"…rather than reconsider their racist ‘solution’ to Australia’s nuclear waste problem – that is, dumping it on Aboriginal land – the Abbott government is desperately trying to find another remote site [after the Muckaty people successfully stood against a dump on their territory]. The NT government is actively assisting, with Chief Minister Adam Giles upping the ante and supporting the idea that an international nuclear dump could be the antidote to Aboriginal poverty."
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the dumps, which include shallow unlined trenches for medical waste and above-ground sheds for nuclear waste, are being called “temporary” but will be in place for a minimum of 300 years. in return, they are promising $11 million in a charity trust for infrastructure, and a $1 million scholarship fund.

granted i am not very good at math and am definitely not one of those scientists that does nuclear waste risk assessments or whatever….but seems more than a little fishy that they expect an Aboriginal community to host toxic waste that will pretty much undoubtedly fuck up their water, air, land, and bodies for 10 generations, when they’re willing to pay them an amount that won’t even provide for 1 generation. [source]

Navajo Kindergartener Told to Cut his Hair, Sent Home on First Day of School - COLORLINES →

paalangpu-sihu:

Five-year-old Malachi Wilson was all set to start kindergarten at F.J. Young Elementary in Seminole, Texas, but on Monday he was told to cut his hair and was sent home. His mother, April Wilson, contacted the Navajo Nation; the American Indian Movement also put pressure on the district to reverse its decision against the child. Only after she provided documentation of her son’s Native-ness through Malachi’s Certificate of Indian Blood did the Seminole Independent School District change its mind. The district’s rather lengthy student dress code stipulates more than a dozen rules when it comes to hair. Among them, Mohawks are prohibited. (Mohawks are called that for the way that some actual Mohawk people wear their hair.) Dreadlocks are also prohibited. The handbook says exceptions are made on “certain recognized religious or spiritual beliefs,” but students “must receive prior approval by the campus administrator.” The district changed its mind about Wilson’s hair—but he nevertheless missed his first day of school. The school district is ostensibly named for the Seminole people. The district’s schools use various Native mascots, and refer to their students as “Indians and Maidens.”

"Young women on the reservation live their lives in anticipation of being raped. They talk about, ‘How will I survive my rape?’ as opposed to not even thinking about it. We shouldn’t have to live our lives that way."
- Juana Majel Dixon, 1st vice president of the National Congress of American Indians and co-chair of the NCAI Task Force on Violence Against Women
"Fontaine’s murder has rightly reignited calls for a federal public inquiry into murdered and missing aboriginal women. How many more indigenous women’s and girls’ bodies do police have to discover by chance in rivers, forests, parks and farms before the government begins to show an ounce of interest in our lives? Prime Minister Stephen Harper, on his annual tour of the North, was posed essentially that question when asked to comment on Fontaine’s death last week. Harper replied, “We should not view this as a sociological phenomenon. We should view it as a crime.”"
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sociological phenomenon or crime? here’s some numbers that should clear that up for you (source):

  • 1,017: Number of aboriginal women murdered in Canada between 1980 and 2012
  • 327: Total number of aboriginal women victims of murder reported by the RCMP to the UN Committee for the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women in September 2013. The RCMP says that number was smaller “because they focused solely on RCMP jurisdictions and spanned a relatively short period of time.”
  • 164: Number of aboriginal women reported missing between 1980 and 2012. The real number is likely higher, since the stat only includes women missing at least 30 days.
  • 225: Number of unsolved cases of missing or murdered women
  • 16: Percentage of women victims of murder who were aboriginal. Aboriginal women are roughly four times more likely to be victims of murder than non-aboriginal women.
  • 8: Percentage of female victims of murder who were aboriginal in 1984
  • 23: Percentage of female victims of murder who were aboriginal in 2012
  • 12: Percentage of aboriginal women victims of murder from 1991 to 2012 who were likely involved in the sex trade. That’s versus 5 per cent of non-aboriginal women. The RCMP notes that the proportion for both is relatively small and that “it would be inappropriate to suggest any significant difference in the prevalence of sex trade workers among aboriginal female homicide victims as compared to non-aboriginal homicide victims.”

Inuit Children Showing Physical Signs Of North's Food Security Problems →

nitanahkohe:

Hunger among Inuit families is so prevalent in the Arctic that it could be why almost half their children are shorter than average, new research suggests. A paper published in the Journal of the Canadian Public Health Association says the height discrepancy implies that food insecurity is a long-running problem — not just something that happens occasionally. ”The observed association between food insecurity and linear growth suggests that the diet quality and quantity of children from food-insecure households had been compromised for a long time,” the paper says.

…A McGill University study found in 2010 that 41 per cent of Nunavut children between three and five lived in homes where they either had no food for an entire day or where their parents couldn’t afford to feed them at least part of the time. Two-thirds of the parents said there were times when they ran out of food and couldn’t afford to buy more. In a 2012 study, Statistics Canada found that 22 per cent of Inuit reported going hungry during the previous year because they couldn’t afford food. Nunavut’s territorial nutritionist has found nearly three-quarters of Inuit preschoolers live in food-insecure homes. Half of youths 11 to 15 years old sometimes go to bed hungry.

"Food-insecure children were significantly shorter in stature, by an average of two centimetres, than their food-secure counterparts," the report says. "For children of this age group, this is close to half a year’s growth." They also found children from hungry families tended to be more anemic. ”The results of this study raise concerns about the long-term implications of food insecurity for Nunavik,” the report concludes.

rtamerica:

Black TV producer on way to Emmys party mistaken for bank robber, handcuffed, held for six hours

An African-American film producer in Beverly Hills for an Emmy pre-party was handcuffed and detained for around six hours on Friday night as police believed he fit the description of a suspect in a nearby bank robbery.

Charles Belk said he left a restaurant alone to refill a parking meter when he was suddenly surrounded by six police cars “handcuffed very tightly, fully searched for weapons, and placed back on the curb,” he wrote on his Facebook page with an accompanying photo of him sitting on the curb as two police officers stand close by. 

nitanahkohe:

ah yes, women’s equality day—the holiday commemorating the day white women gained the same voting rights white men already had for over 100 years.

Native women weren’t even eligible for US citizenship until 4 years after that date (largely thanks to the efforts of Native suffragette Zitkala-Ša), the US was still naturalizing Native people as citizens as recently as 1940 (20 years after white women got the right to vote), and it wasn’t until the 1965 Voting Rights Act that the federal government overrode state efforts to deny Native citizens (and other citizens of color) the right to vote. also like obvi voting rights are not really the best measurement of equality anyways bc i’m pretty sure women, especially WOC, still aren’t really treated like human beings 24/7 in this country yet.

so yeah it’s women’s equality day as long as equality is defined as voting rights and Black & Brown women aren’t really considered women.

lastrealindians:

Three Police Guns and a Baby, By Cindy Gomez-Schempp

On July 25, 2014, 13 Fargo, ND police officers were dispatched to arrest one 15 year old girl. She claimed Fargo police used excessive force. Officers said they smelled marijuana. She reportedly told officers she was retrieving her sister’s phone and charger from the car but was still dragged her from the car, had her head beat on the hood of a car, and was handcuffed and hogtied causing excruciating pain to her arms, wrists and ankles. (See original story here)

A week and a half later, the 15 year old’s mom went to the police department with her lawyer to request a complaint form from the Fargo Police concerning the brutal arrest of her innocent 15 year old daughter. The day after she met with the Fargo Police Department’s Office of Professional Standards, her car was pulled over by an unmarked police vehicle. She was ready to record because she had been reporting repeated harassment from police toward her family members, especially those who witnessed and reported on her daughter’s arrest.

3 Police Guns and a Baby While giving her friend a ride, she was boxed in and detained by a hoard of police cars during a traffic stop on the vehicle ahead of her (which her passenger’s daughter and boyfriend were traveling in). During the stop officers drew their guns at unarmed occupants including a three year old toddler. A recent Nation article cited what every U.S. Marine knows: That you never point a weapon at anything you do not intend to shoot. Neither the Ferguson nor the Fargo police have been advised of this important distinction.

The disturbing encounter for this embattled Fargo mother, included three guns pulled on the scene against unarmed travelers; one of them a three year old child. The person they arrested did not resist arrest, made his hands visible, and did not pose any visible threat to officers. The mother of the 15 year old recently reporting excessive force claims that she is now being subjected to constant surveillance and harassment as a result of exposing police misconduct to media. The unmarked police vehicle that detained both cars had been sitting outside her home “all day”, and she suspected it as a surveillance vehicle once she left the mobile home park where she lives and noticed it was following her.

READ MORE HERE: http://lastrealindians.com/three-police-guns-and-a-baby-by-cindy-gomez-schempp/

fishingboatproceeds:

Mario Balotelli is an Italian footballer who may soon become a Liverpool player. He has long been one of my favorite players, and I can’t help but think that the way his reputation in Europe is shaped by race. (Balotelli has been the victim of horrific racist chants throughout his career, but I also think institutional racism shapes media coverage and popular opinion, as pointed out here and elsewhere.)

Balotelli is certainly an unusual footballer: Once, while signing an autograph for a child, Balotelli learned the kid was being bullied, and then drove across town to confront the bully and discuss the matter with the school principal. And he is famed for his generosity, although this is often portrayed popularly as an inability to handle his money well.

He also has a reputation for volatility and immaturity, and is often criticized for getting in fights with teammates. He once threw a dart at a younger player. You hear a lot that Balotelli is crazy and/or lazy. You hear that he stays out late.

Now, I think some of Balotelli’s professional behavior has been poor, and I’m not here to defend it. But look at the way we treat white players:

Liverpool’s Robbie Fowler once PRETENDED TO SNORT THE WHITE POWDER OF THE TOUCH LINE after scoring a goal, in reference to his cocaine use.

Craig Bellamy drunkenly beat a teammate with a golf club

Peter Beagrie once drunkenly stole someone’s motorbike and drove it through a hotel’s plate glass window

Point being, in all the cases above (and many, many, many more) the offenses were seen as youthful indiscretions, or as hilarious examples of Boys being Boys.

Fowler is now a coach; Beagrie is now a well-respected commentator; and Bellamy is still playing. You rarely hear about his on- and off-field indiscretions, even though they’re probably more numerous than Balotelli’s. Meanwhile, Balotelli makes the news (and gets fined $200,000) for eating curry.

Those of you who follow football will begin to hear a lot about Balotelli if he returns to play in England. You will hear about how he cried after being substituted (although you might not hear that he cried because he had to sit on the bench while racist chants rang through the stadium). You will hear about how he is “wild” and “unpredictable” and “lazy.” 

But watch him play. Watch how good and smart and creative he can be, how he can find paths to goal that make people call him lazy (they called Messi lazy, too, remember) when really he is just waiting, like the chess master who sees four moves ahead. Watch him off the ball, moving to reshape the opposition’s defense.

And then watch him score, turn around unsmiling, and lift his shirt to ask the immense and complicated question.

mohala-sumiko:

they attacked without warning
threatened journalists
tear gassed fuckin CHILDREN

DON’T forget about Ferguson!

DON’T FORGET TO SPREAD THE NEWS ABOUT EZELL FORD

poetic-floetry:

25 years old with mental complications ,that everyone was aware of in the area of Newtown was complying with LAPD and was held down and shot 3 times in the back.

Witness’s say officers screamed out “shoot him” before firing at him. HE WAS HELD DOWN AND NOT RESISTING AND THEY STILL SHOT HIM. This is not getting any coverage and could easily be swept under the rug. I’m on mobile so please if anyone can post pictures,links,etc feel free to add.

dynastylnoire:

ravingsbya-woc:

redrubied:

miltonsong:

brown-likeme:

International hacker group Anonymous claims to have obtained audio files of police dispatch and EMS during the Mike Brown shooting.

They have said it will be released at 2:00pm ET

Wow

Good.

UPDATED skip to around 9:35, they are asking for crowd control, at 11:20 they found out from the news, not the police. listen around 21:25 for request for more cars, it’s a very long video (apx 2 hours) so you only get a little information at a time, so far what people have heard and gathered is that they called for more cars and crowd control long before they called an EMT 

dynastylnoire

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOST

"One of the most sinister things about normalized racism is you don’t have to have bad intentions to be racist, you just have to remain ignorant."

maghrabiyya:

darvinasafo:

WITH RESPECT TO THE BROWN FAMILY WE SHOULD REMOVE PICTURES OF MICHAEL BROWN SLAIN IN THE STREET.

#respect

as far as I know I haven’t shared any of the pictures of Michael’s body, but I’m reblogging this for my followers who have.

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Native Hawaiian death rates from cardiovascular disease are 44 percent higher than the U.S. average, 39 percent higher for cancers and 196 percent higher for Type 2 diabetes. This state of being is allowed to persist in part, I believe, because these statistics are only numbers. They may be startling, but symbols on a page can be ignored, concealed or filed away in the back of the mind to grapple with later. I have my own information to share.

My dad and his siblings were one-half Hawaiian, their parents each half as well. My uncle was the second of three brothers. Before the islands’ first foreign contact, in 1778, alcohol was unknown to these shores. If he were born three centuries ago, no drop of liquor would have passed his lips. But alcoholism had been hurting Native Hawaiians for over a century. In 2012, my uncle died of liver cancer in a hospital room in Honolulu, miles away from his home on Maui. Medical interventions were too little, too late.

My father was named Daryl Collins Kahahane. His Hawaiian name was Lani, a component of the name I received when I was born. Three hundred years ago, he would have eaten a Hawaiian diet. Meals would consist of taro, sweet potato, fish, bananas, and other traditional foods — a diet high in vitamins and low in fat. These foods would probably not have resulted in him suffering from heart disease or diabetes. He may not have had a heart attack in our front yard. Scar tissue would probably not have formed in his heart, staying with him for the handful of years to come. And he might not have died at the age of 63, while I was finishing up the spring semester of my sophomore year in college. But in 2013 — after decades of mayonnaise, spare ribs, root beer, and SPAM — we are far from the old days.

My grandmother, who still lives in Lahaina, was born 82 years ago just up Lahainaluna Road from the sugar plantation where my father was born. She saw two of her sons die before her, in the span of two years. The youngest of the three brothers survives, along with two daughters. These are statistics that we do not normally discuss. Forty percent of the family that she birthed, raised, and loved, has preceded her in passing. She has buried 67 percent of her sons, attended two-fifths of a potential five funerals at our church, Maria Lanakila.

But no number value can be put on her loss. There is no replacement for a son or a father.

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