The ProLibertad Freedom Campaign www.prolibertadweb.com email@example.com ProLibertad Hotline: 718-601-4751
FREE AVELINO GONZALEZ CLAUDIO!
Friday April 30th, 2010 at 6:30pm St. Mary’s Episcopal Church 521 W126th St. (Btwn. Broadway and Amsterdam Ave.) Take the 1 train to W125th St. $10 Donation (No one will be turned away due to lack of funds) Light refreshments will be served
Who is Avelino González Claudio?
The ProLibertad Freedom Campaign and El Comité Familiares y Amigos/as De Avelino González Claudio from Puerto Rico will answer that question with a special forum and discussion on the life and political work of the newest Puerto Rican Political Prisoner!
Hear from Avelino’s family what we can do to support this incredible brother! Join us as we build support for Avelino González Claudio!
Blanca Figueroa, Avelino’s wife
Juan González Pedrosa, Avelino’s Son
Frank Velgara, ProLibertad
On April 4th, 2010 the Puerto Rican Political Prisoners will have completed 30 years in jail for FIGHTING FOR PUERTO RICAN INDPENDENCE!!
Every April, ProLibertad organizes a series of events to denounce the arrests of our political prisoners. We use this month as a time to raise awareness around the prisoners and of Puerto Rico’s colonial reality.
On May Day tens of thousands of people will attend hundreds of marches all across the country. We’ll stand together to show our leaders that we’re not going to wait any longer for them to fix our broken immigration system. All of us, immigrants and native-born citizens, will be united to show the world that this country needs comprehensive immigration reform now. Our vision of reform includes immigrants and native-born U.S. citizens working shoulder to shoulder to achieve better wages, working conditions, and labor protections—making sure everyone is playing by the same set of rules so that it is harder for unscrupulous employers to cheat immigrants and therefore harder for everyone to be cheated. We need to build faith in our immigration system so that people respect the process and so that the process respects them. That’s our vision for a stronger America.
A new order allows enforcement officials to stop anyone who “looks illegal” (read: has brown skin) and demand that they produce documents proving their right to be in a place they call home. Failure to produce such documents can lead to fines, jail time, or deportation. Widely seen as a violation of basic rights, this new order leads to widespread calls for boycott.
I’m speaking, of course, about Arizona’s new racist law, SB1070–but I could just as easily be talking about Palestine.
First Nations United, an Indigenous organization largely made up of members of the Red Lake/Ojibwe and Dakota nations, would like to formally express its outrage and disagreement with the SB 1070 (“Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods”) Bill passed last week by the state of Arizona. This bill is extremely detrimental to the indigenous communities (including indigenous peoples of Latin American origin), which reside in the state of Arizona as well as those who live throughout the country. The language of the bill states that if there is “reasonable suspicion” that a person is an illegal immigrant, a “reasonable attempt shall be made, when practicable” to check for documents. Such language purposefully promotes the racial profiling of brown-skinned people, and in particular, of people of American indigenous background. As an indigenous organization, which stands for the civil and human rights of indigenous peoples throughout the continent, we are concerned that this bill will promote the unfair and discriminatory arrests, prosecution, and deportation of people of American indigenous descent-not only of those who belong to federally recognized tribes, but also of the hundreds of thousands of indigenous people who have migrated from South/Central America and Mexico to what is now called “the United States.” Indigenous peoples across the continent do not recognize the borders established by the settler colonialist state on our lands, and, we do not agree with the malicious and dehumanizing way in which the settler colonialist government wants to enforce them.
As an Indigenous organization, we recognize that indigenous peoples from Latin America have every right to migrate up and down the continent as they please and as they have done through trade and communication routes since time immemorial. The native peoples of the continent should be the ones establishing immigration laws and enforcing them. However, because we were disempowered through genocide and colonization, and because we have consistently treated “foreigners” in a more humane and hospitable way, we respect peoples’ rights to migrate. If we did enforce such power, only tribal identifications from throughout the continent (including documentation identifying peoples from Latin American indigenous ancestry) would be recognized as legitimate, and we could very well racially profile people of Caucasian descent as the true and eternal foreigners.
As the first peoples of this continent, we pose this question to Governor Brewer, Senator Russell Pearce, and law enforcement in the state of Arizona, “Who are you to check for documents?” We remind them that the power they have taken to legislate was established by an immigrant and illegal settler colonialist government, which has consistently relied on the genocide and mistreatment of the original peoples of this continent.
First Nations United greatly objects to SB 1070 and denounces Governor Brewer, Senator Pearce, and the State of Arizona as anti-Indigenous, cruel, and racist. We call for an Indigenous boycott of the State of Arizona until this bill is repealed or found unconstitutional as it will gravely violate the civil and human rights of indigenous people in the state and throughout the country.
FIRST NATIONS UNITED
First Nations United
All Saints Church
3044 Longfellow Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55407
I’ve been very disappointed by the Vatican’s handling of the child molestation cases. The Pope has apologized. Yes, but right in the middle of his apologies, he has also called the cases “petty gossip”. His personal preacher even had the audacity to compare what people like me are saying to the holocaust. This is reprehensible.
Am I Adolf Hitler because I call for justice for all the innocent boys and their parents who sent them as mass servers believing their children were going to learn, from great examples, how best to serve God?
At this point in my life (I’m a parent and photographer), I cannot in good conscience enter a Catholic Church to photograph a wedding. By both their action and their silence, I feel the leadership of the Church has ridiculed the holy institution of marriage and disrespected every child’s right to a decent childhood. I will not be a character in the ongoing satire.
So when I will resume photographing Catholic Weddings? I will resume when the Pope properly apologizes. When guilty priests are penalized. When victims are compensated.
Did I hear you say “you might never shoot in a Catholic church again then”?
“The U.S. Agency for International Development (AID) increased its budget for birth control in Latin America 1968-1972 by a whopping 100 million dollars while ate the same time reducing health care assistance by the same amount (Garcia 1985).”—
You wanna talk about institutional racism, including in the feminist movement? You wanna talk about institutional racism as a core component of the US reproductive rights movement? Yeah. Let’s start here.
This Wednesday in NYC Puerto Rican Political Prisoners: A Panel Discussion!
Puerto Rican Political Prisoners: A Panel Discussion!
Wednesday, April 7th 2010
Union Theological Seminary—Social Hall
3041 Broadway, at 121st Street
New York, NY 10027
The Church and Society program and the Latin@ Caucus of Union Theological Seminary would like to invite the faculty and student community of Union, as well as the wider community, to a panel discussion regarding the plight of the Puerto Rican political prisoners currently being held in the United States. The political status of Puerto Rico will also be addressed.
Researchers interviewed 54 poor, Spanish-speaking Latinos in Los Angeles who all had mild to severe depression. Based on responses to questions, the researchers determined that 51 percent of the patients stigmatized mental illness. These patients were 22 percent less likely to be taking depression medication, 21 percent less likely to be able to control their depression, and 44 percent more likely to have missed scheduled mental health appointments compared to other patients.
“Unfortunately, mental health stigma turns out to be one of the most serious barriers for people receiving care or staying in care,” lead author William Vega, a professor of medicine and social work at the University of Southern California, said in a news release.
CARACAS, March 31 (Xinhua) — Venezuela and Russia are to sign a series of agreements on Friday to boost cooperation in such fields as energy, industry, transportation, health, education and agriculture.
The pacts will be signed by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.
Russian Vice Prime Minister Igor Sechin and Venezuelan Vice President Elias Jaua Milano announced the news during the 7th Russian-Venezuelan intergovernmental meeting Wednesday ahead of Putin’s upcoming visit to Venezuela.