Newsletter 10: Native Liberation Conference 2019, Sept. 7-8

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September 3, 2019

Dear friends,

Greetings from The Red Nation.

We’re days away from Native Liberation Conference 2019 in Gallup, NM on September 7 and 8. Check out the conference schedule and logistic information here.

Fascism is on the rise throughout the world. So our response to it must be global. As Indigenous peoples, we don’t have to look far. The Indian War is now the never-ending, global “war on terror.” From Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, and Yemen, and new threats of war against Iran and Venezuela, the United States is the biggest threat to world peace.

Within our own homelands, walls and jails imprison and keep out the poor, the humble, separating us from our relatives. Uranium mines, fracking wells, and oil pipelines contaminate our lands, rivers, and bodies. Violent men in and out of uniform disappear our relatives — young and old — by the thousands, in ditches, highways, detention centers, and prisons. In cities and in reservation communities, we face a housing crisis and lack of medical care. Native people know what it means to live in utter poverty in a land of plenty.

While the earth burns, the rich get richer. The end of the world is easier to imagine than the end of capitalism. We cannot succumb to this cynicism of defeat. So we must dream a new world into existence.

From Palestine to Turtle Island, from Africa, Asia, to the Americas, we fight for a world premised on justice and freedom for the good people of the earth. We demand a world where wealth and resources are redistributed according to need, where everyone belongs. We demand land and a dignified life for all our relatives.

To build this world, we turn to all nations and communities in struggle against the global elite destroying our planet. In the spirit of Indigenous generosity and radical relationality, we invite all oppressed people and progressive movements to join our cause.

As in previous years we have named the conference rooms after political prisoners from struggles around the world.

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Free Red Fawn Room: This is the main auditorium located in the El Morro Theater. Red Fawn Fallis is a water protector who participated in the #NoDAPL Protests at Standing Rock. She is currently serving 57 months in FCI Dublin, California. 

More info: standwithredfawn.org  

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Free Lula/ Lula Livre Room:This is the meeting room located inside the Octavia Fellin Public Library. Luiz Inácio Lula da Silvais the former President of Brazil, a metalworker and trade union leader, who helped found the PT (Workers Party), Brazil’s main left party. He is currently in prison on false and vindictive charges. 

More info: comitelulalivre.org/en/new-home/

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Free Ahmad Sa’adat Room: This room is located in the El Morro Events Center. Ahmad Sa’adat is one of nearly 5,000 Palestinian political prisoners held in Israeli jails. These political prisoners, men, women and children, are activists, organizers and political leaders of the Palestinian people. 

More info on Palestinian Prisoners: addameer.org  

We look forward to seeing you this weekend! If you can’t attend in-person, subscribe to our podcast where we’ll be posting audio from the presentations and presenters.

Solidarity forever,

Nick

Upcoming Events

9/7-8: Native Liberation Conference, Gallup, NM

9/19: The Red Deal Working Group, Larry Casuse Freedom Center, Albuquerque, NM @ 6 PM

9/28: Red Deal Workshop, Farmington, NM