By Ray Beckerman
Man's inhumanity to man and other living things threatens the whole human experiment. Let's fight it, and try to build a future.
Friday, June 10, 2016
Cambridge MA declares Indigenous Peoples Day
Advancing Indigenous Peoples'
rights and cultures worldwide
Declares Indigenous Peoples' Day
The second Monday in October will
now be recognized as Indigenous Peoples' Day in Cambridge,
On Monday, June 6th, 2016,
Cambridge City Council voted unanimously in favor of a resolution
to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day in the city of
Cambridge, making it the first major city in the northeastern
United States to enact this change.
Cambridge joins Berkley,
California; Seattle, Washington; Minneapolis, Minnesota;
Portland, Oregon; Carrboro, North Carolina; Albuquerque,
New Mexico, and the state of Alaska in celebrating Indigenous
The effort to make this transition
has been underway since 1992, which marked the 500th anniversary
of Columbus's first voyage.
Monday's council meeting heard
comments from dozens of supporters, including Indigenous
representatives from the Wampanoag tribe, native to
Massachusetts, as well as the Lakota tribe. Additional comments
were made by activist organizations including the Harvard
University Native American Program, the North American Indian
Center of Boston, and Cultural Survival, as well as a group of
8th grade students from the Putnam Upper school in Cambridge, who
after studying the history of Columbus's arrival, were inspired
to make a change. Read
Communities Hold National Strike
On May 30th, 2016, environmental
and social activists from Indigenous Communities across Colombia
came together to take part in the National Agrarian, Peasant,
Ethnic and Grassroots Mobilization (Minga). Indigenous
Communities from 27 different departments and 100 towns
and villages took part in a national strike organized by the National
Indigenous Organization of Colombia (ONIC). Participating
communities are demanding that the government respond to theirdemands to
defend the lands and rights of the Indigenous Peoples across
Colombia. Colombia's Indigenous population currently is one
million five hundred thousand, according to the National
It has been three months since
Berta Cáceres, a Honduran Lenca leader and coordinator of the
National Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of
Honduras (COPINH) was assassinated in her home on March 3,
2016. A long time activist, Cáceres was dedicated to working in
defense of the sacred Gualcarque River against the
construction of the Agua Zarca hydroelectric dam. Her noteworthy
work as an Indigenous and environmental activist is recognized
internationally. In 2015, she won the Goldman Environmental Prize
for her work in defending Gualcarque River from the construction
of the Agua Zarca hydroelectric dam. Prior to her death, Cáceres
had spent several months in hiding due to death threats, as well
as political persecution with multiple calls for her arrest.
Shortly after her assassination, another COPINH member was killed
on March 15, 2016. Nelson Garcia was murdered by four
gunshots to the face in the Rio Chiquito community. Read
Listen to NEW Indigenous Rights
Our Indigenous Rights Radio
program has been busy producing new radio series on Indigenous
Peoples' rights and how they are being implemented around the
world. Our programs, designed for broadcast on community radio
stations, including Public Service Announcements, interviews, and
documentaries about internationally recognized rights and the
strategies communities are using to make those rights a reality. Listen and share today!
It's about time the Cultural
Survival Bazaars get their own page on Facebook! Not only will
the page be a center for info about
and promotion of our Bazaars; it will also be a
hub for news and information about Indigenous arts and artists
in the world. You'll get notified of new posts and can share
them on your page and with friends.
When you "Like" us
on Facebook and share the page with your friends, you're
helping get the word out about our events and bringing more
people to the Bazaars. You will be supporting Indigenous
bringing more business to the events and by raising awareness of
Indigenous artists, their work, and the issues they face.
Then, if you're willing,
click the elipsis (...) to the right of
"Message" and click "Invite Friends"
Friends," you can click "Share" to share on
your own Facebook page
Back on the main page,
you'll see "Events," where you can get info
about each Bazaar and let us know if you want to attend!
You can invite friends to these too, if you'd
like. Go straight to the events here:
Cultural Survival advocates for Indigenous
Peoples' rights and supports Indigenous communities'
self-determination, cultures and political resilience since
1972. We envision a future that respects and honors
Indigenous Peoples' inherent rights and dynamic cultures, deeply
and richly interwoven in lands, languages, spiritual traditions,
and artistic expression, rooted in self-determination and
To read about Cultural
Survival's work around the world, click here. To
explore 43 years of information on Indigenous issues use our
For ways to take action
to support Indigenous communities, click here.
We take on governments
and multinational corporations -- and they always have more
resources than we do -- but with the support of people like you,
we do win. Your contribution is crucial to that effort. Click here to do your part.