Sunday

“There is an urgent need to respect and promote the inherent rights of Indigenous Peoples.” I will work to maintain and deepen the recognition of our political, economic, and social structures and reinvigorate the respect that our cultural and spiritual traditions, histories, and philosophies deserve.

Eve is an Indigenous woman who has fought on behalf of the community and the land for over 20 years. Born and raised in East Los Angeles, Eve moved to Phoenix, Arizona in 1998 where she and her husband, Billy Aguirre, raised four children.

Eve is proud to run for the U.S. Senate as a member of the Green Party because she believes that government should work in the best interests of the people they represent, as well as for the future generations.

She does not accept funding from special interests or corporate giants.

"We can no longer ignore the damage that we have caused to our environment. Our land, air, and water have reached their breaking points. We must do all that we can to reverse the harm done by our reliance on fossil fuels and the toxic extraction methods used to obtain them. In areas where the damage cannot be undone, we must not allow this exploitation of our environment to continue. In the U.S. Senate, I will vote to divest from any projects that contribute to the depletion of our planet’s resources. Our future generations depend on sustainable, renewable solutions to our energy crisis." Eve Reyes-Aguirre

"In the U.S. Senate, I will fight against racism, sexism, classism, ableism, ageism, homophobia and any legislation that seeks to undo the progress we have made towards equal treatment and equal protection for all people. We can only make progress by addressing the root causes of oppression. I will work directly with those who are most impacted by these social issues to develop and implement real solutions." Eve Reyes-Aguirre


"A living wage for all workers is imperative for our economy to not just survive, but to thrive. I will make it easier for socially responsible companies to rise, and more difficult for companies that exploit workers to succeed. I will fight in Washington for the continued economic development of Arizona. I will work to make the minimum wage a living wage and promise that any business that is unwilling to make that commitment is not a business that will flourish in our great country." Eve Reyes-Aguirre


"A primary concern that drives me to campaign for this Senate position is to leave a better world for our children. Right now, we are not prioritizing our teachers and we are not giving them the schools they need. Short-term solutions and meager salaries will not benefit the next generation nor will it build Arizona’s prosperity. In Congress, I will not support any budget that tries to take another cent away from our struggling schools, and will write legislation that bolsters our community’s schools." Eve Reyes-Aguirre

In a heartwrenching moment of pain, Ali was seen hugging his cat as he tried to process what happened to his house and the dozen hens.

The residents of Ordular village in western Turkey's Mudurnu district were saddened Wednesday after witnessing the tragedy of an old man and his beloved cat, who helplessly watched their home burn down.

83-year-old Ali Me┼če accidentally started the fire himself, while trying to light his heating stove with gasoline. His efforts to light a fire, however, went wrong and led to an explosion in the living room, after which the single-story wooden house burned to the ground.

Neighbors who noticed the fire immediately informed the fire brigade, who were able to save the old man, his wife, son and cat just in time.

The shocked owner of the house was seen hugging his frightened cat, mourning over the loss of his hens.

"13 of the 14 hens in the basement died during the fire," Me┼če said.


The local authorities reached out to Me┼če, his wife and two sons who were left homeless when a fire gutted their house. Presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kal─▒n tweeted that he contacted the governor of Bolu province where Me┼če lives and the governorate told him that they would address the "needs of uncle Ali."


"Let's keep him and his cat warm," Kal─▒n tweeted. Social media users also organized a campaign to help Me┼če.
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Saturday

People are starting to gather at Cal Anderson Park on Seattle’s Capitol Hill for the start of the Women’s March.

The official program will start at 10 a.m., but organizers suggested people arrive early to avoid traffic and parking headaches.

The march will be led by members of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women group who work to bring awareness to the epidemic of violence against indigenous women in the United States and Canada.

The group began with opening prayers by Duwamish tribal member Blake Shelafoe and Duwamish chairwoman Cecile Hansen, who is a descendant of Chief Seattle.

Saturday’s march marks one year since a record-breaking crowd of between 100,000 to 122,000 people thronged the Central District and downtown to decry President Donald Trump’s inauguration. On Sunday, businesses and nonprofits citywide will host events to spur activism beyond the streets, an effort called “Womxn Act on Seattle.”

"To my people, the Oceti Sakowin — the Great Sioux Nation of Dakota, Lakota, and Nakota — women are sacred and powerful beings. Women are the root, heart and the backbone of our communities. We are to be honored and respected. The Oceti Sakowin were even gifted the Way of the Pipe — the foundation of our belief system, whose smoke carries our prayers to Wakantanka (the Great Mystery) — and our seven sacred rites by a feminine deity, Pte San Win, or White Buffalo Calf Woman." said Ruth Hopkins


“As an Indigenous woman & Grandmother I have survived much trauma. I have often prayed and asked creator how and why did I survive and so many of my sister’s did not. My path has taken me on many front-lines of grassroots movements to use my voice for Justice. It has been a honor & humbling experience to assist on coordinating & organizing the Indigenous led portion of this Seattle Women’s March 2018. Our only purpose is to honor the M.I.W.W. families & bring awareness to the world of this Epidemic in Our Nations across Turtle Island, Canada & North America. I believe in my spirit that I have been called speak out & stand for all those that don’t have a voice.” ~Roxanne White (Yakama)


“Our Indigenous Women are spiritual beings. We have a close connection to the universe and all living beings. We are a door to the Spiritual realm. We are closely connected to the water and our Mother-earth. We are the original stewards and caretakers of this land. Earth Feather Sovereign (Colville)














Friday

He grew up in the Cherokee Nation in eastern Oklahoma, where Cherokees have lived since the Trail of Tears. Just over a century later, Studi was born in a valley called Nofire Hollow, where he also spent his childhood.

The new film Hostiles tells the story of a U.S. Army captain in the Old West circa 1892. He's spent decades fighting Native Americans and seeing his friends killed, and he's ordered to commit an act of humanitarian relief. The bitter veteran, played by Christian Bale, is tasked with escorting an old Cheyenne chief, played by Wes Studi, back to his home valley to die.

In the film, Studi only speaks a few words of English. His character's most powerful moments come when he conveys meaning with a gesture or expression.

Studi, 70, is himself Cherokee. He was a Vietnam veteran and a Native American rights activist before he found roles, usually playing Native Americans, in films like Dances With Wolves and The Last Of The Mohicans.

"In the beginning, we were pretty much subsistence farmers and hunters," he says. "As a child, I remember going into town by wagon one time and it was an all-day journey."

We didn't have electricity, but we did have relatives who lived above and beyond the hollow that we lived in. They were one of the first families in the area, in the Cherokee Nation, to have electricity. And that was the first time I ever saw television, was when I was maybe 4 years old or thereabouts. And what we did was we trekked 5, 6 miles up from our home to our cousin's home to watch Saturday night wrestling. Yeah, that was the first that we ever encountered electricity and television and what we consider, you know, part of the modern world these days.


It was kind of a combination of the aftereffect of Vietnam in a way, in that — I won't say I was addicted or a junkie of adrenaline — but, you know, I tried a number of fairly dangerous things just to kick that off in my brain again. You know, it's something that I'm afraid I got too used to it perhaps. ... I tried bull-riding. ... I wasn't good at all, I don't think I ever got eight seconds anywhere.


But then after that, I discovered acting through community theater. And what I saw in community theater was you could learn your lines and do rehearsals and all of that, but finally opening night shows up and you're in the wings and I rediscovered that huge wall of fear. And to me, that provided that amount of excitement and adrenaline rush.


At times, you're welcome, depending on what's being cast. Dances with Wolves — they wanted authentic-looking Indians in the film, and so they got it. The same was true with The Last of the Mohicans and Geronimo.


And I think audiences have begun to wonder more about these characters than just the antagonist part of most Indian films. We were the threat ... in many movies. But [at] that time, filmmakers were beginning to think that "Wow, well, maybe we can find some real Indians to do this rather than, like, brown-facing actors." And so it formed a curiosity by the public to see: "So they're really here still yet, huh? So the genocide we tried on them didn't work? They're still around — and trying to get into the movie business."
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A couple exploring Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula found themselves in just the right place, at just the right time.

The pair came across a little two-toed sloth who had managed to survive the high tide and was stuck on the beach, clinging to a rock and crying out in confusion. Fortunately, he was saved before anything could happen to him – and now, he is recovering and growing strong at a local rescue.

Dirk Morgan, who shared the rescue of the young sloth on his Facebook page, noticed that the animal was completely alone, with no adult in sight, and decided right away to step in.

It is a mystery how the baby found himself all alone on the rocky beach. Morgan and his partner Lori carefully picked the sloth up and washed the salt water off his face.

They placed him safely in a cardboard box to be transported to the animal rescue at Tranquility. “He seemed to be fine and happy to be dried off and safe,” Morgan wrote.

Once at the local rescue, the sloth was immediately taken in the staff’s care.


The baby will be released back into the wild when he is older, strong and healthy enough to start living on his own.


Thanks to the help of the kind-hearted couple, who run Morgan’s Jungle Lodge in Costa Rica, the baby sloth has made it safely to a place where he receives great care and has nothing to fear. Hopefully, he will eventually end up having a long and safe life in his natural habitat – high in the trees, where he belongs.
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