Progressive commentary from Gainesville, Florida, once called the Berkeley of the South. Potano was the chief of and the only known name of the Native American tribe inhabiting the area around what is now Gainesville at the time the Europeans arrived.
Yesterday was Indigenous Peoples’ Day, renamed to celebrate the peoples whose ancestors were here before Europeans instead of honoring the sadistic explorer/conquered who is erroneously given credit for discovering this continent. More cities and states have switched to Indigenous Peoples’ Day, so the momentum is building. Eventually this trend will engulf the majority of the nation.
This trend is long overdue. Native Americans were brutalized and conquered by Europeans and pushed onto reservations on the worst land by Americans. Their rebellions up to the 19th century and their protest at Wounded Knee in the 1960s were put down and their concerns ignored. The white majority has kept bragging about the conquest in motion pictures and history books until recently. Progress has been like pulling teeth. In addition to jurisdictions celebrating indigenous peoples’ day, parades for the conquered have been stopped in some cities, but we have a long way to do go until Native Americans get the respect they deserve. It certainly did not help that Pope Frances slapped them in the face by sanctifying the the abusive Father Junipero Serra.
Respect is just the beginning. When will we stop desecrating their burial grounds and undo the injustice done to them? Letting them live in poverty in reservations on the worst land and blaming them for their problems is NOT justice.
Here’s to a great 2015! | MoveOn.Org | Democracy In Action. – Happy New Year! Finally emerging from the long year that was 2014 feels wonderful! Things were still accomplished, though. In this video Robert Reich shows that even in the dark days of a year like 2014 progressives working together made strides. This should remind us be undaunted by setbacks and energize us to keep our heads up and make even more progress this year! Despite the “GOP” takeover of the U.S. Senate (and gain of governorships) 2015 can be a great year
AMAZON WATCH » Stop Chevron’s Attacks Against the People It Poisoned!. This is an important and urgent protection. Chevron is poisoning people in the Amazon. Now that these people and some environmental groups are fighting back, the polluting Oil Company is attempting to use the RICO act to make such actions by indigenous groups and environmental groups illegal. This is beyond outrageous.
The RICO act was enacted to fight racketeering. This legislation was intended punish criminal acts. Applying it to grassroots organization efforts to hold corporations accountable for their actions is a hideous and insidious misuse of the judiciary. This nonsense must be stopped ASAP!