BUTCH Voices recognizes Day of Mourning in solidarity with Indigenous communities across Turtle Island. We realize that many people observe this day without thinking about or being aware of the history. We urge our community members working toward racial justice and solidarity to read up on the real history and the Indigenous movement work being done every year around this holiday to re-center Indigenous voices in the narrative of colonization.
This is the 400th year since the Mayflower landed in the land that the Wampanoag people belong to. The first declaration of “thanksgiving” that was recorded by white settlers was to commemorate a massacre of Indigenous people. This holiday has had several reinventions and one hell of a misinformation, propaganda, and PR campaign. 2020 is a year filled with chances for solidarity and growth and ways to show up for each other.
Here’s an article to help shift our thoughts and actions around this day.
Basic info on the tradition of Day of Mourning.
We ask that you support our Indigenous friends and family.
Pilayama (Thank you),
Koja Adeyoha and the board of BUTCH Voices
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