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Cynthia McKinney: Dispatch from an International Conference Being Held in Cuba

Source:  On the Wilder Side

On the morning of December 10, 2008, Cindy Sheehan, Nelson Valdes, Saul Landau, and I signed a declaration as the U.S. delegates to an international conference assessing sixty years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights sponsored by the Network of Networks in Defense of Humanity.  Here is our declaration:
We celebrate sixty years of failure.  Human rights have been converted from a noble goal into an instrument of foreign policy used by rich and powerful nations against the poorest and weakest people of the world.
In 2008, almost three billion people throughout the world suffer the most basic privations.
After sixty years of empty human rights rhetoric, we demand that governments focus their attention on fulfilling the promises of 1948.  We write this document on the parchment of environment, which everyone shares, and has warned us all to drastically change the ways in which mass production and consumption take place.
The United States is a member of the commonwealth of nations;
Benefits accrue to those who cooperate with the global community and view other countries as potential partners for the upliftment of humankind;
Unfortunately, the leadership of the United States Government has consistently been a disappointment to those of us who value the tenets and the possibilities for humankind embodied in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights;
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights affirms the rights of self-determination, the rights of women, the indigenous, and the rights of association, expression, and resistance to protect and preserve these precious rights;
Poverty, severe income inequality on one hand and greed and over-consumption by a few, on the other hand, deny for far too many on the planet universal application of the Universal Declaration;
Climate change, unsustainable agriculture, unbridled militarism, terrorism with impunity, nuclear proliferation represent threats to our planet and threats to humankind;
The current implosion of the engine of U.S. imperialism and global capitalism contains the seeds of a new global order in which the rights of humankind and the Universal Declaration can find universal application;
The incoming Barack Obama Administration has a unique opportunity to make a clean break with the policies of the past, including installation of dictatorships, campaigns of invasion, terror, and slander, torture, and occupation, and can build bridges of peace and justice with dignity and respect to Africa, Latin America, and Europe;
Therefore, we call on the President-elect to put the United States on a clear course of global fraternity by

a) invoking the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,
b)  rejecting torture and terror and demonstrating this by closing and vacating Guantanamo  and
ceding to Cuba its rightful patrimony,

c)  ending the U.S. embargo,
d)  releasing the Cuban Five, and
e)  extraditing Luis Posada Cariles;
10. While this list is not exhaustive, it represents a much’needed down payment on hope   and change.
11.  We will disseminate this document through our respective networks.
Signed:  Saul Landau, Cindy Sheehan, Nelson Valdes, Cynthia McKinney

Lakota withdraw from treaties, declare independence from U.S.

Lakota withdraw from treaties, declare independence from U.S.

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The Lakota Sioux Indians, whose ancestors include Sitting Bull, Red Cloud and Crazy Horse, have withdrawn from all treaties their forefathers signed with the U.S. government and have declared their independence. A delegation delivered the news to the State Department earlier this week.

Portions of Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana and Wyoming comprise Lakota country, and the tribe says that if the federal government doesn’t begin diplomatic discussions promptly, liens will be filed on property in the five-state region. Here’s the news release.

“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,” said Russell Means, a longtime Indian rights activist. “This is according to the laws of the United States, specifically Article 6 of the Constitution,” which states that treaties are the supreme law of the land.

“It is also within the laws on treaties passed at the Vienna Convention and put into effect by the U.S. and the rest of the international community in 1980. We are legally within our rights to be free and independent,” he added during a press conference yesterday in Washington.

The new country would issue its own passports and driver licenses, and living there would be tax-free, provided residents renounce their U.S. citizenship, he said, according to a report from Agence France-Presse.

The Lakota say the United States has never honored the pacts, signed with the Great Sioux Nation in 1851 and 1868 at Fort Laramie, Wyo.

“We have 33 treaties with the United States that they have not lived by. They continue to take our land, our water, our children,” said Phyllis Young, who helped organize the first international conference on indigenous rights in Geneva in 1977.

Means said the “annexation” of native American land had turned the Lakota into “facsimiles of white people.”

In 1974, the Lakota drafted a declaration of continuing independence. Their cause got a boost in September, when the United Nations adopted a non-binding declaration on the rights of indigenous peoples. The Bush administration opposed the measure.

(1855 portrait of Sitting Bull by David Frances Barry, Library of Congress)

KRCL partnering with Chevron????

I am urging everyone who supports community radio to express their opinion on the following:

I love our local “radio-free” community radio station, KRCL. The program hosts are great (and all volunteer), music just about all day, Democracy Now! is played daily. I’ve been fortunate, too, to be able to record psa’s in their studio for various events.

I was quite dismayed this morning to hear a psa about KRCL’s food drive on December 14th for the Utah Food Bank – in partnership with CHEVRON.

When you go to the page, KRCL Food Drive, their is no mention of Chevron, but the psa clearly connects its partnership with this corporation.

I’ve known for years about Chevron’s human rights abuses in various countries.

Read for yourself on Chevron’s corporate domination in the world and their human rights vilations:
Learn more and take actionChevron (CVX) in Nigeria: Claiming Rights and Resources
Democracy Now! archive of news stories on Chevron
NIGERIA: Chevron Paid Troops After Alleged Killing
Chevron On Iraqi Kickbacks: My Bad
Chevron’s Pipeline Is the Burmese Regime’s Lifeline

I have written a letter to KRCL (pasted below) urging them to not accept support from companies like Chevron. I am publicly urging readers to do the same. Here is the contact info for sending letters:

Staff Members

General
Donna Land Maldonado – General Manager – donnal at krcl.org
Amy Dwyer – Office Manager/Admin Assistant – amyd at krcl.org

Programming
Ryan Tronier – Program Director – ryant at krcl.org
Felix Gonzalez – Studio Technician – felix at krcl.org
Troy Williams – RadioActive Producer – troyw at krcl.org
Tino Arana – Operations – tinoa at krcl.org

Development & Fundraising
Charlie Seldin – Development Director – charlies at krcl.org
Sue Gerber – CD-of-the-Month (volunteer) – sueg at krcl.org

Underwriting
Shawn Jimerson – Underwriting Manager – shawn at krcl.org

KRCL 90.9 FM
Listeners Community Radio of Utah
1971 West North Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84116
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My letter to KRCL:
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