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GREGORY CH'OC www.satiim.org.bz - Punta Gorda Town, Belize - Executive Director of the Sarstoon Temash Institute for Indigenous Management (SATIIM) is a community based indigenous environmental organization working in the far south of Belize, in a region in the Toledo District that lies between the Sarstoon and Temash Rivers. SATIIM co-manages, with the Belizean Forestry Department, the 41, 898 acre Sarstoon Temash National Park. The national park was declared by government in 1994 on lands traditionally used by the Garifuna and Maya communities who live in the area. What is now SATIIM began in 1997 as the Sarstoon Temash National Park Steering Committee, which was formed after the communities around the park came together to stake a claim in the management of the land and natural resources in and around the park.

SATIIM is facing a major challenge - ongoing oil exploration and proposed drilling in the Sarstoon Temash National Park and surrounding communities. US Capital Energy (USCE), an American oil company, was given permission by the Belizean Forest Department to begin seismic testing in the National Park -- permission that SATIIM’s Board and staff felt was illegal and unfair. In response, SATIIM mounted a multifaceted advocacy campaign that involved raising awareness of the oil exploration issue through public outreach and education, coalition building, legal action, policy research and analysis, mobilizing local supporters, lobbying Government ministers, generating international political, technical and financial support and preparing to monitor and mitigate activities in the STNP if oil exploration goes ahead.

DEMELZA CHAMPAGNE, MAIA RAMNATH, and GARY PERKINSON - www.anarchistbookfair.net - New York City, a center of anarchist life, culture, struggle, and ideas for 150 years, will host its 6th annual NYC Anarchist Book Fair, a one-day exposition of books, zines, pamphlets, art, film/video, and other cultural and very political productions of the anarchist scene worldwide, on April 13, 2012 at Judson Memorial Church in Manhattan. The emphasis on April 13th at 7 to 10PM will be VOICES OF INDIGENOUS SOLIDARITY presented by the Native Resistance Network - www.NativeResistanceNewtwork.org

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