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Program #33  “With Healers At Standing Rock”:

Women Rising Radio #33: With Healers at Standing Rock

AT STANDING ROCK:  Photographer  CAMILLE SEAMAN

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Camille Seaman  was born in 1969 to a Native American (Shinnecock tribe) father and African American mother. She graduated in 1992 from the State University of New York at Purchase, where she studied photography with Jan Groover and has since taken master workshops with Steve McCurry, Sebastiao Salgado, and Paul Fusco.  She is a photographer and explorer. Her photographs have been featured in National Geographic and TIME magazine.  Seaman worked the magic of her photographic eye at Standing Rock, and Women Rising Radio features a few of her photos:

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Irene SkyRiver says “We must continue to move toward the light…the good Red Road”. She is Tlingit of Lopez Island, WA.

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Dianna Uqualla is a Havasupai woman who came specifically to Standing Rock to speak to the women and remind them to stand in their strength and power. It was time for the women to be leaders and use our wisdom to protect the water and the air and the unborn children.

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Water protectors peacefully confront Morten County officers in attempt to delay completion of the DAPL pipeline. Featured in center of image is Vanessa Dundon who suffered severe damage to her eye in clashes with militarized forces.

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Water protectors create a road block across Highway 1806. 1806 is also know as the historic Lewis and Clark Trail.

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Benjamin Conrad and his cousin Jessica traveled to Oceti Sakowin camp to stand up for clean water. Ben is wearing the headdress of his great grandfather it’s almost a hundred years old. His mother told him to go and to wear it before she died.

 


Emma McCool, Poetess, Rapper and Performer, delivered her poem in solidarity with STANDING ROCK at University of San Francisco:

Pipe Dreams
by Emma McCool

Standing
I will not back down
Rock
solid, like the ground beneath my feet
The ground that stretches across miles and lays beneath my brothers and sisters at the
front lines
Lines of pipes like veins leading to and filling up the pockets of those consumed by
greed
consuming others to fulfill that need
Those lines will not be drawn there
There is too much to lose
There has been too much lost already
We’ve found that we are stronger in numbers
and the number of times they fire rubber bullets in our direction
will never compare
to the number of times our people have had their homes taken from them
Ripped from their hands and handed over to strangers
What I find strange is
home is where the heart is
And for me that’s what makes this the hardest
to watch
to know
to feel
to be a part of and apart from
Because
a heart is meant to be connected to, to beat within, and pump throughout
So how
are people supposed to allow
for their homes, their heart land, to be poisoned and defiled for no reason
other than
oil
A black liquid,
slicker than blood
but not thicker by a long shot
And the blood that has been shed from the shots fired by officers
has offered more ammunition to fight harder
than ever before
Because
before there was you or me
or the home of the brave and land of the free
there was the earth
Earth mother
who gives life
whose life force flows
sweet clear
water
leading to and filling up the cups of those who need it
and
those who don’t
Who beat her and mistreat her until her life force turns black
and can no longer maintain its sweetness
nor sustain the ones who need it
It needs to stop
Say no to frack
And on the subject of beating and mistreating
Do not attack the peaceful and justify your injustice
by writing it off as you just
doing your job
Because
we are all serving and protecting
but who and what is the only thing that is separating us
And maybe hoping for this all to end
For people to drop their weapons and drills and leave as friends
is nothing more than
a pipe dream
But I would rather dream of no pipes
than sit back or stand to the side
and let people’s basic human rights be denied
So I remain
Standing
I will not back down
Rock
solid, like the ground beneath my feet


HERE IS OUR 2016 DN CONVENTION COVERAGE, FROM CORRESPONDENT AND DELEGATE CECILI ANTARES


FINAL DISPATCH AND VIDEO FROM CECILI ANTARES: The DNConvention, A Carefully Orchestrated Con Job?  

The Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia brought delegates from all over the country to represent and cheer on their respective candidates. Parties from each side came to the event on Monday with the enthusiasm and pride that they were representing thousands of voters, collectively millions.

Many of the Bernie delegates, however, were immediately at odds with their Hillary counterparts as well as those running the convention –  some Bernie delegates having their credentials taken away, many of them herded into the back of the convention floor and virtually silenced.  Many expressed that they felt extremely unwelcome, and unable to have their voices heard. During convention speeches they were not able to bring in their own signs, and were told to hold up signs the convention officials gave them, and only at specified times.  They were even told not be overly loud or upset –  with the threat that they would be kicked out of the convention.

After two days of this, compounded by the frustration of hearing from Bernie himself that it was important to get behind Clinton, many delegates felt like the whole event was stacked against them. On Tuesday, when the evening came with roll call voting and the end result of Hillary becoming the nominee, the delegates made a planned exit to show their displeasure.

During this time I had the chance the speak with several delegates and attend protest marches outside of the DNC.  Those involved were furious, emphatically stating that they were not going to be forced or coerced to get behind a candidate they did not believe in or trust.  

The delegates did not want to have to hold signs saying ‘stronger together’ or be told over and over not to boo when a speaker talked about issues they were fighting against.

After the mass DNC exit, many delegates decided not to come back, saying they would only be faced with rudeness and opposition, and would rather stand with protesters. Others today decided that they would stay and make their presence known, wanting to represent those supporting Bernie, and properly representing those who voted them into their delegate positions.

Thousands of Bernie supporters, Black Lives Matter activists, Women’s Rights activists and other outraged voters stayed on the streets for the next two days of the DNConvention. One of the Bernie delegates, Jenna Squires from Missouri, vents her frustration here:  


WALKOUT from DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION in PHILLY JULY 26th 2016, FROM THE HISTORIC BERNIE SANDERS MOVEMENT:

The TUESDAY Marches      from Cecili Antares

The energy on Tuesday was palpable for those in downtown Philadelphia. Marches for Bernie Sanders ‘Bernie or Bust’, Black Lives Matter, Shutdown the DNC, and mental health advocacy surrounded City Hall in the afternoon, shutting down surrounding streets. Thousands filled the roadways, all with their own cause and voice, shouting to be heard. On the inside of the Convention floor, delegates finally cast their roll call votes from each of their states, the the final result being that BERNIE called for Hillary to be the Nominee. The announcement spurred a huge gathering outside of the Convention at Wells Fargo Center, where all marches eventually came together and congregated in mourning, in protest, and in support for each other.  The air was almost buzzing at that point, and I would imagine the chants could have been heard for miles away. There were different sentiments among protesters.  Many were angry, expressing their view that Bernie Sanders was the most deserving candidate.  Many more peaceful though, and sung together in large circles, pressing for a continuation of Bernie’s ‘Political Revolution’.


POWERFUL WOMAN DELEGATE SPEAKS OUT!  CLAUDIA STAUBER’S VIDEO AT THE CONVENTION:  THIS GRANDMOTHER SAYS JUST WHAT WE FEEL AT WOMEN RISING RADIO…and expresses our deep concern:

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Why I Became a Delegate for Bernie Sanders

by Cecili Antares

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As a young woman (I suppose I would still be considered a millennial) I feel the weight of the economic and systemic issues that we face as a nation, and the need for positive change. I have always been involved in my local community in one form or another, from environmental clean up efforts to advocacy for women’s health issues and cancer patients. (Ecothon through Montessori, coastal clean-ups, Women’s Cancer Awareness Group, Relay for Life, DAAC. Ask me for others.)

As soon as Bernie Sanders announced his presidential candidacy, I was drawn to his platform. I have always felt that our nation’s wealthiest, and its biggest corporations, had too much involvement in government policy. Here was a candidate who was finally speaking out about it. His urgency on climate change and economic inequality greatly reflected my own concerns.

I first became involved with the Sanders campaign in January of 2016 through Bernie Light Brigade North Bay, working alongside Occupy activist Maggi Munat. From there on I volunteered with Santa Rosa Junior College for Bernie and Bay Area for Bernie, eventually becoming an organizer for the Santa Rosa Bernie Campaign Headquarters.

My involvement in these groups and in the campaign introduced me to a great number of people who were not only selfless, genuine, and focused on progressive solutions, but were extremely dedicated. I saw my concerns reflected by them, and understood that the issues we were facing were crucial.

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