Against Freedom

•July 17, 2018 • Leave a Comment

The American story is one of a people against freedom. Due to their psychological limitations imposed by Christianity and capitalism, they could not allow the indigenous peoples, fish and wildlife to roam freely. They had to either imprison or kill everything that was free.

Coming to grips with this ugly reality requires an open mind, free from the disingenuous mythology.

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The Path They Walk

•June 24, 2018 • Leave a Comment

One of the songs on the soundtrack for the 2002 film The Tracker is titled All Men Choose the Path They Walk. The soundtrack is by Australian Indigenous recording artist Archie Roach, who was part of the ‘stolen generation’ of Aboriginal youth taken from their communities to be placed in orphanages and foster homes, and like their counterpart Canadian Indigenous children, brainwashed in religious mission schools.

As an Aborigine from Mooroopna, Archie—like many other stolen children—found himself on the street, trying to make sense of his life. Ironically, what saved him was the musical instruction he received by a Pentecostal church musician, that led him to choose the path of freedom that he describes as ‘dancing with my spirit’.

Now 61, Archie Roach is a magical Australian treasure, and his foundation allows him to walk beside young Aborigines—some in prison or on the streets like he once was—as they seek to express themselves while they ‘walk to destiny’. His songs of resilience give them hope.

As Archie says, “The Foundation is a way for me to give back, to pass on what’s been given to me from people I’ve met on my journey who have pointed me in a different direction, to a better way of life and understanding; to freedom. I hope to be a signpost for others, to walk alongside and empower them to tell their story through the arts.”

Archie and his late wife Ruby Hunter, both award-winning Indigenous recording artists, took many homeless Aboriginal youth into their family, and reached into the souls of white Australians, changing the way they looked at Black fellas surviving current government-imposed misery in their homelands.

As a songwriter and supporter of social justice, Archie is a Member of the Order of Australia. His song Took the Children Away received an international human rights achievement award.

This July, Archie and his band tour Canada.

We Can Do Better

•April 16, 2018 • Leave a Comment

As opined by historian Ted Widmer, Robert Kennedy’s trip to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation–during the primaries of his 1968 presidential campaign–was an act of leaving the known political universe, almost like leaving the United States.

Moonwalk Sundance

•April 1, 2018 • Leave a Comment

In 1969, when American astronauts landed on the moon, American Indians landed in academia. As we watched Neil Armstrong take “one small step for man,” our Native American brethren watched Kiowa author N. Scott Momaday receive the Pulitzer Prize for literature with his novel House Made of Dawn.

The Fascist State of Israel

•March 30, 2018 • Leave a Comment

Bernadette (Devlin) McAliskey writes for Electronic Intifada about the violation of international human rights standards in the case of 17-year-old Palestinian icon Ahed Tamimi–now serving 8 months in Israeli prison for slapping the face of an Israeli soldier.

Manhandled

•March 24, 2018 • Leave a Comment

Patriarchy in the Christian country of Armenia is so institutionalized that female elected officials are routinely manhandled and violently assaulted in government meetings by other officials, as well as viciously defamed and dehumanized by media.

Blackwater Betsy

•March 16, 2018 • Leave a Comment

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos–sister of the notorious Blackwater mercenary CEO Erik Prince–has committed fraud in her anti-union crusade against Department of Education employees, violating both the Civil Service Protections Act and the Federal Labor Relations Act. The American Federation of Government Employees has filed a complaint with the Federal Labor Relations Authority.