Indigenous Peoples Day
Petition to Commissioner Tick Segerblom, Commissioner Justin Jones, Commissioner Michael Naft, Commissioner Marilyn Kirkpatrick, Commissioner Lawrence Weekly, Commissioner Larry Brown, Commissioner James Gibson
Ask Clark County to Adopt Indigenous Peoples Day!
CHANGE THE STORY, CHANGE THE FUTURE We are seeking a Resolution by the Board of County Commissioners in September 2020! Indigenous Peoples' Day is a holiday celebrated on the second Monday of October in the United States, in lieu of Columbus Day. It is much more than a holiday however; Indigenous Peoples' Day at its core, aims to celebrate and honor the past, present and futures of Native peoples throughout the United States and acknowledges the legacy of colonialism, which has devastated Indigenous communities historically and continues to negatively impact them today. Observation of Indigenous Peoples' Day pushes back on the invisibility of Native peoples Education: Mainstream representations of Native Americans are largely absent, when representations are available, they are limiting and stereotypical. For example, 87% of references to Native Americans in all 50 states' academic standards portray Native Americans in a pre-1900s context. Research reveals that Native peoples, and their experiences, are largely rendered invisible within contemporary society. Teachers report feeling least confident about teaching materials related to Native peoples and Native history, despite recognizing the importance of such material. Many people now believe that Natives have vanished. History: The observation of Indigenous Peoples' Day counters false historical narratives embedded within the celebration of Columbus Day--such as, Columbus discovering America and explorers treating Indigenous peoples with respect. Columbus committed numerous atrocities against the Indigenous peoples of Hispaniola and the Bahamas (where he actually landed). Re-centering Indigenous perspectives allows people to gain a better understanding of Indigenous resistance and resilience in the face of colonization. School curricula may shift to include discussions of the Indigenous histories and cultures of the Tribal nations that exist and acknowledge the lands they occupy today. There are 27 Tribal communities in Nevada including the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe and the Moapa Band of Paiutes in Clark County. There are more than 50,000 urban Natives from Tribes all across the U.S. living in our state. Please support this petition to recognize Indigenous Peoples' Day in Clark County as we move toward a statewide effort of acknowledging our shared history in America. This petition is excerpted from: Illuminative publication: For Our Future: An Advocate's Guide to Supporting Indigenous Peoples' Day. The photo is Gianna Yazzie, Las Vegas Paiute & Navajo Nation; courtesy of photographer: Jennifer Reed. Taken at the Indigenous Peoples' Day Festival at Old Mormon Fort 2019.
Petition to Waterbury Board of Aldermen, Waterbury City Hall, Neil O'Leary
Remove Columbus Statue From Infront of Waterbury City Hall
This petition calls for the removal of the Christopher Columbus Statue from in front of Waterbury, CT City Hall. Christopher Columbus represents the glorification of colonization. He is a figure that represents the brutal genocide, slavery, and exploitation of Indigenous peoples. Waterbury has changed time and time again over history evolving into a multicultural representation of America. It is important to recognize the symbol of white superiority Christopher Columbus is both globally and in these United States. By leaving the statue up the city denies the role people of color, especially Indigenous peoples, have played in preserving and nurturing the Greater Waterbury region. The statue evokes unpleasant feelings for those who understand the horrors of colonialism. This petition calls for the statue to be moved off the front of City Hall This petition calls for the statue to be moved to a museum. It acknowledges the value of the time capsule and the rich history of Italian Americans. This petition calls for city events and education to promote an accurate recollection of history during the national Christopher Columbus Holiday This petition calls for the city to recognize Indigenous Peoples day This petition calls for local artwork, statues, signs in acknowledgment of historically relevant local leaders. (Esp. minority leaders and women who are underacknowledged) This petition calls for an open forum with city residents to discuss the issues surrounding this controversy with politicians. Photo Credit Link: https://statues.vanderkrogt.net/object.php?record=usct17
Petition to European Union, United Nations, UNESCO, UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
WE ARE NO BARBARIANS OR BERBERS: WE ARE THE AMAZIGH PEOPLE OF NORTH AFRICA & CANARIAS.
We the Amazigh have been insulted for centuries by carrying and adopting the name that foreigners have given our Amazigh ancestors in North Africa & Canarias. We are no barbarians or Berbers; we are the Imazighen, the one and only indigenous people of mainland North Africa & Canarias. We want CHANGE, but first we must change how the world is viewing and considering us and our soil North Africa & Canarias. The word “barbaric” is derived from Berber and for that reason linked to the Amazigh people. We are the only indigenous people in the world who still carry and ACCEPT to carry the name foreign name of Berber or Barbarian. Sign the petition to CHANGE the inappropriate VIEW of the world towards the noble Amazigh people.
Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Andrew M. Cuomo, Nancy Pelosi, Donald J. Trump, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Phil Murphy, Charlie Baker, Ned Lamont, Rosa DeLauro, Mayor Byron Brown
Recognize Italian Heritage Day as a Cultural Holiday
Italian Heritage Day already exists, with celebrations and parades throughout the nation. Now it needs its rightful name, in solidarity with, and support of, Indigenous Peoples' Day. MISSION: Establish Italian Heritage Day; a day of celebration for Italian-Americans, who, over the course of generations, have built a nationwide cultural community. Remove the name given to what is effectively Italian Heritage Day, Columbus Day, in 1892 after the mass lynching of 11 Italians in New Orleans. In cities & states that have removed or replaced Columbus Day, recognize Italian Heritage Day as its own, new & separate cultural holiday. Present the petition to politicians, especially Italian-Americans in office, to achieve recognition. [further details] WHY: The Italian-American community is rich and multifaceted. One man does not embody it. Columbus Day is, at times, defended as an Italian heritage day. It should instead be recognized as just that, Italian Heritage Day.Columbus Day will inevitably be done-away with throughout the country, within the decade. Italian Heritage Day should be recognized for current & future generations. Christopher Columbus was a historical figure who sailed for Spain, with a goal of arriving in Asia. He never set foot in modern-day United States. He committed & oversaw atrocities against the indigenous people of the Caribbean, and was arrested & removed from his post by the Spanish crown. This initiative is rare in contemporary politics, as it proves positive across the board. From those who want to celebrate Italian culture, to those who want to help to facilitate recognition of Indigenous Peoples' Day, to those who have defended Columbus Day but understand that the public's opposition will see it replaced in the near future, with Italian Heritage Day presenting a new and welcomed celebration. A step forward for all sides to strengthen the community. Ultimately, Christopher Columbus shares no relation to the modern Italian-American community. Upon arrival in the U.S., 19th & early 20th-century Italian immigrants were persecuted. In efforts to gain acceptance, we embraced the American mythological tales of Columbus as a hero. Today, we are the 5th largest ethnic group in the U.S., and Italian culture is beloved in the American story - on its own, without Columbus. Considering the long list of incredible Italians and Italian-Americans throughout history, we know that he is not our hero, and we, proudly, do not require him to uphold our culture. The minority conflict for preserving his celebratory day unnecessarily pits the entire Italian-American community against the general public and the Native American community, and promotes Italian-American culture in a negative light. There is no movement to detract from Italian-American culture, and negative views on Christopher Columbus need not be perceived as attacks on Italian heritage. Resistance to this change does a disservice to the complex histories of Italian-Americans, Native Americans, and Christopher Columbus himself, forcing controversy rather than the open, in-depth learning that these histories should so receive. Our own history in this country is all-at-once vibrant and dark, triumphant and repressed, joyous and dejected. So we celebrate our parents, our nonno and nonna, our zio and zia, and those before them. We celebrate those who brought with them a specific ambition, as well as those who came empty-handed; those without an ‘American Dream’ in mind, merely searching for sustenance beyond the lives they had, in the lands they knew. We celebrate the great many achievements of Italian-Americans, and the many more to come. We celebrate tradition, family, art, sport, cuisine, community and culture. We, the vast majority of Italian-Americans today, along with an American public that has embraced Italian culture and will be proud to festeggiare with us, are ready to celebrate Italian Heritage Day.