If we are removing the symbolism of hate from our society, then why not remove the violence of racism labels
The truth about the US Indian boarding school policy has largely been written out of the history books. There were more than 350 government-funded, and often church-run, Indian Boarding schools across the US in the 19th and 20th centuries. Indian children were forcibly abducted by government agents, sent to schools hundreds of miles away, and beaten, starved, or otherwise abused when they spoke their native languages.
How did Native people go from being the despised victims of genocide to having their images used for school mascots and told they represent pride, courage and honor?
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Combating Violence Against Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders: What Can I Do?
A woman holds a sign at the End The Violence Towards Asians rally in Washington Square Park on Feb. 20, 2021, in New York.Ron Adar/SOPA Images / Sipa USA via AP file
1. Educate Yourself- Learn about the long history of violence and bias against theAsian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community and the rise in violence sincethe start of the Coronavirus pandemic. Check out some resources below:o Self Evident- A podcast highlighting the stories of Asian Americanshttps://selfevidentshow.com/o #AsianAmCovidStories– A Youtube documentary highlighting AsianAmerican stories and experiences during the Coronavirus pandemic.https://www.youtube.com/playlist…
2. Support AAPI organizations- Provide support by learning about their causes,sharing information and volunteering if you are able. Below are a feworganizations to check out:o The Center for Asian Pacific American Women- https://apawomen.org/o South Asian American Leading Together- https://saalt.org/o National Federal of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA)-https://naffaa.org/o National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) www.nqapia.orgo Empowering Pacific Islander Communitieshttps://www.empoweredpi.org/o Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fundhttps://saldef.org/about/
3. Donate if you have the means- If you are able, consider donating to help lurtheran organization’s mission.o Stop AAPIHate- https://stopaapihate.org/o The National American Pacific Islander Mental Health Associationhttps://www.naapimha.org/https://www.youtube.com/playlist…Above list is adopted from the following article: https://www.nbcnews.com/…/antiracism-resources-support…
Published 24 April 2021
The negative consequences of colonization range from demographic to cultural and economic.
Every April 24 is celebrated the International Day of Anticolonialism.
The United Nations Organization (UN) maintains its commitment to work to eradicate colonialism, by encouraging dialogue between the territories and the administering powers, so that the peoples of the territories can make informed decisions about their future.
According to the UN Secretary General, António Guterres, there are still 17 territories waiting for the promise of autonomy to be fulfilled, a process that must be guided by the varied aspirations and needs of the communities living in those territories.
The negative consequences of colonization range from the demographic to the cultural and economic aspects, in this last aspect the dependence of the nations stands out as they cannot exploit their maximum financial potential.
According to Cuban politician Fernando Martínez Heredia, colonialism has been the fundamental and decisive form of the universalization of commercial relations, of the individualization of people and the opposition of everyone against everything.
In these times of pandemic, dependence on the colonies can aggravate health and containment situations for the coronavirus, since it is an urgent need for governments to care for those affected territories that are still part of their borders.
According to the UN Decolonization Committee, the United Kingdom, France, the United States and New Zealand are the countries that still maintain colonies today.
“The last hour of colonialism has already sounded and millions of inhabitants of Africa, Asia and Latin America rise up to meet a new life and impose their unrestricted right to self-determination and independent development of their nations,” said Ernesto Che Guevara in a speech 66 years ago.
Published 11 April 2021
Puerto Rico is a “Commonwealth” (ELA) and decisions on fiscal, financial, political, economic, defense and immigration issues are made by the US.
After 122 years of having passed from one empire to another, in Puerto Rico there are still voices that demand total independence from the United States (USA), to exercise control of its resources and decide what is best for its population.
On a day like today, but in 1899, Puerto Rico was ceded by Spain to the United States, and in 1952 it was declared a “Commonwealth” (ELA), which means that decisions on fiscal, financial, political, economic, defense and migration are taken over by the US.
Although the US Government does not consider it a colony, it is under its jurisdiction without really being an integral part of that country, so Puerto Ricans do not have certain rights that other states, which are part of their territory, do.
No voting rights
Being an Commonwealth does not mean that Puerto Rico can have its own representatives before the US Congress. According to Puerto Rican professor Luis Díaz, they only have one “resident commissioner” in Washington.
“This is a representative of Puerto Rico who has the right to speak in Congress but cannot vote, not even for his own proposals,” he clarified.
In addition, he said that citizens could elect a limited government on the island, but since 2016 a Fiscal Control Board was established by the US that governs above its authorities.
In March 2019, a bill was presented so that Puerto Rico can become the 51st state of the United States, which would legitimize the status of a colony and acquire sovereign powers for decision-making.
Economy in American hands
Puerto Rico has been classified as “the economic colony of the United States.” because a large part of the businesses, if not all, are from that country, since the competition is too great for national entrepreneurs to overcome them.
For the international analyst and member of the Institute of International Relations of Puerto Rico, Lajos Szaszdi León Borjas, this territory “is colonized by North American products and this is one of the reasons why the US does not benefit from the independence of the island, because it would reduce the privileged position of their companies ”.
Resources for the people
After Hurricane María, which left more than 3,000 deaths in Puerto Rico between September and October 2017, the population was seriously affected and without sufficient resources to repair the damage caused.
After 100 days of the terrible event, the electric service did not reach 70 percent, thousands of homes were destroyed, an economic crisis affected the population and the US resources to solve various problems were delayed in arriving.