We had a server outage, and we're rebuilding the site. Most of the site features won't work. Thank you for your patience.
imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Calendar Publish RSS
Features
latest news
best of news
syndication
commentary


KILLRADIO

VozMob

ABCF LA

A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List

LAAMN List




IMC Network:

Original Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech

Surviving Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: canada: quebec east asia: japan europe: athens barcelona belgium bristol brussels cyprus germany grenoble ireland istanbul lille linksunten nantes netherlands norway portugal united kingdom latin america: argentina cmi brasil rosario oceania: aotearoa united states: austin big muddy binghamton boston chicago columbus la michigan nyc portland rochester saint louis san diego san francisco bay area santa cruz, ca tennessee urbana-champaign worcester west asia: palestine process: fbi/legal updates process & imc docs projects: radio satellite tv
printable version - js reader version - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

Columbus Day Protested in Southern California

by RP Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011 at 8:54 AM

Report and photos of actions in Santa Barbara and Mission San Juan Capistrano. (Pictured below: demonstrators at Mission San Juan Capistrano in front of a Starbucks--mission-style.)

Columbus Day Protest...
columbusprotestbannerstarbucks.jpg, image/jpeg, 2728x2112

Additional coverage: Photos of Columbus Day Protest: Mission San Juan Capistrano

Most regular readers likely understand why Columbus Day is not a time for celebration; however, quite a few in the mainstream apparently do not. (This author has witnessed objection to Columbus Day being dismissed as "politically-correct." The term "politically-correct" seems to have mutated into a convenient way of dismissing all manner of outrageous injustices.) Some participants in this year's Columbus protest at Mission San Juan Capistrano speculated that it may take another 10 years for the mainstream to become enlightened on this issue.

Earlier this week on American Indian Airwaves Georgiana Sanchez, a renowned "poet, scholar, grandmother, educator, storyteller, and leader" who instructs at Cal State Puvungna/Cal State Long Beach (in Native American Literature and Philosophy), pointed out that Marco Polo went to China but was never attributed as the discoverer of China. Whereas Columbus is regarded as the discoverer of the western hemisphere. In both cases the lands had been inhabited by ancient cultures. (Sanchez cited Jack Forbes's book Columbus and Other Cannibals.) "He [Forbes] asks why, and he says, 'Maybe that's because there are no European colonial settlers in China who need to evoke Marco Polo as a symbol for a successful, but still contested conquest,'" Sanchez said. (This discussion is archived at KPFK for 90 days and begins a little bit over one-third into the show.)

This year Columbus Day was protested at several locations in Southern California. In Santa Barbara, AIM (American Indian Movement) Southern California organized its third annual demonstration ("Challenging The Myth Of Columbus") at the Dolphin Fountain at the foot of Stern's Wharf. Prior to that, activists visited other locations of historical significance: Precidio and De La Guerra. Participants were able to articulate their views of Columbus to the media: An Anti-Columbus Day Rally Stirs Up a Lot of Heat (video). There was talk of a Columbus "hanging" at Cal State Puvungna/Long Beach; and at the San Juan Capistrano Mission, the 10th annual Columbus Day protest was held. (Usually on Columbus Day, other actions like banner drops on freeway overpasses occur throughout Southern California, but at the time of this writing, none had been reported this year.)

The 10th annual protest at Mission San Juan Capistrano on Wednesday October 12 was well-attended and lively. About an hour into the demonstration, this author did a rough count of 28 participants, who occupied all corners of the intersection. There was a lot of road traffic and pedestrians, surprising considering it was the middle of a weekday. A large group of uniformed school children passed us several times before entering the mission. Many of the students seemed curious about the protest signs. The media present included the Orange County Register.

There were short conversations with passersby, many them employees of the mission or people visiting it. Two employees told us that we missed Columbus Day, that it was on Monday. However, we corrected them: Columbus Day was observed on Monday, but it actually fell on Wednesday October 12. Although many pedestrians looked at the signs, no one was interested in taking a flyer (I am told people have taken flyers on previous years), but some DVDs of The Canary Effect (Exclusive Clip Columbus Day) were given away (as per the filmmakers' request). Several cars honked in support, but one motorist (a Caucasian male) gave us several Hitler salutes while stopped at a red light. (This was captured by a videographer and should be appearing on YouTube.)

One participant was trying to draw attention to a recent Columbus Day Sale at Fry's Electronics in Anaheim. The imagery in the ad showed three slave ships and arrogantly overlooked the very old peoples that already existed in this hemisphere.

The protest was followed by lunch at a nearby fast food restaurant with "mission" architecture and whose menu items included the Mission Burger (appropriately written in red letters)(1). 

After lunch, there was a gathering at a nearby sacred site, Putiidhem, one of many places visited in the annual Ancestor Walk. Putiidhem has been described as "the mother village of the Acjachemen. It is a sacred site and continues to hold significance in the hearts of the people." (This quote can be found at the link above.) The Acjachemen lived in the village until 1776, when they were removed and forced to construct Mission San Juan Capistrano and other buildings (and the people came to be known as the the Juaneno). The site is now occupied by Junipero Serra Catholic high school, and several years ago, the last undeveloped part of it was covered by a PE facility.

The protesters plan to return next year, but hopefully the debate about Columbus will continue year-round.

===

(1)Many other businesses at that intersection, including a Starbucks, also had mission theming, Had Germany won World War 2, maybe Auschwitz would now have a Starbucks, concentration camp-themed fast food restaurants, and souvenir shops selling Jewish crafts?

Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


Sign "discovered" in a bus stop, 2010

by RP Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011 at 8:54 AM

Sign "discovere...
columbusprotestsb2010buststopsign.jpg, image/jpeg, 540x720

Photo courtesy of AIM Southern California
Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


Freeway banner circa 2010

by RP Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011 at 8:54 AM

Freeway banner circa...
columbusprotest2010freewaynanner.jpg, image/jpeg, 540x720

Photo courtesy of AIM Southern California
Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


Santa Barbara protest 2010

by RP Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011 at 8:54 AM

Santa Barbara protes...
columbusprotestsb2010bloodonhands2.jpg, image/jpeg, 720x540

Photo courtesy of AIM Southern California
Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


Santa Barbara (Dolphin Fountain) 2011

by RP Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011 at 8:54 AM

Santa Barbara (Dolph...
columbusprotestsantabarbara2011gatheringcolor.jpg, image/jpeg, 960x720

Photo courtesy of AIM Southern California
Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


Santa Barbara (Dolphin Fountain) 2011

by RP Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011 at 8:54 AM

Santa Barbara (Dolph...
columbusprotestsantabarbara2011group.jpg, image/jpeg, 960x720

Special thanks to AIM Southern California
Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


Santa Barbara (Dolphin Fountain) 2011

by RP Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011 at 8:54 AM

Santa Barbara (Dolph...
columbusprotestsantabarbara2011groupfountain.jpg, image/jpeg, 960x720

Special thanks to AIM Southern California
Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


Mission San Juan Capistrano, 2011

by RP Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011 at 8:54 AM

Mission San Juan Cap...
columbusprotestmissiondemonstratorsls.jpg, image/jpeg, 2848x1660

error
Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


Protester at entrance to Mission San Juan Capistrano

by RP Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011 at 8:54 AM

Protester at entranc...
columbusprotest1492murderrapetoo.jpg, image/jpeg, 2848x2134

This was one of the first signs this author noticed when driving up to the demonstration.
Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


Protest sign getting media coverage

by RP Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011 at 8:54 AM

Protest sign getting...
columbusprotestmediastolencontinent.jpg, image/jpeg, 2848x2134

error
Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


Protesters in front of gift shop across the street

by RP Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011 at 8:54 AM

Protesters in front ...
columbusprotestsignscutearchitecture.jpg, image/jpeg, 2848x2134

error
Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


Wood statue inside of gift shop

by RP Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011 at 8:54 AM

Wood statue inside o...
columbusprotestindianstatue.jpg, image/jpeg, 2134x2848

error
Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


Menu item at nearby fast food restaurant

by RP Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011 at 8:54 AM

Menu item at nearby ...
columbusprotestmissionburger.jpg, image/jpeg, 2720x1380

error
Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


Protest sign

by RP Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011 at 8:54 AM

Protest sign...
columbusprotestdeatha.jpg, image/jpeg, 2134x2645

error
Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


Protest sign

by RP Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011 at 8:54 AM

Protest sign...
columbusprotestcolumbusskull.jpg, image/jpeg, 2848x2134

error
Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


Students at entrance to mission

by RP Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011 at 8:54 AM

Students at entrance...
columbusproteststudentsatentrance.jpg, image/jpeg, 2848x2134

error
Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


Students in front of gift shop

by RP Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011 at 8:54 AM

Students in front of...
columbusproteststudentsgiftshop.jpg, image/jpeg, 2848x1744

error
Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


Protesters in front of mission Starbucks

by RP Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011 at 8:54 AM

Protesters in front ...
columbusprotestabolishcolumbusdaystarbucks.jpg, image/jpeg, 2848x2134

error
Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


Signs in adjacent shopping area

by RP Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011 at 8:54 AM

Signs in adjacent sh...
columbusprotestcriminal.jpg, image/jpeg, 2420x2062

error
Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


Protesters in shopping area near mission

by RP Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011 at 8:54 AM

Protesters in shoppi...
columbusprotestsignsgiftshopshoppingcenter.jpg, image/jpeg, 2848x2134

error
Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


Local News

Woolsey Fire: Worst News of 2018? J01 12:18AM

Oppose Environmentally-Harmful Development D10 4:03AM

Oppose Environmentally-Harmful Development D10 3:58AM

OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center Presents Night for Hope O30 5:38PM

Marshall Tuck’s racist dog whistle O27 5:01AM

Marshall Tuck’s ethnocentrism contradicts Californian values O27 4:32AM

Contra Costa-Hawkins O25 3:48AM

Debunking Some Anti-Prop 10 Propaganda O12 6:56AM

Why Should California Choose De Leon Over Feinstein? O10 9:55PM

Change Links September 2018 posted S02 10:22PM

More Scandals Rock Southern California Nuke Plant San Onofre A30 11:09PM

Site Outage Friday A30 3:49PM

Change Links August 2018 A14 1:56AM

Setback for Developer of SC Farm Land A12 11:09PM

More problems at Shutdown San Onofre Nuke J29 10:40PM

Change Links 2018 July posted J09 8:27PM

More Pix: "Families Belong Together," Pasadena J02 7:16PM

"Families Belong Together" March, Pasadena J02 7:08PM

Short Report on the Families Belong Together Protest in Los Angeles J30 11:26PM

Summer 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! J11 6:58AM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

Testing Upload J21 7:10AM

FARCELONA.2 J20 7:18PM

FAKE NEWS POR SOROS J20 6:11PM

Chemtrails and Prince J20 2:43PM

Wages For Housework J20 2:41PM

Tutelle comportementaliste J20 9:18AM

A Mistake: Jesse Jackson-Toyota deal-in Lexington -Ky is .8 billion over 10 years 2018 J20 1:17AM

If Trump Declares a AantionalEmergency, He'll Be Breaking the Law J20 12:47AM

Jesse Jackson's Sneak Attck on Toyota Lexington Ky and it's workers 2018 J19 9:12PM

Video: Chris Herdges in Eugene, 1 hr 24 min J19 5:37PM

FAKE NEWS J19 2:31PM

MACROTHSCHILD.2 J19 11:03AM

Judge Delays Ruling on Puerto Rico Debt Deal White House Opposes Island's Food Assistance J18 6:04PM

BATACLOWNS J18 9:28AM

FALSAS VICTIMAS J18 9:22AM

Paraphysique de proxémie guerrière J18 7:59AM

MACROTHSCHILD J17 9:38PM

FARCELONA 8.17.2017 J17 3:23PM

DEAD MAN LIVING J17 10:46AM

DIARY OF A CON MAN J16 10:40PM

PR Debt Cancel, Judge Reviews Cofina Debt J16 9:04PM

Réseautage, fragmentation du capital J16 4:20PM

Paraphysique de manipulation mentale et sociale J15 9:51AM

The Global Justice Project and Human Survival: We're Badly Off Track J15 5:08AM

The Global Justice Project and Human Survival: We're Badly Off Track J15 5:08AM

The Global Justice Project and Human Survival: We're Badly Off Track J15 5:08AM

Markets as a Fetish, Globalization, and Dissent Management J14 1:03PM

State Debts - The Primal German Fear J13 5:09PM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2018 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy