By Glenn Morris, Censored News
There will be two political protests in support of our relatives to the north who are resisting the tar sands exploitation, and in opposition to the Trans-Canada, Keystone-XL oil pipeline, which will be constructed across the indigenous treaty territories of the northern plains. Of course, the reason that we are targeting our message to Obama during his visit is that the permit (which requires presidential approval) for the Keystone-XL pipeline is on Obama’s (and his State Department’s) desk, right now. We need to take this opportunity to send a strong statement to Obama in support of our relatives in Canada, at Fort Peck, Standing Rock, Pine Ridge, Rosebud, and several other reservations, who will be directly affected by this pipeline. In addition, a delegation from the Oglala Sioux Tribe (OST), including OST Vice-President Tom Poor Bear, will be traveling to join us. There is concerted opposition to Keystone-XL, from Pine Ridge and other members of the Lakto/Dakota/Nakota Nations, who will be directly affected by this environmental disaster. Please join us; surely, if people can travel hundreds of miles from Pine Ridge and Rosebud, we can travel across town to send a loud message to Obama. The weather might be a little sketchy during these actions, so dress in clothes that will keep you warm and dry. To get some additional background on this issue, visit: http://oilsandstruth.org/ and http://www.ienearth.org/stop-keystone-xl/index.html
Tuesday, October 25th, 2:00 pm. Meet outside the Tivoli Student Union, on the Auraria campus, downtown Denver. There is an open-air stage between the Tivoli and the PE/Events building. We will meet there, and march to near the Pepsi Center where Obama will be attending a $5000 per person reception and dinner. If you cannot come until later because of work or school, come when you can. In addition, a delegation from the Oglala Sioux Tribe (OST), including OST Vice-President Tom Poor Bear, will be traveling to join us. There is concerted opposition to Keystone-XL, from Pine Ridge and other members of the Lakto/Dakota/Nakota Nations, who will be directly affected by this environmental disaster. Please join us, surely, if people can travel hundreds of miles from Pine Ridge and Rosebud, we can travel across town to send a loud message to Obama. We will be staged outside the Pepsi Center, either on Auraria Parkway or on Speer, until the dinner is over — probably until 6 pm. Brings signs that oppose the tar sands, and Keystone-XL pipeline, or other signs in support of indigenous peoples’ rights. Bring rain gear.
Wednesday, October 26th, 8 am, Auraria Events Center, Auraria Campus, downtown Denver. This will be the closest that any of us will actually get to Obama before his administration makes a decision on the Keystone-XL pipeline. It is important to send him a clear, loud message in support on indigenous peoples’ rights to a clean environment, respect for our treaty rights, our right to self-determination and control of our natural resources. It might be snowing on Wednesday morning, but do not let a little snow deter us — the light-rail runs right to the campus, and just dress warmly!
If you are bored on Monday night, feel free to come by DU for a discussion on the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
24 October 2011, Monday at 6:00 pm, DU Korbel school – U.N. Day observance. Host: United Nations Associations-USA /Denver Chapter UN Seminar Program committee. Program: UN & YOU Series : Indigenous People’s Rights at Home and Abroad. Speakers – Prof. Glenn Morris (Univ CO Denver) will introduce us to the historic developments leading up to the United Nations’ Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People and then we will discuss the impact of the Declaration on the situation of Native American indigenous peoples in the U.S. When: October 24 6:00 -8:00 pm (United Nations Day) Where: University of Denver, Josef Korbel School of International Studies Cyber Café (2201 S Gaylord St.; Cherrington Hall, building just west of Iliff School of Theology)