protest.
Photo by: Hamde Abu Hamde Abu.

Ramallah, West Bank. Orfer Military Prison Protest. Photo by: Issam Rimawi

Ramallah, West Bank. Orfer Military Prison Protest.
Photo by: Issam Rimawi

 Ramallah, West Bank. Orfer Military Prison Protest. Photo by: Issam Rimawi

Ramallah, West Bank. Orfer Military Prison Protest.
Photo by: Issam Rimawi

April 4, 2014. Bethlehem Checkpoint, West Bank.
Jum’a prayer was held in front of the illegal apartheid wall that controls access to Bethlehem and Jerusalem. Activists attempted to cross the illegal checkpoint but were denied and the Israeli forces threw stun grenades the group. The protest was calling for the release of Palestinian political prisoners being held illegally in Israeli prisons. Thursday Israel cancelled the planned release of Palestinian prisoners to punish the Palestinian leadership for applying for membership in 15 international conventions and treaties.

Bethlehem Checkpoint, West Bank. Muslim prayer. Photo by: Ryan Rodrick Beiler, Activestills.org

Bethlehem Checkpoint, West Bank. Muslim prayer.
Photo by: Ryan Rodrick Beiler of Activestills.org.

Bethlehem Checkpoint, West Bank. Muslim prayer. Photo by: Ryan Rodrick Beiler, Activestills.org

Bethlehem Checkpoint, West Bank. A Muslim Imam stands front right.
Photo by: Ryan Rodrick Beiler, Activestills.org

April 4, 2014. Kufr Qaddoum, West Bank.
Weekly demonstration against colonial settlements and apartheid.

Kufr Qaddoum, West Bank. Weekly Demonstration. Photo by: المسيرة__كفرقدوم

Kufr Qaddoum, West Bank. Weekly Demonstration.
Photo by: المسيرة__كفرقدوم

Kufr Qaddoum, West Bank. Weekly Demonstration. Photo by: المسيرة__كفرقدوم

Kufr Qaddoum, West Bank. Weekly Demonstration.
Photo by: المسيرة__كفرقدوم

Kufr Qaddoum, West Bank. Weekly Demonstration. Photo by: المسيرة__كفرقدوم

Kufr Qaddoum, West Bank. Weekly Demonstration.
Photo by: المسيرة__كفرقدوم

Kufr Qaddoum, West Bank. Weekly Demonstration. Photo by: المسيرة__كفرقدوم

Kufr Qaddoum, West Bank. Weekly Demonstration.
Photo by: المسيرة__كفرقدوم

STOP LINE 9 SNAKE WALK!

March 31, 2014
Deshkan Ziibi, Occupied Turtle Island (London, ON, CA)

Photo by: Mike Roy.  Full album here: http://on.fb.me/1gMrgvw

Photo by: Mike Roy.
Full album here: http://on.fb.me/1gMrgvw

Artists and anti-pipeline activists created a 30 foot black snake puppet to represent Enbridge’s Line 9 pipeline that runs just north of London. This project poses an imminent threat to the drinking water of 9.1 million people. Monday evening activists gathered at Riverside Park and 11 puppeteers operated the evil line 9 snake during a march to bring awareness to the ongoing industrial genocide that the line 9 reversal and other tar sands pipelines contribute to.

Photo by: Mike Roy.  Full album here: http://on.fb.me/1gMrgvw

Photo by: Mike Roy.
Full album here: http://on.fb.me/1gMrgvw

On March 6, 2014 the NEB approved the illegal reversal of the Line 9 pipeline to flow tar snads bitumen under increased pressure and temperature. This approval came without an independent environmental assessment and without consent of the First Nations and Métis who would be directly impacted by a spill. The vast distance covered by tar sands pipelines will make toxic spills an inevitability. If this project goes forward it will devastate our health, our communities, the land, and the water that we all need to thrive. See Rising Tide Toronto’s “Not Worth the Risk” report: http://risingtidetoronto.noblogs.org/files/2014/03/NEB_report_final_web_march6-3.pdf

Photo by: Mike Roy.  Full album here: http://on.fb.me/1gMrgvw

Photo by: Mike Roy.
Full album here: http://on.fb.me/1gMrgvw

Concerned community members came together to honor the sacredness of water, the river, its headwaters, and the Great Lakes watershed in entirety, all of which are at risk. The rally included inspirational poetry readings, speakers, and musical performances. As the group crossed the Thames River they chanted, “this is Native land, no pipelines, no tar sands”, “pipelines spill, tar sands kill” and “water is life, stop the pipes”. The Line 9 Snake then slithered east on Dundas Street to meet musicians at the East Village Coffee house for the “Spring Thaws Pipe Line Melt Down Tour”. All donations went to support two amazing anti-colonial and anti-pipeline initiatives; the Unist’ot’en Camp (http://unistotencamp.com/) and Reclaim Turtle Island (http://reclaimturtleisland.com/).

Community members are currently working on a second snake puppet, the 30 foot Blue Water Snake that represents life and the sacredness of water. The current battle between the evil tar sands snake, and blue water snake of life is very real. In coming months, which snake is victorious will have an immense impact on the survival of the land and future generations. Which side are you on?

#stopthebeast #stopline9

Rivers of Resistance March 21-28, 2014

Hupacasath First Nation’s challenge against FIPA:

“We need to make FIPA a household word.”  This is the urgent message that Brenda Sayers from Hupacasath First Nation shared about the Canada-China free trade agreement known as: Foreign Investment Protection Agreement. Sayers who currently holds a portfolio for a Canada-China court challenge on behalf of her nation states that FIPA has implications for all First Nations, but she believes that, “[FIPA] is going to effect everybody [all Canadians].” It was this realization that drove her to take the federal government to court after Canada made a unilateral preliminary agreement with China in 2012 that would oversee extraction of Indigenous lands and water by Chinese corporations without the consent of the First Nation communities across Canada. This would leave all First Nation communities at the mercy of Chinese companies who could sue Canada if the communities protest extraction of land and water sovereignty.

According to Sayers, FIPA is being used as a strategy to divide people. “When the federal government looks across Canada and sees how many First Nations are opposed to resource development… what better way to get at the natural resources then to sign an international agreement with a foreign country that gives them a lot of power for resource development and what better way to divide the people then to say well the First Nations are holding up this project and aren’t allowing it to go through then the taxpayers will have to pay for it, what better way to divide a country.” According to Sayers, that taxpayers would be liable to pay if Canada is sued by China over First Nations led protests. Sayers emphasizes that beyond the division, Canada is using FIPA as a means to dismiss First Nations rights and sovereignty. First Nations aren’t opposed to trade, Sayers adds, but her nation is challenging the government because First Nations must be consulted and their rights and title must be included in all federal agreements so that First Nations are able to uphold their sovereignty and dignity.

“What will Canada look like in five, ten, fifteen years?” Sayers asks, if FIPA is allowed to be ratified by the Canadian government. This question has led Sayers to take this matter to the Court of Appeal, where she hopes the Canadian government will be forced to adhere to First Nation communities. If however, FIPA is ratified, among many colonial realities that First Nations communities face will be the direct effect on food sovereignty in a physical and spiritual way of connecting to traditional foods. If ratified FIPA would force more First Nations to neglect their traditional ways because the extraction FIPA facilitates would poison land and waterways. The writer of this article believes that this will reiterate colonial violence First Nations have endured for over 500 years as I believe FIPA is a colonial agenda. According to Sayers, “Harper wants Canada to be the new Saudi Arabia,”and challenges us to learn about FIPA and confront MP’s and demand justice for First Nations. The author of this article challenges her readers and asks, did Harper ASK what Canadians wanted?

About the FIPA Process:

Sayers says the FIPA deal hasn’t yet been ratified. Right now it’s in preliminary signings.  But if ratified then diplomatic notes will be exchanged by two countries and Canada will be tied to this deal for 31 years. However, Canada can say no to this deal and stand by First Nations.

The detrimental effects on Hupacasath First Nation:

It is a community of 300 people who have taken it upon themselves to challenge the Harper government. The first time Hupacasath First Nation went to court against FIPA they lost, and the Federal Government charged the nation $100,000 in court costs. Today, the nation continues to stand strong and looks to challenge FIPA in the Court of Appeal.

Listen to more from Brenda Sayers here:

 

THIS WALL WILL FALL

Aida Camp, West Bank, Occupied Palestinian Territories

March 21, 2014
Palestinian freedom fighters demolished part of the apartheid wall, creating a hole, and set fire to the Israeli watchtower near Bethlehem.

March 25, 2014
Israeli forces reinforced the separation wall with new brick to replace the part destroyed by Palestinian resistance.

March 26, 2014 
The Israeli forces watchtower was again set on fire in Aida Camp, after clashes erupted in the streets.

Aida Camp, West Bank, Occupied Palestinian Territories. Photos by Popular Struggle Coordination Committee (right and centre) and pnn.ps (left).

Aida Camp, West Bank, Occupied Palestinian Territories.
Photos by Popular Struggle Coordination Committee (right and centre) and pnn.ps (left).

March 22, 2014 Jenin Camp, West Bank
Three Palestinians were murdered and seven wounded by Israeli forces that raided the Jenin camp at dawn. The army shot and killed Hamza Jamal Abualheija (22 years), a leader of al-Qassam Brigades, after surrounding his house and demolishing parts with a bulldozer. Mahmoud Hashim Abuzana (17 years) of al-Quds Brigades, and Mohammed Jabareen (23 years), of Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades were also killed by Israeli forces in clashes that ensued. The injured include Mahmoud Kamel, Abu Hashish and Rafat Saeed, Ali Aweys, Essam Abdullah, and Hussein Abu, and Mahmoud Jabarin.

March 22, 2014 Beit El, West Bank
Popular Resistance activists storm the turnpike at the illegal Beit El settlement on stolen Palestinian land. The group shut down the checkpoint and traffic both ways in condemnation of the murder of three Palestinians by Israeli forces in Jenin Camp early that morning.

March 22, 2014. Beit El, West Bank. Photo by: Samer Nazzal

March 22, 2014. Beit El, West Bank.
Photo by: Samer Nazzal

March 23, 2014 Al-Quds University, Abu Dis
An Islamic Bloc rally commemorates martyrs and denounces Israel's Apartheid Wall that separates Abu Dis from illegally annexed Jerusalem and prevents Christian and Muslim Palestinians from accessing their sacred sites.

March 23, 2014. Al-Quds University. Photo By: Rima Najjar

March 23, 2014. Al-Quds University.
Photo By: Rima Najjar

March 23, 2014. Al-Quds University. Photo By: Rima Najjar

March 23, 2014. Al-Quds University.
Photo By: Rima Najjar

Al-Quds University students face constant harassment and attacks from Israeli forces on their campus. In particular, on January 22nd of this year students experienced one of the worst raids on campus ever. Soldiers blocked the front entrance to the university and demanded to see everyone’s identification cards before launching an attack using rubber-coated steel bullets and tear gas. A local popular committee spokesperson told Ma’an News that more than 100 people suffered from excessive tear gas inhalation (http://bit.ly/1fJsRkx).

March 23, 2014. Al-Quds University. Photo By: Rima Najjar

March 23, 2014. Al-Quds University.
Photo By: Rima Najjar

March 23, 2014. Al-Quds University. Photo By: Rima Najjar

March 23, 2014. Al-Quds University.
Photo By: Rima Najjar

March 26, 2014 Aida Camp, Bethlehem
Israeli forces arrested activist Mohammad Al Azraq who is involved in the popular resistance. He was also present in Ein Hijleh when over 300 Palestinians reclaimed the village of Ein Hijleh in the Jordan Valley that was ethnically cleansed by Israel in 1967. The reclamation of the village was organized by the Palestinian Popular Struggle Coordination Committee. During the seven days of the encampment activists planted trees, installed solar panels, and hosted cultural, political, and religious events. The camp was raided during the early morning of February 7, 2014 when hundreds of Israeli soldiers arrested and injured dozens of activists.

Mohammad Al Azraq. Photo posted by: Popular Struggle Coordination Committee

Mohammad Al Azraq. Photo posted by: Popular Struggle Coordination Committee

March 25, 2014 Al Quds University, Abu Dis
The Popular Movement for One Democratic State on the Land of Historical Palestine issues a founding statement during a panel at Al-Quds University featuring Radi Al-Jara'ee, Mohammad Al-Hourani, Dr. Hassan Al-Khatib, and Dr. Nayef Sweitan. The movement is based on a vision of freedom, equality, and economic justice, as well as the inherent right of Palestinian’s to return to their homelands. This does not mean that Israeli Jewish citizens would be expulsed. Rather, it is meant to create a unified, democratic people that reject Zionism and work to eliminate all forms of discrimination, segregation, and violence.

March 25, 2014. Al-Quds University. Photo By: Rima Najjar

March 25, 2014. Al-Quds University.
Photo By: Rima Najjar

 

Rivers of Resistance March 14-21, 2014

Asubpeeschoseewagong First Nation (Grassy Narrows), Turtle Island (occupied by “Canada”)
It is not just the spirit of traditional life that is under threat in Grassy Narrows, when the Whiskey Jack Forest Plan comes into effect in April 2014. It will be colonial violence that inflicts the lives of Indigenous community members. Colonialism has been a crime against Indigenous peoples for more than 500 years and it is an ongoing crime that has led to millions of Indigenous peoples being tortured, murdered, arbitrarily detained, occupied, displaced and reserved. Let it not be mistaken, this crime is not one of the past. Land, water- two different forms of life- and Indigenous peoples continue to be violated. Grassy Narrows is just one of millions of stories across Turtle Island of how the colonial government and it’s patriarchal corporations continue to encroach on even more Indigenous land. Nowhere did the treaties comply to constant ongoing threat, constant ongoing theft, and constant ongoing genocide. These treaties have been broken. Treaties were established out of friendship and peace, not out of consent that European settlers plunder Indigenous land, water and lives. What is happening in Grassy Narrows is not so much different as was done 500 years ago. Logging companies are hungry to come in at the end of April, but young Indigenous activists say they will not comply and have vowed to take direct action.

This isn’t the first time these activists will face off a logging company. In December of 2002 a blockade was set up to prevent such clear cut logging; this blockade has effectively became known as the longest First Nations blockade in “Canada”. But the threat has never really left. In 2011 Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources ”approved” a 10-year Forest Management Plan. The colonial government has denied that clear cut logging would take place on Native traditional territories. But community members are saying that this contradicts the Forest Management Plan that will lead to further encroachment on their territories, and further more land theft, eroding Indigenous rights to self-determination and a traditional way of life. Undoubtedly, this will disrupt traditional lifestyles, Indigenous people from Grassy Narrows who have spiritual relationships with the land and water that they use to hunt and fish will be the most impacted. According to community members, the traditional way of life is already under threat; fish and water have already been poisoned with mercury. Dryden Chemicals Inc; a papermill had permission to dump it’s chemicals in the Wabigoon River (English River) in the 60′s and 70′s. They left 20,000 pounds of mercury, which poisoned the water, fish and community members. Community members worry that if more logging companies coming in, mercury levels will rise. They reject the clear cut logging. They reject the continued colonialism. They reject the continued poisoning of their people. Will you watch this community go through another colonial intrusion?

Fast Facts: More History of the Colonial Crimes in Grassy Narrows:
In the 1950′s manomin (wild rice beds) were left flooded because the provincial government built a hydroelectric dam on the Wabigoon river, damaging this source of traditional food.

In the 1960′s the government forcibly relocated the community into a reserve. Indigenous people were made to live in European style homes with little regard to how families lived with eachother before they were moved.

In the 1970′s fish caught had high levels of mercury, which directly affected the lives of Indigenous peoples as they combatted another colonial attack against their community health and well being.

Today clear cut logging not only destroys traditional plant and food medicines, but it also destroys wildlife relatives and Indigenous ceremonies that are connected to the land and water. The problem is not just clear cut logging, the spraying of herbicides that poison the berries and the animals is also a problem.

In 2011, the community won two legal victories. According to Amnesty International, in August the Ontario Superior Court ruled that the province of Ontario does not have the jurisdiction to authorize  logging and other development projects for a large part of the territory since these actions violate Treaty rights. Canada continues to tell lies to uphold colonial power structures. It has agreed to stop issuing new licenses in the Asubpeeschoseewagong territory outlined in the court ruling until the case is resolved. At the same time however, the province appealed the Supreme Court’s decision.

March 14, 2014 

Bil‘in, West Bank
As Palestinians marched and chanted through the village carrying posters of Saji Darwish-a man who was murdered by Israeli Occupation Forces this week-heavy teargas greeted them as they made their way towards the wall. This provoked Shabab (youth) and clashes soon erupted with Palestinians throwing stones and Israeli forces responding with even more teargas, stun grenades, and rubber coated steel bullets. A 36 year old Norwegian activist by the name of “Katia” was injuried when during the clashes she was struck with a tear gas canister in the back. According to the organizers, this protest was held in “in loyality to the martyrs”. Palestinians risk arrest, torture, injury, and even life every week when they protest illegal settlements. Many foriegn activists join them, but rarely ever face the same threats that Palestinians do. How many foriegners are willing to risk what Palestinians are?

March 14, 2014. Bilin weekly protest.  Photo taken by: Mohammed Yasin and posted by: Popular Struggle Coordination Committee

March 14, 2014. Bilin weekly protest.
Photo taken by: Mohammed Yasin and posted by: Popular Struggle Coordination Committee

Beit Ummar, Hebron
Sixteen year old Mohammad Abu Ayyash is in critical condition after Israeli soldiers shot the Palestinian teenager during a protest in Beit Ummar north of Hebron on Friday, medics said. He was taken to al-Ahli hospital in Hebron where medical sources told Ma‘an that Ayyash had been shot with a live bullet near his ear which penetrated into his head.  An Israeli spokesperson denies this report, saying that a young man had been “lightly” injuried after he was shot for throwing an “explosive device” at the soliders during a protest. The spokesperson did not eloborate on this explosive device, nor does she know what hospital Ayyash was taken to.

Old City, Hebron
Floods left 80 percent of Women in Hebron’s embroidery destroyed. Nawal Salameh the head of the women’s cooperative is asking for people to support this intiative that in turn supports women from Idna, Palestine by donating or buying products online. If your interested in supporting Nawal, please log on to: http://womeninhebron.com/our-products/

Nabi Saleh, Ramallah
Several injuries were reported after the weekly protest in Nabi Saleh where Israeli forces used teargas to disperse Palestinians from reaching the water spring and lands that were confiscated by Hallahmish illegal Jewish settlement. Tamimi Press called for a full boycott of Israel and the support of the BDS worldwide. BDS is an acronym for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions. It was a call made by Palestinian civil society in 2005 to hold Israel accountible for the ongoing colonialism of land, water and Indigenous Palestinian people. Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions is a peaceful movement that uses economy as a means to force Israel to end it’s occupation in the West Bank and illegal seige in Gaza. You can support BDS by not buying Israeli made brands. For more information on BDS, you can log onto this website: http://www.bdsmovement.net/

March 14, 2014 Nabi Saleh, Ramallah.  Photo taken by: Issam Rimawi, Al-Rimawi Photography

March 14, 2014 Nabi Saleh, Ramallah.
Photo taken by: Issam Rimawi, Al-Rimawi Photography

March 14, 2014. Nabi Saleh, Ramallah.  Photo taken by: Issam Rimawi, Al-Rimawi Photography

March 14, 2014. Nabi Saleh, Ramallah.
Photo taken by: Issam Rimawi, Al-Rimawi Photography

Al Ma’sara, West Bank
Palestinians protested what has been declared by Israeli forces as “a closed military zone”. This land, a part of the village, was illegally confiscated.

Kufr Qaddoum, West Bank
Four reported injuries as a result of of direct shooting of teargas by Israeli forces at Palestinian youth. Clashes have erupted today when Palestinians protested against the blocked entrance of the village. This resulted in stone throwing and tear gas exchange. Protesters also carried posters of the Palestinian martyrs killed by Israeli forces this week.

March 14th, 2014. Kufr Qaddoum, West Bank. Photo taken by: المسيرة__كفرقدوم

March 14th, 2014. Kufr Qaddoum, West Bank.
Photo taken by: المسيرة__كفرقدوم

Beitin, West Bank
As protestors marched to condemn the killing of Saji Darwish, one Palestinian was struck by a live bullet in the leg and another was hit by a rubber-coated steel bullet after Israeli forces opened fire at protesters, who were throwing rocks at them.

Aida refugee camp, Bethlehem
Two Palestinian men were arbitrarily detained after several houses were raided by Israeli forces in Aida refugee camp. Locals reported that these men were beaten before being taken away to be held overnight. Omar Azziah, 28, and Mahmoud Adel al-Hajajra, 17 were among the six detained overnight . An Israeli military spokesperson confirmed these arrests; one in the Nablus area, two in a village near Ramallah and three more in the Bethlehem region. There were no details provided as to why these men were detained.

Zaatara, Nablus
A 22 year old was severely beaten at Zaatara checkpoint by the Israeli forces. There are no reports available as to what happened to Muhammad Mustafa Ismail. Another unnamed man was also detained.

Gaza City, Gaza Strip
A protest tent that was erected ten days ago continues to stand as Gaza women protested 41 days of Rafah border closure infont of the Egyptian Embassy. Rafah border is the only connection that 1.7 million Palestinians have with the outside world since the blockade was imposed in 2007 by Israel. So far, the Rafah border closure has resulted in the death of three year old Ahmad Ammar Abu Nahl. His parents had been waiting for the border to open so they could travel for medical care. The joint Israel-Egytian blockade means that life for Palestinians living in Gaza is unpredictable, unstable and economically improvised.The Egyptian army has been destroying houses near the border with Gaza to create a security buffer zone near the Rafah crossing.

March 15, 2014

Gaza Strip, Palestinian Territory
The only power station in Gaza ran out of fuel this week due to the Israeli government closing the Kerem Shalom crossing. The colonial government closed all borders with Gaza and suspended the delivery of all commercial goods to the region in addition to effectively severing their fuel supply. The Gaza power plant provides a third of Gaza’s population with electricity, and the lack of fuel means electricity is cut off 16 hours a day in Gaza, according to Anadolu, a Turkish news agency.  This is not the first instance of Israel forcing Gaza’s power plant to shut down, but part of the worsening humanitarian crisis Gazans experience daily.

March 16, 2014 

Gaza City, Gaza Strip
Hundreds of Palestinians gathered outside the UN Relief and Works Agency office Sunday to demonstrate against cuts to a United Nations food program. Al Jazeera reports that UNRWA has reduced the number of families in Gaza receiving urgent food assistance by about 65 percent. Protestors banged on pots and pans, and raised banners denouncing the cuts and demanding that food assistance to local families be restored.

Old City, Jerusalem
More than seven thousand Palestinians participated in the World’s Longest Reading Human Chain around the Old City walls. This demonstration was to draw attention to the daily oppression of those that live in occupied Palestine.

March 16, 2014. Jerusalem, Palestinian Territories. Photo taken by: Jamal Al-husseini at The World's Longest Human Chain in Jerusalem.

March 16, 2014. Jerusalem, Palestinian Territories.
Photo taken by: Jamal Al-husseini at The World’s Longest Human Chain in Jerusalem.

March 16, 2014. Jerusalem, Palestinian Territory.  Photo taken by: Mahmoud illean and posted on: Demotix.com

March 16, 2014. Jerusalem, Palestinian Territory.
Photo taken by: Mahmoud illean and posted on: Demotix.com

Ramallah, West Bank
Palestinian Riot police practice riot control techniques in a training session with police members of the European Union.

March 14, 2014. Ramallah, West Bank.  Photo taken by: Issam Rimawi, Al-Rimawi Photography

March 14, 2014. Ramallah, West Bank.
Photo taken by: Issam Rimawi, Al-Rimawi Photography

 

March 7 – 14, 2014 Occupied Palestinian Territories

 

Rivers of Resistance are humble attempts to forge solidarity and unite Indigenous peoples from Turtle Island to Palestine. We seek to dismantle the apartheid that Canada has a hand in creating and maintaining both within its boundaries and in Palestinian territory. Canada and Israel both illegally occupy and plunder Indigenous lands. We are not a movement, but a conscious voice of resurgence seeking a unified front against all forms of oppression, occupation, apartheid and war that the colonial state of Canada is helping to wage against Indigenous peoples globally.

Decolonize with us. And hear the truth from the voices of those who seek justice.

 

March 7, 2014 Al-Issawiya, east Jerusalem.

Israeli troops raided a youth centre and abducted several family members of the former political prisoner and 266-day hunger striker Samer al-Issawi, including his sister, Palestinian human rights lawyer Shireen al-Issawi. Following the detainment of members of the al-Issawi family, clashes broke out on al-Madares street with youth throwing stones at the heavily armed Israeli troops. Two youth were detained by Israeli forces and one was identified as Ammar Adaweya.

March 8, 2014 Huwwara checkpoint, Nablus, West Bank. International Women’s Day March.

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Photo from: http://www.activestills.org/

March 8, 2014 Qalandiya, West Bank. International Women’s Day March.

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Photo from: http://www.activestills.org/

Photo by: Ibrahim I. Daghlas

Photo by: Ibrahim I. Daghlas

A nation-state that prides itself on giving freedoms and equalities to Israeli womyn, has ironically created gender apartheid among millions of Palestinian womyn. Sixty+ years of Israeli occupation and ongoing illegal settlement continues to violate Palestinian womyn. Millions have lost husbands, sons, fathers, brothers through Israeli occupation and apartheid. They have either been mercilessly murdered or arbitrarily detained. This reality has displaced Palestinian womyn from their lives, homes, traditions, cultures and spirituality. It has dispossessed Palestinian womyn from sharing their inheritance, wisdom, and knowledge that was once lived with pride. Sacrifice now martyrs the lives of Palestinian womyn who generations ago shared their freedom with their families. This changed sixty+ years ago when Israel built its identity out of Palestine. Yet every time a Palestinian womyn breathes, she resists in complete strength. She defies the systematic violence that denies Palestinian womyn education every time she is stopped at a checkpoint, that denies Palestinian womyn freedom every time she is told she is oppressed and a terrorist, that denies Palestinian womyn the right to love when her husband is shot days after their marriage, that denies motherhood when her children are killed or are left without a father’s presence, that denies Palestinian womyn happiness when her life continues to be dependent on Israeli soldiers. Yet, she continues to live resiliently, remarkably, returning the gaze to Israeli apartheid, occupation and ongoing war that is waged by Israel. Think about Palestinian womyn every time you run out to join your friends for a carefree night out. Think about her, and challenge the apartheid by confronting Israel. Palestinian womyn have the right to live like you and I do. They have the right to live the way they wish to, not the way Israel defines them to live as.

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Photo from: Gaza Youth Breaks Out (GYBO) https://www.facebook.com/GazaYBO

March 9, 2014 Square of the Unknown Soldier, central Gaza City.

#Open_Rafah_border hashtag created by Palestinian youth in Gaza demands Egyptian authorities and the Egyptian army open the Rafah crossing. Media activists express their rejection and indignation against the 34 day closure of the Rafah crossing.

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Photo from: http://safa.ps/details/news/124341

What do closed borders mean for a population of 1.7 million Gazans? It means that babies like Ahmad Abu Nahal who suffered from an enlarged heart and liver can’t access medical care. Because of the 34 day closed borders, Nahal passed away on Thursday March 13, 2014. He could not receive the care he needed in Gaza because the blockade has affected the quality and quantity of care clinics and hospitals can provide in Gaza. Nahal’s death was completely preventable. His death was manufactured and completely intentional. His death was politically motivated, pre-meditated, and engineered as Israel works towards erasing Palestinian existence and ending what they call a “demographic threat”. Will you help Israel commit this genocide?

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Photo from: http://safa.ps/details/news/124341

March 12, 2014 Gaza City and Rafah, Gaza Strip.

Bombs shower the tiny beseiged Palestinian town of Gaza for a third day in a row. Many media centers are reporting this as a response to operaton: Breaking the Silence initiated by Islamic Jihad who launched 90 rockets since Wednesday. Islamic Jihad says it responded to Israel’s killing of three of it’s members. So far no casualities have been reported (other then the three from Islamic Jihad who were murdered by Israel). However, mainstream media refuses to report on the psychological torture that Gazans are currently experiencing, with nowhere to hide or run, the violence against Gaza and her imprisoned population continues.

A response: Who will hold John Carson accountable?

When a call out was made by the local grassroots communities and this blog, to have John Carson, a racist police officer who said he had “no regrets” as to what happened in Ipperwash, removed from UWO Campus Police, two Ph.D candidates from University of Waterloo reacted to the mobilization against Carson with their own article : “The Standoff at at Ipperwash.”   Both writers dismissed the call to have Carson removed from UWO campus police position and vehemently encouraged “dialogue”.

This particular rhetoric captures the essence of what these two writers violently ignored and assumed when they wrote the rebuttal;

“So let’s return to the demand of the The Indignants.  They are right to be outraged that Carson has “no regrets,” but they should also ask: Are there other options?  Is demanding Carson’s firing the best way to heal the centuries-old wounds between Canadians and Aboriginal peoples?  Both sides distrust one another, because of events like the seizure of Stoney Point in 1942, the occupation of Ipperwash Provincial Park, or the shooting of Dudley George in 1995, and many others demanding Carson’s removal does not build trust between communities.  Like any relationship, trust is built on open communication and an honest discussion between two sides.  Don’t jump the gun and demand Carson be fired without first opening a dialogue about his hiring and its impact on the campus at Western.”

These writers ask if there are other options and come to conclude that the only option that exists is “dialogue”.  Note, in this option, they don’t take into consideration, that Indigenous peoples in Turtle Island and around the world have been dialoguing against colonialism, imperialism, racism, sexism, violence and brutality their communities have faced for centuries now.  They also ignore, that the man they want the Western community, the London community, and the Indigenous community to engage with, condoned murder of Dudley George.  As I blatantly refuse to dialogue with those who condone murder, I will not encourage those who have and continue to suffer from the violence to render themselves defenseless and abide to subservience of “dialogue”.

We have many options, one of them is exactly this.  To have Carson, a racist man, removed from his position.  In their colonial prescription of “dialogue,” these fools assume that Indigenous peoples and government of Canada are on equal standings and can equally come to terms with solutions that will benefit both of them through dialogue.  They assume that Indigenous peoples have been violent and continue to violate “Canada” when they ask “Is demanding Carson’s firing the best way to heal the centuries-old wounds between Canadians and Aboriginal peoples?”  They ignore the reality that the relationship between the state of Canada and Indigenous communities that led to the murder of Dudley George is a colonial one.  They ignore that the relationship is an imposed one by settler colonial government of Canada who refuses to acknowledge that they colonized and continue to colonize Indigenous peoples, their lands and waters.

When members of London community made a call for Carson’s removal, the call was made to work towards holding a settler colonial man accountable for his racist remarks.  This call was not made to work towards “reconciliation” of Indigenous peoples and Canadian peoples that will lead to “healing”.  These two writers however assume that Indigenous communities will “heal” after the firing of Carson.  So let me set the record straight. They will not heal.  The healing will not take place until Indigenous peoples receive the justice that they have sought for 500 years.  What I don’t understand as a writer, academic and human being is, when these two writers assume that Indigenous peoples and Canadians will heal through this dialogue, I am left to question: what exactly does the Canadian state and its people have to heal from?

~Sumbal

P.S. We’re not a group a Western.  We’re a group that happens to have some Western students in it.  I dunno, but Western administration might not really appreciated being associated with us like that.

LPS members sink to a new low

 

So, I came across these pages yesterday.  Left a mark, and within an hour, the cops are on there impersonating myself, my family, and my friends.  This is what your tax money is going towards.  Paying to train individuals to act like children.  Even if this is on their off time, it goes to show their level of maturity and their obviously bruised egos.

http://coprater.com/2013/11/19/michael-david-pottruff/

http://coprater.com/2013/11/19/dylan-matthew-vanbelleghem/
Pottruff is the only one who refers to the guinea pig as a hamster(dead give away as I’ve barely told that part of the story to anyone) and the next comment is quite telling…

Curtis 10 hours ago

“Anyone seen my hamster?”

Hulkster 10 hours ago

“Watcha gonna do when officer vanb runs wild on you”

To answer the question, sue his ass.  Btw, is that a threat?  Sure sounds like one.

No, I do not have definitive proof.  I usually like to have more evidence than a loose psychological profile.  But in this case, I don’t think it really matters.  Your tax dollars were hard at work last night, trolling.

Oh, and charity work for recognition is laughable as a measure of someone’s “goodness.”  I do lots of charity work, and I don’t expect recognition ever.  Why?  Because you shouldn’t have to be recognized to do good works.  It’s contradictory.

So, to everyone else reading this, go to these pages, vote, and let pottruff and van belleghem know how childish they’re acting.  If you can’t take the heat, resign guys.  :D

Both of these guys make over 100g’s a year.

Some background info

Interesting and disturbing stuff in my police disclosure…
Officer: VAN BELLEGHEM DYLAN – 307352
“Since starting on the Foot Patrol Unit I have had numerous dealings with
members of the Occupy London movement. My assistance has been required on numerous occasions to ensure public safety involving protests, demonstrations, and marches conducted by members of the Occupy London movement. Members of the Occupy London movement are typically very vocal in voicing their anti-police and anti-government ideologies. From my regular dealings with members of the Occupy London movement, I have become familiar with many of their members, including Michael ROY and Bailey LAMON.Aside from my regular in-person dealings or observations related to ROY and LAMON, I have maintained periodic observation of their activity,
utilizing social media websites. This includes but is not limited to the Facebook social media website (facebook.com). I have maintained periodic observation of persons affiliated to the Occupy London movement, as many of them are associates/supporters of other Anarchy groups (ie. Black Bloc). Due to the hostile and volatile nature of their posted photos and messages, I have become concerned regarding the potential risk that members of the public could be subjected to. This includes the safety of police officers and government officials”.
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Page: 57 & 58 of 158

This is a playlist.  Heavily featuring pottruff

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLQEC_POxbAEk90SplblG_esHPBNUioIEF&feature=mh_lolz 

**Update.  Someone has now taken it upon themselves to impersonate Tim Best, owner of Friday Knight Lights.  I know that this may not actually be michael and dylan posting, however, the nature of the comments shows that A: there’s only one or 2 of them(if there really were so many people commenting in favour of these 2, why are they not getting upvoted?) and B: the information being left on the pages, clearly shows that whoever is posting, has privileged information, that only these 2 would know.  Unfortunately, there’s just enough information, to show, but not enough for a court.  Not yet anyway.  I have no doubt these 2 will shoot themselves in the foot soon though.  They kind of already have, but apparently, the state appears to requires you to shoot someone, before they’ll bother to investigate you, if you’re a cop.

  1. Tim Best 11 hours ago

    Dylan, just wanted to pass along a well done for what you do. Thanks for cleaning up my bar for me.

     

From the Criminal Code Of Canada
402.1 For the purposes of sections 402.2 and 403, “identity information” means any information — including biological or physiological information — of a type that is commonly used alone or in combination with other information to identify or purport to identify an individual, including a fingerprint, voice print, retina image, iris image, DNA profile, name, address, date of birth, written signature, electronic signature, digital signature, user name, credit card number, debit card number, financial institution account number, passport number, Social Insurance Number, health insurance number, driver’s licence number or password.

Personation with intent 

403. Every one who fraudulently personates any person, living or dead,
(a) with intent to gain advantage for himself or another person,
(b) with intent to obtain any property or an interest in any property, or
(c) with intent to cause disadvantage to the person whom he personates or another person,
is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding ten years or an offence punishable on summary conviction.
R.S., 1985, c. C-46, s. 403; 1994, c. 44, s. 27.

**Update 2. Now sharing greg renouf vid’s….

**Update 3.  Coprater is currently unavailable.
Good thing I got screenshots! :D
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**Update 4: Site is back up.  Taking screenshots again, just in case.^^These are from day 1

 

 

On the Front Line to Stop Line 9 Toxic Tour 2013

The Aamjiwnaang and Sarnia Toxic tour 2013

On the Front Line to Stop Line 9

Friday December 27th, 2013 – Members of Aamjiwnaang First Nation and their supporters participated in a Toxic Tour by walking the front lines of chemical valley in and around Sarnia, Ontario.

“We’re standing in solidarity with communities who are on the front lines of environmental racism, standing up against fracking and pipelines running through their territories,” said Vanessa Gray, a member of Aamjiwnaang and Sarnia Against Pipelines (ASAP).

The Toxic Tour Friday also marked the one-year anniversary of the Aamjiwnaang blockade that barricaded the CN rail that illegal crosses their territory. A number of protests and flashmobs have also taken place across Turtle Island to mark the one-year anniversary of Idle No More.

A group of approximately 50 people gathered at the Maawn Doosh Gamig community centre and departed on the Toxic Tour around noon, led by the Toxic Creek Singers from Bkejwanong First Nation. Chanting, “tar sands kill, pipelines spill,” and “no line 9” protestors made their way to the St. Clair River and offered tobacco to the water, acknowledging our interconnection and giving thanks.

The Enbridge line 9 crosses Anishinaabek, Haudenosaunee, Lenape, and Michif territories, as well as farmland and multiple waterways. These waterways include the Grand River and Deshkan Ziibi (the Thames River). Pipeline spills would destroy the integrity of the Great Lakes downstream, as well as the related watersheds, which millions of people rely on for drinking water.

The pipeline previously has been used to import oil to Aamjiwnaang/Sarnia, Ontario from the east coast (via Montreal). It was built in 1975, and is the same age and is made with the same materials as the Enbridge Line 6b pipeline that ruptured in 2010 spilling nearly 4 million litres of diluted bitumen into a river near Kalamazoo, Michigan. Just east of Michigan, Enbridge is currently proposing the reversal of Line 9 to accommodate the transport of bitumen and expansion of the Athabasca tar sands. If reversed, line 9 will also operate at higher pressure and temperature levels, further increasing the risk that corrosive bitumen will spill.

Transporting diluted bitumen through pipelines that stretch across thousands of kilometers makes toxic spills a near inevitability. When spills occur, these produce long-term adverse effects on human communities, wildlife, marine animals, fish, and food webs. Human symptoms of exposure to diluted bitumen include headaches, nausea, memory loss, rashes, burning eyes, respiratory issues, and impacts on reproductive health. In addition, this destructive colonial industry has a global impact. The increase in tar sands extraction would mean an increase in greenhouse gas emissions that exacerbate the effects of climate change, which include flooding, droughts, and more frequent and severe storms and fires.

Everything is Toxic. Photo Shirley Ceravolo

Everything is Toxic. Photo Shirley Ceravolo

The increased impacts the line 9 reversal project would have on environmental health were on the minds of some protestors Friday as they climbed up the snowy banks of the St. Clair River. The group continued along St. Clair Parkway, then down LaSalle Line. Throughout the walk, participants heard local community members speak firsthand of their experiences living near the facilities, including Nova Chemicals, where gas produced from the experimental procedure called ‘fracking’ is processed. The route of the tour also took protestors past a refinery where Shell plans to build a liquid natural gas facility, and near Line 9 itself.

The reversal for the section of line 9 that runs from Aamjiwnaang/Sarnia to North Westover, near Hamilton, was approved in 2012. In June 2013 the Swamp Line 9 Blockade occupied Enbridge’s North Westover Pump Station in the Beverly Swamp to stop construction necessary to prepare for the reversal. The Beverly Swamp is the largest remaining forested wetland in territory that was stolen from the Chonnonton, Mississagi Anishinabek and Onondawaga Haudenosaunee Nations.

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Swamp line 9. Photo Mike Roy

The tar sands industry is attempting to build as many pipelines as possible, as quickly as possible, and the National Energy Board and colonial government are helping them do so. In early 2014 the National Energy Board (NEB) is expected to approve the remaining section of the line 9 reversal, between North Westover and Montreal, and attempt to begin flowing bitumen eastward. They are also expected to meet resistance. During the the last NEB hearing in Toronto of October 2013, Amanda Lickers clearly affirmed this, stating, “this application is an invitation to social conflict. It is an invitation to self-defence and a beckoning to land defence”.

Friday during the Toxic Tour both the Lambton OPP and Sarnia police were present. They set up a roadblock at the intersection of St. Clair Parkway and LaSalle Line, which was bypassed by the protestors. A helicopter owned by Enbridge also circled protestors with a camera for surveillance as the Tour headed east toward Highway 40. A round dance was held on the highway, disrupting the transportation of hazardous chemicals to facilities in the valley. Shortly after the group arrived at Inkejig, where a tipi was set up and a sacred fire had been lit.

Enbridge helicopter watching the rally.. Photo Mike Roy

“We are literally on the front line of a number of different issues here,” Gray said, “It puts our health at risk, it puts our land at risk.” Colonization is not something of the past, but an ongoing destructive process. The tar sands are part of this colonial legacy that is being confronted with direct action and community resistance. ~Awâsis

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