The Highway of Tears. So many missing women, so little attention given until enough public pressure made it impossible to ignore any longer. Now, the Missing Women inquiry has announced it will hold public forums.
I feel like so much evil is finally bubbling up into public view. I’m having a hard time with it today for some reason. So long overdue. So very much to answer for.
"If someone were to die at the age of 63 after a lifelong battle with MS or Sickle Cell, we’d all say they were a “fighter” or an “inspiration.” But when someone dies after a lifelong battle with severe mental illness and drug addiction, we say it was a tragedy and tell everyone “don’t be like him, please seek help.” That’s bullshit. Robin Williams sought help his entire life. He saw a psychiatrist. He quit drinking. He went to rehab. He did this for decades. That’s HOW he made it to 63. For some people, 63 is a fucking miracle. I know several people who didn’t make it past 23 and I’d do anything to have 40 more years with them."
SB2109 Video- Tuba City, AZ- McCain & Kyl from Paper Rocket Productions on Vimeo.
SB 2109 was introduced into congress on February 14, 2012
Over 300 Diné and Hopi people ( including traditional people and elders) upset by the latest colonial attack on indigenous peoples water rights, gathered to protest the visits of two US Senators (Jon Kyl & John McCain) to the Navajo Nation April 5, 2012.The people had gathered to say “NO DEAL” and “KILL THE BILL” to S2109, the bill that would allow for more water to flow into Arizona for the benefit of companies and urban growth.
Protesters chanted “Water Is Life”, “Free Indian Water Ends Now”, “Let the Water Flow”, “Sewage Water for McCain and Kyl”, other chants were said in Diné.
Protesters waited for the Navajo president Ben Shelly and US senators McCain and Kyl to exit the meeting in Tuba City, on the Navajo Nation. Earlier protesters marched in the streets of Tuba City, as Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly met with the Senators to discuss the further dismantling of Navajo and Hopi water rights. Navajo Nation president Ben Shelly announced to the public after the meeting that a deal has not been made yet. He stated that “the agreement will have to be agreed to by the Navajo People.” There are 7 town hall meetings scheduled to hear input from 7 of the 110 chapter houses (similar to districts) and council delegates. However, the Navajo people would like more than 7 town hall meetings because this bill affects more chapters including ones in New Mexico.
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"They want people to give up their claim to a clean water source, then they want to deregulate pollution standards. It’s a slow methodical form of manslaughter by toxicity."
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"People of color have survived centuries of unspeakable violence against our cultures and our spirits. The cultures we have built today, in all their vibrancy and richness, are testaments to our strength and survival. Therefore, they have incredible meaning to us. When white folks just put them on like a pair of shoes, they neutralize years of resistance and celebration.
The day when all peoples have equal access to large-scale media, when all peoples can travel with the same freedom, when all peoples have equal and humanized representation in the global cultural landscape, THEN we can talk about cultural exchange and how cultures can benefit from influencing each other.
Until then, it’s just plain stealing.