|From:||Winter Siroco <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Sent time:||Thursday, October 13, 2011 7:38:41 PM|
|Subject:||Re: [september17discuss] URGENT PROPOSAL FROM MOVEMENT FOR JUSTICE IN EL BARRIO|
I begin by prayerfully remembering our free and independent ancestors, the Lenape and all the Original Nations and Peoples of this vast Turtle Island (Mother Earth), and of the entire Western Hemisphere from the Arctic Circle to Tierra del Fuego at the tip of South America.
As you ‘occupy Wall Street,’ I ask you to reflect: You are on the island upon which our Indigenous ancestors lived and thrived for thousands and thousands of years. Please take a moment to recognize that we, the Original Nations, still exist here on Turtle Island. We have the right to exist as free and distinct nations with full self-determination.What is the true source of our many grievances? It is the mentality and behavior of greed. The word ‘America’ is the combination of two Latin words ame (a command form of ‘love!’) and rica (riches and wealth). The effects of an insatiable desire for and the pursuit of riches and wealth first afflicted our Indigenous nations and peoples, and now afflict all peoples. Clearly, we need to address and rectify the political economy of greed, and the destruction it has caused and continues to cause.
Greed is an unsustainable value, but it is also an illness that is rooted in addiction. It is maintained in keeping with the slogan, ‘The more you eat (consume), the more you want.’ The addict will stop at nothing to get a fix; he will sacrifice anyone and anything to feed his addiction. For this reason, an economy of greed has and will continue to sacrifice the health and well-being of women, children, men, and all living things on Mother Earth. As a great Anishinaabe leader has profoundly stated, “Their way of living is our way of dying.” It is rapidly becoming ‘the way of dying’ for everyone.
Today, after centuries of invasion and predatory consumption (‘devouring’) of our traditional lands, territories, and resources on Turtle Island and elsewhere, the waters of the rivers and streams that were once pure enough for our ancestors to drink from are now filthy and poisoned. Water is Life. The chemical contamination of Water, and, therefore, of Life itself, is emblematic of a way of life predicated upon patterns of greed that are destined to collapse.The suffering of human beings and the destructiveness to life on Mother Earth has been a direct consequence of colonization, domination, dehumanization, militarization and war. Unfortunately, these conceptions and behaviors have become the metaphorical bricks and mortar of the current unsustainable world order. They are expressed in a number of documents issued in the fifteenth century by the Holy See at Vatican Hill in Rome; these documents called for the domination of all non-Christian peoples throughout the world, and for the theft of all our lands and territories. To this day, the ideas found in those papal documents are woven into US Indian law and policy.
Those Church documents unleashed claims to a right of conquest and domination in the name of a “right of Christian discovery.” The monarchies of Christendom used those documents to claim the territories of our nations in the Western hemisphere, simply because our territories were not yet in the possession of any Christian prince or dominator (‘dominorum christianorum’). This paradigm of domination has been used to give governments and corporations virtually unlimited access to our traditional lands and territories. If approved, the Keystone XL pipeline will be but the latest example.Despite the destructive effects of more than five centuries of subjugation, as the Originally Free Nations and Peoples of Turtle Island, we still remember what it is to be truly free as exemplified by our ancestors. Our ancestors evolved life-ways and values that challenged European feudalism, medievalism, and lordship. Today, forces seem to be working toward neo-feudalism and neo-medievalism, with a long range plan for irreversible global domination in the name of ‘national security,’ under the unblinking eye of the surveillance state.We have entered the ‘Brave New World’ written about by a prescient mind a generation ago. Not only have we survived, but we now have the capability of expressing ourselves in the language of the Colonizers, and we are maintaining the message that our great leaders tried to convey to your ancestors: Stop the patterns of destruction and greed before it is too late. The Chernobyl-scale release of radiation at Fukushima, Japan is a clarion call.We must invert the key symbol of domination. Once inverted, the patriarchal symbol of ‘the dome of domination’ becomes a bowl; when filled with water, the bowl is the symbol of the Sacred Feminine, as exemplified by the White Buffalo Calf Woman. She was the one who brought the Sacred Pipe to the Oglala Lakota Nation.
The Living Laws and Values of Turtle Island that the White Buffalo Calf Woman brought include: Honor and Respect; Compassion and Pity; Sharing and Caring (to carry the well-being of the People in one’s heart); Patience and Fortitude; Bravery and Courage; Humility; Seeking Wisdom and Seeking Understanding. In keeping with the White Buffalo Calf Woman’s teachings, Love and the Beautification of Life are healing values that need to replace the love of riches and wealth.Next May, 2012, a year of great transformation, we will be in New York at the United Nations as part of our work toward decolonization at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. The theme of the Permanent Forum will be the destructive legacy and deadly impact of the Doctrines of Discovery and Domination on Indigenous Nations and Peoples and on Mother Earth. We ask for your support by renouncing the Doctrine of Christian Discovery.
Steven Newcomb, Shawnee/Lenape, is co-founder and co-director of the Indigenous Law Institute, author of Pagans in the Promised Land: Decoding the Doctrine of Christian Discovery, and a columnist for the Indian Country Today Media Network.
Dough, go ahead and present it to the GA.There could be also a document of support of local Indigenous organizations that visited us this Monday.Perhaps there is a way to provide general support with their cause, without discussing their long documents at the GA.Also, let's not forget to publicize the endorsement of Voces de La Frontera,AND the open letter from the Indigenous Law InstituteBoth included.We will prevail past tomorrow.Cesar
CONTACT: JOE SHANSKY (414) 218-3331
Voces de la Frontera In Solidarity with "Occupy Wall Street"
On behalf of thousands of members across Wisconsin, Voces de la Frontera stands in solidarity with the "Occupy Wall Street" demonstrations on both the national and local levels.
Today we are experiencing devastating economic inequality, at a level which is no longer sustainable for the vast majority of the country. For far too long, we've been the victims of an economic system which marginalizes the poor and working classes, including immigrant workers who have to come to the US as a result of free trade agreements which only favor multi-national corporations.
The legacy of racism in the US means that racial and ethnic groups in the US that have been historically marginalized have been especially hard hit in the wake of the Great Recession.
The recent financial crisis caused by Wall Street generated an additional 8 million to the official unemployment rolls, and has had even greater impact on African American and Latino unemployment rates.
The housing market bubble of 2006 and the recession that followed from 2007-2009 has reduced wealth of Latino households by 66% and 53% among African-American households respectively, compared to white households whose wealth also declined by 16%.
Banks such as Wells-Fargo have made record profits off of immigrant detentions and imprisonment by investing heavily in the private prison industry. The private prison industry drafted the Arizona SB1070 racial profiling law and has lobbied for similar laws in other states.
This devious collaboration of politicians, banks, and private prison companies has separated families, trampled on the civil rights of individuals, weakened local economies that benefited from immigrant communities, and created a climate of fear and demonization of Latinos and immigrants in communities where AZ copycat bills were passed.
Voces de la Frontera joins the demand for an end to this unconscionable concentration of wealth by the top 1% and the scapegoating of immigrants as a way to misdirect the legitimate anger of working people from those who are truly responsible for the current crisis we face.
It is only democratic grassroots movements from below that have led to transformational change in our nation's history.
On October 15th in Zeidler Park and beyond, Voces will stand with Occupy Milwaukee and others who are also suffering in this economy, to spread the message that Wall Street, banks, and multi-national corporations must be held responsible for record poverty and unemployment.
We demand no cuts or layoffs to the public sector, a massive job creation program on the scale of the New Deal, humane immigration reform, and saving families from foreclosures.
On Oct 13, 2011, at 9:41 AM, Doug Singsen <email@example.com> wrote:We should write the statement of support. This is really important.
On Thu, Oct 13, 2011 at 12:32 AM, <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
Urgent Message from Movement for Justice in El Barrio, The Other Campaign
To Members of the OWS General Assembly:
Receive greetings and embraces of solidarity from the humble and simple
migrant community of El Barrio, NYC:
We are Movement for Justice in El Barrio – an organization of immigrants
that fights for dignity and against neoliberal displacement. We fight for
the liberation of every marginalized group, such as immigrants, people of
color, women, lesbians, gays, transgender people, and all the poor of the
world. We are part of the Zapatista-initated The Other Campaign.
Last Sunday, beneath the red sculpture that marks the entrance to "Liberty
Plaza", we shared our Declaration in Support of Occupied Wall St. As dusk
came upon us, our words found resonance in the hearts of people who, like
us, seek a world of dignity.
In addition to our Declaration, we shared with you a communiqué written 15
years ago by the Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN) of Mexico –
which is for many of us our homeland. In this communiqué, the Zapatistas
pay homage to all the women who fight for justice in the world.
For nearly three decades, the Zapatistas have waged a tireless and
profound struggle to build, as they say, “un mundo dónde quepan todos los
mundos”: A world in which all worlds fit. Day after day, they continue
building this world from below and to the left– outside of and against
political parties and the capitalist system. Their struggle is a kind of
poetry that has touched the hearts of dignified people from around the
world. Their vision and analysis of the world is perhaps best articulated
in the document, to which we adhere as an organization, called: La Sexta
Declaración de La Selva Lacandona (English version available here:
believe strongly that the Zapatista struggle, with its form, principles,
and aims, has shaped profoundly the resistance that is taking place on
Wall Street today.
As you know, in the world in which we live, such a struggle is neither
welcomed nor celebrated, but instead: condemned, attacked, beaten,
imprisoned, repressed, silenced, raped, tortured, executed, distorted,
At present, the EZLN support communities of San Marcos Avilés and San
Patricio in Chiapas, Mexico, are currently facing severe forms of
violence, harassment, and displacement from their ancestral lands. The
indigenous peoples who reside in these two communities have become the
targets of such violence because they, brazenly, have exercised their
autonomy and right to self-determination as indigenous peoples, and have,
to that end, developed just systems of self-governance and alternative
community institutions, such as schools, cooperative farms and health
clinics, that reflect and support indigenous worldviews and culture. They
are under attack, in sum, for living a life of dignity and for demanding
that everyone be able to do so.
For this reason, and given the gravity of the situation, we write to you
to solicit your support for our humble proposal: We propose that at this
upcoming Wednesday's General Assembly meeting, the OWS General Assembly
consider, and ultimately endorse, a statement or resolution of support for
the Zapatista communities of San Miguel Avilés and San Patricio.
Representatives from our organization will be present to discuss the
details of the situation and proposal.
In light of the demanding workloads of our members, we ask that you please
respond to us as soon as possible, no later than this Friday, if you
accept our proposal at email@example.com.
With love and solidarity,
From El Barrio, NYC,
Movement for Justice in El Barrio, The Other Campaign New York
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