Idle No More: Hints of a Global Super-Movement – important info . . . ~J

Published on Thursday, January 3, 2013 by Huffington Post
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ource: Common Dreams (via email)

Idle No More: Hints of a Global Super-Movement

What started as a murmur in early October from First Nations People in Canada in response to Bill C45 has become a movement that echoes the sentiments of people all over the world, a battle cry of love for the planet, “Idle No More.” At first glance it might appear that this movement is isolated and doesn’t effect you if you are not native or if you don’t live in Canada, yet it does. It may appear that this resistance is not related to The Occupy Movement, The Arab Spring, The Unify Movement, Anonymous, or any of the other popular uprisings sparked by social unrest, but it is.
(Image by Andy Everson)

At its very core, all of these movements have very common threads and are born from common issues facing people everywhere. Those who represent financial interests that value money over life itself, that are devoid of basic respect for human decency, and for nature have dictated the future for too long and people everywhere are standing up to say, “No more.” This non-violent social uprising is viral in the minds and hearts of everyone across the planet determined to bring healing to our troubled communities, our planet, and the corruption that is eroding the highest places of governments around the world.

Flashmobs with dancing and drumming at a malls in Olympia, Wash. Tempe, Ariz., Denver, Colo., a giant circle dance blocking a large intersection in Winnipeg, rail blockades in Quebec, this movement is using cultural expression combined with modern activism to get attention, and it is working. From their website, “Idle No More calls on all people to join in a revolution which honors and fulfills Indigenous sovereignty which protects the land and water. Colonization continues through attacks to Indigenous rights and damage to the land and water.”

Idle No More was started in October by four ladies; Nina Wilson, Sylvia McAdam, Jessica Gordon & Sheelah McLean who felt it was “urgent to act on current and upcoming legislation that not only affects First Nations people but the rest of Canada’s citizens, lands and waters.” On December 11 Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence launched a hunger strike requesting a face-to-face meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to discuss broken treaties and protection of natural resources. Spence is staying in a teepee on the frozen Ottawa River facing Parliament Hill and has gained the support from many natives and non-natives who are in solidarity with this movement.

Chief Arvol Lookinghorse from South Dakota recently expressed his support in a letter posted on Facebook that states, “As Keeper of our Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe, I would like to send out support for the efforts of Chief Theresa Spence of the Attawapiskat First Nation, for giving of herself through fasting with prayers for the protection of Mother Earth.” He goes on to say,

This effort to protect Mother Earth is all Humanity’s responsibility, not just Aboriginal People. Every human being has had Ancestors in their lineage that understood their umbilical cord to the Earth, understanding the need to always protect and thank her. Therefore, all Humanity has to re-connect to their own Indigenous Roots of their lineage — to heal their connection and responsibility with Mother Earth and become a united voice… All Nations, All Faiths, One Prayer.

Society and nature work in similar ways to our own body’s immune system. We are given a symptom that causes us to be aware that there is an illness that needs to be addressed. We can try to suppress the symptom, but that does not heal the illness. Popular uprisings with very core commonalities are spreading all over the planet. Exploitation of our environment, as well as the exploitation of people and cultures for the sake of financial gain is immoral and must be stopped at the highest levels of our governments. It is possible to have a thriving economy and environmental ethics.

It is a simple choice: continue to be part of the cancer that slowly destroys our water, our air and the resources that are the fabric of life by staying unconscious, or become the conscious antidote that slowly kills the cancerous disease which threatens the existence of life on the planet.

Here in America, the response to Occupy is tucked into NDAA as Washington prepares ways to suppress the symptoms of social discord. Without addressing the illness at its root nothing will change. It is like the mythical Many-Headed Hydra, if you cut one head off, two more will grow back. Popular uprisings will continue here and all over the world until leaders understand that people want real fundamental change in policy. Governments should lead by example if they want to be respected.

With Twitter, Facebook and the internet, these separate movements are finding solidarity with each other and converging as a global super-movement for the planet and all people. The quote used at Unifyis, “Everyone, Everywhere, Together” and it is beginning to resonate more than ever.

Each of these movements share a commitment to non-violent revolution in their call to end the exploitation of people and the exploitation of natural resources. Sustainability can be applied to all aspects of social rights, economics and the environment. Social, economic, cultural, and environmental movements, resistance, civil disobedience, flash mobs and more will continue until this is addressed at home and abroad. Whether it is Anonymous and Wikileaks exposing the corruption of governments, or Indians with drums dancing and chanting in a local mall, people everywhere are awakening, speaking up, and acting for the needed changes. It’s time for politicians and religious leaders to get the message everywhere.

It is a simple choice: continue to be part of the cancer that slowly destroys our water, our air and the resources that are the fabric of life by staying unconscious, or become the conscious antidote that slowly kills the cancerous disease which threatens the existence of life on the planet. Is the disease capitalism, corruption, ignorance, greed, The Illuminati, or some combination of all of these things spiralling out of control? It doesn’t matter because it is becoming obvious that there are people from all nationalities, religions, and cultural backgrounds who are determined to resist the progression of imminent destruction. A factory producing monkey wrenches for the gears of the machine which is at the center of our collective demise.

Will the leaders wake up to this in order to play the roles they have sworn to uphold or will they further discredit their position, their institutions, and help to destroy the very systems that they have been entrusted to maintain? Every time Congress represents the will of a few wealthy people over the interests and the well-being of the planet and the people, they do more to subvert and destroy the state than ten thousand people protesting in the streets. When leaders fail, they destroy the trust that holds society together.

Is Harper cold and callous enough to ignore a constituent on hunger strike a short distance from his office? Can he afford to ignore these issues? Can any of us afford to ignore this call to be idle no more?

Take a moment and listen to the eloquent words of an 11-year-old girl in the video below. If a child can understand this, how come world leaders are still silent on making real changes to address these urgent issues?

Please support Idle No More, learn more about the movement, how it effects all of us and get involved. All of our futures depend on it.

© 2012 Jacob Devaney
Jacob Devaney

Jacob Devaney is Founder and Director of Culture Collective.

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11 Responses to Idle No More: Hints of a Global Super-Movement – important info . . . ~J

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  3. smarawa says:

    Interesting information on Chief Teresa Spence. This is the “real” truth!
    http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/video/2070949556001

  4. ohnwentsya says:

    Reblogged this on 2012 Spirit In Action and commented:
    This is exactly what I have felt about this movement from the beginning;-) If you click the link to Jean’s blog you can also see a list of links to related articles-lots of good info. Keep sharing and spreading the word! The Earth does not belong to the corporations, it belongs to all living beings, and to Herself!

  5. ohnwentsya says:

    Thank you so much for posting this Jean! I’ve been so ill and feeling just awful on so many levels(quite the opposite of so many I’ve read about who are experiencing a whole post 12-21 5d bliss-out) but seeing this here has totally brightened my day!
    I had a dream recently where I was informed that if I was unable to make some significant changes on the physical level that this incarnation was going to have to end. I’m still somewhat conflicted about that, but it is such a relief to see so many of the things I have fought so hard for for so many years in what seemed like total futility, catching fire in the minds and spirits of people all over the world. It really really IS happening and it really does not matter if I am here or not, or able to DO or not, all that I was doing is being done. Thank you with all of my heart to Jean and to all of you who are taking actions, spreading the word and co-creating the new “Golden Age of Gaia” as another blogger has coined it;-)
    Harper, like the rest of the cabal, has no idea what they are facing. The people of Earth are connected, and glowing with the love and beauty of our positive future. We are not going to settle for their way of doing things any more. The children now will grow up into a world of beauty, or clean air and water and land, or at least in the process of getting clean;-) They will grow up free and awake and safer than Earth’s children have been for a thousand generations.
    Thank you ! I love you all!

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  7. IDLE NO MORE is becoming Canada’s Occupy Movement in 2013 as was the Occupy Movement in New York City in 2011 that went worldwide in Oct.15. 2011 ; IDLE NO MORE went worldwide last week . THIS is long over due and in a way it’s IDLE KNOW MORE….Yes we have a knowing our First Nations people’s for fathers had there lands taken from them by force , when the white man landed here 300 years ago ; and now Harper and his crones are trying it again yet it is now all our lands as if one’s family roots go’s back three generations then we are indeed apart of this Nation .Harper is walking on thin ice and when this movement becomes larger over the days ahead…. he will cave under do to the world is watching to see the out come . And if Theresa Spence end up passing over due to her hunger strike !!!!??….. I DON’T WANT TO SAY WHAT COULD HAPPEN ….

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