Two Durango, CO fundraisers to benefit Black Mesa Indigenous Support

Posted: November 11, 2011 by earthfirstdurango in coal, direct action, environmental justice, environmental racism, indigenous solidarity, mining, water
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Film Screening and Dinner Fundraiser for Black Mesa Indigenous Support

Durango Black Mesa Indigenous Support and the FLC Sociology Club present:

“Broken Rainbow” and other films of indigenous struggle

When: Saturday, 11/12 6-9pm

Where: Turtle Lake Refuge, 848 E. 3rd Ave. Durango, CO 81301

*We’re asking for a SLIDING SCALE DONATION OF $3 TO $15 for this event! Also, if you’re able, please bring a baked good for our bake sale during the week.

We are Black Mesa Indigenous Support (BMIS), a volunteer-based organization whose mission is to support the indigenous peoples of Black Mesa, AZ who are in their fourth decade of protecting their communities, ancestral homelands, and future generations from massive coal mining operations & forced relocation policies. In the 30+ years of disastrous operations, Dineh and Hopi communities in Arizona have been ravaged by Peabody Energy?s coal mines. As a result of the massive mining operation, over 14,000 people have been forcibly relocated from their ancestral homelands. This constitutes the largest relocation of Indigenous people in this country since the Trail of Tears in 1883, and it is ongoing today. For more info visit http://www.blackmesais.org/

Come show your support of the Native people of Black Mesa by enjoying a chili (vegan and meat option!) while you watch these important films and learn about the current situation at Black Mesa. We will be requesting a SLIDING SCALE DONATION OF ($3 TO $15) for this event to help ten people from Durango travel to Black Mesa to offer direct support to the families there and to give to the people who live this struggle everyday, the elders and families on the land.

All ages welcome!!

*We’re also hosting a bake sale/donation collection at North City Market on Wednesday 11/16, from 3 to 7. Please stop by and show your support there too. WE WILL BE COLLECTING DONATED BAKED GOODS THIS SATURDAY AT TURTLE LAKE REFUGE FROM 6 TO 9PM. PLEASE BAKE SOMETHING AND LET YOUR FRIENDS KNOW TOO!!!

The Films:

“BROKEN RAINBOW” is a 1985 documentary film about the government-enforced relocation of thousands of Navajo Native Americans from their ancestral homes in Arizona. The Navajo were relocated to aid mining speculation in a process that began in the 1970s and continues to this day. The film is narrated by Martin Sheen. The title song was written by Laura Nyro, the theme music was composed by Paul Apodaca, with other original music by Rick Krizman and Fred Myrow. It won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

*Other films include: Strangers to the Gods, The Canary Effect, Native American Resistance Day, Praying for the Peaks, and more…

Fundraiser Bake Sale to Benefit Black  Fall Caravan

Spread the word! We’ve got some baking to do! Everyone let your friends know that we will be having a bake sale and donation collection in support of the traditional people of Black Mesa.

WHERE: North City Market
(3130 Main Ave, Durango CO 81301)

WHEN: Wednesday, Nov. 16th, from 3 to 7pm.

HOW: Drop off baked goods between Tuesday and Wednesday morning at 1135 Florida Rd. Apt. B24, Durango, CO 81301. Please call 847-334-7212 for details about dropping off food. If you can’t drop off baked goods before the sale, feel free to drop them off at our table during the sale.

WHY: We are Black Mesa Indigenous Support (BMIS), a volunteer-based organization whose mission is to support the indigenous peoples of Black Mesa, AZ who are in their fourth decade of protecting their communities, ancestral homelands, and future generations from massive coal mining operations & forced relocation policies. In the 30+ years of disastrous operations, Dineh and Hopi communities in Arizona have been ravaged by Peabody Energy’s coal mines. As a result of the massive mining operation, over 14,000 people have been forcibly relocated from their ancestral homelands. This constitutes the largest relocation of Indigenous people in this country since the Trail of Tears in 1883, and it is ongoing today. For more info visit http://www.blackmesais.org/

This fall we will join in a convergence at Black Mesa to aid the traditional families in preparing for the winter. We are generating funds to help us get to the land and to give to those families living in resistance. As volunteers we will spend the days working hard to make a lot happen- hauling and chopping wood, sheep herding, cleaning and repairing sheep corrals, among other things. We expect about one hundred volunteers and will be distributing food and donations to hundreds of families. It takes a lot to support these volunteers and families during Thanksgiving week.

We would love your support in this! Please consider baking an item for us to sell during our bake sale, or drop by the bake sale and give a monetary donation. At our bake sale we will also be collecting food and supplies donations. So dig down into your pockets and cupboards and see what you’ve got to spare. We’re thankful for it all!

We are looking for donations in the form of money, or food (teas, potatoes, oats, beans, brown rice, peanut butter, white flour, blue cornmeal, baking powder, grains, oil, canned foods, fruit & vegetables, dried milk, coffee, herbal teas, fresh vegetables & fruits, dry foods, nuts, etc. Organic whenever possible).

We would greatly appreciate if you would further our efforts to support the resisting communities of Black Mesa. Your help with our event would go a long way to making the supply run successful. Your contribution goes towards a shift that recognizes our collective humanity and our joint dependence on the Earth.

—Durango BMIS
DurangoBMIS@riseup.net

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