Monday, August 25, 2008

Support This Project

We're currently filming a mini-doc on democracy, human rights and the world indigenous movement. Since we're all volunteer, overhead is low, but expenses tend to add up. If you want to support this project, we'd happily accept your donation.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Fourth Estate and the Fourth World

Author Jay Taber has three flash videos on the Fourth Estate and the Fourth World now available for online viewing. Many thanks to videographer Mark Gould of Photosynthesis Media Design.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Fighting for Our Lives

Fighting for Our Lives is the latest book by Public Good research analyst and administrative director Jay Taber.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

The Real News

As part of my work as a scholar and analyst, I write a column for Fourth World Eye, an online daily journal of the Center for World Indigenous Studies.

As the premier indigenous think tank and archival repository serving the Fourth World for the past thirty years, CWIS is at the forefront of the global struggle for indigenous human rights.

In the aftermath of the 2007 UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, knowledge of the Fourth World is widely recognized as essential to comprehending global resource wars. One of the reasons mainstream media is consistently incoherent is that this point of view is excluded. Real News has broken new ground by including the indigenous perspective.

The Real News Network coverage of the situation in Bolivia by reporter Pepe Escobar has been exemplary, offering analysis seen nowhere else on American TV.

As a writer focused on democracy, human rights and the world indigenous movement, I regularly seek out credible news sources outside corporate media. Real News is one source I've come to rely on.

--Jay Taber

Thursday, August 07, 2008


I first met Joe DelaCruz and Rudy Ryser in 1996 at a conference the Center for World Indigenous Studies hosted for research activists fighting Wise Use. Rudy, I later found out, was, at the time, also on the board of the Center for Democratic Renewal, then run by Loretta Ross.

Rudy’s mentors included George Manuel, who, from the 1950s through the 1980s, was the spark that generated global communication and coordination amongst indigenous peoples emerging from colonialism. Through their formation of the World Council of Indigenous Peoples, he and Rudy laid the groundwork for indigenous fora and working groups within the UN, as well as parallel organizations like the United League of Indigenous Nations and Coast Salish Gathering. CWIS today is considered the premier indigenous think tank and archival repository serving the Fourth World.

In December 2005, they invited me to join as an associate scholar, and in February 2006 my essay The Power of Moral Sanction was featured in their Forum for Global Exchange. In September 2006 my paper Institutional Memory as Community Safeguard was published in their peer-reviewed Fourth World Journal. In January 2007 they asked me to serve as moderator for their private online forum, and in August 2007, I was asked to contribute a weekly column to Fourth World Eye, their online daily journal of insight and commentary on world affairs.

--Jay Taber