Christian Peacemaker Teams - Turn your Faith into Action for Peace https://www.cpt.org/ en ANNOUNCEMENT: Solidarity During Coronavirus https://www.cpt.org/cptnet/2020/03/27/announcement-solidarity-during-coronavirus <span>ANNOUNCEMENT: Solidarity During Coronavirus</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/4" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Caldwell</span></span> <span>Fri, 03/27/2020 - 07:39</span> <div><p>Dear CPT Community,</p> <p>Over the last few weeks, our teams and partners in Palestine, Colombia, Iraqi Kurdistan, Turtle Island, Lesvos and the U.S./Mexico Borderlands have all felt the devastating effect of the rapidly spreading COVID-19 virus. Governments in each of these countries have imposed quarantine, self-isolation, and curfew orders to mitigate the spread, which has severely impacted our ability to continue the work of accompaniment.</p> <p>We recognize the vulnerability of our partners in a time like this. Historically, not only have they suffered from governments that disregard them or even wish they were gone, but now, the little assistance they have is being reallocated away to major cities. This shift could potentially place our partners in greater harm, not only from Coronavirus, but also from those bombing, displacing, and killing them. For the migrants and refugees we accompany in the Aegean Islands and the U.S./Mexico border, seeking refuge has become more uncertain than ever, leaving them highly vulnerable to the violence they are fleeing.</p> <p>To protect our partners and ourselves, we have suspended regular accompaniment in all programs, and have adapted to online strategies of advocacy and accompaniment in response to our partners’ needs. We are in constant communication with them and are closely monitoring the situation on the ground. In addition, we have cancelled our delegations in April and May.</p> <p>While the virus pulls back the curtain on systemic injustice, it also presents each and every one of us with a decision on how we respond to our needs and the needs of those around us. Our work is deeply grounded in challenging systems of oppression that suppress the flourishing of all life. We reject the notion that life on the periphery of society is worth sacrificing to preserve the economy. Rather, the gift of those considered “unproductive” or “less” by the system: migrant workers, refugees, subsistence farmers, sex workers, domestic help, the homeless, disabled persons, the elderly, or the poor— among others— is what makes the human family so much richer.&nbsp; We celebrate this diversity.</p> <p>As well as revealing an oppressive global economic system, the virus reminds us of solidarity and community. Your commitment to the work of ‘building partnerships to transform violence and oppression,’ has sustained us for 34 years. You were there during the hostage crisis of 2005 and in 2008 during the global financial meltdown. You believed in the work of active nonviolent peacebuilding. We are thankful for a community we can continue to rely on as we and our partners take health precautions. It is critical that we continue supporting the courageous grassroots peacemaking of our partners who defend health and security for all. We greatly appreciate your continued <a href="https://lists.cpt.org/sites/all/modules/civicrm/extern/url.php?u=12147&amp;qid=" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">financial support</a> and solidarity.</p> <p>In the coming weeks, we will update you with opportunities to learn about our partners and our work, and ways in which you can, from home, support the work of peacebuilding and resistance to systems that consider human beings disposable.</p> <p>Stay safe and take good care of each other,</p> <p>CPT Family</p> </div> <div> <div>Categories</div> <div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1400" hreflang="en">CPT International</a></div> </div> </div> Fri, 27 Mar 2020 12:39:00 +0000 Caldwell 12346 at https://www.cpt.org CPT INTERNATIONAL: Train with CPT; join CPT’s Peacemaker Corps https://www.cpt.org/cptnet/2020/03/13/cpt-international-train-cpt-join-cpts-peacemaker-corps <span>CPT INTERNATIONAL: Train with CPT; join CPT’s Peacemaker Corps</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Kathy Kern</span></span> <span>Fri, 03/13/2020 - 07:36</span> <div><p><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="467" src="/sites/default/files/Training%202019%20-%20Colombia%202.jpg" width="700" /></p> <h6>Training participants join public action calling for an end to disappearance and assassination<br /> of Colombian human rights defenders.</h6> <p>Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) is currently accepting <a href="/participate/join/training">applications</a> for membership in its Peacemaker Corps.&nbsp; Join us in building partnerships to transform violence and oppression!</p> <p>The next Peacemaker Corps training will be held <b>12 November – 11 December 2020</b> in Sulaymaniyah, Iraqi Kurdistan.&nbsp; <b>Application Deadline</b> is 15 July 2020.&nbsp; Please direct any questions and send complete application to <a href="mailto:personnel@cpt.org">personnel@cpt.org</a>.</p> <p>Applicants must be at least 21 years of age and have completed a short-term <a href="/delegations">CPT Delegation</a> or internship by 17 August to be eligible for the 2020 training program.&nbsp; Qualified candidates may be invited to participate in the training which culminates in mutual discernment with CPT staff regarding membership in the Peacemaker Corps.&nbsp; Trained Peacemaker Corps members are eligible to apply for open positions on CPT teams.</p> <p>CPT builds partnerships to transform violence and oppression in situations of lethal conflict around the world.&nbsp; We are committed to work and relationships that: 1) honor and reflect the presence of faith and spirituality, 2) strengthen grassroots initiatives, 3) transform structures of domination and oppression, and 4) embody creative nonviolence and liberating love.</p> <p>CPT understands violence to be rooted in systemic structures of oppression.&nbsp; We are committed to undoing oppressions within our own lives and in the policies and practices of our organization.</p> <p>CPT is a Christian-identified organization with multi-faith/spiritually diverse membership.&nbsp; We seek individuals who are capable, responsible and rooted in faith/spirituality to work for peace as members of violence-reduction teams trained in disciplined nonviolence.&nbsp; We are committed to building a Peacemaker Corps that reflects diversity in ability, age, class, ethnicity, gender identity, language, national origin, race and sexual orientation.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="467" src="/sites/default/files/Training%202019%20-%20Colombia%201-1_0.jpg" width="700" /></p> <h6>Vigorous discussion during CPT training session.</h6> </div> <div> <div>Categories</div> <div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1428" hreflang="en">Training</a></div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1400" hreflang="en">CPT International</a></div> </div> </div> Fri, 13 Mar 2020 12:36:10 +0000 Kathy Kern 12343 at https://www.cpt.org TURTLE ISLAND POEM: The Canadian Narrative is Fiction https://www.cpt.org/cptnet/2020/03/04/turtle-island-poem-canadian-narrative-fiction <span>TURTLE ISLAND POEM: The Canadian Narrative is Fiction</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Kathy Kern</span></span> <span>Wed, 03/04/2020 - 10:47</span> <div><p>6 March 2020</p> <p><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="467" src="/sites/default/files/DSC_1247-5_0.JPG" width="700" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>by Johann Funk</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>the canadian narrative is fiction</p> <p>conjured in the imagination of Europe</p> <p>visions of unlimited wealth and absolute power</p> <p>sanctified by papal bulls</p> <p>imagining foreign land vacant</p> <p>making locals disposable</p> <p>claiming land by first discovery</p> <p>flags and crosses asserting sovereignty</p> <p>land stolen</p> <p>in the name of god and king</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>local authorities, cultures, identities swept aside</p> <p>defining locals as expendable resident aliens&nbsp;</p> <p>displaced by adventures, speculators, priests, settlers</p> <p>here to stay</p> <p>to dominate, dehumanize, exploit, oppress, eliminate</p> <p>crafting public policy, dependencies, racism, violence</p> <p>instruments of control</p> <p>genocide by any other name</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>sweeping the landscape clean</p> <p>of ancient occupation</p> <p>a narrative devoid of merit</p> <p>contested by living cultures and identities</p> <p>exposing the painful truth of history</p> <p>longing for self-determination and self-sufficiency</p> <p>with dignity, pride and strength</p> <p>resurgent identities of occupied nations</p> <p>with laws, customs, ceremonies</p> <p>that have not died and thrive again</p> <p><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="394" src="/sites/default/files/20200215_113928-2.jpg" width="700" /></p> </div> <div> <div>Categories</div> <div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1484" hreflang="en">Turtle Island Solidarity Network</a></div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1397" hreflang="en">Canada</a></div> </div> </div> Wed, 04 Mar 2020 16:47:24 +0000 Kathy Kern 12341 at https://www.cpt.org TURTLE ISLAND: CPTers join the San Carlos Apache and others in prayer and action for Chich’il Bildagoteel (Oak Flat, AZ, USA) https://www.cpt.org/cptnet/2020/03/02/turtle-island-cpters-join-san-carlos-apache-and-others-prayer-and-action-chichil <span>TURTLE ISLAND: CPTers join the San Carlos Apache and others in prayer and action for Chich’il Bildagoteel (Oak Flat, AZ, USA)</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Kathy Kern</span></span> <span>Mon, 03/02/2020 - 12:29</span> <div><p>2 March 2020</p> <p><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="394" src="/sites/default/files/Carol%20Rose%20at%20Oak%20Flat%20feb%202020.jpg" width="700" /></p> <h6>CPTer Carol Rose at Chich’il Bildagoteel</h6> <p>by Carol Rose</p> <p>On 22 February 2020, dozens of San Carlos Apache and friends, including CPT reservists Carol Rose, Janie Stein and former CPTer Martin Bates, gathered at the sacred site Chich’il Bildagoteel (Oak Flat), on land also claimed by Arizona, USA.&nbsp; Many of those present had just participated in the 6<sup>th</sup> annual 45-mile march and sacred run from the San Carlos Apache reservation to Chich’il Bildagoteel. &nbsp; The event also included conversations by the fire, feasting and many layers of danced prayer in defense of sacred land.&nbsp; Rain is always welcome in this high desert, so it did not dampen the spirits, but the stream it swelled did move the planned dance site.</p> <p>Last November, Apache leader Wendsler Nosie returned “home” to live in this portion of his people’s land from which they were removed “temporarily” in the 1800s. &nbsp;&nbsp;Wendsler calls for both Indigenous and settler people to decolonize their minds and lives.&nbsp; He described how living at Chich’il Bildagoteel is taking that process to a deeper level in his life.</p> <p>Wendsler’s presence and the prayer and actions of diverse supporters— including the action of this gathering—have thus far held back the U.S. government’s plan to turn Chich’il Bildagoteel over to Resolution Copper, a company owned by Rio Tinto&nbsp;and BHP Billiton which are based in Britain and Australia.&nbsp;</p> <p>The mine planned for Chich’il Bildagoteel would destroy this sacred site, which includes ancient burial grounds.&nbsp; It is also the site for ongoing sacred ceremonies of the San Carlos Apache, including those celebrating the coming of age of young women. &nbsp;Wendsler compares Chich’il Bildagoteel to the National Cathedral of the United States.&nbsp; Ancient oaks are rooted in this forested area.&nbsp; There is also running water year round, a particularly precious miracle in this desert region.&nbsp;</p> <p>The U.S. government currently plans to transfer Chich’il Bildagoteel, currently claimed by the National Forest system, to Resolution Copper sometime between June and the end of this year.&nbsp; However, Resolution Copper has already hired a local company to clear cut the area.&nbsp; To date, Wendsler’s presence and other solidarity actions have held back the clearcutting&nbsp;</p> <p>Calls to action from <a href="http://apache-stronghold.com">Apache Stronghold</a>:</p> <p>-Prayer, first and foremost. (See the PDF file of the&nbsp;prayer and information card below.)</p> <p>-Advocacy for the Save Oak Flat Act in the U.S. Senate and Congress (which would prevent the land transfer to Resolution Copper)</p> <p>-The presence of people of faith ready to show up and pray as need arises.</p> </div> <div> <div>Categories</div> <div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1484" hreflang="en">Turtle Island Solidarity Network</a></div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1430" hreflang="en">United States</a></div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1422" hreflang="en">Prayers</a></div> </div> </div> <div> <div>Attachments</div> <div> <div><span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"><a href="https://www.cpt.org/sites/default/files/2020-03/2020-02-08-Oren%20Chichil%20Bilgadoteel.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=46537" title="2020-02-08-Oren Chichil Bilgadoteel.pdf">Oración y Tarjeta de Información sobre Chich’il Bildagoteel</a></span> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 02 Mar 2020 18:29:08 +0000 Kathy Kern 12338 at https://www.cpt.org TURTLE ISLAND:Christian Peacemaker Teams demands the release of all land defenders and two CPTers illegally arrested in Wet’suwet’en Territory. https://www.cpt.org/cptnet/2020/02/09/turtle-islandchristian-peacemaker-teams-demands-release-all-land-defenders-and <span>TURTLE ISLAND:Christian Peacemaker Teams demands the release of all land defenders and two CPTers illegally arrested in Wet’suwet’en Territory.</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Kathy Kern</span></span> <span>Sun, 02/09/2020 - 13:04</span> <div><p><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="800" src="/sites/default/files/wetsuweten%20arrest%20release.jpg" width="800" /></p> <h6>Top left: &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Arrested CPTers Natalie Maxson and Chuck Wright on their way to Wet'suwet'en<br /> Top right: &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; 27km camp where arrests took place<br /> Bottom left: &nbsp; &nbsp;Mohawk Nation shutting down train travel between Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en<br /> Bottom right: Toronto folks shutting down the Canadian Pacific rail line with Wet’suwet’en</h6> <p>On 8 February 2020, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) invaded the land defenders camp at site 27km in Wet’suwet’en Territory.&nbsp; They arrested 11 people, including two CPTers.&nbsp; The authorities have charged those arrested with breach of the injunction that forbids impeding Coastal GasLink (CGL) workers from accessing roads or their worksite.&nbsp;At the time of the arrest, the 11 people, including the CPTers at site 27km were not blocking any roads, thus making their charge of 'breach of the injunction' false. In addition, the RCMP did not have a warrant to enter the cabin — making the arrest those in the cabin illegal.</p> <p>Christian Peacemaker Teams has been present at 27km since 3 February 2020, providing legal observation alongside the land defenders of Wet’suwet’en Territory. The land defenders are protecting their territory from Coastal Gas Link’s 670km fracked gas pipeline. The province of British Columbia and CGL have not received consent from the five Hereditary Chiefs and Wet’suwet’en land defenders, therefore violating the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples – a Declaration the province of BC promised to uphold through recently enacted provincial legislation (Bill 41).</p> <p>The 11 people arrested have been taken to Houston, BC, and we anticipate a court appearance on Monday, 10 February 2020. Follow the CPT Turtle Island Solidarity Network <a href="https://www.facebook.com/cpttisn/">Facebook page</a> for updates:</p> <p>We need your solidarity! We call on our constituency to join local actions in support of Wet’suwet’en.&nbsp; <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/221856442184296/">Here are some actions already scheduled. </a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><b>Correction: </b>This article was edited on February, 25, 2020. It previously, incorrectly claimed that the two CPTers were inside the cabin.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <div>Categories</div> <div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1484" hreflang="en">Turtle Island Solidarity Network</a></div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1397" hreflang="en">Canada</a></div> </div> </div> Sun, 09 Feb 2020 19:04:28 +0000 Kathy Kern 12334 at https://www.cpt.org In the heart of Hebron: new Israeli settlement would have severe repercussions for the Palestinian community https://www.cpt.org/cptnet/2020/02/07/heart-hebron-new-israeli-settlement-would-have-severe-repercussions-palestinian <span>In the heart of Hebron: new Israeli settlement would have severe repercussions for the Palestinian community</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Kathy Kern</span></span> <span>Fri, 02/07/2020 - 10:54</span> <div><p><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="467" src="/sites/default/files/IMG_0646.JPG" width="700" /></p> <h6>Israeli settler propaganda banners on Palestinian vegetable market stalls in Al Khalil/ Hebron</h6> <p>“I’ve always had the hope that Shuhada Street will be reopened to Palestinians and that we will be able to restore the shops and community life in that area,” says Abu Adam, who grew up in al-Khalil (Hebron). “My dad used to tell me stories of when he would shop from the vegetable market in the Old City. It’s hard for me to see that the life my dad experienced in his hometown, I am not going to experience. And there’s a possibility that the next generation won’t see that life either, because of the Israeli strategy of stealing land.”</p> <p>On 1 December 2019, the Israeli Civil Administration informed the Hebron Municipality of its intentions to demolish the old Palestinian vegetable market—located in the heart of Hebron’s Old City on Shuhada Street—and construct an Israeli settlement in its place. The Hebron Municipality stated that under instructions from the Palestinian leadership, it would exert all its efforts to protect Palestinian land and preserve the property and safeguard the rights of its citizens who live in the area. Ultimately, the land belongs to the Hebron Municipality. Its residents thus have a protected tenancy that prevents their eviction. Despite this, the Israeli Civil Administration is still putting pressure on the Hebron Municipality and plans to build the settlement.</p> <p>The location of this potential settlement is particularly significant to Palestinians in Hebron. Shuhada Street used to be the main thoroughfare and commercial centre of Hebron. Israeli forces started closing Shuhada Street in 1994 after the Ibrahimi Mosque massacre, when Israeli settler Baruch Goldstein stormed the mosque, killing 29 Palestinians and wounding 150. By 2000, Israeli forces had completely closed Shuhada Street to Palestinians, resulting in the inability of Palestinian residents to access their homes and shops.</p> <p>Sufyan al-Junaidi was one of the dozens of merchants who operated a shop in the vegetable market before it was closed. “The army closed my vegetable shop by a military decision, and since then I have not been able to visit it, not even once,” Sufyan told media source Al-Monitor. Sufyan explained that his father began renting the shop from the Hebron Municipality in 1965. The market, he said, was once full of shoppers and visitors. “[Tons] of fruits and vegetables would flow into this important commercial area, but we have been denied access to it for decades,” he added.</p> <p>The establishment of a new Israeli settlement would have severe repercussions for the Palestinian community: increased military presence, increased settler violence, and increased displacement of Palestinians. Settlements are illegal under international law: the Fourth Geneva Convention forbids the transfer by an occupying power of its people to occupied territory. The new settlement would also contribute to Israel’s creation of a settler-only corridor extending from the large settlement of Kiryat Arba, which is just outside Hebron city limits, to the Ibrahimi Mosque in the centre of the Old City. Abu Adam says, “We already have Palestinians who are concerned to visit or open shops in the Old City because of the military and settler presence. It’s hard for me to imagine a new big settlement being built in the heart of my city.”</p> <p>The Hebron Municipality is currently in legal proceedings to protect the vegetable market property. CPT Palestine will continue to share updates on further developments.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="466" src="/sites/default/files/IMG_0648.JPG" width="700" /></p> <h6>Picture of Ze'ev Jabotinsky, a founder of the right wing Irgun militia and Likud party. &nbsp;<br /> Settlers: "We are building once again the Jewish Quarter (the market in Hebron)"<br /> Jabotinsky: "We will build once again everything they destroyed in multiples of what it was before"</h6> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: medium; font-family: Cambria; caret-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration: none;">&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <div>Categories</div> <div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1415" hreflang="en">Palestine</a></div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1416" hreflang="en">al-Khalil (Hebron)</a></div> </div> </div> Fri, 07 Feb 2020 16:54:53 +0000 Kathy Kern 12333 at https://www.cpt.org TURTLE ISLAND: The Wet’suwet’en Nation needs you, NOW. Call BC Premier John Horgan; Tell him to ask the RCMP to stand down https://www.cpt.org/cptnet/2020/02/06/turtle-island-wetsuweten-nation-needs-you-now-call-bc-premier-john-horgan-tell <span>TURTLE ISLAND: The Wet’suwet’en Nation needs you, NOW. Call BC Premier John Horgan; Tell him to ask the RCMP to stand down</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Kathy Kern</span></span> <span>Thu, 02/06/2020 - 13:55</span> <div><p><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="499" src="/sites/default/files/tisn_action.jpg" width="720" /></p> <h6>The camp at the 27 kilometre marker on the Morice West Forest Rd leading to the Wet’suwet’en camp.</h6> <h3>The Wet’suwet’en Nation needs you, NOW.</h3> <p>Call British Columbia Premier John Horgan; Tell him to ask the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) to stand down at Wet’suwet’en&nbsp; <b>+1-250-387-1715&nbsp;</b></p> <p>This morning, in a pre-dawn raid, the RCMP entered Wet’suwet’en territory, taking down tents at kilometer 39, a supply camp. Officers smashed the window of a radio vehicle and denied a journalist entry into the camp despite that journalist having all the necessary permits. By 7:48 a.m., RCMP officers had arrested all members of the camp at kilometer 38.</p> <p>On February 4, Coastal GasLink refused to <a href="http://www.wetsuweten.com/media-centre/news/february-4-2020-immediate-release-wetsuweten-territory-smithers-b.c">recognize</a> the Wiggus Respect table discussions between the Government of British Colombia and the Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs designed to seek a peaceful resolution between the parties and prevent a <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/dec/20/canada-indigenous-land-defenders-police-documents">repeat of last year’s</a> Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) militarized raid on behalf of the pipeline company.&nbsp;</p> <p>The <a href="https://www.facebook.com/unistoten/">Unist'ot'en Camp</a><b> </b>reported that at least 36 vehicles, 1 ambulance, 2 bulldozers and an excavator entered the territory, making way for work to continue the construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline "<a href="https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/wetsuweten-arrests-coastal-gaslink-pipeline-1.5454007">despite over 50 instances of environmental non-compliance</a>." The construction of the 670 km pipeline is a&nbsp;<a href="https://ricochet.media/en/2904/untangling-the-rule-of-law-in-the-coastal-gaslink-pipeline-standoff">violation of the rights</a> of the five clans that live on the Wet’suwet’en territory, who have unanimously opposed all pipeline proposals and have not provided free, prior, and informed consent, guaranteed under the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to Coastal Gaslink/ TransCanada to do work on Wet’suwet’en lands.</p> <p>The protests and blockades set up along the forest service road are a nonviolent and peaceful assertion Wet’suwet’en Nation rights. "They're invading our people again, starting in the wee hours of the morning, arresting people who have been providing food and medical supplies to our camps, who are camped out along the side of the road doing amazing and righteous work. And right now, they're being arrested and they're being removed," said <a href="http://tinyurl.com/slgumaf">Molly Wickham</a>, spokesperson for Wet'suwet'en Nation members. "It's time to stand up for all Indigenous people all across Turtle Island. It's time to make it known that Indigenous people will not be oppressed any longer—that the RCMP can't come in and remove us from our territories, that they have no legitimacy on stolen Indigenous land.”&nbsp;</p> <p>Christian Peacemaker Teams currently has members in Wet’suwet’en territory accompanying this struggle. CPT joins the Wet’suwet’en call to action.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <h3><b>Take Action and Demand the RCMP Stand Down at Wet’suwet’en</b></h3> <h3>WET’SUWET’EN NEEDS YOU NOW.</h3> <h3>Call British Columbia Premier John Horgan; Tell him to ask the RCMP to stand down at Wet’suwet’en<b> +1-250-387-1715&nbsp;</b></h3> <h3><b>Join an action in your area. </b><a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/221856442184296/"><b>Click here</b></a></h3> <h3><a href="https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/wetsuweten?source=feed_text&amp;epa=HASHTAG&amp;__xts__%5B0%5D=68.ARD2xdAo8QOBbPDNQTptEeLcIER7B7lJw5WdVvqGPhXjT"><b>#Wetsuweten</b></a><a href="https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/wetsuwetenstrong?source=feed_text&amp;epa=HASHTAG&amp;__xts__%5B0%5D=68.ARD2xdAo8QOBbPDNQTptEeLcIER7B7lJw5WdVvqGPhXjTpkFoZTp7O0iEA6TkM6UkXfn7ETDH9"><b> </b><b>#WetsuwetenStrong</b></a></h3> </blockquote> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <div>Categories</div> <div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1484" hreflang="en">Turtle Island Solidarity Network</a></div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1397" hreflang="en">Canada</a></div> </div> </div> Thu, 06 Feb 2020 19:55:04 +0000 Kathy Kern 12332 at https://www.cpt.org Faith Action Tool Kit: Stand with Wet’suwet’en https://www.cpt.org/cptnet/2020/01/29/faith-action-tool-kit-stand-wetsuweten <span>Faith Action Tool Kit: Stand with Wet’suwet’en</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/4" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Caldwell</span></span> <span>Wed, 01/29/2020 - 17:40</span> <div><p><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="533" src="/sites/default/files/2019-12/facebook_tisn.png" width="800" /></p> <p>Download CPT's Faith Action Toolkit for Wet'suweten. As faith communities discern how to get involved in Wet'suwet'en solidarity, we encourage, you, our friends, to download and use this toolkit. It's time for us to rise up together and work towards decolonization.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://cpt.org/sites/default/files/2020-01/Faith_Action_ToolKit_online_1.pdf">Download your Faith Action Tool Kit</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Christian Peacemaker Teams Calls on Faith Communities to Stand with Wet’suwet’en</strong></p> <p>The province of British Columbia alongside Coastal Gaslink are continuing their plans to build a pipeline through the unceded territories of the Wet’suwet’en. The 5 Hereditary Chiefs and land defenders of Wet’suwet’en have denied access to Coastal Gaslink fearing the pipeline will cause irrevocable ecological damage. Despite lack of consent, the province and CGL continue to try and advance the pipeline. This is in contravention to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (which the province of British Columbia has signed on to) which preserves the right to free, prior and informed consent by Indigenous communities before extractive industries can access their land.&nbsp;</p> <p>In January 2020,&nbsp; the RCMP began enforcing a court injunction on behalf of a natural gas pipeline development, setting up a checkpoint on the Wet’suwet’en territory. This injunction violates Wet’suwet’en law, the right to free, prior, and informed consent, and ignores the call by the <a href="https://thenarwhal.ca/what-cost-are-human-rights-worth-un-calls-for-immediate-rcmp-withdrawal-in-wetsuweten-standoff/">UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination</a> to immediately suspend work on the Coastal GasLink pipeline until consent is obtained. Also concerning is the RCMP’s demonstrated willingness a year ago to use <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/dec/20/canada-indigenous-land-defenders-police-documents">lethal force</a> to enforce this injunction during a militarized raid on the Gimid’ten checkpoint.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>CPT calls on faith communities to take action and support the land defenders of Wet’suwet’en!</strong></p> <p>Historically the Christian Church, the Canadian state, and capitalist industry worked together to colonize Canada and displace Indigenous peoples from their land. Today across Canada, many churches are rising up in the spirit of Jesus’ message of peace and justice, and learning about the history and reality of colonization, apologizing for their involvement and/or complicity in colonialism, and getting involved in activities that situate their solidarity with Indigenous peoples and not with the colonial state. Now is the time to continue that support and take action! This is our chance, as the Christian Church, to demonstrate Christ’s radical love by standing in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://cpt.org/sites/default/files/2020-01/Faith_Action_ToolKit_online_1.pdf">Download your Faith Action Tool Kit</a></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <div>Categories</div> <div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1484" hreflang="en">Turtle Island Solidarity Network</a></div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1397" hreflang="en">Canada</a></div> </div> </div> Wed, 29 Jan 2020 23:40:37 +0000 Caldwell 12330 at https://www.cpt.org TURTLE ISLAND:  Apache elder asks for prayer to protect land from copper mine. https://www.cpt.org/cptnet/2020/01/27/turtle-island-apache-elder-asks-prayer-protect-land-copper-mine <span>TURTLE ISLAND:  Apache elder asks for prayer to protect land from copper mine.</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Kathy Kern</span></span> <span>Mon, 01/27/2020 - 13:12</span> <div><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: medium; font-family: Cambria; caret-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration: none;"><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="549" src="/sites/default/files/signal-2019-11-28-092531.jpeg" width="824" /></p> <h6 class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: medium; font-family: Cambria; caret-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration: none;">&nbsp;</h6> <h6 class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: medium; font-family: Cambria; caret-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration: none;">&nbsp;</h6> <h6 class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: medium; font-family: Cambria; caret-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration: none;"><em>Wendsler Nosie, Sr. (center), Rev. William Barber (l. Poor People's Campaign)<br /> Rev. John&nbsp;Mendez (r. Emmanuel Baptist Church Winston-Salem, North&nbsp;Carolina)&nbsp;</em></h6> <h6 class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: medium; font-family: Cambria; caret-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration: none;"><em>Photo: <a href="https://www.stevepavey.com/index">Steve Pavey</a></em><br /> &nbsp;</h6> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: medium; font-family: Cambria; caret-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration: none;">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: medium; font-family: Cambria; caret-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration: none;">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: medium; font-family: Cambria; caret-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration: none;"><span>by Carol Rose<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: medium; font-family: Cambria; caret-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration: none;"><span><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: medium; font-family: Cambria; caret-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration: none;"><span>Wendsler Nosie Sr., San Carlos Apache elder, has put his body into his call for prayer. In the last week of November 2019, Nosie ran and walked through snow and rain from the San Carlos reservation to Chich'il Bildagoteel (Oak Flat, Arizona, USA).&nbsp; Afterwards, he spent a month praying in his ancestral homeland. “This is my religious right, my indigenous right, and my inherent right to return home to protect it from being murdered and to protect our future generations, those yet to be born, so they have a right to their identity and religious beliefs,” said Nosie.&nbsp;&nbsp; Now, he is on his way to New York City and Washington DC to advocate for his people and for Chich'il Bildagoteel.</span><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: medium; font-family: Cambria; caret-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration: none;"><span>&nbsp;</span><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: medium; font-family: Cambria; caret-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration: none;"><span>Nosie is asking U.S. congressional leaders to reverse their decision to transfer the land from National Forest status to private ownership by Resolution Copper, a Canadian mining company. He asks that we “protect our Holy Places to stop this murder by Resolution Copper” who is so poised to take possession of that sacred land that they have already brought the security company G4S into the area. If government is going to transfer land to anyone, let them be ready to transfer the legal ownership to the San Carlos Apache Nation.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: medium; font-family: Cambria; caret-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration: none;"><span><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: medium; font-family: Cambria; caret-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration: none;"><span>Wendlser Nosie has strongly and publically asked for spiritual backing and prayer.&nbsp; There are many allied activists who are mystified by a call to prayer as a call to action.&nbsp; But, as a movement with a<span>&nbsp;</span><a href="https://cpt.org/about/mission" style="color: purple; text-decoration: underline;">mission, vision and values</a>&nbsp;that honors the presence of faith and spirituality, Christian Peacemaker Teams and their supporters&nbsp;how to pray. Let us pray for return of the land to the Apache rather than a transfer to a corporation for extraction. “On earth as in heaven!” &nbsp;&nbsp;</span><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: medium; font-family: Cambria; caret-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration: none;"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: medium; font-family: Cambria; caret-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration: none;"><span>&nbsp;</span><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: medium; font-family: Cambria; caret-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration: none;"><span>For updates, see the<span>&nbsp;</span><a href="http://apache-stronghold.com/going-home.html" style="color: purple; text-decoration: underline;">Apache-Stronghold website</a></span>and<span>&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.facebook.com/wendsler.nosie" style="color: purple; text-decoration: underline;">Wendsler Nosie’s Facebook page.&nbsp;</a>&nbsp;To support Oak Flats and Wendsler Nosie's campaign, sign this petition:&nbsp;<a href="https://sign.moveon.org/petitions/dont-allow-resolution?fbclid=IwAR0cy0GOj7tjwj0Dux6CLSR-1fVngBvIzQDsVmD8pBYtQIx2xyl8UUrBMbk">Protect Apache holy site from Resolution Copper</a><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: medium; font-family: Cambria; caret-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration: none;"><span>&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: medium; font-family: Cambria; caret-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration: none;"><em>Carol Rose is a CPT reservist and a member of CPT’s Turtle Island Solidarity Network (<a href="https://www.facebook.com/cpttisn/" style="color: purple; text-decoration: underline;">TISN</a>).<span>&nbsp;<span>&nbsp;</span></span>She has been active in solidarity with<span>&nbsp;</span><span>Chich'il Bildagoteel (Oak Flat)</span>since she moved to the region in 2015.<span>&nbsp;<span>&nbsp;</span></span>Her church, Shalom Mennonite Fellowship, adopted the statement,<span style="font-size: 15pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(80, 80, 80);">“</span>Shalom Mennonite Fellowship stands with the San Carlos Apache and Tohono O’odham nations in opposition to proposed mines at Oak Flat and in the Santa Rita Mountains,” in 2018.</em></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: medium; font-family: Cambria; caret-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration: none;">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: medium; font-family: Cambria; caret-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration: none;"><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="245" src="/sites/default/files/shalom%20march%202019%20(2).jpg" width="700" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: medium; font-family: Cambria; caret-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration: none;">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: medium; font-family: Cambria; caret-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration: none;"><o:p></o:p></p> </div> <div> <div>Categories</div> <div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1484" hreflang="en">Turtle Island Solidarity Network</a></div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1422" hreflang="en">Prayers</a></div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1430" hreflang="en">United States</a></div> </div> </div> Mon, 27 Jan 2020 19:12:38 +0000 Kathy Kern 12328 at https://www.cpt.org CPT INTERNATIONAL: Respect the Demands of the Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Leaders & Land Defenders https://www.cpt.org/cptnet/2020/01/15/cpt-international-respect-demands-wetsuweten-hereditary-leaders-land-defenders <span>CPT INTERNATIONAL: Respect the Demands of the Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Leaders &amp; Land Defenders</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/4" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Caldwell</span></span> <span>Wed, 01/15/2020 - 13:20</span> <div><p style="line-height:1.295; margin-bottom:11px"><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="799" src="/sites/default/files/2019-12/200115_Wetsuweten.jpg" width="800" /></p> <h2 style="line-height: 1.295; margin-bottom: 11px;"><strong>Statement of Solidarity</strong></h2> <p style="line-height:1.295; margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:11pt; font-variant:normal; white-space:pre-wrap"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none">January 15, 2020</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="line-height:1.295; margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:11pt; font-variant:normal; white-space:pre-wrap"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none">Christian Peacemaker Teams stands with the Wet’suwet’en land defenders and all Indigenous people protecting their rights and the environmental integrity of their homelands. CPT is deeply concerned with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police’s maneuvers this week to establish an </span></span></span></span></span></span><a href="https://aptnnews.ca/2020/01/13/pipeline-6/" style="text-decoration:none"><span style="font-size:11pt; font-variant:normal; white-space:pre-wrap"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="color:#0563c1"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none">“Exclusion Zone”</span></span></span></span></span></span></a><span style="font-size:11pt; font-variant:normal; white-space:pre-wrap"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none"> on Wet’suwet’en territory— barring media and clan members from entering— which effectively reinstates&nbsp; a colonial and an apartheid era pass system.&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="line-height:1.295; margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:11pt; font-variant:normal; white-space:pre-wrap"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none">In the Exclusion Zone, located in the unceded territory of the Wet’suwet’en nation in northern British Columbia, the RCMP are enforcing a court injunction on behalf of a natural gas pipeline development. This injunction violates Wet’suwet’en law, the right to free, prior, and informed consent, and ignores the international condemnation by the </span></span></span></span></span></span><a href="https://thenarwhal.ca/what-cost-are-human-rights-worth-un-calls-for-immediate-rcmp-withdrawal-in-wetsuweten-standoff/" style="text-decoration:none"><span style="font-size:11pt; font-variant:normal; white-space:pre-wrap"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="color:#0563c1"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none">UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination</span></span></span></span></span></span></a><span style="font-size:11pt; font-variant:normal; white-space:pre-wrap"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none"> to immediately suspend work on the Coastal GasLink pipeline until consent is obtained. Also concerning is the RCMP’s demonstrated willingness a year ago to use </span></span></span></span></span></span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/dec/20/canada-indigenous-land-defenders-police-documents" style="text-decoration:none"><span style="font-size:11pt; font-variant:normal; white-space:pre-wrap"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="color:#0563c1"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none">lethal force</span></span></span></span></span></span></a><span style="font-size:11pt; font-variant:normal; white-space:pre-wrap"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none"> to enforce this injunction during a militarized raid on the Gimid’ten checkpoint.&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="line-height:1.295; margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:11pt; font-variant:normal; white-space:pre-wrap"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none">While the Coastal GasLink, RCMP and BC government may point to employment benefits and agreements with Wet’suwet’en band councils, Coastal GasLink does not have the consent of the hereditary clan leaders of their traditional territory.&nbsp; In accordance with the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (principles the BC and Canadian governments have promised to uphold), prior consent needs to be obtained before any work can continue. As such, we echo the demands of all five Wet’suwet’en Clan Chiefs for:&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="line-height:1.295; margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:11pt; font-variant:normal; white-space:pre-wrap"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none">1) Coastal GasLink needs to vacate the territory of the Wet’suwet’en.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="line-height:1.295; margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:11pt; font-variant:normal; white-space:pre-wrap"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none">2) The Canadian and British Columbia governments must uphold its commitment to implement the Declaration.&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="line-height:1.295; margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:11pt; font-variant:normal; white-space:pre-wrap"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none">3) The RCMP must respect the rights of the hereditary chiefs and refrain from interfering with Wet’suwet’en law.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="line-height:1.295; margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:11pt; font-variant:normal; white-space:pre-wrap"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none">As a nonviolent accompaniment organization, we have witnessed the threats and use of violent force against Indigenous peoples defending their rights from Burnt Church, to Elsipogtog, to Barriere Lake, to Caledonia, to Grassy Narrows. History is repeating itself in unceded Wet’suwet’en territory, an illustration of Canada’s ongoing settler colonial project that dispossesses Indigenous people from their land for settler industry and capital gains.&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="line-height:1.295; margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:11pt; font-variant:normal; white-space:pre-wrap"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none">The actions of RCMP, Coastal GasLink, and BC government make the rhetoric of reconciliation ring hollow.&nbsp; CPT is closely monitoring the events in Wet’suwet’en territory, and will continue to advocate to ensure Indigenous rights are upheld here and elsewhere across Turtle Island.&nbsp; </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="line-height:1.295; margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:11pt; font-variant:normal; white-space:pre-wrap"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/alleyesonwetsuweten?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Ehashtag">&nbsp;#AllEyesOnWetsuweten</a>&nbsp; <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/wouldyoushootmetoo?lang=en">#WouldYouShootMeToo</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/wetsuwetenstrong?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Ehashtag">#WetsuwetenStrong</a></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </div> <div> <div>Categories</div> <div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1484" hreflang="en">Turtle Island Solidarity Network</a></div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1397" hreflang="en">Canada</a></div> </div> </div> Wed, 15 Jan 2020 19:20:50 +0000 Caldwell 12326 at https://www.cpt.org