Posts in: indigenous struggles

Demanding an end to abuse of Indigenous youth in detention

October 2016

Abuse of Indigenous youth has been in the headlines again recently in Australia. Indigenous-led protests erupted swiftly with women playing important leadership roles. Melbourne rally, 30 July, called by Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance. In the Northern Territory, these young people are 97 percent of all kids in custody. In July, a current affairs show… Read more »

Reports from Standing Rock

November 2016

Days 6 and 7, November 20-21, 2016 – State warfare intensifies – solidarity builds Our final days representing Radical Women and Freedom Socialist Party at Standing Rock were action-packed and compelling. Varied voices of water protectors Patrick Burns and I spent time with the International Indigenous Youth Council and attended a council meeting. The youth… Read more »

Freedom Socialist Letters to the Editor — October 2016

October 2016

LUMMI TRIBE WINS Complex coal issue handled well I was delighted when I opened the recent mailing from Freedom Socialist and came across Lois Danks’ article [“A big win for Indian treaty rights: Lummi tribe stops North America’s largest proposed coal port,” Vol. 37, No. 4]. While I am not Lummi (I am Aleut), I… Read more »

The Standing Rock fight is for all of us

October 2016

When a security company set dogs on people challenging bulldozers in North Dakota on Sept. 3, the scalding images recalled similar violence against civil rights protesters in Birmingham, Ala., in 1963. And just as that Birmingham struggle was a defining moment, so too is the struggle for water and sovereignty by the Standing Rock Sioux… Read more »

Standing Rock: Report from the front lines

December 2016

The cold is settling in but the mood of Standing Rock is warm with solidarity. On Friday, Nov. 18, the International Indigenous Youth Council led a ceremony of 500 water protectors. We called for the release of Oglala Lakota tribal member Red Fawn Fallis, wrongly charged with firing at police and attempted murder. We then… Read more »

Syria’s ruin at the hands of capital

December 2016

We live in times so poverty stricken, turbulent, repressive and violent that the majority of people can hardly breathe. That’s why they’re rising up in every corner of the world. Syria’s insurrection, a proud part of the Arab Spring in 2011, is a breathtaking example. A people who had lived four decades under a deadly… Read more »