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National Day of Mourning

This monument stands on Cole’s Hill in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Cole’s Hill overlooks Plymouth Rock and the waterfront. Every Thanksgiving since 1970, Native people and supporters gather at 12 noon on Cole’s Hill for a “Day of Mourning”. This is a solemn day in mourning of their ancestors, the genocide of their people and the theft of their lands.

National Day of Mourning monument, Plymouth, MA

 

Plaque reads; “Since 1970, Native Americans have gathered at noon on Cole’s Hill in Plymouth to commemorate a National Day of Mourning on the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday. Many Native Americans do not celebrate the arrival of Pilgrims and other European settlers. To them, Thanksgiving Day is a reminder of the genocide of millions of their people, the theft of their lands, and the relentless assault on their culture. Participants in the National Day of Mourning honor Native ancestors and the struggles of Native people to survive today. It is a day of remembrance and spiritual connection as well as a protest of the racism and oppression which Native Americans continue to experience.”

Thanksgiving is a time to spend with family and celebrate all the things we have to be thankful for, but I think it’s also important to remember the true history of Thanksgiving.

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California, What Happened?

I never expected California to pass Proposition 8 (a constitutional amendment that overturns the state’s Supreme Court decision to legalize same-sex unions)! You would think that people would have learned from segregation that separate is not equal. This is a simple matter of civil rights. I have no doubt that this decision will eventually be over-turned by the courts. But still sad to see this vote in such a progressive state. Again, religion stands in the way of equal rights for all.

“It’s very unfortunate and embarrassing that the (Christian religion) is in large part responsible for this act of bigotry,” the Rev. Ed Bacon said after his sermon.

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Yes We Did!

Thank you George W. Bush and friends for screwing up so badly that you have force the country into a giant U-turn. It’s been a rough 8 years, but the nightmare is finally over. It’s time to move forward and make racism history, to make war history and to make the United States a country we can be proud of again.

Barack Obama is a new kind of leader with fresh ideas, honesty and integrity who stood up to the republican mud slinging with grace and dignity. He never stooped to their level. He is more interested in the people of the United States then in corporate America.

It will be like a breath of fresh air to have someone intelligent in the White House who understands science and the constitution, as well as the importance of the separation of church and state. Someone who does not believe in a talking snake and does understand why the polar icecaps are melting.

We have a lot of hard work to do, but for today, let’s celebrate the beginning of a bright new future. The election of Barack Obama is a giant step forward for the US. This is indeed a pivotal time in history and the entire world is celebrating with us.

Thank you to all of the people who worked so hard to get Barack elected, as well as so many other democrats across the country, both in local government and in the House and Senate.

Congratulations to Barack Obama and Joe Biden. Thanks for giving us hope; we are looking forward to progressive change. Yes we can!

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