We find ourselves at the beginning of a revolution: to dismantle all systems of oppression fueled by white patriarchal supremacy. So far, the national uprising against police brutality with the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Abery, Tony McDade, Elijah McClain, and so many more Black lives have created an international outcry for justice.
Beautiful artwork by Afro-Indigenous artist Paige Pattibon (Salish), in collaboration with @yehawshow (Instragram), highlighting Indigenous and Black solidarity and ancestral bond.
In the midst of action to create sustainable change, we are seeing bridges form between marginalized groups, and dutiful allies. The atmosphere created by the Black Lives Matter (BLM) Movement has benefited Native American movements as well. After decades of protests by Native American activists, the Washington Team has officially changed their mascot from the R-word. As we continue to move forward, we recognize that the end of one era also marks the beginning of a new one. We have accomplished so much in a matter of weeks through unrest and persistence. This new era is an era of solidarity, and the pursuit of justice in all forms for all peoples.
This is a call to action for the Indigenous and Black Solidarity Movement. Black, Indigenous, People of Color, Black Natives, and Allies are welcome. We will be joining the March on Washington on August 28th, 9 am-9 pm, in support of Black Lives Matter, the movement against police brutality, and dismantling systemic racism in our society. In marching together, our goal is to show our nation and respective communities that we stand together against police brutality and negligence. We acknowledge that a broken system wreaks havoc both of our communities, and historically, we have worked together to fight against it. We denounce the competition for the title of "most oppressed," and we channel our energy into deconstructing tyranny. We are a force to be reckoned with.
If you are interested in joining us, please register through The Coalition for Black and Indigenous Solidarity ticket bud page. All tickets are free, but for organizational purposes are broken up into three options:
GENERAL Participation: for all attendees.
ELDER Participation: for our elders to implement proper protective measures for them should ignorant situations arise.
VOLUNTEER Participation: for individuals who wish to to help with logistics, planning, and donations. Contact Portia Mills, Tavis Sanders, or me if you are interested in volunteering.
Please register, and you can find us on our Facebook Page, Indigenous and Black Solidarity.
NOTE: This event will be abiding by COVID-19 Washington, D.C. Health Guidelines. Please bring a mask, and take necessary precautions for the safety of yourself and others.