“We must resist. We have become this land of ours. We are Indigenous. We are still here. And I am not going anywhere.”
– Mae Tso
Mae Tso was an elder Diné matriarch and a powerful force in the ongoing resistance to forced relocation on Black Mesa.
She fought against Peabody Coal mining and PL93-531, the so-called “Relocation Act” as she was one of the main plaintiffs in the lawsuit Manybeads et al v. the United States. She lived her entire life following traditional ways on her ancestral lands and leaves a strong legacy of young resisters to carry on her fight.
She was taken from us recently by COVID-19.
Rest in Power Mae Tso.
Read the piece by John Redhouse “Geopolitics of the Navajo-Hopi ‘Land Dispute’.”
Original pic by Kenji Kawano
[Image: Diné woman holding an upside down amerikan flag. Text quote from above and “Relocation is Genocide.”]
UPDATED: How to Burn American & Canadian Flags
We’ve updated this poster and included a version for our relatives in so-called Canada!
The so-called “United States” and KKKanadian flags represent Indigenous genocide, African slavery, ecocide, & ongoing imperialist aggression throughout the world. When symbols are burned & monuments destroyed, the ideas & institutions that they represent become diminished. Agitative propaganda (agitprop) can inspire & build morale, it can also provoke strong emotional responses from those who maintain allegiance to such symbols.
As fascists use their colonial law of “free speech” to rally & dehumanize, we burn
their symbols & reveal their hypocrisies. By attacking symbols of colonialism, white supremacy, cis-heteropatriarchy, fascism, & capitalism, we break down the legitimacy of their power & loosen their death grip on our humanity.
Liberate a flag from a local fascist or corporate store. 100% cotton flags are easiest to light & don’t emit toxic fumes like nylon ones. Burning nylon flags also can stick to clothes, skin, and any surface so they are best left to burn on the ground or affixed to a pole.
Lighters and matches are easy to carry. Any source of ignition will do. Road flares or a spray paint with a lighter held up to the nozzle are excellent ways to ensure good & quick ignition.
A flammable accelerant such as lighter fluid is highly recommended. We do not recommend using gasoline as it is extremely volatile. Do not douse the entire flag, just a small section & light away from your body. Most flags will not ignite immediately & can take time to start burning well. If no accelerants are available fold a couple of ends of the flag onto itself & hold your matches or lighter to the material until a good flame starts.
As flag burning is highly symbolic, keep in mind the visual narrative that your location may provide i.e. a monument, a political office, etc. The idea is to maximize the effect of your action, so even significant dates can enhance the overall impact. Be aware of your surroundings to make sure unintended fires are not started ;).
While burning the so-called US flag is considered “protected speech” you may want to consider researching local settler colonial laws.
There are no laws against burning the KKKanadian flag. It is NOT a criminal action, under the Canadian Criminal Code. It is considered a protected form of expression under the “Charter of Rights And Freedoms.”
In some instances folx in the “US” have faced charges of “reckless burning.” If the burning is held in a “private” area certain security concerns may not be warranted. Perhaps the biggest threats are from fascists & reactionary liberals aka movement police (usually the same thing). Be situationally aware of these possible threats on the ground & online. Serious doxxing of flag burners has occurred in some areas with some of those identified facing death threats & even losing their jobs. Mask up & cover anything that can identify you (tattoos, piercings, hair, etc). Make sure any documentation especially social media can’t be used to identify you (don’t tag yourself in the pics).
American and KKKanadian flags can be ripped into pieces to make Molotov cocktails. Mix one part gasoline to one part motor oil in a glass bottle. Plug with cloth or cap & secure cloth to top by tying, duct tape, etc. Extremely dangerous *for educational purposes only*.
“Decolonize” your flag burning by using a traditional hand drill. Spin a wooden drill against a wood board with your bare hands. Use the ember to start a fire & then hold flag over flames until you achieve ignition.
Indigenous Action Posters – Spring 2023
Fixed File link Zip file: 200MB: http://www.indigenousaction.org/wp-content/uploads/Indigenous-Action-posters-UPDATED-Spring-2023-2.zip
Here are 51 high resolution PDF posters (some duplicates as color and B&W versions) for you to print and destroy! We will be uploading another set of some of our older posters here too. You can always do a search for posters or PDFs on our site as well.
Feel free to use for any and all anti-capitalist anti-colonial agitational propaganda (patches, prints, shirts, buttons, etc. for radical benefits or personal use). Credit is nice but not always necessary. Support Indigenous resistance art & artists.
Link to our tried and true wheatpaste recipe:
Stop Cop City! Solidarity Poster
When we resist the commodification and destruction of Mother Earth, we continue Indigenous resistance to over 500 years of colonial violence. Colonial enforcers continue to murder land, water, and forest defenders. Respect existence or expect resistance.
Printable posters up on our site: www.indigenousaction.org
“The City of Atlanta has leased 381-acres of Weelaunee Forest, stolen Muscogee land, to the Atlanta Police Foundation for a police military facility funded by corporations.
Cop City will never be built.” #StopCopCity #DefendWeelaunee
Smash the settler and resource colonial police state.
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