Saturday, June 30, 2018

COLONIALISM: Zero Tolerance

Today, this morning in the dawn's early light, standing before the Northwest Detention Center at Tacoma, Washington in the Traditional Territories of the Puyallup Nation, a commission of Indigenous Peoples presented themselves in the spirit of ceremony and self-determination.

Standing before the gates of the US the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement ICE detention center, which is run by the for-profit Geo Group the call was made to the families inside the compound, families of the thousands of children who have been separated from their mothers and fathers over the past month since the ICE pogrom of persecution called "Zero Tolerance" by US Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Today the sea of emergence crested in power and prayer, and the tide turned.

The Indigenous Peoples returned to their traditional lands in Tacoma to welcome and greet the relatives from the south detained by the force of state power in illegal violation of Treaty Rights, Human Rights, Indigenous Peoples Rights, Rights of the Family and the Rights of the Child.

Affirming that "As Indigenous Peoples, we are not immigrants in our own continent," the delegation shared their vision of renewed relationship of respect, equality, and self-determination among all peoples of Mother Earth.

In order for such an initiative to take root, grow and flourish the constituency of Indigenous Peoples in direct action of self-determination proclaimed to the world the end of the age of colonialism has come to the state of Washington.

The commission of Indigenous Peoples attending the Protecting Mother Earth Conference at Frank's Landing proclaimed at the gates of the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma announced that normalization of colonialism, now and forevermore as long as the grass grows and the rivers flow, will be challenged as many times as necessary with and met with only ZERO TOLERANCE.

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