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‘Taking Stand Against Racism and Discrimination,’ Seattle Adopts Indigenous Peoples’ Day | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

I’m so thrilled they did this! Would be awesome if it happened nationally as well.

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Tuesday, October 07, 2014

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‘Taking Stand Against Racism and Discrimination,’ Seattle Adopts Indigenous Peoples’ Day

The second Monday in October will no longer be celebrated as Columbus Day in the city

Andrea Germanos, staff writer

The Seattle City Council adopted a resolution to celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day, not Columbus Day. (Photo: Vanessa/flickr/cc)

The Seattle City Council adopted a resolution to celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day, not Columbus Day. (Photo:Vanessa/flickr/cc)

The Seattle City Council on Monday unanimouslyadopted a resolution to celebrate the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

While the day is marked federally as Columbus Day, the resolution states the newly recognized day will be an opportunity for the city “to celebrate the thriving cultures and values of the Indigenous Peoples of our region.”

“The City of Seattle strongly encourages Seattle Public Schools to include the teaching of indigenous people’s history,” the text also notes.

Councilmember Kshama Sawant, one of the sponsors of the resolution, said at the Council meeting that it “is about more than just a name change. It is about educating ourselves and our children, about taking a stand against racism and discrimination.”

“When Columbus arrived on this continent, there were an estimated 50 – 100 million indigenous people already living in what came to be known as the ‘New World.’ He did not embark on a simple voyage of exploration. It was always intended as a voyage of conquest and, ultimately, colonization.”

Seattle “should not honor a man who played such a pivotal role in the worst genocide humankind has ever known,” the socialist said.

In response to objections to those who felt the change would be an affront to Italian-Americans, Sawant said that the true Italian-Americans to be celebrated are those who engaged in struggles for social justice.

Bill Bigelow, Curriculum Editor of Rethinking Schools and co-editor of Rethinking Columbus, which offers resources for teaching about the impact of Columbus on the Americas, said he was delighted with Seattle’s declaration.

“Too many children still learn the myth that Christopher Columbus discovered America. It’s not a harmless story,” he told Common Dreams.

“The Columbus myth erases the humanity of Indigenous Peoples and offers legitimacy to the notion that it’s OK for big countries to bully little countries and for white people to dominate people of color. These are not values our children should learn. I hope Seattle’s resolution inspires other cities and school districts to rethink Columbus and to honor Indigenous Peoples,” Bigelow said.

The City Council move comes a week after the Seattle School Board madethe same unanimous decision.

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Truthout Daily Digest Monday, 6 October 2014

Monsanto’s Roundup Linked to Cancer – Again

Jeff Ritterman, M.D., Truthout: New science links glyphosate, Roundup’s active ingredient, to cancer. Cancer rates in humans have doubled in areas where Roundup is sprayed as part of genetically modified soy production. Is it safe and wise to continue its worldwide use?

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World Versus Bank: The Return of the World Bank and the People’s Resistance

Alnoor Ladha and Martin Kirk, Truthout: Farmers’ groups and peasant movements in developing countries, and think tanks and activist groups globally, are uniting behind a new people’s resurgence against the World Bank.

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Dean Baker | The Good News and Bad News About 5.9 Percent Unemployment

Dean Baker, Truthout: The economy created 248,000 jobs in September, and the unemployment rate fell below 6 percent for the first time since the early days of the recession. While we are still far from anything resembling full employment, it is getting easier for people to find jobs.

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The Late Triumph of the Bush-Bin Laden Dance

Pierre Guerlain, Truthout: Airstrikes may be preferred by the defense sector and satisfy the thirst for revenge, but they cover up a kind of cluelessness about what to do in the Middle East. Dealing with symptoms never cures a disease, if the underlying causes are not treated.

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Choice and Reproductive Justice: “Not an Either/Or”

Eleanor J. Bader, Truthout: Women of color are advocating for a reproductive justice approach that states that the human right to raise children – with adequate social supports – is as important as the right not to bear offspring.

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Thanks to the GOP, the US Is Without Its Top Doctor as Ebola Spreads

The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: At the Caucus Room restaurant in Washington DC, top Republican lawmakers and strategists held a private dinner where they hatched a plan to sabotage the Obama presidency in 2009. Thanks to this Republican plan, the US is without its top doctor while a deadly virus continues to spread.

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“I Never Want Anyone Else to Go Through What I Did”

Victoria Law, Waging Nonviolence: Incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women have been active in the fight to pass legislation limiting, if not banning, the practice of chaining and shackling women while they are in labor, childbirth and delivery.

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Hong Kong – Now the Hard Part: Kick US Out, Build National Consensus

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, Popular Resistance: When protests in Hong Kong exploded, knowledgeable people looked for US involvement. It was not hard to find. The overt intrusion of the United States is evident in budgets, documents and websites; the covert involvement has not yet been uncovered but is no doubt there.

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Massive Mongolian Mine Endangers Nomads’ Water, Way of Life

Rachael Bale, The Center for Investigative Reporting: As the Oyu Tolgoi mine scales up in Mongolia, the operation has struggled to live up to promises of world-class environmental standards. While Rio Tinto company officials say the problems haven’t had a major impact on locals’ water, herders say the land has gotten drier.

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Amy Goodman | Iraq Veterans Against the War Grapple With New War, PTSD Epidemic, VA Failures

Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!: Ten years ago, six members of the US military came together to break their silence over what they had witnessed during the US-led invasion of Iraq. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Iraq Veterans Against the War members say it is a bittersweet moment as the US has resumed bombing in Iraq.

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: First Ebola Case Diagnosed in the US, and More

In today‘s On the News segment: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announce the first case of Ebola in the United States; California becomes the first state to officially ban single-use plastic bags; New York state is going solar; and more.

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Obamacare Will Only Get Better in 2015

Crystal Shepeard, Care2: Beginning with the new enrollment period, 43 states will see an increase in the number of choices for insurance providers. This will increase competition, providing more choices at lower costs. Voters head to the polls a little over one week before open enrollment begins.

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Dumping University Tuition Is Not a Dream; It Is Now the Reality in Germany

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: As the windbag politicians in DC continue to appeal to jingoistic sentiments and proclamations that the United States is an exceptional nation, we are increasingly advancing toward ignorance, not knowledge.

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How 14 People Made More Money Than the Entire Food Stamp Budget for 50,000,000 People

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Supreme Court Dodges Gay Marriage, Allowing Weddings in Five More States

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Oceans Are Getting Hotter Than Anybody Realized

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US Approves Experimental Drug for Emergency Ebola Treatment

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Nuclear Power Cannot Be Made Safe: It’s Just a Clean Way to Die

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A New Alabama Law Lets Judges Appoint Lawyers for Fetuses; Here’s What That Looks Like

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Homeless Bill of Rights Aims to Protect Life-Sustaining Activities

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A short update on the energies

Thank you Aisha! I normally don’t have the interesting sort of experiences that many of you report from the gatherings like the visual impressions or the very clear awareness of the group connection. I used to have those kind of experiences all the time when I was younger; but since I’ve been very ill many things both ordinary and esoteric have been quite “muted”. Lately I’ve been struggling with basic tasks like feeding the cat or preparing food, bathing etc. During and after our most recent gathering I felt so uplifted and positive, so alive and connected to all of you and our Mother Earth! I was able to move around near normally and actually caught up some household chores. It’s so beautiful to me that my spiritual experience can so practically influence ordinary limitations. I’ve always felt that it could but this was just so comfortable and functional-really real and “normal” like ‘of course, this is how life is supposed to be’.
Thank you all for all you are doing. I believe we will soon see these practical effects on much larger systems in our world.

aisha north

Today you will once again enter another phase that will bring with it even more acceleration of this process, and through what you accomplished during that last sitting if we may call it that, or your monthly get-together to be more precise, you already stand perfectly poised to receive the blessings that will be coming your way by means of certain celestial events that some of you may already be aware of. (Lunar eclipse October 8,partial solar eclipse October 23)

Let us explain. As we told you beforehand, this communal get-together that you participated in just two days ago was indeed another important event, one that allowed you to open yourselves up in a very literal way to a brand new force of energetics. You see, this was in every sense a very individual process once again, and even if it took part in collaboration with so…

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The Oracle Report | Tuesday, October 8, 2014



“Galactic Connection Radio” with Alexandra Meadors

“Galactic Connection” September 30, 2014

Tuesday, October 8, 2014

Gibbous Moon Phase: trust

Moon in Aries

Skill: understand that changes for the best are afoot today

Negative Imprint: repeating negative patterns, underestimating ourselves or others, dullness, gullible, infantile behavior, miscommunication, shooting off, lost in details or mind loops, resisting changes

Positive Imprint: cosmic rhythms, flexibility, hope, shields, rising above, rebirth, gaining wisdom, clarity, alchemy, rest, calm, messages, stories, security, comfort, accepting changes

Uranus rules the energy today, as the Sun makes exact opposition to it at 4:38 pm ET/8:38 pm UT. We can expect the unexpected all day long. Uranus brings the power of lightning strikes of change, surprise, and sometimes shock. Uranus works swiftly, making our heads spin, and often leaving us wondering what happened.

But there is a beauty to Uranus that puts us where we need to be no matter what. So if you experience a dramatic change, rejection, or revelation, it is a great gain – not a loss. We can practice the art of trust with Uranus because it always works for the good (though most of the time it is very hard to do this because of the shocking nature of Uranus).

Today’s energy also tends to produce the feeling that we are back at the beginning or doing the same thing (making the same “mistake?”) all over again. The Sun is at the degree of “circular paths” so we feel like we are going around and around and maybe getting nowhere. Old habits often surface with this energy.

We should remember that even if we feel back where we started, truly we are not because we have gained wisdom and experience from the journey, even if it feels circular. We want to spiral UP, not round and round. This requires that we analyze our pattern and choose to do things a different way. Remember that things are changing dramatically this month. A big shift is on. Accept the changes that are happening for you, knowing that they are for your highest and best purposes.

When we spiral up we have a new perspective. We are able to see how things better fit together and relate. There is a high degree of alchemy in today’s energy which allows us to remix and rearrange elements of our lives so that they are more fulfilling. Mix it up today.

Pay close attention to any symbols that jump out at you for recognition. Our minds are prone to scan for symbols that will relate messages, insight, and information to clarify something. Animals symbolize various things also. I always recommend Ted Andrews’ bookAnimal Speak for the best interpretation of shamanic understanding of animals and their “medicine.”

Our journey this month is very much a mystery and we are led farther along it today. We are guided on this journey and there is much to see, as a lot is happening on the way to today’s destination. The destination, by day’s end, is insight or revelation. It’s the eve of the Red/Blood Moon which brings the ability to see through to the truth of matters. Be brave and look at what is being shown to you. Don’t turn away. You are a strong spiritual warrior on the path of wisdom. We aim to know.

We have ample protection and shielding in place today, but we remain vigilant to the desperate attempts of the new (unnatural) world order as their best-laid plans are crumbling before their eyes. They know they have lost control so they will continue to lash out. Tomorrow’s Full Moon and October 13-15 (when the Sun will oppose the Eris Point and Eris) are the days that are highlighted for hijinks by the minions of the Archons.

It’s an electrifying day today with the power of Uranus and the Sun on the eve of a total lunar eclipse. What is in shadow? What is revealed? What is alchemized? What is beginning? We gain wisdom of these things today. It’s a good day to be a wise owl.

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