Monthly Archives: October 2012

Amy Herdy: A Brave Truth-Seeker Grappling with Male Violence at its White Hot Center

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The most dangerous men on earth are those who are afraid that they are wimps.  Wars have been started for less.  The main motives for violence [are] the fear of shame and ridicule, and the overbearing need to prevent others from laughing at oneself by making them weep instead.  (Dr. James Gilligan)

To really understand something, we gotta get up close and personal with it.  Sometimes this is done by choice, other times it happens through lived experiences forced upon us.

The dominant euro-religious-colonist culture that inflicts and imposes itself on the entire planet wholly relies on violence to uphold its greedy, narcissistic. de-humanized self.  Being embedded in such a culture insidiously traumatizes ALL of us, to different degrees and dependent on our social place, i.e. how life has played out for us (much of which is out of our control), what kind of family and community we were born into, our genetics, our relationships, and so on. Continue reading

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Columbus Day Is It? Maybe Next Year We Should Have a Hitler Day!

Artwork by Native Rights Activist & Artist Shea Sandy:

We Are Still Here” is the first of my Culture Clash collection.

This work voices the truth about what many Indigenous/Aboriginal/First Nations and Native American people have struggled with regarding some of the more common Native issues at the forefront, such as:

  • The pollution and destruction of the land we live with;
  • The spreading of european diseases to which we have little or no resistance to, this in itself has been said to account for up to %90 percent of the deaths and unfathomable SUFFERING of Native Americans since 1492.
  • Native people are often regarded as a whimsical character from the past that no longer exists except in the imagination of non-natives and in old western movies, this is why our Nez Perce man and his horse are represented in black and white, because many people think of us as something from the past and even talk about us in past tense form. i.e. “The Indians ‘lived‘ in tipis.” or “Native Americans ‘were‘ spiritual and ‘sang‘ songs and ‘danced‘. Well, WE ARE STILL HERE! No need to speak of us in past tense, Thank You, we aren’t quite gone yet – we are making a recovery, remembering our ways and reclaiming our place on Turtle Island.
  • The upside down flag is a well known military distress signal, it means Something Is Wrong and it is a sign asking for help.
  • The burnt edges of the flag are an acknowledgment of the dangerous, difficult and life threatening times Native Activists have gone through and continue to face.

Look closely and ponder this work, it has quite a story to tell.

I’d like to dedicate this to all Indigenous Activists, to all those who dare to DEcolonize their mind and to all the Survivors who stayed and stay strong with love in their heart for all of our Relations.

I hope you get as much out of it as I put into it.

~ Shea Sandy

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We Owe a Debt to “The Drunken Indians”

For some reason this most excellent video won’t embed, please check it out on YouTube, it is a 4-minute talk by Native Rights activist and artist John Trudell that is radically truthful and eye-opening  ——–>

http://youtu.be/RhLatWoWrKA

DEcolonize Your Mind!

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Would you celebrate a “Hitler Day”? Well if not then why in the world would you EVER celebrate this person who started a holocaust that killed about 10 times as many people as Hitlers claim to infamy? Whether the death tolls be 6 million, 45 million or 90 million we should all be able to agree that it is all horrific and awful and that starting a 500 year (so far) long genocide is NOTHING to celebrate!

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Wendy Maldonado: A Courageous Woman Whose Actions (+ Pure Luck) Saved Her From Becoming A Domestic Violence Corpse

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Wendy Maldonado is a brave American hero for killing her husband Aaron Maldonado, which is the only reason she’s alive today after enduring 20 years of violent physical, sexual and mental torture at his sadistic, serial killer glorifying hands.  On May 1, 2005, Wendy finally ‘snapped’ (i.e. she came to the realization that she would soon be killed at the rate things were going at home) and with the help of her then 16 year old son Randy, together they smashed a sleeping Aaron Maldonado’s skull in with a hatchet and a hammer.

Undoubtedly tragic, unfortunate and traumatic, but absolutely necessary fucking riddance. Continue reading

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Remembering Aileen Wuornos & Keeping Her Strong, Brave Spirit Alive

Feminist Rag Award NEW_Aileen Wuornos

You sabotaged my ass!  Society, and the cops, and the system!  A raped woman got executed, and was used for books and movies and shit! ( Aileen’s words from source)

Minus books and movie deals, Aileen’s words are fairly representative of the many, many silenced female voices who are blamed, punished in all sorts of ways, and killed for being part of the prostituted class, a class that is hardly ever a free or real “choice” for the choosing because money is the currency of slavery.  This makes prostitution the most intimate, dangerous, and therefore the most traumatizing kind of slavery. Continue reading

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Decolonization is Not a Metaphor

This post is titled after this excellent article by Eve Tuck and K. Wayne Yang.

Indigenous women understand that our struggle for autonomy is related to the total need for structural change in this society.  We realize that indigenous people in industrial society have always been and will always be in a relationship of war, because industrial society has declared war on indigenous peoples, on land based peoples.

To look within a bigger context, when I say indigenous peoples, I’m not only talking about [Native American] Indians. All people come from land-based cultures.  Some have been colonized longer than I have, which means they have got more work to do (Winona LaDuke, source).

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