Happy New Year everyone!
The Octopus wishes its friends, customers, neighbours and colleagues a Happy New Year and best wishes for 2013. May your year be full of learning, light, love and the radical transformation of society as we know it.
If not radical transformation, we’d settle for major reforms pending revolution.
If not reform, or revolution, then we’d settle for seeing the end of the Stephen Harper Government.
You get the idea.
Welcome to 2013!
It’s inspiring to usher in the New Year with thousands of indigenous people mobilizing for justice and respect across Canada under the #IdleNoMore banner. It’s the most visible and significant mobilization by aboriginal, Métis and Inuit peoples in a generation.
We can all support it.
Here’s the Idle No More Facebook page.
And here’s the Idle No More website.
In Ottawa, local organizing has crystallized around supporting those who are supporting Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence in her hunger strike. Best to visit the site directly and see what’s needed. They’re on Victoria Island just west of Parliament Hill. Road access off Booth St. Walkable off the Portage Bridge.
Today is Day 22 of Chief Spence’s hunger strike. It’s getting serious.
Funny, eh? Just two weeks ago there was much silliness about the end of the world on Dec. 21, 2012, the “Mayan” end of the world. But that day was never the “end of time” in the Mayan calendar. The date marked the end of one cycle and the beginning of another. This “misinterpretation” wouldn’t be the first time the dominant culture misrepresented aboriginal societies in the “New World”.
So it was pretty lovely and auspicious to see thousands of Zapatistas march in communities across southern Mexico on Dec. 21, 2012, itself. Thousands of Mayan indigenous peoples marched, silently declaring their resurgence. Over 40,000 people “shouted without a word that a new Mayan era has begun and the Zapatistas are present.”
Welcome 2013. Let’s make sure this is a time of new beginnings, and join in solidarity with indigenous people across the hemisphere mobilizing for justice and new ways to live on planet Earth.
Did You Hear?
That is the sound of your world falling apart.
It is the sound of our resurgence. The day that was the day, was night.
And night will be the day that will be the day.
To which, The Octopus will only add:
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Welcome to 2013.