Tag: Tea Party

Tea Party Triumph

As evidence of the Tea Party triumph, American Freedom Party white separatists, Ku Klux Klan white supremacists, and the pro-white American Nazi Party all agree that President Trump is the great white hope.

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Challenging Racism

Lummi Nation planning commissioner Sharlaine LaClair, Democrat, will take on incumbent Luanne Van Werven in the general election for the 42nd district house of representatives in the Washington State legislature. In 2013, in her role as vice-chair of the Washington Republican Party, Van Werven facilitated money-laundering from the Cherry Point coal export consortium to the Tea Party-led PACs established by KGMI radio host Kris Halterman, who in 2012 and 2013 hosted Elaine Willman from CERA–the “Ku Klux Klan of Indian Country”–on her program Saturday Morning Live three times. Willman was part of the headline at the anti-Indian conference held in Bellingham WA on April 6, 2013, and stated “Tribalism is socialism, and has no place in our country!”

Note: For more on organized racism in Whatcom County, see Netwar at Cherry Point: White Power on the Salish Sea.

Oil Export & White Supremacy

Oil Export and White Supremacy in Washington State

A Brief Synopsis of the Players Involved

By Jay Taber

Now that the battles over oil export at March Point, Washington State, have begun between the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians and oil refineries owned by Shell and Tesoro, 350 has taken on the role of agent provocateur. The fact that Warren Buffett—owner of BNSF Railway, and partner in oil export with the refineries—is also a major funder of 350 via TIDES Foundation, has been actively covered up by both mainstream and alternative media.

 

Through its Break Free stealth campaign, 350 is now luring environmental activists into unlawful acts, that are likely to create a public backlash against environmentalists and the Indian tribes. The publicly stated intent of Break Free to close down refineries altogether threatens the livelihood of refinery workers, and threatens to disrupt all transportation in Washington State.

 

This escalation of hostilities–that alienates the public–is bound to attract Tea Party and violent white supremacist attention, and indeed, Citizens Equal Rights Alliance (CERA)—the “Ku Klux Klan of Indian Country”—has already been involved in inciting the anti-Indian movement in Washington State over fossil fuel export. Anti-Indian, Tea Party-led PACs, in 2013, received $149,000 from a coal export consortium—that included BNSF—over the battle at Cherry Point.

 

What we see with the New Economy–promoted by Bill Gates and Bill McKibben (350) at COP21–is essentially a Wise Use takeover of UN policy by transnational corporations. These corporations (including Gates) are invested in mega-mines for ‘clean energy’ and mega-dams for ‘sustainable capitalism’ to provide electricity for processing the minerals from mining and the crops from mega-plantations that grow industrial scale GMO products.
A key feature of the New Economy is developing nuclear power, and Gates has made this and GMOs a major part of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The UN, Wall Street, and NGOs like 350 are working in tandem to promote the New Economy through campaigns like Clean Energy, Divestment, and Break Free–all funded by Wall Street.

 

Further reading

 

Breaking Free: A New Age Ghost Dance

 

Netwar at Cherry Point

 

[Jay Thomas Taber is an associate scholar of the Center for World Indigenous Studies and a contributing editor of Fourth World Journal. Since 1994, he has served as communications director at Public Good Project, a volunteer network of researchers, analysts and journalists defending democracy. As a consultant, he has assisted Indigenous peoples in the European Court of Human Rights and at the United Nations.]

Promoting Interracial Discord

Promoting Interracial Discord

By Jay Taber

 

For readers who might wonder why I make a big deal of “the appalling disrespect of Pacific International Terminals and BNSF Railroad toward the citizens of Whatcom County and Lummi Nation over the last five years, as well as the reprehensible behavior of Gateway Pacific Terminal spokesman Craig Cole” in my op-ed at Cascadia Weekly (Apr. 13, 2016 issue), the short answer is my twenty years of experience dealing with violent white supremacy instigated by industrial developers, a.k.a. Wise Use terrorism.

 

While some might think that “the sinister desecration of the sacred Lummi burial ground at Cherry Point in the dark of night” or “the lavish funding of Tea Party-led PACs run by KGMI hate radio hosts” or “the repeated corruption of elections year after year through money-laundering with the Republican Party” or “the intimidation and libeling of journalists that exposed their ongoing nefarious deeds” or “promoting interracial discord and anti-Indian resentment” is no big deal, allow me to explain why I think it is.

 

As you can read in my comment on a March 12, 2016 news story at Northwest Citizen, Sandra Robson, a former correspondent to Whatcom Watch, was recently named the Paul de Armond Citizen Journalist of the year for outing Pacific International Terminals and BNSF Railroad, who financed a CERA-promoting, Tea Party led-PAC to attack Lummi Nation for its opposition to the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal coal-export facility. CERA, for those unfamiliar with the acronym, is Citizens Equal Rights Alliance, “the Ku Klux Klan of Indian country”.

 

Paul de Armond, former Public Good Project research director (who passed away in 2013), in the 1990s contributed to the apprehension of people engaged in violent intimidation of Indian treaty proponents and human rights activists. Seven of the white supremacist militia members Paul (and I) helped expose were, in 1997, convicted in U.S. District Court in Seattle for manufacturing bombs and machine guns to commit murder.

 

The militias had been hosted in Whatcom County by Wise Use organizer Skip Richards, a paid agent of the Building Industry Association of Whatcom County. More recently, Mr. Richards and Minuteman militia member Tom Williams of Lynden were the organizers of the April 6, 2013 CERA anti-Indian conference in Bellingham, Washington.

 

In February 2014, Sandra Robson was threatened with a SLAPP suit by Gateway Pacific Terminal spokesman, Craig Cole, over her January 2014 Whatcom Watch cover story. In October 2015, Robson came back fighting with an IC Magazine feature story.

 

The full story of this injustice, perpetrated by some of the largest corporations in the United States, is told in my April 2016 Wrong Kind of Green special report.

Jay Thomas Taber is an associate scholar of the Center for World Indigenous Studies and communications director at Public Good Project, Email: tbarj [at] yahoo.com Website:www.jaytaber.com

Crude Awakening

Now that the U.S. crude oil export ban has been lifted, and ‘bomb trains’ are already rolling into the four Pacific Northwest refineries, the three-year-old conflict between Indian tribes and fossil fuel exporters opens up vast opportunities for Anti-Indian Movement organizing, with some really deep pockets behind it. By comparison, White Power on the Salish Seapromoted by coal exporters — could seem like a mere warm-up for organizations like Citizens Equal Rights Alliance (CERA), “the Ku Klux Klan of Indian country”.
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Press statements by leaders from the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians, the National Congress of American Indians and Coast Salish Nation indicate they will intervene to guard against these orchestrated attacks on tribal sovereignty and treaty rights, but the federal courts are decidedly unfavorable after all the Reagan/Bush judicial appointments. Since the tribes will likely continue pursuing administrative remedies through federal departments like Interior, much will depend on the next US administration. In that regard, things will probably get worse.
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The tribes can now invoke international law under the 2007 UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, seeking relief from the Organization of American States, but under US law they first have to exhaust domestic administrative remedies. And that takes years, during which time CERA and the Tea Party will undoubtedly continue inflaming the dispute, while fossil fuel exporters continue capitalizing on fear.
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Since journalists covering this impending pandemonium will rely on corporate press releases and government pronouncements, it falls on the shoulders of think tanks like the Center for World Indigenous Studies, the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights, and Public Good Project to contextualize things in the midst of fossil-fueled chaos.  To avoid bloodshed, we will need to provide easily searchable background materials in advance of the imminent mayhem.
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Meanwhile, mainstream media studiously avoids exposing the corporate-backed, organized racism by organized labor, intended to incite resentment and provoke Wise Use terrorism toward American Indian tribes.

Northwest Jobs Alliance: Organized Racism by Organized Labor

White Power on the Salish Sea targeting Lummi Nation — advocated by Northwest Jobs Alliance in a December 22, 2015 Lynden Tribune editorial — benefits from 1. Financial backing of Pacific International Terminals and Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad, 2. Organizational support of the Tea Party, and 3. Propaganda on KGMI radio. With strategic advice from CERA — the “Ku Klux Klan of Indian Country” — on how to mount an anti-Indian hate campaign, organized racism by organized labor in the fossil fuel export war attempts to capitalize on the politics of fear by providing a scapegoat for the economic woes caused by Wall Street. With the Wall Street/Tea Party Convergence in this ‘carbon corridor conflict’, both democracy and human rights are under threat in the Pacific Northwest.

In my September 22, 2015 IC Magazine editorial Wise Use Terrorism: Craig Cole’s Anti-Indian Campaign, I noted that the Wise Use Movement industrial-sponsored terrorism against Native Americans has a thirty-year history of fomenting violent interracial discord to capitalize on white supremacy and religious bigotry. Through counterfeit front groups like Northwest Jobs Alliance, and an array of industrial-funded political action committees, the psychological warfare publicized by CERA on KGMI radio — and outlined at the April 6, 2013 Anti-Indian Conference in Bellingham, Washington — is designed to “strike a most devastating psychological blow to Northwest tribes’ pride and their sense of well-being.”

The Christmas call to arms by Northwest Jobs Alliance to CERA, Tea Party and Christian Patriot militia comrades escalates the Gateway Pacific Terminal Scandal to A Matter of Human Rights and public safety. With the help of professional hate campaign entrepreneurs Philip Brendale, Elaine Willman, Skip Richards and Tom Williams, drumming up resentment against the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians, and inciting revenge against the treaty rights and tribal sovereignty of Lummi Nation, is prelude to murderous vigilantism. By undermining democracy and human rights, Kris Halterman, Craig Cole and Mariana Parks – the Gateway Pacific Terminal Promoters – have a lot to answer for.