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(en) Terror-related arrests of indigenous Maori; Continental Indigenous Gathering; No Borders Camp :: No One Is Illegal Radio (November 2007)

Date Mon, 05 Nov 2007 13:42:33 +0200


On this month's edition of No One Is Illegal Radio: ----- Arrests and raids of indigenous Maori activists and allies in Aotearoa, under the Terrorism Suppression Act; interview with Maori sovereignist KEN MAIR from Whanganui, Aotearoa (New Zealand); ----- The Gathering of the Indigenous People of the Americas in Vicam, Yaqui Territory, Mexico; report-backs from delegates DUSTIN JOHNSON (member of the Ts'mkiyen nation and editor of Redwire Magazine), NEECHA (activist from the Anishnabe Ojibway nation) and KATENIES (Kanion'ke:haka from Akwesasne Mohawk Territory); ---- Preview of the No Borders Camp at Calexico/Mexicali (November 5-11, 2007); ---- interviews with OWL (Organic Collective, San Diego) and ELLIOT LIU (Anarchist People of Colour, New York City), who are both helping to organize the camp.

--> LISTEN to the November 2007 edition of No One Is Illegal radio at:
http://www.radio4all.net/proginfo.php?id=25357
::: Arrests and raids of indigenous Maori activists and allies in Aotearoa
:::

This past October 15, 2007 at dawn, seventeen indigenous Maori, as well as
allied anarchist and environmental activists, were arrested by police in
Aotearoa/New Zealand, under that country's Terrorism Suppression Act (2002).
Many social justice activists remain detained, and are facing charges of
terrorism. One Maori community in particular -- Ruatoki -- was targeted by
armed police with checkpoints and roadblocks reminiscient of a military
occupation.

KEN MAIR, a Maori sovereignist activist based in Whanganui, addresses the
current situation, with a particular focus on historical resistance to
colonialism in Aotearoa/New Zealand by indigenous Maori.

Background:
- http://www.scoop.co.nz/features/urewera17.html
- http://www.conscious.maori.nz/news.php


::: The Gathering of the Indigenous People of the Americas :::

Between October 11-14, 2007, an historic Gathering of the Indigenous People
of the Americas took place in Vicam, in the state of Sonora, on the
territory of the Yaqui tribe of Mexico. The gathering brought together
indigenous delegates from all over the Americas. Topics of discussion
included: the war of capitalist conquest in indigenous communities in the
Americas; the resistance of indigenous peoples in defense of mother earth,
territories, and cultures; and, why do the indigenous peoples of the
Americas struggle? On this month's edition of No One Is Illegal Radio, we
get report-backs from three delegates who attended the gathering:

DUSTIN JOHNSON: Dustin is a member of the Ts'mkiyen nation and editor of
Redwire Magazine, based in Vancouver; he is also active in organizing
anti-colonial resistance to the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver/Whistler; the
Gathering of the Indigenous People of the Americas passed a resolution to
support continental-wide efforts to oppose the Olympics.

NEECHA: Neecha is an activist from the Anishnabe Ojibway nation, in the
boreal forest of Northwestern Ontario; she has been active in resisting
corporate mining and clearcutting at Grassy Narrows, as well as supporting
the land reclamation at Six Nations.

KATENIES: Katenies is a Kanion'ke:haka grandmorther from Akwesasne Mohawk
Territory; she is currently wanted on an arrest warrant, for refusing to
appear in court on phony customs and border violations in "Canada"; she
refuses to recognize the authority of colonial courts. In this interview,
from somewhere on Turtle Island, Katenies also talks about the upcoming
Indigenous Border Summit of the Americas to take place between November
8-10, 2007, on the territory of the of the Tohono O'odham nation (Arizona).

Background:
- Gathering of the Indigenous People of the Americas:
http://encuentroindigena.org/
- No Olympics on Stolen Land: http://www.no2010.com/
- Indigenous Border Summit of the Americas 2007:
http://indigenousbordersummitamericas2007.blogspot.com/
- Katenies defies the colonial courts:
http://nooneisillegal-montreal.blogspot.com/2007/03/background-katenies-defies-colonial-us.html


::: No Borders Camp at Calexico/Mexicali (November 5-11, 2007) :::

No Borders Camps are action camps that challenge neo-liberal capitalism,
border militarization, and migration controls. No Borders Camps have taken
place previously in Europe and Australia, confronting borders as both unjust
physical boundaries and brutal systems of violence and control that pervade
our societies. The gathering at Calexico/Mexicali is the first No Borders
Camp in North America, and the first to take place on two sides of an
international border. We speak with two organizers of the No Borders Camp:

OWL: Owl is based in San Diego, active with the Organic Collective; she has
been helping organize this week's No Borders Camp for two years;

ELLIOT LIU: Elliot is based in the New York City-area, where he is active
with the Anarchist People of Colour (APOC) Network, and the New York Metro
Alliance of Anarchists (NYMAA).

Background:
- No Borders Camp 2007: http://www.noborderscamp.org
- Montreal Solidarity Action:
http://nooneisillegal-montreal.blogspot.com/2007/11/no-borders-camp-montreal-november-10.html


--> LISTEN to the November 2007 edition of No One Is Illegal radio at:
http://www.radio4all.net/proginfo.php?id=25357


No One Is Illegal-Montreal is part of a worldwide movement of resistance,
fighting for justice and dignity, and the right to self-determination for
migrants, refugees and indigenous people. Our campaign is in public
confrontation with the Canadian state, denouncing and taking action to
combat racial profiling, police brutality, detentions and deportations,
exploitation and wage-slave conditions, as well as opposing the displacement
and genocide of indigenous peoples on Turtle Island.

INFO: 514-848-7583 -- noii-montreal@resist.ca
http://nooneisillegal-montreal.blogspot.com
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PREVIOUS SHOWS of NO ONE IS ILLEGAL RADIO on CKUT:

::: October 2007 :::
- Patricia Perez, the founder of the Migrant Worker's Support Center in
Quebec, passed away on September 30, 2007, after a battle with cancer. She
is remembered by Stan Raper of the United Food and Commercial Workers
(UFCW) union, Andrea Galvez of the Migrant Worker Support Center, and Sarita
Ahooja of No One Is Illegal-Montreal.
- Bhagat Singh, was a key revolutionary figure in India's anti-colonial
struggle, denounced as a terrorist and criminal, and hanged by the British
in 1931 at the age of 24. Freelance Punjabi journalist, Gurpreet Singh,
addresses the legacy of Bhagat Singh on his 100th birth annivesary.
- Janet Hinshaw-Thomas, 65, was arrested by the Canadian Border Services
Agency at the Lacolle border crossing while accompanying Haitian refugees.
She was charged for a "crime" that is punishable by potential life in
prison. Mitchell Golberg, Janet's Montreal-based lawyer, speaks about the
case.

LISTEN to the October 2007 show at:
http://www.radio4all.net/proginfo.php?id=24978


::: September 2007 :::
- Benamar Benatta, Canada's first 9/11 rendition to torture, who was
detained close to five years without charge in the United States after being
illegally removed from Canada.
- Shawn Brant, just released Mohawk organizer from Tyendinaga who was jailed
since July 5, 2007 and denied bail in relation to his participation in
native blockades of rail lines and highways to raise awareness about the
reclamation of a piece of land called the Culbertson Tract, living
conditions in indigenous communities, and struggles for sovereignty and
self-determination.

LISTEN to the September 2007 show at:
http://www.radio4all.net/proginfo.php?id=24582


::: August 2007 :::
- Sverre Pederson, an anti-racism activist in Oslo, speaking about Afghan
refugees refusing forcible removal from Norway;
- Jenn Tsun, a dissident member of the Ardoch Algonquin First Nation,
speaking about indigenous sovereignty and the resistance to uranium mining
by the Algonquins of Sharbot Lake;
- Farha Najah and Nazila Bettache of No One Is Illegal-Montreal, and
Roderick Carreon of the Siklab Migrant Workers Support Group, speaking about
the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) from a community assembly in
Montreal.

LISTEN to the August 2007 show at:
http://www.radio4all.net/proginfo.php?id=24164


::: July 2007 :::
- Kahehti:io & Raiewate, youth activists from the Kahnawake Mohawk
Territory, south of Montreal, speaking about the blockade of Highway 30 and
the shutdown of the Mercier bridge on June 29, the inspiration of the
resistance at Tyendinaga, the anniversary of Oka, and unity amongst
indigenous activists.
- Gord Hill, member of the Kwakwaka'wakw nation who has been active with the
Native Youth Movement, the Sutikalh Camp and other groups, speaking about
the "collaborators" of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN), the Indian Act
band council system, actions on June 29 and Anti-Canada Day actions on July
1st, the inspiration of indigenous elders Harriet Nahanee and Louis Hall,
the legacy of Oka, the "warrior spirit", among other topics.

LISTEN to the July 2007 show at:
http://www.radio4all.net/proginfo.php?id=23762


::: June 2007 :::
- Antonia Baker of the Prisoners Justice Action Committee (PJAC) in Toronto,
about the series of "tough on crime" bills introduced by the Harper
government, and Canada's emerging Prison Industrial Complex;
- Jill Chettiar of the Anti-Poverty Committee (APC) in Vancouver, about the
disruptive tactics being employed to oppose the upcoming Olympic Games in
Vancouver and Whistler in 2010, in support of anti-poverty and indigenous
sovereignty efforts;
- Ashley Turner and Rob Block of Sin Fronteras in Houston, Texas, about a
recent protest at an immigration detention facility, as part of a Global Day
of Action for Free Movement coinciding with anti-G8 protests in Germany;

LISTEN to the June 2007 show at:
http://www.radio4all.net/proginfo.php?id=23533


::: May 2007 :::
Special CKUT Fundraising Show
- Rhonda Martin, mother of former Six Nations political prisoner Chris Hill;
Chris was held in a Hamilton-area detention centre for over three months in
relation to charges relating to the Ontario Provincial Police raid on the
Six Nations Land Reclamation that has been ongoing since February 2006;
- Jason Maracle, a spokesperson for the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte who has
been involved in the ongoing reclamation of a quarry site on a part of
Mohawk land called the "Culberston Tract" as well as a 30-hour plus blockade
of CN railway lines to put pressure on government officials to properly
settle land claims;
- Maria Muentez of Families for Freedom reporting about the May 1 immigrant
justice protests in New York City;
- Ashanti Alston, former Black Panther and prison justice activist, speaking
about the importance of independent media, as well as providing an update
about the San Franciso 8 trial of several former Black Panthers;
- Sophie Harkat, an activist against secret trials and security
certificates, and the partner of Mohamed Harkat, one of Canada's "Secret
Trial Five,"speaking about the current fight against deportation by Mohamed,
as well as the severe bail conditions faced by her and her husband;
- Amir Hodhod from Jersey City; a refugee from Egypt, and an active member
of the Workers Solidarity Network and Solidarity Across Borders in Montreal,
Amir lived as an "illegal" in Canada, and was deported to the United States
where he was detained in December 2006.

LISTEN to the May 2007 show at:
http://www.radio4all.net/proginfo.php?id=23164


::: April 2007 :::
- Shawn Brant of the Tyendinaga Mohawk Community in Eastern Ontario, about
the ongoing occupation of a quarry, as part of a land reclamation effort on
the Culberston Tract;
- Corinn Williams, about a raid by Immigrant and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
on a manufacturing plant, involving hundreds of armed agents, police,
military, as well as helicopters, resulting in the detention of more than
350 migrant workers, mainly young women with infant and small children;
- Khadija Bennis, the twin sister of Anas Bennis who was killed by Montreal
police in still unexplained circumstances on December 1, 2005;

LISTEN to the April 2007 show at:
http://www.radio4all.net/proginfo.php?id=22676


::: March 2007 :::
Special about the People's Commission into Immigration "Security" Measures
- Fetya Ahmed, Sarwat Viquar & Jared Will, commissioners: presenting the
findings of the People's Commission;
- Sarita Ahooja, member of No One Is Illegal-Montreal and a commissioner:
speaking on the Land Reclamation at Six Nations;
- Khadija Bennis, spokesperson of the Justice for Anas Campaign: speaking
about the killing of her brother by Montreal police;
- Mary Foster, member of the Justice Coalition for Adil Charkaoui and an
organizer of the People's Commission: speaking about the Kingston
Immigration Holding Center ("Guantanamo North") and the Secret Trial Five;
- Tatiana Gomez, member of Solidarity Across Borders and an organizer of the
People's Commission: speaking about the case of Amparo Torres, a Colombia
refugee facing deportation based on secret evidence;
- Hicham Hillal, member of the Al Hidaya Association: speaking about
Islamophobia and the racial and religious profiling of Arab and Muslim
communities;
- Marie-Eve Lamy, member of the Justice Coalition for Adil Charkaoui and an
organizer of the People's Commission: speaking about the case of Suleyman
Goven, a Kurdish refugee to Canada who was denied status for 15 years due to
CSIS harassment and intimidation;
- Leila Pourtavaf, member of No One Is Illegal-Montreal and a researcher for
the People's Commission: speaking on the current immigration regime in
Canada;
- Laura Schevchenko, organizer with the Sogi Bachan Singh Support Committee:
providing an update about the deportation to possible torture of Sogi Singh,
based on secret evidence

LISTEN to the March 2007 show at:
http://www.radio4all.net/proginfo.php?id=22700


::: February 2007 :::
- Katenies, member of the Akwesasne Mohawk Community, who is currently
wanted on an arrest warrant for refusing to appear in court as she
steadfastly refuses to recognize the jurisdiction of the Canadian courts and
border officials;
- Kavitha Pawria, organizer with Desis Rising Up and Moving (DRUM) in New
York City, about the recent dawn arrest of an entire Pakistani family in New
York City, part of the ongoing "War on Terror" in migrant communities.

LISTEN to the February 2007 show at:
http://www.radio4all.net/proginfo.php?id=21783


::: January 2007 :::
- Kahntinetha of Mohawk Nation News from January 1, 2007; she reports on
historic events at the Grand River Territory of Six Nations, where a
traditional Confederacy House, shut down by the Canadian government in 1924,
was re-opened.
- Ahmad Jaballah, the 20-year old eldest son of Mahmoud Jaballah, one of the
three detainees at the "Guantanamo North" prison near Kingston, Ontario.
Jaballah was detained without charge, on secret evidence, for more than five
years; includes a reading of the "Open Letter from Guantanamo North".
- Amir Hodhod, who on December 27, 2006, after several months living without
legal status in Canada, was deported to the United States and spent 7 days
in the Buffalo Federal Detention Facility.

LISTEN to the January 2007 show at:
http://www.radio4all.net/proginfo.php?id=21252


::: May-December 2006 :::
An archive of No One Is Illegal Radio's 2006 shows is available at:
http://nooneisillegal-montreal.blogspot.com/2007/01/no-one-is-illegal-radio-2006-archive.html

Our 2006 shows include the voices of:
- Latifa Charkaoui: mother of Adil Charkaoui, one of the Secret Trial Five;
- Arnoldo Garcia: organizer with the National Network for Immigrant and
Refugee Rights in Oakland, California;
- Kahehti:io: Mohawk youth activist from Kahnawake, arrested at the Land
Reclamation at Six Nations;
- Sherene Razack, author of "Looking White People in the Eye," and a witness
at the People's Commission into Immigration "Security" Measures;
- Hassan Almrei: secret trial detainee at Guantanamo North Prison, detained
without trial since 2001;
- Karen Coq: member of No One Is Illegal-Kingston, active in opposing the
Guantanamo North prison;
- Amir Hodhod: a member of Solidarity Across Borders who marched to Ottawa
from Montreal in June 2005, and is fighting a pending deportation from
Canada;
- Hazel Hill: spokesperson for the Six Nations Land Reclamation;
- Kahentinehta: of Mohawk Nation News and a defender of Mohawk territory
during the Oka Crisis of 1990;
- Roberta Keesick: elder, trapper and activist from the Grassy Narrows
indigenous territory in Northwestern Ontario; the blockade against logging
at Grassy Narrows is the longest blockade in Canadian history;
- Arash Aslani: refugee from Iran, and former 10-month detainee at the Laval
Detention Center near Montreal;
- Teresa Hayter: author of "Open Borders" and organizer with the Campaign to
Close Campsfield Detention Center in England;
- Aarti Shahani: anti-deportations and anti-detentions activist with
Families for Freedom in New York City;
- Rasha Moumneh, of the Helem LGBT group in Beirut, Lebanon;
- Nay: activist with Aswat, a queer justice group in Palestine;
- Rafeef Ziadah: the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid in Toronto;
- Ashanti Alston Omowali: anarchist activist, former political prisoner, and
member of the Black Panther Party;
- Biju Mathew: organizer with the New York Taxi Worker's Alliance;
- Trudy Miller: mother of indigenous Six Nations political prisoner Trevor
Miller;
- Angel Smith: cousin of Trevor Miller;
- Khadija Bennis: twin sister of Mohamed Anas Bennis, killed by the Montreal
police.

An archive of No One Is Illegal Radio's 2006 shows is available at:
http://nooneisillegal-montreal.blogspot.com/2007/01/no-one-is-illegal-radio-2006-archive.html
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of No One Is Illegal-Montreal, including audio links to our upcoming shows.

No One Is Illegal-Montreal is part of a worldwide movement of resistance,
fighting for justice and dignity, and the right to self-determination for
migrants, refugees and indigenous people. Our campaign is in public
confrontation with the Canadian state, denouncing and taking action to
combat racial profiling, police brutality, detentions and deportations,
exploitation and wage-slave conditions, as well as opposing the displacement
and genocide of indigenous peoples on Turtle Island.

INFO: 514-848-7583 -- noii-montreal@resist.ca
http://nooneisillegal-montreal.blogspot.com
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