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Tohono O'odham Ofelia Rivas with Extinction Rebellion in New York
by Brenda Norrell (brendanorrell [at]
Monday Dec 2nd, 2019 9:04 AM
Tohono O'odham Ofelia Rivas spoke as Extinction Rebellion protested consumerism in New York City, urging protection of Mother Earth. Rivas also spoke at the 20 Million Women Strong gathering and offered a prayer at an event for Bolivians in New York. Rivas is the founder of O'odham Voice against the Wall and lives in her homeland, the Tohono O'odham Nation.
Article by Brenda Norrell
Photos by Ofelia Rivas
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NEW YORK -- Tohono O'odham Ofelia Rivas spoke to a gathering of Extinction Rebellion in New York on Black Friday, sharing the need to protect Mother Earth.

Ofelia Rivas said she "shared the message for people to consider a personal conscious choice to end consumerism driven by this corporate system."

"The message from Indigenous Peoples is to protect Mother Earth. They are here taking this action, and it is a sign that people have heard our message," Rivas told Censored News.

While in New York, Rivas opened the 20 Million Women Strong organization event in the East Village. She provided a prayer song for Bolivians at the "Impunity with the Aymara Community of Bolivia," gathering of The Center for Constitutional Rights and Harvard Law. She also gave a presentation at the Concerned Citizens for Change meeting at Manhattan College.

The Extinction Rebellion action in New York was part of planned Black Friday protests around the world, with activists blockading shopping malls in Paris, Montreal and Madrid, calling for an end to consumerism.

Rivas is founder of O'odham Voice against the Wall and has lived her life on her homeland, battling the U.S. Border Patrol who sit outside her home. One U.S. Border Patrol Special Operations Agent from El Paso pulled a gun on her as he was stalking her at her gate.

After testifying before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in Jamaica in May on the militarization of her homeland, and abuses by U.S. Homeland Security and its Border Patrol on the Tohono O'odham Nation, Ofelia was delayed two days returning home after being targeted by U.S. Homeland Security with repeated searches because of her testimony.

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by Brenda Norrell Monday Dec 2nd, 2019 9:04 AM
Singer and actress Melba Moore (on left) with Ofelia Rivas, Tohono O'odham, in New York. Photo courtesy Ofelia Rivas.

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