Antonio Gonzales, Director, AIM-West, (415)577-1492
Joyce Umamoto, Volunteer, (415)776-5833
Calling on U.S. Presidential Candidates To Have the U.S. Sign-On to the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
(San Francisco, 7 August 2008) In recognition of the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples (9 August)*, AIM-West will hold a press conference and rally at San Francisco's U.N. Plaza (at 7th and Market Streets) on Saturday, 9 August, from 1o am to 1 pm.
On this historic day, we call upon all U.S. presidential candidates to consider signing on to the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples**. This Declaration, adopted by the UN General Assembly in September 2007, was approved by 144 member states. There were only 4 nations to vote against adoption: United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. This document recognizes the rights of indigenous peoples to live in dignity, with respect for the right of self-determination to develop their own institutions (such as, religious/spiritual, health, economic and educational), culture and traditions. We ask that the U.S. presidential candidates declare their support of these universal rights and will see that when elected the U.S. will also become a signatory to the Declaration. Thus demonstrating their support and solidarity with the world's indigenous peoples and especially those of us in this western hemisphere, sacred Turtle Island.
That evening, 6:00 pm, AIM-West will present a screening of the Academy Award winning documentary, Broken Rainbow (1985, directed by Victoria Mudd, 70 mins). @ The Roxie, 3117 16th Street (@ Valencia), San Francisco.
"In 1983, Interior Secretary James Watt sold coal leases at unusually low prices to developers in New Mexico, and hundreds of Navajo families were torn from their homes and displaced to other areas. The trajedy of this occurrence and the