Monday, October 27, 2008

Pueblos Originarios

Pueblos Originarios: First Peoples

A term that I had rarely heard in English for indigenous peoples (note the importance of the s and the end of peoples) until I moved to Canada, where it is common. It is slowly becoming more common in the U.S. and in Spanish.

The struggle of First Peoples in Colombia is still very very hot. Amazingly, after pulling together 30,000 people for a several day march, they were stood up by president Uribe on Sunday, and continue to face repression like the bullets shot straight at the crowd shown in the video below. If you're a U.S. citizen please support this brave struggle with this quick click action organized by the Lutherans to write a letter to the ambassador. Or if you haven't done the witness for peace quick click to the State Department, please do that one instead. Good updates on the situation here.

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