Friday, May 22, 2009



Subject: Protect Joel Vicente Zhunio Samaniego, Wilmar Fernando Mejia Reinoso, and Etelvina de Jesus Misacango Chuñir

Dear Prosecutor,

Please take action immediately to protect the lives of Joel Vicente Zhunio Samaniego, Wilmar Fernando Mejia Reinoso, and Etelvina de Jesus Misacango Chuñir. Their lives have been threatened by a government official. Etelvina was brutally assaulted in her home. They are members of organizations that are part of the Coordinadora Nacional por la Defensa de la Vida y la Soberania. They were targeted due to their legitimate protest against a meeting being held between the province's representative of the national government, some local farmers, and representatives of a gold mining company from Canada, which is operating in the area without a license.

So I must ask you to order an investigation. I must remind you of your obligation as set out in the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders, to recognize the legitimacy of the activities of human rights defenders and their right to carry out their activities without obstacles or fear of reprisals.

Sincerely and Respectfully,

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Post Montreal Anarchist Bookfair Links

The links below are thanks to I've already referred you to some of them, but I figure there's really zero harm in citing them twice:

And the Annual Eco Prisoners Update.

This year I am again more than somewhat disgusted by the kinds of actions that we are calling ecodefense. A friend of mine explained it well, she told me that these kinds of actions, e.g., burning some SUVs, were easy for American urban kids to identify with. I could say that their half-assedness and ineffectivity make my blood boil. On the other hand, those who have taken these actions will likely be remembered as heroes, if the future is impoverished by today's capitalism. In the nearer future, I hope to see a list of the many rural people who are in jails in Canada, owing to the unbroken historical record of heavy handedness on the part of the RCMP and Canadian police upon the real ecodefenders: the inhabitants of the land who block logging roads and resist natural resource industries. It is high time for the law to respect people who defend the land. Industrial activity runs amok in the out-of-sight-out-of-mind woods. Clearcutting and strip-mining are rubber-stamped by Canadian environmental regulators.

Marie Mason (or visit
Daniel McGowan
Eric McDavid
Jeff Luers (or visit
Michael Sykes
Leonard Peltier (or visit or
John Graham (or visit
Jonathan Paul
Briana Waters
Nathan Block and Joyanna Zacher
Grant Barnes
Tre Arrow
The SHAC 7
Jacob Conroy
Lauren Gazzola
Joshua Harper
Kevin Kjonaas
and Mumia Abu Jamal, of course.

Friday, May 01, 2009

The hopeful contenders

[check out this list. I am under the impression that social change happens according to the design of the group who can mobilize the most resources. Right? So, do you think these humble alliances can mobilize material resources to counter the movements of transnational monoliths?]