Tuesday, December 16, 2014


Assemblyman-Elect Charles Barron, Councilwoman Inez Barron and Operation P.O.W.E.R  held a Rally on Decmber 11th demanding justice and a public Preliminary Hearing for Akai Gurley, the 28-year-old unarmed man who was shot and killed by rookie police officer, Peter Liang in East New York, Brooklyn at D.A. Ken Thompson’s office

The eye witness of the killing of Akai Gurley, Melissa Bulter and  Mrs. Rosan Miller, the 7 months pregnant woman who was choked by the police in July who’s also seeking for D.A. Ken Thompson to investigate and prosecute the NYPD officers responsible and that all charges be dropped against Mrs. Miller and her family.

"We believe that the case against Officer Liang should be conducted in a preliminary hearing which would be a public forum. A grand jury hearing would be private. New York Criminal Procedure Law Article 140 gives statutory provision for a preliminary hearing when probable cause arises outside a grand jury investigation especially when probable cause arises from eyewitness testimony plus a medical classification of death as homicide."



December 5th march. Starting from Columbus Circle. Protestors marched to the Apple Store, where they were allowed in. Then did a Die-In. From there they proceeded down 5th avenue,turning to 6th avenue to Macy's. Circling back around to 42nd. Eventually ending up on the FDR.


At City Hall, in the morning of the Keystone XL Pipeline vote. Demonstrators gathered, and then marched to Mayor Di Blasio's office.


"Batsheva is funded in part by Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Culture and Sports. The 'Brand Israel' campaign cannot whitewash its occupation, colonization, and apartheid system."
Endorsed by BDS Arts Coalition; Brooklyn College SJP; Brooklyn for Peace; City College of New York SJP; CODEPINK NYC; College of Staten Island SJP; Columbia SJP; Drew University SJP; International Socialist Organization NYC; Jews Say No!; Malcolm X Grassroots Movement; NYC Solidarity with Palestine; WESPAC Foundation; Women in Black, Union Square; Ya-Ya Network.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

11/02/14: Dia de los Muertos at Julia Burgos Art Center


 On 11/01 I had the chance to meet Gibran Raya, during Cetiliztli Nauhcampa Quetzalcoatl in Ixachitlan's dance procession at Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead in Smithsonian's Nation Museum of the American Indian. From there, I was in invited to Sunday's Dia de los Muertos at Julia Burgos Art Center (1680 Lexington Ave NY NY 10029) from 1-10pm.
There were workshops, panel discussions (on immigration, and it's effects on cultural customs), music and dance (prayer and ceremonial as well), open mic (also a report on a demonstration that took place at Union Square that day).
The event was also a fundraiser for the families of the 43 students from Ayotzinapa school in Iguala, Mexico have been missing for over a month now after a violent encounter with the police.


11/02/14: American Indian Community House's Cheer Section at NYC Marathon

At Sunday's marathon, American Indian Community House, along with the Silver Cloud Singers, had a cheer section at the corner of Manhattan Ave & Greenpoint Ave. Cheering on Team One Spirit (Lakota/ Pine Ridge Reservation), and all of the marathon runners. Team One Spirit runs to raise funds to build youth centers and inspire native youth. They might have the chance next year to run a marathon in Germany. (Here are a few photos of Team One Spirit, also known as The Lakota 5, passing by the cheer section. Along with photos of the Silver Cloud Singers, as they drum, and members also handing out water to the marathon runners as they pass by. Also a clip of the Silver Cloud Singers, and the roaring cheers as the runners run by.


The unofficial times were:
Alex Wilson: finished in 03:43:27
Nupa White Plume: 03:44:38
James Pine: 03:52:31
Zuya White Plume: 03:52:44
Kelsey Good Lance: 4:04:31


 Check out for more information on Team One Spirit, and support

Friday, October 3, 2014

Goodbye to Tomo....


Oscar and Tomo
Hangin' out with Uzuhi at Upstart Fest at The Knitting Factory last Sunday. Little bit of celbrating Gosha's (frontman) and Yuki's (drummer) birthday, and Tomo's last show with them before he heads back to Japan. That night went by too fast..... and Svetlanas (from USSR)..... what the hell?!?! In your your face high energy!
Couple of vids (Svetlanas, and Uzuhi), and extra pics of Tomoya too. (One from Shu & Tomo, and the other from (wife) Megumi & Tomo. And a couple of pics from the wedding, too (^_-)





Megumi & Tomo
Shu & Tomo

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

World Conference on Indigenous Peoples. September 22, 2014


Keiko Itokazu (Japan's House of Councillors, elected from Okinawa Prefecture), and Shisei Toma (of the Association of Indigenous Peoples in Ryukus) attended the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples on September 22, 2014. Delegates from around the world held discussions on guaranteeing political representation and freedomfrom discrimination. They appealed to the U.N. over the ongoing United States military expansion in Honoko and Takae.

The expansion of a new base will add to the ongoing destruction of the Indigenous culture and sacred places of Okinawa.

The coral reefs of Okinawa, as well as other reefs of the Pacific Islands, are also being destroyed through pollution, and landfills and coastal developments. Over one thousand different species of reef fish, sea turtles, and marine mammals, even birds and other coastal species are being affected.
At least ten species that are already facing extinction will be greatly affected from the expansion of a U.S. military base. Among those species are sea turtles and the dugong.