Chevron Receives Gulity Verdict!

Finally some accountability for BIG OIL for knowingly dumping toxic waste into the waterways of Ecuador!  For more about this historic judgement visit Amazon Watch at:

 http://amazonwatch.org/news/2011/0214-statement-on-ecuador-court-ruling-against-chevron

18 years of denial, media spin, and underhanded dealings even when the proof of contamination was out in the open for anyone willing to look to see.  What does it take to get corporations to behave properly? Will 9 Billion dollars put a dent in their profits? Does the guilty verdict  send a clear message to stop being amoral, greedy and indifferent to the environment and the people who fight to protect it?

More legal information at Turtle Talk

http://turtletalk.wordpress.com/2011/02/15/ecuadorean-judge-orders-chevron-to-pay-9b-in-damages-for-polluting-lands-of-indigenous-peoples/

Also, there’s news coverage on Democracy Now! which reports that Chevron refuses to pay and calls the verdict “unenforceable.”  

www.democracynow.org 

So where does BIG BUSINESS get off with REFUSING to pay for their deliberate wrongdoing? Are they above the law? Apparently the people who run Chevron believe they are. Yes, let’s not forget that oil companies are run by people–not robots.

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Oh a cat-ing we shall go. A cat-ing we shall go.

Tails swinging high, a cat-ing we do go.

For Leslie.

Stolen Sisters: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

On Tuesday 15 February 2011 Native America Calling will broadcast a radio talk show regarding Missing and Murdered Women in Vancouver.  The third annual Stolen Sisters Memorial March was held on February 13.  Heads up, we’re not talking about 5 or 6 women who have gone MIA. There are nearly 600 Indigenous women on the list compiled by the Native Women’s Association. Vancouver and the Pacific Northwest is just one of several high kill zones for Indigenous women along the Canada/United States border and the Mexico/United States border. Hundreds of unsolved murders and disappearances of Indigenous women go unsolved, seldom reported in the mainstream media, and ignored by the general population.  Amnesty International has investigated this continuing violence against Indigenous  women.  The question arises of what if these women were white and middle class? Would there then be widespread awareness and public outcry for all the crime prevention units to produce some serious results for ending this murder industry? I don’t know. 

At any rate, Native America Calling’s show will include Angela MacDougall (director of Battered Women Support Services) and Marlene George who organized the annual march. The show is broadcast live 1-2 pm Eastern Time–and will be available online afterwards.  The show streams live online. 

                          http://www.nativeamericacalling.com/

For Amnesty International’s report: A Human Rights Response to Discrimination and Violence Against Indigenous Women In Canada:

              http://www.amnesty.ca/stolensisters/amr2000304.pdf

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