I started an update on my last post about Rev. Pinkney and his continued fight against the racism in Benton Harbor, Michigan.
But, I didn’t get very far – I found myself instead continuing to focus on yet another example of racism and injustice
– this time in New Orleans where in spite of public opinion and massive protest The New Orleans City Council has unanimously voted to continue the demolition of 4,500 units of public housing. Please check out http://www.peopleshurricane.org/ed-blog or http://katrinaaction.org/ for more information.
So, I thought I’d write something up about that and the violent actions of the police to the protests instead. But once I started actually typing I couldn’t seem to get very far.
I know it is important to keep aware of what is going on – but I am finding myself needing a little good news just now. So in honor of Solstice, and the return of the light – rebirth and returning to beginnings I instead focus on a new country to enter the world. A new country that is actually a rather old nation…
The Lakota Indians, have withdrawn from treaties with the United States, leaders said Wednesday Dec. 19 December. “We are no longer citizens of the United States of America and all those who live in the five-state area that encompasses our country are free to join us,” long-time Indian rights activist Russell Means stated at a news conference.
The new country will issue its own passports and driving licences, and living there would be tax-free — provided residents renounce their US citizenship, Means said. A delegation of Lakota leaders delivered this message to the State Department on Monday, announcing they were unilaterally withdrawing from treaties they signed with the federal government of the United States. They also visited the Bolivian, Chilean, South African and Venezuelan embassies, and will continue on their diplomatic mission and take it overseas in the coming weeks and months, they told the news conference.
Means also stated that Withdrawing from the treaties was entirely legal. Means sited:
* article six of the constitution
* the laws on treaties passed at the Vienna Convention and put into effect by the US and the rest of the international community in 1980
* the UN declaration on the rights of indigenous peoples – adopted by the UN in September (despite opposition from the US)
Congratulations and Best Wishes!