Indigenous Peoples

Santa Cruz's Hidden Past

California's Dark Side Many Santa Cruz residents are not aware that Santa Cruz California conducted a lynching on the Water Street Bridge. Irene O'Connell, a local Santa Cruz activist and staff member of Resource Center for Nonviolence, is interviewed by Ben Leonard, a then senior at Crystal Springs Uplands School in Hillsborough who is now … Continue reading Santa Cruz's Hidden Past

THEY WILL ALWAYS BE MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN YOU

THEY WILL ALWAYS BE MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN YOU ©2015 by Alice Walker They will always be More beautiful Than you The people you are killing. You think it is hatred That you feel But it is really envy. You imagine if you destroy them We will forget How tall they stood How level Their gaze … Continue reading THEY WILL ALWAYS BE MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN YOU

Walk For The Ancestors

Walk for the Ancestors: Santa Cruz Mission Gathering Saturday, September 19th Meet 9:30am @ Holy Cross Church (Old Mission site) 126 High St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 The Walk for the Ancestors is a 650-mile pilgrimage to each of the 21 California Missions, to honor the Indigenous ancestors who suffered and perished in the Mission … Continue reading Walk For The Ancestors

Mahmoud Darwish: The Speech of the Red Indian

1 So, we are who we are, as the Mississippi flows, and what remains from yesterday is still ours-- but the color of the sky has changed, the sea to the East has changed. O white master, Lord of the horses, what do you want from those making their way to the night woods? Our … Continue reading Mahmoud Darwish: The Speech of the Red Indian

Existentializing Difference

The Existentialization of Difference: Why Have The Yazidi People Survived? You have asked me: "Why and how have the Yazidi people survived so long? Why are they just now being threatened?" What important questions. I have had the privilege of working with displaced Yazidi who have suffered unprecedented violence, and lost many family members in … Continue reading Existentializing Difference

Blackfeet

It was on bloody feet that I arrived in Palestine. When I was seven, I tromped through the oily jungles of Central and South America, not fully realizing the arches of civil war implicating my blue American passport in its weave. I handed over the document as a currency of empire. Why I didn’t feel … Continue reading Blackfeet

Israeli warships open fire at fishermen off Gaza coast

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces opened fire at fishermen off the coast of the southern Gaza Strip on Tuesday, in apparent violation of the ceasefire agreement reached with Palestinian factions a week ago, fishermen said. Palestinian fishermen told Ma'an that Israeli warships used machine guns to fire at their boats while they were sailing … Continue reading Israeli warships open fire at fishermen off Gaza coast

Rania Masri Speech: ' Mr.Obama, What Is Barbaric?'

Rania Masri A very moving speech by Rania Masri, the keynote speaker, during the 'Texas For Gaza' protest on August 2, 2014 in Austin, Texas. We apologize that the first words and last minutes of the speech were not captured due to phone recording problems. The opening began with, "Yesterday, the Obama administration said that … Continue reading Rania Masri Speech: ' Mr.Obama, What Is Barbaric?'

Witness To An International Crime: Israeli State Terrorism In Gaza

For more half a century, Israel has gotten away with breaking every international law and covenant in its treatment of Palestinians. “The material basis of the Israeli colonial project is dependent on the continued expansion and expropriation of Palestinian land and the subordination of Palestinian people.” “The latest assault on the Palestinian people is a … Continue reading Witness To An International Crime: Israeli State Terrorism In Gaza