(And all week as well…)
- Action #1: Make it official – remove Columbus Day from the books.
- Action #2 Sign a proclamation of opposition to LIne 3
- Action #3: Write to Jamie Pinkham of the Army Corp of Engineers
- Action #4: Write to Joe.
Read Biden’s proclamation on Indigenous People’s Day, 2021, here, the first ever issued by an American president. Then, read why a lynching in 1891 of eleven Italians immigrants in New Orleans led to a holiday for a problematic man who never set foot in America. Another story we didn’t learn in school…
Action #1: Make it official – remove Columbus Day from the books.
Minimal script: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Rep./Sen. [___] to support and approve (Rep. – HR 5473/Sen. – S.2919) – Indigenous Peoples’ Day Act.
(Or thank the legislators who’ve already cosponsored these bills. Everyone likes being thanked!)
- H.R. 5473 cosponsors here. Brownley hasn’t signed on yet, Carbajal has.
- S.2919 cosponsors here. Feinstein hasn’t signed on yet, Padilla has.
- Rep. Julia Brownley (CA-26): email, DC (202) 225-5811, Oxnard (805) 379-1779, T.O. (805) 379-1779
- or Rep. Salud Carbajal (CA-24): email. DC (202) 225-3601, SB (805) 730-1710 SLO (805) 546-8348
- Senator Feinstein: email, DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300, SF (415) 393-0707, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430
- and Senator Padilla: email, DC (202) 224-3553, LA (310) 231-4494, SAC (916) 448-2787, Fresno (559) 497-5109, SF (415) 981-9369, SD (619) 239-3884
- Who is my representative/senator?: https://whoismyrepresentative.com
Action #2 Sign a proclamation of opposition to LIne 3
Action #3: Write to Jamie Pinkham of the Army Corp of Engineers
The Stop Line 3 folks have another action on the same site – sending a letter to the head of the Army Corp of Engineers, asking them to call for a full federal environmental impact statement to asses threats to treat rights, water protection and climate. There’s a customizable script you can use to make it easy. https://www.stopline3.org/take-action
Action #4: Write to Joe.
(This is borrowed in part from People vs. Fossil Fuels)
We voted for your “Justice 40” initiative; we voted for a leader to help stop the destruction of fenceline communities, homelands and neighborhoods by the fossil fuel industry, and to demand equity, restorative justice actions for the same.
We didn’t vote for a place-holder for the future. We voted for a transformative leader now.
- (Stopline3.org) Dangerous pipelines
- (Stopline3.org) All fact sheets
- (Stopline3.org) MAJOR ISSUES, AND REASONS TO STOP LINE 3:
- (Wikipedia) Columbus Day
- (History) Why Columbus Day Courts Controversy – The history taught in elementary schools often glorifies the European explorer and skips out on his brutal treatment toward the Natives who occupied the land before him. Relearning this history is essential to supporting Native Americans and recognizing why Columbus Day is so hurtful.
- (pueblo chieftain) Was Columbus really that bad? No, he was worse
- (NYTimes) How Italians became white.
- (VOX) 9 reasons Christopher Columbus was a murderer, tyrant, and scoundrel
- (medium) The Lynching That Gave Us Columbus Day – A lynching of eleven Italians and Italian-Americans in New Orleans in 1891, led to an international incident and a presidential apology in the form of a proclamation honoring Columbus Day as a one-time celebration of 400 years since the Italian explorer landed in what is now the Bahamas.
- (Wapo) The first Columbus Day was born of violence — and political calculation. Columbus Day became a permanent national holiday in 1934 when Congress, after lobbying by the Knights of Columbus, authorized President Franklin D. Roosevelt to declare Oct. 12 as the designated date. In 1971, Columbus Day was made a federal holiday on the second Monday in October.
- Native Land map
Support Native-owned businesses
- (Beyond Buckskin) a list that includes dozens of shops that sell clothing, decor, food, and more.
- The Indian Pueblo Store is another great place to search for original, handcrafted artwork from talented Native American artists.
Read books by Indigenous writers.
- First Nations Development Institute put together a list of essential reading for anyone interested in the Native American experience,
- (BuzzFeed) 14 Contemporary Books By Native American Writers To Get Excited About
Donate toward a cause you care about.
- (Stopline3.org) Donate to honor the earth
- (Stopline3.org) Dontate directly to the frontlines
- For education, donate to the American Indian College Fund, which supports Native students and tribal college education.
- The Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women aims to end violence against Indigenous women in the US, who are 2.5 times more likely to be sexually assaulted than other women.
- For climate justice, look into the Indigenous-led collective Seeding Sovereignty.
- Check out this article and this list for even more options.