Photos from today's events: first 3 at Pacific University International Day of Peace and Climate Justice. Last photo scraped from other social media, showing downtown PDX protests.

While it was interesting to learn that the University's $700K+ salaried administrators continue to ignore the requests of students to bring back the compost program, use more sustainable products in foodservice and cafeterias, etc., it was more interesting to hear that none of those administrators showed up to the biggest climate strike in Earth's history! Just one lone 20 year Environmental Science teacher got behind the microphone.

That being said, while more than 3/4 of the protesters I marched with today were half my age, it was still great to hear the words "indigenous people" and "first nations." ... And the acknowledgement that the land the campus sits on today was originally stewarded by the Tualatin Kalapuyas, people "forcibly relocated southward to the reservation of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde."

"The survival of Native societies depended on the acquisition of resources and the means of subsistence. They needed mobility, cooperation, seasonal adaptation, and spirituality based on a reverence for natural resources and social traditions. Conversely, the value systems and teaching tools of Euro-Americans focused on individualism, competition, established communities, private landownership, and the acquisition of natural resources for power and profit. Consequently, formal Indian education policies and curriculums often exacerbated existing cultural conflicts."

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The Internet has quite a bit of experience with globally-coordinating things, eh? So many countries on board with :

27th of September, "On the anniversary of Silent Spring"

If Rachel Carson is what it took for white people to wake up and start thinking about the environment like people have been for thousands of years, good on her.


"The Cherokee Nation announced Thursday that it intends to appoint a delegate to the US House of Representatives, asserting for the first time a right promised to the tribe in a nearly 200-year-old treaty with the federal government.

The Cherokee Nation's right to appoint a delegate stems from the same treaty that the US government used to forcibly remove the tribe from its ancestral lands.

As a result of the 1835 Treaty of New Echota, the were ultimately made to leave their homes in the Southeast for present-day Oklahoma in exchange for money and other compensation. Nearly 4,000 citizens of the tribe died of disease, starvation and exhaustion on the journey now known as the Trail of Tears.
A delegate in the House of Representatives was one of the ways the US government promised to compensate the Cherokee Nation."

representatives in the House is one step, but we still need equally-allocated footing in the Senate.

A few scenes from the protests in downtown this morning.

Many stores shut their doors completely. I didn't realize that this was the weekend it was all going down... I just wanted to go get a new collar for the kitty from Saturday Market. 🐈

A helicopter and drones overhead; helmets, cops and colorful people everywhere.

Stuck around one of the stages long enough to hear from an speaker reminding everyone that at that waterfront space, where two rivers meet, people historically congregated to share food and medicine.

The BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico... seems like so long ago, doesn't it? I'll never forget those heartbreaking images of seabirds laden with petrol, whose homes were ruined by the seafloor drillers.

Shortly after that ship blew up in 2010, some people tried to remind anybody who would listen that _that_ method of rapacious energy extraction is not what the Creator intended for humans to use on Mother Earth:

Also of importance from earlier in the video: a principle of the original intention: clan mothers can IMPEACH the equivalent of what our Supreme Court justices are today. If we had them, we would not be in this mess.

The D. Trump-branded Evil rearing its hideous face again, back with even more malevolent plans to scourge and defile and to wreak more disaster, suffering, and destruction.

"WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Thursday made public its rollback of a major offshore-drilling safety regulation, significantly weakening an Obama-era rule that was put in place after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion in the Gulf of Mexico, which killed 11 people and sent 4.9 million barrels of oil gushing into the sea, causing the worst oil spill in American history."



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