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CNN, Do You See Us Now?

by Ross Plesset Sunday, Mar. 17, 2013 at 7:09 PM

Protest and educational outreach continues in Canada, the U.S., and other countries concerning pending bills and projects that would be a major assault both on indigenous people and the environment. In Canada, Bill C-45 would unilaterally alter treaties with First Nations people, drastically effect lands and waterways on both sides of the U.S.-Canada border, and reduce jobs for all Canadians. In the U.S., the proposed XL pipeline would have devastating effects on aquifers and wetlands if there was ever a leak. The Indigenous movement, Idle No More, now several months old, has been ignored by the mainstream media.

CNN, Do You See Us N...
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Friday March 15: Over 50 people stood in front of CNN, drawing attention to the white-out in mainstream media of Idle No More. The event lasted four hours during rush hour. With traffic often at a standstill, we literally had a captive audience who had time to read our signs and take flyers. Initially, CNN said they would come out, take pictures, and interview some of us about our concerns, but we were ignored (except when they didn't want us too close to the entrance).

One of the several speakers said the media doesn't want to cover the movement “because we are waking up. We're waking up, and this is just the beginning of Idle No More. We've got to bring more people into this. We've got to reach out to the masses. [During the talk, there is a belligerent cry from a passerby across Sunset Boulevard, “Hey, shut the fuck up!!!” The speaker resumes... ] That's another person that's bothered because we're waking up. Remember, you're not going to hear this through CNN, you're not going to hear this through the other one... Caucasian News Network ...MSNBC, not even through KPFK. We're more about talking about colonialism in our homes, in our lands, in our communities.”

Another speaker pointed out that we need to be, and are, our own media.

There was also mention of a recent victory, the naming of a new park in Santa Monica Tongva Park. “That park is going to be state-of-the-art, and it's going to be ADA-accessible,” said Lydia Ponce. “It's also going to have a time line to share information with regards to the original people that were here and still are here.”

The decision was made a few weeks ago at a City Council meeting. “The most beautiful thing that happened out of all this was [the opponents] showed their ignorance live on cable TV [CityTV]. Number one, they wanted to give us a hill within the park. A hill named Tongva Hill would suffice. We said, 'No, that's not going to do.' Then they wanted to just put 'Arroyo Gabrielino.' We said, 'No.' We didn't want to do the mission park, we didn't want to name it Pacific Park. It stayed as Tongva, and it should open in the next nine months. I hope everybody comes out as part of that celebration.”

The coffee kiosk adjacent to CNN's entrance (Brew Coffee Bar) was hospitable and co-operative. During the rally, they turned their music off for us.

Another visit to CNN is being planned.

UPDATE: There will be a vigil in front of CNN on Wednesday March 20th, 2014 at 7pm and NOT downtown LA as previously announced. Announcement: https://www.facebook.com/events/302680993191707/
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One of 50+ participants

by Ross Plesset Sunday, Mar. 17, 2013 at 7:09 PM

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Banner in front of CNN

by Ross Plesset Sunday, Mar. 17, 2013 at 7:09 PM

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Idle No More visits CNN

by Ross Plesset Sunday, Mar. 17, 2013 at 7:09 PM

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Breaking the silence at CNN

by Ross Plesset Sunday, Mar. 17, 2013 at 7:09 PM

Breaking the silence...
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Idle No More at CNN, Hollywood

by Ross Plesset Sunday, Mar. 17, 2013 at 7:09 PM

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"If a tree falls in a forest and CNN doesn't cover it, does it make a noise?" -- Joyce Riley
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Idle No More at CNN cont'd

by Ross Plesset Sunday, Mar. 17, 2013 at 7:09 PM

Idle No More at CNN ...
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Idle No More at CNN cont'd

by Ross Plesset Sunday, Mar. 17, 2013 at 7:09 PM

Idle No More at CNN ...
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CNN may not have seen us, but the people did

by Ross Plesset Sunday, Mar. 17, 2013 at 7:09 PM

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Idle No More at CNN cont'd

by Ross Plesset Sunday, Mar. 17, 2013 at 7:09 PM

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Idle No More in front of CNN cont'd

by Ross Plesset Sunday, Mar. 17, 2013 at 7:09 PM

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Idle No More in front of CNN cont'd

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Idle No More in front of CNN cont'd

by Ross Plesset Sunday, Mar. 17, 2013 at 7:09 PM

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Idle No More in front of CNN cont'd

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Idle No More visits CNN in Hollywood cont'd

by Ross Plesset Sunday, Mar. 17, 2013 at 7:09 PM

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