Donnerstag, 7. März 2024: Online – Veranstaltung zum Thema “Indigene politische Gefangenschaft und Visionen der Abschaffung”

Das Water Protector Legal Collective organisiert am 7. März 2024 eine sehr interessante Online-Veranstaltung mit den beiden ehemaligen indigenen politischen Gefangenen und Wasserschützer*innen Red Fawn Fallis & Akicita Michael “Rattler” Markus, die nach dem Widerstand in Standing Rock gegen DAPL im Gefängnis waren und für deren Freilassung wir uns als Verein seinerzeit auch engagiert hatten. Das Webinar trägt den Titel “Indigenous Political Imprisonment and Visions of Abolition” (Indigene politische Gefangenschaft und Visionen der Abschaffung) und wird im Rahmen der “A Week of Abolition” (4.-8. März) organisiert. Ihr könnt euch unter folgendem Link zuschalten.

7. März 2024 18:00 Uhr MEZ

  • Indigenous Political Imprisonment and Visions of Abolition
    A part of A Week of Abolition March 4-8. 2024Every day Indigenous Peoples struggle against environmental exploitation, colonialism, and state repression. Join us for a panel discussion featuring prominent Indigenous activists, Water Protectors, and #NoDAPL Political Prisoners as they share their powerful stories of resistance, resilience, and solidarity in the fight for Indigenous rights and environmental justice. Through personal testimonies and expert analysis, this panel will explore the intersection of Indigenous activism and political repression and imprisonment, with a focus on destigmatizing the experiences of Indigenous political prisoners and advocating for their liberation. Attendees will gain a deeper understanding of the systemic injustices perpetuated against Indigenous peoples, as well as the ongoing resistance movements working towards meaningful change.Panelists:
    Leoyla Cowboy is a prominent Water Protector and Indigenous rights activist from the Diné (Navajo) Nation. Among her work she is also a Matriarch in her community, Practitioner activist, Abolitionist, Decolonizer, Land defender, Human rights defender, Knowledge Keeper, Indigenous Feminist, Security Culture expert, Harm Reduction, Legal worker w trauma informed care, Know Your Rights Sharer, rapid HIV tester. Inspired by her cultural heritage, she has dedicated her life to defending Indigenous lands, sovereignty, and environmental justice. Known for her leadership and kinship during the movement against the Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock and political prisoner advocacy, Leoyla is a respected figure in our collective struggle towards freedom. She advocates for the preservation of sacred sites, opposes harmful extractive industries, and promotes sustainable alternatives rooted in Indigenous traditions. Leoyla brings firsthand experience to her advocacy, highlighting the injustices faced by Indigenous people within the criminal legal system. Through her activism, she inspires others to join the fight for Indigenous rights and a more just world.Red Fawn Fallis is an Oglala Lakota Water Protector and #NoDAPL Political Prisoner. On July 11, 2018, Red Fawn was sentenced to 57 months in prison under the terms of a non-cooperating plea agreement. She has returned home under federal surveillance probation. She was given early release in August from probation. She is committed to defending Indigenous rights and environmental justice, she continues to advocate for Indigenous sovereignty and sustainable alternatives. Despite facing incarceration as a political prisoner for protecting the Water at Standing Rock, Red Fawn’s resilience inspires others to join the movement for justice and the protection of Indigenous lands. You can support Red Fawn by donating to her directly at her on Venmo: @RedFawn-Fallis-1.Akicita Michael “Rattler” Markus is a Oglala Lakota Water Protector and #NoDAPL Political Prisoner from Pine Ridge, SD. He is a descendant of the war Chief Makpiya Luta, translated as Red Cloud. Chief Red Cloud, who after many successful battles, signed the 1868 Treaty of Fort Laramie in an effort to protect his people. Rattler’s Lakota name is Mato Tanka, meaning Big Bear. He is a Sundancer and Canupa (sacred pipe) carrier. Rattler is also a US Marine veteran. On September 27, 2018, Rattler was sentenced to 36 months in prison pursuant to the terms of his non-cooperating plea agreement.​​​​​​​ On November 3, 2022, a North Dakota judge granted #NoDAPL political prisoner Michael “Rattler” Markus early termination of supervised release.​​​​​​​ Despite this Rattler remains dedicated to the cause, advocating for other incarcerated Indigenous Political Prisoners and inspiring others to join the fight for Indigenous sovereignty and the protection of sacred lands. You can support Rattler at: 2024 07Join us!

    11am PT / 12pm MT / 1pm CT / 2pm ET 6 pm MEZ/CET

    University of Denver,
    Sturm College of Law, Room 170
  • Moderator:Sandra Freeman is an attorney, counselor, and abolitionist dedicated to defense of the Earth and of all peoples impacted by the corruption and human rights violations inherent in borders, policing, and extractive industry. A zealous trial lawyer, Sandra is a graduate of the National Criminal Defense College and has tried cases to judges and juries in courts across Turtle Island. Sandra specializes in trauma-informed representation of Black, Brown and Indigenous LGBTQ2S+ clients investigated, imprisoned, sued, and targeted for acts of sovereignty, protest and political activism. As an anti-racist facilitator and educator Sandra supports community-based legal initiatives, healing, and justice for movements seeking collective liberation.
  • Our mailing address is:
    Water Protector Legal Collective
    P.O. Box 37065
    Albuquerque, N.M. USA

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