A Moral Policy Agenda to Heal and Transform America: The Poor People’s Jubilee Platform (Aug 2020)

July 2020 We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish justice, ensure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States. Preamble to the U.S. Constitution No State shall make or …

Thanksgiving Greetings to the Natural World: Haudenosaunee Words that Come Before All Else: We are thankful…Now our minds are one

Haudenosaunee tradition teaches us that peace requires gratitude.  We are to be thankful for the living world.  Our relationship to the Earth is the basis of our sustenance and our peacefulness.  Our Mother Earth connects us to a perpetual process of creation, and she continues to provide all we need to be happy and healthy. americanindian.si.edu/environment/pdf/01_02_Thanksgiving_Address.pdf Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address             …

Sustainable Wisdom: Integrating Indigenous Knowhow for Global Flourishing

Sustainable Wisdom: Integrating Indigenous Knowhow for Global Flourishing is a small meeting/conference that was held at the University of Notre Dame from September 11-15, 2016. The meeting brought together an interdisciplinary set of scholars and artists ready to integrate first-nation and mainstream contemporary understandings to move toward a flourishing planet. Organizer Darcia Narvaez wrote: We take Paul Shepard’s words as …

Land-based ethics and settler solidarity in a time of corona and revolution

By Natalie Avalos, The Arrow. July 29, 2020 | STRATEGIZE! Settler colonialism has been defined as a structure, not an event, meaning that settler societies like the U.S., Canada, and Australia endure over time through racist laws and ideologies that naturalize the dispossession of Indigenous populations.1 One of the most effective strategies that settler states rely on to eliminate Indigenous peoples and their power is …

Shifting cultural winds amplify calls to rename Colorado’s peaks, valleys and creeks: Mount Evans, Squaw Mountain and Chinaman Gulch are among the geographic landmarks that are being eyed for renaming

JUL 13, 2020 By Jason Blevins@jasonblevins The Colorado Sun — jason@coloradosun.com The statues are falling. The old guard is rapidly fading. And the names, they are a-changin’. As centuries of embedded discrimination erupt in sea-to-plain calls for change, an atlas of geographic locations has appeared in the crosshairs. In Colorado, a host of peaks, valleys, creeks and mesas are poised …

It’s Gonna Be Okay: Faith and Climate on a Hopi Drylands Farm

SFA Staff | July 9, 2020 | ClimateLore, Worklife by Michael Kotutwa Johnson, as told to Kimi Eisele I met the cornfields early, riding with my cousins in the back of my grandfather’s old pickup truck, bouncing up and down, hitting our heads up against the camper as we drove the dirt road to the field. Sometimes after we finished planting, hoeing weeds, or thinning …

The Racist Counter-Revolution of 1776

In the famous June 1772 Somerset case (Somerset v Lewis of 1772, 98 ER 499), the British court ruled that chattel slavery violated English common law. The application of Somerset to the thirteen British colonies would have meant an end to the slave machine that fed the coffers of the Yankee mercantile elite and fueled the wealth of New England (see below) while it created …