From:   Antonio Serna <>
Sent time:   Sunday, October 09, 2011 10:16:15 AM
Subject:   [september17discuss] Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples

@occupywallstreet, what's the hold up?


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Occupy Boston Ratifies Memorandum of Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples

Posted on October 8, 2011 by nadeemtron



The following resolution was passed by the Occupy Boston General

Assembly on October 8th, 2011:


RESOLUTION: Memorandum of Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples


WHEREAS, those participating in “Occupy Boston” acknowledge that the

United States of America is a colonial country, and that we are guests

upon stolen indigenous land that has already been occupied for

centuries, Boston being the ancestral land of the Massachusett people; and


WHEREAS, members of the First Nations have continued to resist the

violent oppression and exploitation of the colonizers since they first

arrived on this continent, and as a result have a great amount of

experience that could strengthen this movement; and


WHEREAS, after centuries of disregard for the welfare of future

generations, and the consistent disrespect and exploitation of the

Earth, we find ourselves on a polluted and disturbed planet, lacking the

wisdom to live sustainably at peace with the community of Life;

therefore be it


RESOLVED, That we seek the involvement of the First Nations in the

rebuilding of a new society on their ancestral land; and


As a signal to the national “Occupy” movement and to members of First

Nations who have felt excluded by the colonialist language used to name

this movement, it shall be declared that “Occupy Boston” aspires to

“Decolonize Boston” with the guidance and participation of First Nations

Peoples; and


Extending an open hand of humility and friendship, we hereby invite

members of the First Nations to join us in this popular uprising now

taking place across this continent. We wish to further the process of

healing and reconciliation and implore Indigenous Peoples to share their

wisdom and guidance, as they see fit, so as to help us restore true

freedom and democracy and initiate a new era of peace and cooperation

that will work for everyone, including the Earth and the original

inhabitants of this land; and


We hereby declare that Columbus Day should be referred to as “Indigenous

Peoples’ Day.”