are corporate campuses white people's attempts at indigenous settlement?

just heard that there's a local market for buying fake negative covid tests, it's being sold to working-class and students in the area. so that you can get a job or go to an event without having to get tested. if it's here i'm sure it's elsewhere.

Official music video for Redbone's "Come and Get Your Love"

released today!

"I had always loved Native American chants and music and I knew If I worked hard I would come up with something that would appeal to everybody." - Pat Vegas, groups bassist, in a 2015 interview with Indian Country Today

anarchy without mutualism is individualism is competition is domination is the kyriarchy

Hmm. How am I going to fit all my plants and stuff that are in pots, in my apartment, for the next few days as we get big winds and rains?

I guess this'll just be a test run for the winter when I'm trying to keep my non-hardy perennials alive

The Southwest Association for [American] Indian Arts is hosting their annual arts market online this year

Over the past two years, High Country News has located more than 99% of all Morrill Act acres, identified their original Indigenous inhabitants and caretakers, and researched the principal raised from their sale in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. We reconstructed approximately 10.7 million acres taken from nearly 250 tribes, bands and communities through over 160 violence-backed land cessions, a legal term for the giving up of territory.

“There would be no higher education as we know it in the United States without the original and ongoing colonization of Indigenous peoples and lands, just like there would be no United States,” said Sharon Stein, an assistant professor at the University of British Columbia. “There is no moment or time or place or institution that is not deeply entangled with the violence of colonialism.”

To be sure, land-grant universities have accomplishments to celebrate[…] If it’s hard to deny that the Morrill Act expanded access to higher education, promoted economic development, and improved quality of life, it’s just as hard to believe that it all happened without cost.

“There’s a basic, underlying need for settlers in settler colonial states to have these kinds of mythological narratives about the benevolence of their own governments and about the progress that they supposedly brought to this place,” said Sharon Stein. “Having a conversation about the colonial foundations of those nation states really complicates those narratives, and it starts to bring into question our very right to be here and our right to make claims on this place and on the institutions that we are generally so attached to.”

In this context, Indigenous people are an inconvenient truth. If you look at the law and the treaties, then you raise an existential question about the United States and its very right to be here. It’s a question most people would rather ignore.

yesterday one of the local mutualist groups I work with did their weekly meal-share here at the gaz, only the volunteers were different folk than usual, and it was so nice! folk roamed the garden, asking questions, and at the end, expressed gratitude to me for maintaining such a physically anti-capitalist space, and that was really nice. :D

The ‘Gemeinwesen’ Has Always Been Here: An Engagement with the Ideas of Jacques Camatte

There's a lot of parts of leftist theory I don't see folk talk about as much as I'd like in this one, as well as a pretty reasonable call-out of colonial folk as literally not even human.

Worth the read, even though it's long. It'll probably be uncomfortable at points, though.

I'll write up a full explanation when there's less on my plate but I took photos of how I assembled this planter, where each plant has its own little irrigation tank.

Has anyone else experienced white folk who will thank you for wearing/pulling-up your mask, but not put one on themselves?

I do a lot of work out in my garden, and since that's relatively secluded I keep my mask slung around my neck, and pull it up if people walk up - and a fair number do, to either talk about the free market, or the garden, or whatever.

And a lot of the white folk will have masks around their necks but not pull them up, or they'll have them around their wrist like a scrunchie...

And I've come to expect that but more recently, they'll /thank me/ for /my/ mask, but not put on theirs.

I can't think of a single good reason why that'd be.

That said, my boss ran out of money three weeks after a small portion of tenants stopped paying rent, and my quality of life hasn't changed at all, thanks to mutualism, so which one of us is really the poor one without sound investments?

Like, it's wild to me how they, the couple that own this apartment building, /and pretty much everyone/, accept that the couple is wealthy and smart, but... they were living off real estate investment incomes and privately owned stocks.

I can't even imagine making my livelihood so dependent on gambling as that!

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a post here: "familial land ownership is the one thing we've retained through all our social changes since feudalism"

me, who works a job of unlimited hours in exchange for a place to live, that i have to maintain myself, and i also have to secure my own food and medicine in the time i'm not working for the landowner: "we've changed since feudalism?"

"BE WARY OF WHITE SAVIORS. In times of crisis, people who have access to money, stable jobs and housing (most likely white folx) will offer these under the guise of Mutual Aid. Unless they commit to a long-term Mutual Aid goal beyond crisis, then it is NOT Mutual Aid. It is CHARITY or WHITE SAVIOR COMPLEX. And we must hold them accountable for not exercising Mutual Aid beyond an emergency situation. Use their time, money, capital, and privilege to educate others on how and why Mutual Aid is community commitment. It is easier than just donating to someone's gofundme. It is more than delivering groceries to the elderly once or twice during the covid-19 pandemic. ​IT IS A LONG TERM COMMITMENT BASED IN ACTIONABLE RESULTS THAT REMOVES COMMUNITY OUT OF THEIR DEPENDENCY ON THE CAPITALIST SETTLER STATE."

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Let's talk mutual aid

"So, in the time of covid-19, we have seen so many calls to and for “Mutual Aid”. Which is dope, great, awesome, important, but also has led to some confusion (dare I say co-option) as to what mutual is and isn't. This zine will attempt to explain Mutual Aid in the time of covid-19, and also how Mutual Aid practices must be imposed for continued surviviance."

“These seeds are our children, and the last time the rights to parent our children were taken from us, we endured five generations of genocidal boarding schools — harm we are still healing from to this day,” testified Beata Tsosie-Peña, a seedkeeper who spoke in opposition to HB 161. Her voice was urgent and emotional. “These seeds are our children, and we will share them with you, freely. We will feed you with their abundance. All we ask is for the sacred trust as caretakers and stewards to be honored and respected.”

When a few members of the university's popular sports team got COVID from coming onto campus after traveling, it made national news.

What didn't make the news is the cascade of cases that occurred among the university workers, their families, and neighborhoods. It's so frustrating watching white folk make decisions about the health and safety of people "under" them, and then when told they're culpable, they say it's out of their hands.

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local settler-colony sent out notifications to residents to, starting monday and ending wednesday, prepare for up to three days of self-sufficiency, as damage from the hurricane is likely.

The same settler-colony that has been working hard to speed up evictions to make space for the tens of thousands of students that are about to come live on campus, starting Monday.

There's planned actions to discourage the university from going ahead with move-in, but with things this close, people are going to show up ready to move in... during the middle of a hurricane. :D

today's tea-stuff:

left to right

- the blossoms of bee balm flowers, picked at highest sweetness
- the beginning buds of tulsi, picked right when they're starting to form
- chamomile, picked right when the petals turn down, maximum... I forget the name but the maximum medicinal thing

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Melg'puguasit, we stand with Wet'suwet'en. Decolonize: "Traditional Ecological Knowledge" (TEK) is the only thing that can help humans as a colonized planet continues to sink deeper into the chaos and destruction of broken, inequitable, and faulty systems that value money over Earth's many forms of life. We encourage you to join us on a better path as we build and participate in an Ecological Democracy that includes #AllThePeople as envisioned by Mark Charles, a Navajo Nation member running as an Independent candidate for President. #LivingWalls, not border walls. The Earth does not sustain white supremacists.