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Indigenous Peoples of the immigrant community call for action on World Refugee Day

Photos: Jorge Francisco Sanchez Ramirez 

As indigenous peoples of the Maya, Zapoteca, Lenca, Nahuat, Pipil, Nonualcos, Aymara, and Colla Aymara Nations from Mexico, Central and South America residing in the United States, we are often invisible and misunderstood – mislabeled as Latinos or Hispanics when we are in fact Native American.  The root causes of our forced migration are not addressed and we are deeply concerned over the situation of violence affecting our peoples.  Our forced displacement is closely related to conflicts over our lands, territories, environment, natural elements and human rights. Decreased environmental protection in the United States and throughout the hemisphere coupled with Executive Orders targeting the immigrant community have allowed for the proliferation of hate and we indigenous peoples are at the nexus of multiple factors that violate our human rights.

Our history as indigenous peoples has been marked by forced displacement from our ancestral territories for more than 500 years and by the violation of our human rights as original peoples and governments of Abya Yala (the Americas). Today we live a new era of displacement and persecution by the presence of transnational corporations and the imposition of megaprojects in our lands and territories from Mexico to Argentina. Mining, hydropower, large roads, as well as the privatization of electric power, water, forests and mountains, violate our right to self-determination, autonomy and self-government of our nations.

On this day we continue to call on the governments of our countries of origin to abide by their domestic and international human rights obligations for all people, and in particular for the rights of indigenous peoples. Forced displacement of our peoples is a symptom of a systematic failure of our governments to recognize us as human beings and to grant us the minimum human rights standards of dignity, respect, equality, and a future. We cannot continue to be buried by a colonial legacy of more than 500 years of oppression and discrimination evidenced by laws, policies and actions by our governments that directly violate our human rights and the rights of Mother Earth and displace us from our ancestral lands.

In April 2017 a delegation of indigenous leaders from our D.C. community participated at the 17th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) where they presented The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) a letter, Carta al ACNUR sobre la situación de Pueblos Originarios desplazados forzadamente de México, Centro y Sur América, expressing our concerns of the crisis in the region.  We continue to await a response from the U.N Office.

Juanita Cabrera Lopez

Maya Mam
Executive Director
International Mayan League

“The United States are not in the condition to lecture us.” The Cuban people are not our enemies.

Cuban diplomats have responded to cut back on restoring relations with the Cuban people.

Todos somos Americanos.

Jose Martí Heroe de la Independencia

#StandwithStandingRock Victory for Native Americans in Court

A federal judge has ruled in favor of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, handing the tribe a legal victory in its battle against the Dakota Access pipeline. In a 91-page opinion, Judge James Boasberg ruled that the Army Corps of Engineers did not sufficiently consider impacts of an oil spill on fishing and hunting rights and on environmental justice.

Click here to view the complete story in the Atlantic

Stand with Standing Rock Sioux and Native Americans

Rep Raul Grijalva Zinke Report Bears Ears “Not Worth the Paper It’s Printed On” #DefendOurMonuments #Next100 #GreenLatinos

Congressional Forum on Executive Order Review of Monuments

June 12, 2017

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Ranking Member Grijalva Statement on Zinke Report on Bears Ears National Monument: “Not Worth the Paper It’s Printed On”

Washington, D.C. – Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) released the following statement on Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s report to President Trump recommending major changes to the protected status and conserved acreage of Utah’s Bears Ears National Monument:

“The Secretary’s report is nonsense. The memo released today doesn’t give any accounting of the public comments the Interior Department received as part of this review process. It doesn’t reference any maps or specify legislative language. It doesn’t explain what the president will do regarding Bears Ears. It doesn’t even explain what alleged problem this review is trying to solve.

“If you stack this memo up against the years of administrative work that went into designating Bears Ears, including extensive, detailed consultations with Utah’s elected representatives, it’s not worth the three pieces of paper it’s printed on. This is just like health care. Republicans want to wreck everything Barack Obama put in place, but in each case they can’t seem to explain what the real problem is or what they actually plan to do about it.”

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The City Project Statement before Congress

Interior Secretary Zinke report on Bears Ears

Congratulations! City Project’s Tim Mok Master’s Lyle Center Regenerative Studies Cal Poly

Congressional Testimony The City Project #DefendOurMonuments #Next100Coalition #GreenLatinos #BearsEars

An attack on any monument is an attack on all monuments. This administration is undermining the Antiquities Act, national monuments, and ultimately the rule of law and democratic governance. Support national monuments and the Act. Support the San  Gabriels National Monument. Stand with Bears Ears. Celebrate diverse values and the changing faces of the nation. Stand in solidarity and resistance with we the people.

Download the Statement of Robert García, Founding Director-Counsel, The City Project, Before the House Committees on Natural Resources, Veterans’ Affairs, and Small Business Forum on The Implications of President Trump’s Executive Order on National Monuments, June 8, 2017.

The City Project is proud to work with #Next100Coalition, #GreenLatinos, San Gabriel Mountains Forever, and the San Gabriel Mountains Community Collaborative.

#DefendOurMonuments #Next100 #GreenLatinos @next100cltn @Potus @SecretaryZinke

#DefendOurMonuments #Next100 @next100cltn @Potus Secretary Ryan Zinke
Monumental Mistake: Executive Order on National Monuments NRDems Forum Canon House Office Building 340 June 8 3 PM

Robert García The City Project, Next 100, GreenLatinos, SGMF; Jim Avramis Next 100 & Friends of Ironwood Forest NM AZ; Ranking Member Raul Grijalva; Jack Ehrhardt, Native American developer AZ

Even Progressive Cities Are Plagued by Institutionalized Racism: Prevent Discriminatory Impacts through Planning & Data NY Times

[S]ome organizations and mayors have characterized cities as the first line of defense against the Trump administration’s policies. But this glosses over their continued complicity in producing racial inequities that have lasted generations. Redlining and urban renewal, for example, are responsible for today’s racially segregated neighborhoods. And while movements to protect the rights of African-Americans, workers, people with disabilities, immigrants and L.G.B.T.Q. people have their origins in cities across the country, these cities’ current policies — such as those preventing affordable housing from being built in high-opportunity neighborhoods — perpetuate inequities.

Even the most politically progressive cities are plagued by institutionalized racism. . . . Even in sanctuary cities, black residents continue to be relegated to the most polluted and underserved neighborhoods. . . .

That’s why as cities continue to stand up to harmful policies on the national stage, they must also fortify themselves from within, working on two fronts.

First, local leaders must implement policy agendas to advance racial equity. In many cases, this will require a close analysis of data broken down by race, neighborhood and other demographics. . . .

Second, local leaders must reimagine how government serves people. In 2005, Seattle became the first city in the United States to start a citywide initiative to eliminate racial inequities and structural racism. Now all city departments use a racial-equity analysis tool to consider the potential benefits and burdens their programs, policies and budgets place on various communities, and how they may contribute to racial disparities. This has led to hundreds of changes in city operations.

Today, more than 50 city, county and regional governments have joined the Government Alliance on Race and Equity national network and have committed to similar initiatives. City governments that have not done so should emulate this approach. . . .

After all, research shows that inequality hinders growth, prosperity and economic mobility, while diversity and inclusion fuel innovation and business success.

Read the full op/ed in the New York Times: To Truly Resist Trumpism, Cities Must Look Within

Equity planning to alleviate disparities is analyzed in the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine committee report, Communities in Action: Pathways to Health Equity (2017). See pages 6-15 to -16 and Recommendations 6-1 and 7-1. The full report is available, along with highlights and a comic book summary, at

Take Action Comics: The City Project (2017) by Samuel García

17th Annual LA River Ride Sunday, June 4

Join thousands of riders and participate in a day of bicycling fun, exploration, a post-ride expo, a raffle with brand new bikes, live music, and more.  Ride safely along bike paths – ideal for children.

LA River Ride – June 4, 2017

Start/Finish: Griffith Park or Long Beach

15, 25, 36, 50, 70 or 100 mile rides – Kids 12 and under ride free!

All participants receive a t-shirt, goodie bag, and finisher’s medal. Every rider gets a raffle ticket to win one of 5 Amazing Bikes!

All proceeds benefit the work of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, a non-profit organization working to make all communities in L.A. County healthy, safe, and fun places to ride bikes.