Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Issues & News From STSSA Friends & Family 10/21/2010

Issues & News From STSSA Friends & Family 10/21/2010

California's Green Candidate for Governor Arrested Outside Debate Tuesday Night

SAN RAFAEL -- As gubernatorial hopefuls Meg Whitman and Jerry Brown sparred off on stage at Tuesday night's debate, another candidate for California's top post was arrested for trying to enter the debate using another person's ticket, San Rafael police said.
Oakland resident and Green Party candidate Laura Wells, 62, attempted to enter Dominican University's Angelico Hall at 5:20 p.m. when she presented a ticket that police said was not issued to her.
[Green Party candidate for governor Laura Wells was arrested last evening while attempting to attend a debate between gubernatorial hopefuls Meg Whitman and Jerry Brown. The debate was held at Dominican University in San Rafael. (Photo by Marnie Glickman.)]Green Party candidate for governor Laura Wells was arrested last evening while attempting to attend a debate between gubernatorial hopefuls Meg Whitman and Jerry Brown. The debate was held at Dominican University in San Rafael. (Photo by Marnie Glickman.)
For security reasons, tickets to the event were numbered, coded and checked by campus security before ticket holders were admitted to the debate hall.
Police said Wells refused to cooperate with campus security when they requested she surrender the ticket.
Wells became argumentative and refused to leave the area, police said, even after she was warned that if she persisted she would be subject to a citizen's arrest because she was on private property.
A security officer placed Wells under citizen's arrest, and she subsequently was taken into custody by San Rafael police officers and escorted from the grounds.
Wells was cited and released for trespassing.
According to a statement released by the Green Party of California, she will be required to appear in court on Election Day.
"Republicans and Democrats will go to any lengths, even arresting candidates, to keep the truth from California voters," Wells said in the statement. "There are solutions, but voters aren't being allowed to here (sic) from independent candidates."
In 2002, as a Green Party candidate for state controller, Wells polled more than 400,000 votes.
Protesters associated with the Green Party of California who were upset that Wells was excluded from the debate picketed the event by wearing green gags covering their mouths.
"The debate is a fraud. Limiting it to Whitman and Brown is not just anti-green, it is anti-democratic and anti-republican," Wells said.
Video: Marnie Glickman, the spokeswoman for Wells, speaks to's Shaky Hand Productionsmoments after the event:

© 2010 San Jose Mercury News

Firefly (Lilia Adecer Cajilog)
Tawo Seed Carrier
POB 1456
South Pasadena, CA 91031

When will the US federal  govt   repay the tons & tons of Black Hills gold stolen from the Indians?


'Gold is the best asset class to be in'

After a 10-year bull run, conventional wisdom says it's too late to join the party. Is it different this time?

By Richard Evans
Published: 5:36PM BST 10 Sep 2010
Gold, gold bars: Gold is decade's best performing investment
The price of gold soared during the recession as investors sought a safe haven for their money Photo: JULIAN SIMMONDS
The trouble with chasing performance is that you often join the party too late. Yet gold continues to defy the odds and if the great and the good of the investment world are to be believed, the gold price has further to go.
Last week, the analyst rated the most accurate forecaster of the gold price said the precious metal would keep rising.
Jochen Hitzfeld, an analyst at UniCredit, the Italian bank, has been rated by Bloomberg, the news agency, as the most accurate gold forecaster over the past three quarters. He reckons the gold price is heading for $1,600 an ounce.
His forecast is the latest in a long line of optimistic predictions. Other gold bulls include George Soros, famous for making £1bn by betting against the Bank of England, and John Paulson, the hedge fund manager who made $20bn by calling the credit crisis correctly.
These expectations that the price of gold will continue to rise come despite the metal already enjoying a decade-long bull market, rising from $253 in 1999 to its current level of about $1,260, a whisker below its all-time high of $1,265 reached in June.
"You can't mine gold," say nervous investors who fear that the massive printing of money by central banks under the guise of quantitative easing can only lead to runaway inflation. Sceptics of gold as an investment point to the costs of owning it and the fact that it produces no income.
Finding an analyst who is bearish on gold is a tough task; most appear to believe that gold is a worthy asset, not least because of the continued economic uncertainty. But four years ago The Sunday Telegraph found one. Nick Goodwin, a much quoted South African mining analyst, warned people against jumping on the bandwagon when the price stood at $600 an ounce.
He said: "I have been following gold for 30 years and gold is a bitch. Why weren't people buying gold when it was $250 but want to buy it at $600? Gold has had a hell of run and it needs to take a breather." Mr Goodwin was proved mightily wrong and today the rationale for investing on gold stands firm.
Mr Hitzfeld said further increases in the price were "preprogrammed". He said factors exerting upward pressure were renewed fears among investors sparked by recent loosening of monetary policy by the US Federal Reserve and reforms in the Chinese market that gave investors there greater access to the metal.
"The Chinese government has encouraged consumers to invest in gold, and with great success. Chinese demand will now increasingly be felt on the global markets," Mr Hitzfeld said.
Although China is now the world's largest gold producer, this production would be insufficient to meet domestic demand, so China would increasingly import gold, draining supply from the rest of the world and putting upward pressure on the price.
The Chinese government's gold reserves have also risen sharply and there is scope for further increases, as they account for just 1.7pc of foreign exchange reserves, Mr Hitzfeld said. "We are therefore raising our target price for 2011 from $1,250 to $1,400 per troy ounce. For 2012, we now expect $1,600 an ounce."
Analysts from ANZ, the Australia and New Zealand banking group, agreed. Describing gold as "the best asset class to be in", the analysts, Mark Pervan, Natalie Robertson and Andrew McManus, said: "Gold has been the strongest performing and least volatile major commodity and financial asset class in the past 10 years – we expect this trend to continue.
"We see more upside for gold prices as the key drivers of a safe-haven and currency-hedge demand are joined by the emergence of strong demand from China and India. We believe prices could reach $1,350 by early 2012 and stay there for 12 months before investment and safe-haven demand eases."
Charles Morris, who oversees about $2.5bn at HSBC Global Asset Management's Absolute Return fund, has just liquidated his holding of long-dated bonds and agricultural commodities and is backing gold instead.
George Soros, meanwhile, had about $635m invested in a gold exchange-traded fund when he reported his holdings to the US markets regulator in June. And John Paulson's fund holds a gigantic £3.8bn position in gold, again via an ETF, in addition to large holdings in mining companies.
The issue for investors who have yet to invest in gold is whether it is too late. Mr Soros may be a gold bull at the moment, but he still has his reservations. He said in January: "When interest rates are low we have conditions for asset bubbles to develop, and they are developing at the moment. The ultimate asset bubble is gold."
The message seems clear: when Mr Soros dumps his gold exposure, the glittering bull run could well be over.

how to Invest in gold

Gold has traditionally been seen as the ultimate inflation-proof asset and the dramatic rise in the price over recent years testifies to investors' continuing faith in the metal during economic turmoil.
As the supply of gold cannot be increased at will, and as industry and the jewellery trade compete with investors, a collapse in its value in the way that currencies can sometimes succumb to inflation is unlikely. But before heading down to a bullion vault, remember that, unless you hedge against currency risk, you are exposing yourself to fluctuations in the US dollar, in which gold is always priced. Last year, British investors taking a punt on gold would have seen the value of their investment fall because of the dollar's slide against sterling.
You can hold gold as a physical asset or in non-physical ways. If you own actual gold, which you can buy relatively small amounts, remember to factor in insurance and storage costs. When you own physical gold yourself there is no "counterparty risk" – your investment does not rely on someone else keeping their promises or remaining in business. Gold jewellery also avoids counterparty risk, but more of its value may be linked to fashion trends.
To avoid counterparty risk as well as the inconvenience and risk of having gold in your possession, an "allocated gold account" might be useful: you pay a vault to store gold on your behalf.
Another option is an unallocated account. You still own gold stored at a custodian's vault but you don't own specific bars and are exposed to counterparty risk – if the custodian goes bust you can't reclaim the gold and will simply be a creditor.
Alternatively, follow Mr Soros and invest via an ETF – "physically backed" ones that own actual gold should be the safest.

Firefly (Lilia Adecer Cajilog)
Tawo Seed Carrier
POB 1456
South Pasadena, CA 91031

The members of the United Nations have spoke clearly regarding Canada’s bid for a seat on the security council.  Conservatives will try and blame Liberals but the awakening of the world to Canada’s past regarding UN resolutions, like the 1948 convention on genocide or  the 1960 Res. 1514 on decolonization ,this is the real reason. I wonder if this truth will be talked about in Canada’s legislature?
In 1923 we sent Deskaheh, a Cayuga chief from the Grand River territory, to Europe to join the League of Nations. We were sponsored by Estonia, Persia and Ireland to name a few “sovereign” countries that supported our bid. Deskaheh stayed until 1924 but all attempts to be stood up in the assembly were blocked by England.  Canada was not eligible to join the league as they were known as a colony of England and therefore not sovereign. This action so enraged Duncan Campbell Scott (bloodline leader) he penned the 1924 Indian Advancement Act. This act introduced the “band council” system, apartheid (blood quantum legislation) and was, as Scott boasted “the 100 year plan to be rid of the Indian problem. He also warned Deskaheh to never return to Canada or he would be killed. Deskaheh was a truly great statesman and he was murdered in Tonawanda by Scott’s agents  in 1925. This is part of Canada’s history with the UN, as they are the original League of Nations, legally.
The Genocide that took place on the American continents since first contact was monstrous, estimates range between 20 and 100 million people died. All of these crimes were committed by corporate entities whose shareholders remain hidden behind “Admiralty Law” statutes, law of the sea. To do away with genocide you have to remove the masks and you will find the same shareholders own all the corporations that are responsible for the continual war problem. These people are guilty of the worst crime ever and they also control all “Admiralty” courts, which are also corporations for profit. To end the war problem we must end the “artificial” entities and hold those shareholders liable for the crimes of their corporations. As Bob Dylan said in his classic 1963 “Masters of War; I just want you to know I can see through your masks”.
The women have the responsibility of the children and the community, as in nature. The men have the responsibility to protect the women and children, as in nature. Apply that now to the consensus process and the war, pollution, poverty and  hunger problems would all disappear rather quickly. This is the basis of the Longhouse system and is right from “The Council of the Great Peace”, the law for peace.
It is time to return to the Peace.
Unity, Strength, Peace,
thahoketoteh of Kanekota


Tuesday, October 12, 2010   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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Many in Congress argued that it was dangerous, senseless – even screwy. Yet, the officials in charge insisted on unilaterally escalating the war. And now it is spiraling out of control, with potentially disastrous consequences for America.
I'm not talking about our country's military surge in Afghanistan, but about this year's shocking escalation in the brutal "War for an American Corruptistan." In January, five black-robed autocrats on the Supreme Court decreed that America's corporate powers must be allowed to flood our elections with an unprecedented, unlimited, unconscionable Tsunami of special interest money, effectively drowning our ideal of a people's democracy.
Oh, tut-tut, clucked the five Supremes at the time, the electoral impact will be minimal, for corporate executives will be self-regulating in the use of their shareholders' money. Wow, what a happy theory!
Maybe these five slap-happy theorists should visit the ongoing senate race in Florida. Led by the ethically-challenged Republican hachetman, Karl Rove, a front group named American Crossroads has amassed an ocean of Supreme Court-approved money from out-of-state corporations and billionaires to back a Republican hustler named Marco Rubio. Hailing the influx of corporate cash from Rove's front group, one of Rubio's backers happily declared, "I think it's going to seal the deal in getting his message out."
And what exactly is his message? "Rubio will rein in out-of-control spending in Washington," screams one of his ads. No he won't. He'll simply shift spending from public needs to giveaways for oil companies, military contractors, and other money powers that the five Supremes and Karl Rove have unleashed on the good people of Florida.
In Corporate Corruptistan, money is the message.
"Outsider 'Super PAC' a boost for Rubio," Miami Herald, September 30, 2010.
"Making of an informed Voter," Austin American Statesman, September 25, 2010.

Firefly (Lilia Adecer Cajilog)
Tawo Seed Carrier
POB 1456
South Pasadena, CA 91031
A report by Jeremy Scahill in The Nation (Blackwater's Black Ops, 9/15/2010) revealed that the largest mercenary army in the world, Blackwater (now called Xe Services) clandestine intelligence services was sold to the multinational Monsanto.... 

Almost simultaneously with the publication of this article in The Nation , the Via Campesina reported the purchase of 500,000 shares of Monsanto, for more than $23 million by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation,...

Anyone else have a very bad feeling about this?

 --- On Fri, 10/15/10,<> wrote:

From: <>
Subject: Guess what corp. bought Blackwater "Xe"? And guess who then invested heavily?
Date: Friday, October 15, 2010, 9:12 AM

Mike R asks:
Anyone else have a very bad feeling about this?

I'm sure we all do.........JO

 Oct 15 07:08 

Guess what corp. bought Blackwater "Xe"? And guess who then invested heavily?

By: femalefaust

A report by Jeremy Scahill in The Nation (Blackwater's Black Ops, 9/15/2010) revealed that the largest mercenary army in the world, Blackwater (now called Xe Services) clandestine intelligence services was sold to the multinational Monsanto....

Almost simultaneously with the publication of this article in The Nation , the Via Campesina reported the purchase of 500,000 shares of Monsanto, for more than $23 million by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation,...

Anyone else have a very bad feeling about this?

Kevin Annett is back on the air!
Date: Wednesday, October 13, 2010, 7:51 PM

Kevin Annett is back on the air on 

Kevin Annett resumes his weekly radio program "Hidden from History" with a report of the inquiry into missing women on Canada's west coast, and the Human Rights Tribunal that will try the Pope next April.

Please spread the word and call in!

This Saturday, October 16, 2010 at 1 pm PST, 4 pm EST, 9 pm GMT London

Call-in Number: (347) 857-3524 type "Kevin Annett" under Search in upper right corner

Kevin Annett resumes his weekly radio program "Hidden from History" with a report of the inquiry into missing women on Canada's west coast, and the Human Rights Tribunal that will try the Pope next April.

Please spread the word and call in!


“No matter what a man’s faculties otherwise might be, if he be willing to risk death, and still more, if he suffers it heroically, in the service he has chosen, that fact consecrates him forever.” 
— William James 

Read and Hear the truth of Genocide in Canada, past and present, at this website: , and watch Kevin's award-winning documentary film UNREPENTANT on the same website.

UNREPENTANT: Kevin Annett and Canada's Genocide
- Winner, Best Foreign Documentary Film, Los Angeles Independent Film Festival, March 2007, Best Director of a Foreign Documentary, New York Independent Film Festival, October 2006
- Winner, Best Canadian Film, Creation Aboriginal Film Festival, Edmonton, 2009

"As a long time front line worker with the Elders' Council at the Downtown Eastside Women's Centre, I stand behind what Kevin Annett is trying to do for our people. The genocide that continues today and which stemmed from the residential schools needs to be exposed. Kevin Annett helps break the silence, and brings the voice of our people all over the world."
Carol Muree Martin - Spirit Tree Woman
Nisgaa Nation

"I gave Kevin Annett his Indian name, Eagle Strong Voice, in 2004 when I adopted him into our Anishinabe Nation. He carries that name proudly because he is doing the job he was sent to do, to tell his people of their wrongs. He speaks strongly and with truth. He speaks for our stolen and murdered children. I ask everyone to listen to him and welcome him."
Chief Louis Daniels - Whispers Wind
Elder, Turtle Clan, Anishinabe Nation
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Urgent Appeal to All Friends and Supporters of Tuchone Warrior John GrahamJohn and his co-defendant, Thelma Rios, are scheduled to face trial on November the 29th
Urgent Appeal to All Friends and Supporters of Tuchone Warrior John Graham
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As many have heard, John Graham is currently jailed in Rapid City, South Dakota. They are trying to put him away for life with the charge of killing his friend and comrade from in American Indian Movement, Anna Mae Aquash. While the only real evidence in this murder (along with at least 66 other murders of indigenous people in S. Dakota during 1973-76) points to the U.S. Government and the paramilitary forces they funded and equipped.
John and his co-defendant, Thelma Rios, are scheduled to face trial on November the 29th, 2010 and his legal bill is estimated around $50,000! Donations and fundraising events are urgently needed and greatly appreciated.
The U.S. government is trying to cover up their brutal repression of the American Indian Movement in the 70's with the frame up of John Graham and other native warriors. He has spent over two years behind bars in S. Dakota after he was under house arrest for around four years during extradition hearings in Vancouver, B.C., Canada. This is a direct result of his refusal to cooperate with the F.B.I.
It is in this hour of need that we make this urgent appeal to dig deep and show your support for a man who has contributed so much over the years in the struggle for a better world. Who has stayed true, refusing to sell out in the face of heavy state intimidation.
The recent acquittal of John's former co-defendant, Richard Marshall (see links below) demonstrates the weakness of the F.B.I.'s case and shows that now more than ever is the time to step up this fight.
Further educate yourself and others about this case and do what you can to help return John Graham to his family, friends an loved ones.
Write a Letter!
John Graham / Pennington County Jail / 307 St. Joseph Street / Rapid City, SD 57701 / USA
From the Eagle Watch #80

Information from Dennis Lowe re October 23 Ceremony at Bear Mound and Other Mounds
October 17, 2010

Dennis Lowe has asked us to circulate this information.   If you would like to contact any of the individuals named below, send an email to Dennis before October 21.  We're trying to post the High Park map and Ogiiwiiweb at the Eagle Watch List under "Shared documents".  These files are too large to send to the list directly.  Or send an email to Rastiatanonhe at <>


From: dennis lowe <>
Subject: Fw: October 23rd Ceremony at Bear Mound & Other Mounds
To: "dennis lowe" <>
Date: Saturday, October 16, 2010, 4:15 PM

eh skennen gonwa/aninn/osiyo original people,

i apologize for not getting this info out sooner but my plate has been full.  however it seems like everything is being accomplished ok.

the purpose of asking everyone who desires to join in prayer during this ceremony on 23 oct at high noon is to ask for a healing change for the mounds in high park, toronto, canada.  if you would also mention rastia'ta'non:ha (res-tea-a-da-noon-ha) and ask for help to come to him
that he needs.  that will cause positive outcome.  there have been threats and hostilities that came close to killing or injuring one of the women that has so diligently guarded these mounds along with several other dedicated people.

once the destruction of these mounds has come to a halt there will be a great need of many things that will recover and protect these
 mounds.  some type of vegetation will be needed to grow under white oaks that will keep the erosion from causing more continued destruction.  replacement of the soil that has already disappeared will be needed.

the people (they call themselves the high park boys) that are causing the destruction need a change of heart (in a good way) that would make them aware of the problems they are causing.  hoping they will join in with the protection and help fix the problems they have caused.

the city officials and police need to join in with and have earnest attitudes and desires to protect the history and sacred grounds that are now under their city limits.  our ohio grounds are a match to these mounds in toronto.  what has come to me while working with rastia'ta'non:ha is if we can unite over this problem, later we will be able to unite over much greater problems.  this unity will go on to the seventh generation and

the attachments on rastia'ta'non:ha's high park efforts will give info on how to be involved in toronto, the north door.  at the serpent mound in ohio, bob parin will have the big drum there.  please contact him for the west door efforts.  the south door will be handled by swift buckskin horse with a lodge at his house.  for directions to his house, send me an email.  the east door will be handled by ray johnson, snake clan in eastern pa.

please do not wait until the 23 rd to get directions because most of us will be unreachable at that time.  if you cannot make these doors then i ask you to step outside build a little fire, say your prayers and place your tobacco in the fire, accompanied with a spirit feast..  pipes and lodges from every where are requested and desired.  for the ones that walk on other paths, please say a prayer  in your way at this time.  any questions concerning this ceremony can be directed to me through email until 21 oct.  let us unite in prayer for this effort in peace
love and harmony.

Dennis Lowe
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With Montana as the grim holder of the highest  rate of suicide rate among all US CCC facilities, it  really behooves all of youhuman beings  to act promptly on this report regarding the inhuman treatment of Brian Houston.
May Creator guide all your actions.
Lilia Adecer Cajilog 
Subject: Native American needs help!
Date: Sat, 16 Oct 2010 

Young Native American needs immediate help!
    Posted by: "Brigitte Thimiakis"
    Date: Sat Oct 16, 2010 1:37 am ((PDT))

From JusticeNetwork October 15th 2010 

Your help is needed today! A 20-year-old Native American prisoner at CCC, Shelby, MT, has been denied medical care and his situation is extremely concerning. His name is Brian Houston, # 3000532.

Brian had a seizure a while ago, fell off his bed and laid there twitching for some time. When he was finally able to go to the infirmary, he was merely sent back to his pod, in a disoriented state.  Every day since, he has had black out attacks. 

He went to the infirmary repeatedly. The fourth time he was very scared and said he wasn't leaving until they saw him.  For this he was written up and sent to the hole.  The staff claimed he was called down there once and refused to go, but this is not true.  

Brian walks "sideways" due to a back injury he got in a car accident but he does not get treatment for that either, except pain pills that do not work well for him; and if he suffers too much between doses, he must just wait until the next one.

Now that he has been filing grievances because of his situation, he has also become the target of staff.

As far as we know he is still in the hole, where he risks having his personal belongings packed up and ordered sent somewhere or destroyed. He may stand to lose all his beadwork and artwork.

But worst of all, Brian is held in the hole without medical care, an extremely stressful situation which can only make his condition worse. 

We know that Montana has a history of medical neglect which has already cost the lives of Native American prisoners in prisons or jails, or taken a terrible toll on their health while this could -and should- have been prevented.

Montana has the highest suicide rates of the U.S. State Prisons. CCA has been cutting prisoners off medication and doing mass punishments on prisoners on antidepressants (such as Seroquel, Welbutrin, Effexor). Those who are doing the punishments aren't medically allowed to do that, yet they outright change them off their meds without notifying them, or without having them see a registered psychologist/psychiatrist before any medication is changed or stopped. It puts the lives of the men on those meds in danger.

What Brian Houston is going through sounds like a new case of medical neglect and discrimination against Native Americans. We are extremely concerned about this young man's health. He must be given proper medical care before something worse happens to him. 

Crossroads Correctional Center Warden: 406-434-7055 Sam Law

Facility Public Information Officer: Christine Timmerman 406-434-7055 ext

Department of Corrections Director Mike Ferriter:(406) 444-3930 ; eMail Director's Office 
Executive Assistant (406) 444-3911 Myrna Omholt-Mason: 

Inform the Montana ACLU about this abuse at
A message can also be sent to the Montana ACLU from its Web site's contact page located at:

You may want to send a copy of your email to the MT Human Rights Bureau to alert them:

  a.. Phone the Human Rights Bureau at (406) 444-2884 or at 1-800-542-0807 
  b.. TDD at (406) 444-9696 
  c.. E-mail comments to the Human Rights Bureau - for questions and comments about discrimination issues<>

And Native American legislators:
MT State Representative Ms. Joey Jayne
MT Legislator Johnathan Windy
MT Legislator Carol Juneau

Firefly (Lilia Adecer Cajilog)
Tawo Seed Carrier
POB 1456
South Pasadena, CA 91031
"Rats and roaches live by competition under the laws of supply and demand; it is the privilege of human beings to live under the laws of justice and mercy." 
— Wendell Berry
Our Commons Future Is Already Here

A stirring call to unite the environmental and global justice movement from Maude Barlow

by Maude Barlow

Maude Barlow gave this stirring plenary speech, full of hope even in the face of ecological disasters, to the Environmental Grantmakers Association annual retreat in Pacific Grove, California. Barlow, a former UN Senior Water Advisor, is National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians and founder of the Blue Planet Project. 

“Every now and then in history, the human race takes a collective step forward in its evolution. Such a time is upon us now.”

We all know that the earth and all upon it face a growing crisis. Global climate change is rapidly advancing, melting glaciers, eroding soil, causing freak and increasingly wild storms, and displacing untold millions from rural communities to live in desperate poverty in peri-urban slums. Almost every human victim lives in the global South, in communities not responsible for greenhouse gas emissions. The atmosphere has already warmed up almost a full degree in the last several decades and a new Canadian study reports that we may be on course to add another 6 degrees Celsius (10.8 degrees Fahrenheit) by 2100. 

Half the tropical forests in the world – the lungs of our ecosystems – are gone; by 2030, at the current rate of harvest, only 10% will be left standing. Ninety percent of the big fish in the sea are gone, victim to wanton predatory fishing practices. Says a prominent scientist studying their demise “there is no blue frontier left.” Half the world’s wetlands – the kidneys of our ecosystems – were destroyed in the 20th century. Species extinction is taking place at a rate one thousand times greater than before humans existed. According to a Smithsonian scientist, we are headed toward a “biodiversity deficit” in which species and ecosystems will be destroyed at a rate faster than Nature can create new ones.

We are polluting our lakes, rivers and streams to death. Every day, 2 million tons of sewage and industrial and agricultural waste are discharged into the world’s water, the equivalent of the weight of the entire human population of 6.8 billion people. The amount of wastewater produced annually is about six times more water than exists in all the rivers of the world. A comprehensive new global study recently reported that 80% of the world’s rivers are now in peril, affecting 5 billion people on the planet. We are also mining our groundwater far faster than nature can replenish it, sucking it up to grow water-guzzling chemical-fed crops in deserts or to water thirsty cities that dump an astounding 200 trillion gallons of land-based water as waste in the oceans every year. The global mining industry sucks up another 200 trillion gallons, which it leaves behind as poison. Fully one third of global water withdrawals are now used to produce biofuels, enough water to feed the world. A recent global survey of groundwater found that the rate of depletion more than doubled in the last half century. If water was drained as rapidly from the Great Lakes, they would be bone dry in 80 years.

The global water crisis is the greatest ecological and human threat humanity has ever faced. As Vast areas of the planet are becoming desert as we suck the remaining waters out of living ecosystems and drain remaining aquifers in India, China, Australia, most of Africa, all of the Middle East, Mexico, Southern Europe, US Southwest and other places. Dirty water is the biggest killer of children; every day more children die of water borne disease than HIV/AIDS, malaria and war together. In the global South, dirty water kills a child every three and a half seconds. And it is getting worse, fast. By 2030, global demand for water will exceed supply by 40%— an astounding figure foretelling of terrible suffering.

Knowing there will not be enough food and water for all in the near future, wealthy countries and global investment, pension and hedge funds are buying up land and water, fields and forests in the global South, creating a new wave of invasive colonialism that will have huge geo-political ramifications. Rich investors have already bought up an amount of land double the size of the United Kingdom in Africa alone. 

We Simply Cannot Continue on the Present Path

I do not think it possible to exaggerate the threat to our earth and every living thing upon it. Quite simply we cannot continue on the path that brought us here. Einstein said that problems cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them. While mouthing platitudes about caring for the earth, most of our governments are deepening the crisis with new plans for expanded resource exploitation, unregulated free trade deals, more invasive investment, the privatization of absolutely everything and unlimited growth. This model of development is literally killing the planet. 

Unlimited growth assumes unlimited resources, and this is the genesis of the crisis. Quite simply, to feed the increasing demands of our consumer based system, humans have seen nature as a great resource for our personal convenience and profit, not as a living ecosystem from which all life springs. So we have built our economic and development policies based on a human-centric model and assumed either that nature would never fail to provide or that, where it does fail, technology will save the day. 

Two Problems that Hinder the Environmental Movement

From the perspective of the environmental movement, I see two problems that hinder us in our work to stop this carnage. The first is that, with notable exceptions, most environmental groups either have bought into the dominant model of development or feel incapable of changing it. The main form of environmental protection in industrialized countries is based on the regulatory system, legalizing the discharge of large amounts of toxics into the environment. Environmentalists work to minimize the damage from these systems, essentially fighting for inadequate laws based on curbing the worst practices, but leaving intact the system of economic globalization at the heart of the problem. Trapped inside this paradigm, many environmentalists essentially prop up a deeply flawed system, not imagining they are capable of creating another. 

Hence, the support of false solutions such as carbon markets, which, in effect, privatize the atmosphere by creating a new form of property rights over natural resources. Carbon markets are predicated less on reducing emissions than on the desire to make carbon cuts as cheap as possible for large corporations.

Another false solution is the move to turn water into private property, which can then be hoarded, bought and sold on the open market. The latest proposals are for a water pollution market, similar to carbon markets, where companies and countries will buy and sell the right to pollute water. With this kind of privatization comes a loss of public oversight to manage and protect watersheds. Commodifying water renders an earth-centred vision for watersheds and ecosystems unattainable.

Then there is PES, or Payment for Ecological Services, which puts a price tag on ecological goods – clean air, water, soil etc, – and the services such as water purification, crop pollination and carbon sequestration that sustain them. A market model of PES is an agreement between the “holder” and the “consumer” of an ecosystem service, turning that service into an environmental property right. Clearly this system privatizes nature, be it a wetland, lake, forest plot or mountain, and sets the stage for private accumulation of nature by those wealthy enough to be able to buy, hoard sell and trade it. Already, northern hemisphere governments and private corporations are studying public/private/partnerships to set up lucrative PES projects in the global South. Says Friends of the Earth International, “Governments need to acknowledge that market-based mechanisms and the commodification of biodiversity have failed both biodiversity conservation and poverty alleviation.” 

The second problem with our movement is one of silos. For too long environmentalists have toiled in isolation from those communities and groups working for human and social justice and for fundamental change to the system. On one hand are the scientists, scholars, and environmentalists warning of a looming ecological crisis and monitoring the decline of the world’s freshwater stocks, energy sources and biodiversity. On the other are the development experts, anti-poverty advocates, and NGOs working to address the inequitable access to food, water and health care and campaigning for these services, particularly in the global South. The assumption is that these are two different sets of problems, one needing a scientific and ecological solution, the other needing a financial solution based on pulling money from wealthy countries, institutions and organizations to find new resources for the poor.

The clearest example I have is in the area I know best, the freshwater crisis. It is finally becoming clear to even the most intransigent silo separatists that the ecological and human water crises are intricately linked, and that to deal effectively with either means dealing with both. The notion that inequitable access can be dealt with by finding more money to pump more groundwater is based on a misunderstanding that assumes unlimited supply, when in fact humans everywhere are overpumping groundwater supplies. Similarly, the hope that communities will cooperate in the restoration of their water systems when they are desperately poor and have no way of conserving or cleaning the limited sources they use is a cruel fantasy. The ecological health of the planet is intricately tied to the need for a just system of water distribution. 

The global water justice movement (of which I have the honour of being deeply involved) is, I believe, successfully incorporating concerns about the growing ecological water crisis with the promotion of just economic, food and trade policies to ensure water for all. We strongly believe that fighting for equitable water in a world running out means taking better care of the water we have, not just finding supposedly endless new sources. Through countless gatherings where we took the time to really hear one another – especially grassroots groups and tribal peoples closest to the struggle – we developed a set of guiding principles and a vision for an alternative future that are universally accepted in our movement and have served us well in times of stress. We are also deeply critical of the trade and development policies of the World Trade Organization, the World Bank and the World Water Council (whom I call the “Lords of water”), and we openly challenge their model and authority. 

Similarly, a fresh and exciting new movement exploded onto the scene in Copenhagen and set all the traditional players on their heads. The climate justice movement whose motto is Change the System, Not the Climate, arrived to challenge not only the stalemate of the government negotiators but the stale state of too cosy alliances between major environmental groups, international institutions and big business – the traditional “players” on the climate scene. Those climate justice warriors went on to gather at another meeting in Cochabamba, Bolivia, producing a powerful alternative declaration to the weak statement that came out of Copenhagen. The new document forged in Bolivia put the world on notice that business as usual is not on the climate agenda. 

How the Commons Fits In

I deeply believe it is time for us to extend these powerful new movements, which fuse the analysis and hard work of the environmental community with the vision and commitment of the justice community, into a whole new form of governance that not only challenges the current model of unlimited growth and economic globalization but promotes an alternative that will allow us and the Earth to survive. Quite simply, human-centred governance systems are not working and we need new economic, development, and environmental policies as well as new laws that articulate an entirely different point of view from that which underpins most governance systems today. At the centre of this new paradigm is the need to protect natural ecosystems and to ensure the equitable and just sharing of their bounty. It also means the recovery of an old concept called the Commons. 

The Commons is based on the notion that just by being members of the human family, we all have rights to certain common heritages, be they the atmosphere and oceans, freshwater and genetic diversity, or culture, language and wisdom. In most traditional societies, it was assumed that what belonged to one belonged to all. Many indigenous societies to this day cannot conceive of denying a person or a family basic access to food, air, land, water and livelihood. Many modern societies extended the same concept of universal access to the notion of a social Commons, creating education, health care and social security for all members of the community. Since adopting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, governments are obliged to protect the human rights, cultural diversity and food security of their citizens.

A central characteristic of the Commons is the need for careful collaborative management of shared resources by those who use them and allocation of access based on a set of priorities. A Commons is not a free-for-all. We are not talking about a return to the notion that nature’s capacity to sustain our ways is unlimited and anyone can use whatever they want, however they want, whenever they want. It is rooted rather in a sober and realistic assessment of the true damage that has already been unleashed on the world’s biological heritage as well as the knowledge that our ecosystems must be managed and shared in a way that protects them now and for all time.

Also to be recovered and expanded is the notion of the Public Trust Doctrine, a longstanding legal principle which holds that certain natural resources, particularly air, water and the oceans, are central to our very existence and therefore must be protected for the common good and not allowed to be appropriated for private gain. Under the Public Trust Doctrine, governments exercise their fiduciary responsibilities to sustain the essence of these resources for the long-term use and enjoyment of the entire populace, not just the privileged who can buy inequitable access. 

The Public Trust Doctrine was first codified in 529 A.D. by Emperor Justinius who declared: “By the laws of nature, these things are common to all mankind: the air, running water, the sea and consequently the shores of the sea.” U.S. courts have referred to the Public Trust Doctrine as a “high, solemn and perpetual duty” and held that the states hold title to the lands under navigable waters “in trust for the people of the State.” Recently, Vermont used the Public Trust Doctrine to protect its groundwater from rampant exploitation, declaring that no one owns this resource but rather, it belongs to the people of Vermont and future generations. The new law also places a priority for this water in times of shortages: water for daily human use, sustainable food production and ecosystem protection takes precedence over water for industrial and commercial use.

An exciting new network of Canadian, American and First Nations communities around the Great Lakes is determined to have these lakes names a Commons, a public trust and a protected bioregion. 

Equitable access to natural resources is another key character of the Commons. These resources are not there for the taking by private interests who can then deny them to anyone without means. The human right to land, food, water, health care and biodiversity are being codified as we speak from nation-state constitutions to the United Nations. Ellen Dorsey and colleagues have recently called for a human rights approach to development, where the most vulnerable and marginalized communities take priority in law and practice. 
They suggest renaming the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals the Millennium Development Rights and putting the voices of the poor at the centre. 

This would require the meaningful involvement of those affected communities, especially Indigenous groups, in designing and implementing development strategies. Community-based governance is another basic tenet of the Commons. 

Inspiring Successes Around the Globe

Another crucial tenet of the new paradigm is the need to put the natural world back into the centre of our existence. If we listen, nature will teach us how to live. Again, using the issue I know best, we know exactly what to do to create a secure water future: protection and restoration of watersheds; conservation; source protection; rainwater and storm water harvesting; local, sustainable food production; and meaningful laws to halt pollution. Martin Luther King Jr. said legislation may not change the heart but it will restrain the heartless. 

Life and livelihoods have been returned to communities in Rajasthan, India, through a system of rainwater harvesting that has made desertified land bloom and rivers run again thanks to the collective action of villagers. The city of Salisbury South Australia, has become an international wonder for greening desertified land in the wake of historic low flows of the Murray River. It captures every drop of rain that falls from the sky and collects storm and wastewater and funnels it all through a series of wetlands, which clean it, to underground natural aquifers, which store it, until it is needed. 

In a “debt for nature” swap, Canada, the U.S. and The Netherlands cancelled the debt owed to them by Colombia in exchange for the money being used for watershed restoration. The most exciting project is the restoration of 16 large wetland areas of the Bogot√° River, which is badly contaminated, to pristine condition. Eventually the plan is to clean up the entire river. True to principles of the Commons, the indigenous peoples living on the sites were not removed, but rather, have become caretakers of these protected and sacred places.

The natural world also needs its own legal framework, what South African environmental lawyer Cormac Culllinen calls “wild law.” The quest is a body of law that recognizes the inherent rights of the environment, other species and water itself outside of their usefulness to humans. A wild law is a law to regulate human behaviour in order to protect the integrity of the earth and all species on it. It requires a change in the human relationship with the natural world from one of exploitation to one of democracy with other beings. If we are members of the earth’s community, then our rights must be balanced against those of plants, animals, rivers and ecosystems. In a world governed by wild law, the destructive, human-centred exploitation of the natural world would be unlawful. Humans would be prohibited from deliberately destroying functioning ecosystems or driving other species to extinction. 

This kind of legal framework is already being established. The Indian Supreme Court has ruled that protection of natural lakes and ponds is akin to honouring the right to life – the most fundamental right of all according to the Court. Wild law was the inspiration behind an ordinance in Tamaqua Borough, Pennsylvania that recognized natural ecosystems and natural communities within the borough as “legal persons” for the purposes of stopping the dumping of sewage sludge on wild land. It has been used throughout New England in a series of local ordinances to prevent bottled water companies from setting up shop in the area. Residents of Mount Shasta California have put a wild law ordinance on the November 2010 ballot to prevent cloud seeding and bulk water extraction within city limits. 

In 2008, Ecuador’s citizens voted two thirds in support of a new constitution, which says, “Natural communities and ecosystems possess the unalienable right to exist, flourish and evolve within Ecuador. Those rights shall be self-executing, and it shall be the duty and right of all Ecuadorian governments, communities, and individuals to enforce those rights.” Bolivia has recently amended its constitution to enshrine the philosophy of “living well” as a means of expressing concern with the current model of development and signifying affinity with nature and the need for humans to recognize inherent rights of the earth and other living beings. The government of Argentina recently moved to protect its glaciers by banning mining and oil drilling in ice zones. The law sets standards for protecting glaciers and surrounding ecosystems and creates penalties just for harming the country’s fresh water heritage. 

This would require the meaningful involvement of those affected communities, especially Indigenous groups, in designing and implementing development strategies. Community-based governance is another basic tenet of the Commons. 

The most far-reaching proposal for the protection of nature itself is the Universal Declaration on the Rights of Mother Earth that was drafted at the April 2010 World People’s Conference on Climate Change in Cochabamba, Bolivia and endorsed by the 35,000 participants there. We are writing a book setting out our case for this Declaration to the United Nations and the world. The intent is for it to become a companion document to the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Every now and then in history, the human race takes a collective step forward in its evolution. Such a time is upon us now as we begin to understand the urgent need to protect the earth and its ecosystems from which all life comes. The Universal Declaration on the Rights of Mother Earth must become a history-altering covenant toward a just and sustainable future for all.

What Can We Do Right Now?

What might this mean for funders and other who share these values? Well, let me be clear: the hard work of those fighting environmental destruction and injustice must continue. I am not suggesting for one moment that his work is not important or that the funding for this work is not needed. I do think however, that there are ways to move the agenda I have outlined here forward if we put our minds to it. 

Anything that helps bridge the solitudes and silos is pure gold. Bringing together environmentalists and justice activists to understand one another’s work and perspective is crucial. Both sides have to dream into being – together – the world they know is possible and not settle for small improvements to the one we have. This means working for a whole different economic, trade and development model even while fighting the abuses existing in the current one. Given a choice between funding an environmental organization that basically supports the status quo with minor changes and one that promotes a justice agenda as well, I would argue for the latter. 

Support that increases capacity at the base is also very important, as is funding that connects domestic to international struggle, always related even when not apparent. Funding for those projects and groups fighting to abolish or fundamentally change global trade and banking institutions that maintain corporate dominance and promote unlimited and unregulated growth is still essential. 

How Clean Water Became a Human Right

We all, as well, have to find ways to thank and protect those groups and governments going out on a limb to promote an agenda for true change. A very good example is President Evo Morales of Bolivia, who brought the climate justice movement together in Cochabamba last April and is leading the campaign at the UN to promote the Rights of Mother Earth. 

It was this small, poor, largely indigenous landlocked country, and its former coca-farmer president, that introduced a resolution to recognize the human right to water and sanitation this past June to the UN General Assembly, taking the whole UN community by surprise. The Bolivian UN Ambassador, Pablo Solon, decided he was fed up with the “commissions” and “further studies” and “expert consultations” that have managed to put off the question of the right to water for at least a decade at the UN and that it was time to put an “up or down” question to every country: do you or do you not support the human right to drinking water and sanitation? 

A mad scramble ensued as a group of Anglo-Western countries, all promoting to some extent the notion of water as a private commodity, tried to derail the process and put off the vote. The U.S., Canada, the UK, Australia and New Zealand even cooked up a “consensus” resolution that was so bland everyone would likely have handily voted for it at an earlier date. But sitting beside the real thing, it looked like what it was – an attempt, yet again, to put off any meaningful commitment at the UN to the billions suffering from lack of clean water. When that didn’t work, they toiled behind the scenes to weaken the wording of the Bolivian resolution but to no avail. On July 28, 2010, the UN General Assembly overwhelmingly voted to adopt a resolution recognizing the human right to water and sanitation. One hundred and twenty two countries voted for the resolution; 41 abstained; not one had the courage to vote against. 

I share this story with you not only because my team and I were deeply involved in the lead up to this historic vote and there for it the day it was presented, but because it was the culmination of work done by a movement operating on the principles I have outlined above. 

We took the time to establish the common principles that water is a Commons that belongs to the earth, all species, and the future, and is a fundamental human right not to be appropriated for profit. We advocate for the Public Trust Doctrine in law at every level of government. We set out to build a movement that listens first and most to the poorest among us, especially indigenous and tribal voices. We work with communities and groups in other movements, especially those working on climate justice and trade justice. We understand the need for careful collaborative cooperation to restore the functioning of watersheds and we have come to revere the water that gives life to all things upon the Earth. While we clearly have much left to do, these water warriors inspire me and give me hope. They get me out of bed every morning to fight another day.

I believe I am in a room full of stewards and want, then to leave you with these words from Lord of the Rings. This is Gandalf speaking the night before he faces a terrible force that threatens all living beings. His words are for you.

_“The rule of no realm is mine, but all worthy things that are in peril, as the world now stand, those are my care. And for my part, I shall not wholly fail in my task if anything passes through this night that can still grow fair, or bear fruit, and flower again in the days to come.

For I too am a steward, did you not know?”_ —J.R.R. Tolkien

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The Interior Department’s Ongoing War on Wild Horses

The Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is proposing to round up 1,659 wild horses – via a helicopter stampede in the middle of winter – eliminating 80 percent of the population in Nevada’s Antelope Complex. This is the very area where Madeleine Pickens recently purchased a large ranch and plans to create a wild horse eco-sanctuary. The BLM is proceeding with this roundup despite Mrs. Pickens' proposal to utilize her ranch's property and public grazing allotment to accommodate this wild horse population. Claiming that 1.3 million acres of land can only support 427 to 788 horses, the BLM allows 18 times more livestock than wild horses to graze the Antelope Complex while blaming the wild horses for any damage done to the range.  

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