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The Board: Traumatizing Children, to Keep Us ‘Safe’
Watch video:
http://theboard.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/01/14/traumatizing-children-to-keep-us-safe/?emc=eta1n-to-keep-us-safe/?emc=eta1
JANUARY 14, 2009, 1:03 PM
Traumatizing Children, to Keep Us ‘Safe’
By New York Times Editorial Board
Life in the United States in the age of state and local immigration enforcement run amok:
Here is a video from a recent immigrant-suppression sweep by Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Maricopa County, Ariz. It’s painful to watch – two of the victims are young children who have been forcibly separated from their mother, who was turned over to federal immigration authorities.
Immigrant advocates say the sheriff is terrorizing Latino communities with raids like these, and using police-state tactics to stifle criticism. The man on the video who tries to shut the camera down is a member of Sheriff Arpaio’s “posse.”
More links and comments can be seen at the blog of Stephen Lemons, a Phoenix New Times reporter who has been trying to get the word out about Sheriff Arpaio.
Salvador Reza, a community organizer who shot the video, wrote to us:
“I appreciate if you forward it to people that you may think might get a better picture of the ‘hell’ we are living here in Arizona. It is getting worse instead of better.”
http://www.tonatierra.org/
http://www.puente.org/
NY Times: Video of Police State tactics in Maricopa
Photo: Arpaio protest in Tucson by Brenda Norrell

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Shenandoah dedicates inaugural song to Western Shoshone

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Shenandoah dedicates inaugural song to Western Shoshone

By Western Shoshone Defense Project
Censored News
Joanne Shenandoah and Michael Bucher, multiple award winning artists, will be performing at the Inauguration on Jan. 20th at the Hyatt Regency in Crystal City, VA. They will be performing “Riding Free,” a new song written and performed by Joanne Shenandoah and dedicated to the Western Shoshone struggle and the lives of Mary and Carrie Dann. The song first appeared in the newly released film, “American Outrage” produced by Beth and George Gage. If you would like more information, or an mpeg of the song, please let us know.
Thank you Joanne for your support!
Western Shoshone Defense Project

WHAT ARE YOU DOING ON INAUGURATION DAY?
Spend Inauguration Day Supporting the Western Shoshone and the Freedom of Native Religions and Human Rights
Action Alert
As the Martin Luther King human rights weekend and on the Inauguration Day of President Barrick Obama, the 44th President of the United States, approach, we at the Western Shoshone Defense Project ask the support of everyone to assist us in opposing the continuing Human Rights violations of the Western Shoshone People and their lands.
Just two months ago, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management approved the construction of a massive open pit cyanide heap leach gold mine on the face of well-known spiritual area, Mt. Tenabo. Western Shoshone communities, the Western Shoshone Defense Project and Great Basin Resource Watch are seeking an injunction to stop further destruction of Mt. Tenabo by Barrick Gold Corporation. The Federal Court in Reno has scheduled a hearing on Jan. 20th and 21st.
WHAT YOU CAN DO AS WE AWAIT THE COURT’s DECISION: We need supporters at both of the following locations:
1.Attend the Public Demonstration to Protect Native Spiritual Areas and Human Rights in front of the Courthouse on S. Virginia Street beginning at 8 am on both Jan. 20th and 21st.
2.Attend the Mt. Tenabo encampment and Arbor Vigil beginning tomorrow, Thursday Jan. 15th and lasting through the following week of hearings at the gathering area on the Southeast flank facing Grass Valley, Nevada. (Contact wsdp@igc.org for directions and supplies needed).
3. We also need people to write requests to President-elect Barrack Obama and his transition team. This destruction of Indigenous spiritual areas must stop now and a commitment to good faith talks with the Western Shoshone must be made.
4. Make a donation to support our work. Make checks payable to : SGF/WSDP. Send to: PO Box 211308, Crescent Valley, NV 89812.
Addresses and talking points are attached below, please do what you can – we need all the help we can get.
Background: Barrick Gold Corporation is the world’s largest gold company and operates mainly on Indigenous lands for the extraction of gold. This company has refused to accept its social responsibility to protect Indigenous peoples’ land, sacred areas, water, and air pollution. Barrick has carried out many violations of Human Rights, and abusively opposed the struggle of Indigeous lands and people. Barrick is now beginning construction of an open pit cyanide mine directly on Mt. Tenabo – a Western Shoshone spiritual and cultural area. Shoshone opposition to this mine has been ongoing and has gained global attention. Barrick has failed to recognize these concerns and has instead attempted to divide the Shoshone people, giving money and gifts to the communities, and using its media channels to state that all the people are happy and are supportive of their operations. The time is critical now as Barrick has already received full approval from the U.S. Dept. of Interior and has begun ripping out the pinyon forest and digging the pit to create its “Cortez Hills Expansion Mine”.
This mine will cause permanent destruction of the cultural and spiritual practices of the Western Shoshone. Mt. Tenabo has been, and continues to be, used by Western Shoshone people as a central part of their religious practices and world view. Western Shoshone visit the mountain and the valley below (the location of the mine pit) for prayer ceremonies, gathering of sacred plants, fasting, and vision quests, among other uses. The Mountain also contains Western Shoshone gravesites. All of these values and uses will be destroyed by the Project. In addition, the massive pumping of groundwater will likely dry up sacred springs and streams on and around Mt. Tenabo.
No big mining project in Nevada has ever been denied by the United States. This is one must be stopped.
Again, we need your help to tell Barrick to to stop presenting false information to the media making the Shoshone people and the violations of this mine to the lands and sacred areas invisible to the public. At this time we need your support to stop mining at Mount Tenabo and to tell the U.S. there must be a full review of the human rights violations of the Shoshone people. We ask for your support in this urgent case which has common elements with indigenous peoples and mining abuses around the world. Thank you for supporting the Western Shoshone Defense Project.
Some important talking points to consider in your Request:
∗ The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (Decision 1/68) has specifically raised concerns regarding the mining threat to Mt. Tenabo. The United States is in further violation of this Decision in approving this project – the Obama administration needs to understand this now before taking office.
∗ The Bush administration has strong connections to the mining industry and this decision approving the “Cortez Hills Expansion” before the new administration comes in is highly questionable.– President Obama should demonstrate the change he is committed to and respect Western Shoshone spirituality and the need to stop this destructive project and uphold the human rights and Treaty rights. Request that the Obama Team meet immediately with Western Shoshone representatives to investigate further the human rights violations.
∗ Barrick is well-aware of the concerns and the Mt. Tenabo mine proposal has been specifically criticized by the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
The details of the mine would:
∗ Disturb 6,792 acres of land, including a heap leach and waste rock facilities.
∗ Blast the new Cortez Hills mine Pit approximately 900 feet in length, 6,400 feet in width, and a maximum depth of 2,200 feet.
∗ Pump groundwater from around the pit with an average dewatering rate of approximately 1.8 billion gallons per year for ten years.
∗ Create a drop in the water table of 1,600 feet surrounding the pit, decreasing to 10 feet at a 3-4 mile radius of the pit.
∗ Potentially impact 50 springs and seeps in the area.
∗ Of the 11 non-Cortez Gold Mine water rights impacted, only one is expected to recover fully within 100 years after dewatering ceases
Also:
President-elect Barrack Obama – Needs to demonstrate his commitment to change and meet with traditional Western Shoshone immediately to investigate the human rights situation.
Type in your info and your request directly to the Transition Team at: http://change.gov/page/s/yourstory

Reid, Ensign seek more Yucca cuts

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WASHINGTON — Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Wednesday he has no hesitation about arranging a new round of deep budget cuts in the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste project, even as they might displace more Nevadans during a recession.

“Yucca Mountain is not a jobs program,” Reid said. “Yucca Mountain is a safety issue for the people of this country. We are not going to be deterred from where we think the Yucca Mountain waste should go. It should stay where it is,” at power plants in other states.

“Yucca Mountain is a symbol of everything bad about government waste,” Reid said in answer to questions at the end of a meeting among the five members of the state’s congressional delegation, the first since Congress reconvened last week.

http://www.lvrj.com/news/37627264.html

Texas Approves Nation’s Largest Low-Level Radioactive Waste Site

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AUSTIN, Texas, January 14, 2009 (ENS) – The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, voted 2-0 Tuesday to grant a double license for Waste Control Specialists to dispose of up to 28 million cubic feet of low-level radioactive waste from Texas, Vermont and the federal government in Andrews County. Commissioner Larry Soward abstained from the vote.

The site is located in west Texas near the New Mexico border.

The commission also denied the request by the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club on behalf of its Eunice, New Mexico members for a contested case hearing before an administrative law judge to decide the merits of the license.

http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/jan2009/2009-01-14-093.asp

Salt waste facility approved at SRS

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The U.S. Department of Energy this week approved the start of full construction of the Salt Waste Processing Facility (SWPF) at the Savannah River Site following independent review and validation of a revised cost estimate for the project.

SWPF will treat highly radioactive salt solutions currently stored in underground tanks at the SRS and prepare these solutions for ultimate disposition. SWPF will safely process 33 million gallons of radioactive liquid and salt cake at SRS.

“Approval to start full construction of this critical, one-of-a-kind facility demonstrates DOE’s commitment to waste cleanup at SRS,” said Jeffrey M. Allison, manager of DOE’s Savannah River Operations Office. “SWPF supports the department’s highest priority to reduce risk and close the SRS Tank Farms. We are ready to move forward.”

http://www.aikenstandard.com/Local/0114SaltWaste

Reid: Obama to zero out Yucca’s budget

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WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said today that the new president will essentially zero out funding for Yucca Mountain in the 2010 fiscal year budget being submitted to Congress in coming weeks.

President-elect Barack Obama’s proposed budget may contain only minimal funds to begin transitioning the Yucca Mountain program from a long-term nuclear waste dump north of Las Vegas to a system of on-site storage sites at existing power plants across the country. There may also be funds to help workers in Nevada adjust as the project mission is changed.

“When Obama’s budget comes out for the following year, there’ll be nothing in it for Yucca Mountain,” Reid said.

http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2009/jan/14/reid-obama-zero-out-yuccas-budget/

Reid presses Yucca Mountain cuts, says project ‘not a jobs program’

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WASHINGTON — Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Wednesday he has no hesitation about arranging a new round of deep budget cuts in the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste project, even as they might displace more Nevadans during a recession.

“Yucca Mountain is not a jobs program,” Reid said. “Yucca Mountain is a safety issue for the people of this country. We are not going to be deterred from where we think the Yucca Mountain waste should go. It should stay where it is,” at power plants in other states.

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“Yucca Mountain is a symbol of everything bad about government waste,” Reid said in answer to questions at the end of a meeting among the five members of the state’s congressional delegation, the first since Congress reconvened last week.

http://www.lvrj.com/news/breaking_news/37618299.html