Once again, the organizers of the National Day of Mourning dedicated the day to Native political prisoner Leonard Peltier. Peltier was framed up by the FBI and has been wrongfully imprisoned since 1976.
Tiokasin Ghosthorse spoke and read an update from the Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee:
In September, as you know, Leonard was transferred to USP Coleman in central Florida. His conditions initially appeared to be an improvement over the penitentiary in Lewisburg, but now it seems his living conditions may indeed be much worse. For example, Leonard still isn’t being allowed visitors. Family members have to reapply to be put on Leonard’s visitors list. Even the attorneys, for the first time, have to be put on his visitors list. The attorneys have another level of approval to navigate, as well, but are finding it difficult to contact prison officials to make all the necessary arrangements. It took one attorney over one month to gain access to his client. Leonard is being isolated as never before. Read the rest of this entry
A look at the history of American Thanksgiving by Black Agenda Report executive editor Glen Ford
Nobody but Americans celebrates Thanksgiving. (Canadians have a holiday by the same name, but an entirely different history and political import.) It is reserved by history and the intent of “the founders” as the supremely white American holiday, the most ghoulish event on the national calendar. No Halloween of the imagination can rival the exterminationist reality that was the genesis, and remains the legacy, of the American Thanksgiving. It is the most loathsome, humanity-insulting day of the year – a pure glorification of racist barbarity.
We are thankful that the day grows nearer when the almost four centuries-old abomination will be deprived of its reason for being: white supremacy. Then we may all eat and drink in peace and gratitude for the blessings of humanity’s deliverance from the rule of evil men. Read the rest of this entry
Mumia speaks on why there is no reason for colonized people to be giving thanks this holiday weekend.