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Wednesday, July 1, 2020. New York City – On Tuesday, June 30, 2020, I covered this event organized by The Indigenous People’s Day New York City Committee. They had a solidarity rally at Columbus Circle in Manhattan. The group includes representatives of two local American Indian Tribes, the Ramapough Lenape and the Schaghticoke First Nations, and over a dozen organizations representing Indigenous Peoples from North, South, and Central America, including the Caribbean.

After the rally, IPDNYC said on Instagram, “A huge thank you to the community that came out and supported our action yesterday (Tuesday, June 30, 2020). The resilience of Indigenous Peoples never ceases to amaze us. We will always come together for all those oppressed by colonial systems and structures that profit off of our bodies and homelands. We stand in solidarity. We stand in truth.”

Their press release:

OVER A DOZEN GROUPS DEMAND NEW YORK’S STATE BOARD OF HISTORIC PRESERVATION, DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, AND CHAMBER OF COMMERCE RETHINK CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS.

The group is calling for a meeting with Mayor Bill de Blasio to discuss the City’s unfulfilled commitment to add historical markers at the site of the statue of Christopher Columbus, that would bring to light the atrocities he and his enterprise inflicted on Indigenous Peoples and enslaved Africans while reviewing options for the revocation the national landmark status of the street Columbus statue.

“New York City, Mayor de Blasio, and Governor Cuomo are on the wrong side of history,” said internationally respected human rights advocate, artist, and educator, Roberto Mukaro Borrero, a Taíno leader, and President of the United Confederation of Taíno People. The Taíno were the first Indigenous Peoples of the Western Hemisphere to encounter Columbus in 1492.

For the past five years, the group has organized the largest Indigenous Peoples Day gathering on the east coast as an alternative to the City’s Columbus Day celebration.

Their decades-long mission to remove the statue at Columbus Circle and reclassify Columbus Day as Indigenous People has been reenergized recently by passionate, nation-wide and international calls for the removal of controversial statues and monuments that convey racist symbolism.

In solidarity with the nation-wide calls for racial justice in the wake of the murder of George Floyd, Tuesday’s action will begin at Manhattan’s Columbus Circle, which was erected in 1892, sitting a short distance from Trump Tower. They will then march into Central Park to another Columbus monument (they did not march to the other Columbus monument in Central Park). The parkland was once an enclave for African American property owners, and others, including Irish immigrants, who were displaced to create it.

African Americans have no reason to celebrate Columbus as he initiated the trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. Columbus is a symbol of genocide, racism, religious intolerance, and White Supremacy. Our communities should be united on this issue.” said Borrero.

Additionally, The IPDNYC Committee is calling on brands and retailers to end the promotion of Columbus Day sales.

This is not about heritage or pride; this is a discussion about historically documented facts of murder rape, slavery, and attempted genocide of Indigenous people. There is no honoring in that” response to Governor Statement about honoring Italian heritage,” Cliff Matias of Redhawk Native American Council.

Italian-Americans are increasingly rejecting association with Columbus after learning the truth about his heinous crimes against humanity. “He was an invader, not a hero,” said Claudia Velandia-Onofre of Semilla Warunkwa and Founder of Protect The Sacred NYC, who advocates at an international level for Indigenous Peoples human rights and the protection of Mother Earth.”

IPDNYC wants to see that New York City’s Department of Education prioritizes funding for Black and Indigenous Peoples studies to help shape the nation’s future that children deserve; one of unity, equity, and progression. “Education is key,” she added.

Seeding Sovereignty Executive Director, Janet MacGillivray, calls on decision-makers to act. “There is no justification for upholding monuments to those who perpetrated violence on Black and Indigenous Peoples when we can together celebrate a myriad of inspirational and unifying leaders who all children can be inspired by.”

Planning for the 6th annual Indigenous People’s Day New York City event is underway. For more information, follow @IPDNYC and visit https://www.ipdnyc.org

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6/30/2020. Short video.
Tuesday, June 30, 2020. New York City - Rally Indigenous Peoples Day New York City coalition stand United Against Racism at Columbus Circle in Manhattan.   Photo by Javier Soriano/www.JavierSoriano.com
Tuesday, June 30, 2020. New York City – Rally Indigenous Peoples Day New York City coalition stand United Against Racism at Columbus Circle in Manhattan. Photo by Javier Soriano/www.JavierSoriano.com

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020. New York City - Rally Indigenous Peoples Day New York City coalition stand United Against Racism at Columbus Circle in Manhattan. Photo by Javier Soriano/www.JavierSoriano.com
Tuesday, June 30, 2020. New York City – Rally Indigenous Peoples Day New York City coalition stand United Against Racism at Columbus Circle in Manhattan. Photo by Javier Soriano/www.JavierSoriano.com
Tuesday, June 30, 2020. New York City - Rally Indigenous Peoples Day New York City coalition stand United Against Racism at Columbus Circle in Manhattan. Photo by Javier Soriano/www.JavierSoriano.com
Tuesday, June 30, 2020. New York City – Rally Indigenous Peoples Day New York City coalition stand United Against Racism at Columbus Circle in Manhattan. Photo by Javier Soriano/www.JavierSoriano.com
Tuesday, June 30, 2020. New York City - Rally Indigenous Peoples Day New York City coalition stand United Against Racism at Columbus Circle in Manhattan. Photo by Javier Soriano/www.JavierSoriano.com
Tuesday, June 30, 2020. New York City – Rally Indigenous Peoples Day New York City coalition stand United Against Racism at Columbus Circle in Manhattan. Photo by Javier Soriano/www.JavierSoriano.com
Tuesday, June 30, 2020. New York City - Rally Indigenous Peoples Day New York City coalition stand United Against Racism at Columbus Circle in Manhattan. Photo by Javier Soriano/www.JavierSoriano.com
Tuesday, June 30, 2020. New York City – Rally Indigenous Peoples Day New York City coalition stand United Against Racism at Columbus Circle in Manhattan. Photo by Javier Soriano/www.JavierSoriano.com
Tuesday, June 30, 2020. New York City - Rally Indigenous Peoples Day New York City coalition stand United Against Racism at Columbus Circle in Manhattan. Photo by Javier Soriano/www.JavierSoriano.com
Tuesday, June 30, 2020. New York City – Rally Indigenous Peoples Day New York City coalition stand United Against Racism at Columbus Circle in Manhattan. Photo by Javier Soriano/www.JavierSoriano.com
Tuesday, June 30, 2020. New York City - Rally Indigenous Peoples Day New York City coalition stand United Against Racism at Columbus Circle in Manhattan. Photo by Javier Soriano/www.JavierSoriano.com
Tuesday, June 30, 2020. New York City – Rally Indigenous Peoples Day New York City coalition stand United Against Racism at Columbus Circle in Manhattan. Photo by Javier Soriano/www.JavierSoriano.com
Tuesday, June 30, 2020. New York City - Rally Indigenous Peoples Day New York City coalition stand United Against Racism at Columbus Circle in Manhattan. Photo by Javier Soriano/www.JavierSoriano.com
Tuesday, June 30, 2020. New York City – Rally Indigenous Peoples Day New York City coalition stand United Against Racism at Columbus Circle in Manhattan. Photo by Javier Soriano/www.JavierSoriano.com
Tuesday, June 30, 2020. New York City - Rally Indigenous Peoples Day New York City coalition stand United Against Racism at Columbus Circle in Manhattan. Photo by Javier Soriano/www.JavierSoriano.com
Tuesday, June 30, 2020. New York City – Rally Indigenous Peoples Day New York City coalition stand United Against Racism at Columbus Circle in Manhattan. Photo by Javier Soriano/www.JavierSoriano.com
Tuesday, June 30, 2020. New York City - Rally Indigenous Peoples Day New York City coalition stand United Against Racism at Columbus Circle in Manhattan. Photo by Javier Soriano/www.JavierSoriano.com
Tuesday, June 30, 2020. New York City – Rally Indigenous Peoples Day New York City coalition stand United Against Racism at Columbus Circle in Manhattan. Photo by Javier Soriano/www.JavierSoriano.com

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020. New York City - Rally Indigenous Peoples Day New York City coalition stand United Against Racism at Columbus Circle in Manhattan.   Photo by Javier Soriano/www.JavierSoriano.com
Tuesday, June 30, 2020. New York City – Rally Indigenous Peoples Day New York City coalition stand United Against Racism at Columbus Circle in Manhattan. Photo by Javier Soriano/www.JavierSoriano.com

Updated on 7/2/2020.

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