Leonard Peltier: “I Am Barack Obama’s Political Prisoner Now”

by Leonard PeltierThe United States Department of Justice has once again made a mockery of its lofty and pretentious title. After releasing an original and continuing disciple of death cult leader Charles Manson who attempted to shoot President Gerald Ford, an admitted Croatian terrorist, and another attempted assassin of President Ford under the mandatory 30-year … Continue reading Leonard Peltier: “I Am Barack Obama’s Political Prisoner Now”

Mexican Campesinos Defend Land and Water Against Privatization

By JAIME GONZALEZ MEXICO CITY-Consider the following scene, which actually took place on Aug. 27: A group of around 30 campesinos from San Salvador Atenco-a town in the eastern side of the Mexico City Valley-is traveling on several vehicles over a toll road. Their final destination will be a demonstration in solidarity with a group … Continue reading Mexican Campesinos Defend Land and Water Against Privatization

American Indians Pursue Lawsuit Against US Government

By ADAM RITSCHER In 1887 the U.S. Congress passed the Dawes Act, which took much of the remaining land possessed by American Indians and divided it up into individual plots. The plots ranged in size from 40 to 160 acres. The idea was to force American Indians to become Western-style small farmers. The effect, however, … Continue reading American Indians Pursue Lawsuit Against US Government

Free Leonard Peltier!

On Nov. 1, Native American and civil liberties organizations kicked off a month of protests against the continuing imprisonment of American Indian Movement (AIM) leader Leonard Peltier. The events are timely since they coincide with Thanksgiving, which allegedly celebrates friendship between Native Americans and European settlers. The opening events, in Washington, D.C., began with a … Continue reading Free Leonard Peltier!

On Clinton’s ‘Poverty Tour’ – and Leonard Peltier

COMMENTARY BY MUMIA ABU-JAMAL As summer baked the land, American President Clinton began his poverty tour, the first of his presidency into the poorest pockets of American life, where American dreams sour into grim nightmares. The president of the wealthiest nation on earth visited the Appalachians, the southern California neighborhood of Watts, and, among other … Continue reading On Clinton’s ‘Poverty Tour’ – and Leonard Peltier

Mexican Police Raid Indigenous Towns in Chiapas

By GERRY FOLEY Four and a half years after the uprising of the Indian communities in the lowlands of the Mexican state of Chiapas, the Mexican and national local authorities, despite promises of reform, have not abandoned their campaign to beat the rebel communities back into submission. On June 4, more than a thousand federal … Continue reading Mexican Police Raid Indigenous Towns in Chiapas

Zapatista Referendum Boosted Popular Struggle in Mexico

By JAIME GONZALEZ MEXICO CITY-On April 7, hundreds of state police, headed by Chiapas state officials, stormed the offices of the San Andres Sacamch'en autonomous county government. This county seat became famous as the site of the negotiations between the federal government and the Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN). This operation provoked a determined mobilization … Continue reading Zapatista Referendum Boosted Popular Struggle in Mexico

Autonomous Indian Movement Wins Oaxaca, Mexico, Election

By GABRIELA ENRIQUEZ and JAIME GONZALEZ MEXICO CITY-On one side of the main square in Mazatlan Villa de Flores, a town in the state of Oaxaca, stands a dilapidated one-story building. It once housed the county administration in the days when Mazatlan was ruled by the Mexican government's political machine, the so-called Institutional Revolutionary Party … Continue reading Autonomous Indian Movement Wins Oaxaca, Mexico, Election

Native Peoples Face Terror in Chiapas

By GERRY FOLEY The greatest single outrage of the Mexican government's "low intensity war" against the native people's liberation movement came a year ago with the massacre of 45 unarmed pacifist Indians in Acteal, Chiapas, by a paramilitary mercenaries. Despite the outcry in Mexico and throughout the world against this savage slaughter, the regime has … Continue reading Native Peoples Face Terror in Chiapas