Columbus Day Open Thread

We won’t be celebrating Columbus Day, but we will be taking the day off from our regular scheduled posting. Mark Anthony Rolo writes, “For American Indians, Columbus Day is not a typical holiday. We don’t celebrate 500 years of being dominated, exploited, enslaved and nearly exterminated by Europeans. But we do celebrate our survival.”

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  1. Posted October 8, 2012 at 10:23 am | Permalink

    http://www.rhrealitycheck.org/article/2012/10/07/why-have-kids-british-midwives-and-anti-contraception-nuttery

    I really love this whole thing, but I really appreciate Amanda Marcotte having a conversation with Jessica about her book (I’ve read some harsh criticism of the whole breastfeeding rationale. Regardless. starting 14:55 they begin to discuss Linda Hirshman’s Get To Work in juxtaposition with Jessica’s new book with regards to work- life balance. I highly suggest listening to the whole thing, but if time escapes you, go for 14:55 onward.

  2. Posted October 8, 2012 at 11:41 am | Permalink

    For those in NYC interested in another perspective on this day, here’s info on an event happening at St. Mary’s Church up in Harlem. Participants include Tiokasin Ghosthorse (from First Voices program), Nana Soul, and Fred Ho.

    Repairing The Sacred Hoop

  3. Posted October 9, 2012 at 8:37 am | Permalink
  4. Posted October 9, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Permalink

    Yesterday, members from MEChA and a few other Latino Orgs got together and were walking around with Columbus Facts taped to their chests. They all had to do with genocide and conquering and how bad the prospects for Indigenous Americans were when he came over. They also had a petition advocating changing “Columbus Day” on the university calendar to “Indigenous People’s Day”.

    They ended up with over 150 signatures.

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