Monthly Archives: February 2011

Pauulu Kamarakafego, The Black Beret Cadre and Black Power in Bermuda

Dr. Quito Swan

To most people who know me I am the friendly neighborhood pissed as hell revolutionary native nationalist, fighting the good fight against colonialism, imperialism and capitalism in North America. However, in another life I was born on the tiny island nation of Bermuda, and was raised there. As such, even though I’ve long since left Bermuda, and have little in the way of plans to return (my calling in life takes me elsewhere) I’ve maintained a strong interest in Bermudian politics and history, and so it was with great interest that I happened upon the subject of today’s post.

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A transnational, pan-African youth movement, Black Power in Bermuda sought freedom for Bermuda’s African population from the island’s White oligarchy and independence from British colonialism. It was spearheaded by activists such as Pauulu Kamarakafego and the Black Beret Cadre. The Cadre maintained relationships with revolutionary organizations across the African Diaspora, such as the Black Panthers. Emerging in the late 1960s, the Movement witnessed the assassinations of Bermuda’s British Chief of Police and Governor (1972-1973).

In this interview with Jared Ball on Vox Union, Bermudian and professor Dr. Quito Swan discusses his work, Black Power in Bermuda and the Struggle for Decolonization. Read the rest of this entry

Six Nations Land Reclamation 5th Anniverary ~ Protest Anti-Native Rally

On February 27th, 2011, at the fifth anniversary of the Six Nations land reclamation of Douglas Creek Estates, Gary McHale, anti-Native activist and executive director of Canadian Advocates for Charter Equality (CANACE), has announced his intention to hold a “Truth and Reconciliation Rally” in Caledonia, Ontario.

In 2006 people of Six Nations of the Grand River Territory reclaimed land in “dispute” for more than 150 years in order to stop development of a Caledonia subdivision on stolen land. In reaction to the reclamation, Gary McHale and his followers set about a political movement to end what they call “native lawlessness,” “land claim terrorism,” and “race-based policing”. CANACE has bolstered continued support for their propaganda against “reverse racism” and “two-tiered justice” that, according to them, victimizes the mainly white residents of Caledonia and Canadians more broadly. Following the patters of white backlash movements since the gains of the 1960s civil rights movement, CANACE misappropriates the language of civil and human rights, and readily proclaims its work to be part of Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy. Read the rest of this entry

Celebrating Popular Struggle in Cauca, Colombia

Written by Tejido de Comunicación (ACIN) and La Chiva Collective

Statement on globalizing resistance from the grassroots, with an introduction by the La Chiva Collective

This month marks forty years since the founding of the Regional Indigenous Council of Cauca (CRIC) in Toribío, Colombia. It might be a sign of the times that, especially these days, celebrations are often bittersweet.

Circulated in Spanish by the Tejido de Comunicación (of the Association of Indigenous Councils of Northern Cauca – ACIN), the editorial translated below highlights both the bitter and the sweet of the CRIC’s first forty years, as well as the challenges underpinning the next. Achievements giving way to celebrations and contradictions warranting great challenges.

In the Sa’akhelu Ritual, held in Cauca’s indigenous territories every year, the hummingbird meets the condor. The hummingbird polenates, creates life, mesmorizes in its rapid-fire action, it’s beauty. The
Condor circles, hunting, looming overhead: it is a terrible kind of beauty. When one overpowers the other, say the Nasa, we lack balance or ‘equilibrio’. While the editorial below speaks for itself, the Tejido’s message is essentially a call to correct an imbalance, one that exists not only within the CRIC as an organization but also in Colombia, the continent and the world.

This message could not be more relevant as we hear of, and reflect on, struggles in other parts of the world: as much as we celebrate victories, we must be conscious of where we are headed.

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