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Benjamin Bratt Speaks Out Against the Killing of Indigenous People in Peru
The actor and his brother, filmmaker Peter Bratt, urge people to support the struggle of Indian people to protect the Amazon in their mother's homeland

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Actor Benjamin Bratt and filmmaker Peter Bratt join Amazon Watch in calling for the Garcia government of Peru to immediately cease its violent repression of Native Amazonian peoples, drop criminal charges against AIDESEP's leaders, and suspend the State of Emergency. 

Benjamin Bratt said, "In 2009, it is shocking and unacceptable that indigenous people are still being killed for their land. The Amazonian Native Americans of Peru are fighting to protect their territories and their way of life. Sadly, their struggle is historically familiar, and it is incumbent upon the Garcia government to find a peaceful way to engage their just concerns." 

Peter Bratt continued, "As we enter the Obama age of 'change', it is vital that we address our relationship with the First Peoples of the Americas by finally recognizing their human rights and fundamental freedoms." 

On today's news that decrees 1090 and 1064 may be repealed, Benjamin Bratt stated: "We commend the Peruvian government for agreeing to repeal two of the 10 laws that indigenous peoples have opposed. This is a positive first step in honoring the rights of native peoples of the Amazon. We continue to urge the Government to drop criminal charges against their leaders so that meaningful dialogue can continue on the remaining decrees." 

AIDESEP is the national Amazonian indigenous organization and their leader, Alberto Pizango along with many others are being charged with sedition and rebellion for organizing the blockades. "It is challenging for indigenous people to

Widespread abuse against indigenous peoples persists, warns Migiro

A participant at the 7th session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (file photo)
18 May 2009 – Indigenous peoples around the world continue to suffer from prejudice and marginalization, Deputy Secretary-General Asha Rose-Migiro told the opening session today of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.
“Powerful forces continue to take land from indigenous peoples, denigrate their cultures, suppress their languages and even directly attack their very lives,” warned Ms. Migiro.
“These acts violate every principle enshrined in the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples,” she added.
Some 2,000 participants from around the world converged on UN Headquarters in New York to discuss furthering the implementation of the landmark 2007 Declaration, which gained momentum last month when Australia officially endorsed the document after being one of four countries to vote against it along with Canada, New Zealand and the United States.
The non-binding text sets out the individual and collective rights of the world’s almost 400 million indigenous peoples, as well as their rights to culture, identity, language, employment, health, education and other issues.

It also prohibits discrimination against indigenous peoples and promotes their full and effective participation in all matters that concern them, and their right to remain distinct and to pursue their own visions of economic and social development.

“The General Assembly solemnly proclaimed that the Declaration is a standard of achievement to be pursued in spirit of partnership and mutual respect,” said Ms. Migiro.
The Deputy Secretary-General stressed that just raising living standards for indigenous peoples is not enough. “Protecting indigenous communities and their wealth of wisdom will not only enhance their lives, it will serve the interest of all people concerned about a healthy future for our planet.”

Monday, 25 May 2009
11:00 am (rally)
12:00 noon (press conference)

Tuesday, 26th & Wednesday, 27th May
6:00 pm (protest only)

@ Willie Mays statue (entrance to AT&T; Park)
3rd Street & King
San Francisco

AIM-WEST will march and protest against mascots and racism in sports in San Francisco on May 25/26/27, 2009 when Atlanta Braves come to play ball at AT&T; stadium against the Giants!

We ask everyone concerned to gather around the Willie Mays statue, corner of Third Street and King, on Monday the 25th around 11am (game starts at 1:15) with a press conference at 12 noon!  Bring drums, flags and banners! We need to get the public's attention. (Tuesday and Wednesday's games are at 7:15 pm) 

We need your support. Form contingents and come join with us in solidarity. Spread the word in every camp to Boycott these games unless we have agreement to end this episode in American living.  

And we can't be taken seriously as a peoples including treaties and agreements and the UN Declaration on Rights of Indigenous Peoples until they stop seeing indigenous peoples as clowns, or objects for their entertainment! This has got to stop!  And who are these corporations dictating to civil society what is appropriate/acceptable?

We will distribute educational information about racism and harmful affects to our culture, and children's development.  We will call on all friends and supporters to stand firm together with us and boycott these damn games with their use of the tomahawk chop and chorus of sounds sung during game time--symbols of our culture and warrior instruments.

AND a heads up--Cleveland Indians in Oakland September 17-19,2009).  Make plans now and join the wagon-burners!

For more information go to: www.aimwest.info or call 415-577-1492.

Dear Tony and Morning Star,
Councilmember Kriss Worthington has placed the Berkeley Peace and Justice Commission's item to recognize and endorse the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples on the May 19 Berkeley City Council agenda at 7 pm. I am happy to work with Morning Star to arrange for public comment. I am pleased to be in touch with Tony to plan follow-up circulation of the news after the Declaration is endorsed.
The Berkeley City Council meeting will be aired live online and can be found through http://www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/CalendarEventMain.aspx?calendarEventID=9698.
The recording can also be seen as soon as several hours later on the online video archive of the Berkeley City Council meetings.
Between now and Tuesday, all friends and allies are urged to contact city council members to encourage them to support Berkeley's endorsement of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The Declaration is of local and international importance. We feel proud that the Peace and Justice Commission recognizes the intrinsic rights of Native American peoples. We hope the City Council will agree, and will choose to join the international movement for respect of indigenous peoples. We hope that each and every councilmember will vote in support of this recommendation to endorse the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. City Councilmembers' contact information can be found at http://www.cityofberkeley.info/ContentDisplay.aspx?id=18496.
Thank you,
Wendy Kenin
Member of the Berkeley Peace and Justice Commission

Chalk one up for the good guys: Leonard has been transferred out of USP-Canaan and back to USP-Lewisburg! While Leonard will never be totally safe so long as he is incarcerated, he is out of the immediate danger he faced at USP-Canaan. The following was posted on the Leonard Peltier DOC website as of Jan 30: ONE BATTLE WON! Leonard has been transferred back to USP-Lewisburg and released to the general population. He was welcomed back not only by the brothers at Lewisburg, but by all of the prisoners. Leonard wishes to thank all of his supporters for standing with him during this difficult time