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I believe that the hidden agenda behind Indian mascots and logos is about cultural, spiritual and intellectual exploitation. Therefore, the real issues are about power and control. These negative ethnic images are driven by those that want to define other ethnic groups and control their images. To me, power and control is the ability to make you believe that someone's truth is the absolute truth. Furthermore, it's the ability to define a reality and to get other people to affirm that reality as if it were their own.

Open Doors Day 2013 Nature Walk

“Open Doors” Day is a burgeoning international initiative for neighbours, Houses of Worship, community centres, and additional gathering locations, to open our doors and welcome each other, from new visitors to old friends. This event is sponsored by Asona Ashram — an international hostel, community/retreat centre that celebrates the many different cultures and traditions of our respective communities.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Cleveland Baseball Demonstration June 2013

Continuing our demonstration from the April 2013 Opener, we are protesting outside Cleveland Baseball each month. The June 2013 demonstration will be held at East 9th Street, Gate C in Cleveland (100 feet north of the Bob Feller Statue on the grass area).


Saturday, June 22, 2013 - 1:00pm to 3:15pm

Rios-Montt sentenced to 80 years for Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity

The trial of General José Efrain Ríos-Montt in Guatemala has ended and he has been found guilty! This trial was historic for being the first time in which a head of state was tried by the judicial system of his own country (not an international tribunal) for genocide. This process, which began in 1999, is a milestone for indigenous people everywhere and a victory for the Ixil Maya who suffered torture, disappearances, displacement and mass-murder during his brief but brutal reign of terror.

Trial of Rios Montt to Resume Tomorrow (April 30, 2013)!

The trial of Efrain Rios-Montt and Mauricio Rodriguez Sanchez is scheduled to resume tomorrow, Tuesday 30 April 2013 at 8.30am. The uncertainty of the trial seems to have been resolved, at least for now. I have included the email message sent to me as verification. This news has yet to hit the wire services. For more information on the trial, see the postings in the forum. -moderator

Urgent: The Trial of Efrain Rios Montt & Mauricio Rodriguez Sanchez: 04/20/2013

Judges in the landmark genocide trial of former Guatemalan dictator Rios-Montt asked the country's Constitutional Court to decide if the proceedings should continue, as a move to annul the case brought an international outcry that justice be served in the Central American country's long and bloody civil war. Efrain Rios Montt, 86, is accused of overseeing the deaths of 1,771 Mayan Indians during the military dictatorship he headed. Messages to the US State Department and Senator Brown’s office asking for support for the trial to continue to a conclusion and protection for the witnesses, the prosecutors and the judges are encouraged and needed.

EarthFest 2013

Come visit our booth at EarthFest 2013. EarthFest is the longest running Earth Day festival in the United States. Doors open at 10a.m. at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds. For more information, including directions to EarthFest, visit the Earth Day Coalition website.
Saturday, April 20, 2013 - 8:00pm

Trial of dictator Rios-Montt - Message from SEPA (March 2013)

Friends, For those of you who are interested in Guatemala and know of the work of SEPA, (Santa Elena Project of Accompaniment), there is a remarkable human rights trial that began this past Tuesday [March 19, 2013 -moderator]. SEPA is currently providing funding for an "accompanier" to be with endangered families of victims who are testifying.


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