Indigenous groups, Black Lives Matters join forces to decry historical 'sins' on July Fourth

Indigenous groups, Black Lives Matters join forces to mark historical 'sins' on July Fourth

7/5/2020 4:33:00 AM

Indigenous groups, Black Lives Matters join forces to decry historical 'sins' on July Fourth

Indigenous groups, Black Lives Matters join forces to mark historical 'sins' on July Fourth

Members of indigenous groups joined forces with Black Lives Matters organizers and other demonstrators Saturday afternoon near Olvera Street in a peaceful, masked protest and march that called for several actions, such as unity among minorities and an acknowledgment of the nation’s many sins on its birthday.

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Some burned incense, tobacco and sage, others spoke of the “Farce of July,” and many marched to Grant Park and beyond with signs calling for the abolishment of ICE, the “defunding of the police” andjustice for Andrés Guardado,Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and others slain by law enforcement.

Indigenous leader Shannon Rivers of the Akimel O’otham people called on about 400 gatherers to “decolonize” their minds. He said the current coronavirus spread, which has caused more than 125,000 deaths, wasn’t the first plague to visit this continent.

The Europeans “brought many pandemics” to the peoples of the Americas, Rivers said, drawing the applause of a largely socially distanced crowd. Instead of celebrating with fireworks, he said, it would be best to understand “the many lies” taught to American youth that prop up white supremacy at the cost of all native peoples and minorities.

AdvertisementOne falsehood referenced was the Declaration of Independence, which provided freedom to “white men” at the cost of everyone else, Rivers said. He he also noted the American military failed to protect Vanessa Guillén, a Latina soldier killed at Ft. Hood, who signed up to defend this country.

Rivers also called on Black Lives Matter to join the indigenous movement before saying forcefully, “Black lives matter.”The first set of people began to congregate near the grassy patch ofland adjacent to Father Serra Park,where a statute of the field’s namesake was ripped down June 20 by a group of protesters that included many indigenous people.

There were blessings and prayers said before the march, along with chants from indigenous groups, performances by Mejicas dancers, drumming and song from Capoeiristas for Black Lives Matters and speeches from Black Lives Matters members and backers. A young woman claiming to be from the Palestinian Youth Movement called for a “free, free Palestine.”

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AdvertisementAs people gathered, there was little social distancing, though the vast majority of participants were masked. Organizer Jessa Calderon of the Tongva Nation quickly asked for the growing group to maintain six feet of distancing, which was generally followed except for sections of the march along Arcadia Street where some corridors were tight.

Marchers momentarily blocked traffic along Alameda and later on Spring Street, causing brief traffic delays. Calderon also spoke passionately about justice for Guillén, saying “my heart extends to her family and everyone who loves her and is marching for answers.

Throughout the march, Calderon pointed out historic portions of the Tongva homeland, including what she said was a native graveyard near Olvera Street that had been paved over to make room for a parking lot.One of the Tongva’s biggest communities was a settlement called Yagna, which is believed to be near the Civic Center.

AdvertisementLakota Tribe member George Funmaker, 37, made the short trip from Long Beach in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and to set the record straight.Funmaker said “protesters” was the wrong designation for those who gathered for social justice, preferring instead to use the term “protectors.”

“We’ve come in peace to say we stand with our brothers and sisters from Black Lives Matters and other indigenous movements throughout the nation,” Funmaker said. “Our goal is a safe society where our children and grandchildren can live peacefully.”Funmaker wore a black bandana that draped over his face and the upper portion of a black T-shirt with a deformed version of the mascot of the Cleveland Indians baseball team known as “Chief Wahoo.”

AdvertisementNormally, depictions of Chief Wahoo represent a red-faced Indian with a giant, toothy smile and a feather attached to the back of his head. Funmaker’s version had blacked-out eyes, a cut off nose and cracked teeth with the words “mis-rep” underneath.

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He called on American professional and collegiate sports teams to drop all Native American references, such as Cleveland, the Atlanta Braves, Florida State Seminoles and perhaps the most notorious of all, the Washington Redskins football team.“We are not mascots,” Funmaker said. He also expressed his disappointment with the main street media’s attention of President Trump’s speech

at Mt. Rushmore on Friday on howlittle attention focused on Lakota-led protests earlier in the day. Read more: Los Angeles Times »

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The new woke religion talking about sin. Garbage article from a garbage news source. EnemyOfThePeople If they hate America so much, why stay? I hear Canada is nice this time of year. Are there any days they aren’t miserable? Live in the now. I’m bbq and going to the beach. See ya suckers Now we need those who were in US internment camps (Japanese, Italians and Germans - yeah, they were) as well as descendants of Chinese who were brutalized while building the railroads to join in as well. Let's see the numbers rise enough to shake the tyranny loose and crush it.

Again this is mostly white liberals protesting because they are being left out. All those a holes are looking for are more freebies and handouts. These people are such downers. Feel sorry for them... God bless America! Land of the free! Where all men are created equal! How long has it been...?🤔🙄 This is the only Sins that matters today

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