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Last year, the City of Albuquerque declared the 2nd Monday in October Indigenous Peoples Day, a day formerly celebrated as Columbus Day. This victory comes at a critical time when we are seeing some of the most powerful displays of Native resistance in generations.
From the historical protest of the Dakota Access pipeline and the final efforts to demand clemency for political prisoner and AIM activist Leonard Peltier, the movement for Native liberation is growing!
This year’s march and rally will focus on Leonard Peltier and the call for his clemency. It is likely that only President Obama will grant him clemency, so these final months that he is in office are critical for Peltier, as it is likely that he may not survive another four to eight-year presidential term in prison.
In addition to this, the historic fight against exploitive extractivist industry taking place at Standing Rock right now is serving to challenge corporations that have long sought to extract life from Indigenous lands, as it also is bringing about the unification of tribal Nations from all around the world! #NODAPL will also be a focus of this year’s Indigenous people’s day.
The meet up location for the march route will be 5:30pm at Central and First, in front of the Alvarado transportation center. The march route will extend throughout Downtown ABQ and conclude at Civic Plaza, where the rally will take place. Speakers include local community leaders and youth!
You are cordially invited to the P&J Sustainability Reception! Featuring live music by Eileen & the In-Betweens!
Saturday, July 23 rd from 2-4pm
at the Peace & Justice Center
202 Harvard SE (corner with Silver)
Albuquerque NM 87106
Help us celebrate our latest project to lower our carbon footprint--an Energy Star-rated refrigerator and energy efficient back doors--thanks to another generous Reduce Your Use grant from PNM Foundation.
Enjoy cake, lemonade and live music by Eileen and the In-Betweens, a five-piece social justice-oriented indie folk band from right here in Albuquerque.
Lead singer/songwriter Eileen Shaughnessy teaches at UNM in the Sustainability Studies program, including a class called Nuclear New Mexico. The band is comprised of: Eileen Shaughnessy: guitar, ukulele, banjo, vocals, Ben Martinez: keyboards, trumpet, Britt Letcher: viola, vocals, Colin Baillio: bass, vocals, and Kenny Broyles: drums. Find more info about the band at eileenshaughnessy.com.
Everyone is welcome! For more info about the reception, call the P&J at 268-9557.
Renowned Artist Creates Leonard Peltier Mural at ACPJ
By Sayrah Namaste, Indigenous Rights Center volunteer
Have you seen the vibrant new mural on the west wall of the Peace & Justice Center? Nationally known artist Gregg Deal, a Pyramid Paiute Indian, created the eye-catching mural of American Indian Movement (AIM) leader Leonard Peltier in late April. The Indigenous Rights Center (IRC), home to the International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee, is located inside the Peace Center. It was formed at the behest of Leonard Peltier, who maintains his innocence after 40 years of imprisonment. The IRC coordinated the mural and hosted a public reception for Deal. He gave his original painting to Leonard’s son, Chauncey Peltier, the co-director of the IRC with the hope Leonard will be released one day and receive it.
We are so pleased that an artist as significant as Gregg Deal would come to Albuquerque to create this work of public art, said Peter Clark, co-director of the IRC. ―We hope the mural draws more people into the campaign to get clemency for Peltier. Deal has been featured in the National Museum of the American Indian, been a guest on the Daily Show, and was an artist in residence at the Denver Museum of Art. He often highlights issues Native Americans face, including the fight to stop using Native people as mascots.
Former City Councilor Rey Garduño, who led the successful change of Columbus Day to Indigenous People’s Day, was also honored at the reception. Years ago Garduño helped with the mural on the Peace & Justice Center’s north wall and was excited to see Deal create a mural adjacent to it.
Learn more about how to support the clemency campaign at www.whoisleonardpeltier.info.