Washington, D.C., Demonstration Results
With Photos


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Al. Exchanging information
with another protester


Mignonne. I shot this during a lull
in the crowd. In this photo, she looks as alone as we both felt.


Mignonne. The Beast's lair looms behind her.


Al. Telling it like it is to all who will listen.
Quite a few, from several nations, DID listen.




Washington, DC, Demonstration
The Throne of the Beast

Mignonne and I drove all night and arrived in DC on schedule at 10:00 a.m. on the morning of 2 October. After parking as close as possible (about 4 blocks away from the White House), we walked through Lafayette Park to the White House sidewalk. When no one showed up after 20 minutes or so, Mignonne and I began picketing.

I carried a sign that read, " RELOCATION to Radiation Contaminated Land IS GENOCIDE for the Dine'h (Navajo)," on one side, and "STOP FORCED RELOCATION OF THE DINE'H BY THE Beast In America!!" on the other side.

Mignonne carried a sign that she made that read, "STOP HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES AGAINST DINE'H (NAVAJO) AT BIG MOUNTAIN, ARIZONA!!" on one side, and "With Liberty and Justice for ALL... What Part Of ALL Does the Government NOT Understand??" on the other side.

At first, it seemed like an empty attempt, because President Clinton and Bill were gone for the weekend; and no one but Mignonne and I were there to demonstrate. However, as the day progressed, each of the park police, on his or her break, asked us about what was happening to the Dine'h, how long it has been going on, and other questions. We gave them our web
sites, literature, and information.

Throughout the day, tourist groups from the U.S. and various other countries, including Germany, Japan, China, and other nations, came through to see the White House. Someone from each group asked about the Dine'h and we gladly told them. Some who did not speak English asked their tour guides to translate our signs and explain what it was all about. Those who spoke English would ask us questions about the government's actions against the Dine'h. Every one had the same initial reaction: "NO!! This kind of thing is STILL going on in America?? This is very sad!" Many of the tourists shot video footage or snapped photos of us with the signs.

A professor from American University collected information and gave me her e-mail address, saying that she is affiliated with a human rights organization and will put our link and information about the Dine'h struggle on the organization's web site.

Later, a group of Native American students from Arizona arrived. They read the signs and took photos of Mignonne and me. One student thanked us for what we were doing.

We also met a Greek gentleman named Zeus who had been to Black Mesa a few years ago. He was very fond of the Dine'h and their culture and sent his regards.

When no one else showed up at the end of the day Saturday, Mignonne and I checked into our accommodations and I held a private prayer service for the Dine'h.

Mignonne and I arrived at Lafayette Park at 9:30 a.m. on the 3rd hoping to see the arrival of supporters who had come to help. No one had arrived by 10:00 a.m. to help, so again Mignonne and I demonstrated. Sunday was as busy as Saturday had been. Other foreign visitors came and went, as well as American tourists. In each group, several of the tourists would ask us about the the Dine'h; and Mignonne and I would explain the situation and give them contact info to learn more about it. Again, photos and videos were taken of Mignonne and me with our signs. Again the shocked responses from the people as we explained what is
happening at Big Mountain and of the government's February 1, 2000 deadline. Two people also asked why Native Americans are not allowed representation in the United Nations, since our nations are considered sovereign. I explained that, as well.

When no one showed up at the DC demonstration, I was very disappointed, though I can understand the reluctance. Having the White House sidewalk as our only option, and not being allowed to have entertainment or speakers has little appeal. I know that. Still, it would have been nice if someone had shown up. After all, the purpose of the DC demonstration was to protest the mistreatment of the Dine'h--to get right in the Beast's face and say to it, "We WILL stop you! Your days of hiding this from the public are finished! We will not allow you to get away with this, any longer!"

Your brother in Spirit

Al Swilling*

* Al Swilling is the founder of SENAA International.




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