Native Americans protest Bill Gates profiteering from private prisons

 

 

Native Americans stand in solidarity with migrant hunger strikers, protest Bill Gates profiteering from private prisons

 

Article by Brenda Norrell

Photos by Andrew Ironshell, Lakota

SEATTLE -- Native Americans protested in solidarity with hunger strikers in detention centers at Homeland Security's ICE headquarters. At a second protest, Native Americans protested at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, pressing the Gates to divest in private prisons.

"The Original Homeland Security counted coup on Barack's Homeland Security in solidarity of our brothers on hunger strike in detention centers. Pray for all Red Nation families of this hemisphere,” Andrew Ironshell, Lakota, said.

Gates is a stockholder in both GEO private prisons and G4S global security. Bill Gates is one of the top shareholders in the notorious prison profiteer G4S. See G4S shareholder info: http://www.g4s.com/en/Investors/Investor%20Relations%20Information/Major%20Shareholdings/

G4S has been charged with torture and abuse in prisons around the world. A young Palestinian father died from torture in an Israeli prison operated by G4S: http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/young-palestinian-dad-died-israeli-torture-forensic-expert-says

G4S is the same company that profiteers from buses along the Arizona border searching for migrants to transport into detention. The Arizona border contractor was formerly Wackenhut. However, Wackenhut split into two companies for maximum profiteering from human misery, one with the US border transportation contract now under G4S, and the other is a separate corporation GEO private prisons.

G4S is among those included in the Boycott Israel campaign for abuse of Palestinians.

http://boycottisrael.info/aggregator/sources/1

In related news, US Homeland Security awarded the southern border contract to an Israeli company, Elbit Systems, the Israeli defense contractor responsible for apartheid security around Palestine. Elbit will now be constructing US spy towers on sovereign Tohono O’odham land on the Arizona border, spy towers which are pointed at the homes of traditional O'odham. O’odham human rights activists say this is only possible because the Tohono O’odham government and police are corrupt. http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2014/03/apartheid-israeli-company-receives-us.html

Tohono O'odham land is militarized by out-of-control US Border Patrol agents who target Indigenous Peoples with violence and abuse.

Read more at Censored News http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2014/04/seattle-natives-protest-and-suppor...

Photos copyright Andrew Ironshell

Article copyright Brenda Norrell

About Brenda Norrell

Brenda Norrell has been a news reporter in Indian country for 34 years. She is publisher of Censored News, focusing on Indigenous Peoples, human rights and the US border. Censored News was created after Norrell was censored, then terminated, by Indian Country Today after serving as a longtime staff reporter. Now censored by the mainstream media, she previously was a staff reporter at numerous American Indian newspapers and a stringer for AP, USA Today and others. She lived on the Navajo Nation for 18 years, and then traveled with the Zapatistas. She covered the climate summits in Cochabamba, Bolivia, and Cancun, Mexico, in 2010.

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Brenda Norrell has been a news reporter in Indian country for 34 years. She is publisher of Censored News, focusing on Indigenous Peoples, human rights and the US border. Censored News was created after Norrell was censored, then terminated, by Indian Country Today after serving as a longtime staff reporter. Now censored by the mainstream media, she previously was a staff reporter at numerous American Indian newspapers and a stringer for AP, USA Today and others. She lived on the Navajo Nation for 18 years, and then traveled with the Zapatistas. She covered the climate summits in Cochabamba, Bolivia, and Cancun, Mexico, in 2010.