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:
- Decolonizing America for a Sustainable Future
- Acknowledging the Lenni-Lenape
- Columbus Day
- Thanksgiving & Colonialism
- 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
This section deals with immigration and the Lehigh Valley, national immigration policies, and people displaced by war and disasters.
In 2010, the Collective Memory Project of the Lehigh Valley prepared an exhibition of including photographs and oral history of recent immigrants and descendants of earlier waves of immigration. More information…
The recently-enacted statute in Arizona and the proposed DREAM act reflect two very different views of immigration and undocumented/ ‘illegal’ immigrants.
News and commentary on international affairs—the world community, if you will—especially topics that are not adequately represented by the mainstream media and areas with strong Lehigh Valley connections.
Content in preparation (including discussion of Columbus Day & Indigenous Peoples’ Day)
From Faramarz Farbod*, I have provided a summary of a 8/12 Conference Call about the Iran Agreement organized by the United for Peace and Justice organization on the Iran Agreement meant to aid activists engaged in ensuring that the Congress … more
by Gary Olson Last August, our Nobel Peace Prize laureate, President Barack Obama, admitted that “we tortured some folks,” but then added, this is “not who we are.” At best, his statement was a half-truth. First, it’s not “some” folks … more
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Following is a message from Afghan activist and former member of the Afghan parliament Malalai Joya: Message on the Tenth Anniversary of NATO’s War and the Occupation of Afghanistan I would like to thank all supporters and anti-war movements around … more
When a person refuses to participate in war or other hostilities on moral grounds, he or she is a ‘conscientious objector’, or ‘C.O.’. It is not for those who are afraid of being hurt or killed, it is for those who have … more
Most religions and charitable relief organizations support Fair Trade—here’s a list of organizations where we found published statements on Fair Trade: American Jewish World Services Catholic Relief Services Church of the Brethren Episcopal Relief and Development Fair Trade Judaica Islamic … more
A few years ago, police in a town in NJ raided a suspected brothel. But they didn’t find young women working as prostitutes, they found sex slaves who had been trafficked from overseas—captives whose every move was controlled by the traffickers. Trafficking … more