- 1 Background
- 2 CPUSA Organization Commission
- 3 Communist Party Labor Day call
- 4 "Changing America"
- 5 Middle East trips
- 6 Endorsed Communist Party Call
- 7 United for Peace and Justice
- 8 Anne Burlak Timpson Labor Forum
- 9 "Peace" comrades
- 10 WIDF affiliated United States "Regional Workshops"
- 11 Latino Congreso 2007
- 12 Open Letter to Obama on Iran
- 13 Committees of Correspondence Conference
- 14 Australian visit
- 15 Latinos for Peace
- 16 Peace Action
- 17 Building the peace movement
- 18 "Obama Year One"
- 19 Disarm Now! conference
- 20 US Social Forum
- 21 Solidarity with the Palestinian People/WikiLeaks
- 22 32nd Annual Conference for Peace
- 23 Communist Party speaker
- 24 Communist Party convention
- 25 Mapping Socialist Strategies
- 26 Ear to the Ground Project
- 27 Alliance for a Just Society staff
- 28 Native Organizers Alliance Advisory Council
- 29 Standing Rock
- 30 Washington DC action
- 31 Still standing at Standing Rock
- 32 Native Nations Rise March and Rally
- 33 Now What? Defying Trump and the Left's Way Forward
- 34 Deep Democracy Lab
- 35 Peoples Summit panel
- 36 The Left We Want to Build: Breaking Out of the Margins
- 37 References
Judith LeBlanc is a leader of the Communist Party USA and is the national field organizer for Peace Action, the country's largest grassroots peace organization with 100,000 members across the country. She is also formerly the national co-chair of United for Peace and Justice.
LeBlanc joined the Communist Party USA in 1974.
Judith LeBlanc is a member of the Caddo Tribe of Oklahoma. From 2005-2008 she was the National Co-chair of United for Peace and Justice (UFPJ) an organization that she helped found. She is nationally recognized as a leader of the US peace and justice movement and has traveled around the world including to Beirut during the 2007 invasion by Israel.
Le Blanc is one of the vice-chairs of the Communist Party USA and chairs it's Peace and Solidarity Commission. She was formerly a reporter for the People's Weekly World, forerunner of the People's World. She has written extensively on her travels to Japan, Palestine, Israel, Lebanon and elsewhere and was an eyewitness reporter on the 9-11 attacks and their aftermath in New York City.
CPUSA Organization Commission
As at March 1994, the following were members of the Organization Commission of the Communist Party USA: Sam Webb, chair; Pat Barile; Judith LeBlanc; Carole Marks; Elena Mora; Esther Moroze; and Joe Sims.
Communist Party Labor Day call
Of the more than 100 endorsers listed, almost all were identified members of the Communist Party USA.
Judith LeBlanc, was on the list.
Middle East trips
In 2002, Judith LeBlanc traveled twice to the Middle East. Le Blanc traveled on assignment to Israel, the West Bank and Gaza in May to report on the struggle to end the Israeli occupation.
In October 10-12 she attended the Communist Party of Israel’s Congress. While there she tracked the "crisis in the region in light of the Bush administration’s drive to go to war with Iraq".
Judith Le Blanc, CPUSA vice chair, spoke June 15, 2002 at the public library in Worcester, Mass., on her recent trip to Israel/Palestine. Le Blanc has been touring the country speaking to many grassroots organized events as well as national events like the recent American-Arab Anti-Defamation Committee convention. The Worcester forum was co-sponsored by the CPUSA, Worcester Peace Works and the Worcester Area Rainbow Coalition.
Endorsed Communist Party Call
On March 30 2002 the Communist Party USA paper People’s Weekly World called for a national holiday in honor of late Farm Workers Union leader Cesar Chavez. The article was followed by a long list of endorsers including Judith Le Blanc, Almost all endorsers were confirmed members of the Communist Party USA.
United for Peace and Justice
Anne Burlak Timpson Labor Forum
Founding Committee members were;
- Gary Dotterman
- Tess Ewing
- Sara Sue Koritz
- Judith LeBlanc
- Scott Molloy
- Kathleen Banks Nutter
- Rev. David Carl Olson
- Pat Reeve
- Laura Ross
- Tillyruth Teixeira
- William Timpson
- Kathryn Timpson Wright
Judith LeBlanc February 16, 2016 near New York, NY ·
- This was the key to success of the Global Day Feb 15, 2003 the World Says No to War action and every anti war demo there after...rubbish picking for cardboard polls for signs. — with Jonathan Matthew Smucker, Leslie Kielson, Beka Economopoulos, Leslie Cagan, Osagyefo Sekou, Leslie Kauffman, Hany Khalil and Diane Greene Lent.
WIDF affiliated United States "Regional Workshops"
- IAC-NWFN, Joan Wile - Fundadora e Diretora
- University of California, Digna Sanchez- Membra
- African American Poets, Judith LeBlanc
- Women's Studies Prgrm, Jenny Heinz
- Community activist; active in the struggle for Puerto Rican independence, Wilma Esther Reveron Collazo
- Community activist lawyer in El Barrio;; active in immigration issues, Gloria Eneida Quinones - member Women for Racial and Economic Equality
- International President of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom , Regina Birchem
- LUZ DE LAS NIEVES AYRESS MORENO, Nieves Ayress - nacionalidad chilena
Latino Congreso 2007
Some 2,000 Latino leaders and activists from throughout the United States met in Los Angeles, at the Latino Congreso 2007, Oct. 5-9 to map an action plan and social justice program for the 2008 elections. Their goal was to bring out 10 million Latino voters who can play a decisive role in the presidential and congressional elections.
Helping prepare positions on the Iraq war were Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), who chaired the congressional Out of Iraq Caucus, former California state Sen. Tom Hayden, United for Peace and Justice organizer, and Communist Party USA leader, Judith LeBlanc, and Lydia Lopez of the Communist Party front Latinos for Peace.
“America: not another nickel, not another dime, not another soldier, not this time,” Waters declared to a standing ovation. She drew another ovation when she called for African American and Latino unity.
The Congreso unanimously called for complete withdrawal from Iraq starting immediately, no invasion of Iran, and support for Oct. 27 regional demonstrations against the war and Iraq Moratorium activities the third Friday of each month.
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Latinos should take a leading role to end the war, as “we are 14 percent of the population with 20 percent of the casualties.”
“It is time to bring the troops home,” he said.
Villaraigosa also called for a broad coalition to win just immigration reform, saying, “No group can do it alone,” and a national campaign to combat poverty.
Open Letter to Obama on Iran
Committees of Correspondence Conference
At the 6th National Convention of the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism (CCDS) at San Francisco's Whitcomb Hotel July 23-26 2009 a Symposium roundtable conversation on "Building the Left and the Progressive Majority." featured CCDS leader Mildred Williamson, Judith LeBlanc of the Communist Party USA, Joseph Schwartz of Democratic Socialists of America, Michael Rubin of Solidarity, Jamala Rogers of Freedom Road Socialist Organization, and Linda Burnham. The panelists discussed the importance of building the left within the current upsurge, working for left unity in struggle against the right, and the tactical issues that arise in uniting the progressive majority.
LeBlanc was a presenter at the workshop on the peace movement and the economy, Michael Eisenscher and Mort Frank of CCDS in Philadelphia. Eisenscher paid special attention to the need for labor solidarity between U.S. workers and Iraqi trade unions, while LeBlanc emphasized connecting anti-war campaigns with the economic crisis. Mort Frank did an in-depth analysis of the best ways to propose cuts in the defense budget, stressing the most deadly weapons actually being used.
In July 2009 Judith Le Blanc toured Australia as a guest of the Communist Party of Australia and and the Australian Anti-Bases Campaign Coalition to take part in the protests against the Talisman Sabre joint US-Australian military exercises which were taking place at Shoalwater Bay near Rockhampton from July 6-26 . While in Sydney on her way to Rockhampton LeBlanc spoke to Anna Pha of the CPA for The Guardian.
Guardian: Judith, could you please tell us about United for Peace and Justice?
Judith LeBlanc: United for Peace and Justice grew out of the struggle to prevent the war in Iraq and it was the coming together of the traditional peace and disarmament groups nationally and a range of local peace and justice centres and coalitions and new grass roots groups that emerged in this struggle to prevent the war. It began with 300 organisations and has grown to 1,400 member groups.
Now we are in the midst of retooling the peace movement, so to speak, and finding new ways to involve people in ending the war in Afghanistan and to build a bridge to that longer-term movement that is needed to end US militarisation and the militarisation of our domestic budget.
G: What is the attitude to those wars in the US?
JB: I think the peace movement scored an incredible victory with the election of Barack Obama and him keeping his pledge that he would set a deadline, a timetable for US withdrawal from Iraq. Of course the timetable that has been set by the new administration is not all that we would like. But you never win a total victory, you always win part and you continue to struggle.
We feel that in many ways our work to end the war and the occupation in Afghanistan is starting from a sound basis. Majority opinion opposed the [Iraq] war and that was mobilised and galvanised into support for the defeat of McCain.
Now we are trying to take that movement that rose in support of the Obama election and the majority opposition to the war in Iraq into a new national dialogue of the history and the impact of the war and the occupation of Afghanistan…
So now we are operating in a new environment, in a new political space in which perhaps we will have great success in helping people understand that you cannot solve issues around national security with war. That the mere presence of the US military in countries such as Iraq and Afghanistan gives rise to insurgency. So we want to help the American people to begin pressing Congress and the Obama administration to step back and to tell us what is the exit plan…
So, the movement for peace, the social movements in our country, are they ready to fill the political space that the election of Obama has created? Not quite, but I think the peace movement has enough experience in the six years of the struggle to end the Iraq war to know that it is going to take a strong, well organized, vocal peace movement to make the changes that are needed.
G: So far, how do you assess Obama’s foreign policy?
JB: I think the Obama administration has made headway changing foreign policy. It has spoken about the differences it wants to make in its relationship to Cuba, in its role in pressing for a just Middle East peace between Palestine and Israel, in its relationship to the Muslim world. But the truth is that in order for those words to become a reality we need a stronger peace movement and we need one that can advocate forcefully and in a meaningful way the direct interconnectedness between peace and justice, between domestic policy and foreign policy.
I think the Obama administration has done a good job in thinking through the fact that the Bush administration fomented a considerable amount of not only anxiety but death, dying and anger by launching what was called the “global war on terror” and they dropped that terminology. Unfortunately they did not end the military practice of waging war in the name of national security in Afghanistan.
Obama’s voting record in the Senate was, and he has maintained this position after becoming president, that there is a need to reduce nuclear arms, that there was a need for ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. He is making good on that promise by initiating talks with Russia to cut nuclear armaments. We are hoping, as he said in a speech in Prague recently, that it is not only the moral responsibility of the US to cut nuclear arms but it is a necessity to move towards the abolition of nuclear weapons.
The struggle for nuclear disarmament and the abolition of nuclear weapons is a critical issue for the peace movement to regroup and to retool and for building a mass movement around. We had a very strong and vibrant movement around nuclear disarmament in the ’80s.
We hope to take Obama’s words [on nuclear disarmament] and build a movement that calls for abolition in our lifetimes. We are busy at work planning with our international partners a year-long national petition drive to call on Obama to abolish nuclear weapons.
We are launching it on the anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and concluding this petition drive at the time of the May 2010 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Conference at the United Nations. We hope to apply such mass pressure on the Obama administration that they will take rapid steps to not only sign the joint agreement with Russia to reduce nuclear warheads but also to end the testing of new nuclear weapons and to begin to ratify the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty in Congress and take giant steps forward before that 2010 Non-Proliferation Treaty conference.
We are very hopeful that we can build that mass movement because people understand the nature of war in a different way because of Iraq and because of what’s going on in Afghanistan. They also know that the Obama administration is not the agent of change but can be the vehicle for change. We think that nuclear weapons is a good starting point.
Latinos for Peace
On October 31 2009, Latinos For Peace issued a statement calling for “no escalation of the war in Afghanistan and for expedited withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq and Afghanistan as well as an end to the coup government in Honduras”.
More than 100 activists endorsed the call, including Judith LeBlanc, New York.
She coordinates efforts on campaigns to cut military spending, nuclear abolition and to oppose the war in Afghanistan. She works closely with Peace Action’s affiliates on grassroots organizing efforts. She helps coordinate the efforts of the New Priorities Network, a national network supporting grassroots organizing to “move the money from wars and weapons to fund human needs.” From 2003- 2009, she worked with United for Peace and Justice (UFPJ) coordinating national outreach efforts and served two terms as UFPJ National Co Chair.
Building the peace movement
Judith LeBlanc, National Field Organizer of Peace Action and two term National Co-Chair of United for Peace and Justice, spoke at the Tucson, Arizona Salt of the Earth Labor College, February 13, 2010 on "the strategy and need to continue building a strong, active and broad-based peace movement".
"Obama Year One"
Saturday, February 20, 2010 at Roosevelt University, 430 S. Michigan, Room 232, Chicago, a forum was held 'Obama Year One."
- In the aftermath of the historic 2008 elections and in the midst of the deepest economic crisis since the Great Depression, activists and progressives from across movements came together to push for a new New Deal. The new political and economic realities created new opportunities to mobilize for progressive changes including ending wars and militarism; promoting workers' rights; reforming healthcare; and developing economic policies that promote jobs and communities instead of corporate profits. There have been both advances and setbacks in these struggles. One year later, it's time to take stock of lessons learned, evaluate strategic goals, and plan for future campaigns. Join leaders of the labor, peace, immigrant rights, healthcare reform, and economic justice movements in assessing the past year and current political conditions to determine ways we can work together towards progressive change.
The panel included:
- Elce Redmond South Austin Coalition Community Council and Chicago Jobs with Justice
- Amy B. Dean Co-Author of the book A New New Deal: How Regional Activism Will Reshape the American Labor Movement
- Tom Balanoff President of the Service Employees International Union Illinois Council
- Judith LeBlanc Field Organizer for Peace Action; Former National Co-Chair of United for Peace and Justice
- Mel Rothenberg Chicago Political Economy Group; Chicago Jobs with Justice
- Dr. Anne Scheetz Physicians for a National Health Program
- Cristobal Cavazos Immigrant Solidarity DuPage
Disarm Now! conference
In June 2010, Judith LeBlanc addressed the Disarm Now! Conference, Riverside Church, New York. (Workshops: Beyond the NPT, Nuclear Free Zone in the Middle East) is field organizer for Peace Action, NPT coordinator for PANYS and one of the coordinators for the April 30-May 2 international conference, march and rally in New York City. She was the national co-chair of United for Peace and Justice.
US Social Forum
The US Social Forum, was a gathering of over 15,000 "peace and justice-mongers" in Detroit, June 2010. . The Forum kicked off with a high energy, spirited march into downtown Detroit on Tuesday. Judith LeBlanc and Dave Kunes "had the pleasure of marching with our Peace Action of Michigan homies, and also Will Hopkins from New Hampshire Peace Action".
On Wednesday "we had a terrific mini-organizers meeting", led by Paul Kawika Martin, Jonathan Williams and Judith LeBlanc, with leaders from affiliates and chapters from across the country. That night we hosted a wonderful reception at the Swords into Plowshares gallery and peace center near downtown Detroit. Thanks "to Helen Weber, national Peace Action co-chair and PA MI stalwart, for her work, and also to the other wonderful Michigan volunteers who made the event a success".
Solidarity with the Palestinian People/WikiLeaks
On Nov. 29,2010, the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, LeBlanc "had the honor of speaking on behalf of civil society organizations to a special meeting at the United Nations (UN)".
- I spoke at the UN the morning after the first WikiLeaks release of US diplomatic cables. One of the more galling bits of WikiLeaks information was the order by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, to collect biometrics, frequent flyer numbers, work schedules and other data on high-ranking UN officials.
Judith LeBlanc, was a member of the steering committee of the US Campaign to End the israeli Occupation.
- The attempts by the US to sidetrack international law, sideline the UN and block implementation of UN resolutions has a long history especially in regards to the Israel-Palestine conflict.
- The UN is the only international institution where countries, big and small, rich or poor, can come to register their concerns and raise their demands for equitable treatment in the world community.
- The UN spying was galling, but much of the information in the WikiLeaks, was not surprising or shocking for those who have been following US foreign policy. In fact, it proves that we have been right in our analysis and in organizing for peace and disarmament.
- The ongoing debate around WikiLeaks gives organizers, historians and activists, an opportunity to draw bigger picture conclusions. Although, it is very tempting to get caught up in the juicy bits of gossip about world leaders, what they drink, wear or their states of mind.
- The WikiLeaks disclosures portray the US Empire in decline, no longer able to launch wars wily nilly or control their allies. The diplomatic cables on discussions with the Yemeni government show that in fact, launching covert military actions and drone attacks on Al Qaeda rather than criminal investigations continues to destabilize the world and increase chance for new wars. The world is in deep crisis, and a US foreign, which relies on espionage, arms sales and bribery is a dead end.
- The cables related to the coup in Honduras and Iran, for example, reflect an administration struggling for diplomatic approaches rather than the knee jerk vintage Bush cowboy-istic gun slinging. Do we agree with the outcome of the Obama administration’s debates and the approach towards Honduras or Iran, probably not, but gone is the era of nuke first, ask questions later tactics.
- Clearly the break in the continuum of US foreign policy that we all hoped for with the election of President Obama is still a work in progress that requires a stronger, more vocal peace movement.
- The question is how do we use the WikiLeaks to make our case for an alternative foreign policy. What the world needs is a radically different US foreign policy premised on respect for national sovereignty, international law, and institutions.
- The administration needs to work from President Obama’s call for the US to behave as” one of many nations” and to end using diplomats for espionage now.
- Closing US bases around the world and real steps on nuclear disarmament would go a long way to addressing the very real threat of rightwing fundamentalist terrorism.
- If the US fought for the UN Charter mandated diplomatic role of the UN in the Middle East and around the world, real headway could be made on Middle East peace and ending the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
- Some in Congress are calling for placing WikiLeaks on the list of foreign terrorist organizations. Tom Hayden says, “These revelations do no damage to our national security. Instead, they helpfully add to public and Congressional awareness of improper and arguably illegal behavior undertaken under the cover of secrecy. “
- Maybe Bill Quigley, Legal Director at the Center for Constitutional Rights, is right. In an article on Common Dreams he said, “ Maybe WikiLeaks has the potential to make transparency and accountability more robust in the US.”
- More transparency and accountability is exactly what we need to organize a movement that can fight and win an alternative foreign policy. That’s what the peace movement must do in the Wikiweeks to come.
32nd Annual Conference for Peace
The Coalition for Peace Action 's 32nd Annual Conference for Peace was held on November 13, 2011 at Princeton University. The Conference was entitled "Smart Security: Reducing Military Spending to Fund Urgent Needs at Home." The event featured talks from Dr. Gordon Adams, Jo Comferford, Dr. Prasannan Parthasarathi, Swami Tattvavidananda Saraswait, and Judith LeBlanc of the Communist Party USA, who encouraged the audience to be hopeful about our political progress, and to be involved with the current Occupy movements around the country.
Communist Party speaker
- Judith LeBlanc is the national field director for Peace Action, the nation’s largest grassroots peace network, with chapters and affiliates in states across the country. From 2003-2009, she worked with United for Peace & Justice (UFPJ) coordinating national outreach efforts and served two terms as UFPJ National Co Chair.
- LeBlanc coordinates efforts on campaigns to cut military spending, nuclear abolition and to oppose the war in Afghanistan. She works closely with Peace Action’s affiliates on grassroots organizing efforts and helps coordinate the efforts of the New Priorities Network, a national network supporting grassroots organizing to “move the money from wars and weapons to fund human needs.” She is a board member of DRUM, Desis Rising Up and Moving.
Communist Party convention
Mapping Socialist Strategies
Mapping Socialist Strategies was convened from August 1-4 in Briarcliff Manor, NY, by the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung—New York Office. It brang together 100 influential progressives and leftists from across the United States, Canada, and Europe for an “un-conference” on socialist strategies.
Attendees included Judith LeBlanc.
Ear to the Ground Project
- We would like to express our deep respect and appreciation for everyone who took the time to talk with us, and the organizations that generously hosted us during our travels. Interviews were confidential, but the following people have agreed to have their names listed for this publication:
Most of those listed were connected to Freedom Road Socialist Organization.
Judith LeBlanc was among those on the list. 
Alliance for a Just Society staff
- Alliance for a Just Society staff, as of February 2016
- LeeAnn Hall, Executive Director
- Amanda Ballantyne, Main Street Alliance, Director
- Harsimran Bagri, Administrative Director
- Sam Blair, Director of Strategic Partnerships
- Julie Chinitz, Special Projects Director
- Bill Daley, Legislative Director
- Libero Della Piana, Senior Organizer and Digital Director
- Allyson Fredericksen, Policy Analyst
- Ben Henry, Senior Policy Associate
- Judith Le Blanc, Senior Organizer and National Coordinator, Native Organizers Alliance
- Kathy Mulady, Communications Director
- Jill Reese, Associate Director
Native Organizers Alliance Advisory Council
- Director - Judith LeBlanc
- Bineshi Albert
- Louise Benally
- Kara Denise Brewer Boyd
- Danisha Christian
- Kathy Forliti
- Petuuche Gilbert
- Michaelynn Hawk
- Manuel F. Pino
- OJ Semans
- Marsha Whiting
At the center of the Dakota Access pipeline fight are some of the country’s most impoverished and most economically powerful people.
One section of the four-state pipeline would run through North Dakota’s Standing Rock Sioux reservation, where 41 percent of 8,200 residents live below the poverty level and nearly a quarter are unemployed. Thousands of people have joined the Standing Rock tribe in opposing the pipeline over concerns it will contaminate their water supply and damage sacred sites and cultural artifacts.
On the opposite side is Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), whose CEO, Kelcy Warren, has a net worth of more than $4 billion. While ETP is the majority investor, a number of Wall Street banks have lined up to finance the project.
In an example of the power of people prevailing over the power of money, the Obama administration has ordered ETP to halt construction to allow for further consultation with the Standing Rock Sioux. But the fight is not over. The corporation has vowed to press ahead and President Obama has not yet issued a definitive statement against Dakota Access.
Judith LeBlanc, director of the Native Organizers Alliance, has been working to support native leaders as they develop strategies to continue to challenge these powerful forces. In mid-September she helped lead a four-day training at Standing Rock with tribal officials, native-led non-profits, and local community and political leaders on power mapping, strategic campaign planning, and direct action.
- For me, it’s a blessing in a moment like today to be the director of a national network of native groups, leaders, and organizers who are supporting grassroots native community organizing, the Native Organizers Alliance. As my Mom always said, “It is not enough to be right.” If you believe you are right, then get organized.
Love, Power, Solidarity and Protection
Winnie Wong November 23, 2016;
- Love, Power, Solidarity and Protection to brothers and sisters who are at Standing Rock for #PeaceGiving. — with Bill Gallagher, Mary Clinton, Lorenzo Serna, Phil Aroneanu, Tom Hallaran, Brett Banditelli, Gerard Brogan, Nick Katkevich, Alyssa Kang, Rae Breaux, Jodi Archambault-Gillette, Claire Sandberg, Patsy Games, Caleb-Michael Files, Wiyaka Eagleman, Sarah Cecile, Katherine Brezler, Judith LeBlanc, Desiree Kane, Daphne Carr, Lena Tso, Susan Rubin and Moumita Ahmed.
Washington DC action
With Republican Donald Trump headed to the White House, Native women led a huge demonstration in the nation's capital on Tuesday, calling for an end to the Dakota Access Pipeline.
In his first 100 days in office, Trump has vowed to lift "roadblocks" to large infrastructure projects like Dakota Access. He's even invested his own money in the companies that are financing and operating the controversial pipeline.
But Eryn Wise of the International Indigenous Youth Council bore no ill will toward the incoming president despite his negative history in Indian Country. She came to Washington, D.C., with a simple yet strong message.
"I am here to protect his water as well," Wise said outside of the White House, where Trump will be residing come January 2017.
Wise, who is from the Jicarilla Apache Nation and Laguna Pueblo, was joined by three other Native women leaders -- LaDonna Brave Bull Allard (Standing Rock Sioux Tribe), Deborah Parker (Tulalip Tribes) and Judith LeBlanc (Caddo Nation) -- for the #NoDAPL Day of Action.
After staging a sit-in at the headquarters of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, they led the crowd of about 1,000 people down the streets of Washington, even passing by the newly opened Trump Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue NW.
That's where Wise, who has been living at the #NoDAPL encampment since the summer, made good on her promise. She momentarily stopped the march in front of the hotel, which is located on federal property, to offer a prayer.
Still standing at Standing Rock
On January 30, 2017, Senator John Hoeven (R-ND), the new chair of the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, issued a statement declaring that the Acting Assistant Secretary of the Army had directed the Army Corps to proceed with the final easement necessary to complete the proposed route of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). This news comes less than a week after Donald Trump signed a Presidential memorandum reviving the Keystone XL Pipeline, and advancing the Dakota Access oil pipeline.
- The public has responded with immediate outrage, as organizers across the country have united in opposition of the continuation of both the Dakota Access Pipeline and Keystone XL. In cities such as Chicago, New York, LA, people gathered in in the streets, while protesters in Washington D.C. amassed in front of the White House just hours after the announcement was made. Many Indigenous leaders and environmental advocates have called for mobilization from across the country.
Judith LeBlanc, a member of the Caddo Tribe and director of the Native Organizers Alliance, spoke with People’s World about the ongoing battle. “The fight to stop the pipeline is going to take a struggle that is political, legal and spiritual,” she said. LeBlanc has been involved in the maintenance of the Standing Rock settlement, and is currently one of the few Water Protectors remaining in Cannonball, ND. In a statement she released to the public after the enactment of the Presidential memorandum, LeBlanc stated that Trump’s actions ‘violate the legal and moral sovereign treaty rights of the Lakota, Nakota, Dakota people and an aggressive rebuke of the over 300 tribes who stand with Standing Rock in opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline.”
Questions remain for the activists as to what the best course of action might be. Several Water Protectors seek to head back to the Oceti Sakowin Camp site, but the settlement has become increasingly difficult to manage, especially with heavy flooding occurring near the main camp site. Others are determined to make their way to Sacred Stone camp, which is farther away from flooding regions, and still close enough to watch over the pipeline construction. LeBlanc, however, encourages Water Protectors to organize in their home states. “The people around the nation have an opportunity to mobilize in their communities.”
In the meantime, the demand for responsible governing and respect for the sovereign legal continues. Water Protectors have geared up for another long hard battle against the “Black Snake” pipelines.
Native Nations Rise March and Rally
March 10, 2017 Tribal leaders, indigenous rights advocates, and members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe held a rally in Washington DC, to oppose the Trump administration’s approval of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines and to support Native American tribal land rights. Musical performers included the Akwesasne Mohawk Women Singers, Prolific the Rapper, and Taboo from the Black Eyed Peas.
Speakers were Dave Archambault, Chair Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Gabriel Ayala, Classical Musician, Candi Brings Plenty, Director Equi Institute, Lisa DeVille Activist Mandaree, Maria DeVille, Vice President Modern Day Warriors, Peggy Flanagan, Member White Earth Band of Ojibwe, Tulsi Gabbard U.S. Representative [D] Hawaii, Mayda Garcia Representative, , Society of Native Nations, JoDe Goudy Chair Yakima Nation Tribal Council (Washington), Kim Howe, Activist, Judith LeBlanc, Native Organizers Alliance, Melissa Mark-Viverito Speaker New York, NY City Council, Xiuhtezcatl Martinez Hip Hop Artist and Activist, Alice Brown Otter, Activist, Prolific the Rapper, Fawn R. Sharp, President Quinault Indian Nation, Faith Spotted Eagle, Activist, Wes Studi, Actor and Film Producer, Taboo, Rapper, Ulali, Activist, Eryn Wise, Activist, Eagle Woman, Activist North Dakota, Royal Yellow Hawk Representative Rosebud, South Dakota-Rosebud Sioux Tribal Council.
Now What? Defying Trump and the Left's Way Forward
Now What? Defying Trump and the Left's Way Forward was a phone in webinar organized by Freedom Road Socialist Organization in the wake of the 2016 election.
- Now what? We’re all asking ourselves that question in the wake of Trump’s victory. We’ve got urgent strategizing and work to do, together. Join Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson of the Movement for Black Lives and Freedom Road, Calvin Cheung-Miaw, Jodeen Olguin-Taylor of Mijente and WFP, Joe Schwartz of the Democratic Socialists of America, and Sendolo Diaminah of Freedom Road for a discussion of what happened, and what we should be doing to build mass defiance. And above all, how do we build the Left in this, which we know is the only solution to the crises we face?
- This event will take place Tuesday November 15, 2016 at 9pm Eastern/8pm Central/6pm Pacific.
Those invited, on Facebook included Judith LeBlanc.
Deep Democracy Lab
Movement Strategy Center May 19, 2017;
- The beloved community of this week's Deep Democracy lab! #connection #courage #commitment <3 <3 <3 — with Jodeen Olguin-Tayler, Ana Cecilia Perez, Tammy Johnson, Nwamaka Agbo, Alexis Flanagan, Rosie Abriam, Michael Scott Nine, Vanessa Nisperos, Tomas Garduno, Yalini Dream, Gerardo Marin, Calvin Williams, Miya Yoshitani, Judith LeBlanc, Anthony Giancatarino, Taj James, Byron Gudiel, Julie Quiroz, Victoria Benson, Kristen Zimmerman, Beth Glenn, Ariel Jacobson, Rosa Esperanza Gonzalez, Rachel Humphrey, Nanci Lee, Mimi Ho, Supriya Lopez Pillai, Dana Ginn Paredes, Kelly Miller, Marc Mascarenhas-Swan, Helen S. Kim, Jovida Ross, Aparna Shah, Aisha Shillingford, Sarah Quiroga and Jacqui Patterson.
Peoples Summit panel
It was entitled "Electoral Politics and transformative Politics:A View from the Left".
The Left We Want to Build: Breaking Out of the Margins
In June 2017, Judith LeBlanc signed the letter The Left We Want to Build: Breaking Out of the Margins.
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