Protest Columbus Day at the San Juan Capistrano Mission!
Columbus did not discover "America," since Indigenous people were already here. What he did do was commit various crimes against us, such as: theft, genocide, ethnocide, rape, torture, slavery, and various other inhumane/terrorist acts. There should not be a holiday honoring such a vile man. Rather, this day should be used to commemorate the millions of Indigenous people who lost their lives because of this tragic invasion.
Junipero Serra is on his way to sainthood for establishing the California mission system, but what he actually created were concentration/death camps for California's Indigenous population. The same crimes that were committed by Columbus and his men were felt throughout the allegedly "holy" missions. The continued glorification of these missions is simply not justifiable. Do not celebrate the beginning of history's largest holocaust!
In the outskirts of the Mission, Junipero Serra High School has opened its doors to students. While we agree that there is a need to build more facilities to educate students, we do not believe they need to be built on top of a Native American burial ground. The continued disrespect of the sacred sites of our ancestors will not be tolerated. After the mission protest, we will go to the sacred site of Putiidhem to honor our ancestors and pray for their protection.
Sunday, October 12, 2003
10AM-1:00PM at the mission
2:00PM-4:00PM at Putiidhem (sacred site)
Mission San Juan Capistrano
The Mission is located 2 1/2 blocks west of Interstate 5 on Ortega Highway.
From the Los Angeles area, take either Interstate 5 or Interstate 405 South to the second San Juan exit, which is Ortega Highway. Exit the freeway and turn right onto Ortega Highway. The Mission is straight ahead, approximately 2 1/2 blocks.
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