And now:"S.I.S.I.S." <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:

Attached are the signers to the declaration as of June 19, 1999. If you
wish to sign the declaration, please contact <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>.

We will be posting this declaration on our website and will send copies to
the Sea Shepherd Society and other animal rights/environmental groups who
have participated in using racism in their opposition to the Makah whale
hunt.

Many thanks to all the groups and individuals who have pledged their
support to the native peoples of the Pacific Northwest.

*********

STATEMENT OF SUPPORT FOR NATIVE PEOPLES OF THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST

* Please post widely *

We, the undersigned, wish to express our solidarity with native peoples of
the Pacific Northwest, who are currently suffering from a racist backlash
to the recent hunting of a whale by Makah people.

The backlash has included bomb threats against native schools, and threats
to shoot native people as "revenge" for the whale. Native people have been
refused service by white owners of stores and other businesses in the
Pacific Northwest. One native man was beaten so badly he is now in a
wheelchair.

This declaration is not about whether or not the Makah whale hunt is
"right" or "wrong". It is an assertion that racism is always wrong.

While we, the undersigned, have varying opinions about the hunting of
whales, we agree on the following:

1) Racism in all forms must be opposed. We reject any attempts by
environmentalists, animal rights activists, or any other groups to use
racism to gain support for a cause.

2) We call on all groups and individuals concerned about the whaling to
take a strong stand against the racist backlash that is currently happening
as a result of racist and inflammatory rhetoric used by environmental and
animal rights groups such as the Sea Shepherd Society.

3) We recognize and support the sovereignty of all native nations,
including the Makah. We reject attempts to use this whale hunt to undermine
native nations struggling to assert their sovereignty.

4) We reject the polarization of this issue into "Makah vs. the whales". We
believe that this oversimplification of the Makah whale hunt plays up
racist stereotypes instead of addressing questions of animal exploitation.
As the Makah have pointed out, non-native people kill animals deliberately
every day for food, clothing, entertainment, and experimentation, with no
regard for the suffering of the animals or the devastating effects on the
overall environment; non-native industry is responsible for the deaths of
countless whales every year.

While we, the undersigned, may differ in our opinions of the Makah whale
hunt itself, we are united in our condemnation of the racist tactics which
are being used to oppose the hunt.

We fully support native peoples of the Pacific Northwest and offer our
assistance to work towards stopping the racist backlash.

To express your support by signing this declaration, contact
<[EMAIL PROTECTED]>.

Signed:

Aaron Dietz
Alan Collins - CA, USA
Alina Morelli
Andrew Smith - Champaign, IL, USA
Angela Friesner
Annette Santos - Burnaby, BC, Canada
Anti-Racist Emergency Action Network - Tacoma, WA, USA
Anti-Racist Action (Toronto) - Toronto, ON, Canada
Dr. April Lea Go Forth, Director, Resources for Indian Student Education, Inc.
Arantza Lacasa - Brazil
Audna Lang - Las Vegas, NV, USA
Bayou La Rose
Ben Mahony, University of Lethbridge - Canada
Blackrose Wolfwoman
Blue Spruce - Tiwa Tribe, Taos Pueblo
Carla Walker - Mashantucket, CT, USA
Cathie Dever
Charlotte Durie, For Mother Earth (UK)
Christina Traub
Cruz Negra Anarquista de Barcelona (ABC of Barcelona - Spanish State)
David McLaren - Wiarton, ON, Canada
Diana Muncy
Edna Roland, Fala Preta! Organização de Mulheres Negras - São Paulo, Brasil
Elaine Quinn
Elena - Spain
Eric Simon Coté
gabrielle welford - Manoa, Hawai'i
Greg King
Helen Gilmore - Olympia, WA, USA
Helen Luu
Industrial Transportation Project--Industrial Workers of the World
Janet Cavallo
Jason A. Bokelman, member, Anti-Racist Action, Manhattan Kansas chapter
Jeffrey Brite - Metairie, LA, USA
John D. Berry - Stillwater, OK, USA
Joshua Freeze, IWW - Austin, TX, USA
June Standing Deer - Tiwa Tribe, Taos Pueblo
Kathleen Maupin - Spencer, IN, USA
Kawika M K I Liu - Honolulu, Hawai'i
Leanne Grossman
Leigh Prahl
Leonard Peltier, political prisoner
Leonard Peltier Defense Committee - Lawrence, KS, USA
Leonard Rifas, EduComics
Macdonald Scott - Toronto, ON, Canada
Madonna L. Moss, Associate Professor, Anthropology, University of Oregon
Marcel Hatch, Freedom Socialist Party - Canada
Mark Noble
Megan Lewis - Victoria, BC, Canada
Merrill Cole - Seattle, WA, USA
NANI'S Tci-he-nde
Northwest Leonard Peltier Support Network - USA
Oscar Huenchunao - Temuco, Chile
Owen Barton - Lancaster, England
Paul Ford, Shared Parenting Forum - Canada
Rachel Iwaasa & Joshua Goldberg - Settlers In Support of Indigenous Sovereignty
        - Victoria, BC, Canada
Rafael Uzcategui, La Comision de Relaciones Anarquistas de Venezuela
Red Cap Press
reid freeman jenkins - Atlanta, GA, USA
S. O'Brien - Potawatomi
Sandy Sunderland
Sarah Lindgren - Yurok (Humboldt County)
Scott Erker
Se-ven Sioux Kolektibo
Sherry Luna, New Harvest Organics
Sheryle Z-Armstrong
son sun smiling moose
Susan Frost
Tanya Lukin - Alutiiq, Kodiak Island
Teressa Harnois - Campbell, CA, USA
Tovarich - Spain
Travis Allan - BC, Canada
Tom Antush - Tacoma, WA, USA
Vonda Welty - Pleasant Hill, OR, USA
W.L. Hallameyer, Original Nations of the East
Wendy
William Boemmels - Stratford, CT, USA

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