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Come discuss the recently released Mama Quta Titikaka Declaration from Peru

"Gathered at the Main Paqarina of the Mama Qota Titicaca Lake, 6500 delegates from organizations representing the Indigenous peoples from the 22 countries of the Abya Yala and our [sibling] peoples of Africa, United States, Canada, the Polar Circle and other parts of the world, with the participation of 500 observers from various social movements, we resolve:

To proclaim that we are witnessing a deep crisis of the Western capitalist civilization overlapping the environmental, energy and cultural crisis, the social exclusion and famines, as an expression of the failure of Eurocentrism and the colonialist Modernity that was born from ethnocide, and which is now carrying the whole humanity to its own slaughter.

To offer an alternative lifestyle against the civilization of death, rescuing our roots in order to project ourselves to our future, with our principles and practices of balance between men, women, Mother Earth, spiritual beings, cultures and peoples, all of which we call Good Living / Living Well..."

These are some of the first words of the Mama Quta Titikaka Declaration, released during the IV Continental Summit of the Indigenous peoples of Abya Yala on May 31st 2009.

As such I wish to call for a public discussion of this document and its implications for people living here in the Pacific NW.
"Gathered at the Main Paqarina of the Mama Qota Titicaca Lake, 6500 delegates from organizations representing the Indigenous peoples from the 22 countries of the Abya Yala and our [sibling] peoples of Africa, United States, Canada, the Polar Circle and other parts of the world, with the participation of 500 observers from various social movements, we resolve:

To proclaim that we are witnessing a deep crisis of the Western capitalist civilization overlapping the environmental, energy and cultural crisis, the social exclusion and famines, as an expression of the failure of Eurocentrism and the colonialist Modernity that was born from ethnocide, and which is now carrying the whole humanity to its own slaughter.

To offer an alternative lifestyle against the civilization of death, rescuing our roots in order to project ourselves to our future, with our principles and practices of balance between men, women, Mother Earth, spiritual beings, cultures and peoples, all of which we call Good Living / Living Well..."

These are some of the first words of the Mama Quta Titikaka Declaration, released during the IV Continental Summit of the Indigenous peoples of Abya Yala on May 31st 2009.

The statement goes on, promising towards the end:

"To construct models of alternative [ways] of living facing the crisis of Western civilization and its colonial Modernity, through a Forum on the Crisis of Western Civilization, Decolonization, Good Living among others topics, to be held in Cusco, on March 26 to 28, 2010.

To globalize our struggles through the organization of the First Summit of Indigenous Communications in 2011, in Cauca, Colombia, the First Indigenous Summit of Water; the Summit of Indigenous Communicators, and the Second Continental Summit of Indigenous Women by 2011 within the V Summit of Indigenous Peoples.

To create the Indigenous Peoples and Nationalities of the Abya Yala Coordinator [group], in order to continue the process of organizing from bottom up, and creating committees of Indigenous women, adolescents, children, youth and communicators, and particularly the regional integration in North America..."

Overall the statement lays out concrete plans and numerous suggestions with regards to developing responses to the various social, political, cultural and environmental crises that many of us around the globe now face.

As such I wish to call for a public discussion of this document and its implications for people living here in the Pacific NW.

At this gathering participants will have the opportunity read over the text in its entirety, we can discuss our thoughts and feelings with regards to the view of the world expressed in the statement, and go over implications and possibilities for plugging into the more local and also larger global expressions of/movements towards justice for all peoples, environmental responsibility, etc.

This can include: discussing building formal ties between local groups and the larger coordinating committees that are being constructed because of the IV Continental Summit of the Indigenous peoples, possibilities regarding the construction of a local group meant to facilitate ongoing, formal dialogue between indigenous and non-indigenous communities, groups and individuals right here in the Pacific NW, ideas about raising funds to help send local activists/organizers/delegates to the events that are planned and described in the statement who can then report back to our communities here, etc.

At the end it might be appropriate to take some time to write letters on behalf of Leonard Peltier, an imprisoned, renowned indigenous activist with numerous ties to the Pacific NW, requesting his hasty release.

This discussion will be held on this upcoming Friday the 12th, in the afternoon/evening either at PSU or at the Red&Black Cafe. No space has been secured just yet, but I wanted to give people as much advance notice as was possible, even if the exact details hadn't been worked out yet. This post will be updated just as soon as the exact place/time are known.

homepage: homepage: http://intercontinentalcry.org/today-we-separate-from-cruelty/


Time and Location of event 09.Jun.2009 16:56

Alec

This discussion is being held at PSU, in Cramer hall - room 268 - at 4:00pm.

This room easily and comfortably accommodates about 15 people, if you have reason to believe that many more than that number will be attending feel free to contact me at  ackeefer@gmail.com, and we can see about using a different room.

See you there!