Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Santa Fe GA’s statement of Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples

We, the people of Occupy Santa Fe, hereby issue a statement of Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples.
We begin by recognizing and affirming that we are all related. As the Haudenosaunee teaching says, we are a part of everything that is beneath us, above us, and around us. Our past is our present, our present is our future, and our future is seven generations past and present.
We will uphold the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
We stand in support of decolonization and the full transformation of our society and civilization to one that is just, democratic, inclusive, respectful, and honoring of the Earth and all beings. We acknowledge colonization and its harmful impacts, beginning with the genocide of the land-based peoples and the physical occupation of this land by the various European colonial governments and later by the government of the United States of America and the corporatocracy.
We see that at the very root of our societal racism and the corporatocracy’s rise to power is a colonizing view of and relationship to the Earth and all beings. We know that redressing historical wrongs starts with ending this culture of violence and moving towards inter and intra-national peace. While recognizing the demoralizing and exponential nature of historical trauma, and the impossibility of redressing all historical wrongs, we acknowledge the necessity of healing the wounded ancestral spirit of life-giving.
We honor the ground upon which we stand as the ancestral land of many Pueblo and other First Nations’ Peoples. We humbly offer our respects for ancestral landedness, and recognize the sovereignty of the remaining 19 pueblos of New Mexico, (Acoma, Cochiti, Isleta, Jemez, Kewa, Laguna, Nambe, Ohkay Owingeh, Picuris, Pojoaque, Sandia, San Felipe, San Ildefonso, Santa Ana, Santa Clara, Taos, Tesuque, Zia, and Zuni), the Jicarilla Apache Nation, the Mescalero Apache Tribe, the Navajo Nation, and the Ute Mountain Tribe.
We understand that the Occupy movement must consult with, partner and work with others to help create healed and decolonized societies. We must work upon ourselves to unlearn the effects of colonization and to initiate efforts to eradicate all systems and forms of violence and oppression.
We acknowledge the complexity of the use of the word “occupy” to name this movement, and that, as the movement gains maturity, the word itself must also be transformed.
We pledge our commitment to educate ourselves on the told and untold history, and the effects of white supremacy and racism.
We will listen deeply and respectfully to all voices within our communities and give voice to the silenced ones and to the voiceless amongst us.
Let us now all move towards healthy relationships with the Earth and all our inner and outer relations.
This is an open, living document. The Occupy Santa Fe community has the right and responsibility to review and revise this document on an ongoing basis

Source: (un) Occupy Albuquerque

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