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indigenous people.

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According to the United Nations, there are currently more than 370 million Indigenous people spread across 70 countries worldwide. In total, they belong to some 5,000 different Indigenous groups and speak more than 4,000 languages. Many of these groups have distinct social, economic, and political systems, as well as distinct culture and beliefs. Sadly, they are often marginalized or directly threatened by more dominant powers in society — despite having been the original inhabitants of the land they occupy.

Indigenous peoples often have a strong attachment, understanding, and respect for their native lands, be it the great plains of the United States, the Canadian prairies, or the Amazon rainforest. This connection is frequently apparent in the wise words of Indigenous leaders both past and present. Today, with many Indigenous communities on the frontlines of the battle to protect our natural world, this wisdom is perhaps more important than ever.

“Even though you and I are in different boats,

you in your boat and we in our canoe,

we share the same River of Life.

What befalls me, befalls you.”

-Oren Lyons, Onandaga Nation Chief

and member of the Indigenous Peoples of the Human Rights Commission of the United Nations

Indigenous Peoples’ Day is a holiday that celebrates and honors Native American peoples and commemorates their histories and cultures. On October 8th, 2021 President Joe Biden signed a presidential proclamation declaring October 11th to be a national holiday.

 

 

– credits: Penobscot History Museum, United Nations

 

energy and daring.

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We remember the life and lasting legacy of Robert F. Kennedy
and his commitment to a more just and peaceful world with his words:
“Each time a man stands up for an ideal… he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope,
and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring,
those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest wall of oppression and resistance.”
November 20, 1925 – June 6, 1968
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
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peaceful.

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 am – peaceful walk in the woods

 pm -peaceful protest on the streets

 

day 1, 99 to go.

“there may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest. “

-elie wiesel

forbidden voices.

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i recently watched this 2012 documentary that is a tribute to

three very strong and brave women

in three very different parts of the world.

Yoani Sánchez from Cuba, Zeng Jinyan from China and Farnaz Seifi from Iran.

what they all have in common

is that they are using the power of their words as bloggers

as a way to tell the world

about the oppressive regimes in which they live.

these activists and their families have been

threatened, harassed, attacked, jailed,

placed under house arrest,

falsely charged,

exiled and ridiculed

by their governments and the powers that be.

and still they write and still they talk.

and still they find a way to get the word out against all odds.

this is a powerful film about their fight for human rights and for the freedom of speech.

i will not soon forget these courageous women or this film.

the documentary won the amnesty international award 2013 and the WACC SIGNIS human rights award 2012, and was nominated for the swiss film award and the prix de soleure in 2013.

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“the ear of the leader must ring with the voices of the people.”

-woodrow wilson

 

“walking through darkness with thoughts full of colors”.” ― prajakta mhadnak

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what a lovely day for a walk in ann arbor

with some of my friends and neighbors

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“today is one of those excellent January partly cloudies in which light 

 chooses an unexpected part of the landscape to trick out in gilt,

and then the shadow sweeps it away. you know you’re alive. you take huge steps,

trying to feel the planet’s roundness arc between your feet.”

― annie dillard

image 1 credit: ann arbor townies