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The Resistance Prays

January 19, 2019
By Kaeley McEvoy

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Today's Top Story
Many eyes are on the Third Annual Women’s March taking place across the country today. However, yesterday many also took to the streets in Washington, D.C. for an Indigenous People’s Day March.

Participants and Elders of the Indigenous People’s March and Rally were accosted and harassed by a group of teenage boys towards the conclusion of their gathering. (Watch the video on our Facebook page.)

One participant shared: “were confronted and surrounded by 50 to 70 young people wearing Trump hats, T-shirts and other apparel. The group consisted of mostly young white men who started to intimidate, mock and scare us with a mob mentality in order to silence a demonstration that was mostly concluded.”  
“Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.” Hebrews 12:14
Indigenous Gathering Disrupted by Hate
This weekend this weekend marks the third annual Women’s March and the commemoration of Martin Luther King’s Legacy. The potential to celebrate political progress is tempting, however, divisions in our society still starkly remain. 

Many cheered at Gillette's attempt to address toxic masculinity earlier this week. However, Friday’s illustration of hate-filled young men taunting indigenous tradition underscores the vitality of twin evils of white supremacy and toxic masculinity in our current reality. This interaction reminds us that just as every brave individual or movement marches toward towards liberation, the forces of power will also continue to move to uphold their poisonous norms.  

In solidarity with Indigenous sisters and brothers, who have continuously been disrespected both interpersonally and politically, take time this weekend to acknowledge that the land you walk on is not your own and that the road to full freedom for many is still being walked.    
Email the Covington Catholic High School Principal Robert Rowe and ask him to condemn the actions of his students.

Research what tribal lands your faith community and home reside on using this Tribal Directory Tool. Can you reach out to local indigenous leaders and acknowledge the presence of indigenous land in your worship services? Perhaps lead a coffee hour discussion about the Doctrine of Discovery

Also, I encourage you to spend time reading indigenous authors such as Vine Deloria and Winona LaDuke.
The People Prayer, from the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois or Six Nations) of upstate New York and Canada: 

“Today we have gathered and we see that the cycles of life continue. We have been given the duty to live in balance and harmony with each other and all living things. So now, we bring our minds together as one as we give greetings and thanks to each other as People. Now our minds are one.” 
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