Monday October 8th 2012
Begins at Westlake Park at 4pm
Downtown Seattle- march to John T. Williams pole at 5pm
Continuing march to Columbus statue at 6pm
Bring drums, prayer ties, and wear black.
Two exciting things happening in Seattle on October 8th. One is the annual Abolish Columbus Day Protest. Later that evening there will be a free screening of Occupied Cascadia at the Wild Cat Theater.
These two issues are important for the future of Native peoples in this region. For one, the Columbus Day Holiday is a glaring representation of the dilemma in this country’s national narrative; it is a narrative built on discovery, manifest destiny and nation building. Unfortunately, it is a narrative that has little room for Native peoples. While the people of this nation individually hold no ill will toward we Native people, the story of the US Empire has been one of military conquest of the North American Continent.
Cascadia represents an alternative narrative; one that I believe is compatible with Native Tribes’ decentralized system of self governance, bioregionalism and resource management. Autonomy is the essence of sovereignty. If we are truly free and sovereign tribal nations, then we can and should be thinking about the future of our people, and whether or not it is in our best interests to continue our dependence on the US Government, or begin building something else.
Occupied Cascadia’s FB Event Page: Occupied Cascadia Film Screening Seattle
I’ll try to keep this page updated with information on the Abolish Columbus Day Protest: http://bit.ly/QoQCCf