BROS FALL BACK is a zine i first stumbled upon this year at Ladyfest Philly. it is a great and important read - it talks about the sorts of deep embedded normalized oppressive behavior we all encounter on the regular. it deconstructs the influence of capitalism and social currency on identity and how that affects interactions within the context of punk shows — but really, shows are like little microcosms of the world at large, so in a way i feel like everything in this zine can be seen as just an example of over-arching dynamics that exist elsewhere in the world too. i’d advise anyone/everyone to keep that in mind, read thru this PDF, and then re-consider the sort of space they take up, whether that be physically at a show, or in conversations (that may or may not have anything to do with punk or shows or music at all) and also in communities (whether those be friends, families, neighbors, music scenes, co-workers, etc.) you can find a PDF of BROS FALL BACK right here.
you can now purchase a destroy capitalism banksy print from walmart
fuk this world :’(
we are not above our critique; we wish to abolish ourselves.
Sunrise ceremony on Alcatraz Island celebrates indigenous resistance
November 30, 2013
On Thursday morning, November 28, on a seemingly windless chilly morning and a beautiful crescent moon, and clear skies just before sunrise, San Francisco Bay area American Indians and their allies set out for Alcatraz Island for the annual traditional sunrise ceremony.
Organized by the International Indian Treaty Council, the event proved to be highly successful with some 3,500 people in attendance and in unison.
The opening prayer and welcome was given by Anne Marie Sayers (Ohlone Nation) and Director of Indian Canyon Ohlone Educational Center, and Pomo dancers led by Doug Duncan presented us with an opening dance and prayer.
Radley Davis of the Iss Awi/Pitt River Nation and a board member of International Indian Treaty Council spoke as did Andrea Carmen, executive director of the International Indian Treaty Council. Because of the closing of all Federal parks earlier in October, the traditional Indigenous Peoples Day gathering did not occur. As a result at least 3500 people attended the Thanksgiving Day event.
“As we gather today to celebrate, we do not celebrate the re-write of history that has become Thanksgiving. We celebrate our survival as indigenous people. In reality, on this day so long ago, 700 men, women and children of the Pequot Nation were slaughtered during their sacred Green Corn ceremonies by Pilgrims they had saved during the winter months with their own food,” proclaimed Andrea Carmen. “I want to thank the many heroes and young people—who are now parents and grandparents—who had the courage to occupy this island. We honor you. That action you participated in took us all the way to the United Nations where we finally got the recognition of our rights and treaties. I want our young children to realize what a great part of history you are now participating in. We are here to dedicate our lives to this traditional Native way of life,” Carmen continued.
Many youth also spent the night before on Alcatraz learning to build and keep the fire for the ceremony the next day. They were taught by Eloi Martinez, a veteran of the original occupation of Alcatraz. Other Alcatraz veteran’s that were honored included Madonna Thunderheart, LaNada War Jacket, Chris Longoria, Lenny Foster, Bill Means, Doug Duncan, and Fred Short.
“I come here this year for all those original occupiers who cannot get here. Many have passed on to the spirit world, or are elders and cannot make it. At the time I was asked to come to Alcatraz, we were occupying Mt. Rushmore. A year after the original occupation of Alcatraz, only 150 were left on the island, and they needed others to come and help. It was the first time I really understood the word ‘freedom.’ We had to take care of ourselves completely, with no outside help at all. I have been in the struggle ever since,” said Madonna Thunderheart.
All of the original occupiers of Alcatraz were called into the circle and were sung an honor song by All Nations drummers and singers.
For the first time in the history of the Alcatraz remembrance ceremony, a deer dancer performed from the Yaqui Nation which must span the border between Arizona and Mexico. This dance is rarely seen outside of the Yaqui Nation. The deer is a sacred animal of the Yaqui people whose traditional lands are the Sonoran desert. When the deer is dancing, he is calling to the Earth itself, asking her to bring life up. The deer hears the vibrations of the earth. It is said when he dances, he is affirming life, and re-generating life for the people. The Yaqui Nation were the last indigenous people to sign a treaty ending war with Mexico in 1933. As they signed the treaty, they were surrounded by the Mexican military and sent to the Yucatan peninsula and held in forts. Those that survived (only about 100 or so) had to walk hundreds of miles back to their homeland in the Sonoran desert.