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Valentin Lopez Speaks on the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
by Santa Cruz News
Sunday Dec 9th, 2018 3:00 PM
Valentin Lopez, Chairman of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band, spoke at an event in celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, hosted by the United Nations Association: USA Santa Cruz, CA Chapter on December 8 at the Resource Center for Nonviolence.
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The traditional territory of the Amah Mutsun spans the modern Counties of San Benito, Monterey, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, and San Mateo. Historically comprised of more than 20 politically distinct peoples, the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band represents the surviving descendant families of these historic groups.

One initiative of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band is the Amah Mutsun Land Trust, where members are able to access, protect, and steward lands that are integral to the tribe's identity and culture. The Amah Mutsun also work actively to educate the public about the horrors of the California mission system. They strongly opposed the Sainthood of Junipero Serra.

Presently, the Amah Mutsun are working to protect Juristac, a sacred area to the tribe.

Juristac (Huris-tak) lies at the heart of the ancestral lands of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band near Gilroy, California. For thousands of years, Mutsun ancestors lived and held sacred ceremonies at this location in the southern foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains, above the confluence of the Pajaro and San Benito rivers. The cultural landscape encompassing Juristac is known today as the Sargent Ranch. An investor group based in San Diego purchased the land at a bankruptcy auction and is currently seeking to develop a 320-acre open pit sand and gravel mining operation on the property.

The Amah Mutsun Tribal Band vehemently opposes the proposed mining project and is asking the public to join in standing for the protection of their sacred grounds.

Please sign the petition to protect Juristac:
http://www.protectjuristac.org/petition/

For more information about protecting Juristac:
http://www.protectjuristac.org/

For more information about the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band and the Amah Mutsun Land Trust:
https://www.amahmutsunlandtrust.org/
http://amahmutsun.org/


The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is a milestone document in the history of human rights. Drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, the Declaration was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948 (General Assembly resolution 217 A) as a common standard of achievements for all peoples and all nations. It sets out, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected and it has been translated into over 500 languages.

Read more:
http://www.un.org/en/universal-declaration-human-rights/


Video of Valentin Lopez courtesy of United Nations Association: USA Santa Cruz, CA Chapter
§Universal Declaration of Human Rights
by Santa Cruz News Sunday Dec 9th, 2018 3:00 PM
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