Monthly Archives: February 2012

Transforming Finkelstein’s BDS Attack into an Opportunity

The following is by David Letwin. He is a Palestine solidarity activist who works with Al-Awda NY: The Palestine Right to Return Coalition. He participated in a 2007 delegation of lawyers and activists to the West Bank and 1948 territories, and was a member of the 2009/2010 Gaza Freedom March, where he co-authored the Cairo Declaration. Read the rest of this entry

Trial for Two Peaks Defenders Starting Today – Support Needed!

Flagstaff, AZ — On Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at Flagstaff “Justice” Court, two Peaks Defenders will be facing trail for charges resulting from protests to protect the Holy San Francisco Peaks from ski area expansion and wastewater snowmaking.

The two individuals, including Rudy Preston, are facing charges ranging from criminal trespass to disorderly conduct.

The protests occurred on August 8th and & August 13th, 2011.

On August 8th, 2011, nine people took direct action blockading the ongoing destruction and desecration of the Peaks.  The nine individuals directly confronted the ecocidal actions of Arizona Snowbowl, halting their daily clear-cutting and pipeline excavation plans for eight hours. Responding sheriffs deputies immediately arrested Rudy Preston, the group’s police liaison, who was ensuring the safety of demonstrators. More than 50 law enforcement officials used industrial saws and a jack hammer to forcefully break apart the blockade. Read the rest of this entry

Hero and Martyr, Rebel and Patriot: Manipulating the Meaning of Louis Riel

Louis Riel (centre) and associates

The following article is by Adam Barker. He is settler Canadian currently living in Occupied Coast Salish territory. He works on issues of identity andpower in politics and social organizing. This article appeared in New Socialist # 65. As usual the posting of it does not imply an endorsement of either the New Socialist Group or Adam Barker. It posted to provoke discussion on this Louis Riel Day.

Louis Riel Jr., the “founding father” of the province of Manitoba, an iconic figure to the Métis, and a symbol of francophone nationalism, was never in control of his own legacy. Riel defied the conventions of his day by refusing to contribute to burgeoning Canadian nationalism. He would not be part of astate that defined itself by oppressing those deemed undesirable and rewarding those who conformed. Riel embraced his indigenous ethnicity and his peoples’ unique language and heritages. He demanded respect and autonomy to the point of leading two short-lived rebellions against the state. Read the rest of this entry