April 3rd: Colonization is no Celebration!

Let’s go to St. Augustine and support the demands of the native community!
April 3rd, 2013
Meet at 8:00am in front of the Castillo de San Marcos near the parking lot.
1 S Castillo Dr, St Augustine, FL
Hello Florida!
You might be aware that April 3, 2013 is the 500th anniversary, to the day, of the infamous occasion when Ponce de Leon landed on the shores of “Florida” with his troupe of murderous colonizers. Boooo!!
St. Augustine, the oldest city in the occupied territory currently referred to as the United States, is having a blatant celebration of colonialism and genocide on this date… complete with a re-enactment of the landing and a full-on glorification of the gruesome conquest over the people, land and wildlife native to this continent.
They’re calling this celebration “Viva Florida 500,” and by God almighty we are not going to miss the opportunity to crash this disgusting excuse for a party!  This celebration is as powerful and symbolic as it gets, folks! If you’ve heard anything about the history of St. Augustine, you might know that native peoples and run-away slaves both sought refuge in Florida, where colonizers pushed them around, used, exploited, tortured, and killed them within the walls of Saint Augustine and its fort.
 
Well Florida, this is our chance!
The American Indian Movement and the Miccosukee Simanolee community has pleaded with the city at their commission meetings to stop this horrible celebration and once again, as always, the colonial government has ignored and disrespected the native voice.
Read the statement put out by the Council of the Original Miccosukee Simanolee Nation Aboriginal Peoples: https://twac.files.wordpress.com/2013/03/bobbiebillievivaflorida500.pdf
Let’s make some noise!
Please help us make an appearance in St. Augustine on April 3rd and show that the native voice is not alone or forgotten and that some of us privileged to benefit from occupation can have the respect and sensitivity not to celebrate other people’s tragedies and loss. Let us show those city representatives that this horrible celebration must be stopped or converted into raising awareness about the tragedy that is the history of colonialism and conquest of the Americas.
Blood, blood, BLOOD on their hands!
This is the time to make a big stink!
Please contact twac2013@gmail.com if you need housing the night before or have rides to offer.
Thanks for all that you do and hope to see you in the streets of St. Augustine!
Love and power to you,
The South Florida TWAC 2013 organizers
This is organized by TWAC, but is not a trans & womyn only event. We need everyone to mobilize!
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