ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.—The Red Nation calls on all people and organizations to join them on Wounded Knee Liberation Day, February 27th, in front of City Hall to demand that the City of Albuquerque abolish Columbus Day.
WHAT: Press Conference and Speak Out
WHERE: City Hall, 1 Civic Plaza (East Entrance)
WHEN: Friday, February 27, 2015 at 4:30pm
WHY: Abolish Columbus Day in the City of Albuquerque
Columbus Day celebrates legacies of genocide and conquest of Indigenous peoples of the Western Hemisphere. In 1973, for 71 days, the American Indian Movement and non-Indigenous allies staged an occupation at the Wounded Knee Massacre site in Pine Ridge, South Dakota to demand the recognition and protection of Indigenous rights. In 1997, several organizations, including former United Nations non-governmental organizations The International Indian Treaty Council and The Committee on Racism, Racial Discrimination, Apartheid and Colonialism, called for an end to the celebration of Columbus Day and declared instead the International Day of Solidarity and Mourning with Indigenous Peoples of the Americas. In 1990, the First Continental Conference on 500 Years of Indian Resistance called for the day to be changed to promote “unity” and “liberation.” In 1992, the City of Berkeley, California changed Columbus Day to a Day of Solidarity with Indigenous People. Four states do not celebrate Columbus Day (Alaska, Hawaii, Oregon, and South Dakota). In 2014, the City of Minneapolis, Minnesota officially changed Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Albuquerque prides itself as an Indigenous cultural capital in the U.S. and the Southwest. Yet, it continues to celebrate Columbus Day, which is viewed by the international community, Indigenous people, and allies as a day that glorifies the beginning of five centuries of genocide and dispossession in the Western Hemisphere. Indigenous people continue to be marginalized and exploited by racist holidays, mascots, imagery, and representation. By continuing to celebrate Columbus Day, the City of Albuquerque contributes to the ongoing marginalization and exploitation of Indigenous peoples. The Red Nation invites all members of the Press and Media to witness history as The People of Albuquerque stand in solidarity with the struggle for Indigenous Liberation by calling on the City to Abolish Columbus Day!
1 Civic Plz
Albuquerque, NM 87102
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