1/30/2006

Christianity, Capitalism, and Corporations

Taino'ti Guaitiao (Greetings relatives):

On behalf of the United Confederation of Taíno People (UCTP), it is our hope that this message finds you in good health and Spirit. In the on-going discussion of globalization, the destruction of our planet's natural resources, and the lack of recognition of our rights as indigenous peoples, we have been forwarded an interesting article, which further connects the religious doctrine of dominion with the “modern” concept of corporate entitlement finally leading some like economist Herman Daly to observe that "we treat the earth as if it was a business in liquidation."

To review the article entitled "Christianity, Capitalism, Corporations, and the Myth of Dominion" by Norman Council please visit the website:

http://www.newtopiamagazine.net/archives/content/issue17/features/dominion.php

These connections are especially important for indigenous communities, like the Taíno, to re-evaluate as we have first hand experience with these doctrines and those who promote them. One only needs to recall that the "Roman" Catholic Church still has not properly addressed the call by the Taíno and other Indigenous Peoples world wide for the revocation of the 1493 Inter-Ceatera Papal Bull. (See http://www.uctp.org/papalbull.htm)

While an irrelevant issue to some, this Papal Bull and its philosophical protégés “terra nullus” and the “doctrine of discovery” are the basis of the Supreme Court’s legitimizing of the theft and colonization of indigenous peoples ancestral birthrights. (See Johnson v. McIntosh 8 Wheat 543, 1823)

Understanding this particular connection, it is interesting to note that as Samuel Alito is posed to be confirmed as its next justice, for the first time in U.S. history, five Roman Catholics -- a majority -- would now sit on the Supreme Court.

The connections between Christianity, Capitalism, and Corporations, are connections our community needs to be aware of, especially as increased attention is focused on the affirmation of our ancestral culture and heritage.

Oma'bahari (With respect),
Roberto Mukaro Borrero,
President and Chairman,
UCTP Regional Coordinating Office
http://www.uctp.org/
http://www.uctp.blogspot.com/
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Taino_News/

1/29/2006

LA REBELION DEL BAHORUCO - ECO TAINO



Por Milton Olivo
Diaro Horizonte
Publicado el miércoles,

11 de enero de 2006

Era el año de 1502, sobre la ciudad de Niti, la mas importante ciudad de Quisqueya a la llegada de los españoles, capital del Cacicazgo de Maguana, reino del Cacique Caonabo la cual después de la Matanza de Jaragua, y el ahorcamiento de su viuda y heredera la Cacique Anacaona, esta ciudad construída de tabla de palma y bambú y cobijada de yagua y palmas, arquitectura perfecta para un ambiente tropical, esta había sido incendiada y destruída. Pero sobre sus cimientos se había construído una nueva ciudad denominada San Juan de la Maguana.

En su empeño por borrar las tradiciones autóctonas y el pasado, los españoles se habían propuesto cambiar los nombres de los Yucateques o pueblos, cristianizándolo, agregándole algún santo delante. Ocurrió además de con Maguana tomaron el nombre de Cacicazgo (San Juan de la Maguana), con Macorix (San Pedro de Macorix), Ocoa (San José de Ocoa), Las Matas (San José de las Matas), Yuma (San Rafael de Yuma), El Seibo (Santa Cruz del Seibo), Sabaneta (San Ignacio de Sabaneta), Samaná (Santa Bárbara de Samaná), Mao (Santa Cruz de Mao) Jacagua (San Francisco de Jacagua), etc.

Desde la llegada de los españoles el inteligente bohechío hermano de Anacaona y señor del Cacicazgo de Jaragua comprendieron que los nativos no podían resistir a los invasores por la superioridad de sus armas y siempre estuvieron dispuestos a servirles soportando sus exigencias. Después de la muerte de Caonabo en 1495 y heredar el reino Anacaona la hermana y heredera de Bohechío el señor del Cacicazgo de Jaragua ella había unificado políticamente ambos reinos.

El Gobernador Nicolás de Ovando, temeroso del poder de esta y de su influencia en la zona, envió emisarios donde Anacaona, a la cual le proponía que reuniera todos los príncipes o Nitaínos (Especie de Síndicos) de su reino para pactar un tratado de paz con su presencia.

Anacaona siempre cuidadosa en su trato con los invasores, reunió todos los Nitaínos y preparo un recibimiento real al Comendador, en cuyo honor organizo grandes fiestas y bailo areyto con todos los suyos, es memorable el espectáculo que preparo con 300 jóvenes que no habían conocido varón danzando un areytos compuesto para la ocasión.

Nicolás de Ovando tenía sus propios planes, inmediatamente los príncipes se reunieron a señal convenida con sus soldados los mandó a encerrar y prenderles fuego.

Entones comenzó una macabra orgía de sangre, cuentan los cronistas que alrededor de 70 jinetes armados de lanzas y espadas se dedicaron a traspasar, degollar, y decapitar a centenares de hombres, mujeres y niños en las calles del pueblo de Jaragua en sus contornos, sin el menos sentido de piedad.

En este genocidio también fue víctima Maniocatex, señor del Bahoruco, padre de Guarocuya, conocido en la historia como el Cacique Enriquillo. Quien entonces era un niño de alrededor de 6 años. Quien luego fue rescatado por su Tío Guaroa quien después se suicido luego de luchar con el Capitán Federico Velásquez, para no entregarse luego de ser desarmado por este, pues el invasor vino a atacarle luego de haber entre ambos pactado la paz. Muero libre fueron sus ultimas palabras.

17 años después en 1519, con alrededor de 23 años, hastiado de los abusos de los invasores, decide declararse en rebeldía y desarrollar un sistema de guerra de guerrillas en las montañas de Bahoruco.

14 años dura su lucha. Donde ni da ni pide cuartel. Trasladándose de un lado a otro de la cordillera. Atacando pueblos a ambos lados de esto. Convirtiéndose junto a Tamayo y Ciguayo en el terror de los españoles.

Su política era no negociar con ningún español, pues estos eran mentirosos, traidores y ladrones. Y violadores permanentes de cuanto era sagrado para la raza nativa, cuyos mandamientos eran: No Mentiras, No Robaras, No serás vago y Respetara a los Mayores.

Después de 14 años de guerra, asolando comunidades españolas, robando sus armas y derrotando cuantos ataque planificaban los invasores, en 1533 llega a la isla el Capitán General Francisco de Barrionuevo enviado del Monarca español con un documento donde se le proponía la paz, el Cacique del Bahoruco decide reunirse con el cerca del lago que desde entonces lleva su nombre.

El acuerdo fue sencillo, a cambio de terminar la guerra, el Cacique exigió la libertad para los de su raza, oprimido bajo el régimen de la encomienda que nos era mas que una forma de esclavitud disimulada bajo ese eufemismo (donde a los españoles se le asignaba una cantidad de nativos en encomienda para trabajarles gratis), un territorio libre con su propia fuerza de policía donde pudiesen vivir bajo propio gobierno, y sin pago de tributo a la corona española.

Pacto este que convirtió al Cacique del Bahoruco en el Libertador de Quisqueya. A partir de ahí, ante tanta grandeza y generosidad, plumas prohispánicas pagadas e interesadas han tratado por siglos de rebajar la figura legendaria del Cacique del Bahoruco. Humillar su heroísmo, empequeñecer su sacrificio y ridiculizar sus actos. Pues es una forma de desmoralizar el pasado de la raza nativa la cual es más del 69 por ciento de la población actual de la República Dominicana, según estudios cromo somático realizado el año pasado.

Se inventaron que fueron extinguidos, que eran de piel rojiza, que no tenían barbas y mil cosas mas para que el pueblo ignore sus verdaderos orígenes y no tengan claro quienes han sido sus verdugos, por resultante existir en un limbo existencial ignorando la verdad de su propia historia. De manera de facilitar su opresión.

Ellos son ni negros ni blancos, más bien pardo. Escribió el Almirante Cristóbal Colon en su diario de a bordo. (Diario de Cristóbal Colon, Pág. 22, Editorial Sopena).Aunque en "Historia de las Indias cuenta el cronista Fraile Bartolomé de las Casas...que habían visto mujeres moza tan blanca como podían ser en castilla. Libro I Cáp. III. De ahí nace lo de indio claro e indio oscuro, que no era más que una forma de diferencial los nativos de piel clara u oscura de los extranjeros con igual piel.

Los Capitanes Tamayo y Ciguayo que al contrario de Enriquillo, su política era; español que cayera en sus manos, español que era sacrificado en venganza por los crímenes cometidos contra los de su raza. El Cacique por su parte los que atrapaba vivo los devolvía sano y salvo, su idea era una guerra moral a la que pudiese llegarse a una paz sin odios. Pero su sentido del honor no era el de los invasores.

De manera que cuando pacta la paz con el enviado de la corona el Capitán Francisco de Barrionuevo, Tamayo y Ciguayo desconfiado de los españoles, emigran al oeste de la isla desde cuyo reducto habían estado peleando en los últimos tiempos. Y a ellos le siguen muchos de los que estaban con el Cacique Enriquillo y su esposa Mencía, nieta de la reina Anacaona.

Posiblemente sea la verdadera razón de las devastaciones de Osorio en 1606, 73 años después. Dividir el pueblo Taino -los Quisqueyanos- en dos, consciente de que en el futuro el idioma se convertiría en un obstáculo insalvable entre esas dos partes del pueblo. Además a cambio recibir territorios que habían sido perdidos en la guerra con Francia. Y es ahí la verdadera razón del conflicto histórico haitiano, la lucha entre los recién llegados africanos y aquellos mulatos que no son más que los descendientes del pueblo Taino que quedo en el oeste después de las devastaciones. Por eso la historia oficial de este lado jamás vuelve a mencionar a tan esforzados capitanes.

Con esto adquiere sentido lo de la indivisibilidad de la isla. Que no era más que un discurso de los mulatos haitianos, consciente de sus orígenes, el cual fue asumido también por los líderes africanos. Y la razón de los repetidos degüello de los africanos contra la población mulata del oeste de la isla. Motivados por Toussaint con las siguientes palabras "Los mulatos son cabezas feroces cuya amputación es una obra meritoria y necesaria para la salvación de nuestra República".

El autor es Escritor e Investigador Histórico
olivomilton@hotmail.com

1/23/2006

Online Magazine Focuses on Native Pride…

UCTP Taino News - LaDivaLatina.com is the only online Latina magazine complete with bi-monthly issues emailed to dedicated subscribers. For 3 years, La Diva Latina has published positive images, verifiable facts, uplifting statistics interesting news articles that impact Latino life, pivotal historical accounts, and inspiring success stories. The current issue focuses on indigenous roots and features an interview with UCTP President, Roberto Mukaro Borrero. You can visit La Diva Latina online at http://www.ladivalatina.com/coverpage.html.

Bolivia's New Leader Vows Change

Evo Morales is sworn in as Bolivia's first indigenous president vowing to end "500 years of discrimination".

Full story:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/em/-/2/hi/americas/4636190.stm

In pictures: Spiritual rituals
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_pictures/4636044.stm

Morales speech excerpts
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4638030.stm

[excerpt]

"I wish to tell you, my Indian brothers, that the 500-year indigenous and popular campaign of resistance has not been in vain," Mr Morales, an Aymara Indian, said during an emotional speech.

We must change with votes not bullets
Evo Morales, Bolivian President

"We're taking over now over the next 500 years. We're going to put an end to injustice, to inequality."

The 46-year-old former llama herder and coca leaf farmer said the free-market model did not work in Bolivia, and that the privatisation of basic services and natural resources should be reversed.

"When we talk about recovering the territory we are talking about recovering the natural resources, and these need to be in the hands of the Bolivian people and the Bolivian state," he said.

He also acknowledged the magnitude of the task during his five-year term, as Bolivia still remains South America's poorest country, correspondents say.

Mr Morales is a fierce critic of the US and sees his election as a triumph for indigenous peoples.

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Bolivia's Morales Urges Unity, Strength:

To roars from the crowd of tens of thousands, Morales _ the first Indian to be elected as Bolivia's president and a fierce critic of the U.S. _ called his landslide election a victory for indigenous populations around the world, saying it was evidence that poor countries can rise up to challenge richer ones.

1/22/2006

Keeping our Warriors in Our Prayers…

From the Voice of the Taino People Print Edition:

a) The Garcia Family would like to thank all who kept their son Andre in prayers during his two week stint in Iraq. He is back home for the moment but weak from having contracted food poisoning the day before he left. Andre even had IV in his arm as he waited in the airplane hangar for the plane to take off. He was told his mission in Iraq would be 2 weeks to 4 1/2 months and it was exactly 2 weeks. But because of complications while there, Andre will probably have to go back and try and complete his group’s objective. Please keep him and his family in your prayers.

b) Community member Vanessa Inarunikia Pastrana has requested prayers for her son, John Mathew “Manturey” Concepcion, who is enlisted in the U.S. Army and currently stationed in Germany but will be leaving for Iraq this week.

On behalf of the UCTP, we ask the Creator to watch over all our young warriors and return them safely to their families and our community.


Taino community member John Mathew
“Manturey” Concepcion is the first one standing on the far left.

1/19/2006

Taino Activist Meets With Russian Indigenous Students

United Nations, NY (UCTP Taino News) - Eight young indigenous leaders were invited as "fellows" for the special training at the Secretariat of the United Nations Permanent Forum for Indigenous Issues in January 9-13, 2006. The project was a collaboration of Novosibirsk State University and the Permanent Forum.

Roberto Mukaro Borrero, Chairman of the NGO Committee on the UN International Decade of the World’s Indigenous Peoples and Executive Committee Member Pamela Kraft of the Tribal Link Foundation were asked to give a briefing to the young leaders from Siberia on NGO activity with relation to Indigenous Peoples.

Highlighting the theme of partnership, the presentation covered the work of the Decade Committee, the role of NGOs within the UN System, networking and capacity building, and ideas for funding.

The group also visited Borrero at the American Museum of Natural History where he serves as Senior Program Coordinator for the Department of Education.

*See related story at:
http://www.nsu.ru/ip/block.php?action=nitem&sid=1&iid=513&lng=en

Exclusive: Selling the Amazon for a Handful of Beads


By Kelly Hearn, AlterNet. Posted January 17, 2006.

In the midst of an Amazonian oil boom, classified documents reveal deep links between oil companies and Ecuador's military.

View the story at: http://www.alternet.org/story/30657/

Ecuadorian Huaorani Indians march on the streets of Quito. The Huaorani Indians were protesting against oil exploration by oil companies on their lands.
Credit: REUTERS/Stringer GG/SA.

1/16/2006

Taino Leaders Share Experiences at UCLA

Los Angeles, CA (UCTP Taino News) - During the weekend of January 14th Boriken Taino community leader, Grandmother Naniki Reyes Ocasio took a trip from the island to Los Angeles to join DeAnna M. Sarobei Rivera, one of the UCTP's two California Liaison Officers, in attending a conference on indigenous peoples' cultural resource management. The conference, Sharing Interpretations of California History, took place on the land of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, which happens to be the tribe responsible for starting Professor Rivera's program at UCLA, the Tribal Learning Community & Educational Exchange (TLCEE).

Grandmother Naniki came to the LA area both to attend this conference and to speak with UCLA students who have been doing research on behalf of the UCTP. At the conference, Grandmother Naniki was greeted by UCTP Liaison Officer John Hu'acan Vidal and several California indigenous community members. Many of the topics, though often California specific, included the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) and the protection of indigenous peoples' knowledge from outside researchers. Much of the discussion was related to Taíno concerns and Grandmother Naniki kept saying, "it's so nice to be at a conference that I didn't have to plan!" One thing she did do for the conference, however, was supply the gifts for the presenters – each one received a bag of Café Oroco, grown on Grandmother Naniki's land.

To see some of the speakers' remarks and presentations, visit the TLCEE web site in the coming weeks (www.tlcee.ucla.edu).

After the conference weekend, Grandmother Naniki met and had lunch with the UCLA law students to talk about their work. One of the students, Eric Sanchez, wrote extensively about California models of indigenous cultural resource management the Taíno could borrow from and tailor for our own purposes. Sandy Chang, a new student to the project, learned more about the community's issues and about the Occupation of Caguana Ceremonial Site in August 2005.

Apart from meeting with the law students, Grandmother Naniki joined brother Hu'acan Vidal in a conversation with UCLA undergraduate and graduate students about indigenous education. One of the interesting notes from the discussion was when Grandmother Naniki asked one of the students, Leticia Miranda, if she could borrow her phrase, "language reclamation." As Ms. Miranda described the phrase, it included the idea that our indigenous languages were taken from us. Unlike the word "revitalize," which implies the language simply died off on its own and we are now bringing it back to life, "reclamation" sets out the reality that there was a taking and now we are taking the languages back.

A lot of sharing and learning occurred over Grandmother Naniki's visit. Her company was indeed a blessing and a reminder of all the amazing work we all have ahead of us.

The UCTP Liaisons also noted with great appreciation the assistance of Jennifer Leal, for paying such close attention to Grandmother Naniki's needs during her visit to LA.

1/07/2006

Jamaican jerk on list of ‘food to eat before you die’

KINGSTON, Jamaica - Jamaican jerk pork and chicken have been voted on the list of ‘The 50 things to eat before you die’. The list was the focus of a special BBC television programme that was hosted by noted television Chef, Ainsley Harriot, and shown over the Christmas season.

Television viewers had been asked to vote for the top 50 things everyone should sample in their lifetime, and Jamaican jerk pork and chicken were voted in at number 47, just ahead of traditional British Cornish pasties and Scottish haggis.

“Jerk refers to the Jamaican method of cooking meat, seasoned with pimento (allspice) over an open fire. This barbecue style goes back 1,200 years to when the Arawak Indians, the island's original inhabitants, used chilies, spices and garlic to rub into their meat and cook it slowly over a hot, wooden grate known as a barbicoa. Jerk is a taste of the sun-kissed Caribbean and is ideally sampled on a postcard-perfect beach under a palm tree. If that's not an option, improvise in your back garden with a barbie, some rum and a bit of Bob Marley,” said Mr. Harriot.

The Jamaican specialty received endorsement from one of the voters, Annette Peck.

"I love food seasoned with spices. The smell of it cooking makes my mouth water and the warm spicy peppery flavour shines through - it's like sunshine and happy faces. One of my favourites is lime on chicken, the fruitiness and warm peppery taste reminds me of the Caribbean. The first time I ate jerk chicken I liked it so much I rushed out and bought the seasoning to cook it for myself. My husband doesn't like spicy foods very much, so I cut through the intensity of flavours with sour cream," she noted.

The ‘50 things to eat before you die’ list was topped by fresh fish and include some of the usual foods, including lobster, steak, Chinese food, and roast beef. The list also included some very unusual entrants, such as kangaroo, reindeer, guinea pig, alligator and Moreton Bay bugs of Australia, which are salt-water crustaceans that just look like bugs.

*News Source: Caribbean Net News - Friday, January 6, 2006

1/05/2006

Congratulations to UCTP Community Memers...

The UCTP would like to extend congratulations to Taíno Elder Millie “Mukara” Torres-Speeg and her husband Rogelio on their 49th wedding anniversary this month. We wish them all the best always and thank them for the wonderful example they continue to provide the community. Elder Millie is a Borikén Taíno, a master portrait artist and the UCTP Liaison officer for the State of Georgia.

The UCTP would also like to extend our congratulations and best wishes to community member Valeria Rodriguez Class who celebrated her wedding recently to Miguel Angel Ramos Arroyo in Almante Sur, Vega Baja, Borikén (Puerto Rico). Valeria is the daughter of Taíno activist Carmen Bracero Rodriguez and Angel Roman Class both of Vega Baja, Borikén.

In attendance at the ceremony and reception, were respected Borikén Taíno Community Leaders and Elders including Abuelo (Grandfather) Manuel Galagarza of Vega Baja, Grandmother Naniki Reyes Ocasio her husband Mauricio Guatuel. La Voz del Pueblo Taíno Chief Editor Roger Hernandez, and Mildred (Millie) Gandia Reyes, UCTP Florida State Representative were also in attendance.

Earliest Mayan writing found beneath pyramid

Archaeologists struggle to decode 2,300-year-old hieroglyphics

ANTIGUA, Guatemala (Reuters) -- Archaeologists excavating a pyramid complex in the Guatemalan jungle have uncovered the earliest example of Mayan writing ever found, 10 bold hieroglyphs painted on plaster and stone.

The 2,300-year-old glyphs were excavated last April in San Bartolo and suggest the ancient Maya developed an advanced writing system centuries earlier than previously believed, according to an article published Thursday in the journal Science.

The glyphs date from between 200 B.C. and 300 B.C., and come from the same site in the Peten jungle of northern Guatemala where archaeologist William Saturno found the oldest murals in the Mayan world in 2001. Radiocarbon tests indicate the writing is 100 years older than the murals depicting the Mayan creation myth.

The glyphs, thin black paintings on off-white stucco, lay in a plastic tub in a laboratory in an old house in the colonial city of Antigua on Thursday as archeologists cleaned and cataloged other stones from the San Bartolo site.

Although the writing is mostly indecipherable, Saturno and his team claim one glyph could be an early version of the word "ajaw," or "ruler."

"People have long been hoping to find a carved stone monument from this period of the Maya," said Mary Miller, a Mayan art expert at Yale University.

"It turned out not to be carved in stone but instead associated with this incredible complex of early paintings," she said. "It's as if we were to find pictures of Jesus on the cross from the time when he was really alive."

The pyramids at San Bartolo were constructed over several centuries, with newer structures built over the old. Guatemalan archaeologist Boris Beltran discovered the hieroglyphic writings by accident while excavating a structure buried deep below the room housing the ancient murals.

The archaeologists say some of the glyphs are pictorial, with one resembling a hand holding either a brush or a sharp instrument to draw blood.

"We can't read this stuff because it's so early," said David Stuart of the University of Texas at Austin, who co-wrote the paper in Science with Saturno and Beltran. "It's even more exotic looking than the known Mayan glyphs."

"It's like trying to read some of the writing in medieval manuscripts or handwriting from the 1500s. Even though it is our same writing system we don't recognize it," Stuart said.

Stuart said the newly discovered script resembles text used by neighboring people during the Mayan late pre-classic and early classic periods, raising questions about the relationships between ancient Mesoamerican civilizations.

"I think the Maya participated in the invention of writing much earlier than thought," Stuart said. "As cities began in Mesoamerica around this time, writing was a part of that, just like public art and presentation of political ideology. It's all part of a package."

The Mayans dominated southeastern Mexico and much of Central America for thousands of years until the Spanish conquest 500 years ago. Their descendants still live in the region.

Saturno announced last month he had uncovered the most elaborate wall of a 2,000-year-old mural, likened to the Vatican's Sistine Chapel, at San Bartolo.

The complexity of the writing found at San Bartolo indicates that even earlier glyph examples could be uncovered in the future.

"The history of the origins of Mesoamerican writing are not resolved by this find," Saturno said. But the recent discoveries in Guatemala clearly show "that the full story has not yet been told."

Copyright 2006 Reuters. All rights reserved.


A tourist climbs up the side of a Maya pyramid in Mexico in an undated file photo. Archeologists excavating a pyramid complex in the Guatemalan jungle have uncovered the earliest example of Mayan writing ever found, 10 bold hieroglyphs painted on plaster and stone. (Andrew Winning/Reuters)

1/04/2006

UCTP Welcomes Newest Representative

The United Confederation of Taíno People (UCTP) is honored to inform our community that Dr. A.D. Cropper Ph.D (Kalinago Carib) has now taken on the responsibility of Interim UCTP Liaison Officer to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

Dr. Cropper is a native Trinidadian who currently resides in Rochester, NY with his wife Natalie Rogers-Cropper and daughter Iala Kitanyea where he is employed by ITT Industries Space Systems Division. He has a long and distinguished community service record and has been affiliated with the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) for 15 years. Recently, Dr. Cropper was honored by the President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, the Honorable Professor Max Richards, with the prestigious “Icons in Science and Technology” award.


Interim UCTP Representative Dr. A.D. Cropper Ph.D with Humbolt Students attending the AISES National Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina.

*See 11/05/2005 post for related story

1/02/2006

Direct Action for the Defense of Attabey, Our Mother Earth!

A) Protect the Creatures of Attabey for our Future Generations!

Deep sea coral gardens grow in the deepest reaches of the sea. Many have been slowly, quietly growing there for hundreds of years. They provide crucial habitat for more than 2,000 species of marine life. The practice of "bottom trawling" -- where fishing vessels drag huge weighted nets across the sea floor behind them, demolishing everything in their path -- threatens to destroy these precious resources.

You can help protect deep sea corals by telling your Senator to demand that the sponsors of the new oceans act include protection for deep sea corals, and the Bottom Trawl and Deep Sea Coral Habitat Act of 2005, in any new ocean legislation!

Take Action at:
http://takeaction.oceana.org//campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=1639

B) Action Still Needs to Be Taken On Global Warming!

Join the growing chorus of concerned Americans and urge your senators, representative and President Bush to start taking real action on global warming!

Take Action at
http://actionnetwork.org/campaign/yea_launch1/?flashid=2

Keeping our Young Taíno Warriors in Our Prayers

On behalf of the UCTP, and as we begin this New Year, we would like to send a special prayer to all our community’s young warriors who are currently serving or about to serve in the military overseas.

In particular, we would like you to keep the following community members, Jimmy Eric Conley and Andre Manicatex Garcia, and their families in your hearts and prayers at this time.

News of Jimmy’s tour of duty in Iraq starting this month is especially devastating for his family who are still suffering the traumatic effects of this year’s hurricane. Jimmy Eric Conley is serving in the US Marine Corps, Infantry and is the son of UCTP Representative Professor Enid “Tati” Conely.

As we reported last month, Andre Manicatex Garcia began his tour of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan this month. Andre is the son of UCTP Representatives, Evelyn and Joe Kaonabo Garcia, and he has a wife, Dana, and daughter, Bella.

We ask the Creator to watch over them and return them safely to their families and our community.


Jimmy Eric Conley, US Marine Corps, Infantry