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Signs of Hope – A continuing series July 10, 2020

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Gewerkschaftler suggested this recently:

I suggest this blog should have a regular (weekly) slot where people can post happenings at the personal or political level that gives them hope that we’re perhaps not going to hell in a handbasket as quickly as we thought. Or as the phlegmatic Germans put it “hope dies last”.

Any contributions this week?

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1. CL - July 11, 2020

“”On the far end of the Trail of Tears was a promise,” Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote in the opening of the high court’s highly anticipated opinion, “Forced to leave their ancestral lands in Georgia and Alabama, the Creek Nation received assurances that their new lands in the West would be secure forever.”….
“The Supreme Court today kept the United States’ sacred promise to the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of a protected reservation,” the tribe said in a statement. “Today’s decision will allow the Nation to honor our ancestors by maintaining our established sovereignty and territorial boundaries.”
https://www.indianz.com/News/2020/07/09/on-the-far-end-of-the-trail-of-tears-nat.asp

-Kevin Washburn….dean of the law school at the University of Iowa called the court’s ruling “a great decision….
For Indian people, their land is really important, and treaties are really important. They’re sacred. And this reaffirms the sacredness of those promises and those treaties.”

“The ruling will affect lands of the Muscogee and four other Oklahoma tribes with identical treaties. Civil court issues are also affected.
It’s important to note that the case concerned jurisdiction, not land ownership.
Ruling that these lands are in fact reservations “doesn’t mean the tribe owns all the land within the reservation, just like the county doesn’t own all the land within the county. In fact, it probably doesn’t own very much of that land,” Washburn explained.
https://www.npr.org/2020/07/09/889562040/supreme-court-rules-that-about-half-of-oklahoma-is-indian-land

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2. Ned Corcaigh - July 12, 2020

Sudan has made female genital mutilation illegal. Given that the practice is estimated to affect nine out of ten young women in the country of 42 million people this seems like a very significant step forward. The new law provides for prison sentences of up to three years for anyone engaging in the practice.
It stems from the overthrow of Omar al-Bashir last year. The new transitional government has also appointed four women ministers, removed restrictions on womens dress and allowed women to travel outside the country with their children without permission from their husbands.
One caveat is that making the law is one thing and enforcing it is another. Egypt banned the practice in 2008 but it has continued in many areas. All the same Sudan does seem to qualify as a sign of hope at the moment.

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3. tomasoflatharta - July 12, 2020

In Ireland Jack Charlton is celebrated – he was the most successful ever manager of the Republic of Ireland soccer team. There was a political side to this cultural phenomenon – it is well explained in the Keith Flegg blog below.Months before the opening 1990 game between Ireland and England in Cagliari a small group of Dublin people met in a Dublin pub, the Teachers’ Club. They wondered : how they could raise funds for a cash-strapped campaign seeking freedom for the Birmingham Six and other Irish political hostages in British jails. The venue, largely because of the example set by this campaign, has become home to many left-wing, trade union, feminist and human rights social movements. https://tomasoflatharta.wordpress.com/2020/07/12/jack-charlton-1935-2020-world-cup-winner-ireland-football-manager-supporter-of-the-miners-anti-fascist/

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