Divest the Wall, Divest Elbit Event – May 7, 2021

April 27, 2021

 

Join us in the first installation of the DIVEST BORDER PANEL SERIES as indigenous peoples and allies discuss the impacts of Integrated Fixed Towers (IFTs) and their impact on Indigenous peoples rights in the United States and globally.

The Zoom event will take place on Friday, May 7. You can register here:

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ZXGvybBqRxyvq9Cp1-d7AA

Research by O’odham VOICE Against the Wall

Hosted by the Indigenous Peoples Rights Committee: https://nlginternational.org/indigenous-peoples-rights/ and the NLG International Committee

Support from Water Protector Legal Collective, https://waterprotectorlegal.org/
and the Indigenous Peoples Human Rights Defenders and Corporate Accountability Program

Moderated by:

  • Michelle Cook (Dineh) Founder, Divest Invest Protect; Director, Indigenous Peoples Human Rights Defenders and Corporate Accountability Program https://www.divestinvestprotect.com

Panelists:

  • Ophelia Rivas (Tohono O’odham) is founder of O’odham VOICE Against the WALL and has spent her life speaking out against the U.S. Border Patrol and militarization of O’odham lands. https://www.oodhamrights.org/
  • Will Parrish is an investigative journalist based in Northern California. His web site is https://www.willparrishreports.com
  • Dov Baum, Ph.D., is the director of Economic Activism for the AFSC – the American Friends Service Committee. These days, they lead the Investigate project mapping companies complicit in mass incarceration and immigrant detention, border security and mass surveillance industries, Israeli apartheid and occupation industries.
  • Hosted by Natali Segovia, National Lawyers Guild (NLG) Indigenous Peoples Rights Committee, The Indigenous Peoples Rights Committee is organized to take up the struggles of indigenous peoples in the US and throughout the world.

 

 

 

 

Please join us Friday, May 7 @ 4pm Pacific / 7pm Eastern for a Zoom panel conversation.

 

 

O’odham Solidarity website creator journeys to Spirit World

January 29, 2021

 

To all our Friends and Supporters,

My dear friend and honorable warrior Jeffery D. Hendricks took his journey to the infinite spirit world on January 13, 2021. In his memorial my family honors him with words from my daughter, “It’s hard to put into words the kind of person he was. He was all the good things a man should be but how difficult it is to be that man. One so sensitive and can see the dark side of people, but strong and will stand up and be a fighter.” Jeff was surrounded by a diverse wealth of people with long time memories with him.

These are a few of my memories:

Jeff was the reserved presence at California punk rock venue as Resistance Culture takes stage and he escorted me through the sea of powerful anarchist people to give my talk on human rights violations on O’odham lands. Jeff made his commitment to protect a sacred place, as he walked with us for 2 days on a prayer walk for 6 years. His mild nature, with integrity to protect the Elders identities, he blended in with the ceremonial people and Elders. He was also the fun, stealth chuckwalla hunter on the lava fields near the ocean and the barefoot walker through sands at the sea. Jeff, without intrusion on my integrity, used his skills to “fix” the written language on O’odham VOICE Against the WALL posters and statements, official legal documents and especially the Standing Rock support statement, 16 years worth of O’odham resistance words.


In O’odham culture we prepare and bury our loved ones in four days and we mourn for one year.

With difficulty, it has become necessary to address some issues related to Jeff’s support website O’odham Solidarity Project.org. Jeff created and managed this website for support to O’odham VOICE Against the WALL, a grassroots group of ceremonial and traditional leaders existing on both sides of the International border. O’odham VOICE Against the WALL was founded by myself, Ofelia (Ophelia) Rivas in 2003 to bring awareness to human rights violations and the increasing militarization of O’odham lands along the United States and Mexico border. Today the PayPal account connected with O’odham Solidarity Project.org is illegally still functioning. I have requested of the family to add a notice on the website and close the PayPal account and also to begin to dismantle the website. I have also requested that any recent donations be returned to donors.

 

We want to direct our long time friends and supporters to the new website to continue the work of O’odham VOICE Against the WALL.
The new website is www.oodhamrights.org
I am still at 4oodhamrights@gmail.com and at P.O. Box 1935 Sells, Arizona 85634

We miss and will always love Jeffery D. Hendricks

 

 

 

 

“The destruction of our mountain is yet another deliberate attempt to dismantle the hundreds of thousands of cultural connections to our lands.” – Ofelia Rivas

 

Desecration of Ali Jegk

JUNE 1, 2020

ALI JEGK, Tohono O’odham Nation — The destruction of sacred land is underway here in Ali Jegk (Little Clearing community on the Tohono O’odham Nation.

 

Read the article here: https://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2020/06/desecration-of-ali-jegk-tohono-oodham.html

 

 

“The destruction of our mountain is yet another deliberate attempt to dismantle the hundreds of thousands of cultural connections to our lands.” – Ofelia Rivas

 

Excavator arrives, desecration of Tohono O’odham lands for Israeli spy tower.

APRIL 21, 2020

The failure of this generation to defend the land is this excavator with a drill, which arrived yesterday and parked at the end of our community road.

From time immemorial, our ancestors had to defend themselves against missionaries who chopped off limbs, conquistadors who searched for gold, and miners who sought silver and manifest destiny.

We survived to tell these stories.

This will be a documentation and a testament to this generation of compromises, non-conforming, hypocritical and greedy politicians, and deceptive manipulations of the personnel of the Border Patrol of the Government of the United States, and of a commander in chief. idiot.

Our sacred mountain is going to be attacked.

People will never see the unspoiled O’odham Lands again when these towers are erected. The lands are already subjected to irresistible destruction by unauthorized roads to burial sites and important cultural sites, the looting of our ancestral possessions called vestiges, and the elimination at will of hilltops to erect towers of removable surveillance.

Countless vehicles pass through the virgin areas of our lands.

There is the transformation of animal and plant habitats, O’odham lands, and inherited cultural practices.

I ask politicians who do not live in our community, or on the reserve, to come and see that the sacred mountain is sacrifice.

Sing her song and give her cornmeal, seeing as this mountain had been there for generations, when people respected her and lived in harmony with her – when she protected the newborn fallow deer and gave countless organ pipe cactus fruit for the community, and all the saguaro cacti that gave fruit to animals, people and medicinal plants.

The lives of the O’odhams have been altered.

People have endured this humiliating system of oppression.

The Dalai Lama said, “Go to Lhasa and investigate yourself to see if the Tibetans are happy under the rule of China which restricts Tibetan cultural practices. “

When young people kill themselves out of desperation, alcoholism or drugs, and there are all kinds of crime, violence and domestic violence, it is proof of a broken O’odham society.

I only know how to be O’odham. I cannot adopt a foreign culture and norms that are not those of my ancestors.

All strength and wisdom is who we are as O’odham.

When our world is under attack, the warriors just need a signal.

They are determined to hold on.

I’m holding.

© Ofelia Rivas, Censored News, may only be used with permission.

 

Read the article here:

https://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2020/04/tohono-oodham-nation-excavator-arrives.html

 

 

 

“I only know how to be O’odham. I cannot adopt a foreign culture and norms that are not those of my ancestors.” – Ofelia Rivas