Defending the Land Dispatch: Nov. 23, 2012

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November 23rd 2012 - This week's defending the land dispatch starts with a release posted on the Unistoten defence camp homepage which highlights the eviction of pipeline surveyors from Wet'suwet'en in BC then moves into a bit on the victory over the mega quarry in southern ontario, and dan then sends a plea to all those who were a part of the victory - please help shut down another stupid industrial project on the Grand River Watershed - the dundalk sludge plant!

We then get into a wikked tune of resistance from Palestine:  Shadia Mansour (feat M1 of Dead Prez) - AL KUFIYYEH ARABEYYEH. 

after newsletter #1 from Grand River Indigenous Solidarity, we finish the news part of the dispatch with a piece from the Vancouver Sun where internal federal documents have admitted that Indigenous Rights and Charter issues may force the abandonment of industrial projects.

we close the show with Note to Self from Propagandhi's new album Failed States

Defending the Land Dispatch is a segment on the weekly 2 hour [email protected] radio (16:00-18:00est) on CKMS 100.3 covering land defence actions around the world - against capitalism, against colonialism, against ecocide - for a health mother earth!

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excerpts from the newsletter:

News and Updates

#1 Mohawk Workers ally with non-native citizens' groups to oppose mega-development

It's been a busy season for the Mohawk Workers group based out of Kanata Village. They announced, alongside other community groups like the National Farmers' Union, Sustainable Brant, and the Green Party, opposition to the proposed 200-home subdivision development by Walton Investments. You can read more about that at their website, here.

#2 Kanata Village updates

The City of Brantford plans to shut down power and hydro

Mohawks argue but utilities at Kanata to be shut off By Jim Windle BRANTFORD



Walton wins injunction against native protests\


#1: Our Land, Our Identity: Algonquins of Barriere Lake Fight for Suvival
Michel Thusky and Jacob Wawatie speaking at the event hosted by IPSMO, Oct 10, 2012, at the Odawa Native Friendship Centre, Ottawa on unceded Algonquin territory.

Michel Thusky

Jacob Wawatie


#2: Video about the Walton Development

#3: Anti-Oppression, Decolonization and Responsible Allyship (Harsha Walia)

Harsha Walia speaks at Power Shift 2012 in Ottawa, ON, about the relationship between anti-oppression and decolonization. Click here to watch this video.


Upcoming Events:

December 2nd 2012 - Join us to Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Grassy Narrows Blockade with events in Guelph, Toronto, and other cities. 

On December 2nd, 2002 Grassy Narrows Anishinabe Community Members mobilized in a powerful direct action to stop the destruction of our way of life and habitat by stopping logging trucks from entering our territory.  Many supporters have joined us in this fight.

 This industrial logging was destroying a way of life for our people as they cut massive areas of our forest against our will and carried our trees off to the mills since the early 1950s.  We received another big blow to our economic self sufficiency in the 1970s when mercury was dumped into the English Wabigoon River system (which flows directly into Grassy Narrows First Nation and Whitedog) by a paper mill, and the river became poisoned with this mercury.  That poison is still in the river system today, and new mercury is added from the logging that takes place all over the forest.

 Since December 2002, our community has taken on this big logging industry.  We succeeded in kicking out the world's largest paper company -Abitibi- and we are still fighting against other companies like Weyerhaeuser, which are trying to regain access to our forest.

 We will continue to fight against this cultural genocide.

 Please join us in celebrating our resistance, our sovereignty, and our action in defense of the earth.

 Grassy Narrows Women's Drum Group

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