Who we are and why a Day of Rage.
They are content with hollow land acknowledgments and empty gestures that do nothing to challenge and change the actual conditions of suffering our people face.
We do not believe that we can vote our way out of this crisis. We will not beg politicians to reform the very system that is predicated on our genocide and destruction of our Earth Mother. We urge for something more effective towards the undoing of colonialism in our lands. Please read the ‘zine Uprooting Colonialism: The Limitations of Indigenous Peoples’ Day for more insight.
About the Day of Rage.
We are calling for autonomous, anti-colonial, anti-capitalist, and anti-fascist actions. We will take the streets and we will take the waters and the forests. We will intervene in settler and resource colonial violence. We will defend our communities.
This could look like marches, occupations, blockades, street theater, it could look like anti-colonial messages spray painted on walls, it could look like monuments falling or taking on I.C.E. facilities, resource colonial corporations and their machinery. It could look like hundreds of people or just a couple of people with a targeted action. What it looks like is really up to you. Check out our organizing resources for more info and ideas.
- to have a day of concentrated action against settler and resource colonial infrastructure, institutions, and ideas, especially those currently perpetuating violence against sacred lands and Indigenous bodies, and
- to further radical/militant anti-colonial struggle towards liberation.
Our goals are NOT:
- to create mobilizations that risk further transmission of COVID-19 in our communities,
- to feed our relatives into the settler colonial police state. Arrest are not the goal of this Day of Rage.
- Our actions are Indigenous-led. Respect Indigenous cultural protocols.
- We will not perpetuate recolonization, invisibilization, or direct colonialism of other Indigenous Peoples and their lands.
- We will center radical/militant anti-colonial Trans, Two-Spirit, and Afro-Indigenous relatives.
- We will make our actions accessible to folx of all abilities.
- We honor the deep history of liberatory actions engaged by Indigenous Peoples.
- We won’t put anyone at risk who does not want to be. We will consider possible long-term consequences of actions for our communities.
- We will respect diversity of tactics. We can agree or disagree on what actions are appropriate but we will not interfere, distance, or denounce. This means no movement policing.
- We will practice mutual aid and support each other. We won’t let anyone in this movement stand alone, in court, in jail, online, or in the streets.
- We will check oppressive behavior. No space for neo-colonialism, white supremacy, homophobia, transphobia, cis-hetero-patriarchy, or ableism.
- We offer no space for sexual violence & hetero-patriarchal behaviors. We will practice survivor centrism and fiercely ensure transformative & restorative justice.
- We don’t work with cops.
- No non-profits. We don’t seek to financially exploit the struggle for personal or organizational gain. We won’t be selling shirts or merch.
Further non-Indigenous agreements:
- Not every space, conversation, prayer, action, etc is for you.
- Step up, step back & curb your enthusiasm. Although you may have great _____ skills, chances are there are Indigenous folks (most likely young ones) who are adept but may lack the support.
- Read: “Accomplices not Allies” for further info regarding roles.