Author Archives: Akimel O'odham Youth Collective

About Akimel O'odham Youth Collective

We are a youth based group of the Gila River Indian Community outreaching, organizing, and informing youth about the issues going on in their community. An example includes the proposed South Mountain Loop 202 freeway extension, going on the reservation or off the reservation. We strongly oppose this project and will be working with all O’odham to stop this freeway. Youth today are always given false information, we hear so many sides of a story, yet most don’t hear all of the information. The AOYC is here to change that, we want to give the correct information to the youth so we may grow stronger as a group as well as a community. We will outreach to youth in the community so that they may become involved in the issues that will affect their future. We want youth to know of the issues that will directly affect not only themselves, but as well as their O’odham Himdag (traditional way of life). AOYC will organize gatherings and rallies so that youth have a say and are heard. In our previous experiences, we have not seen many youth out in the public participating in rallies or demonstrations. We want to empower youth so that the community knows how important these issues are to us. In near future expect more youth actively speaking and doing what is right for our community SO GET INFORMED AND TAKE ACTION!!!! Contact Info: Email: akimeloodhamyc@gmail.com Phone #: (520) 510-3407 Phone #: (520) 350-0603

O’odham and Supporters Protest Meeting of South Mountain Freeway Bidders

Akimel O’odham Youth Collective September 29th, 2015 Contact: 520-350-0603 akimeloodhamyc@gmail.com On the morning of September 29th, 2015, the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) held a Pre-Bid meeting for the proposed South Mountain Freeway extension of the Loop 202 at the … Continue reading

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Hardcore Punk Bands Donate to A.O.Y.C

Legendary Chicago Hardcore Punk band Los Crudos and hardcore punk locals Gay Kiss played a late night after show at 51 West Coffee in Tempe, Az – which coincided with the King of the Monsters 20th anniversary. Los Crudos are … Continue reading

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Anti-Freeway Protestors Crash Loop 202 Networking Event!

June 18, 2015 Contact: E-mail: akimeloodhamyc@gmail.com On June 17th, the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) hosted a Loop 202 networking event at Rio Salado College. Representatives from the three private consortia bidding to receive the contract to build the 202 … Continue reading

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It’s time to turn up the heat! FHWA In Favor of Building Freeway!

March 12, 2015 On March 5th, 2015, the Federal Highways Administration (FHWA) released their Record of Decision (ROD) in favor of building the South Mountain Freeway. The ROD is a document that gives the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) the … Continue reading

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ADOT IS RACIST! O’odham Resistance Against the Loop 202!

November 15th, 2014 Akimel O’odham Youth Collective Contact: Akimeloodhamyc@gmail.com On Saturday November 15th, 2014, the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) came to the Gila River Indian Community (GRIC) to hold a public forum regarding the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) … Continue reading

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No desecration for transportation: Supporters join AOYC in protest of ADOT,MAG

We the Akimel O’odham Youth Collective were a part of this action but were in collaboration with others from the phoenix area. Contact: Andrew Pedro: apedro7556@gmail.com Alex Soto: hiphopisresistance@gmail.com On Wednesday August 27, a group of 20 people from the … Continue reading

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No Freeway on Gila River!

July 6th, 2013 Akimel O’odham Youth Collective E-mail: akimeloodhamyc@gmail.com Phone: 520-510-3407 http://www.AOYCBlog.wordpress.com On Wednesday July 3rd, 2013 the Gila River Indian Community (GRIC) Council held their first regular meeting of the month. The investigation into the Pangea Corporation’s Landowner initiative … Continue reading

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