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Land acknowledgements, and to honor the by listening to one of the survivors.

"During the American period, Indian female children were sold for $200 pursuant to state indenture laws, while Indian adults were hunted as bounties. The militias were paid 50 cents to $5 per scalp.

In 1860, the California government spent $1.6 million on the hunting of Native Peoples. This would equate to $46,400,000 today. When white men would bring in a scalp, it would drip with blood in order for them to trade for their money. Hence the term redskin, which is the name of Washington, DC’s football team. This term embodies genocide of Native American people, yet the capital city of our country wears it proudly.

The history of California is gruesome and cruel, yet Native American people were able to endure multiple waves of genocide while still cultivating their connection to culture. Native American Peoples’ existence today is resistance in itself.

We were not expected to survive 300 massacres in California and many more across the country. We were told to kill the Indian and save the man by suppressing our ceremonial practices, stories, and languages.

Today we stand stronger than ever as we initiate the movement from symbolism to reality. The history of my ancestors must be respected and learned, because in order to respect the Earth, we must respect Indigenous Peoples.

This history is not a plot for the next blockbuster movie."

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PUBLISH All The Facts:

Where anybody wandering by might see them.

For any town that became a city and decided to think about trails and paths and sidewalks ... are there any outdoor landing spots for bugs and pollenators ... ?

And what about refugees from neighboring spaces?

How many prisons and prison camps have corrupt Republicans opened?

We at the Ecostead would eventually like a more official yard sign for Mark Charles 2020 campaign, too.

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If any of my ~3:30 AM posts are weird, it is because in meditation, I often meditate on honor in the order of molecules, or on their larger counter parts:

The order of the red-hot mantle atop the core that honors its place in outer space, to stretch out some magnetized poles and produce rotations so that each layer of core and mantle and crust can move and bubble and produce rocks and ash and dirt and flint and chert.

I like the order of spores held close by ferns and lichens and moss which, with the help of the fungi, speed up the return of fallen branches and leaves, decomposition to give the forests that earthy smell with fruiting bodies to feed the sticky snail so he can, in a rip and crack then feed the joyful scrubjay with strength to fly and fill the forest with his talkative calls.

The order of the two Hydrogens paired with the one Oxygen, floating around sometimes tied, sometimes loose, mixing here and there with salt and sand and quenching roots and throats, recycling their dances over and over and tiring not at all.

I am not here to impress anybody. If I followed you, don't take that as an automatic that I endorse your world views. More likely than not, it means I found some goodness of logic in something you wrote in one of your areas of expertise.

Most words have opposites; anarchy is a bad opposite of most good things: it seeks to confuse and distract.

I'm a builder, not a destroyer.

I will always honor order where it orders best in nature, never the fickle, flaky ways of emotional humans and their egotisms and cliques and clubs and pissing contents and hangups and rages and wishful entitlements.

It's better to start the day with an honoring of order and its BFF, accountability.

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"Nature is so complex and its interactions so dynamic that the idea that science could ever understand it all is utterly laughable. We can understand the more simple things that we do to interfere with it: to degrade it, to wreck it. But we can never understand it. It is beyond our comprehension.

The Indian cultures that I know have said that nature is a great mystery. It is so complex, so great, so above us, that we should never be so arrogant to think that we can understand even a little bit of it. But we can understand our nature. We can understand the profit motive. We can understand wrong thinking." ~John Mohawk

"Clear Thinking: A Positive Solitary View of Nature" Bioneers conference 1999

Beautiful reclaimed wood used as siding, art, and floors ... cool idea.

The project has fallen way behind schedule ... architect plans for roof design were co-opted by truss building company's expertise. Still working it out, will post updates soon.

Construction jobs, like plants, require people who care.

Related issues (indigenous land reclamations and anti-fascism) have the same enemy: white supremacy, and the colonists that enable white supremacy.

The goal of white supremacist-enabling colonists is to frame native peoples as a common "threat" or enemy to immigrants and PoC. They think that by redirecting the narrative they can maintain control (illusion of control). They think that their safety is "guaranteed" if they enable oppression.

The smart ones don't fall for it...

The whole "United we stand, divided we fall" thing applies whenever external forces try to divide PoC. EVERYBODY focusing on the one problem we can fix the quickest solves the problem the quickest.

Stop your squabbling, folks.

We can take down white supremacists ... there are more of us than there are of them, and Turtle Island has no borders.

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It has been brought to my attention that a user has been bullied off the Fediverse by malicious actors.

Be strong, friends; please don't cave to the oppressors (as if you needed another reason to leave fascistbook and instacopgram permanantly!)

From: How Covert Agents Infiltrate the Internet to Manipulate, Deceive, and Destroy Reputations:

"Among the core self-identified purposes of JTRIG are two tactics: (1) to inject all sorts of false material onto the internet in order to destroy the reputation of its targets; and (2) to use social sciences and other techniques to manipulate online discourse and activism to generate outcomes it considers desirable. To see how extremist these programs are, just consider the tactics they boast of using to achieve those ends: “false flag operations” (posting material to the internet and falsely attributing it to someone else), fake victim blog posts (pretending to be a victim of the individual whose reputation they want to destroy), and posting “negative information” on various forums. "

Great interview with Nick Tilsen (NDN Collective) about how the Oglala Sioux and Cheyenne River people are making it known that they explicitly prohibit the colonist's "President" from trespassing and intruding on their sovereign sacred territory. He does not have permission at this time.

The colonial state of South Dakota's "governor" Kristi Noem recently stared her hideous face and vacant, dead eyes into a TV camera and insisted that neither masks nor social distancing would be required the rally Trump wants there.

As Covid-19 cases have been accelerating in several states, the idiocy of colonist leaders cannot be underestimated.

Lots of love to the indigenous people of the region; keep yourselves safe.

Stiffening 10% of the nation's roads every year could prevent 440 megatons of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions over the next five decades. That amount equals how much CO2 you'd spare the planet by keeping a billion barrels of oil in the ground. Or by growing seven billion trees, for a decade.

Feeling so happy because I did food bank deliveries again today. I was paired up with an extremely badass lady with a trailer and together we delivered 220 POUNDS OF FOOD to 9 households.

Our route took us to a lot of apartment buildings with elders whose English was variable. There's often a second language listed in the information we get, but for Chinese speakers, no dialect is specified.

Today we relied on kids or neighbors to help get the message across.

Are you using Zoom? I have found some pretty disturbing info on the platform and wonder why activists are still using it... I posted some links to news items that you should see...

This group is buying up land in the SF Bay and giving it back to the Ohlone people:

fucking rad!

It Was 100°F in #Siberia Today. Yes, That Siberia

While 2019 was #Russia’s hottest on record, this year already seems poised to surpass that. Last month, Siberia reported temperatures almost 40 degrees above normal for this time of year. (Also, parts of the region caught on fire.)

#ExtremeWeather #ClimateCrisis

dude birds are really out there making those sounds for FREE

if your job makes you travel for work your job should pay for childcare

Cops stopped doing their job the moment they realized people don't like them.

Waffle house workers serve waffles through hurricanes. They also manage to get through confrontation without killing anyone.

Let's hold police up to the standards of Waffle House.

Anyway here's some wild tomatillos from our garden. We didn't plant them but they're doing really well. We've also got cherry tomatoes and peppers galore AND three years after planting the vines we're getting teeny tiny but very sweet little red grapes 🍇

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Heard on the radio yesterday that our marches and protests are working. Uh... they are sorta* working? No, not really. The average street person hearing that $15 million of PPB's (Portland Police Bureau) funds are being diverted[1] may be initially hopeful, but would be ultimately hasty, to claim victory.

The PPB budget is $245 million dollars ($15 million is barely 6 percent); in other words, it is basically NOTHING in the grand scheme of the Evil Realtors' and Landlords' nefarious plots to keep the concentrated in their own hands, and in the pockets of their associates**.

The biz model of advertising trendy hipster flats and rowhomes, pushing contracts, "renters insurance" (HA!), colonist cash deposits, and other BULLSHIT on all the MLS websites and rental portals IS NOT A JOB the police should be protecting.

*"The PPB budget — about $245 million — is part of the whole city budget of $5.6 billion."

Where the hell is the city of Portland getting $5.6 billion dollars?

Yes, Black Lives Matter; however, we cannot overlook the reality that MOST of the budget's dollars are going into "policing for" (serving eviction notices) and protecting the fat landlords and Realtors in their little bubbles. Round up the homeless folk, put fences around them to keep them out of the brochures. Make the rental contracts longer and more complex to nickel and dime the workers. Turn them into wage slaves.

The only constant in the last 528 years of colonization is the exponential increase of greed of the colonists.

Colonist cash has always been, and will always be the root of oppression.

**The HARSH REALITY that still needs to be addressed is that the Realtors' and Landlords' constant demands for commissions and rent money prove that they ARE THE OPPRESSORS. NOTHING they can do changes their role or can make them into "good guys" (no, not even offering "free rent" in exchange for work).

[1] forgot which station it was; story w/the same news:

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trying to rebrand "white privilege" as "white blessing" is literally the most white shit i could possibly imagine lmfaooo

yes, slavery and systemic genocide sure was a blessing for y'all white folk

One of my friends lives in a small town and told me the best way to get the town off his back about stuff like his grass being too long or junk being on his lawn is to go to the city hall meetings with a big camera and record them.

See, for small towns like his, it's not that uncommon for the city council to just make shit up to fabricate approval for passing city ordinances. But if someone has a concrete record of the city hall meeting, they can't just whitewash over complaints about proposed laws or codes.

One possibility is to hold the city council accountable all the time.

The other is what my friend does, which is to use their corruption to get them off his back when the police start bugging him.

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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.