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Sandra's new blog, Tyendinaga & the Longest Walk 2

June 21, 2008

Sandra's new blog, Tyendinaga & the Longest Walk 2


Hello fellow Dominion readers!

I thought I'd get this blog started while standing in an office store with free wireless somewhere in North Carolina while the American Indian Movement driver of the trash pick-up crew van sleeps a while in the parking lot...

Thanks to the Dominion for editing & posting 'Gravel and Gold', a narrative article about a prison visit with Tyendinaga Mohawk spokesperson Shawn Brant, Barrick Gold's Pascua Lama project in Diaguita territory ('Chile'), and related issues.

The longer (as in 16-page long) version (PRISON NOTES: They Came First For the Mohawk, and I Didn't Speak Up Because I Wasn't Mohawk...) is available on my other blog.

My most recent article, THE ROAD BEGINS AT THE BOTTOM OF YOUR FEET: The Longest Walk 2 Speaks Out for Mother Earth) is about the Longest Walk 2, the Dooda Desert Rock resistance and uranium mining in the Navajo Nation, the Y-12 National Security Complex & nuclear plant, and the bombing and mining of Western Shoshone territory.

Check out the Longest Walk 2's website @ www.longestwalk.org for more information about this amazing walk from Alcatraz (February) to Washington DC (July) for sacred sites, the environment and a whole slew of issues being compiled into the Manifesto for Change. I joined the Walk 10 days ago in Chattanooga, Tennessee & it has been an amazing 10 days with the most incredible, diverse & inspiring group of people.

I'll be posting about the Walk when I get the chance - access to internet isn't often possible, especially when walking 15 to 22 miles a day & camping out...

For now, here's a list of my top 7 wonders of the past couple weeks or so:
1) the sunset at the occupied gravel quarry in Tyendinaga.
2) the fascinating & necessary book 'The Revolution Will Not Be Funded: Beyond the Non-Profit Industrial Complex' edited by INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence
3) the surreal labyrinth of mosaics in Philadelphia's Magic Gardens
4) creative peace activism in DC, like protesting Guantanamo by slyly getting into the Supreme Court & then after arrested, half the protestors sitting through trial in silence, while wearing bright orange jumpsuits and nametags of actual Guantanamo detainees.
5) the huge sculpture coming out of the stadium in Richmond, Virginia, 'Home of the Braves' - it's a giant visibly red man's torso climbing overtop of a building underneath the bleachers, with a pained expression (and a ring on his left ring finger - married?!)
6) the Longest Walk 2: www.longestwalk.org
7) the Dominion, of course!!!

Sandra Cuffe

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