Saturday, June 11, 2011

Justice struggles in Native American Country

Flagstaff, Arizona

On our third stop on route of the Peoples Movement Assembly (PMA) southwest organizing tour that started June 1, 2011. Was in Flagstaff, Arizona where we visited Black Mesa Water Coalition and Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) energy campaign office.  In Flagstaff we met with Jihan Gearson from IEN-energy campaign, and Wahela Jones of the Black Mesa Coalition.

It was really a surprise stop but we managed to do an interview with Wahela and Jihan, and they quickly organized a BBQ at the house of Wahela and Billy Parish of Solar Mosaic.  The BBQ was joined with about a dozen people of more and it turned out to be a really fun night.

It was such a wonderful and warm experience of ‘brotherhood’ and ‘sisterhood’; family.  It was so good that the collective there invited us back Sunday to do a presentation workshop on the PMA process.  The workshop will be held Sunday 4-6 PM.

The big issue facing both organizations is DIRTY Coal.  It is used t power all of Los Angeles, California, Las Vegas, Nevada, and provides water for Phoenix and Tucson as well as 3 millions gallons a day used by Peabody Coal at Black Mountain.  The energy issues impact the Navajo nation and the Hopi nation. 

We had a great time and stayed over at Wahela and Billy’s house to sleep for the night before heading to the bottom of the Grand Canyon to visit the Havasupai Tribe.

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