Teens Trek 600 Miles Through Snow; Pro-Palestine Subway Ads Unveiled; North Dakota Abortion Fight

Cree Teenagers End Trek Through Snow: Last week, six Cree teenagers from Canada concluded a ten-week, 600-plus-mile journey on foot to Ottawa, the nation’s capital, on behalf of Cree solidarity as part of the Idle No More movement for indigenous rights. The half-dozen travelers, joined by nearly 300 people along the way, endured snowstorms and temperatures below 50 degrees Celsius, and were greeted with hospitality and kindness in many Canadian towns and cities throughout the way. The Cree activists were inspired by the much-publicized hunger strike of Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence, and were given counsel and guidance by leaders of the Cree community.

Pro-Palestine Ads To Grace New York Metro: On March 26, the group American Muslims for Palestine unveiled a campaign of ads it plans to roll out at Metro stations throughout New York City. The ads condemn ‘Israeli apartheid’ and call on the U.S. to stop sending aid to Israel. Timed to coincide with President Barack Obama’s visit to the Middle East, the new campaign comes just a few months after a series of “Support Israel, Defeat Jihad” ads were placed on New York subways by a right-wing activists. Previous pro-Palestinian ad campaigns have graced New York’s subways and Metro-North stations, including one last year by the Committee for Peace in Israel and Palestine that showed maps of a shrinking Palestinian territory through time.

Six-Week Abortion Ban Draws Fury:  More than 300 pro-choice activists converged in Bismarck, N.D. on March 25 to protest a wave of some of the most draconian anti-abortion laws in the nation. Three anti-abortion laws were signed by the governor that day, including one measure banning abortion as early as six weeks from conception. The rally was organized by the new Stand Up for Women North Dakota coalition, and occurred alongside rallies in Fargo, Grand Forks and Minot.

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