Native Lobbyist Regrets Language
In messages he referred to them as “monkeys, troglodytes, morons and the ‘stupidest idiots in the land'.” But, he maintains the multi million-dollar fees he charged the tribes involving casino interests were well worth the money.
Abramoff and his associate, Michael Scanlon, collected $66 million from six tribes: The Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana; Tigua Indians near El Paso, Texas; The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians in Palm Springs, CA; Pueblo Sandia Tribe of New Mexico; Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians and the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan.
A federal grand jury and the Senate Indian Affairs Committee
are investigating Abramoff and Scanlon with allegations they defrauded the tribes of millions of dollars.
COMMUNITIES OF COLOR WORKSHOPS SET FOR JUNE 11TH
Submitted by Sunshine Archambault
The Center for Civic Participation and the League of Rural Voters present a one-day workshop for young people/students of color: Building Political Power in Communities of Color
Workshop Description: In the 2004 elections, people of color turned out to vote in record numbers—yet, for a number of reasons, our communities are still grossly underrepresented in the political processes of this country.
While we may not have maximized our participation in the electoral arena, we have long histories of organizing for economic, social justice, and civil rights throughout history. These stories are routinely left out of mainstream educational institutions and progressive political conversations!
As a result young people are further disenfranchised because they are not made aware of the powerful organizing histories of their communities as well as their historical leadership roles in creating change. Join us for an interactive, multimedia workshop looking at three historical movements in communities of color: American Indian Movement, Civil Rights Movement, and Immigrant Rights Movement.
We will discuss approaches to organizing in communities of color with an emphasis on building leadership and political power from within. The workshop will finish with group exercises on planning, communication, and outreach.
This workshop is geared to provide support, networking, and hands-on training to young people/students of color who want to and are making change in their communities.
Where: Minneapolis location to be announced
When: Saturday, June 11 (10 am to 4 pm)
Cost: FREE w/lunch provided
This workshop is limited to 20 people!! Please fill out the application and return it ASAP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Amalia and AlyssaQuestions: 612-879-7578
Application: Building Political Power in Communities of Color
How do you identify yourself racially or ethnically?
What made you decide to apply for this training?
What do you hope to get out of this training?
What skills/tools/talents/abilities do you have to share with other participants?
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