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Friday, December 08, 2006

A Message from Community Friends Regarding Support for Six Nations Political Prisoner Trevor Miller

A Message from Community Friends Regarding Support for Political Prisoner Trevor Miller and Six Nations:
Dear friends,
We are writing to let you know of a number of important upcoming events that will be happening in the course of the next week to build support for Six Nations political prisoner Trevor Miller. Trevor is a Six Nations Mohawk of the Turtle Clan who has spent more than four months in jail after being arrested for his involvement in supporting the reclamation site. Trevor has been politically targeted and faced repeated harassment due to his steadfast
support for the reclamation, and currently sits in jail without bail awaiting trial. In August of 2006 he was arrested while supporting an indigenous blockade in Grassy Narrows on charges relating to an altercation that had occurred at the reclamation site in June.

We believe that it is crucially important that all supporters of Six Nations demand the immediate release of Trevor Miller from the colonial Canadian prison system. We believe that Canadian courts have no jurisdiction over the Six Nations people and that the issues stemming from the reclamation of the Douglas Creek Estates must be resolved by recognizing Six Nations rights to the Haldimand Tract and not through the criminalization of dissent and
repression of the people of Six Nations.

In order to support Trevor and to put pressure on the Canadian government to release him Community Friends requests your support in the following ways.

- On Saturday, December 9 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. we are organizing a peaceful vigil to be held outside of the Barton Street Jail in Hamilton, Ontario where Trevor is being held. Please bring signs, flags, drums andnoisemakers.

(The following link provides a map:
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=165+Barton+Street+East,+Hamilton+ON&
ie=UTF8&om=1&z=15&ll=43.264394,-79.858847&spn=0.013782,0.054245&iwloc=addr
)

- On Monday, December 11 at 9 a.m. we encourage all supporters of Trevor Miller to attend his bail review hearing at the courthouse in Cayuga.

(The following link provides a map:
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=55+Munsee+St+N,+Cayuga,+ON,+Canada&i
e=UTF8&z=15&ll=42.955449,-79.841809&spn=0.012972,0.054245&om=1&iwloc=addr
)
If Trevor is not granted bail on Monday, December 11, we will be holding another peaceful vigil outside the Barton Street Jail beginning at 5 p.m on Thursday, December 14. At 6:30 p.m. that night we will march from the jail to Solidarity House (at 779 Barton St East) where we will hold a public meeting of Community Friends (at 7 p.m.) to discuss how we can continue to build a broad based campaign to support Trevor Miller, the reclamation site and the people of Six Nations.

(The following link provides a map to the meeting location:
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&hl=en&saddr=165+Barton+St+East+Hamilton+Onta
rio&daddr=779+Barton+St+East+Hamilton+Ontario&sll=43.25545,-79.831583&sspn=0
.020379,0.061111&ie=UTF8&z=15&ll=43.258831,-79.845243&spn=0.020377,0.047035&
om=1
)
We also encourage all supporters of Six Nations to write letters of solidarity to Trevor. These can be addressed to him at:

Trevor Miller
165 Barton Street East
Hamilton, Ontario
L8L 2W6
Range 5CR

Finally, funds are also urgently needed to pay for the legal costs incurred by Trevor and his family in fighting these charges. Please make checks payable to "Gertrude (Trudy) Miller" and mail them to P.O. Box 221,
Ohsweken, N0A 1M0.

In Solidarity,
The Members of Community Friends.

[Community Friends is an organization comprised of Caledonia residents, members of the labour movement, community activists, and people from Six Nations working together to support the Douglas Creek Estates reclamation and to support indigenous sovereignty. Jan Watson, a spokesperson for the group is available for comment and can be contacted by phone at 289-284-0154. The webpage of the group is available at
www.honorsixnations.com]

2 comment(s):

i hope as many people as possible can come out to attend this. it is one of the utmost statements of canada's failure to abide by it's own rules of law to hold trevor and not recognize 6N sovereignty.

By Anonymous scout, at 2:13 PM  

Yes, I hope many people attend too. Canada's failure to not recognise 6N sovereignty further shows that this country has not evolved from its colonial past.

By Blogger Annamarie, at 9:05 PM  

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