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TAKE ACTION NOW - SIGN PETITION: The Navajos Rights to Water on Their Own Land


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Navajos People, government, ethics, civil rights, water, petition, injustice )

Elisa
- 3028 days ago - gopetition.com
The Navajos have nearly 10,000 gallons off water on their land but the U.S. cut it off nearly entirely and gave it to Phoenix, whose people use nearly ten times the daily amount a Navajo does.



   

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Kate S (17)
Tuesday March 1, 2011, 10:06 am
action taken, THX
 

wolfNoFwdsPls a (135)
Tuesday March 1, 2011, 10:07 am
> gave it to Phoenix, whose people [AND GOLF COURSES, I'd assume, or is this not yet included?] use nearly ten times the daily amount a Navajo does
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday March 1, 2011, 10:32 am
The system of federal gulags i.e. the reservation system was designed solely with the intent of giving the United States the legal authority to commit cultural genocide and ethnic cleansing within areas that formerly belonged to indigenous nations. The government lies when it says that reservations are autonomous zones. If the nations were truly autonomous then why has the American government aggressively harassed reservations, limited their rights, and continued to steal their land? Up until the middle of the 20th century, the U.S. had a secret program to sterilize native women. The legacy of the reservation system is one solely consisting of continued hostility and aggression by the government against native peoples.

As for the water aspect of this story: the American West is being devastated as cities, including Albuquerque, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Phoenix, just to name a few, drain the entire region of critically precious water reserves.
 

Jim Phillips (3247)
Tuesday March 1, 2011, 10:46 am
Congratulations. You have successfully signed the petition:
Navajos rights to water on their own land
You are signer #317

TY, Elisa.
.
 

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Tuesday March 1, 2011, 10:50 am

Gladly signed and forwarded. Good on you for posting this, Elisa!

 

Esther Z (94)
Tuesday March 1, 2011, 10:52 am
Noted and signed.
 

Elisa M (93)
Tuesday March 1, 2011, 10:55 am

You cannot currently send a star to Just because you have done so within the last week.

My dear Carole, thank you for signing/forwarding, very much appreciated!!

 

Alice C (1797)
Tuesday March 1, 2011, 10:56 am
Signed ~ Have a wonderful March !
 

Tierney G (381)
Tuesday March 1, 2011, 10:59 am
Signer #320 thank you and thanks Carole for posting .
 

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Tuesday March 1, 2011, 11:01 am
Congratulations. You have successfully signed the petition:
Navajos rights to water on their own land
You are signer #321 [?]
Thanks Elisa for the post.Thanks Carol for the forward
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday March 1, 2011, 11:04 am
Noted, thanks Elisa Carole. I previously signed this for hubby and myself and forwarded. THIS IS AN OUTRAGE!!!
 

Jeannette A (137)
Tuesday March 1, 2011, 11:05 am
Already signed and now noted... thanks, Carole, for getting this out for more signatures.
 

Marti Williams (170)
Tuesday March 1, 2011, 11:12 am
Noted..signed...
 

Krasimira B (175)
Tuesday March 1, 2011, 11:14 am
Noted & already signed, thank you Elisa and Just Carole for sharing.
 

Michael Carney (217)
Tuesday March 1, 2011, 11:39 am
Noted, and signed
 

Michela M (3964)
Tuesday March 1, 2011, 11:55 am
Congratulations. You have successfully signed the petition:
Navajos rights to water on their own land
You are signer #330
 

IE Ries (237)
Tuesday March 1, 2011, 12:01 pm

Noted, signed.

Petition comment made:

"Building water-sucking conspicuous consumption cities in the middle of a desert is the problem and should NOT have happened. Las Vegas, Phoenix and other cities are prime examples of overconsumption, wrong priorities and foolish "planning." Give the Dineh their water back, they aren't the ones wasting it on grass lawns and ostentatious water fountains in a desert."
 

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Tuesday March 1, 2011, 12:02 pm

Dang! That's why I loves you, Eva (Rooibos)!

(More monkeys showing their backsides? hehehehe)

 

Carrie B (306)
Tuesday March 1, 2011, 12:21 pm
Noted. Signed some time ago!
 

Pamylle G (458)
Tuesday March 1, 2011, 12:21 pm
Signed !
 

IE Ries (237)
Tuesday March 1, 2011, 12:21 pm

Hehehe....I'm number 331, right after our friend Michela!

Oh, Carole...those monkeys are *everywhere* and The Tree can't stand another one, swingin' around showin' his !@#$ LOL
 

Glenda J (158)
Tuesday March 1, 2011, 12:24 pm
This sickens me that whenever the good ole US wants to take from something or someone they just come in and take it ..Shame on Them how dare they think were just going to keep allowing this to happen but as we speak more hard core things are happening to every single person on this planet that are suffering and that is not changing as fast as it should because this unfortunately we are experiencing the changes of our Planet and all the darkness it produces by our greedy politicians that until the cleansing of 2012 things will only worsen ~ then all the light will come forth to help ones in need as it should be.
 

Stephen Hill (633)
Tuesday March 1, 2011, 12:32 pm
With great pleasure I signed the petition and noted!
 

Bette M (91)
Tuesday March 1, 2011, 12:34 pm
Congratulations. You have successfully signed the petition:
Navajos rights to water on their own land
You are signer #335

Plant & protect Danny's trees for life in 2011.........
 

Toni C (508)
Tuesday March 1, 2011, 12:42 pm
Noted... sorry, Elisa, I also signed quite some time ago. I can't see what the problem is over 10,000 gallons of water... that's just a drop in the bucket to a place as large as Phoenix.
 

Little Star (56)
Tuesday March 1, 2011, 12:44 pm
WHY does this Govt. want to KILL all the remaining Native Peoples?
Is the Life on the REZ (Concentration Camp) not enough Degradation ?
 

. (0)
Tuesday March 1, 2011, 12:45 pm
Signed.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday March 1, 2011, 1:02 pm
Thanks. Signed.
 

Sheryl G (359)
Tuesday March 1, 2011, 1:20 pm
I have already signed this and passed it along, not from the Care2 news just via email and message. I am glad to see that you gave it to the news Elisa so that others may view and for Carole who is helping to promote it by forwarding it to others.
 

Norm C (74)
Tuesday March 1, 2011, 1:21 pm
Signed already. Thanks.
 

Judy C (91)
Tuesday March 1, 2011, 1:28 pm
Signed. Thanks Carole, and thanks Elisa.
 

Cindy C (125)
Tuesday March 1, 2011, 1:47 pm
action taken
 

Marian D (57)
Tuesday March 1, 2011, 1:57 pm
Unbelievable. Could this be one more reason to enforce our borders?
 

Erin R (181)
Tuesday March 1, 2011, 2:08 pm
signed
 

Kate A (10)
Tuesday March 1, 2011, 2:12 pm
Noted
 

Mary H (47)
Tuesday March 1, 2011, 2:21 pm
Signed ty
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Tuesday March 1, 2011, 2:29 pm
You are signer #354
 

Beth M (46)
Tuesday March 1, 2011, 2:31 pm
signed..x
 

Elisa M (93)
Tuesday March 1, 2011, 2:45 pm

As of now, 356 Signatures...
 

Elisa M (93)
Tuesday March 1, 2011, 2:48 pm

That's 50+ than earlier today, good on everyone that has noted/signed :)))
 

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Tuesday March 1, 2011, 2:52 pm

Time, and time again, when the land given to Native Americans (that the government originally thought was useless) is discovered to have any resources, the government steps in and robs them, knowing that it would bankrupt these already put-upon people to attempt to fight them.

Less than 1,000 signatures -- in a community of over 15,000,000 members [sic] -- is unacceptable.

It's time to respect agreements made with Native Americans (now that their remaining numbers, already only a fraction of their original, has survived their attempted genocide/decimation).

And it is WAY PAST time to say: ENOUGH!


 

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Tuesday March 1, 2011, 3:08 pm
 
Cross-posted at Red Earth.  (A site for Native Americans, and those who respect them.)
 
All, who find this applicable, are encouraged to join.
 
 
 

Yvonne White (229)
Tuesday March 1, 2011, 3:22 pm
Sounds like we need another Native American uprising!!
 

Yvonne White (229)
Tuesday March 1, 2011, 3:25 pm
You are signer #361
 

Carol H (229)
Tuesday March 1, 2011, 3:27 pm
signed and noted
 

Barbara K (61)
Tuesday March 1, 2011, 3:27 pm
Signed already, and noted. Thanks.
 

. (0)
Tuesday March 1, 2011, 3:43 pm
The American government is denying a segment of the population basic rights to water? Not even the lowest, morally corrupt dictator, ruler, ever denied its people the basic necessity of water.
This country really stinks sometimes.....
 

Bette M (91)
Tuesday March 1, 2011, 4:24 pm
Can you imagine what would happen if this was
being done to any other minority group??!!

These Native American indian DO NOT deserve this!!

Plant & protect Danny's trees for life in 2011...........
 

AWAY AWHILE Cal M (1065)
Tuesday March 1, 2011, 4:47 pm
Signed an dnoted
 

Jae A (316)
Tuesday March 1, 2011, 4:53 pm
Congratulations. You have successfully signed the petition:
Navajos rights to water on their own land
You are signer #370

Next they will be going to private owned wells to take those from people everywhere. If we don't stand up to them over this 'crime',in my opinion, it signals that they have done their test and on to the next to have their water resources taken from them.

It is amazing how many Golf Courses there are in deseret areas like Az./Ca./Nv/NM that soak up water like spounges daily. That really has to be changed in this country but with so many other crisis at the moment who can focus on this big picture...? At least we can focus in on this one and that's a start. This is so damn wrong !!!
 

Bette M (91)
Tuesday March 1, 2011, 5:03 pm
Jae, I live in a gated community with
thousands & thousands of trees &
huge water ponds & a lake. And there
is a huge golf course running all through
it. All I can think of when I take my
daily walks is how many thousands
of trees were cut down to make room
for these houses & that golf course.
Truly it is sad to see the destruction
that is done by man for these damned
golf courses.

Plant & protect Danny's trees for life in 2011.............
Trees are the lungs of the earth.........
 

Eternal Gardener (734)
Tuesday March 1, 2011, 5:03 pm
Damn sure I signed this. The bloody arrogance of "white man" is just staggering!!!
 

Pat B (356)
Tuesday March 1, 2011, 5:44 pm
When I lived in Arizona for a couple years, I went on the reservations. To see the plight of these proud peoples, the Apache and Navajos living conditions, it is no wonder that they scorn the white man and it's government. This has been going on for years, and the water rights rightfully belong to the Nations. As several commented here on this forum....water in the desert is precious, NOT to be used watering lawns, and for fountains. We had a lawn, and it was environmentally friendly, with cactus and the like. Stones, no grass to water. It was beautiful. Thank you, Elisa for bringing this to the table, and I pray that they get their water. No one should go without this precious commodity!!! Definitely signed!!!
 

Daffy McGee (276)
Tuesday March 1, 2011, 5:45 pm
Congratulations. You have successfully signed the petition:
Navajos rights to water on their own land
You are signer #374
Action taken and noted Dearest Elisa.
Hugzzz
Daffy:)
 

Evelyn Z (300)
Tuesday March 1, 2011, 6:37 pm
Noted & Signed
 

Steve Howard (45)
Tuesday March 1, 2011, 7:35 pm
It would help if the petition included info about what specific government entity cut off the water, what county(s), etc are involved etc.

While petitions are obviously good.... letters, phone calls and legal avenues can and should be encouraged and more specific info needs to be out there for those things to happen.

Peace
NotSilent
 

june bullied (553)
Tuesday March 1, 2011, 8:17 pm
s&n
 

Mac R (289)
Tuesday March 1, 2011, 8:36 pm
In the Coachella Valley (Palm Springs to Indio) there are over 250 golf courses! The thing is, we've observed their watering systems and they are incredibly wasteful. They over water every single one of these courses every single day of the year. I estimate they are wasting at least half again more than they need to keep the grass on these courses green--- and that's not even addressing the insane concept of growing vast fields of grass for golf courses in the desert in the first place. But they certainly could reduce the water usage tremendously and still maintain their courses. I assume it's the same in Az and Nv with their many country clubs as well.
 

Dalia H (1280)
Tuesday March 1, 2011, 9:13 pm
Congratulations. You have successfully signed the petition:
Navajos rights to water on their own land.
Action taken and noted my Beloved Elisa.
Thank You so much for posting and sharing with Us.
GOD Bless You!
HAVE A VERY BLESSED NIGHT EVERYBODY!
Much Love and Light,
B.D♥
 

Lisa H (180)
Tuesday March 1, 2011, 10:30 pm
The older I get, the more horrified I become by the "normal" behavior of the "average" american. I'm very thankful to say that my Government DOES NOT represent me. Sadly, my Government no longer represents anyone with less than a billion in the bank account. Time to kill the government and start over!
 

Ludger W (65)
Tuesday March 1, 2011, 10:59 pm
signed, ty
 

linda b (186)
Tuesday March 1, 2011, 11:56 pm
To deny anyone the right to water is disgusting and so wrong, glady signed and noted thank you Elisa
 

Fran F (116)
Wednesday March 2, 2011, 12:17 am
Diverting the water to Phoenix is nothing less than theft! Thanks, Elisa.
 

Fran F (116)
Wednesday March 2, 2011, 12:18 am
Noted and signed.
 

SuS NoMail Plez P (244)
Wednesday March 2, 2011, 12:48 am
Your name and IP address have already been recorded. GoPetition does not allow duplicate signatures from the same computer. Please review the signature list as you may have already signed the petition.

Thank you Elisa for the article and Thank you *C* for this most IMPORTANT Petition. I recall when I signed it and tried to forward but had puter difficulties. I WILL FORWARD IF POSSIBLE.

*C* please let me know if you received my email this morning.

Tuesday March 1, 2011, 2:52 pm...Just Carole's BRILLIANT POST...too soon to send a STAR!

"Time, and time again, when the land given to Native Americans (that the government originally thought was useless) is discovered to have any resources, the government steps in and robs them, knowing that it would bankrupt these already put-upon people to attempt to fight them.

Less than 1,000 signatures -- in a community of over 15,000,000 members [sic] -- is unacceptable.

It's time to respect agreements made with Native Americans (now that their remaining numbers, already only a fraction of their original, has survived their attempted genocide/decimation).

And it is WAY PAST time to say: ENOUGH!

ThankX to ALL for the many Lovely posts.
 

Agnes H (144)
Wednesday March 2, 2011, 1:46 am
You are signer 398 also noted.
It seems to me that no one is going to stop until they have taken the last bit the Indigenous people own, Not only in America but also here, even if it comes to going back to the 1700 for America and the 1800 for Australia, even if it once again means taking their lives one way or another! That is what I think and certainly do not agree with. Once you take the water away from them you might as well take away their lives. Man can live without food but not without water!!!
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 2, 2011, 2:21 am
signed earlier ~
 

Lika P (130)
Wednesday March 2, 2011, 2:22 am
#390, and shared on facebook. thanks.
 

Ben Oscarsito (130)
Wednesday March 2, 2011, 2:43 am
Signed.
392 signatures from 15 Million CARE2 Members doing good! (???) : ~ /
 

Bette M (91)
Wednesday March 2, 2011, 2:51 am
Ben.....For these proud people there should be a million signatures here!

Plant & protect Danny's trees for life in 2011.........
 

Elizabeth Fuller (134)
Wednesday March 2, 2011, 3:32 am
Signed, and thanks Ben for the forward.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 2, 2011, 3:41 am
was told I have already signed this one. TY Ben, Elisa & others.
 

Carol C (97)
Wednesday March 2, 2011, 4:00 am
Signed and Noted. Thank you.
 

Francisco Carvalho (106)
Wednesday March 2, 2011, 4:01 am
Signed.
 

Marty H (119)
Wednesday March 2, 2011, 4:04 am
Thanks Elisa and Carole. Signed!
 

michael earley (41)
Wednesday March 2, 2011, 4:17 am
signed and noted
 

Arild Warud (174)
Wednesday March 2, 2011, 4:18 am
Signed,thanks Elisa.
 

ANA MARIJA R (200)
Wednesday March 2, 2011, 4:48 am
#408@N
ty
 

patricia lasek (317)
Wednesday March 2, 2011, 5:52 am
Your name and IP address have already been recorded. GoPetition does not allow duplicate signatures from the same computer. Please review the signature list as you may have already signed the petition.

sorry. they won't let me sign again.
 

Mansur Reza (20)
Wednesday March 2, 2011, 6:06 am
Signed , Thanks Ben.
 

Gysele van Santen (213)
Wednesday March 2, 2011, 6:14 am
signed, thnx for the forward Ben O., and noted
 

Andrea Nemec (213)
Wednesday March 2, 2011, 6:29 am
Noted and signed!
 

Arielle S (313)
Wednesday March 2, 2011, 7:40 am
Signed and noted with thanks.
 

IE Ries (237)
Wednesday March 2, 2011, 7:59 am

Kudos to BETTE and MAC and the others who pointed out the GOLF CURSES...erm, "courses" that proliferate in the flippen' DESERT! WTF?! A golf course is a HUGE water sucker and pesticide/herbicide/fertilizer NIGHTMARE. Like I said before, the Dineh aren't wasting water on conspicuous consumption in the middle of a freakin' desert that is costing the environment dearly so that ever idiots can have grass lawns, water fountains to gawk at and golf courses to waste time in. It's ridiculous.
 

. (0)
Wednesday March 2, 2011, 8:24 am
Elisa, thanks - noted & signed

Typical of our government, sadly....
 

JM AURNAGUE (176)
Wednesday March 2, 2011, 8:39 am
IT'S ABSOLUTELY WRONG THAT THE NAVAJOS DO NOT HAVE THEIR WATER RIGHTS ON THEIR LAND.
THE U.S. NEEDS TO APOLOGIZE AND QUIT STEALING FROM THOSE WHOM THEY HAVE ALREADY RIPPED OFF. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 2, 2011, 9:01 am
One of my top 2 causes! Water rights restored to Dine/Hopi lands, Buffalo, nature and dignity and respect for Mother Earth and the people who walk upon her with awareness. Less entitlement for the greedy, and more entitlement for the knowledgeable! I am sooo GRATEFUL that President OBAMA has taken HUGE STEPS to righting the wrongs of the past 2 centuries of land and water theft, and has brought recognition of the First Nations peoples.
 

Rosie Lopez (73)
Wednesday March 2, 2011, 9:52 am
Shameful! Signed!
 

Ian Donelson (149)
Wednesday March 2, 2011, 9:56 am
Singed. Noted.
 

Bruno Moreira (61)
Wednesday March 2, 2011, 10:15 am
noted
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 2, 2011, 10:36 am
done
 

Jason Green (235)
Wednesday March 2, 2011, 11:17 am
Congratulations. You have successfully signed the petition:
Navajos rights to water on their own land
You are signer #438
 

Bette M (91)
Wednesday March 2, 2011, 11:24 am
Need many more signature to help these people out!!!!!!!

Plant & protect Danny's trees for life in 2011..........
 

Toni C (508)
Wednesday March 2, 2011, 11:53 am
Signed much, much earlier, but came back to read some fantastic posts and hand out some green stars... some I couldn't give stars to because I have already given them one this week.
I'm another who lived in Arizona and have seen fantastic golf courses with their lakes and fountains... what I don't understand is, why do people who live on and use these courses take the water for granted, while our Native American brothers do without? Are they so superior they no longer have a conscience or concern for fellow human beings?
 

Laverne Wallace (59)
Wednesday March 2, 2011, 12:00 pm
Signed and noted It is their water on their land they need to leave it the hell alone.
 

Voula Angelakis (156)
Wednesday March 2, 2011, 12:08 pm
Noted and signed. Thank you Elisa.
 

Angelika R (143)
Wednesday March 2, 2011, 12:11 pm
thank you Elisa for posting and Carole for pormoting once again. I too had already signed when Dandelion had passed it around but much to my surprise they took my signature again, contrary to several other's experience here. Stars to Roibos and little star for spot on comments, in fact Roibos should get another one for the meaningful typo!
Now we see a black US president, great, but I hope I live to see a Native American in office where he belongs.
 

Ingrid Offline A (209)
Wednesday March 2, 2011, 12:19 pm
You have successfully signed the petition:
Navajos rights to water on their own land
You are signer #449
 

Bette M (91)
Wednesday March 2, 2011, 12:42 pm
Angelika Roll wrote:
Now we see a black US president, great, but I hope
I live to see a Native American in office where he belongs.

Angelika........A Native American indian should
have been in the White House long before Obama!
America was at one time their land & country.

Plant & protect Danny's trees in 2011...........
 

Shannon Hudgens (18)
Wednesday March 2, 2011, 12:54 pm
signed and noted!
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 2, 2011, 12:58 pm
Signed--ty.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 2, 2011, 1:18 pm
TY Carole!
S&N
You are signer #455
 

Mary Donnelly (47)
Wednesday March 2, 2011, 1:29 pm
Thanks. Signed and sent.
 

Judith C (159)
Wednesday March 2, 2011, 1:59 pm
noted & signed
 

Alicia N (87)
Wednesday March 2, 2011, 3:17 pm
SOOOOOO GLADLY SIGNED........ !!!!!!!
 

Bonnie B (103)
Wednesday March 2, 2011, 3:31 pm
Congratulations. You have successfully signed the petition:
Navajos rights to water on their own land
You are signer #464

Damn straight I signed! and noted! and shared on Facebook. Thank you for bringing this to my attention, Elisa.
 

Kathy Javens (104)
Wednesday March 2, 2011, 3:40 pm
Noted and signed. #451. Thank you, Ben.
 

Mike S (86)
Wednesday March 2, 2011, 3:57 pm
Noted, signed and shared. Thank you Elisa
 

Peggy Peters (29)
Wednesday March 2, 2011, 4:24 pm
Once AGAIN the native americans get taken advantage of and abused!!! When is the time for the indians to get their turn at some prosperity? Our founding forefathers robbed the native americans of everything and this tragedy is still going on today in the 21st century!
Outrageous!!!!
 

Gail Lopez (65)
Wednesday March 2, 2011, 7:25 pm
Signed and noted. Thank you!
 

Leia P. (7)
Wednesday March 2, 2011, 7:33 pm
it never ends does it
 

Debbie Hogan (115)
Wednesday March 2, 2011, 8:10 pm
Still taking from the true natives of this land...Will it never end...? Signed...
 

Kim O (396)
Wednesday March 2, 2011, 9:29 pm
Noted and signed!! Thanks Elisa!!
 

Elsie Au (259)
Wednesday March 2, 2011, 9:39 pm
Noted and signed. Thanks.
 

Nancy P (68)
Wednesday March 2, 2011, 10:15 pm
Prime example....the Colorado River....look how little goes to Native Americans and how much water goes to Phoenix and LA so that we can continue to water golf courses, fill swimming pools and have nice lawns in the desert.
 

Ruth R (246)
Wednesday March 2, 2011, 10:21 pm
noted signed shared
 

alicia m (97)
Wednesday March 2, 2011, 10:54 pm
noted, signed, gracias a Ben for the forward y gracias a Elisa
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 3, 2011, 12:19 am
Signed and noted, thanks
 

Apolonia Pl (392)
Thursday March 3, 2011, 1:21 am
Signed as No 490 only...
 

Jytte Nhanenge (64)
Thursday March 3, 2011, 2:38 am
Signed. Thank you for posting Elisa and Ben for making aware.

I enjoyed the many wise comments here. Just imagine if normal people like you were sitting on the political and economic power, how much good there could be done. Instead we are having political leaders who are in the pockets of the billionaires and the corporations, focusing only on economic quantities and forgetting about a quality of life for society and nature. I sincerely hope and wish that people like you will rise and say to the political and economic elite, "Enough is enough".

Signed with tremendous pleasure, and the following comment inspired from here.

"The economic and political elites who have taken ownership of nearly all our global natural resources, are greedy to the extend that watering their golf courses is more important than giving drinking water to normal people. This is a true example of domination. I think we need a democratic revolution in USA and Europe as those that began in Tunisia and Egypt. USA is not permitted to call itself a democracy when its government (of, by, and for the people!) can take such unjust actions".

And I was # 492 signature
 

Charlie L (47)
Thursday March 3, 2011, 2:40 am
Thank you Elisa for this post and thanks to Just for forwarding. I signed this petition last week. It's just shameful the way our government does things, and I said so on the petition. Stealing from those who are already among the most ripped off people in the universe.....
 

Melissah C (389)
Thursday March 3, 2011, 3:26 am
thanks
 

gerlinde p (161)
Thursday March 3, 2011, 3:45 am
signed ty
 

Ben Oscarsito (130)
Thursday March 3, 2011, 4:02 am
497 signatures...15 MILLION CARE2 Members doing good...???
-Tell me about it!!!
http://www.gopetition.com/petition/43126/sign.html
 

Sinikka Away (183)
Thursday March 3, 2011, 5:30 am
You have successfully signed the petition: Navajos rights to water on their own land
You are signer #503.
Thanks Elisa and thank you Ben for forwarding.
 

Shaheen N (64)
Thursday March 3, 2011, 5:59 am
This is denying the Basic Rights of humans, especially of those who were here long before the White men arrived. Noted & signed the Petition. Thanks Ben. I had earlier signed the Petition sent by Sheryl /Dandelion.
 

Natalie Away J (125)
Thursday March 3, 2011, 6:10 am
Noted, Have previously signed this.
 

Cary Mostly-Away (94)
Thursday March 3, 2011, 7:38 am
You are signer #508
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Thursday March 3, 2011, 8:16 am
Since I have signed this petition, perhaps you'll excuse me for a bit of criticism - this petition site should have provided the opportunity to see & read more of the petition than just the two sentences of the preamble. I cannot find a single link to the complete text and for an issue this important, I would like to know more and the issue itself deserves more.

I really care about the Navajo -- in fact, I traveled to the reservation (at least, the Shiprock, NM part) when I was in that neck of the woods 15 yrs ago. I was dismayed by the poverty I saw. As we drove across Colorado to get there, we started picking up a local indigenous radio station shortly before Durango, CO; and I was appalled as well to hear that children had to walk long distances to get water for breakfast and washing up before they could leave for school. The radio commentators quite rightly denounced the 'third world' conditions on the reservations. This in the US of A !!

So, yes, damn the 'Golf Curses' !

Since that trip and since I got a computer (2003) I've found out that the aftermath/legacy of uranium mining on Navajo land has caused terrifying environmental & health impacts to the Navajo Nation. The land, water, homes have been contaminated by uranium for decades.

So when I read about water in Navajo Country on this petition, I want to know if this is URANIUM-CONTAMINATED water, such as was revealed in the LA Times' award-winning 4-part mulimedia series 'Blighted Homeland.' I posted it back in 2008, but the Times has now archived the series and you can no longer see it in the beautiful original format, clearly showing all on one page the title & photo gallery for each text section. Now they've lumped all the text together and the photo galleries are not linked to from that page.

The devastating, but magnificent 4-part narrated photo gallery is still available online here - the photos are narrated via written text & recorded Navajo voices & there's background music - "Yellow Sand," by Navajo musician Vincent Craig. It is REALLY worth seeing & hearing.
And the 4 articles are now all together here, under the title, "A peril that dwelt among the Navajos"
My original 'Blighted Homeland' post from 2008 is here , interesting for the Nov 2, 2010 update in the comments

Journalist, Judy Pasternak, who won much-deserved awards for the series (the 2006 Hunter College James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism; the 2007 Risser Prize for Western Environmental Journalism; the 2007 Columbia University School of Journalism Oakes Award), then wrote a book about this environmental & human tragedy & outrage entitled, “Yellow Dirt: An American Story of a Poisoned Land and a People Betrayed,” which came out Sept 2010. Pasternak obviously couldn't fit into the LATimes all the information she had gathered during her investigation of the Navajo Nation's uranium contamination & all the ramifications. Salon's senior editor & co-founder Laura Miller wrote a review of Pasternak's book, described as "chilling", entitled ' "Yellow Dirt": Radioactive reservation - The shocking story of how industry and government poisoned and then abandoned the Navajo Nation'

I discovered that Pasternak originally decided to investigate the legacy of uranium mining in the Navajo Nation because of an amazing documentary film, "the Return of Navajo Boy," which has had an incredible career: it was this film, 'the Return of Navajo Boy,' that resulted in Judy Pasternak researching the legacy of uranium mining & then writing her 'Blighted Homeland' series, which was so excellent, so compelling, and attracted so much attention, that Congressman Henry Waxman got seriously involved in getting something done at long last: as then-Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, he called congressional hearings, reported on in TrouthOut, end 2007 : "Waxman scheduled the hearing in response to a Los Angeles Times series, published (2006), detailing the effects of mine waste on Navajos who built their homes with it, played in it and regularly drank toxic water for decades. Exposure continues today, as cleanup efforts remain fitful and incomplete. ... Tribal officials ask(ed) Congress for $500 million to deal with wastes left by mining for bombs, nuclear power plants."

Waxman is responsible for the 5-year plan mandated by Congress in 2009. (which is just one reason why the Repug victory in the House this past November is such a bummer - we've lost Waxman as committee chairman.)

"This stunned the Navajo Nation," says director of 'Return of Navajo Boy,' Jeff Spitz, "Congress mandated no fewer than 5 -FIVE!- federal departments address a 40-year history of bi-partisan failure."

Spitz traces his film's incredible career - 'the Return of Navajo Boy' leading to the LATimes piece, and that leading to Waxman lashing the federal govt to finally take action on what he called “a modern American tragedy” & the EPA's 1997 survey & their 2008 inspections - in his March, 2010 article, "The Evolution of a Groundswell," which brings events right up to the present with: "Community Uranium Exposure: Journey to Healing events."

'The Return of Navajo Boy' can still be purchased from 'Groundswell Educational Films,' on their site, where you can also read excerpts of reviews and see the trailer. (Reviews & Trailer of "the Return of Navajo Boy" ).

They also have a widget on their site which enables you to access video updates for free viewing .

Besides the impacts from 3.9 m tons of uranium ore dug & blasted from Navajo soil for over 40 yrs, nearly all for US atomic arsenal, from 1944 to 1986, there is one specific devastating incident the effects of which are also still ongoing, in terms of high rates of mortal cancers & birth defects : High desert mesa country residents remember the Church Rock Uranium Tailings Spill, when in 1979 a dam breached @ a uranium mill tailings disposal pond: 1 million gallons of toxic wastewater & 1,100 tons of radioactive tailings poured out onto the Navajo Nation and down nearby Rio Puerco, Puerco River (according to an 'Indian Country Today' article no longer accessible) - the LARGEST accidental release of radioactive material in U.S. history — BIGGER than Three Mile Island, say numerous sources (even if Wiki is not among them), & yet hardly mentioned in the national news at the time! Yet, Three Mile Island was in all the headlines the very same year.

Wikipedia: The Spill- "1100 tons of radioactive mill waste and approximately 93 million gallons of mine effluent - The contaminated water from the Church Rock spill travelled 80 miles downstream, traveling through Gallup, New Mexico and reaching as far as Navajo, Arizona. The flood backed up sewers, affected nearby aquifers and left stagnating pools on the riverside.[2][3][4]"

Same Wiki: Radiation Release- "Shortly after the breach below the dam radiation levels of river water were 7000 times that of the allowable level of drinking water.[5] ...

Although steps were taken at the time of the accident to notify the public in accordance with a state contingency plan [2], local residents were not immediately aware of the toxic danger and were accustomed to using the riverside for recreation and herb gathering. Residents wading in the water went to the hospital complaining of burning feet and were diagnosed with heat stroke. Livestock were also found dying.[3]
Prior to the accident local residents used river water for irrigation and livestock. The eventual assistance of trucked in water ended in 1981 and farmers were then left with little choice other than to resume use of the river.[7]

For some types of cancers Navaho have a significantly higher rate than the national average.[8] Yet, no ongoing epidemiological studies have been done at Church Rock.[2][9] A peer reviewed article in the American Journal of Public Health in 2007 proposed that the stark lack of peer-reviewed studies of health effects of the accident when compared to well studied events such as Three Mile Island may be related to both the "early stage in the nuclear cycle" (mining, milling and processing) dependent on a large numbered labor-force and "low-income rural American Indian communities".[2] (end of Wiki quotes)

WHAT THEY ARE NOT COMING OUT & SAYING STRAIGHT OUT IS THAT POOR NATIVE AMERICANS JUST DON'T COUNT! They weren't considered worth a study in 1979! Nobody could be bothered with the impacts on Navajo health !


It wasn't until 2005 that "the Navajo Nation forever placed a ban on uranium mining with the passage of the Dine’ Resources Protection of 2005, and in 2009 declared July 16th to be the official 'Uranium Legacy Remembrance & Action Day' to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Church Rock spill and to remember and honor the Dine’ communities that were affected by the disaster. Today, these communities are threatened once again", as the courts do not recognize the Navajo ban as applying to the land near Church Rock & are upholding a mining company's right to once again mine for uranium at the very same spot: just this past summer "the 10th Circuit of Appeals ... told plaintiffs Eastern Navajo Dine Against Uranium Mining (ENDAUM) and the entire Navajo Nation that allotted lands in the checkerboard area of the Navajo Nation do not fall within the definition of 'Indian Country' and are therefore not under the jurisdiction of the Navajo Nation."

So, when a mining company's interests are at stake, the land designated as Navajo Nation land and its borders can be conveniently rearranged -- and it is legal !!

"Rita Capitan of Eastern Navajo Dine Against Uranium Mining, which for years has battled against new uranium mining on Navajo, said her issue with the in-situ leach mining that is proposed for Churchrock “is it is going to take thousands and thousands of gallons of water. Water is so low here. We have droughts all the time and it's going to get worse." This was at the 30-yr anniversary commemoration of the Church Rock Spill

So, you see, it really is very permanent to wonder & worry about both the quantity and the quality of Navajo water.
 

Nuno Correia (18)
Thursday March 3, 2011, 9:35 am
signed
 

Anne F (60)
Thursday March 3, 2011, 12:12 pm
Signed & Noted, thanks Ben!
 

malke schmiedeberg (2)
Thursday March 3, 2011, 12:18 pm
Noted and signed!
 

Raluca Anghel (84)
Thursday March 3, 2011, 1:18 pm
noted!
 

mary f (200)
Thursday March 3, 2011, 3:24 pm
signed
 

Patricia Geller (34)
Thursday March 3, 2011, 3:28 pm
Signed and noted.
 

Jaclin S (230)
Thursday March 3, 2011, 4:40 pm
Noted/Signed No.521. I am shocked this is so many things I cannot put name to them all - but all I can say is... SHAME ON YOU !!! These pples have been mistreated- abused - had their land taken from them - herded like animals into reservations if they wished to be or not - had nearly all of their cultural ways taken from them because of the way they've had to live - I am so shocked at this most recent dis-respect of a proud nation of pple.
 

Bette M (91)
Thursday March 3, 2011, 5:00 pm
Jacklin.....No ther minority group would put up with this either.
Mexicans & especially blacks would go on a rampage
over something like this.

Plant & protect Danny's trees for life in 2011..........
 

Marta Away (55)
Thursday March 3, 2011, 6:30 pm
Noted and signed. Thanks Elisa and thanks Just C.
 

Cory R (0)
Thursday March 3, 2011, 7:15 pm
Signed.
 

Jose B (0)
Thursday March 3, 2011, 8:16 pm
Signed. Thanks.
 

Rolland Nadjiwon (6)
Thursday March 3, 2011, 9:45 pm
Dang...this is America...not the Kalahari....
 

Ira M (211)
Friday March 4, 2011, 2:09 pm
Signed and noted, thank you!
 

Jytte Nhanenge (64)
Friday March 4, 2011, 3:39 pm
Thank you PeasantDi for your elaborate research. I appreciated to learn about this dreadful spill. I am sure you are aware that polluting industries and toxic waste disposals sites are deliberately targeting communities of color. The US government officially sanctions this activity. The people cannot complain because they are excluded from decision making groups and regulatory bodies that may prevent such activities. Studies show that enforcement of environmental laws is systematically relaxed when it concerns minority communities. In 1982, a research done by the United Church of Christ Commission on Racial Justice in USA concluded that race is the best indicator to identify communities most likely to be the location of toxic waste sites. In addition Penny Newman (Stringfellow Acid Pits) makes us aware, that it is no coincidence that the government situates polluting industrial plants in places where people of color live, and that it places dangerous facilities in poor, rural areas. In USA, consultants were advising the State of California as to which communities would be least likely to resist the sites of a toxic facility; they even made the outcome into a blueprint.
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 2:29 am
Yes, my dear Jytte, I am very much "aware that polluting industries and toxic waste disposals sites are deliberately targeting communities of color."

This is racism in its purest form -- taking advantage of the fact that ethnic minorities - indigenous people - already marginalized in their countries will not be protected by the governments that sign the contracts with the polluting mining or energy corporations. It is happening everywhere - in Papua New Guinea, in South America (Ecuador, for example), Africa (notorious Shell environmental & human destruction in Nigeria's Niger Delta) and in the US, where thecontamination of the lands of the Navajo & the Hopi were negligeable 'collateral damage' compared to America's bomb research program (Manhattan Project) & uranium mining.
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 3:15 am
February 1, 2011, Human Rights Watch -
Papua New Guinea: Serious Abuses at Barrick Gold Mine -
Systemic Failures Underscore Need for Canadian Government Regulation
excerpt:

Private security personnel employed at a gold mine in Papua New Guinea have been implicated in alleged gang rapes and other violent abuses, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The Porgera mine has produced billions of dollars of gold in its twenty years of operation, and is operated and 95 percent owned by Barrick Gold, a Canadian company that is the world's largest gold producer.

The 94-page report, "Gold's Costly Dividend: Human Rights Impacts of Papua New Guinea's Porgera Gold Mine," (available via link in text) identifies systemic failures on the part of Toronto-based Barrick Gold that kept the company from recognizing the risk of abuses, and responding to allegations that abuses had occurred. The report examines the impact of Canada's failure to regulate the overseas activities of its companies and also calls on Barrick to address environmental and health concerns around the mine with greater transparency.

"We interviewed women who described brutal gang rapes by security guards at Barrick's mine," said Chris Albin-Lackey, senior business and human rights researcher at Human Rights Watch. "The company should have acted long before Human Rights Watch conducted its research and prompted them into action".

Human Rights Watch said that in response to its investigation, Barrick has taken meaningful steps to investigate past abuses and make it less likely for similar abuses to occur in future.

Most of the world's mining and exploration companies are based in Canada. But Canada's government has not exercised meaningful oversight or regulation of the overseas operations of Canadian companies, Human Rights Watch said. Bill C-300, a modest but important effort to impose greater government oversight, was defeated in Canada's House of Commons in October 2010. Barrick had lobbied vigorously against the measure.
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Sunday March 6, 2011, 3:48 am
You may have come across this article in your research, Jytte. There are certainly many that deal with these issues:

Environmental Injustice and Human Rights Abuse: The States, MNCs (MultiNational Corporations), and Repression of Minority Groups in the World System in 'Human Ecology Review' (pdf; 21 pgs) by Francis O. Adeola, Department of Sociology, University of New Orleans

Extracts:

"Environmental injustice and human rights transgressions are inextricably intertwined. For example, a strong positive relationship between environmental degradation and human rights violations has been noted in the literature suggesting the presence of human rights abuse in most cases of environmental degradation (Dias 1999; Johnston 1994). Seizure of communal lands, displacement of indigenous communities, natural resource exploitation, and toxic waste dumping connote environmental injustice and human rights abuse. In recent years, assaults on the environment and human rights have escalated to an unprecedented level in human history (see Amnesty International 1995; Donnelly 1998; Howard 1995). Over the past two decades, the world has witnessed a large number of cases involving ecological and human rights problems ranging from the military government extermination of indigenous population in Irian Jaya, Indonesia, to ecological
assaults and human rights violations in Africa, the Balkans, Latin America, Malaysia, and the Philippines, which all suggest the need to frame environmental rights as a significant component of human rights issues.

Among the recent cases of environmental injustice and human rights violations in the Third World are: the murder of Wilson Pinheiro and Francisco “Chico” Mendes in the Amazon rain forest, the massacre of Father Nery Lito Satur and several others in the Philippines, and the public hanging of Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight other members of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) in November 1995 in Nigeria. The subsequent detention, torture, and repression of other members of MOSOP are among the most compelling cases of environmental and civil rights transgression in developing nations monitored by Human Rights Watch (HRW 1999), Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC 1992), Amnesty International, and other Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs). There have been several other cases of government agents especially in the Third World, adopting a policy of systematic genocide against members of minority groups in order to appropriate their lands and natural resources. The subjugation of indigenous minority groups extends to the subjugation of nature and the consequent ecological degradation. Minority status, lower socioeconomic status, powerlessness, and other conditions of marginalization constitute the major factors influencing the
extent of environmental injustice and human rights repression (Adeola 1994, 2000b; Bullard 1990; Morrison 1976; Glazerand Glazer 1998).

In their analyses of resource induced conflicts, Gurr (1993), Homer-Dixon (1994), and Renner (1996) each points out that government uses of absolute power in post-colonial and post-revolutionary states involved policies directed at communal groups’ assimilation, repression of their independence, and usurpation of their resources, which often result in violent conflict. The minority groups and indigenous peoples throughout the world face significant risks (see Gormley 1976; Obibi 1995; Sachs 1996). Indigenous populations, ethnoclasses and other minorities, and their rights to land, natural resources, clean air, good health, and environmental protection are viewed by the dominant group as expendable for the sake of national security, national unity, and economic development (see Johnston 1994, 11; Stavenhagen 1996; Lane and Rickson 1997). The global trends of industrialization, economic expansion, and globalization resting on increased exploitation of natural resources, have mostly been at the expense of communal groups. Their natural resources and physical labor are being incorporated into the national and international webs of economic activities (Gurr 1993; Bunker 1985).

An examination of a wide range of regions from the Amazon Basin to northern Saskatchewan, to tropical rain
forests of the Amazon, to the remote state of Borneo in Malaysia, to sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia, reveals that the exploitation of natural resources, including energy production, timber harvesting, mineral extraction, oil exploration, hydro-electric and other mega-industrial projects by MNCs and host governments, has caused significant damages. These damages include dislocation and decimation of numerous indigenous communities and their entire ways of life (Gedicks 1993, 13; Stavenhagen 1996). In many developing
countries, indigenous peoples and other vulnerable and impoverished communities, including subsistence peasants, fishing communities, hunters and gatherers, and nomadic groups are generally the victims of environmental degradation mostly caused by resource extractive operations of MNCs in the name of global development." (p.2)

"...for a number of researchers, Third World resource plunder, environmental degradation, human rights
abuse, and growing resistance are directly linked to global capitalism, maldevelopment, internal and external colonialism, and MNCs’ operations (see Guha 1990; Broad and Cavanagh 1993; Gedicks 1993; Pulido 1996; Renner 1996; Amin 1990, 1997). From the dependency/world system perspective, the MNCs contribute significantly to environmental inequity and human rights violations in the periphery.

In the Health of the Planet (HOP) survey conducted in 24 industrial and less developed countries by Dunlap, Gallup and Gallup (1993), the respondents were asked “how much do you think Multinational Companies operating in developing countries contribute to environmental problems — would you say a great deal, fair amount, not very much, or not at all?”

An overwhelming majority of the respondents (in samples of 770 to 4,984) identified the MNCs as a major culprit contributing a great deal to a fair amount of environmental problems in developing countries (see Dunlap et al. 1993, 57).

Similarly, Wimberly (1990, 76) indicates that MNCs distort development in the Third World by retarding economic growth, promoting economic injustice, obstructing domestic political processes that may be contrary to core economic or ideological interests; and they also distort development by diverting land from sustainable production for domestic needs and by displacing poor farmers and indigenous landholders who have little or no alternative means of livelihood (Renner 1996; Amin 1997).

The operations of MNCs in underdeveloped nations involve the use of hazardous materials, extraction of natural resource base, environmental degradation, and the spread of toxic materials, emissions of noxious gases, which pose immediate and long-term health risks to the masses (Moyers 1990; Baram 1994). Harper (1996, 373) recently described the environmental impacts of MNCs as:

"At their outrageous worst, MNCs have promoted and sold pharmaceutical, pesticides, baby formulas,
and contraceptives already banned or restricted as unsafe in their home country in the Third World. . . . They have brokered the international sale of solid and toxic wastes to poor nations. . . .Shipments of toxic industrial and medical wastes arrive in African nations from most European nations and in central America, the Caribbean, Latin America, and Africa from the U.S. MNCs have orchestrated the cutting of rainforests in
Indonesia and Malaysia. Similar to ecological degradation, ecocide, and genocide associated with Multinational Oil Companies in Nigeria, Texaco made a real mess in the Ecuadorian rainforests, where it dominated the nation’s oil industry for over 20 years."

Incidentally, the MNCs have also imported fruits, vegetables, and other agricultural products grown in the Third World with heavy doses of banned pesticides for American consumers, thus completing the circle of toxins (Moyers 1990; Weir and Schapiro 1981). (pgs 5-6)
 

Jytte Nhanenge (64)
Sunday March 6, 2011, 5:22 am
Thank you very much PeasantDi for referring me to this research, which I have downloaded with gratefulness. It indeed gives the essence of the problem. The consistent framework is that the economic and political elites (patriarchy) are dominating women, poor people, colored people, traditional people, and exploiting nature in order to reap economic profit to the corporations and their rich share holders, and economic growth for the governments and their rich politicians. Thus, our global economic and political system is one of domination where the masculine yang forces dominate the feminine yin forces. The result is that rich people become richer while women, poor people and nature lose their quality of life and become poorer.

According to Greta Gaard there is a clear interconnected pattern:

1) Companies locate their plants in rural communities, using up the water, polluting the land, and undermining the health of people, while transferring their energy or their produce to the wealthier urban residents. Gaard calls this for “environmental classism.”

2) Polluting industries and toxic waste disposals sites are deliberately targeting communities of color, with the governments officially sanctioning this activity. Gaard calls this for “environmental racism.”

3) Evidence also shows that women often bear a greater environmental burden than men do. In ecological fragile zones, women and children are 75 percent of the affected and displaced people. Hence, we need also to be concerned with “environmental sexism.” The Euro-American modern culture sees nature both as an endless supply of resources and as a place that eternally will clean up the human made waste. The modern society also applies this idea to women. It perceives women as being an instrument to satisfy the needs of husbands, children, and other family members. They also expect women to be cleaning up after them. That is why many women find there is a connection between the way the modern culture perceives women, and the way it perceives nature.

4) Poor countries are more likely to suffer environmental degradation than wealthy countries are. Part of the explanation is the historical legacy of colonialism. The colonialists exploited the southern countries’ natural resources to fuel the industrial growth and high living standards in Europe and USA. They paid no attention to the environmental consequences and the cost for the local communities. This legacy of colonial injustice lives on, and it is often implicit in the global economic system. Hence, when economists conduct a cost-benefit analysis on toxic dumping or natural resource exploitation, the result will show that it is most efficient to distribute environmental risks to people and places with the least economic value. Gaard consequently also sees a case for “environmental colonialism.”

It is this consistent exploitation that Ecofeminism is fighting: the ongoing domination of women, poor people, traditional people, colored people, and nature (the feminine forces or yin) by the patriarchy (the masculine forces or yang). Conclusively, those who are living in Europe and USA and believe that they live in a democracy are fooling themselves. All aspects of their lives are based on a pattern of domination and exploitation.
 

Simon Validzic (244)
Monday March 7, 2011, 9:26 pm
Already "signed" (No. 49, Feb. 22, 2011)

Native Americans and Australian Aboriginals have suffered more than enough genocide and degradation since the white colonization of their homelands. It is interesting that these countries like to think of themselves as leaders with regards to human rights. Since I did not wish to be part of such a country, I returned from Australia to my country of origin in 1992 and encourage others to do the same). I condemn family, relatives and friends for continuing to live in Australia (they seem to have no problem imposing their conservative values on me).

PLEASE DO NOT "SIGN" MORE THAN ONCE. GoPetition sometimes allows the same person to "sign" more than once although some people here have said that they could not "sign" more than once from the same computer. "Signing" more than once is a nuisance since it creates a false sense that many "signatures" are being collected but then the petition author has to manually delete repeat "signatures" (I have that problem with the 2nd petition on my profile against the killing of kangaroos).

Part of the reason that so few people are "signing" is because there are so many things competing for attention and time on Care2. I notice that it is very difficult to get people on Care2 to "sign" just 1 or 2 petitions once off, whereas many "friends" continually send me lists of petitions and news items and I only respond to a small fraction of them. The reason that I am not doing much more for indigenous people (I do take online actions and occasionally write my own letters) is simply that I did not know enough about the individuals, organizations and specific campaigns involved until relatively recently; and am already involved in other causes (animals and the environment) and the people that I work with expect me to continue, so I am not sure what to do.
 

Jytte Nhanenge (64)
Tuesday March 8, 2011, 2:35 am
Impressive dear Simon, that you, as one of the very few consistent people, follow your own chosen values and take the full consequence of the domination by the political and economic elites and leave a country that exploits traditional people - impressive indeed. Of course not all can do so for various reasons, but many reasons are often related to pure convenience. So, I must salute your firm decision. Of course many other people are indigenous to Australia and USA and other dominant countries and they cannot leave. But then they become members of Care 2 or other places where they inform themselves and engage politically. Hence, I find that there are so very many admirable people here who are fighting against the actions of their own governments because they have come to understand the truth of what Theodore Roosevelt said, "This country will not be a good place for any of us to live in unless we make it a good place for all of us to live in." And that goes for the whole Earth.

I agree with you that engaging in all causes however important they are is an impossible task for a person. We regretfully only have 24 hours per day and we do need to rest. Hence, I have taken up the advice of Mother Teresa, “It is not the magnitude of our actions but the amount of love that is put into them that matters.” So engaging in what is closest to your heart would be the right to do, according to her advice. Of course you do run into troubles along the way since everything in this Universe is interconnected but that is when your wisdom will guide you.

I send you thousands of stars dear Simon.
 

michael sullivan (1022)
Sunday March 13, 2011, 4:00 pm
Signed, sealed, and delivered -- what is our Federal Government up to?
 

Carmen S (69)
Tuesday March 15, 2011, 9:33 pm
Tried to sign but I already signed.
 
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