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Texas Groups Vow to Block Natural-Gas Pipeline Project

Photo: Protesters gather where the Trans-Pecos Pipeline is being built near Alpine's "Sunny Glen" neighborhood. (Travis Bubenik/KRTS)

Red Power Media | Dec 31, 2016

ALPINE, Texas – A recent victory by protesters in North Dakota to stop a portion of the Dakota Access Pipeline has inspired West Texas environmental groups that oppose a similar project.

Protesters of the Trans-Pecos Pipeline, including the Big Bend Defense Coalition, have recently escalated from informational pickets to civil disobedience, with more confrontational protests planned in the coming weeks.

Lori Glover, leader of the coalition, said it took a while for West Texas residents to fully understand what’s at stake if the project is completed.

“That realization, when I started talking to people, that they knew nothing about our pipeline, which is also an Energy Transfer Partners pipeline, and we had been fighting it before Standing Rock had started fighting theirs,” she said.

Glover said the groups plan to establish an encampment in the path of the pipeline to permanently block its progress. She calls it ironic that, since the gas would flow to Mexico, the pipeline wouldn’t benefit anyone living along its route. Builder Energy Transfer Partners said in Mexico, the gas will replace coal to run power plants with less pollution.

The 148-mile pipeline would transport natural gas from Fort Stockton into Mexico, under the Rio Grande River. In early December, Glover and others were arrested after they chained themselves to a fence at a construction site. She said the pipeline is routed through pristine parts of West Texas, and completing it will damage the ecosystem.

“If you see how much displacement happens when they create a pipeline, it’s easy to understand how this huge space going through a creek bed is going to disrupt the flow of these important tributaries to the Rio Grande,” she explained.

Glover said many of the groups that protested in North Dakota have pledged to join the Texas encampment, which she said should be in place at an undisclosed location along the pipeline route by early next year.

Source: Texas News Service

Photo: Protesters gather where the Trans-Pecos Pipeline is being built near Alpine’s “Sunny Glen” neighborhood. (Travis Bubenik/KRTS)

Death Of Choctaw Activist Rexdale Henry, Is Drawing Comparisons To Sandra Bland




What Happened To Rexdale Henry, A Native American Activist? His Death Is Drawing Comparisons To Sandra Bland

In a case that some are comparing to the recent death of Sandra Bland, the family of Rexdale Henry, a Native American who died in custody in the Neshoba County, Mississippi, jail is seeking an independent autopsy, according to WTOK. Henry, who was in jail for failing to pay a fine, was last seen by officers on July 14 about a half hour before his body was found. The Mississippi crime lab conducted an autopsy, and the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is now involved in the case, according to the Jackson Free Press. A few days after the July 19 funeral services for Henry, his body was flown to Florida for the independent autopsy.

Henry was arrested on July 9. His family is questioning what happened to their loved one, who they described as healthy, but no details of the autopsy or the cause of death have been released so far, the Jackson Free Press reported.

In an eerie coincidence, Henry was arrested just one day before Sandra Bland was taken into police custody in Waller County, Texas, after a now-infamous traffic stop. She was found dead in her cell three days later, and the Harris County medical examiner ruled her death was a suicide. Bland’s family has questioned that finding, saying she was about to start a new job and showed no indication of being depressed or suicidal. The circumstances of Bland’s arrest by Trooper Brian Encinia have drawn widespread criticism and outrage.

Henry 53, was part of the Choctaw tribe and had been active in his community, coaching stickball and running for tribal council in Bogue Chitto. Several social media users have drawn comparisons of Henry and Bland, noting that both were activists, members of minority groups, and in jail for minor infractions.


This is not the first time the Neshoba County Jail has had a prisoner death in one of its cells. Last November, Michael McDougle, 29 was found dead in his cell a day after being arrested, according to The Hattiesburg American. McDougle was found to have drugs in his system, but the cause of  of death remained unclear.

According to the Free Press, civil-rights activists John Steele and Diane Nash, and Syracuse University law professors Janis McDonald and Paula Johnson of the school’s Cold Case Justice Initiative are assisting the Henry family with their independent probe into the death of their loved one.

“At a time when the nation is focused on the terrible circumstances of the brutal death of Sandra Bland, it is critical to expose the many ways in which black Americans, Native Americans and other minorities are being arrested for minor charges and end up dead in jail cells,” McDonald said in a statement.

Source: http://bsl.io/Pzc

Native American Activist Found Dead In Jail Cell After Traffic Fine Arrest


By Counter Current News

A Native American activist was recently arrested and found dead in jail under conditions very similar to those of Sandra Bland in Texas.

Rexdale W. Henry, 53, was recently found dead inside the Neshoba County Jail in Philadelphia, Mississippi, on July 14th. He had been arrested over failure to pay a minor traffic citation.

Local WTOK, reported that corrections officers reported Henry dead around 10 a.m.. But reports and logs reveal that he was seen alive and perfectly fine only half an hour before that.

Reports say that the state crime lab in Jackson are currently conducting an autopsy. The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation also says that they are “looking into” Henry’s death.

But that hasn’t satisfied Henry’s fellow activists, friends and family. Just after funeral services were held on July 19th, in Bogue Chitto, Henry’s body was flown to Florida for an independently-funded autopsy paid for by anonymous donors. They hope that this autopsy will get to the bottom of what really happened.

Syracuse University law professors Janis McDonald and Paula Johnson of the school’s Cold Case Justice Initiative comment that, “at a time when the nation is focused on the terrible circumstances of the brutal death of Sandra Bland, it is critical to expose the many ways in which Black Americans, Native Americans and other minorities are being arrested for minor charges and end up dead in jail cells.”

Henry was a member of the Choctaw tribe. He has been well known in the community and by opponents in law enforcement as a lifelong community activist.

He was also a candidate for the Choctaw Tribal Council from Bogue Chitto, only the week before his arrest on July 9th.

Henry’s death occurred one day after that of Sandra Bland, who was found hanging in the Texas, Waller County Jail.

The results of the private autopsy will be made public when it is complete. Stay tuned and help SPREAD THE WORD!

(Article by M. David)


Detained Mothers Launch Hunger Strike



About 40 mothers being held at an immigration detention camp in Karnes, Texas, have launched a hunger strike to protest the detainment of their children as the families await immigration and asylum hearings, according to detainees and advocates working on their behalf.

Kenia Galeano, a 26-year-old mother from Honduras, said in a phone interview that the mothers will not eat, work or send their children to school at the detention center until each of the detainees is released. She said the mothers came to the United States seeking shelter, but are being treated as prisoners.

“We’re many mothers, not just me,” she said. “We want freedom for our children. It’s not right to continue to detain us.”

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said they were unaware of any residents who actually agreed to participate in a hunger strike. They said ICE is closely monitoring the situation for any potential heath and safety issues. ICE is also investigating claims from residents at the Karnes facility who allege a member of a non-profit group encouraged residents to stop eating at the facility to protest their detention.

“U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) fully respects the rights of all people to voice their opinion without interference, and all detainees, including those in family residential facilities such as Karnes, are permitted to do so,” Nina Pruneda, an ICE spokeswoman, said in a statement.

More than 80 women had initially signed a petition to take part in the strike, but many dropped out after at least two women were placed into isolation with their children in the detention center’s clinic, according to the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, an advocacy and legal services group working with in Texas. Johana De Leon, a legal assistant with the group said other mothers were warned they could lose custody of their children as a result of participating in the strike.

Since July, more than 2,500 immigrants, mostly women and children, have been detained at family detention centers.

The Karnes detention camp is one of three facilities set up to house mothers and children in the United States. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is boosting its efforts to house mothers and children who have arrived in the country illegally. Advocates say it’s inappropriate to house women and children who have legitimate asylum claims. But the government says it’s important to send a message back to their home countries that those who cross the border illegally will be captured held and returned.

ICE officials said family residential centers are an effective and humane way to maintain family unity as families go through immigration proceedings.

In a phone interview with a reporter, Galeano said no one outside the facility encouraged the mothers from participating in the strike. She said she’d been held for five months, but that some women in the facility had been there with their children for 10 months.

She shares a small room with three other mothers and their children. She said the detention center has had a dramatic impact on her 2-year-old son, whose moods have taken emotional swings. She said he’s become depressed and has lost weight because he’s not eating. She said the food is not culturally appropriate.

“The children don’t eat,” she said. “The conditions here are not right. They’re not good for children.”