Anti-colonial actions marked this year’s so-called Thanksgiving Day, a holiday that grew out of settlers celebrating massacres of Native people:
The killings became more and more frenzied, with days of thanksgiving feasts being held after each successful massacre. George Washington finally suggested that only one day of Thanksgiving per year be set aside instead of celebrating each and every massacre. Later Abraham Lincoln decreed Thanksgiving Day to be a legal national holiday during the Civil War — on the same day he ordered troops to march against the starving Sioux in Minnesota.
In Portland, Chicago, and Minneapolis, colonial statues were defaced with anti-colonial slogans and pulled down (or in the case of Chicago, an attempt was made). Also in Portland, OR, several banks had their windows broken and walls painted with anti-colonial slogans.
In several US cities, banners were dropped in solidarity with Loren Reed, an Indigenous man facing up to 10 years in prison for posting Facebook comments about protests around police violence. Meanwhile in Chicago, people took to the streets to oppose the dwindling crowds of Trump supporters and far-Right groups who came out in support of a “Stop the Steal” rally. Finally, across so-called Caanda, blockades and actions took place in several cities in solidarity with front-line Indigenous struggles.
Anti-Colonial Direct Action
In Portland, Oregon, statues were toppled and graffited with anti-colonial slogans. Windows to various banks were also broken and anti-pipeline and anti-colonial slogans were written.
Photo via: Rose City Counter-Info
In a communique posted to Rose City Counter-Info: