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“We implore the City of Santa Cruz to honor the wishes of Ohlone descendant Ann Marie Sayers by taking action to permanently protect the ancient village and burial site on the Knoll at Branciforte Creek (5 Isbel Dr.)

KB Home currently plans to build seven homes, driveways and a new road within the known 6,000 year old cultural and archaeological site. Out of respect for the original people of this land, the sacredness of a burial ground, and the rich cultural and historical value of the area, we ask that you not allow any more digging or construction to occur on the Knoll.”

[petition] City of Santa Cruz: Protect the Ohlone village and burial site at Branciforte Creek | by Save The Knoll

Save The Knoll also has a WePay Emergency Defense Fund (link) — please give if you can!

please call/email/fax if you can, too. from their August 18th Organizing Update [WARNING for website: "About the Knoll" page discusses cultural genocide more]:

We’re continuing to ask the public to call and send emails to the City of Santa Cruz and KB Home, urging them to take action to protect the Knoll and respect the wishes of Ohlone descendants. We are also seeking letters/statements of support from local organizations, neighborhood residents, prominent individuals, and government officials.

contact info, including Save The Knoll’s email, is at the link in the quote above (http://savetheknoll.org/how-to-help/).  KB Home Corporate Headquarters also has a fax number (also listed there).  here are some online free faxing places (up to 2 faxes a day for free, anyway):

EDIT: added warning.  i know it’s too familiar a subject for some of you.  sorry.

{ Huge cache of looted goods found in London … }

liquornspice:

socialismartnature:

“They found a building in London full of looted goods. It’s called the British Museum.”

Shit, how bout: “It’s called the country, Britain.”

They made make their wealth from looting a good portion of the brown people on Earth.

(via abagond)

[image: mermaid-l-a-g-o-o-n (long blonde hair, white tank top, light skin) wearing a fake headdress.]
lols08:

mermaid-l-a-g-o-o-n:

being a native american and all

oh my
you can’t just become Native American because you put on a fake/cheap unrealistic headdress
I wear jeans and t-shirts and guess what shoes….it doesn’t mean that I’m all of the sudden Irish, German, British, or any other ethnicity
Not only is the picture offensive but the caption makes it 100 times worse.
Since many people often don’t understand why this is offensive I will briefly explain it. Regardless of much “Native American blood/ancestry” someone has or how many friends from ethnic minorities a person has this still doesn’t make it right.  
Pictures like this reiterate stereotypes (put forth by other cultures and the media) about Native Americans. It is also seen as being a way to mock or make fun of Native American culture and traditional clothing.
Perhaps some people do believe that we are extinct - but that’s a false statement. We are still here surviving and living our lives.  
If you would like to learn more about Native American people or follow some great blogs that are written by Natives then please let me know and I will be more than happy to provide you with the information. If you have any questions, comments, etc you may also contact me through this tumblr. 

reblogging for commentary.
NOTE: seems mermaid-l-a-g-o-o-n deleted this, then re-posted it after submitting it to tanlines (link).

[image: mermaid-l-a-g-o-o-n (long blonde hair, white tank top, light skin) wearing a fake headdress.]

lols08:

mermaid-l-a-g-o-o-n:

being a native american and all

oh my

you can’t just become Native American because you put on a fake/cheap unrealistic headdress

I wear jeans and t-shirts and guess what shoes….it doesn’t mean that I’m all of the sudden Irish, German, British, or any other ethnicity

Not only is the picture offensive but the caption makes it 100 times worse.

Since many people often don’t understand why this is offensive I will briefly explain it. Regardless of much “Native American blood/ancestry” someone has or how many friends from ethnic minorities a person has this still doesn’t make it right.  

Pictures like this reiterate stereotypes (put forth by other cultures and the media) about Native Americans. It is also seen as being a way to mock or make fun of Native American culture and traditional clothing.

Perhaps some people do believe that we are extinct - but that’s a false statement. We are still here surviving and living our lives.  

If you would like to learn more about Native American people or follow some great blogs that are written by Natives then please let me know and I will be more than happy to provide you with the information. If you have any questions, comments, etc you may also contact me through this tumblr. 

reblogging for commentary.

NOTE: seems mermaid-l-a-g-o-o-n deleted this, then re-posted it after submitting it to tanlines (link).

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{ Action Alert: Protect the San Francisco Peaks }

NOTICE: this is about a demonstration.  BUT, there are other ways you might be able to help, further down the message.

email i got just a little while ago.  please pass this around if you can.  thank you.

Solidarity demonstration at Forest Service office in Vallejo, CA
WHEN: 2:30- 4:30pm on Thursday, August 25th
WHERE: Pacific Southwest Regional Forest Service Office1323 Club Drive, Mare Island, Vallejo CA 94592. 
WHY: This is an emergency demonstration in solidarity with the struggle to protect the holy San Francisco Peaks in Northern Arizona. Warriors at the Peaks have asked for support in putting pressure on the Forest Service’s regional offices this week, to demand an immediate halt to the desecration of the mountain that is sacred to 13 indigenous nations. 
August 25th marks the third month since owners of Arizona Snowbowl, with the support of the U.S. Forest Service and the Flagstaff City Council, began work on a planned expansion of Snowbowl’s private ski area. The expansion plan calls for clear-cutting 74 acres of rare alpine forest and laying pipelines for the transportation of 180,000,000 gallons of recycled wastewater per year from Flagstaff for artificial snowmaking.
Indigenous activists and supporters have stopped work on the development several times in the last few months, and continue to defend the mountain. The San Francisco Peaks are a place of worship, a place where deities reside, offerings are made, herbs are gathered, and other sacred religious practices take place.

Following a recent victory in protecting Glen Cove/Sogorea Te, it is important to continue the struggle to protect sacred places everywhere from desecration and destruction. In the words of Wounded Knee DeOcampo (Tuolumne Miwok), a central figure in the 12-year fight to honor the ancestors at Sogorea Te, “Many scared sites across this country are being desecrated, it is time that it comes to a halt.”
On Thursday August 25th we will show solidarity with those defending the Peaks, and deliver a letter to the Forest Service demanding they respect sacredness by immediately halting work on the Arizona Snowbowl project.
For more info and updates about the Peaks:http://indigenousaction.org/
http://www.truesnow.org/

For more info about this Thursday’s demonstration, contact:
Wounded Knee DeOcampo: 707 373 7195
Bradley Angel: 415 722 5270

For rideshares from the East Bay:contact George at 510 292 7788.

Can’t make it to Vallejo on Thursday?  Additional action requests include:
1. Contact the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). Urge the USDA to immediately halt all development on the San Francisco Peaks.The USDA heads the Forest Service. Urge them to revoke the Special Use Permit for Arizona Snowbowl for greater public interest.  
Tom Vilsack
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Phone: 202-720-3631

2. Comment on USDA Draft Sacred Sites Report. Public Comment Deadline: Oct. 4. The draft report is available for review athttp://www.fs.fed.us/spf/tribalrelations/sacredsites  Public comments can be sent to:
U.S. Forest ServiceOffice of Tribal Relations 1400 Independence Ave., SWMailstop Code: 1160Washington, DC 20250-1160Comments also may be submitted by fax to (202) 205-1773  or e-mail to sacredsitescomment@fs.fed.us
 3. Converge on the Mountain! Donate supplies!Join an established base camp or start your own.Supplies are also needed.More info: www.truesnow.org  4. Donate funds for legal support for those arrestedDonate online at www.TrueSnow.org or www.IndigenousAction.org You can also organize fundraiser support and awareness events.Contact protectpeaks@gmail.com for more info. 5. Contact Flagstaff City Officials and urge them to RESPECT the environment, Indigenous culture, and protect public health by finding a way out of their contract to sell Snowbowl wastewater! PHONE: (928) 779-7600EMAIL: council@flagstaffaz.gov  6. Write letters to your local papers about the issue.Spread the message on your social networks.

{ Action Alert: Protect the San Francisco Peaks [EDIT: added 7th point from indigenousaction.org] }

the demonstration already happened, but there are other ways to help if you can.  sorry the formatting’s weird, i think that’s tumblr’s fault.

numol:

NOTICE: this is about a demonstration.  BUT, there are other ways you might be able to help, further down the message.

email i got just a little while ago.  please pass this around if you can.  thank you.

Solidarity demonstration at Forest Service office in Vallejo, CA
WHEN: 2:30- 4:30pm on Thursday, August 25th
WHERE: Pacific Southwest Regional Forest Service Office 1323 Club Drive, Mare Island, Vallejo CA 94592. 
WHY: This is an emergency demonstration in solidarity with the struggle to protect the holy San Francisco Peaks in Northern Arizona. Warriors at the Peaks have asked for support in putting pressure on the Forest Service’s regional offices this week, to demand an immediate halt to the desecration of the mountain that is sacred to 13 indigenous nations. 
August 25th marks the third month since owners of Arizona Snowbowl, with the support of the U.S. Forest Service and the Flagstaff City Council, began work on a planned expansion of Snowbowl’s private ski area. The expansion plan calls for clear-cutting 74 acres of rare alpine forest and laying pipelines for the transportation of 180,000,000 gallons of recycled wastewater per year from Flagstaff for artificial snowmaking.
Indigenous activists and supporters have stopped work on the development several times in the last few months, and continue to defend the mountain. The San Francisco Peaks are a place of worship, a place where deities reside, offerings are made, herbs are gathered, and other sacred religious practices take place.

Following a recent victory in protecting Glen Cove/Sogorea Te, it is important to continue the struggle to protect sacred places everywhere from desecration and destruction. In the words of Wounded Knee DeOcampo (Tuolumne Miwok), a central figure in the 12-year fight to honor the ancestors at Sogorea Te, “Many scared sites across this country are being desecrated, it is time that it comes to a halt.”
On Thursday August 25th we will show solidarity with those defending the Peaks, and deliver a letter to the Forest Service demanding they respect sacredness by immediately halting work on the Arizona Snowbowl project.
For more info and updates about the Peaks:http://indigenousaction.org/
http://www.truesnow.org/

For more info about this Thursday’s demonstration, contact:
Wounded Knee DeOcampo: 707 373 7195
Bradley Angel: 415 722 5270

For rideshares from the East Bay: contact George at 510 292 7788.

Can’t make it to Vallejo on Thursday?  Additional action requests include:
1. Contact the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). Urge the USDA to immediately halt all development on the San Francisco Peaks.The USDA heads the Forest Service. Urge them to revoke the Special Use Permit for Arizona Snowbowl for greater public interest.  
Tom Vilsack
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Phone: 202-720-3631

2. Comment on USDA Draft Sacred Sites Report. Public Comment Deadline: Oct. 4. The draft report is available for review at http://www.fs.fed.us/spf/tribalrelations/sacredsites
Public comments can be sent to:
U.S. Forest Service
Office of Tribal Relations
1400 Independence Ave., SW
Mailstop Code: 1160 Washington, DC 20250-1160
Comments also may be submitted by fax to (202) 205-1773  or e-mail to sacredsitescomment@fs.fed.us
 3. Converge on the Mountain! Donate supplies!Join an established base camp or start your own.Supplies are also needed.More info: www.truesnow.org
4. Donate funds for legal support for those arrested
Donate online at www.TrueSnow.org or www.IndigenousAction.org
You can also organize fundraiser support and awareness events.
Contact protectpeaks@gmail.com for more info.
5. Contact Flagstaff City Officials and urge them to RESPECT the environment, Indigenous culture, and protect public health by finding a way out of their contract to sell Snowbowl wastewater!
PHONE: (928) 779-7600
EMAIL: council@flagstaffaz.gov 
6. Write letters to your local papers about the issue.Spread the message on your social networks.

EDIT: went to http://www.indigenousaction.org/ and found this added 7th point:

7. Contact Arizona Department of Environmental Quality and express concern that there was no meaningful public process when the agency approved wastewater for snowmaking. File a complaint and demand full public review!

Arizona Department of Environmental Quality
1110 West Washington Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85007
(800) 234-5677 - Toll Free

Northern Regional Office
1801 West Route 66, Suite 117
Flagstaff, Arizona 86001
(877) 602-3675 - Toll Free

www.azdeq.gov/function/compliance/complaint.html

EDIT 2: online free faxing places (only 2 per day can be sent from each, sorry):

readnfight:

kilele:

Workers  carry sacks of Corn Soya Blend inside the World Food Program warehouse  for distribution to refugees at Hagadera refugee camp in Dadaab near the  Kenya-Somalia border, September 1, 2011.
Photo by Eduardo De Francisco / Reuters via MSNBC Photoblog

Getting grumpy: Corn and soy are monocultures that, being planted massive plantation-style, are destroying entire ecosystems around the world. Since non-GMO corn and soy are rarely produced in the US, this corn soya blend is probably GMO as well. India banned the importation of GMO corn soya blend, even as relief food, because it wasn’t intended for human consumption and may have health hazards long term. India has had a particularly tumultuous fight with GMO crops, as farmers have been protesting it on a large scale.
Colonialism forced colonies to grow foods that the colonizing country wanted and to grow foods that would be exported back to the colonizing country, rather than a variety of foods that would sustain the colony (such as the term “banana republic”; not just a place you get bad khakis!). Then when that isn’t sustainable, the former (or arguably ongoing) colonizing countries send food as relief that was made with those same unsustainable practices and are not healthy.
Clearly I’m reading Vandana Shiva right now, and then this popped up on my dashboard. Not saying not to send food aid, but definitely saying none of this is sustainable or a natural disaster.
To top it off, those bags of food shown are all stamped with the US flag and say “USAID”. Charming.

readnfight:

kilele:

Workers carry sacks of Corn Soya Blend inside the World Food Program warehouse for distribution to refugees at Hagadera refugee camp in Dadaab near the Kenya-Somalia border, September 1, 2011.

Photo by Eduardo De Francisco / Reuters via MSNBC Photoblog

Getting grumpy: Corn and soy are monocultures that, being planted massive plantation-style, are destroying entire ecosystems around the world. Since non-GMO corn and soy are rarely produced in the US, this corn soya blend is probably GMO as well. India banned the importation of GMO corn soya blend, even as relief food, because it wasn’t intended for human consumption and may have health hazards long term. India has had a particularly tumultuous fight with GMO crops, as farmers have been protesting it on a large scale.

Colonialism forced colonies to grow foods that the colonizing country wanted and to grow foods that would be exported back to the colonizing country, rather than a variety of foods that would sustain the colony (such as the term “banana republic”; not just a place you get bad khakis!). Then when that isn’t sustainable, the former (or arguably ongoing) colonizing countries send food as relief that was made with those same unsustainable practices and are not healthy.

Clearly I’m reading Vandana Shiva right now, and then this popped up on my dashboard. Not saying not to send food aid, but definitely saying none of this is sustainable or a natural disaster.

To top it off, those bags of food shown are all stamped with the US flag and say “USAID”. Charming.

{ Fucking self-righteous cultural people }

mycultureisnotatrend:

n0vacaine-numb:

That feel the need to troll the Internet looking for people being offensive JUST to start a fight? Seriously, you have nothing better to do then look for a fight but mask it as “defending your culture.” Fuck you, I’m German. I could go on all kind of “OMG DON’T CALL ALL GERMANS NAZI’S BLAH BLAH FUCKING BLAH WE AREN’T ALL RACIST BLAH BLAH” rant all fucking day if I wanted to but no, I wasn’t part of THAT generation.

As for the “oppressed” cultures. They have been fucked over big time IN THE PAST. Now they get just as many if not more benefits then “the white man.”

So fuck you that I’m getting a Native American inspired tattoo. I love that culture, I was not born into it, but through education & acceptance I have learned that how Lakota people see the world is amazing. It’s an appreciation, not a cultural appropriation.

Some people honestly amaze me. & sorry if I’m wrong but you are hardly being “oppressed” in your current living state so don’t give me that “us oppressed people” bullshit. You’re a hypocritical cunt so fuck right off & when you get there, fuck off a little further

Svnoyi’s response:

Translation: I really love the racist stereotypes of your culture, and read some books written by white people about it, so I think I have complete and total rights to it in the name of ~multiculturalism~, and since I dont ACTUALLY know anything ACCURATE outside of the romanticized drivel that people usually know (not that I’ll ever admit it), I don’t have the faintest idea of the actual history and impact of my actions. And because I don’t live in a world where this kind of thing affects me, and I’m too self centered to care that it affects others, I’m deeming anyone who tries to tell me I might be wrong ~mean~ to try and discredit their claims.

I’m so glad I have svnoyi around, for when I can’t read “racist,” and need a spot-on translation.  Perfection!

more commentary!  Svnoyi’s tumblr (link).

{ Just because something is a part of culture, even marginalized culture, does not make it right. }

ayiman:

mycultureisnotatrend:

aaronitron:

Guess what, women have their genitals all kinds of fucked up in the name of culture. That is wrong. Saying that a woman cannot wear a warbonnet because she is a woman is wrong. Oppression is oppression is oppression, and regardless of what kind of BS you laminate over it, it is still wrong.

Understanding what oppression is, you’re doing it wrong.   What native women are fighting/ want to wear male warbonnets? Oh right, none. You’re making up an issue, when we have plenty of our own real ones to deal with. Please cut that out.

And don’t throw the “gender norms” line at me. Native cultures have that down fine too, two-spirit people are more than free to dance about those gray lines, and are even encouraged to do so.

*false equivalencies = you’re doin it right!

The best part was when the outsider declared our cultural traditions to be BS, thereby establishing their right to impose their own, obviously more moral and just, views upon cultures that they aren’t members of.

This is some definite whiteman’s burden BS.  

^ commentary.  STFU, aaronitruckloadofgarbage.

“But one of the most persistent traits of the Western white man has always been his fanatical and almost instinctive assumption that his systems and ideas about the world are the most desirable, and further, that people who do not aspire to them, or at least think them admirable, are savages or enemies. The idea that Western thought might be exotic if viewed from another landscape never presents itself to most Westerners.”

—Amiri Baraka (formerly known as LeRoi Jones), in his book Blues People (via solitudinous)

(via summoner-controller-kel-deactiv)

{ LINK: putain laisse-moi tout seul: flymetothemooon: soydulcedeleche: i keep seeing vegan arguments fly by... }

soydulcedeleche:

madamethursday:

cherry-jelly:

flymetothemooon:

soydulcedeleche:

i keep seeing vegan arguments fly by my dash.

one thing i noticed…alot of vegan people will acknowledge economic privilege…lack of access to shit….but often times in the same sentence they will go into “but if you have access to it, and you know about…

i totally agree, but the improper grammar and vulgar language weaken the whole point.

Wow, blatant tone argument. I’d say I haven’t seen that in a while, but I see it daily. 

Just wanted to comment to say: HELL FUCKING NO. The point is valid no matter how you say it, no matter what vulgarity is in there. 

Logically speaking, the tone argument is invalid on its face. Saying the sky is blue in the “wrong” manner does not diminish the truth of the fact that THE SKY IS A GODDAMN MARVELOUS FUCKING BIG-ASS SHADE OF BLUE. 

You can say that with as much vulgarity and bad grammar as you want. The sky remains blue. Telling me that my argument that the sky is blue is weakened by my rill bad spellin and gramur just proves that you’re not getting it and you’re more interesting in policing than participating and listening. 

LOL i just had to laugh at that. i am not writing my motherfuckin dissertation on here so i will be cussin and using hood slang and fucked up grammar…on purpose!

let me go continue happily “nulling and voiding” everything i post haha

reblogging for soydulcedeleche's first post and all comments except for cherry-jelly's.

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