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Express Limited (XPRS.ke) HY2013 Interim Report

first_imgExpress Limited (XPRS.ke) listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Transport sector has released it’s 2013 interim results for the half year.For more information about Express Limited (XPRS.ke) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Express Limited (XPRS.ke) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Express Limited (XPRS.ke)  2013 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileExpress Limited is a transport and logistics company in Kenya which offers services for goods clearing and forwarding and warehousing. The company transports goods to the major towns and cities in Kenya and depots in South Sudan, North Sudan, Ethiopia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and the DRC. Express Limited operates a diverse fleet comprising trucks, small vans, trailers, low loaders, side loaders, cladded stainless steel tankers and forklifts. The company offers value-added services for its clients which includes handing customs documentation for imports and exports; coordinating pick-ups, clearing and door-to-door deliveries; pre-shipment inspections; warehouse logistics, and storing, cleaning and repairing empty containers. A division of Express Limited manages its investments in real estate. Express Kenya is a subsidiary of Etcoville Holdings Limited and its head office is in Nairobi, Kenya. Express Limited is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

Uchumi Supermarkets Limited (UCHM.ug) 2013 Abridged Report

first_imgUchumi Supermarkets Limited (UCHM.ug) listed on the Uganda Securities Exchange under the Retail sector has released it’s 2013 abridged results.For more information about Uchumi Supermarkets Limited (UCHM.ug) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Uchumi Supermarkets Limited (UCHM.ug) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Uchumi Supermarkets Limited (UCHM.ug)  2013 abridged results.Company ProfileUchumi Supermarket Limited is the oldest retail supermarket chain in Kenya selling fresh produce and quality merchandise, with an extended footprint in Tanzania and Uganda. The company has retail outlets in Nairobi, Meru, Eldoret, Kericho, Mombasa and Kisumi; ranging from hyper branches to express convenience stores. Uchumi Supermarket is primarily known for stocking fresh fruit and vegetables, breads and pastries and a range of local merchandise. Subsidiaries include Uchumi Supermarkets (Uganda) Limited and Uchumi Supermarkets (Tanzania) Limited. Kasarani Mall Limited is a subsidiary company engaged in property management. Uchumi Supermarket Limited is listed on the Uganda Securities Exchangelast_img read more

NicozDiamond Insurance Limited (NICO.zw) 2014 Presentation

first_imgNicozDiamond Insurance Limited (NICO.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2014 presentation For more information about NicozDiamond Insurance Limited (NICO.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the NicozDiamond Insurance Limited (NICO.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: NicozDiamond Insurance Limited (NICO.zw)  2014 presentation Company ProfileNICOZDIAMOND Insurance provides short-term insurance solutions for the personal, business and commercial sectors. The personal insurance and all-risk portfolios cover private households aswell as all outbuildings, pool pumps, gates and walls, and extended to cover movable content in private dwellings, motor vehicle insurance for private-use vehicles with a carrying capacity of over 2-tons and used for private purposes, jewelry, cameras, mobile phones, sports equipment, bicycles, spectacles and mobile devices. The company was established in 2002 with the merger of National Insurance Company of Zimbabwe and Diamond Insurance Company; it operates in three countries (Zimbabwe, Uganda and Malawi); has consistently received A-rating status from the Global Credit Rating Company in South Africa; and is one of the few short-term insurance companies in Zimbabwe to hold an ISO certification from the Standards Association of Zimbabwe. Nicoz Diamond Insurance Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

NCBA Group PLC (NCBA.ke)2019 Abridged Report

first_imgNCBA Group PLC (NCBA.ke) listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2019 abridged results.For more information about NCBA Group PLC (NCBA.ke) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the NCBA Group PLC (NCBA.ke) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: NCBA Group PLC (NCBA.ke)  2019 abridged results.Company ProfileNCBA Group Plc is a financial services institution in Kenya offering banking products and services for the retail, commercial and corporate sectors. It also offers stock brokerage, bancassurance, leasing and investment banking services through operations in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. Its full-service offering ranges from transactional banking products and services to unsecured and secured loans, secured diaspora loans, property purchase loans and insurance premium financing as well as asset-based lending, capital expenditure loans and construction loans. NIC Bank Limited offers institutional banking services to non-government organisations, diplomatic missions and their affiliate donor/aid entities as well as government institutions, multi-nationals, domestic corporates and medium- to high-net worth individuals. Formerly known as NIC Bank Limited, the company changed its name to NIC Group Plc in 2017. Its head office is in Nairobi, Kenya. NCBA Group Plc is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

The 2 defensive FTSE 100 shares I’m buying to protect my ISA wealth

first_img Tom Rodgers | Monday, 20th April, 2020 | More on: NG ULVR Image source: Getty Images I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” The coronavirus market crash has thrown up a unique opportunity. Quality defensive FTSE 100 shares are trading at much more affordable prices. So I’m saving cash I don’t need for my everyday bills and piling it into my Stocks and Shares ISA.The smart money also knows a UK recession is coming. And defensive sectors like utilities and consumer staples are the best store of value in troubled times.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Take noteOne caveat I will say before I start. This pair may not rise as fast as a rapidly appreciating market when the pandemic crisis is over.But anyone gambling on risky stocks will have seen eye-watering 20% to 30% falls in their portfolio value since March. And the rally back to previous highs could be two years away from here.So what these stocks will do is to protect your ISA wealth in the choppy, likely recessionary, environment ahead.I think both should be part of a well-diversified portfolio packed with both high-earning growth stocks and stable, high-yield FTSE 100 dividend-payers.Think nationalAs a defensive FTSE 100 utilities pick, there are few better options than this infrastructure operator.No one can touch the 5.2% yield of National Grid (LSE:NG) in the UK because of its impenetrable economic moat, or competitive advantage.Instead of digging for oil or natural gas, it owns the pipes and power lines that transmit gas and electricity into people’s homes. As such, its revenues are less affected by the collapsing price of oil, which has already badly hurt FTSE 100 energy giants like Royal Dutch Shell, BP and scores of smaller mining and minerals companies.Investors burned by tanking share prices have already taken notice of National Grid’s defensive qualities. While many shares have plunged 30% or more since the start of 2020, NG shares are down by only single percentage points.It has left open the decision of whether to pay its final dividend, but I’m not too concerned. National Grid has positives in spades, with a strong balance sheet and £5.5bn of undrawn bank facilities providing plenty of downturn cover.Stay home, keep cleanIn the consumer staples sector, Reckitt Benkiser, which sells household cleaning and hygiene products, seems an obvious choice. Especially in an era of hand-sanitiser price gouging and baby-wipe shortages. But it was unprofitable last year.Instead, I’m choosing Unilever (LSE:ULVR). It’s the favourite FTSE 100 dividend share of Evenlode Investment Management, for one. That is about the most boring (in a good way) active stock picking fund you will ever find. It focuses on big, stable companies most likely to slowly improve dividends per share over many years.With brands under its wing, such as Dove soap, Domestos bleach, Marmite spread and Magnum ice creams, you’ll find Unilever products on every supermarket and corner store shelf in Britain.Like National Grid, the shares have lost less than 5% of their value since January 2020. As of mid-April you can pick up the shares on 18 times earnings for a 3.4% dividend yield. This is one to tuck away in your ISA and forget about. If you can hold for a few years, I have no doubt it will compound nicely and pay you back handsomely for your faith. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Sharescenter_img Enter Your Email Address I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. See all posts by Tom Rodgers The 2 defensive FTSE 100 shares I’m buying to protect my ISA wealth Tom Rodgers has no current position in the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended Unilever. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee.last_img read more

Stock market crash: I’d buy shares now

first_img Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Enter Your Email Address I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. See all posts by Thomas Carr Thomas Carr | Tuesday, 12th May, 2020 Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997”center_img I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Thomas has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. It’s always hard to invest when there’s uncertainty, particularly after a stock market crash. Right now, nobody knows what’s going to happen to the economy, to business sectors, or to specific businesses. Above all, nobody knows what’s going to happen to the stock market in the short term. Even in the best of times, predicting the short-term movement of the stock market is a fool’s game.Bearing this in mind, we need to think how we can adapt our investment strategy to take account of share price volatility and variance in potential outcomes. While we don’t know which way share prices are going to move in the short term, we do know that in the long term, they invariably track upwards as economies and businesses grow.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Reducing investment riskAdditionally, we can see that following the stock market crash, share prices are currently low by historical standards. That is certainly the case here in the UK. Therefore, as long as we have long holding periods, it’s likely that our investments will gain in value. In fact, along with diversification, extending investment holding periods is the best way to reduce investment risk. This holds true even in the most uncertain of times.With share prices at such low levels, it also follows – somewhat counterintuitively – that now is a better time to invest for the long term, than any other point when share prices were higher. Those who invested a few years (or months) ago are likely sitting on losses. Whereas those entering the market now, after the stock market crash, are more likely to come away with inflated returns. Investors are rewarded for taking on the perceived risk of investing during periods of uncertainty.Investing after a stock market crashI’ve written before about how regular investing in the stock market can help to smooth out the average price that we pay for our shares. By investing the same amount every month, we eliminate the risk of buying all our shares at market tops. Instead, if done over a period of years, we will likely buy shares at all stages of the stock market cycle. This means we don’t need to worry about market timing, and we can focus instead on buying the shares that we like.One slight variation to this strategy is to vary the amounts we invest every month, in accordance with stock market valuations. This would result in us investing greater amounts when shares look cheap, and less when they look expensive. For instance, we could say that when the average price-to-earnings ratio of the FTSE 100 is below 15, we would invest more than when it was above 15. Under this strategy, we would have been investing more after the stock market crash, taking advantage of the lower prices.Of course, one big problem with this approach is that in a rising market, we may end up investing less than we should do. For best results, we would need to regularly review the valuation level that dictates whether we buy more or less. Also, depending on the route we use to buy our stocks, it could be that investing this regularly incurs higher transaction costs. To mitigate this, instead of investing once a month, we could invest larger amounts every three months. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Image source: Getty Images. Stock market crash: I’d buy shares nowlast_img read more

No savings at 40? Here’s how I’d invest £1k a month in UK shares to retire with a million

first_img Enter Your Email Address No savings at 40? Here’s how I’d invest £1k a month in UK shares to retire with a million Investing £1k a month in UK shares could be a means of retiring with a million. After all, the FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 have recorded annualised total returns of around 8% in recent decades, and could do likewise in the coming years.A £1k monthly investment, therefore, would produce a £1m portfolio within 28 years at that rate of return. That would be sufficient for a 40-year-old to retire at 68 with a seven-figure portfolio.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Of course, the 2020 stock market crash has left many shares trading at low prices. Therefore, it may be possible to outperform the FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 to obtain a surprisingly large retirement portfolio in a shorter space of time.Buying cheap UK shares todayBuying cheap UK shares such as Shell and GSK could lead to relatively high returns on a £1k monthly investment over the long run. Their share prices continue to trade lower year-to-date, which could mean they offer capital growth potential over the coming years.The GSK plans to split into two businesses may improve its efficiency. Its pipeline also suggests that it has the potential to deliver improving profitability after a mixed period in 2020 that has included disruption caused by coronavirus. Its 5.7% dividend yield suggests that it offers good value for money.Similarly, I think Shell could offer good value for money compared to other UK shares. Its 4% dividend yield could realistically grow at a brisk pace over the long run, as the company shifts its strategy towards a low-carbon future. Its recent updates have suggested that the company is in a financially sound position relative to its sector peers. This may allow it to capitalise on a likely global economic recovery.Improving operating conditions for a £1k monthly investmentInvesting £1k a month in UK shares such as Tesco and Barratt Developments could also be a sound long-term move. They appear to have the potential to outperform the FTSE 100 as a result of a likely improvement in their operating environments. For example, Barratt could benefit from a period of low interest rates that makes housing more affordable across the UK. Furthermore, its solid financial position and large land bank mean that it may have a competitive advantage over its peers.Meanwhile, Tesco’s investment in online capacity could pay off in the coming years. It now has a leading position in the online grocery sector that could allow it to produce higher profit growth than sector peers in an era when digital consumption is likely to grow. With a 4% dividend yield forecast for next year, it also appears to offer good value for money and income investing potential at a time when demand for passive income shares could increase. This may help to lift its share price over the long run. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Peter Stephens | Friday, 11th December, 2020 Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Peter Stephens owns shares of Barratt Developments, GlaxoSmithKline, Royal Dutch Shell B, and Tesco. The Motley Fool UK has recommended GlaxoSmithKline and Tesco. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors.center_img I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Image source: Getty Images Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares See all posts by Peter Stephenslast_img read more

South East businesses recognised for corporate social responsilibity

first_imgSouth East businesses recognised for corporate social responsilibity Sussex, Kent and Berkshire businesses have won awards at the South East Business in the Community Awards for Excellence, recognising best practice in corporate social responsibility programmes.Slough was the source of two winners, with Masterfoods winning the Business in the Community South East Special Recognition Award for business leadership leading to community impact in Slough, and the Slough Business Community Partnership winning the Collaborative Action Award for community impact through companies working together.Brighton-based Lime Marketing won the Small Business Award, and five Brighton & Hove companies – Desktop Display Ltd, Juicy Books Ltd, Lime Marketing, Southern FM and Zap Productions – were awarded Business in the Community’s CommunityMark, a kitemark for excellent practice in business community programmes, which was pioneered in the city. Advertisement Howard Lake | 19 May 2003 | News  30 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Awards Community fundraisingcenter_img Swiss Life (UK) plc won the Innovation Award, sponsored by Proctor and Gamble in association with Demos, and will go on to the next stage of the national Business in the Community Awards for Excellence. Winners were given their awards by television presenter and newsreader Carol Barnes at a ceremony in Brighton with guest speakers including Martin Perry, Chief Executive of the Brighton & Hove Albion FC, Peter Field and Peter Davies, Deputy Chief Executive of Business in the Community (BITC).Peter Davies said: “Activities can range from employee volunteering to providing services and equipment free of charge to straightforward financial help. As well as benefiting the community, a well-managed programme can help with staff training and motivation, generate positive publicity, enhance customer loyalty and aid business planning.”This year for the first time companies have been given the opportunity to submit programmes demonstrating their impact at regional level. The expansion of the Awards for Excellence has been sponsored by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister’s Neighbourhood Renewal Unit and energy company Powergen, to ensure that businesses operating on a local level will be recognised alongside the larger multi-nationals. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Care UK launches charitable foundation

first_imgCare UK launches charitable foundation  50 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 “The Foundation gives us, at company level, a platform through which we can give back to the community. We will invest £100,000 each year on research and good causes which promote wellbeing among people who depend on health and social care services.”Previously Care UK had supported its employees’ fundraising efforts by match funding what they raised.Other funding availableThe Wellbeing Foundation will also fund smaller projects and charities at local and national level which reflect its theme. Care UK staff as well as the general public can therefore nominate projects and organisations that involve creative therapy for funding of between £500 and £2000.  49 total views,  1 views today Tagged with: corporate Funding Health and care services provider Care UK has established a charitable foundation which, in its inaugural year, will support “wellbeing through the arts”. Its first year partner is music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins, to which it donated £50,000.Speaking at the launch, Mike Parish, Chief Executive of Care UK, said:“We are very proud to launch the foundation and introduce Nordoff Robbins as our charity partner of the year. Nordoff Robbins demonstrates how music can transform lives for the better, helping people with mental health problems, dementia or learning difficulties, so they really embody the theme of the Care UK Wellbeing Foundation – using creative therapies to enhance people’s wellbeing.”He added: Advertisement Howard Lake | 17 June 2014 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

‘We are unified as Pueblo on the removal of monuments that glorify murderers’

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this Pulling down hated statue of conquistador butcher, Juan de Oñate. The uprising in response to the murder of George Floyd has become a movement against white supremacy. Generations of anger have exploded against settler colonialism and slavery and all white-supremacist historical monuments. In New Mexico, the Pueblo Nations still seethe against the genocidal conquistador Juan de Oñate, who led Spanish troops to conquer and occupy the Rio Grande Valley. The year 1598 began centuries of Spanish oppression. In 1599 after Spanish troops defeated Acoma Pueblo after a fierce battle, Oñate killed 800, ordered all Indigenous Acoma Puebloans enslaved, and ordered his men to cut off a foot of every male warrior over the age of 25. Indigenous resistance peaked in the 1680 Pueblo Revolt, led by Po’pay, which was the second-largest setback to Spanish colonialism in the hemisphere, driving the Spanish out for 12 years.This June 15, after Oñate statues had been removed in Española and Alcalde, dozens of protesters rallied at the site of one in downtown Albuquerque. Armed right-wing militia elements came out to oppose the demonstration. One of them, who pushed three women and maced another, was then pushed out of the demonstration when he pulled a semi-automatic weapon and fired off shots, wounding Scott Williams, a demonstrator. The statue was removed by the city of Albuquerque the next morning. (tinyurl.com/yamjdnva)  The following is the Pueblo Action Alliance statement on demonstrations around Oñate Statues in Española (Tewa Territory) and Albuquerque (Tiwa Territory), N.M.By Julia Bernal, Sandia Pueblo, Environmental Justice Director of Pueblo Action AllianceYesterday was a historical moment in the town of Española, N.M., where the long-standing statue of Oñate celebrated the genocide of the Pueblo Indigenous people of New Mexico. Rain clouds gathered over the museum that protected this figure of rape and colonialism. I could feel our ancestors surrounding us with their blessings during the removal of the Oñate statue that stood too long on stolen Tewa Pueblo territory. The Tewa, Tiwa, Towa, Zuni and Keres language keepers unitedly organized against Spanish conquest that threatened our ways of life and kept us from practicing our sacred ways of life.And yet, to this very moment, we are unified as Pueblo on the removal of monuments that glorify murderers. We should be proud of this moment. We should be proud every day. And we should never let the colonial disease desecrate our ways of life and our sacred places.But the scene wasn’t the same in Tiwa Territory, present-day Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Oñate statue at the “La Jornada” monument outside of the Albuquerque Museum gathered many Indigenous relatives, one of our youth interns and local community members to demand the removal of this statue as well. Those supporting the removal were unarmed demonstrators, but were met with the N.M. Civil Guard — a self-organized, white-supremacist militia who have been showing up at Black Lives Matter actions and other actions, intimidating protesters with their exposed firearms and military garb.Last night, the incident escalated when the counterprotester, Steven Ray Baca, showed up to the protest instigating those in attendance. He was first seen moving through the crowd, seemingly looking like an “ally.” It was [not] until he started harassing those in the crowd, when a womxn blocked him from the statue and he threw her to the ground, injuring her. A few defended themselves against him, which further escalated the situation and put the crowd in danger. In Baca’s irrational rage, he then maced a womxn of color, while two other men came to their defense, and that is when he pulled out a gun and shot three or so times, wounding an ally. [Scott Williams] is still in hospital, and you can donate to his [and other protesters’ legal and medical fees] here. (tinyurl.com/y9h8mr85)The Albuquerque Police Department riot police came to the scene only after a person was injured. They arrested the N.M. Civil Guard militiamen and Steven Baca. But what was the most troubling to witness was how these domestic terrorists were treated. We have seen countless videos of police inflicting violence and brutality on unarmed Black, Indigenous and people of color, and yet these men were able to sit on their asses comfortably and unharmed. We feel as if their arrest was to remove these men from another dangerous situation as riot police then began to administer tear gas and rubber bullets at the unarmed demonstrators. Many of our relatives were harmed by these less lethal weapons and no de-escalation methods were administered. Just straight violence to those only armed with signs and their voices.This type of violence against the community displays the uplifting of white supremacy; the police weren’t there to protect anyone except their allies. The APD has been seen coercing with N.M. Civil Guard, and some have even heard on their police scanners that these men are “friendlies.” We identify both the APD and N.M. Civil Guards as enemies to Black, Indigenous and people of color and demand their abolishment. These military forces don’t and will not protect us.As the Environmental Justice Director of Pueblo Action Alliance, and as a Tiwa womxn, I do not consent to the violence continuously happening on stolen Tiwa Territory. Our ancestors didn’t just die for the revolution of Pueblo people, but they also killed to ensure that we are the surviving descendants of the Pueblo Revolt of 1680. That we remain the descendants of the war in Acoma and the descendants of any war on Pueblo territory. We will not be forgotten and we will fight until the day we thrive in peace.We are the extension of 1680 and we are not going anywhere. We will continue to occupy our ancestral homelands and continue to fight for Indigenous liberation, sovereignty and revolution. Kherkem/Thank you to everybody that stood for what was right and advocated for these racist monuments to be removed and hopefully destroyed. Our thoughts, prayers, and energy go to the victim and the victim’s family. Thank you on behalf of Pueblo Action Alliance coming from Tiwa territory. Let’s see to it that all these monuments never exist in our territories ever again.Additional statements from PAA“A testament to a lineage of tyranny and oppression. Standing at the door of reconciliation for my Indigenous people is a constant reminder of slavery, genocide, and sexual assaults on our women. Yesterday was a double-edged sword ― we continually de-escalated the tensions between our people and the domestic terrorist that is the N.M. Civil Guard.” ― Trenton DeVore, PAA Youth Intern“Yesterday’s incident added another layer of historical trauma that our people will continue to need to heal from. As a mother and lead with our Youth Internship, it is my duty and role to ensure that I continuously do the work to break the harmful cycles that perpetuate violence against our youth and peoples. This means calling out systemic racism that is embedded in every inch of our society. I will not remain silent. We, PAA, will continue to uplift our peoples, for us to continue to thrive. It is our lifework as the descendants of Pueblo Revolutionaries.” ― Reyes DeVore, Community Outreach Director “Strength to those who rose up to the evils yesterday. I love my people. I love those who show no fear, are connected to our just cause, to our communities, to each other, and the rights to live: to breathe. We know the truth of when it comes to being heard, seen, respected — our voices have been silenced for way too long. Enough is enough! The cowardly actions of the N.M. Civil guard only further gives us fuel in seeing this struggle through. Statues and struggle yesterday, Revolution today, Liberation tomorrow.” ― Sheldon Tenorio, Creative Strategistlast_img read more