First Nation News: Surveyors conducting unauthorized work for Petronas escorted off Lelu Island

– WCNativeNews on September 29th, 2015 4:08 am
Five surveyors conducting unauthorized work for Petronas on Lelu Island were stopped and escorted offUnauthorized workers escorted off Flora Banks.

The Lax U’u’la Warriors are of all Nations, Tsimshian, Nisga’a, Haida, and non indigenous. After they hiked across Flora banks at low tide, and made it back to their skiffs, they interrupted the Stop Pacific NorthWest LNG - Petronas on Lelu IslandDrill boat who commenced drilling on Flora Banks at approximately 840am.

They threatened the Lax U’u’la Warriors with arrest and RCMP, but the Tsimshians have inherit rights to to stop all drilling activity on Flora Banks if they want their Rights and Title over Lax U’u’la & Flora banks to be successful in the courts.

5 surveyors conducting unauthorized work for Petronas on Lelu Island were stopped and escorted off from idle no more on Vimeo.

So far Tsimshian villages have been only releasing press releases over the area, but do not come out to support. Today Lax Kwalams Fisheries stepped in to document, record, GPS their location of the drillers. Which is what hereditary leader Yahaan has been asking for, their own boats out there to observe them.

“Our Traditional ways of life and the resources which have sustained our people are not to be pawns in the Christie Clark Government’s LNG dreams. Development within our Traditional territories must have our Free, Prior and Informed consent. The people of Lax’walams spoke very clearly in their rejection of the 1.25 billion dollar offer from Petronas, and this camp builds upon that rejection. This issue is not just a First Nations issue but one that will affect all British Columbians, especially those who rely upon healthy and abundant Fish stocks, of a variety of species at the mouth of the Skeena River.
– Lax Kw’alaams Hereditary Chief Yahaan (Donald Wesley) 

The end goal is to stop the drillers, and to save Flora banks.

*port Simpson band office and the Lax Uula camp are both separate entities, and the Mayor Gary Reece does not speak for the camp. The Lax Uula warriors are all working together to protect the salmon habitat. Prince Rupert has 3 proposed LNG facilities, all have the potential to collapse the salmon run up the Skeena and the Nass River.

How did we get to this point? 

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What is the plan for the LNG plant?

A consortium led by Petronas is planning to build an $11 Billion dollar liquified natural gas (LNG) plant on our traditional Lax Kw’alaams territory Lax U’u’la (Lelu Island) at the mouth of the Skeena river near Prince Rupert, BC. The marine section consists of a 1.6 km bridge that would extend over part of Flora Bank, followed by a 1.3 km trestle with pilings alongside Flora Bank to a tanker berth, requiring hundreds of piles deep into soft sediment. A 48″ diameter submarine pipeline would be dredged into estuary sediment for 9.4 km toward the southwest corner of the island to supply fracked gas from Treaty 8 territory in NE BC.

Our fish are worth more than money.

The shallow eelgrass beds of Flora Bank directly southwest of Lax U’u’la are the most important juvenile fish habitat in the entire Skeena river system for salmon, steelhead, and numerous other species of seafood. Out-migrating smolts use Flora and Agnew Banks in the spring to undergo the physiological changes required to adjust from fresh to salt water, to feed, and to hide from predators. Upon leaving the river, smolts instinctively turn north and travel through Inverness Passage to Flora Bank, and then continue to Alaska. 88% of all migrating salmon from the Skeena river, or 330 Million every year, rely on Flora Bank. 10 Nations and 60 000 people in the Skeena watershed rely on these fish for food, commercial fishing, and cultural identity. Eelgrass is highly sensitive to light levels, and juvenile fish are incredibly sensitive to noise. The silt sediments that make up Flora and Agnew Banks are in a balance of constant erosion and deposition, and changes to the complex tidal and river flows that govern this process due to the proposed bridge supports, pilings, and pipeline dredging could sink or render Flora Bank dry.  Click here to learn more about Flora Banks and their importance to wild salmon.

We voted 100% NO to the project.

Without any warning, in early May 2015, Petronas offered Lax Kw’alaams $1.25 Billion dollars to allow them to build their plant on our Lax U’u’la territory. This offer took our small community by surprise. In three rounds of voting, our community voted 100% unanimously NO to this offer, as the risk to salmon in Flora Bank is not something that can be bought. We stated clearly that Flora Banks is off-limits to industrial development.

The government and industry ignored us.

After the vote, the BC government and Petronas have acted as if the vote did not happen. Without changing their plant design, Petronas gave their conditional Final Investment Decision on June 11, 2015 for the project, making it the first LNG project in BC to get to final investment. On July 13, 2015, BC passed the LNG Project Agreements Act to allow Petronas to build on Lax U’u’la, and also locking in an incredibly low corporate LNG tax rate (3.5%) for 25 years that is only collectable after full capital cost payback, a hefty tax break.

In lat August 2015, we heard rumours that Petronas would be conducting test drilling near Lax U’u’la and on Flora Bank.

At this point, we had enough.

So we are now occupying our territory Lax U’u’la.

On Aug.25, 2015, Sm’yooget Yahaan (Donald Wesley) and other Tsimshian members set up camp on Lax U’u’la. Despite clear direction from our nation to stay away from Flora Bank, contractor companies under the direction of the Prince Rupert Port Authority began test drilling near Lax U’u’la on Sept.11. They were turned away on multiple occasions over the following days, including when workers were caught walking on Flora Bank at low tide.

Multiple nations and many people, native and non-native, are getting behind us on this cause, including the Nine Allied Tribes of the Lax Kw’alaams, who announced Title litigation to Lax U’u’la on Sept. 16, 2015.

We are standing with Madii Lii campAt camp on Lax U'u'la with Gitxsan supporters.

We are also backed by the Gitxsan House group of Luutkudziiwus, who have been operating a camp on their traditional Madii Lii territory since Aug. 2014 to block construction of the proposed PRGT pipeline that would supply fracked gas to the PNW LNG plant. We are standing together with Madii Lii camp to stop the same project, and to save Skeena salmon. Click here to visit Madii Lii webpage.

We are also in support of the Unist’ot’en clan of the Wet’suwet’en who are protecting their traditional Yintah from proposed oil and gas projects.
We cannot trust Petronas.

Petronas is a Malaysian government-owned oil company that provides 45% of the national income of Malaysia, and is currently tied up in a financial scandal in their country. The president of the company, Najib Razak, who is also the Prime Minister of Malaysia, is accused of stealing $700 Million and covering up $11 Billion in debt. The company has a record of human rights abuses against indigenous people in Indonesia. On Sept. 10, 2015, a leaked safety audit from Petronas revealed that they had been operating offshore oilrigs in incredibly dangerous states of disrepair in the Indian Ocean up to 2013. Routine safety inspections were overdue by 20 years. Some equipment was deemed at risk of causing human death.

We cannot trust this company to build a safe LNG plant anywhere.

TPP: The Dirtiest Trade Deal You’ve Never Heard Of ~ Call to Action

Ed. Note: It’s my understanding the TPP didn’t make it thru negotiations that were held in Hawaii this summer, apparently some of the Asian countries didn’t see the deal as “fair”. Corporations are still trying to railroad this legislation thru Congress to strip humanity of our rights. Learn more about taking action below.

Thanks for the link Karen!
Blessings of magical wonder to ALL! {~A~}

Find out more, speak up and spread the word:;;

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) could cost us our internet freedom, labor rights, access to affordable medicine, the safety of our food, and protections that keep our water and air clean.

MSM Chooses Silence on Massive Protests in Spain (PHOTO)

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This is from Valencia, Spain, about an hour ago. But you wouldn’t know from watching the media, they’ve already made the decision to not televise the revolution.

Share this widely if you stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Spain, who continue to fight the culture of banking corruption and greed that rules governments worldwide.

Shasta County, CA Supervisors 7/17/15 Hearing: Geoengineering Investigation Demanded By Numerous Experts ~ Dane Wigington

YES!! Shasta County Supervisors demand an investigation after expert scientific testimony from Dane Wiggington, airline pilots, doctors, biologists, attorneys and others that chemtrails threaten the entire web of life on the planet. This hearing topples the first domino for more hearings and investigations. The domino’s are falling everywhere lately…interesting times indeed :)…
On July 15th, 2014, citizens from Northern California rallied to create the largest attendance ever at the Shasta County Supervisors chambers (400+, chairman Les Baugh confirmed this attendance record at the start of the meeting). The primary purpose of this meeting was to present information that proves there is a very dire heavy metal contamination and UV radiation issue across the Shasta County region (and the world). A list of 10 experts presented data to the board to confirm the legitimacy of the concerns being addressed. At the end of the presentation, the board voted unanimously to investigate the heavy metal contamination and passed resolutions accordingly. The video below documents the events of this landmark day in the fight to expose the crime of global geoengineering, all experts are identified with labels in the video (the new edited, condensed version).
Dane Wigington.

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CVS: Vacuuming Antarctica for krill ~ Call to Action

CVS: Vacuuming Antarctica for krill

Goal: 95,000

Update: We’ve already had over 90,000 people call on CVS to stop selling krill oil pills. And now, CVS is hitting back.

CVS is claiming that the krill in its krill oil health supplements are sustainably and responsibly sourced. But the sustainability certification CVS is relying on is deeply flawed; it doesn’t account for the importance of krill in the Antarctic food chain, and the fact that krill are vulnerable to climate change.

PS. If you would like to read our longer response on why the certifications are bad, click here.

CVS is supporting the plunder of Antarctica and one of the last unspoiled oceans on the planet.

The pharmacy giant is marketing and selling Antarctic krill oil as a health supplement — vacuuming krill in vast quantities from the Antarctic oceans and pumping them into pills. It’s putting the entire Antarctic ecosystem at risk, and we can stop it.


Krill are tiny crustaceans (they look a lot like miniature shrimp), but they represent a giant link in the Antarctic food chain. A new SumOfUs report shows that krill numbers are crashing, endangering the survival of hundreds of marine creatures like whales, penguins and seals.

The only way these companies will stop is if there’s no market for Antarctic wildlife on our shelves. That’s why we’re targeting CVS — if we can get this major retailer to refuse to sell krill-killing supplements, we can stop fishing companies from destroying the Antarctic.

Will you sign on and tell CVS to stop stocking Antarctic krill-based omega-3 health supplements and save one of the last unspoiled oceans on earth?

CVS stocks krill-based products by MegaRed and other companies, as well as selling its own, home brand krill oil. CVS claims that their krill products are sustainable, but the claim doesn’t stand up to scrutiny. In fact, only some of its krill products are certified. And leading environment groups including Greenpeace and Pew Environment Group have long objected to the certification of krill fishing. One of the more well-known certifications is by Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). Pew has said: “The MSC’s label falsely advertises the message that all krill are sustainably caught and that consuming krill-based omega 3 supplements or purchasing farmed salmon raised on krill meal is okay. Nothing could be further from the truth.”

The krill population is vital, but it’s depleting fast. Research shows krill populations have already dropped by 80 percent since the 1970s. What’s also shocking is that Antarctic penguin populations, which depend on krill for food, have collapsed by 50 percent in the last 30 years.

Krill are on the front lines of climate change — melting sea ice is destroying their habitat, and ocean acidification could further harm them. And at the same time, krill also play a key role in slowing global warming, as they transport carbon dioxide from the surface to the deep water.

Yet krill fishing is a lucrative industry — seafood companies use mammoth vessels equipped with new technology that literally vacuum the pristine Antarctic ocean, sucking up krill in massive volumes. It’s one of the last fish stocks that hasn’t been plundered to near extinction — but it might not stay that way for long.


But it doesn’t have to be like this — we can eat and protect our health without it being so costly to the Earth. Omega-3 health supplements can be produced from plant-based inputs or from fisheries that are sustainably harvested.

Fishing companies won’t stop pillaging the Antarctic unless we show them that there’s no longer demand for these products. Putting pressure on well-known retailers is the best way we can stop the depletion of the krill population. By disrupting demand and getting rid of this market, we can make retailers put the environment over profits.

At SumOfUs, we’ve done this before, and we’ve won. Last year we got retailers like Zara, ASOS, and Topshop to stop using angora fur from bunnies having their fur cruelly ripped out for clothes. And we’ve pushed major companies like Kellogg’s to stop destroying the rainforest to produce palm oil.

This is what we’re doing again — targeting CVS, a public-facing corporation, so we can curb the demand for Antarctic krill, and stop the collapse of the entire Antarctic marine ecosystem.

Tell CVS to stop selling krill-based omega-3 health supplements now.



More information:

Vacuuming Antarctica for Krill: The Corporations Plundering the Earth’s Last Frontier, SumOfUs report

ZeroHedge ~ Arctic Drilling Future Now Rests On One Well {I DO NOT CONSENT TO ARCTIC DRILLING}

 Note: Now that we know Shell is the only player left, it’s time to voice our Non-Consent and bring PEOPLE POWER against Shell and the psychopathic politicians that enable the prospects of environmental destruction in the Arctic. Love, Blessings and aloha! {~A~}
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Submitted by Charles Kennedy via,

Royal Dutch Shell is nearing a start to drilling in the Arctic, but has run into some hiccups.

The U.S. government decided that Shell cannot actually drill both of its wells in the Chukchi Sea as planned. The Interior Department said that doing so would run afoul of its rules that protect marine life. According to those regulations, which were issued in 2013, exploration companies cannot drill two wells within 15 miles of each other. Shell had planned to drill two wells in the Burger prospect within a 9 mile range.

Environmental groups hoped that the Interior Department would throw out Shell’s drilling plan altogether, owing to the fact that the environmental assessment the agency conducted was based on the two-well drilling plan, according to Jennifer Dlouhy of Fuel Fix. Environmental groups argued that since the Interior Department didn’t actually conduct an assessment of a drilling plan consisting of just one well, the entire drilling program should be scrapped.

Interior didn’t buy these arguments, but still ruled that Shell can only drill one well this summer. Shell reiterated that it would move forward with drilling the lone well in the Arctic this year, having committed around $1 billion for the program.

Shell announced that it expects to be able to begin drilling by the third week in July after sea ice has melted sufficiently. Shell is still awaiting one last federal permit before it can begin drilling, and it is also awaiting the arrival of its second drilling rig in Alaska.

Separately, several oil companies recently announced that they were putting their Arctic plans on ice. A joint venture between Imperial Oil, ExxonMobil, and BP decided to shelve plans for exploration in the Canadian Arctic. They had permits that will expire in 2019 and 2020, and the group says that they will not be able to drill before then. More research is needed and since the companies are running out of time, they have decided to suspend work and lobby the Canadian government for an extension.

Last year Chevron decided to suspend its plans to drill in the Beaufort Sea after the collapse in oil prices made doing so unattractive. The move by Imperial and its partners likely puts any significant drilling in the Canadian Arctic on hold indefinitely.

As such, Arctic drilling in North America will come down to Shell’s one well in the Chukchi Sea.

Stop Shell’s devastation

Shell’s ships are on the way to drill in the Arctic as you’re reading this.


Tell President Obama it is a MORAL OUTRAGE to give Shell access to offshore oil in the Arctic after what they have done in Nigeria.

In the last year alone, Shell reported 204 spills in the Niger Delta.[1]

And that doesn’t even begin to demonstrate the trauma the oil company has inflicted upon the land and local communities.

If Shell still can’t stop one oil disaster after another in Nigeria, how are they supposed to operate safely in the remote Arctic?

After years of denial, Shell was forced to admit last year in court that they had seriously underestimated two oil spill disasters. The company eventually agreed to a $55 million settlement, significantly more than the $4,000 pocket change they offered the local community at first.[1]

And Shell’s damage hasn’t been confined to the land and water, of course. Gas flares, bright and widespread enough to be seen from space, cause toxic particles to clog people’s lungs.[2] Hundreds of thousands of people have been affected by oil pollution in the air, soil, drinking water, and fisheries.[3]

That’s to say nothing of the assassinations in which Shell was rumored to have participated. While Shell continues to deny any involvement in the hanging of nine anti-oil campaigners, including prominent author Ken Saro-Wiwa, the corporation ended up paying $15.5 million to the activists’ relatives. Shell settled the case one week before trial was to begin in the United States.[4]

Shell has proven that they cannot be trusted. Tell President Obama not to allow Shell to further their devastation in the Arctic!

The stakes are high as Shell’s drillship “Polar Pioneer” left Seattle this week and is now sailing its way to the Arctic. With a government-estimated 75% chance of a major oil spill, we’re on borrowed time.[5]

The Alaska Native communities of the North Slope depend on the bounty of the Arctic Ocean for their livelihoods-and their lives. Would you trust a company with Shell’s Nigerian record with your food source?

The president’s legacy is on the line-an unsolvable oil spill in the Arctic would forever tarnish his environmental credibility. Remind him of the stakes.

Please join this urgent campaign to get President Obama to turn Shell’s drillships around. We have only days left to convince him.

In it together,

Alexander Rony

P.S. Five signatures are even more powerful than one — after you take action, be sure to forward this alert to your friends, family, and colleagues!

We Stand with the Caretakers of Burnaby Mountain and Burnaby Residents Opposing Kinder Morgan Expansion: Will you join us in taking a stand against corporate tyranny?


Over eighty community, labour and environmental groups have released an open letter in support of Caretakers of Burnaby Mountain and Burnaby Residents Opposing Kinder Morgan Expansion. Here is the letter.

We, the undersigned, express our support for those who are protecting Burnaby Mountain from Kinder Morgan geotechnical survey work.

Burnaby Mountain is public land (on unceded Indigenous territories) that is used frequently as a recreational area and is a designated Conservation Area.

The City of Burnaby and its residents have been vocal for several years against Kinder Morgan’s $5.4 billion Trans Mountain pipeline and terminal expansion proposal that would transport even more diluted bitumen and bring even more tankers to the Burrard Inlet.

Over 70% of Burnaby residents are opposed to Kinder Morgan’s expansion. (Source: Residents have been educating themselves through town halls, teach-ins and personal research and have determined that the risks to public safety and environmental degradation from Kinder Morgan’s proposal are too high. Many residents are no strangers to the harmful health impacts of tar sands crude given that the city was home to a terrible oil spill in 2007.

The City of Burnaby is currently in the process of appealing a National Energy Board decision that grants Kinder Morgan access to the designated Conservation Area. This is a critical constitutional question of whether a regulatory body can grant a corporation the authority to override municipal bylaws.

The Tsleil-Waututh Nation has also launched a legal challenge of Kinder Morgan’s pipeline and tankers project. This is the first legal challenge by a First Nation against the new pipeline and tanker proposal, citing the federal government’s failure to first consult Tsleil-Waututh on key decisions about the environmental assessment and regulatory review of the project.

The pipeline facilitates Tar Sands expansion on Indigenous territories along the pipeline route and at the source. This would violate numerous Aboriginal Treaty Rights and the overall well-being of these communities, many of whom have already emphatically said no to Kinder Morgan’s expansion. As the Supreme Court of Canada has consistently upheld, it is the federal government’s duty to respect these treaties, as well as the inherent rights of Indigenous peoples living on unceded lands along the pipeline route.

Therefore it should come as no surprise that community members are on Burnaby Mountain. These caretakers and residents should not be facing an injunction or a multimillion-dollar lawsuit by a corporate energy giant. Given the federal government’s failure to respond to residents, to Indigenous communities at the source of Tar Sands destruction and along the proposed pipeline route, and to municipal concerns, we laud these protectors for their bravery in taking a stand against Kinder Morgan.

We invite all individuals to sign this letter that will go directly to Kinder Morgan:

Initial List of Sixty-Five Signatories:

  1. Asian Youth Dialogues Collective
  2. Building Bridges-Human Rights Vancouver
  3. Burnaby Residents Opposing Kinder Morgan Expansion
  4. Café Rebelde Collective
  5. Climate Convergence
  6. Coalition of South Asian Women Against Violence
  7. Colour Connected Against Racism (UBC)
  8. Connective Project
  9. Council of Canadians
  10. Defenders of the Land
  11. Delusions of Development
  12. Dogwood Initiative
  13. Forest Action Network
  14. ForestEthics Advocacy
  15. Georgia Strait Alliance
  16. Global Queer Research Group, UBC
  17. Greenpeace
  18. Heartwood Community Cafe
  19. Idle No More
  20. Latinos in Action
  21. Lead Now
  22. Left Front
  23. Living Oceans Society
  24. LopezNOCOALition
  25. Mainlander
  26. Mexicans Living in Vancouver
  27. Mi’kmaq Warrior Society
  28. Mining Justice Alliance
  29. Missourians Organizing for Reform & Empowerment
  30. Native Youth Movement
  31. No One Is Illegal-Vancouver Coast Salish Territories
  32. Peace Alliance of Surrey
  33. PIPE UP Network
  34. Pivot Legal Society
  35. Portland Rising Tide
  36. RAGA Graduate and Undergraduate Student Network
  37. Rising Tide North America
  38. Rising Tide – Coast Salish Territories
  39. Rococode
  40. Root Force
  41. San Juans Alliance
  42. San Juan Islanders for Safe Shipping
  43. Sanctuary Health
  44. Save Our Shores Gabriola
  45. Secwepemc Womens Warrior Society
  46. Shit Harper Did
  47. Sierra Club BC
  48. Social Housing Alliance
  49. South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy
  50. Streams of Justice
  51. System Change Not Climate Change
  52. Toronto350 dot org
  53. Trikone Vancouver
  54. Unifor
  55. Union of BC Indian Chiefs
  56. Unist’ot’en Camp
  57. Vancouver Ecosocialists
  58. Vancouver Status of Women
  59. WaterWealth Project
  60. We Love this Coast
  61. WildCoast dot ca
  62. Wilderness Committee
  63. Wild Idaho Rising Tide
  64. Wildlife Defence League
  65. 350 dot org

Additional signatories (rolling basis):

1. Friends of the Earth International
2. Beyond Boarding
3. T. Buck Suzuki Environmental Foundation
4. Simon Fraser Public Interest Research Group
5. UFAWU-Unifor (United Fishermen and Allied Workers’ Union)
6. Gabriola S-O-S
7. March Against Monsanto – Victoria, BC
8. Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society
9. Friends of Lily Lake
10. Wildsight
11. Voters Taking Action on Climate Change
12. Council of Canadians Windsor Essex Chapter
13. Green Shelters Corporation
14. Project Pipeline dot org
15. Friends of the San Juans
16. FORPA Forest Protection Allies
17. Social & Environmental Justice Committee of Vancouver Quaker Meeting
18. SWATT Smart Women Against Traffic Team
19. Clayoquot Action
20. SAFE (Students Active for the Environment – Kwantlen)
21. Social Justice Committee of the Unitarian Church of Vancouver
22. Chaos Faerie
23. Raincoast Conservation Foundation
24. Global Compliance Research Project
25. Greenpeace – Victoria
26. Polaris Institute
27. System Change Not Climate Change-Dallas/Fort Worth
28. UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture
29. SMART CHANGE (Vancouver – Victoria)
30. Marineland Animal Defense
31. Vancouver Community Laboratory
32. Graphic History Collective
33. Rainforest Action Network
34. SFU350
35. Talon – UBC
36. How we Roll Longboards
37. Canada Waking Up the Masses
38. DaDaBaBy Enterprises


If you would like to add your support, fill in the form at the bottom of this page:

Man dies in hospital following brutal arrest by Dutch police

Note: As the uber-elite class begins to fear pitchforks and torches are close at hand, in a last gasp effort to maintain control law enforcement officers from many corners of the world have declared war on it’s citizens.

In Holland, another innocent life was snuffed out by police on thuggery patrol at a local protest. His only crime appeared to be baseless “verbal” threats and resisting arrest, which he was beaten to death for.

The world George Orwell wrote about in 1984 has arrived on our doorstep. Even so, there’s still time for humanity to rise against tyranny to reclaim our planet. We are the Savior’s we’ve been waiting for and NOW is the time to take action.

And I have complete faith humanity will rise to the occasion, albeit better late then never!

Much love, Annette



© Youtube/Antifa Denhaag

A 42-year-old Arubian man has died in a Dutch hospital following a violent arrest by The Hague police, local media reported, citing witnesses saying Mitch Henriquez was brutally beaten by law enforcement officers. An investigation has been launched.

The Prosecutor’s Officer (OM) said in a statement that Mitch Henriquez began to feel unwell on the way to the police station, following his arrest at the “Night in the Park” music festival in The Hague, reported. Video footage shows the man was left without medical aid, lying lifeless and handcuffed on the grass while two agents were sitting on him. Henriquez seemed already unconscious when he was dragged into the police bus.

Witnesses said that Henriquez was making jokes with friends after the festival, shouting he had a weapon, when a group of officers approached him, reported. Henriquez allegedly resisted his arrest. According to bystanders and his family, police used excessive force to arrest the man, said.

His sister Lila told that “his head was completely swollen, he was mainly beaten on his head. How could someone be handcuffed, thrown in the car and then arrive black and blue and unable to breathe?

It’s not the first time Dutch police officers have come under fire for excessive use of force. In 2012, a 17-year-old teenager, Rishi Chandrikasing, was shot dead on a railway station platform as he ran away from the police, according to Police had been allegedly told that an armed man was threatening passengers. The teen turned out to be unarmed.

Comment: And so it begins. People took to the streets today in The Hague to protest against police violence and to demand justice for the death of Mitch Henriquez. Police officers were present as well:


© Twitter/Marc Krupanski

Kayaktivist Showdown with Shell in Seattle

Other 98% has been working tirelessly on-the-ground with activists and organizations in the Pacific Northwest on the #ShellNo campaign. We want to stop Shell from destroying the fragile Arctic and the Climate.

The kayaktivists’ showdown with Shell’s Arctic rig has been all over the news this week. Please support our work to turn the ShellNo moment into a ShellNo movement.

At 3:30 a.m. on Monday, I helped a Mosquito Fleet of kayaks launch from the deck of our solar powered barge, The People’s Platform. I watched through teary eyes as kayaktivists paddled out to block Shell’s monstrous drill rig from leaving port. Then my daughter Hazel and I joined them.

It was a motley crew of 40 or so small boats; among the paddlers were Seattle City Council member Mike O’Brien, a Lummi canoe family, my wife Genevieve and 10-year old son Sam, and our web developer, Kelly Mears (who may need a new job title after his badassery yesterday).

Other98 has thrown down as hard as we can in Seattle and played a central role in this historic fight with Shell. Please chip in 5 or 50 dollars to keep us going.

US Coast Guard and Seattle Harbor Patrol were out in force making arrests; 24 when all was said and done. Despite the fact that Shell’s presence in the Port was found to be unconstitutional by Washington’s Department of Natural Resources, it was these courageous activists who faced legal action, while Shell continues to operate with total impunity.

With the kayaks neutralized, Shell’s rig and its police escorts began slowly moving north – but they weren’t moving for long. A second wave of kayaktivists met them off the coast of Bainbridge Island. Shell’s rig veered into shallow waters during an extremely low tide and ran aground (just as a Shell rig ran aground in the Arctic in 2012). Shell claimed they stopped to “calibrate the rig’s compass.” Yeah right.

Whatever really happened, the rig was delayed off the coast of Bainbridge Island for half a day, costing Shell precious time and significant amounts of money.

Help us permanently slam the door on Shell’s Arctic Drill plans by pitching in a few bucks.

In the last few months, we have made Shell’s Arctic rig an international news story. With every action we take, we delay Shell’s disastrous plans and put more pressure on our elected officials to take real action to protect our climate. We cannot stop using oil overnight, and our transition to clean energy must be done in a way that acknowledges and supports workers whose livelihoods are tied up with carbon emissions. That’s why it’s so crucial that we start the transition now, before it’s too late to do it right. Drilling in the Arctic is a huge step in precisely the wrong direction.

The rig is still making its way North, but this fight is far from over. This week’s action and the huge flotilla action back in May represent a new phase of the climate movement; one with more creativity, more energy, more voices, and more urgency. These kayaktivists have captured the world’s imagination; we have to make sure we can hang onto it.

Other 98% and our friends and allies are going to leverage this fresh wave of energy and attention to build this moment into a powerful movement. Help us go big by chipping in today.

Thank you so much for everything you do. Knowing we have the support of such a big, bold, brave group of people makes even the earliest mornings and the coldest waters all worth it.

-John Sellers
The Other 98%

Spies will spy: Time to take action ~

Earlier this week, the ACLU announced it obtained documents revealing that the CIA spies on Americans in America.


Of course. we’ve known this for 40 years. The time for investigation has long since passed.

We’ve watched Congress engage in political theater. We’ve sued in federal court. We’ve investigated until we’re blue in the face.

The time has come to take concrete action to protect privacy.

We have a plan, but it’s going to take you getting involved to put it into action.

Click HERE to take action today!

P.S. If you can, please make an investment in your privacy.

Every dollar helps us continue our work. Donate at

Jane Fonda takes on ‘big oil’ in Vancouver: ‘Arrest me, I don’t care’

Activist and actress in Vancouver for Greenpeace’s Toast the Coast event

CBC News Posted: Jun 12, 2015 

Jane Fonda on climate change: ‘We allowed it to happen’ 1:07


Jane Fonda 7:53

Actress and activist Jane Fonda is adding her star power to the anti-oilsands pipeline movement in B.C.

The star of Netflix comedy series Grace and Frankie is in Vancouver for Greenpeace’s Toast the Coast event on Saturday, celebrating Canada’s coastline and raising awareness of the environmental issues surrounding oil drilling and pipelines.

Ahead of the free event, she spoke to The Early Edition host Rick Cluff about why she’s fighting the oilsands, the legacy she wants to leave her grandchildren and how older actors may finally be winning out in Hollywood.

Why did you want to take part in this?

I come from Los Angeles. We just had a big spill in Santa Barbara, not to mention all the other spills, including the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Fonda has a long history of activism. In this 1972 file photo, she is surrounded by soldiers and reporters as she sings an anti-war song near Hanoi during the Vietnam War. (Nihon Denpa News/Associated Press)

So the idea that increased tanker traffic bringing the most destructive tar sand oil from Alberta to the coast … it’s horrific to think about what it could do to this most beautiful part of the world … People don’t want to see the world that they love and grew up in spoiled the way so many other coastlines are being endangered and spoiled…

The struggle to stop the pipelines joins together with the struggle to prevent drilling in the Arctic — you don’t have to live in B.C. to be impacted by that. This is a global problem.

If Alberta’s tarsands are expanded and drilling starts in the Arctic, global warming is not going to be able to be stopped at the 2 C that international climate scientists agree is what has to happen…

I feel it’s not just the struggle of people here. It’s my struggle. It’s the struggle of people all over the world.

What do you make of the response from your government and our government to this?

I’m frankly appalled. I’m just appalled.

My president, who I voted for, and who I admire — and who has done some very good things for the environment in the past — by giving Shell permission to drill in the Arctic has undone all the good he did.


Fonda says she is disappointed by the actions of U.S. President Barack Obama on drilling in the Arctic. (Dennis Brack/Getty Images)

I just don’t understand it. He has children who will have his grandchildren. Does he not realize that this makes it almost impossible for us to slow down global warming? But it’s not too late for him to withdraw the permits. It’s not too late for us to stop Shell from going there …

I’m desperate. I have grandchildren. I want my grandchildren, in 30 years, to be able to look back and say, “Grandma was on the right side of history. Thank you Grandma.”

I wish I could sit down with President Obama right now and say, “Why? Did you think we wouldn’t notice?” I think he was hoping nobody would notice…

My peers, a bunch of angry grandmothers in Seattle, just got arrested the other day, God bless them. And there are people here, in British Columbia who’ve been arrested, putting their bodies in front of the projects to expand pipelines. God bless them …

There’s a history of progressive struggles and standing up for life in this part of the world that I am so honoured to be a part of.

Your Netflix series, Grace and Frankie, just got picked up for a second season. In it, you play Grace, a woman whose husband leaves her for another man. What drew you to this character?

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This photo provided by Netflix shows Jane Fonda, left, and Lily Tomlin in the series Grace and Frankie. (Melissa Moseley/Netflix via AP)

Ever since I was in my 40s, I’ve wanted to give a cultural face to older women and all their juicy complexities. We get stereotyped in the media and I wanted to change that. I’m just so happy it’s a hit series … people are really liking it. We start shooting the second season in July.

Hollywood has a reputation of being young and beautiful, but in this series all the leading actors are above 70. Do you think there’s change afoot on that front, now that older actors are getting more starring roles?

It’s a little too early to claim victory but we’re moving in the right direction. In fact, I’m feeling pretty good. We’re moving in the right direction on all kinds of fronts, in terms of ageism in Hollywood and in terms of stopping big oil … I feel optimistic.

What do you value the most when you look back over your 77 years?

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Puttin’ on the Writs! National Liberty Alliance Files Mandamus Documents


For those not aware, John Darash and his teams at the ‘National Liberty Alliance’ have been writing and issuing the documentation necessary to free us from the corruption and illegal tyranny of the dark cabal—the imposters posing as our ‘government’.

The “writ mandamus” documents have now been issued, and there are many of them to cover various aspects of the current “illegal” system.

I love this part:

This document is not for interpretation by BAR attorneys; “Laws are made for men of ordinary understanding and should, therefore, be construed by the ordinary rules of common sense. Their meaning is not to be sought for in metaphysical subtleties which may make anything mean everything or nothing at pleasure.” – Thomas Jefferson to William Johnson, 1823 ME 15:450. All respondents took an oath to uphold and protect the Constitution and therefore should understand these documents; if not learn or resign your post.

I’ve discussed this before but if you’re not aware, the ORIGINAL 13th Amendment to the US Constitution—before it was slipped out by the corrupt parties—stated that no one of “nobility” or individuals of title were to be part of the government. That referred at that time to those such as “esquire”, which were barristers, solicitors, lawyers, attorneys at law.

We know why that was intended to be part of the Constitution, and why it was removed. Most of the US government we interact with are lawyers, and they are responsible for drafting up documents, bills and laws that only they can understand and are far too large for our representatives to want to read in full, and they use a language that has an entirely different meaning than we lay people were taught.

They have corrupted the system, and we didn’t realize it. But now we know, and the illegalities of government are being addressed.

They pass laws to control us; we are playing by their rules. We’re taking them down legally—and peacefully, and this just may be our saving grace.

The corrupt courts are being served, and now the Common Law Grand Juries are in place to take the criminals to task—thanks to people like John Darash and his teams who have put years of work into this and seem to have pulled a rabbit out of a hat. I don’t know how they did this in the short time they’ve had. They must eat, sleep and breathe this stuff.

It’s incredible what they have accomplished, and I heartily applaud them for their dedication. The People of the Republic of the United States owe them a debt of gratitude. I trust other countries are following suit.

Legal documents have never been interesting for most of us to read (by design), but I think you’ll find these vastly different from what you might expect. They speak our language. Here’s a sample:

                                              LIBERTY RISING

The purpose of this Mandamus is to expose foreign and domestic tyrants posing as Americans that have infiltrated our government at all levels in a concerted effort to overthrow the fifty governments of the united 40 States by seizing their seat of power our Federal City a/k/a Washington DC. Thereby these tyrants have covertly erected a system which has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly knit, highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific, political operations and through courts of fiction, contrary to the authority by which they claim, Article I Section 8 clauses 17 and 18, prevent the execution of the Law of the Land resulting in the enslaving of the 45 sovereign People of America;

I find this terribly exciting. We’re puttin’ on the writs!

Here is an excerpt from the writ mandamus for “Subversion”.

On June 6, 2015 We the People filed Writ Mandamus concerning subversion revealing Jade Helm, a Trojan-horse to take America, and exposing foreign and domestic tyrants, posing as Americans, who have infiltrated our government at all levels in a concerted effort to overthrow the fifty governments of the united States. These tyrants have seized their seat of power (our Federal City a/k/a Washington DC) and thereby have covertly erected a system which has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly knit, highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific, political operations; through courts of fiction, contrary to the authority by which they claim (Article I Section 8 Clauses 17 and 18), prevent the execution of the Law of the Land resulting in the enslaving of the sovereign People of America;

“Now is the time to pay attention, take a stand and prevent these tyrants from building their dark cities. Become empowered. Read the Writs because we must “educate and inform the whole mass of the people… They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.” Thomas Jefferson; and then join NLA as we take this battle to the courts and our federal city.”

If you can do nothing else, I heartily encourage you to take part in this battle. Take their advice and read the writs. It’s your duty as an American citizen of the Republic, and it’s truly interesting reading. Share them!

Click here to access the mandamus documents. Scroll down the home page until you see the mandamus links, beginning with May 20th. You can then access each PDF separately.

One of our readers is deeply involved in the NLA and shared a link to an upcoming interview segment. Looking forward very much to listening on Saturday.  ~ BP

As You Wish Talk Radio with James Gilliland

Laura says…

James Gilliland interviews my partner and I on his “As You Wish” radio show Saturday night 6/13/15 8pm PST and it is all about what to do and what is being done by National Liberty Alliance. NLA is making huge strides and the fraudulent court system is freaked. The Joint Chiefs of Staff have “The Unified Common Law Grand Jury” mandamus documents on Jade Helm as well. There is one little bit about my Blue Avian experience too.

Billionaire Johann Rupert Says The Thought of the Poor Overthrowing the Rich Keeps Him Awake a Night.


Multi-billionaire owner of luxury jewellery company Cartier has revealed his greatest fear that keeps him awake at night. Cartiers biggest fear is the poor rising up to overthrow the rich.

Speaking at the Financial Times Business of Luxury Summit in Monaco (obviously), the fashion tycoon told his fellow elite that he can’t sleep at the thought of the social upheaval he thinks is imminent.

According to Bloomberg, Johann Rupert told the conference to bear in mind that when the poor rise up, the middle classes won’t want to buy luxury goods for fear of exposing their wealth.

He said he had been reading about changes in labour technology, as well as recent Oxfam figures suggesting the top 1 per cent of the global population now owns more wealth than the other 99 per cent.

“How is society going to cope with structural unemployment and the envy, hatred and the social warfare?” he said. “We are destroying the middle classes at this stage and it will affect us. It’s unfair. So that’s what keeps me awake at night.”

He returned to his chairman role at Compagnie Financiere Richemont in September 2014 after a one-year sabbatical which, according to Forbes, he spent reading and fly-fishing. And, it seems, contemplating a global social revolution.

South African Rupert is estimated to have amassed a fortune of around $7.5 billion from brands including Cartier, Chloe and Vacheron Constantin.

Billionaire: ‘Wake Up My Fellow Billionaires, There Are Pitchforks In Our Future’

Nick Hanauer is one of the richest men in America, and he’s written a compelling letter to all the other super rich people out there about the state of America’s income inequality, which was published in Politico. You might think he’s writing to all his rich friends to warn them about Democrats talking more and more about wealth redistribution, or about U.N. initiatives to prevent privatizing things like fresh water. You might think he’s one of the people behind calls to start making plans to go hide in New Zealand. This letter could read like that, if you don’t read the whole thing, but it turns out, he’s a rich person who gets it.

Rich people aren’t always the best, brightest, hardest workers

Hanauer starts off his “memo” talking about how he got super rich. Then he says:

But let’s speak frankly to each other. I’m not the smartest guy you’ve ever met, or the hardest-working. I was a mediocre student. I’m not technical at all—I can’t write a word of code.

Right off the bat, he acknowledges that not all the super rich got that way through the sweat of their brow, or because they were unusually intelligent. Yet we hear all the time from Republicans that higher taxes on the rich punishes people for hard work – the backbone of American culture. They never talk about the real backbone of America, which is the middle class, and how they’re punished not just by policy, but also by the super rich.

What’s in store for the super rich, if things keep going the way they are?

Hanauer believes that what sets him apart from others is his ability to see the future. That enables him to know what risks to take, and when, and he profits off them. What does he see for the future of the super rich? He said:

I see pitchforks.

There are pitchforks, and possibly torches, because while he and his super rich friends are “thriving beyond the dreams of any plutocrats in history,” the other 99.99 percent of America is struggling. The French Revolution, the Russian Revolution, even Arab Spring, had their roots in extreme inequality of one type or another. Hanauer warns his friends:

I know you fellow .01%ers tend to dismiss this kind of argument; I’ve had many of you tell me to my face I’m completely bonkers. And yes, I know there are many of you who are convinced that because you saw a poor kid with an iPhone that one time, inequality is a fiction.

Here’s what I say to you: You’re living in a dream world. What everyone wants to believe is that when things reach a tipping point and go from being merely crappy for the masses to dangerous and socially destabilizing, that we’re somehow going to know about that shift ahead of time.

He goes on to say that “revolutions, like bankruptcies, come gradually, and then suddenly.” He’s right, too. One moment it’s a few disaffected people, with movements that seem to fizzle. That can go on for years, like what’s happened to the Occupy movement, and what people believe will happen to the movements wrought from Ferguson and Baltimore. But then the masses are increasingly disaffected, and increasingly angry about having no voice. When they figure out how to find that voice, they will take it, quickly, painfully, and violently if they have to. History has bore this out repeatedly.

What should we do? What should the rich do, besides run away?

In the face of this, what does Hanauer recommend we do? Is he really, quietly recommending that all the rich people get the hell out of Dodge so they don’t have to face the consequences? No, actually he’s not. He wants us to adjust our policies so they’re more favorable to everybody, not a select, rich few. He says:

The model for us rich guys here should be Henry Ford, who realized that all his autoworkers in Michigan weren’t only cheap labor to be exploited; they were consumers, too. Ford figured that if he raised their wages, to a then-exorbitant $5 a day, they’d be able to afford his Model Ts.

What a great idea. My suggestion to you is: Let’s do it all over again. We’ve got to try something. These idiotic trickle-down policies are destroying my customer base. And yours too. [emphasis mine]

He also points out one salient fact that those who tout labor costs as a market price subject to the laws of supply and demand tend to ignore: Pay for CEOs, hedge fund managers and other investment banker-types, and people in those sectors has skyrocketed, and yet, we have more of them, not less. If rising wages and salaries mean less employment, then why do we have so many more of these people than we used to?

Guess the “fact” that rising wages means less employment only applies to the unwashed masses, and not the super rich in their ivory towers. The unwashed masses, he says, are the engine of the economy, not the super rich. Yet, the Republican-pushed trickle-down theory would have us believe that the rich getting richer is good, while the poor getting any richer at all will destroy us. It’s flat-out wrong, and Hanauer knows it. More of the super-rich need to know it, too, and stop lobbying Congress to shrink government by letting the “free market” work, and gutting the social safety net.

Republican cries for shrinking government would be part of a sound solution, if they were interested in shrinking it the right way.

How does the size of the government fit into Hanauer’s ideas? Do we need more, or less, or is the current size good? Republicans want to shrink the government, and he actually agrees. Before you burn him at the stake as a sham, though, consider this: He says you shrink the government the way you shrink an industry – by reducing demand for it. Why do we have so much government that the Republicans hate? Because we have so much need for it, but all that demand is not going to the right places. Therefore, calls to shrink it are not going to the right place, either. Hanauer says:

The only way to slash government for real is to go back to basic economic principles: You have to reduce the demand for government. If people are getting $15 an hour or more, they don’t need food stamps. They don’t need rent assistance. They don’t need you and me to pay for their medical care. If the consumer middle class is back, buying and shopping, then it stands to reason you won’t need as large a welfare state. And at the same time, revenues from payroll and sales taxes would rise, reducing the deficit. [emphasis mine]

He does blast Democrats for pushing the message that we need to treat workers better because we feel sorry for them. He’s right when he says that doesn’t help the conversation. What can help convince the plutocrats to give it a rest is looking at it from business and economic standpoints. The proper standpoints are correctly defining who creates the jobs, and who boosts the profit margins, around here. It’s not the rich. It’s the middle class.

Hanauer’s warning to other greedy billionaires:

Hanauer says, to his super rich friends: “Capitalism left unchecked tends toward concentration and collapse.” Unchecked, unfettered capitalism, this idea that the so-called “free market” can take care of everything if we’d just let it, is catapulting us toward ruin, not prosperity.

The super rich, and their Congressional Republican friends, would do well to learn this, and learn it soon. Or, as Hanauer puts it, “We could sit back, do nothing, enjoy our yachts. And wait for the pitchforks.” What he didn’t say is, “Your choice.”

You can watch his TED Talk here:


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