American Colonial Occupation of Indigenous Land
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One Million Bones DC
Led by artist Naomi Natale as part of the One Million Bones Project, this mass grave assembled at the National Mall in Washington, DC is composed of bones made of paper and plaster, but symbolizes the very real number of people killed in places like Sudan, Germany, and the former Yugoslavi. Each bone created by students and volunteers was matched with $1 sent to CARE, which helps send aid to Somalia and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Native Americans Discovered Columbus
Every year we celebrate the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s arrival to the Americas. Why? He was no hero. Let’s flip this. Reconsider the story of discovery. Wear this tee on “Columbus Day” - Monday, October 8, 2012 - to show your solidarity with Native Americans. “What represented newness of freedom, hope, and opportunity for some was the occasion for oppression, degradation and genocide for others.” - National Council of Churches
Please order by Monday, October 1, to guarantee delivery by Columbus Day.
Help Lakota people buy back part of their sacred lands before it is auctioned off and opened up for development.
ALWAYS REBLOG ALWAYS
Pe’ Sla: The Heart Of All That Is: Help Save the Lakota Heart Land!
Pe’ Sla is an area in the Black Hills of South Dakota (just west of Rapid City) that is considered by the Lakota people to be the Center and heart of everything that is. It is part of our creation story. It is a sacred place. We perform certain ceremonies at Pe’ Sla which sustain the Lakota way of life and keep the universe in harmony.
This area is currently owned by the Reynolds family. They plan to auction off almost 2,000 acres on August 25, 2012 to the highest bidder. It is likely that the state of South Dakota will put a road directly through Pe’ Sla and open up this sacred place for development.
The seven bands of the Lakota/Dakota/Nakota Oyate (people) aka Oceti Sakowin (Great Sioux Nation) have a collective effort to buy as much of Pe’Sla as we can at this auction (although we also believe that the land cannot be owned and that our sacred places were illegally taken by the United States). Yet we are trying to work within the current U.S. laws to regain custody of our sacred sites and prevent future road and industrial development.
Our sacred ways must be protected and passed on to our future generations so that our children may live. This area of the Paha Sapa (Black Hills) is also home to many plants and animals who should also be protected. In fact, many consider that the area should possibly be a historical site, which would also assist in protecting it from future development as well.
As Lakota people, our ancestors prayed here, at Pe’ Sla, at certain times of year, when the stars aligned. We cannot go elsewhere to pray. We were meant to pray here. This is what they do not understand.
Please help the Lakota people. “Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children.” (Chief Sitting Bull, 1877)
We have a group of young professional Native people that are dedicated to the promotion of education, health, leadership, and sovereignity among our indigenous Nations. Our goal is to assist in any way possible the purchase of Pe’ Sla by a collective effort of the seven bands of the Oceti Sakowin (Great Sioux Nation) - the Lakota/Dakota/Nakota people. All proceeds from this campaign will go towards that effort. This area would be open to tribal nations for ceremonial purposes. The plants, animals, water, and air in the area would be respected and honored. Please see http://www.lastrealindians.com/category/chase-i… for more information.
We thank you for your hope in the future.
dear settlers (who have $1 or more that they can afford to give up): it’s a small price to pay considering everything that’s happen/ed/ing, no?
I’m saying…. How many times have we heard people say that they feel badly for what their ‘ancestors’ did but it has nothing to do with them? Well, here’s a chance for folks, that have $1 to spare, to stop talking about their ancestors and to start acknowledging the current lived realities of Native folks. Today! Right now! 2012!
Donation has been made.
If you can do this, please. Do it.
This land was stolen from its rightful owners. They should not need to buy it back. But since that is the situation, please help this land get back to its rightful owners.
They’re at $64,599/$1,000,000. Go donate, even if it’s just a couple of dollars, or reblog the shit out of this!
JUST ONE FREAKING DOLLAR
I BELIEVE IN YOU, TUMBLR
LET’S MAKE THIS HAPPEN
OR AT LEAST FUCKING REBLOG
August 9, 1945: An atomic bomb is dropped on Nagasaki.
Three days after the bombing of Hiroshima, a second atomic bomb - “Fat Man” - was detonated over Nagasaki, the third detonation of such a weapon in history. After the bombing of Hiroshima, Harry Truman delivered another message of warning to Japan, saying:
If they do not now accept our terms, they may expect a rain of ruin from the air, the like of which has never been seen on this earth.
Between the August 6 bombing and Japan’s surrender, approximately six million propaganda leaflets were dropped over dozens of Japanese towns. Nagasaki, like Hiroshima, was chosen for its military importance - it was a seaport and an industrial center, and it was also home to around 200,000 people. Of these, an estimated 39,000 were killed in the initial bomb blast, and thousands more died later from injuries and exposure to radiation. The temperature of the blast reached 3,900 °C.
Other atomic bombs were prepared for further attacks, but Japan surrendered (via radio broadcast) on August 15, six days later.
On Sunday morning, August 6, an American warplane flew over Hiroshima, a Japanese army base on the Inland Sea. It dropped a single bomb. When that missile struck the earth, it blew up in the greatest man-made explosion in the history of the world. The United States had loosed an atomic bomb on Japan.
Newsweek August 15, 1945
This day in history:
In the hours following the assassination of Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarimana, mass killings of Tutsis and moderate Hutus begin within the country led by members of the Rwandan military and extremist Hutu militias, marking the first day of the Rwandan Genocide.
Over the next 100 days an estimated 800,000 people would be killed.
April 7, 1994 - 18 years ago today.
A Bosnian Muslim boy searches new open graves for the coffin of his relative, which was prepared for a mass burial at the Memorial Center in Potocari, near Srebrenica July 10, 2012. The bodies of 520 recently identified victims of the Srebrenica massacre will be buried on July 11, the anniversary of the massacre when Bosnian Serb forces commanded by Ratko Mladic slaughtered 8,000 Muslim men and boys and buried them in mass graves, in Europe’s worst genocide since World War Two. (Reuters)
June 14, 1940: Auschwitz Opens
On this day in 1940, the Nazis opened the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland.
Nazi records show that tens of thousands of Jews from German-occupied territories were sent to Auschwitz to be executed each month.
Two Auschwitz prisoners, Rudolph Vrba and Alfred Wetzler, were determined to expose the horrors of the Nazi genocide and stop the killing factories forever. To do that, they became the first to escape from the heavily-guarded camp. Read about their escape path and watch Secrets of the Dead’s “Escape from Auschwitz.”
Above Image: This map, drawn from Rudolf Vrba’s own account of his escape, traces the two friends’ journey, from Auschwitz to the safety of Slovakia, where they finally revealed the secret purpose of Auschwitz.