Following a growing trend, the city council of Albuquerque, New Mexico has voted six to three to recognize October 12th – typically known to most as “Columbus Day” within the USA– as Indigenous Peoples’ day in a new proclamation. Albuquerque has the highest concentration of Indigenous people in New Mexico.
Here are the names of those 8 cities:
Albuquerque (New Mexico), Lawrence (KS), Portland (OR), St. Paul (MN), Bexar County (TX), Anadarko (OK), Olympia (WA), Alpena (MI).
These cities are following in the footsteps of Seattle and Minneapolis.
Meanwhile, Oklahoma City came close to passing it in September and will try to pass it again on October 13th, the day after the holiday.
This name change is a fantastic trend that needs to grow fast, but it needs to be followed up by concrete action and legislation. Nationwide (and worldwide – particularly in Latin American countries that have suffered from US-backed coups), indigenous people suffer from economic inequality, health problems, and human rights abuses. It’s time we celebrate their culture and tradition rather than their oppressors’, and it’s time we give back to those we’ve taken so much from.
Here are the secret ingredients for the spice mix:
- 75 g plain flour
- 2 tsp (teaspoon) salt
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1 tsp basil
- 1 tsp sage
- 1 tsp marjoram
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
Baltimore is the biggest city close to our correspondants’ school in Towson.
Some parts of Baltimore are rich, some are a great tourist destination, but some parts of the city are poor and know many social problems. This explains part of some citizens’ reactions after Freddie Gray’s death under police custody last week.
Freddy Gray, a young African American from Baltimore, died last week from serious injuries that he got while being transported in a police van.
There have been protest marches in Baltimore, some turning violent as rioters broke shop windows, attacked the police and burnt cars. Other members of the Baltimore community have called for peace.
Marches have now been led in memory of Freddie Gray, demanding justice, in other American cities.
50 years ago, brave people marched across a bridge to demand equal rights for Black people in the USA. This weekend we honor their action gratefully. See President Obama speak in Selma, Alabama.
New York City mayor Bill De Blasio annouces that, as promised, New York public schools will now have 2 Muslim holidays added to their calendar, starting next school year.
This young girl, her husband and her sister were killed recently by a neighbor. The inquest is not over so we don’t know yet if this was a hate crime against Muslims or a neighborhood killing. Either way, their deaths are a sad blow to the community of Chappel Hill they belonged to.
Yusor Abu-Salha had spoken in an interview of what being an American women felt like for her. Here are extracts of this interview:
During the Grammy awards ceremony yesterday, President Obama had a message to ask artists to help fight against the violence so many women suffer from.