83 arrested at Dakota Access Pipeline protest By Ralph Ellis, CNN Updated 9:30 PM ET, Sat October 22, 2016

Morton County sheriff's deputies arrest pipeline protesters Saturday in North Dakota.

(CNN)Eighty-three people were arrested Saturday at a protest against construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, authorities in North Dakota said.

The Morton County Sheriff’s Department said 300 protesters trespassed on private property and “engaged in escalated unlawful tactics and behavior” at a spot three miles west of State Highway 1806, along the pipeline right-of-way.
The suspects were charged with criminal trespass and engaging in a riot, the sheriff’s department said.
Construction equipment has been damaged at previous protests. About 20 protesters, including actress Shailene Woodley of the movies “Snowden” and “Divergent,” were arrested October 10 in the same area.
 The 1,172-mile pipeline would stretch from the oil-rich Bakken Formation — a vast underground deposit where Montana and North Dakota meet Canada — southeast into South Dakota, Iowa and Illinois.
After the pipeline is completed, it would shuttle 470,000 barrels of crude oil a day, according to the developer, Energy Access Partners. From Illinois, the oil could go to markets and refineries across the Midwest, East Coast and Gulf Coast.
Protesters say the pipeline will damage the environment and affect historically significant Native American tribal lands. The Standing Rock Sioux tribe, whose reservation in North Dakota is near the pipeline route, and other tribes oppose the project.
Standing Rock Chairman Paul Archambault issued a statement Saturday saying, “The intimidation by militarized police in riot gear and unlawful arrests are an attack on the First Amendment rights of the protectors, and we again ask the Department of Justice to send observers to the area to ensure that constitutional rights are protected.
“Police are also routinely strip searching protesters, even when they have only been charged with a misdemeanor offense. Like days of old, this is a thinly veiled attempt to dehumanize and degrade Native people. Thousands of people have come to Standing Rock in prayerful protest of the pipeline and millions more support the Tribe in our efforts to protect our sacred places and water.”
Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier said the Saturday protest was not peaceful or lawful.
“It was obvious to our officers who responded that the protesters engaged in escalated unlawful tactics and behavior during this event,” he said. “This protest was intentionally coordinated and planned by agitators with the specific intent to engage in illegal activities.”
Representatives for the protesters could not immediately be reached for comment.
Other celebrities arrested at pipeline protests include “Democracy Now!” host Amy Goodmanand Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein.

Bullet-Riddled Memorial to Emmett Till Prompts Talk of Still ‘So Much Hatred’ By MICHAEL EDISON HAYDEN Oct 23, 2016, 2:12 PM ET

PHOTO: An undated photo shows Emmett Louis Till, whose body was found in the Tallahatchie River near the Delta community of Money, Miss., Aug. 31, 1955.

Vandals in Mississippi apparently shot up a memorial to Emmett Till, an African-American teen whose murder in 1955 became a touchstone of the civil rights movement.

The defacing of the memorial drew notice Oct. 15, when Facebook user Kevin Wilson Jr. posted an image of the damage to the marker of the site where the 14-year-old Till, accused of whistling at a white woman, was killed.

“I’m at the exact site where Emmett Till‘s body was found floating in the Tallahatchie River 61 years ago. The site marker is filled with bullet holes. Clear evidence that we’ve still got a long way to go,” Wilson wrote in the post.

Till was a kid from Chicago visiting relatives in Mississippi when his body was found with a bullet hole in his head, barbed wire wrapped around his neck and a cotton gin fan weighing him down. His mutilated body was sent home to Chicago where his mother, Mamie Till Mobley insisted on an open-casket funeral. The shocking image of her son’s body heightened calls for racial justice and civil rights.

The vandalism of the memorial prompted some African-American leaders in Tallahatchie County to consider that work toward racial tolerance isn’t done.

“This child died in 1955 and people still have so much hatred,” Robert E. Huddleston, a state representative from the area and member of the local chapter of the NAACP, told ABC News. “Why do they feel the need to keep on killing him again and again?”

Huddleston said this is the second time this particular memorial had been defaced and that the original version of the marker is believed to have been dumped into the river.

He and Johnny B. Thomas, the African-American mayor of Glendora, Mississippi, said they will work to make sure the memorial is rebuilt.

“When I see hatred like this it makes me want to work that much harder to rebuild it, begin healing, and get members of the Caucasian community to join us in that effort to heal,” Thomas told ABC News. “When the descendants of those who perpetrated slavery here and Jim Crow laws stand up against this sort of vandalism it means so much more … When they join in rejecting this we can move forward.”

ABC News reached out to the Tallahatchie County Sheriff’s Office for information about any investigation into the vandalism but did not immediately receive a response.

Thomas, whose black father may have had some connection to Till’s death and who is involved with tours of spots associated with the murder, said there is a long record of racial tension in the area and that those with family ties to the history of strife could help to promote healing.

Thomas said that people could donate toward Till memorials by reaching out to the Emmett Till Interpretive Center.

The Emmett Till Memorial Commission put up eight markers in Tallahatchie County in 2008, according to The Clarion Ledger, who noted that the sign near the river where Till’s was found has been a repeated target of vandals, along with other prominent civil rights markers in the region.

The paper noted that a sign marking the Emmett Till Memorial Highway, dedicated to him in 2006, was spray-painted with the letters “KKK.”

Huddleston said such memorials are important to mark the battle for civil rights, regardless of who may oppose them.

“What we are doing now is trying to raise money to replace the sign,” Huddleston said.

American Indians killed by cops at highest rate in the nation, but they’re invisible in the media By Meteor Blades Friday Oct 21, 2016 · 4:01 PM EDT


I know it was unprofessional of me. But I wept when I read Stephanie Woodard’sinvestigative piece on the killings of American Indians by cops published Monday in the democratic socialist magazine In These Times. It’s no stretch to say it broke my heart.

The reasons for those tears, which continue to spring forth days after my first reading, are many.

Even though none were of my tribe, they were still my people, like me, descendants of the first humans to set foot on this continent 400 generations ago. Like the slayings of so many African Americans killed by police, the deaths of many of them could have easily been avoided by smarter, more compassionate and less trigger-happy cops. And, as is so often the case in matters relating to living indigenous Americans, these dead men and women were invisible. Most didn’t show up in the media or the statistics. Woodard’s story should have been on the front page of The New York Times, the centerpiece of a report on NBC, the subject of speeches on the Senate floor.

The good news is that these killings have now been exposed. And, equally important, inspired by Black Lives Matter, some Indian activists, including Chase Iron Eyes, the Lakota lawyer of the Standing Rock Sioux who is running as a Democrat for North Dakota’s single congressional seat, have for the past two years organized Native Lives Matter to bring attention to this situation and hold police and prosecutors accountable.

Here’s a taste of Woodard’s report:

SUQUAMISH TRIBE DESCENDANT JEANETTA RILEY, A 34-YEAR-OLD MOTHER OF FOUR, LAY FACEDOWN ON A SANDPOINT, IDAHO, STREET. One minute earlier, three police officers had arrived, summoned by staff at a nearby hospital. Her husband had sought help there because Riley—homeless, pregnant and with a history of mental illness—was threatening suicide. Riley had a knife in her right hand and was sitting in the couple’s parked van.

Wearing body armor and armed with an assault rifle and Glock pistols, the officers quickly closed in on Riley—one moving down the sidewalk toward the van, the other two crossing the roadway. They shouted instructions at her—to walk toward them, show them her hands. Cursing them, she refused.

“Drop the knife!” they yelled, advancing, then opened fire.

They pumped two shots into her chest and another into her back as she fell to the pavement. Fifteen seconds had elapsed from the time they exited their vehicles.

Fifteen seconds. Were their lives at risk? And if so, why would they advance? Was Riley threatening anybody but herself? Could these officers have possibly made a reasonable assessment of the situation in a quarter of a minute?

Given the paltry official statistics on police killings in general, counting how many Natives have been shot to death or died in police custody is no easy matter. Police have been supposed since the early 1990s to supply to the U.S. Department of Justice information about all the people of whatever race they shoot, justified or not. But this is voluntary and only 3 percent of the nation’s 18,000 state and local police agencies have provided this information.

The FBI seeks to remedy this situation with a pilot program starting next year. Meanwhile, The Guardian and The Washington Post have been keeping their own tallies. What they’ve found is that hundreds—hundreds—of police shootings go unreported each year and that the information that is supplied to federal authorities is often as riddled with as many errors as the people slain are with bullets.

As for the count of Indians shot by the cops, Woodard reports:


NYPD KKKops Execute 66 Year Old Deborah Danner. — The Militant Negro™

Originally posted on Dear Kitty. Some blog: https://youtu.be/QKp12rKne7Q This video from New York City in the USA says about itself: NYPD Sergeant Shot And Killed A 66 Year Old Woman Ms Deborah Danner 19 October 2016 Protesters gathered Wednesday night after Deborah Danner was killed by a New York police sergeant on Tuesday in her…

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Someone caused $2 Million in Fire Damage to Dakota Access Pipeline Construction Equipment . Contractors may pull out as Insurance and bad PR costs soar. ( from Anti Media, with thanks, photos added ) Jasper County, IA — For the second time in recent months, someone or some group has set fire to construction equipment at […]

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BK/NY – Tuesday, October 25th – Come to a Green Scare(y) Halloween Card-Writing — NYC Anarchist Black Cross

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France: Solidarity with prisoners of the Social War — Insurrection News

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