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NARF APPLAUDS SPONSORS OF PROPOSED LEGISLATION TO CURTAIL OFFENSIVE “REDSKIN” TRADEMARK

Contrary to those who believe aliens, gods etc will appear and right all wrongs for us, I believe that WE are righting the wrongs the same old way-thru hard work, determination and consciousness raising. Progress has always been in baby steps, but as the Shift continues it does seem that the baby is picking up his pace sometimes;-)

All the wrongs are connected and interwoven parts of an imposed system-whether we call that imposed system colonization or ancestral lizard-people bloodlines, it’s key feature is that it DOES NOT WORK.

As we dismantle the imposed, nonfunctional system and work step by step to replace it with systems, and habits of being that ARE functional we will see improvements leapfrog across old boundaries and grow by orders of magnitude instead of baby steps as the process continues.

Ending racism may not SEEM to relate to ending environmental destruction, or income inequality, or corruption in governments and corporations but it does. It is an integral part of the divisive mindset that promotes and creates all of those problems-so as we defeat it, so do we weaken the rest, and vice versa-as we treat our environment with more respect so too will be naturally treat one another with more respect as well.

Thank you all for all that you do to make our world a better place-keep up the good work!;-)

NARF APPLAUDS SPONSORS OF PROPOSED LEGISLATION TO CURTAIL OFFENSIVE REDSKIN TRADEMARK

The Native American Rights Fund (NARF) fully supports the introduction of H.R. 1278, a new landmark bill in the U.S. House of Representatives that would amend the Trademark Act of 1946 regarding the disparagement of Native Americans through marks that use the term redskin.

NARF commends Rep. Faleomavaega and all the original sponsors of this important bill, which sends a clear signal that some members of Congress do not take anti-Native stereotyping and discrimination lightly. These Representatives now join Native American nations, organizations and people who have lost patience with the intransigence of the Washington pro football franchise in holding on to the indefensible a racial epithet masquerading as a team name.

NARF also commends all those individuals in the on-going Harjo and Blackhorse proceedings in federal agencies and courts for their tireless advocacy attempting in righting this wrong. While these cases have yet to succeed, they have provided the springboard for legislative efforts like the new bill.

For over 20 years NARF has been involved in the cases, attempting to accomplish what this bill, if enacted, would do. NARF represented the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), the National Indian Education Association (NIEA), the National Indian Youth Council (NIYC)), and the Tulsa Indian Coalition Against Racism (TICAR) as amici curiae in Harjo et al v. Pro Football, Inc. NARF also organized amici briefs in support of the Native petition for Supreme Court review, including one by a broad range of Native nations and organizations, and others by law professors, psychology professors and social justice advocacy groups.

NARF, NCAI, NIEA NIYC, TICAR and other major Native American organizations all have raised concerns regarding race-based stereotyping and behaviors in sports,, particularly the racially derogatory name and logo of the “Washington Redskins” professional football organization. Such concerns have been expressed through numerous communications, public statements, and meetings, including a 1972 meeting with then Washington Redskins president Edward Bennett Williams, after which no team owner ever met with Native people opposing the name.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office registered six trademarks between 1967 and 1990 that consist of racially derogatory and disparaging material, which opens Native Americans to contempt and public ridicule in violation of Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act, 15 U.S.c. § 1052(a). While there is enormous uplifting good in the human spirit, racism is the dark side of humanity that has caused much suffering among our diverse human family. Section 1052(a) wisely recognizes that one basic manifestation of prejudice, discrimination, or racism is the use of racially derogatory names, caricatures, or stereotypes that disparage peoples and persons and hold them up to contempt and ridicule; and this statute safeguards citizens through the registration of such trademarks.

In ruling unanimously in the Harjo case to cancel the Redskins trademarks, the PTO Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) admitted that the six existing trademark licenses should not have been approved. That ruling was overturned on a technicality, laches, which was interpreted to mean that the plaintiffs waited too long after turning 18 to file suit. The current Blackhorse case is identical, except that the plaintiffs filed when they were 18 to 24. In a recent hearing before the PTO TTAB, the Washington franchise argued that even these young plaintiffs waited too long and should have filed on the day they turned 18. In addition to this ongoing trademark cancelation case, Native people have filed Letters of Protest with the PTO to stop new requests for trademark licenses for the same disparaging name.

Should this legislation be enacted, it would provide justice to the plaintiffs and protestors in these cases, would free the PTO to automatically deny federal protection for this disparagement, and would spare present and future Native American peoples and persons from suffering public humiliation and discrimination from the name of the team in the nations capitol.

Native nations and citizens have a treaty, trust and special relationship with the United States, and rely on the federal government more than any other segment of society to make certain that its actions do no harm. Because of the duty of care owed to Indian tribes and people by the Department of Commerce, it is incumbent upon them to strictly enforce the provisions of 15 U.S.C. § 1052(a), in order to safeguard Indian tribes and citizens from racially or culturally disparaging federal trademarks. They are required by law to assess the issues in light of its federal Indian trust relationship and associated fiduciary duties to protect Indians and Indian culture from degrading federal trademark registrations. That trust relationship encompasses an affirmative duty on behalf of the Department of Commerce and the PTO TTAB to protect tribal culture and safeguard Native Americans from racism in sports conducted under color of federal law.

Founded in 1970, the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) is the oldest and largest nonprofit law firm dedicated to asserting and defending the rights of Indian tribes, organizations and individuals nationwide. NARFs practice is concentrated in five key areas: the preservation of tribal existence; the protection of tribal natural resources; the promotion of Native American human rights; the accountability of governments to Native Americans; and the development of Indian law and educating the public about Indian rights, laws, and issues.

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Indigenous Sovereignty and Human Rights: Idle No More as a Decolonizing Force

After reading an article called “stupid no more” from Kevin Annett posted on MNN I *felt* that it was condescending and simply not getting the real point, my gut feeling was that the man was piqued that attention was being drawn away from his pet project more than anything. The excerpt below gives a very clear and sensible counterpoint to the charges in the MNN piece, and I hope you will all go and read the entire article-I am very grateful to have found this blog!
“At first I was skeptical about the Idle No More movement. I didn’t want to lead my people to the government and beg for rights and responsibilities that the Creator gave to us. But I became involved with Idle No More because I could feel the energy of the youth rising and I did not want this energy to go to waste. I wanted to show them that the energy which we as peoples often internalize in negative ways is better directed to challenging the colonial framework that operates in all our lives. As the movement grows, the challenge of Idle No More is to continue moving beyond rhetoric and towards a fundamental reconfiguration of the colonial structure of Canada. Above and beyond, it must always be more than an emotionally frothy appeal to the Canadian government for justice and morality. We must be strategic, yet we must also act on the nation-to-nation spirit and intent of Treaty. The message of love, peace, and non-violent protest is essential to the movement. With this spirit at the forefront, we must seek to educate Settler populations and heal our Indigenous nations from the processes of genocide which we have experienced. Idle No More means re-establishing ourselves as sovereign nations, and empowering Settler people to fulfill their responsibilities as partners in sacred relationships of Treaty.”

Decolonization

by Kirstin Scansen

Last week I was compelled into a leadership role with the Prince Albert Idle No More rally. Prince Albert is a growing city in central Saskatchewan, with a population of about 35,000. The traditional Nehithaw place name is kistahpinanihk, which means “meeting place”. Prince Albert has a high Indigenous population and is surrounded by key sites in the history of Treaty 6. It would be ideal to say that Indigenous-Settler relations here have been harmonious, a peaceful meeting place of sorts, but the presence of colonialism is heavy. Surrounded by medium and maximum security prisons, housed disproportionately with Indigenous inmates, oppression can be felt strongly. Racism and racialised violence are pervasive. But there is also a strong regional history of Indigenous resurgence and resistance to colonialism; key sites of the Riel Rebellion are within a 30 minute drive from city limits, and Indigenous languages, ceremonies, and land-based…

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Native Rights Emergency in Canada right now-Part 2 U.S. Solidarity Actions

I just received this message from my friend Harrison-

“Red Power United members in Canada are requesting that our American members and our alliances with UUWS, UNA and AIM in the U.S. please show your solidarity and concern for the fight we are facing here in Canada as the Harper Government is trying to extinguish rights and break our Nations .. A show of solidarity and protests at Canadian Consulates throughout the United States would help our cause greatly.. (Please Share) – Megweetch”

I am posting a list of Canadian Consulates and Embassies in the US-it may not be complete so if you are far from any of these please do a search for “Canadian Consulate in (your state) address” and you will be able to see any closer.

Canadian Embassy – Washington
501 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC
USA
20001
Tel: (202) 682-1740
Fax: (202) 682-7726

Canadian Consulate General – Atlanta
1175 Peachtree Street NE
100 Colony Square, Suite 1700
Atlanta, Georgia USA
30361-6205
Tel: (404) 532-2000
Fax: (404) 532-2050

Canadian Consulate General – Boston
3 Copley Place, Suite 400
Boston, Massachusetts
USA
02116
Tel: (617) 247-5100
Fax: (617) 247-5190

Canadian Consulate General – Chicago
Two Prudential Plaza
180 North Stetson Avenue, Suite 2400
Chicago, Illinois
USA
60601-6714
Tel: (312) 616-1860
Fax: (312) 616-1877

Canadian Consulate General – Dallas
500 N. Akard St.
Suite 2900
Dallas, Texas
USA
75201
Tel: (214) 922-9806
Fax: (214) 922-9815

Canadian Consulate General – Denver
1625 Broadway, Suite 2600
Denver, Colorado
USA
80202
Tel: (303) 626-0640
Fax: (303) 572-1158

Canadian Consulate General – Detroit
600 Renaissance Center, Suite 1100
Detroit, Michigan
USA
48243-1798
Tel: (313) 567-2340
Fax: (313) 567-2164

Canadian Consulate General – Los Angeles
550 South Hope Street, 9th Floor
Los Angeles, California
USA
90071-2327
Tel: (213) 346-2700
Fax: (213) 620-8827

Canadian Consulate General – Miami
200 South Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 1600
Miami, Florida
USA
33131
Tel: (305) 579-1600
Fax: (305) 374-6774

Canadian Consulate General – Minneapolis
701 Fourth Avenue South, 9th Floor
Minneapolis, Minnesota
USA
55415-1899
Tel: (612) 333-4641
Fax: (612) 332-4061

Canadian Consulate General – New York City
1251 Avenue of the Americas
Concourse Level
New York, New York
USA
10020-1175
Tel: (212) 596-1628
Fax: (212) 596-1790

Canadian Consulate General – San Francisco
580 California Street, 14th floor
San Francisco, California
USA
94104
Tel: (415) 834-3180
Fax: (415) 834-3189

Canadian Consulate General – Seattle
1501 4th Ave., Suite 600
Seattle, Washington
USA
98101
Tel: (206) 443-1777
Fax: (206) 443-9662

This is the one here in Tampa Bay Florida-I found a bit more info on it-
Canadian Consulate in Tampa, the United States
501 E. Kennedy Blvd, Suite 1700
Tampa
Florida 33602
United States
Telephone (+1) (813) 222-3317
Telefax (+1) (813) 384-2829
E-mail mcintosh@honoraryconsulcanada.com
Website http://www.miami.gc.ca
Office Hours By appointment only
Telephone calls: 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Head of Mission Mr Andrew Lochlan McIntosh, Honorary Consul

This web site http://www.embassypages.com/canada is a listing of links for Canadian embassies and consulates worldwide-so if you want to organize a solidarity action in Europe, Asia, Australia etc you should be able to find your closest location using that page.
Don’t worry if you are not a member of any of the groups mentioned-Solidarity actions can be organized by ANYONE who CARES.

Please share this widely if you believe in human rights, freedom and sovereignty. Even if you are not indigenous these actions taken to solidify and cement the absolute power of the corrupt to control the Earth and all her peoples are detrimental to everyone.

This current crisis is caused by the refusal of Native Nations to join with the corrupt in a free-for-all orgy of Earth destruction with the Tar Sands and Keystone XL pipeline among other filthy projects.

Just as the US invaded Afghanistan when the Taliban refused to allow the oil pipeline to reach the ocean,(Oh you thought that was about 911? NOPE) when Big Oil can’t railroad over First Nations in Canada suddenly Canada decides to legally evaporate First Nations.

The indigenous in Afghanistan have not exactly kowtowed to their plans, even after a decade of war the colonizer lacks basic control there;despite the death and dismemberment of so many Americans and other soldiers who believe they are fighting for Freedom for PEOPLE not for Big Oil, and endless innocent civilians.;-( I doubt Turtle Island is going to follow any more easily.

Let’s use the power of the People worldwide to show them they can’t get away with this-BEFORE it ends up being as bloody in Canada as it has been in Afghanistan.

Peaceful pressure WORKS and it saves lives-all we have to do is work together and keep this issue in the news. We can’t let our brothers and sisters in Canada fight the Cabal/Illuminati/Big Oil by themselves, this fight belongs to us ALL.


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Examples of Pre-NESARA Forgiveness?

Examples of Pre-NESARA Forgiveness?.

Examples of Pre-NESARA Forgiveness?
2012 November 11
tags: Pakistan, Spain, United Arab Emirates
Posted by sage
Examples of Pre-NESARA Forgiveness?

sage: Below are three stories from three different countries illustrating attempts at financial reform: from the humanity of cancelling evictions through debt forgiveness to providing funds for families. Could this be pre-NESARA happening?
Story 1: Spain’s Politicians Pledge To Stop Evictions After Suicide

By Iciar Reinlein, Reuters – November 10, 2012

http://tinyurl.com/abz6y8n

(Reuters) – Spain’s conservative prime minister and the leader of the opposition aim to agree measures on Monday to stop banks evicting homeowners after a woman’s suicide before her property was repossessed caused public outrage.

“No one should be without a home for not being able to pay,” Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba, leader of the opposition Socialist Party said on Saturday.

Northern Spanish mortgage lender Kutxabank said it was suspending repossessions after 53-year-old former Socialist councillor Amaia Egana threw herself out of her fourth-storey apartment window in Barakaldo in the Basque Country as court officials came up the stairs to evict her on Friday.

Egana’s death, the second eviction-related suicide in Spain in recent weeks, added urgency to an agreement reached on Wednesday between the ruling conservative People’s Party and the Socialists to seek a bipartisan deal over repossessions.

Graffiti accusing bankers of murder and calling for an end to evictions appeared on some bank branches in the Basque Country on Saturday, Spanish media reported.

“We are living through things that no one likes to see, situations that are competely inhumane,” Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy told a political meeting hours after Egana’s death. “I hope that on Monday we’ll be able to talk about a temporary suspension of evictions for the most vulnerable families.”

One measure would be to grant grace periods, Spanish media reported. Rajoy said the rules would not be retroactive, while Rubalcaba called for previous evictions to be included.

There have been nearly 400,000 evictions in Spain since a property bubble burst in 2008. Unemployment hit 25 percent in the third quarter, a record high and the European Commission expects the economy to contract 1.4 percent this year and next as the second recession since the end of 2009 drags on.

Last week, European Union Advocate General Juliane Kokott issued a non-binding report concluding that Spanish legislation on evictions contradicts European norms for protecting consumer rights. Europe’s highest court will now have to deliver an opinion.

Jose Miguel Domingo, a newsstand owner in Granada, in southern Spain, hung himself on October 25, before he was due to lose his home, local media reported.

The same week an unemployed man in Burjassot, a town in the eastern region of Valencia, threw himself off a balcony on the day his family was to be evicted from their apartment. Reports said the man survived the fall.
Story 2: UAE Frees Hundreds of Emirati Debtors From Jail

By Amena Bakr, Reuters – November 10, 2012

http://tinyurl.com/a9u85js

(Reuters) – The United Arab Emirates has released from prison around 290 people convicted of bouncing cheques, the state news agency said on Saturday, the latest step by one of the world’s richest countries to help its citizens deal with their debts.

The drive to help debtors underlines moves by the government to expand its support to the population, as the UAE and other countries across the region boost welfare spending in the wake of last year’s Arab Spring uprisings in the Middle East.

Signing cheques without sufficient funds to back them is a criminal offence under UAE law and the order to release citizens who had defaulted on cheque payments was given last month by President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahayan.

In May, the president allocated around 5 million dirhams ($1.4 million) to settle defaulted loans for each indebted Emirati.

The UAE central bank told commercial banks in August to extend maturities on certain personal loans held by UAE citizens by more than four years.

The state news agency said on Saturday authorities have given certificates to those released from jail protecting them from future criminal prosecution over their cases.

However, an official quoted by the agency said creditors could still try to recover debts through civil courts.

The latest amnesty does not extend to all debtors. A number of foreigners, most of them real estate developers and businessmen who worked in Dubai during its economic boom several years ago, remain in prison after being convicted and sentenced over bounced cheques.
Story 3: Pakistan Marks “Malala Day”, Poor Children to Get Cash For School

By Katharine Houreld, Reuters – November 10, 2012

http://tinyurl.com/bf8ttnq

(Reuters) – The families of more than 3 million poor children in Pakistan will receive cash stipends if their children go to school, the government said as officials prepared to mark “Malala Day” on Saturday in support of a schoolgirl shot by the Taliban.

U.N. officials declared Malala Day one month after 15-year-old Malala Yousufzai and two of her classmates were shot by the Pakistan Taliban. She had been targeted for speaking out against the insurgency.

In the days following the shooting, Yousufzai became an international icon and world leaders pledged to support her campaign for girls’ education. She is now recovering in a British hospital.

On Friday, Pakistani president Asif Zardari added his signature to petitions signed by more than a million people urging Pakistan to pay stipends to families who put their girls in school in honor of Malala.

“Malala’s dreams represent what is best about Pakistan,” said former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown as he presented the petitions to President Zardari.

Tens of thousands of Britons have called on the government to nominate Malala Yousufzai for a Nobel Peace Prize for her work promoting girls’ education.

On Friday, the government announced that poor families will now receive $2 a month per child in primary school.

The program will be funded by the World Bank and Britain and distributed through the government’s Benazir Income Support Program, designed to give small cash payments to needy families. The families in the program already receive $10 a month for basic expenditure.

After a stipend program was put in place in Pakistan’s Punjab province, a World Bank study found a nine percent increase in girls’ enrolment over two years, said Alaphia Zoyab, the South Asia campaigner for internet activist group Avaaz.

Pakistan is struggling to overcome widespread poverty, a Taliban insurgency and massive, endemic corruption. Less than 0.57 percent of Pakistan’s 180 million citizens pay income tax, money that the government could use to educate poor children.

Instead, the Pakistani government relies on foreign donors to fund many social programs. Britain is due to spend around $1 billion on helping Pakistan educate poor children by 2015.