Entries of interest tagged with: history

Acknowledging the original inhabitants of this area

We are located in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley, an area that is a small part of what was Lenni-Lenapé territory. The Lenni-Lenape apparently were friendly and accommodating, until the settlers gradually — and often violently — forced them from their territory. … more

Teaching What’s Right: Teaching Columbus in Schools

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve noticed some inaccuracies in information I learned through my grade school career. One fallacy that was widely accepted and taught was the notion that Christopher Columbus discovered America. It was ingrained into our minds all … more

Peter’s blog: ‘Thanksgiving & Colonialism’

Thanksgiving Day seems an appropriate time to post this brief historical note about Colonialism in the United States. I’ll start by mentioning that this is the original territory of the Lenape, now known as the Delaware. Like most parts of … more

fyi: “Replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day”

Following up on the previous post about Standing Rock, suggestions have expanded to the rapidly-growing movement to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day: The movement to celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day is spreading rapidly What Is Indigenous People’s Day? More … more

Peter: ‘Bearing the Cross’, by Chris Hedges

Chris Hedges wrote the following after attending the funeral of Daniel Berrigan: Bearing the Cross by Chris Hedges NEW YORK—I arrived early Friday morning, after walking through the rain, at the St. Francis Xavier Church in Greenwich Village for the … more

Peter’s blog: ‘Thanksgiving’

At its best, Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday—a chance to reflect and appreciate life. Unfortunately, it is often dedicated to watching football, arguing politics, and consuming vast quantities of food—and, in the process, celebrating the myth of the ‘first thanksgiving’. … more

Needed: An end to half-truths and falsehoods!

This page contains an opinion piece by Mark L. Goldstein and a response by Peter Crownfield. Both call for an end to half-truths and falsehoods, but they have different ideas about the full truth….. Morning Call June 15, 2010 Israeli action … more

Dennis Kucinich’s Statement on Israel & Palestine

Mr. KUCINICH. Mr. Speaker, today I join my colleagues in Congress in celebrating Israel’s accomplishments over the past 60 years. I am happy to be co-sponsor of this congratulatory resolution. However, like many Israelis and Palestinians, I have concerns about … more

Israel | Palestine links

Following are some links to websites that have information, opinion, and resources beyond what you will find in the mainstream media in the United States [don”t miss the Rachel Corrie links at the bottom!]. Many of these issues are discussed in … more