Daily Archive for February 18th, 2008

My Six Words To Live By

Smith Magazine is sponsoring a contest to tell a complete memoir in just six words. Many of these have already been collected in a book Not Quite What I Was Planning, but they are also still accepting submissions on their website. My own contribution is linked below:

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“The Native People Still Live”

This Sunday, Feb. 24th at 3:00 P.M., Chief Billy “Red Wing” Tayac of the Piscataway Nation will speak at UVA  issues affecting today’s American Indians. The event, open to the public with no admission charge, is sponsored by the Charlottesville Center for Peace and Justice, the American Indian Student Union, the National Native American Law Student Association, and the Office of the Dean of Students of UVa.Tayac Flyer

Chief Tayac has been an Indian activist for several decades, participating in many indigenous struggles, including Wounded Knee, Gankineh, Big Mountain, OK’a, Gustafson Lake, and the Salvadorian Indian and Ecuadorian Indian Movements. Chief Billy Tayac is currently working to assist Spanish speaking Indians who are suffering a new era of economic invasion resulting from NAFTA and the unregulated practices of many multinational corporations based in the US. Once again Indian people are being forced off their land. Chief Tayac is a voice for Indian people everywhere and an inspiration to all of us.

Additional information can be found at the AISU website.

“Uncounted” to screen Feb. 21, free

UncountedMy friends at the CCPJ are sponsoring two very interesting events this week. To begin, a free screening of Uncounted on Feb. 21 at 7:00 at Sojourner’s Church, 1017 Elliott Ave. The film is a nonpartisan look at election fraud and error, with a focus on the elections of 2004 and 2006 and the problems created by the expanded use of DRE (directly recording electronic) voting machines. Both Charlottesville and Albemarle residents vote on DREs. More information can be found at CCPJ.

News of a CCPJ Feb. 24th event can be found at this post.