Study Group: Anti-Colonial Approach to Gender Violence

•February 5, 2010 • Leave a Comment

This Sunday, February 7th @ the Deli (441 N. Killingsworth) we will be discussing Anti-Colonial Approach to Gender Violence by Andrea Smith.

Andrea Smith (Cherokee) is a longtime anti-violence and Native American activist and scholar. She is co-founder of INCITE!Women of Color Against Violence, a national grassroots organization that utilizes direct action and critical dialogue. Smith has published widely on issues of violence against women of color and is one of the nation’s leading experts on the topic, as well as a highly-sought after speaker.

Smith holds a B.A. from Harvard University in Comparative Study of Religion, a Masters of Divinity from the Union Theological Institute and a PhD from the University of California, Santa Cruz, in History of Consciousness. She is currently an assistant professor in the Native American Studies department at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

This essay is not available online, but it can be found in Conquest: Sexual Violence and the American Indian Genocide by Andrea Smith. We hope to see you there!


Study Group: Heteropatriarchy and the Three Pillars of White Supremacy

•January 16, 2010 • Leave a Comment

On Sunday, January 17th at 4 p.m, Setting the Record Straight will be hosting a study group focusing on the article by Andrea Smith, “Heteropatriarchy and the Three Pillars of White Supremacy.”

About the author: Andrea Smith is a longtime anti-violence and Native American activist and scholar. She is co-founder of INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence, a national grassroots organization that utilizes direct action and critical dialogue. Smith has published widely on issues of violence against women of color and is one of the nation’s leading experts on the topic.
The article is fairly short – 8 pages – and doesn’t take long to read. Please read the article prior to the study group. You can find a link to the article here.

We look forward to seeing you there!

When: Sunday, January 17th, 4:00 pm

Where: The Piedmont Deli, 441 N. Killingsworth, across the street from the North Portland Library.

PRESS RELEASE: Women Go Missing and Die amid Government and Social Apathy

•January 12, 2010 • 1 Comment

This article has been reposted from Justice for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.


(WINNIPEG MB, December 15, 2009) “There is no question – absolutely no question – that we are going to put violence against women at the centre of this country’s agenda, starting right now,” said Suzanne Dzus of Calgary.

Ms. Dzus made this compelling declaration following a day long meeting of women anti-violence advocates held at the Manitoba Status of Women offices in Winnipeg on Saturday. The women are key organizers of Missing and Murdered Women Memorial marches held in communities across British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario.

Women at this first-time meeting know full well that Canada has a very long history of hiding its dirty secrets when it comes to violence against women in general and Aboriginal women specifically, as Aboriginal women are disproportionally represented among the missing and murdered women in Canada.

“Once again, we are taking up the work of holding the Canadian government accountable for its history of colonialism and entrenched racism and the immense violence against women their seemingly never-ending denials have caused,” said Carol Martin of Vancouver.

“We are moving forward with the leadership of Aboriginal women at the absolute centre of our efforts,” said Martin.

“We understand that a massive change is needed. We know Aboriginal women have the leadership, the experience, the wisdom and the power to bring our communities back to wholeness, to create the healing our country so desperately needs,” said Lisa Michell of Winnipeg.

The advocates returned to their communities dedicated to igniting a totally new level of action that includes co-ordination of memorial marches nationally and the development of a national strategy on ending violence against women. “Violence against women is everybody’s business” said Michell. Another meeting will happen in January, as plans for involving the children of missing and murdered women get underway.

“The children have lost their grandmothers, their mothers, their aunts, their sisters, their friends. All murdered, with so many, nowhere to be found. Why is our country willing to have its children suffer these unendurable losses? Why do our children have to carry these horrific stories?” asked Danielle Boudreau of Edmonton.

The group also intends to work with men genuinely dedicated to doing everything they can to end the violence. “We are looking for men committed to taking every single necessary step to end the terror visited on women,” said Angela Marie MacDougall of Vancouver.

The Memorial Marches for Missing and Murdered Women occur every February 14th across Canada. There is an estimated 3,000 women who have gone missing or been found murdered since 1969. Each case has left families of the victims and the broader community questioning whether the authorities acted responsibly to investigate longstanding reports of missing women. Aboriginal women constitute a majority of the cases from this period; research has indicated that more than 500 Aboriginal women are known to be missing, and feared murdered, in Canada.

For more information contact:

Lisa Michell – Women’s Memorial March Committee Chair Winnipeg 204-299-6425

Danielle Boudreau – Founder Women’s Memorial March Edmonton 780-919-5707

Suzanne Dzus – Founder Women’s Memorial March Calgary 403-700-5560

Angela Marie MacDougall – Women’s Memorial March Planning Committee Vancouver 604-808-0507

Carol Lynne D’Arcangelis – No More Silence Toronto 416-925-7113

Gladys Radek – Co-Founder Walk 4 Justice 604-569-5989

Carol Martin – Women’s Memorial March Planning Committee Vancouver 604-681-8480 Ext 233

Audrey Huntley – Women’s Memorial March No More Silence 604-657-8864

Marlene George – Women’s Memorial March Planning Committee Chair Vancouver 604-665-2220

Briefing on the Human Rights and Environmental Abuses of Canadian Corporations

•January 10, 2010 • 2 Comments

This article is sourced to Intercontinental Cry by Ahni.

With more than a thousand mining and exploration companies operating around the world, Canada is by far the most productive country when it comes to mineral extraction.

It is a source of great pride in some circles. However, as this briefing demonstrates, it is also a source of great fear and revulsion for tens of thousands of people around the world: the attendant victims of Canada’s mining industry.

In many cases, these victims, often residing on communally-held lands, are evicted from their homes and displaced without any form of compensation. Sometimes they are held back at gun point while their villages and property is destroyed; not to mention their graveyards, sacred sites, farmlands and other areas key to their culture and physical survival.

Continue reading ‘Briefing on the Human Rights and Environmental Abuses of Canadian Corporations’

Peabody’s Coal Mining Permit Revoked at Black Mesa

•January 9, 2010 • Leave a Comment

This article is sourced to Intercontinental Cry.

Peabody Coal’s massive coal mine project, on the traditional lands of the Hopi and Dineh People in northeastern Arizona, was dealt another major blow this week by an administrative judge in Salt Lake City..

On January 5, 2010, Judge Robert G. Holt revoked Peabody’s coal mining permit at Black Mesa, because the U.S. Office of Surface Mining (OSM) failed to provide a supplemental Draft Environmental Impact statement (EIS) when it issued the permit in December 2008.

“As a result,” Judge Holt states, “the Final EIS did not consider a reasonable range of alternatives to the new proposed action, described the wrong environmental baseline, and did not achieve the informed decision-making and meaningful public comment required by NEPA [National Environmental Protection Act].”

The permit was supposed to “guarantee” Peabody’s operation until 2026, or “until the coal runs out.” Now it’s on hold—-a welcomed turn of events in the decades-long struggle against the project, as Wahleah Johns, co-director of Black Mesa Water Coalition stated on January 8, 21010:

“As a community member of Black Mesa I am grateful for this decision. For 40 years our sacred homelands and people have borne the brunt of coal mining impacts, from relocation to depletion of our only drinking water source. This ruling is an important step towards restorative justice for Indigenous communities who have suffered at the hands of multinational companies like Peabody Energy. This decision is also precedent-setting for all other communities who struggle with the complexities of NEPA laws and OSM procedures in regards to environmental protection. However, we also cannot ignore the irreversible damage of coal mining industries continues on the land, water, air, people and all living things.”

“This is a huge victory for the communities of Black Mesa impacted by coal mining and proof that Peabody can’t have its way on Black Mesa anymore,” adds Sierra Club’s Hertha Woody, also a member of the Navajo Nation. “Coal is a dirty, dangerous and outdated energy source that devastates communities, jeopardizes drinking water and destroys wildlife habitats. This decision is yet another example of why it no longer makes sense to burn coal to get electricity.”

Just a few weeks ago, the EPA issued its own decision and withdrew Peabody’s water permit, after the Black Mesa Water Coalition, To’ Nizhoni Ani (“Beautiful Water Speaks”), Diné CARE and several other groups raised concerns the company was violating NEPA, as well as the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act.

The diverse group of defenders, some of whom were recently blacklisted for being “a threat” to the Hopi and Navajo Nations, also alleged the EPA did not fully consider the environmental impacts of Peabody’s waste ponds, and failed to provide opportunities for public involvement in their decision-making process.

“For three-and-a-half decades, Peabody’s coal mining operations on Black Mesa have been dependent on the sole source of drinking water for Navajo and Hopi communities. Between 1969 and 2005, Peabody pumped an average of 4,600 acre-feet of water annually from the Navajo Aquifer, causing significant damage to Navajo and Hopi community water supplies. The permit … would have allowed Peabody to continue discharging heavy metals and toxic pollutants into washes, tributaries and groundwater relied on by communities,” states the Sierra Club in a December Press Release.

Following the decision, Nicole Horseherder of To’ Nizhoni Ani, who lives about 20 miles away from
Peabody’s Black Mesa Complex, said “I am very happy about the EPA’s decision to withdraw the permit. I am glad to see a federal regulatory agency finally doing its job. In the course of our struggle to protect the water and bring awareness to the impacts of this coal mining operation, we have never had such a favorable decision by any agency charged with regulating the impacts of Black Mesa.”

Workshop on White Privilege and Settler Privilege

•January 9, 2010 • Leave a Comment

The workshop will be on the construction of whiteness, white privilege and settler privilege. The workshop will utilize guided discussion and participatory learning to encourage attendants to deconstruct and analyze white privilege & settler privilege.

Although this workshop centers around white privilege and settler privilege, this is not a specifically white event and all people are welcome.

The workshop will be held at the Piedmont Deli (441 N. Killingsworth Ave.) at 7 p.m on Monday, January 11, 2010.

Making a Stand at Desert Rock

•January 8, 2010 • Leave a Comment

On December 12th, 2006 community members in Chaco Rio, New Mexico established a blockade to prevent preliminary work for proposed development of a massive coal-fired power plant. Learn more at

This resource was found at Indigenous Action Media.