The under-reported stories are a clear sign of the need for each of us to be paying attention. We must shake our country awake! Below is an excerpt from a recent example. Did you read or hear about this victory for 370 Million indigenous peoples' right for self-determination and control of their land and resources in the face of U.S. opposition?
Fri., Sep. 14, 2007
UNITED NATIONS, Sep 13 (OneWorld) - Despite strong objections from the United States and some of its allies, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution Thursday calling for the recognition of the world's 370 million indigenous peoples' right to self-determination and control over their lands and resources.
The adoption of the Universal Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples comes after 22 years of diplomatic negotiations at the United Nations involving its member states, international civil society groups, and representatives of the world's aboriginal communities.
An overwhelming majority of UN member countries endorsed the Declaration, with 143 voting in favor, 4 against, and 11 abstaining.
The United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand stood alone in voting against the resolution.
It is a terrible shame that Washington decided to object to, and vote against, the UN General Assembly resolution calling for the recognition of the world's 370 million indigenous peoples' right to self-determination and control over their lands and resources. Fortunately, most of the rest of the world is more conscious. An overwhelming majority of UN member countries endorsed the Declaration, with 143 voting in favor, 4 against, and 11 abstaining.
Please let everyone -- your elected officials, neighbors, family -- know how ashamed you are that we were one of the 4 who voted against. Insist that we shapeshift ourselves and never make such a horrible mistake again.
You and I must shake our country awake!
PERSPECTIVES at the Global Dialogue Center
by Debbe Kennedy, Founder
370 Million People Stand Up - U.S. Stands Down?