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Moral Policy Agenda to Heal America: The Poor People's Jubilee Platform

The Poor People’s Jubilee Platform is organized into five sections: 

Part I. Establish Justice and End Systemic Racism: The Right to Democracy and Equal Protection Under the Law 

Part II. Promote the General Welfare: The Right to Welfare and an Adequate Standard of Living

Part III. Ensure Domestic Tranquility: The Right to Work with Dignity

Part IV. Secure the Blessings of Liberty: The Right to Health and A Healthy Environment 

Part V. Provide for the Common Defense: Reprioritizing our Resources 

The Platform is grounded on five principles: 

  1. We need a moral revolution of values to repair the breach in our society. This platform abides by our deepest Constitutional and moral commitments to justice. Where harm has been done, it must be acknowledged and undone.
  2. Everybody in, nobody out. Too many people are hurting and we can’t be silent anymore. Everybody is deserving of our nation’s abundance.
  3. When you lift from the bottom, everybody rises. Instead of “trickle-down,” we start with the bottom up.
  4. Prioritize the leadership of the poor, low-income and most impacted. Those who are on the frontlines of these crises
    must also be in the lead in identifying their solutions.
  5. Debts that cannot be paid must be relieved. We demand freedom from servicing the debts we cannot pay.

We have been investing in punishing the poor; we must now invest in the welfare of all. We have been investing in systemic racism and voter suppression; we must now invest in expanding democracy. We have been investing in killing people; we now must invest in life. We have been investing in the wealthy and corporations; we must now invest in the people who have built up this country and make it run every day, the 140 million and more who have been abandoned in an era of abundance. 

(https://www.poorpeoplescampaign.org/about/jubilee-platform/)

Jean Schafer

Not all Native Americans celebrate Thanksgiving.

The first National Day of Mourning was held on Thanksgiving in 1970. One of the original goals of the National Day of Mourning was to find a connection and peace between Natives and non-Natives. The original speech of Frank "Gray Hawk" James, one-time leader of the Wampanoag Tribe, ended on a hopeful, uplifting message: “What has happened cannot be changed, but today we must work toward a more humane America, a more Indian America, where men and nature once again are important; where the Indian values of honor, truth and brotherhood prevail.”
 
HELPFUL RESOURCES:
Native Land Digital:
https://native-land.ca/
 
First Light (Currently streaming free online-13 minute documentary)
 
Upstander Project-About Us: https://upstanderproject.org/mission
 
A man without a tribe: The true story of Squanto
 
Sheila Novak

Human Rights and VAWA

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted on December 10, 1948. Annually we celebrate this important ‘Human Rights Day’. 

“Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home -- so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. [...]
Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere.
Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world." 
Eleanor Roosevelt 

When we look at our country, it’s all too clear that our Native American and Alaska Native sisters and brothers continue to suffer the violation of their dignity in numerous ways. Across the USA, 1 in 3 Native Americans are living in poverty. Data from the CDC shows COVID-19 disproportionately impacts Native American/Alaska Native populations. 

  • The average per capita income on the Navajo Reservation is $6,217
  • 56% of Navajos on the Reservation live below the Poverty Level. 
  • 43% of labor force on the Reservation is unemployed.

Since colonization, Native American women have suffered disproportionately high rates of violence, according to the recent documentary from the BBC, Missing and Murdered: America's forgotten native girls. Go to: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3ct17xh

In the face of these multiple human rights crises against our Native sisters and brothers we must act. First, recognize the great human potential of each individual and offer those in need a hand - not a handout. Purchase gifts from the Southwest Indian Foundation and support their projects (https://www.southwestindian.com/foundation/donations). 

“Grandfather, Sacred One, teach us love, compassion, and honor,
that we may heal the earth and heal each other.”
 
Ojibway prayer for healing 

Charity, however, will not itself fix the crises facing the Native American communities. Paired with charity must be work for justice. Federal policies must address the various human rights needs, including the epidemic of violence against Native women. Most of these violent acts involve non-Native Americans, and directly contribute to the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women. Because 96% of the perpetrators of sexual violence against women and girls in Indian Country are non-Native, expanding tribal jurisdiction over non-Native assailants is necessary for seeking justice for survivors and victims. The House of Representatives has passed a bill to reauthorize VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) with strong tribal provisions and the Senate needs to do the same. Tell your senators to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) with strong tribal provisions, restoring tribal jurisdiction over crimes against women and girls. (https://franciscanactionnetwork.salsalabs.org/AdventActionVAWA/index.html).

Jean Schafer

Urge Biden to Appoint a Native American Woman to Head the U.S. Department of the Interior

In 2018, Rep. Deb Haaland (D-NM) became one of the first two Native women ever elected to Congress. Deb has been a fierce advocate and organizer in Indian Country for decades. Now she could make history again — this time as the first Native person ever to lead the Department of the Interior.

There has never been a Native member of a U.S. President’s cabinet. The federal government has a unique relationship with and trust responsibility to Native peoples. The Secretary of the Interior should have a deep understanding of the treaty rights of Native Nations. That is why this cabinet position is so important to Indian Country.

Over the last four years, we have seen the danger of having a Secretary of Interior who disregards the Federal government's trust responsibilities to Native people. Under Trump, the Department of the Interior advocated for the dissolution of a reservation for the first time since the termination era. They rolled back environmental protections. They failed to consult with tribal governments during the greatest public health crisis in a century. Deb Haaland would turn such actions around.

Over 120 Indigenous Tribal leaders have called on the Biden Administration to appoint Haaland to the post. A growing list of public officials too. Will you add your name to the list? Your endorsement will help send a message to the incoming Biden Administration that it’s time for Native leadership in the Department of the Interior.

As chair of the Congressional Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands, Rep. Haaland has been a champion for our environment. She is a leader in the fight against climate change. She helped pass legislation to protect Chaco Canyon and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from oil and gas drilling. 

Native Organizer’s Alliance along with the Women’s March and Illuminative strongly recommend Deb Haaland to be the Secretary of the Department of the Interior. We have the highest regard for her integrity and her work. There is no one more qualified and prepared to lead the Department of the Interior during a crisis that has disproportionately harmed Native communities. 

Take a moment right now to add your name to this important grassroots endorsement. Let's help Deb make history.

Go to this link to endorse Rep. Deb Haaland (D-NM) to head the Department of the Interior.

https://actionnetwork.org/forms/we-endorse-deb-haaland-to-be-secretary-of-the-interior

Jean Schafer

Learn More About Exploitation of Native American Women

Webinar: Indigenous Survivors Speak Out

https://vimeo.com/478627166/7692ae191b

  

Colonization, Homelessness, and the Prostitution and Sex Trafficking of Native Women 

https://vawnet.org/sites/default/files/assets/files/2020-02/NRCDV_ColonizationHomelessnessandProstitution-Jan2020.pdf

Garden of Truth

https://www.niwrc.org/sites/default/files/documents/Resources/Garden-of-Truth.pdf

Jean Schafer

Indigenous Futures Survey Results

Native peoples have burst into the consciousness of many Americans over the course of the last year. From the organizing power against racist Native sports mascots, major victories against oil pipelines that undermine Tribal sovereignty, and the McGirt v. Oklahoma Supreme Court decision that affirmed Native lands, Native peoples have interrupted the dominant narrative of who we are in the 21st Century. The Indigenous Futures Survey (IFS) is the largest research project ever conducted in Indian Country with participation from over 6,400 Native peoples from across the country, representing 401 tribes and from all 50 states with a diverse and representative sample across age, gender and geography. (Source: https://actionnetwork.org/forms/indigenous-futures-report?source=direct_link&)

Read the results: http://nativeorganizing.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Indigenous_Futures_Survey_Report.pdf

See the effects of Covid-19 on Native Peoples: http://nativeorganizing.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Illuminative_COVID_report_FINAL_1.pdf

Remaking the Economy -- Indigenous Perspectives on Climate Justice

Listen to the webinar:

https://nonprofitquarterly.org/remaking-the-economy-indigenous-perspectives-on-climate-justice/

(Source: https://nonprofitquarterly.org/remaking-the-economy-indigenous-perspectives-on-climate-justice/)

Jean Schafer

How Human Trafficking Intersects with Native American Women

Watch this video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRZyhHl9Yyg&t=2s) to see how Native American women become victimized in human trafficking. Too many are subsequently missing, murdered -- but never forgotten!

Also, take advantage of learning more about the trafficking of indigenous persons at this link: 
https://sistersagainsttrafficking.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/2020_10_Stop-Trafficking-EN.pdf

Jean Schafer

Native Americans and Historical Trauma

There is a growing awareness of the injustices that are woven into U.S. history. HISTORICAL TRAUMA follows them, since their ancestors suffered loss of land, of culture, of language, of religion. They had to adapt to the social norms of a White culture, while mourning the genocide of their ancestors.

We invite you to take advantage of some of the resources below in order to learn more about the suffering of Native Americans.

“To Native Americans, reparations can vary from having sovereignty to just being heard” 

Watch a Nightline Episode

Bills in Congress that begin to make some amends include:

S 227 Savannah’s LawS 982 Not Invisible ActHR 1585 Reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) 

Ellen Sinclair

Human Trafficking of Native Americans

Please access the October 2020 'Stop Trafficking' newsletter to learn about the plight of Native Americans and what is being done to reach out to them.

Go to: https://sistersagainsttrafficking.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/2020_10_Stop-Trafficking-EN.pdf

Jean Schafer

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