Friday, June 10, 2016

Cambridge MA declares Indigenous Peoples Day

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June 2016

Cambridge, MA Declares Indigenous Peoples' Day

The second Monday in October will now be recognized as Indigenous Peoples' Day in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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 Peoples' Day.   

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 more.

Colombian Indigenous 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 Statistics Department.

Demanding Justice for the Murder of Berta Cáceres

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 more.  

Listen to NEW Indigenous Rights Radio Programs! 

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!


CS Bazaars Have a New Facebook Page!

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 artists by bringing more business to the events and by raising awareness of Indigenous artists, their work, and the issues they face.

If you have a Facebook account, it's easy!
  • Just go to Cultural Survival Bazaars and on the lower right of the picture, click "Like"
  • Then, if you're willing, click the elipsis (...) to the right of "Message" and click "Invite Friends"
  • Under "Invite 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 self-governance.

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