weepingreaper-x said: It makes me really angry that 1 out of 3 aboriginal women are likely to get raped and that most of it is caused by white men. It's 2014 yet this shit still happens and some people still have colonial mindsets. After coming across your blog I began to understand a lot of things that I didn't before. I want to help people who are effected by this and make people aware of what is going on but I don't know how to...
How you can help:
- Native Women’s Association of Canada
- Native Womens Resource Centre of Toronto
- Ontario Native Womens Association - ONWA
- Native Women’s Transition Centre Inc. - Winnipeg, Manitoba
- Spirit of Canada: Celebrating Aboriginal Culture
- Native American Women’s Health Education Resource Center
- Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center
- National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center
- Sacred Circle: Empowering a Generation of young Aboriginal leaders
- Mending the Sacred Hoop
- White Bison Wellbriety Medicine Wheel and Recovery
- First Nation’s Women’s Alliance
You can also help by educating others on how the sexy native/pocahottie Halloween costumes are detrimental to the image of Native women and how it leads to sexual violence.
Indigenous people continued to resist by burning settlements and killing and capturing settlers. As an incentive to recruit fighters, colonial authorities introduced a program of scalp hunting that became a permanent and long-lasting element of settler warfare against Indigenous nations. During the Pequot War, Connecticut and Massachusetts colonial officials had offered bounties initially for the heads of murdered Indigenous people and later for only their scalps, which were more portable in large numbers. But scalp hunting became routine only in the mid-1670’s, following an incident on the northern frontier of the Massachusetts colony. The practice began in earnest in 1697 when settler Hannah Dustin, having murdered ten of her Abenaki captors in a nighttime escape, presented their ten scalps to the Massachusetts General Assembly and was rewarded with bounties for two men, two women, and six children.
Dustin soon became a folk hero among New England settlers. Scalp hunting became a lucrative commercial practice. The settler authorities had hit upon a way to encourage settlers to take off on their own or with a few others to gather scalps, at random, for the reward money. “In the process,” John Grenier points out, “they established the large-scale privatization of war within American frontier communities.” Although the colonial government in time raised the bounty for adult male scalps, lowered that for adult females, and eliminated that for Indigenous children under ten, the age and gender of victims were not easily distinguished by their scalps nor checked carefully. What is more, the scalp hunter could take the children captive and sell them into slavery. These practices erased any remaining distinction between Indigenous combatants and noncombatants and introduced a market for Indigenous slaves. Bounties for Indigenous scalps were honored even in absence of war. Scalps and Indigenous children became means of exchange, currency, and this development may even have created a black market. Scalp hunting was not only a profitable privatized enterprise but also a means to eradicate or subjugate the Indigenous population of the Anglo-American Atlantic seaboard. The settlers gave a name to the mutilated and bloody corpses they left in the wake of scalp-hunts: redskins.
This way of war, forged in the first century of colonization – destroying Indigenous villages and fields, killing civilians, ranging and scalp hunting – became the basis for the wars against the Indigenous across the continent into the late nineteenth century."
The origin of the word “Redskins.” (Source)
This is an excerpt from An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz. The book will be released later this month (September 2014).
This extension really does seem to help with reading long pieces of text on a laptop or mobile device screen; apparently I read 27% faster with it! It’s a pretty interesting, yet simple, concept. Give it a try, might help ya.
The queen has spoken. The end.
The lack of empathy from white feminism is not surprising. But can we please spread the truth? Straight from Jill herself
It’s a cruel irony that people in rural Iowa can be malnourished amid forests of cornstalks running to the horizon. Iowa dirt is some of the richest in the nation, even bringing out the poet in agronomists, who describe it as “black gold.” In 2007 Iowa’s fields produced roughly one-sixth of all corn and soybeans grown in the U.S., churning out billions of bushels.
These are the very crops that end up on Christina Dreier’s kitchen table in the form of hot dogs made of corn-raised beef, Mountain Dew sweetened with corn syrup, and chicken nuggets fried in soybean oil. They’re also the foods that the U.S. government supports the most. In 2012 it spent roughly $11 billion to subsidize and insure commodity crops like corn and soy, with Iowa among the states receiving the highest subsidies. The government spends much less to bolster the production of the fruits and vegetables its own nutrition guidelines say should make up half the food on our plates. In 2011 it spent only $1.6 billion to subsidize and insure “specialty crops”—the bureaucratic term for fruits and vegetables.
Those priorities are reflected at the grocery store, where the price of fresh food has risen steadily while the cost of sugary treats like soda has dropped. Since the early 1980s the real cost of fruits and vegetables has increased by 24 percent. Meanwhile the cost of nonalcoholic beverages—primarily sodas, most sweetened with corn syrup—has dropped by 27 percent.
“We’ve created a system that’s geared toward keeping overall food prices low but does little to support healthy, high-quality food,” says global food expert Raj Patel. “The problem can’t be fixed by merely telling people to eat their fruits and vegetables, because at heart this is a problem about wages, about poverty.”"
The New Face of Hunger | Tracie McMillan
This is a well-researched and impressively sensitive profile of hunger, poverty and health in the US. Can’t recommend it enough.
Gaza. September 1, 14.
No time to recover..