LAPD Killing on Skid Row 3/1/2015

Another police shooting and death of a citizen. This man lived on Skid Row and was known on the streets as Africa, he has been there 4-5 months. I don’t know this man and never seen a picture of him, never heard his voice, or have the pleasure of knowing anything about him. I do know that he is human and that his heart stopped beating after LAPD put 5 bullets in him.

After seeing the video that has been viewed by million in one day, I cried. Trauma was relived and all I can do is blame colonization and the damn U.S. Empire. I called LAPD, I talked to front desk police officer. He was really whiling to talk to me and at first was very defensive. Kept asking if I watched the video. He said, “The man was clearly going for the officers gun, that is when we have a right as officers to defend ourselves, even if that means shooting.”

It is hard to believe shooting is necessary when you have five officers on one guy. And if five officers is not enough to subdue the man the tazar gun must have been at least some help. But yet here we in 2015 and I wonder if this apart of the systems agenda. Send a gang of officers to the street to kill so we can distract the people/public from other important issues, like the destruction of mother earth.

I was initially going to go on the internet and see what I can do to help the cause up in Oak Flat. Oak Flat is a sacred piece of land that was given to a foreign mining company by Senator John McCain and Jeff Flake. But after viewing the video it just took my heart and crushed it. I hate seeing violence, especially being perpetuated by those who are supposed to protect and serve.

Africa, was a living man. I don’t know his character but I am sure he didn’t want to die like that. Police officers are supposed to be the law NOT ABOVE THE LAW. And we as citizens need to pressure the system that this is wrong and cannot keep happening.

The Fist

Heart is heavy, explained by genetic memory linked with stolen sisters and taken brothers.

Decolonize and realize that in civility reality becomes a fallacy, forced into this mentality, inferior to the superior, stories with white heros, taught by monsters who have mimosas during games of golf.

While I waste my time trying to understand why traditions like Thankstaking still stand on native land, and as we yell racism making accusations creating noise that destroys the real issue.

A ploy from UNLEARNING white is right; and that dark/ an exotic space meant to be explored, exploited, expendable.

Well, the people have you had enough? You learned their forked tongue and learned their tactics, have you had ENOUGH.

Solidarity means more than sincerity. Commitment to action to people; freedom from evil.

Don’t reason with the weasel. Rise with the eagle.

Colonization

Some would say colonization does not exist anymore. I chuckled when I heard that. Yes, the monster of colonization has morphed into new tactics since WWII, and now new names have been created to explain these new markers such as neo-liberalism, settler-colonialism, and globalization. Settler-colonialism is in some ways more dangerous than colonization; similar to a deathly invisible and odorless gas. Settler-colonialism is difficult to detect because our own indigenous people are crossing over down into the rabbit hole of assimilation and they don’t even have a problem with still calling themselves native. Discussion about identity, enrollment, gender roles, normalization of certain acts all come into question. Another indicator is that settler-colonizers will now proclaim that settler-colonization does not exist because it ended a long time ago. As long as exploitation, a sense of othering, injustice, and patriarchy continues then colonization will continue.

All species have been affected by colonization. The diverse species of food is going extinct because of GMO’s and industries such as Monsanto. People and living entities are now being patented, which is the most insane act a person can do. Human’s, settler-colonialist, are now taking the act of creation in their own hands and are messing with the natural order and are playing God. When I say God I do not in any way mean Christianity, I am referring to the force that ensures that humanity can enjoy another day on earth. Messing with the possibilities of DNA is the new “frontier” and will eventually be destroyed; just like the land that needed to be discovered during the time of the Frontier Thesis by Frederick Jackson Turner was written.

Now in 2015 we see so much of our earth and people are being threatened by authorities that have agenda based off the spirits of greed and exploitation. We as the people of this earth need to put a stop to this atrocity and put our foot down as authorities of the land. Corporations and politicians are afraid of the people when organization happens without the authorities that identify themselves as formal leaders. If we let destruction continue on we will have no future for our grandchildren. A colonial mind is a disease and is more destructive that any disease they treat in a hospital because it keeps an individual from being a good relative to not only other humans but to the land as well. A colonial mind creates this false reality that an individual is separate from the world around the. This separation allows them to destroy the land and being able to have a good nights rest right after.

If you want to read more about the colonial mind I suggest you check out the work done by Dr. Michael Yellow Bird who is a professor at North Dakota State University. Also a good book to read that discusses the relationship between the colonizer and colonized is a book by Albert Memmi titled “The Colonizer and the Colonized.”

Thoughts on the Introduction of the Transit of Empire, by Jodi A. Byrd

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As I finished Jodi A. Byrd’s introduction, similar thoughts and feelings arose from when the first time I read it back in the Spring semester of 2013. This time I rushed through the last part and forgot most of the first half. However, I got a good understanding of what Byrd is getting across and I consider much of her research as reflecting my contemporary academic epistemological world view. Maybe because my professor Dr. Myla Vicenti-Carpio is a big influence and she introduced me to the Transit of Empire. This time the introduction touched a different part of my mind. Maybe due to the paradigm shift that took place back in 2013, because I do remember how excited and moved I was by her work and the other scholars I was reading around that time in grad school.

Now, I found myself looking more in depth and raising questions from her book. She mentioned liberal humanism and it struck me because it questions the values/ goals/ needs a human strives for (p. xxiv). Among western civilization there is a need to be FREE, that is why the U.S. Empire pushes for militarization. Freedom is contested through the binaries of that of which is free and unfree and the cacophonies (unnecessary noise) keeping freedom from being achieved by everyone, thus furthering the agenda of globalization in a unquestioned post-colonial world. Globalization’s main lobbyist is Western Civilization and the birth of this mentality was initiated by the genocide of the indigenous people of Turtle Island. Western mainstream mentality is rooted in greed, competition, measurement, individualism, and discovery. And yet all over the world rebelling against the system is a righteous thing to do. From Hunger Games to Divergent, all the way to social movements, and police brutality, these events are articulating what freedom is, who should contest it, who should experience it, and how will it be achieved. A part of Byrd’s argument is that indigenous stories need to be included in post-colonial studies and that AIS/NAS needs to be more inclusive in the conversations happening around post-colonial theory. We need to make connections and tell our stories.

Byrd mentions this story among the Choctaw that tell of the Upper and Lower worlds colliding with the between world and when that happens chaos happens, both negative and positive (p. xxvii). I am starting to think a renaissance is about to happen, where scholars and artist are able to better articulate the world around us. This articulation will bring up important topics of coming together and learning to live together differently; environmental protection and the concept of being a good relative; defining roles for genders and ages and understanding identity on a global scale. 

Fracking Away Our Medicinal Plants

From a colonized mindset one can easily forget the importance of water, especially its spiritual implications. Learning from indigenous individuals about the holistic connection with water and land can save humanity from mass destruction. Sootahkii Callinglast is an intelligent individual who has extensive knowledge on the life of water. I encourage everyone to follow her blog and learn more about water.

Indigenous Waters Blog

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I write this with concern from a water and soil quality perspective but also as a member of a tribe in contracts with oil and gas companies. I am part of the Blood Tribe in Southern Alberta and the Blackfeet tribe of Montana.

First, this matter is immediately concerning to me because my family will be living close to proposed frac wells and I am concerned for not only their health but also the health of the future generations of my family and tribe.  Second, but not any less important is the intricate connection between animals and plants, their health and habitat, and their role in our cultural practices.

Both tribes are uniquely located at the headwaters to the American and Canadian farming belts. We are responsible and should act as stewards for the quality, and the quantity of water flowing to our downstream neighbors. Reducing the amount of water…

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My Idle No More experience

#IdleNoMore has gained attention from all over the world. I took the opportunity to attend the Los Angeles #IdleNoMore protest at the Canadian Embassy on 12/21/12. It was my first protest and I got to share this experience with my little sister. At this time I didn’t know much about #IdleNoMore except that it mainly concerned First Nation Canadians.

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Once I got back in AZ there was a Round Dance Flash Mob being held at Arizona Mills Mall in Tempe. I was excited because I saw a picture of the Edmonton mall RDFM and felt privileged that it is taking place in AZ. http://youtu.be/RyFtIuponuc This link will take you to my video that my sister shot at the RDFM.  Overall the experience was short and entertaining.

After that RDFM I then attended the Tempe Marketplace RDFM, Metro Center Mall RDFM, Scottsdale Fashion Square RDFM, Downtown PHX rally, and New Years Eve Round Dance on Mill Ave.

I then had the honor of planning the RDFM at Westgate during the Fiesta Bowl and the IdleNoMore Potluck social at the Puente building. After the potluck a core group of us collaborated with Puente and held a Art party so we can make signs for upcoming protest.

One event that wasn’t successful was the 2nd RDFM at Scottsdale Fashion Square. I was one of the host, however did not partake in planning the event. The other host told me she got permission to have the RDFM at Fashion Square again, however when we got there the Mall manager and security threatened to have us arrested. And the other issue is that the drummers cancelled last minute.

Leading an event is something I prefer not do I rather be that person that shows up and participates. Organizing is a lot of responsibility and hard work. People become organizers because they are really passionate about a cause so that’s the reason why I obligated myself to become an organizer for some of the #IdleNoMore events in AZ.

I learned a lot and have met many awesome, good, smart, funny, giving, humble individuals that will have a lasting impact on my life. I will forever be thankful for the Idle No More movement because it helped me find my voice, helped create a space for discussion on environmental and human rights issues and created a sense of community among the Indigenous people of the Phoenix metropolitan area.

#IdleNoMore RDFM at Westgate during the Fiesta Bowl

#IdleNoMore RDFM at Westgate during the Fiesta Bowl

This is the #IdleNoMore round dance on New Years Eve at Arizona Mills Ave
This is the #IdleNoMore round dance on New Years Eve at Arizona Mills Ave

This is another shot of the #IdleNoMore event on Mill Ave

This is another shot of the #IdleNoMore event on Mill Ave

This is the #IdleNoMore rally at the Downtown Phoenix Civic Center

This is the #IdleNoMore rally at the Downtown Phoenix Civic Center