Happy Indigenous People’s Day!
The Green Shadow Cabinet supports renouncing Columbus Day and replacing it with Indigenous People’s Day.
Christopher Columbus is an important historical figure. He should be studied as part of our colonial history, a tragic era of plunder, pillage, empire, genocide and slavery that’s been largely omitted from mainstream history books. Establishing Indigenous People’s Day is an important step in setting the record straight, and ending the celebration of a man representing one of the most brutal chapters in recorded history.
Indigenous People’s Day celebrates the pre-Columbus nations, as well as the ongoing contribution of Indigenous Peoples to American culture and society. The survival of a people and their culture – despite brutal attempts to destroy both – is an inspiring and instructive story which deserves dedicated discussion in both U.S. school curriculum, and broader public discourse.
This struggle, of course, continues. Indigenous People’s around the world are under assault by neoliberal resource extraction, water privatization, industrial agriculture and land grabs – fostered in part by market-based false solutions to the climate crisis. Yet despite poverty, unemployment and high cancer rates resulting from these toxic assaults, Indigenous communities are leading the charge, putting their bodies on the line to protect air, water, land, climate, biodiversity, Mother Earth and all of her inhabitants – including all of us.
Their courage is an inspiration to us all. As disaster capitalism broadens its targets from the most oppressed communities to encompass us all, we have all the more reason to emulate and celebrate Indigenous resistance and resiliance. Please join us in calling for an end to Columbus Day, and the creation of a new federal holiday of Indigenous People’s Day.
~ Jill Stein, Green Shadow Cabinet President
Wood County, Texas: The District Attorney has dismissed charges brought against Stein, Hannah and Fairchild in connection with the Tar Sands Blockade of the KeystoneXL Pipeline in East Texas.
The women had been arrested in actions in late 2012 supporting tree-sitters blocking construction of the KeystoneXL Pipeline.
Rev. Edward Pinkney of Benton Harbor, Michigan will go to trial on October 27 for circulating recall petitions against pro-corporate Mayor James Hightower. Rev. Pinkney is a longtime community leader who ran for Congress as a Green Party candidate in 2008. He was charged with “voter fraud” for allegedly altering dates on the petitions and now faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted.
“[African Americans] had for more than a century before been regarded as beings of an inferior order, and altogether unfit to associate with the white race, either in social or political relations; and so far inferior, that they had no rights which the white man was bound to respect; and that the negro might justly and lawfully be reduced to slavery for his benefit. He was bought and sold, and treated as an ordinary article of merchandise and traffic, whenever a profit could be made by it.” – Dred Scott decision (1857)
I want to share with you a piece that Davey D wrote today about the most recent killing in Missouri. Davey D is a journalist, adjunct professor, Hip Hop historian, syndicated talk show host, radio programmer, producer, deejay, media and community activist, and a friend. ~ Shamako.
Every once in awhile you see just how easy it is to manipulate the American people, to take seemingly smart, wonderful, thinking human beings and turn us into puppets, or sheep, or lemmings… or perhaps all three combined into some sort of puppeepings?
Watch Lee Camp’s Redacted Tonight piece on manufacturing consent – HERE.
While ISIS moves to slaughter Kurds in Kobani, the current situation is part of the cynical farce that is the fight against ISIS.
Veterans For Peace Three Year Campaign Removes Curfew as Vets and Allies Protest the Wars, Honor The Dead
Each October 7 for the last three years, the date of the US invasion of Afghanistan, members of Veterans For Peace and their allies have gathered at the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial in Lower Manhattan for a soulful ceremony. Their purpose: to mark another year of a war in Afghanistan and call for peace, to honor all whose lives are destroyed by war and to expand the First Amendment right to peaceably assemble.