Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Decolonial Gathering Confirmed and Proposed Speakers -- Donate Today

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Confirmed Speakers:

Sakej Ward - Warrior Alliance
Sakej (James Ward) belongs to the wolf clan. He is Mi’kmaw (Mi’kmaq Nation) from the community of Esgenoopetitj (Burnt Church First Nation, New Brunswick). He is the father of nine children, four grandchildren and a caregiver for one. He resides in Shxw’owhamel First Nation with his wife Melody Andrews and their children.
Sakej is a veteran of both the Canadian and American militaries. During his military career, he volunteered and excelled at some of the most demanding leadership courses in the military, including the Special Forces Infantry Leader’s Course. He finished his military career at the rank of Sergeant.
Wanting to pursue academics, he immediately went to university and immersed himself in politics where he graduated from the University of New Brunswick from the Honour’s program with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science with a specialization in International Relations.
Recognizing the value of an academic background, he continued to advance his studies and attended the University of Victoria where he successfully completed the Master’s of Arts Degree in Indigenous Governance.
Sakej has a long history of advocating and protecting First Nations inherent responsibilities and freedoms, having spent the last 21 years fighting the government and industry. This deep desire to bring justice to all Indigenous people has given Sakej experience in international relations where he spoke on behalf of the Mi’kmaq Nation at the United Nations Working Group for Indigenous Populations (WGIP). For his efforts in protecting Indigenous people, freedoms and territory he has received the National Aboriginal Achievement Award.
Having taught, organized, advised and led various warrior societies from all over Turtle Island down into Guatemala and Borike (Puerto Rico) Sakej has made warrior-hood his way of life. He has been on over a dozen warrior operations and countless protest actions. He dedicates all his time to developing warrior teachings and instructing warrior societies from all over

Dylcia Pagan
Dylcia Pagan is a former Puerto Rican political prisoner, who was granted Clemency in September of 1999. Dylcia Pagán was born in New York City on October 15, 1946. She attended Brooklyn College were she majored in Cinematography and Sociology, participated in the struggle for students’ rights and founded the Puerto Rican Students Union. Dylcia was captured April 4, 1980 along with other comrades, for participating in the underground wing of the Puerto Rican independence movement, with the Fuerzas Armadas de Liberacion Nacional . She sentenced to 55 years on charges of seditious conspiracy, among others. She completed an 8-year state sentence. After years of separation, she has been reunited with her son Guillermo. Dylcia’s patriotism has manifested itself in many artistic forms which include painting, ceramics, poetry and her writings. She has participated in the production of a video about her life and lives of her compañeros in the struggle. Throughout her capture, trial and incarceration she has maintained her position as an anti-colonial prisoner of war (POW) resisting the illegal U.S. occupation of her homeland. For more information please consult:

Ras Munyiga Nosakhere
member, co-founder, organizer and presently International Coordinator within the Black Autonomy Federation. He is the former program coordinator of the Black Community Youth &Resource Center in Regina Saskatchewan, and was active in several Black Revolutionary Nationalist groups in
the early 70's. Born and raised in Southern California within the Compton, Watts and LA areas: Munyiga started with the LA Chapter Black Panther Party as a youth, to leadership within Black Student Organizations in High School, to the Black Student Union, while in University. He worked with Michael Zinzun as an Organizer of the Los Angeles based Coalition Against Police Abuse and RAM. In the Eighties he became attracted to the ideals of anti-authoritarian class based revolutionary anarchism, and has worked tirelessly in projects benefiting the African Black Working class and poor. He has over 45 years of organizing experience. He has worked behind the scenes in building many community, youth and student organizations. (In both Canada and Throughout North America) He lives and works in Regina, Saskatchewan, and still very much active in grassroots based, autonomous community organizing.

Klee Benally -

is a Diné (Navajo) musician, traditional dancer, filmmaker, & Indigenous anarchist. He currently lives in Flagstaff, Arizona where he helped establish Táala Hooghan Infoshop, Indigenous Action Media, & Outta Your Backpack Media. Klee is originally from Black Mesa and has worked most of his life at the front lines in struggles to protect Indigenous sacred lands. From occupying Border Patrol headquarters in Arizona to call an end to border militarization to multiple arrests in direct action to protect the San Francisco Peaks and other threatened sacred places, Klee fights for a livable and healthy world.

www.kleebenally.com | www.indigenousaction.org

Vision for the Decolonial Gathering 

Why this Gathering

We are living in a time of struggle and upheaval, which is a good thing, lets talk strategy and build strategic alliances based on clear principles and guidelines for a world free of occupation, colonialism, white supremacist hetero-patriarchal capitalist-imperialist system. Mother Earth is in crisis, combativity needs to increase if we hope to have a world to pass to the next generation. 
Lets start by learning from each other, our elders, women, children, etc, lets democratize knowledge. Lets build a network, and share resources all over Turtle Island, Abya Yala and beyond. Lets smash this system, and create the world we want to see today. 

Who we hope to build with:

-anyone hoping to build a better world.
-anyone with a colonial slave name as well as freedom children especially original keepers of the lands that are currently occupied 
Who's not invited:
-anyone with unchecked privileged and with a white-savior mentality
-all law enforcement
-politicians and political-careerists
-anyone looking to profit from our oppression
-vanguard parties/authoritarian left

August 29th, 2015
Where: CIELO Galleries
3201 Maple Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90011

What now:
Lets discuss, plan, organize for the gathering. 
We hope to have regional meetings starting here in Southern California and hope other regions can do the same.

Lets raise funds to bring folks out who need assistance, hopefully those regions can do their own fund raising.
Lets create the vision for the gathering together, and discuss all proposed topics, and create the agenda for it.
In struggle. 
This is a call to communities in resistance in particular and those who dream of a better world in general.

Call for Decolonial Teach-In and Gathering in Los Angeles 
Date TBA

This is a call to communities in resistance in particular and those who dream of a better world in general. We understand to get there we need vision, strategy, organization and to build alliances. We are putting out this call to those communities building autonomy, and revolution. 
We are in a time in history where not only do we face many injustices in the communities where we live, but great potential for something much better. We see rebellion in all forms in many communities across not only the united states, but all of Turtle Island. We all want a better world!
We hope to not just organize another event or teach-in; we hope that we can build a network to begin with and strategic alliances as we fight this system of white-supremacy/capitalism/imperialism/colonialism/patriarchy, and towards common goals and vision. We also hope folks can learn from each other, common experience, so we can continue to advance towards a decolonized and free world. 

If what we are talking about is true decolonization and autonomy, something that is land based, the indigenous people from this continent and hemisphere have to be in the forefront of this struggle (from Alaska to Argentina), and the fight to free the land, water, air and ourselves of colonialism has to be supported across imperialist borders and all regions. 
In the coming weeks we will begin to fundraise for communities and collectives wishing to make it out from different regions, as well as to plan and organize for the gathering and teach-in. 

This event is not made for organizations to promote themselves but for communities fighting to build and strategize with each other. 
In struggle.

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