NAVAJO NATION>>CONGRATULATIONS for opposing AZ SB 1070. Not unanimous?
Firefly (Lilia Adecer Cajilog)
Tawo Seed Carrier
South Pasadena, CA 91031
In effort to address the immigration bill, Council Delegate Begay sponsored Legislation No. 0297-10, which opposes Senate Bill 1070 for unlawfully infringing on the constitutional, civil, and human rights of indigenous peoples in the state of Arizona. The measure passed the Council floor, 30-24.
“In a way, the immigration bill is an attempt to harass Native Americans,” Begay said. “When we are pulled over or stopped we are usually pulled over and asked for our IDs. Sometimes we do not carry those things and perhaps at that time we will have difficulty proving we are Native American. This legislation is a stance for the protection of Native Americans in Arizona.”
Begay also cited a study conducted by the University.
TO THE NAVAJO NATION OFFICIALS:
Congratulations for doing the right thing re AZ SB 1070.
For the 24 who opposed it here are my 65 year old thoughts. Most politically savvy Americans are well aware that criminal elements (mostly drug cartels) of Mexico are operating in AZ as well as 32 other states esp CA & NM. Mexican cartel operatives are even marrying Indian women to distribute drugs in reservations. However, this is not a reason to punish the majority of undocumented desperate Mexican subsistent farmers who have been victims since 1994 of NAFTA which was thrown upon Mexico by its corrupt President Calderon with the assistance of George Bush Jr-- without any safety net and made worse by Bill Clinton. Only the elite of Mexico, US & Canada has profited with NAFTA.
What has the ordinary Navajo Nation person gained from NAFTA? Not the ordinary citizens of these three countries. NAFTA is especially cruel to Mexican corn farmers... NAFTA was supposed to create more equitable trade between US, Canada & Mexico to counter the European Union.Instead it has become a race to the bottom of the three countries for ordinary citizens.... Millionaires have become billionaires while factories & jobs go to China where it is cheaper. NAFTA is a lot responsible for America to be controlled by transnational corporations like BP, Monsanto, GE, Exxon, Halliburton, Pioneer Seeds, Sygenta, Shell, Coca Cola, etc...
The Supreme Court (5 traitorous judges) decided last January 21, 2010 (see below) that corporations have the SAME rights as Americans...What crappola. It was also SCOTUS (Supreme Court of the US) which declared in 1857 that Congress had NO right to interfere with racist Southern slave laws. Five years later, this 1857 decision planted the first seed of the Civil War in 1863.
Forget Congress (COTUS), the White House (WHOTUS) and SCOTUS, the three branches of US govt that is supposed to ensure that our republic is of, for and by the people. Forget that ideal.
AS OF JANUARY 21, 2010, AMERICANS HAVE BEEN SOLD OUT TO CORPORATIONS BY 5 JUDGES OF THE SUPREME COURT. (SCOTUS). Republicans and Democrats sold us out a longgggg time ago like in 1913 when the Federal Reserve was secxretly planned by rich white male bankers in Deer Island, Georgia.
Observe closely what is happening in the Gulf!!! BP rules over there...not Obama nor the governors of LA> MS> AL>FL who are most affected....Listen to complaints of Democratic politicalobserver James Carvell & his wife republican Mary Matalin. at CNN. They live in New Orleans.
Supreme Court Shreds Campaign-Finance Laws, Lifts Corporate Spending Restrictions
Thursday 21 January 2010
by: Sam Ferguson, Jason Leopold and Kyle Berlin, t r u t h o u t | Report
(Image: Lance Page / t r u t h o u t; Adapted:Neubie, Melissa Maples)
In a sweeping 5-4 ruling, the US Supreme Court on Thursday struck down several longstanding prohibitions on corporate political contributions, saying legislative measures to control such spending infringed upon corporate First Amendment free speech rights.
The majority framed the decision, which will now allow corporations and unions to spend unlimited treasury funds on independent campaign expenditures, as essential to American democracy.
"Speech is an essential mechanism of democracy, for it is the means to hold officials accountable to the people," wrote Justice Kennedy, who authored the majority opinion joined by Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas. "Political speech must prevail against laws that would suppress it, whether by design or inadvertently."
Justice John Paul Stevens, who wrote the 90-page dissenting opinion, called the decision "profoundly misguided."-====================
[ Impact on Mexican farmers]
In 2000, U.S. government subsidies to the corn sector totaled $10.1 billion. These subsidies have led to charges of dumping which jeopardizes Mexican farms and the country's food self-sufficiency.
Other studies reject NAFTA as the force responsible for depressing the incomes of poor corn farmers, citing the trend's existence more than a decade before NAFTA's existence, an increase in maize production after NAFTA went into effect in 1994, and the lack of a measurable impact on the price of Mexican corn due to subsidized corn coming into Mexico from the United States, though they agree that the abolition of U.S. agricultural subsidies would benefit Mexican farmers. According to Graham Purchase in Anarchism and Environmental Survival, NAFTA could cause "the destruction of the ejidos (peasant cooperative village holdings) by corporate interests, and threatens to completely reverse the gains made by rural peoples in the Mexican Revolution."  ]