The U.S. was built through settler colonialism, which involves taking over lands already in use by other people, displacing the people and often destroying their cultures. (Sometimes the goal was simply to use the land for their own settlements; in other cases the goal was to extract minerals & other resources. In the U.S. & Canada, settlers not only made war on the Indigenous peoples, they made a conscious and concerted effort to burn their cultures out of the children’s mind through systems of residential schools.
The most visible example of settler colonialism in progress today is Israel’s illegal occupation of territory in Palestine.
We are just beginning to develop this topic, but here are some related posts on this website:
- We must fully unpack the complicated evils of our justice system in order to build the sophisticated solutions we need
- The Myth of the Wheat King and the Killing of Colten Boushi | The Conversation
- White People Have No Culture | Terra Incognita
- Why I’m Fighting to decolonize Canada’s Education System | Flare
- Sexual Assault and Violence Across Industries… | Terra Incognita
- The Colonial Roots of Gun Culture | In These Times
- As We Have Always Done, by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson
- When They Call You a Terrorist, by Patrisse Khan-Cullors & ashe bandele
Diversity & Heritage
This category reflects the Alliance’s goals, especially #2:
Protect and extend fundamental rights and opportunities throughout the range of human diversity
This goal is supported by efforts to protect individual rights, promote equality, and strive for inclusion; there are a number of barriers to overcome, such as racism & other inappropriate forms of discrimination.
Issues & events in the nations of Central and South America and of First Nations (indigenous, Native American, “Indian” populations) throughout the Americas, and as impacted by U.S. foreign policy, treaties, and interventions.
School of the Americas (now, Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, WHINSEC).
Indigenous People and their role in the Americas (including discussion of Columbus Day & Indigenous Peoples’ Day)
by Erlinda Aguiar My experience has shown me that a community is an interactive group where its members have an impact on each other and that the diversity of its members only contributes to make the community better. I hope … more
by Diane Husic Recently, I took refuge from work to visit the former site of Bethlehem Steel. This may seem like a strange place for a retreat, but when your work involves ecological restoration of contaminated sites and adaptation to … more
By Molly Majewicz The Social Research Social Justice Annual Conference, held this year on April 8th, began in 2003 at Muhlenberg College in a collaborative effort between the faculty and students. The goal, as Muhlenberg’s website states, is to “create … more
Many residents of and visitors to SouthSide Bethlehem have come to take the Maze Garden for granted. Following is a fascinating history of this unique space, prepared by John Pettegrew of Lehigh University. The Maze Garden (1996 – 2013) November … more