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50th National Day of Mourning

When: Thursday, November 28, 2019, 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Where: Coles Hill • Plymouth

Since 1970, Native Americans and our supporters have gathered at noon on Cole’s Hill in Plymouth to commemorate a National Day of Mourning on the US thanksgiving holiday. Many Native Americans do not celebrate the arrival of the Pilgrims and other European settlers. Thanksgiving day is a reminder of the genocide of millions of Native people, the theft of Native lands, and the relentless assault on Native culture. Participants in National Day of Mourning honor Native ancestors and the struggles of Native peoples to survive today. It is a day of remembrance and spiritual connection as well as a protest of the racism and oppression which Native Americans continue to experience.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:

READ THIS! We do not know yet if we will have a full pot-luck social following the National Day of Mourning rally and march because we have not been able to obtain a hall yet this year. However, at the very least we will provide box lunches after the march and will as always need volunteers for tasks before, during and after National Day of Mourning. Please email info@uaine.org and put the word “Volunteer” in the subject line to let us know your availability.

In particular, we often need volunteers in the Boston area in the two or three days before National Day of Mourning to help with food prep. We also need volunteers on November 29 in Plymouth. Thank you!

For More Information/Orientation:
United American Indians of New England info@uaine.org www.uaine.org

No Drugs or Alcohol Allowed *** Pot-luck Social to Follow

Facebook event: facebook.com/events/187901245087869

 

Downloads:
Last year’s flyer: 2018 National Day of Mourning Flyer
Last year’s orientation: 2018 National Day of Mourning Orientation

WHAT IS NATIONAL DAY OF MOURNING?
An annual tradition since 1970, Day of Mourning is a solemn, spiritual and highly political day. Many of us fast from sundown the day before through the afternoon of that day (and have a social after Day of Mourning so that participants in DOM can break their fasts). We are mourning our ancestors and the genocide of our peoples and the theft of our lands. It is a day when we mourn, but we also feel our strength in political action. Over the years, participants in Day of Mourning have buried Plymouth Rock a number of times, boarded the Mayflower replica, and placed ku klux klan sheets on the statue of William Bradford, etc.

WHEN AND WHERE IS DAY OF MOURNING?
Thursday, November 28, 2019 (U.S. “thanksgiving” day) at Cole’s Hill, Plymouth, Massachusetts, 12 noon SHARP. Cole’s Hill is the hill above Plymouth Rock in the Plymouth historic waterfront area.

WILL THERE BE A MARCH?
Yes, there will be a march through the historic district of Plymouth. Plymouth agreed, as part of the settlement of 10/19/98, that UAINE may march on Day of Mourning without the need for a permit as long as we give the town advance notice.

PROGRAM:
Although we very much welcome our non-Native supporters to stand with us, it is a day when only Indigenous people speak about our history and the struggles that are taking place throughout the Americas. Speakers will be by invitation only.

Please note that NDOM is not a commercial event, so we ask that people do not sell merchandise or distribute leaflets at the outdoor program. If you have literature to distribute, you are welcome to place it on a literature table at the social hall following the speak-out and march. Also, we ask that you do not eat (unless you must do so for medical reasons) at the outdoor speak-out and march out of respect for the participants who are fasting. Finally, dress for the weather!

TRANSPORTATION:
We do not yet know if there will be chartered buses traveling to the National Day of Mourning from Boston and New York. Please check back for updates on transportation.

CAN’T ATTEND BUT STILL WANT TO HELP?:
How you can still support the National Day of Mourning even if you can’t come to Plymouth
Printable version with URL/links showing: here

DONATIONS:

Monetary donations are gratefully accepted to help defray the costs of the day. Go to gofundme to make a donation. Every donation is greatly appreciated!

WE WILL POST LOGISTICAL AND OTHER UPDATES HERE at uaine.org AND AT OUR FACEBOOK GROUP: https://www.facebook.com/groups/UAINE/ (ask to join!) and will also have a facebook event.

 

Boston.com 2014 article:
National Day of Mourning Reflects on
Thanksgiving’s Horrific, Bloody History

 


 

Thanksgiving: A National Day of Mourning for Indians, 1998

by Moonanum James and Mahtowin Munro

Every year since 1970, United American Indians of New England have organized the National Day of Mourning observance in Plymouth at noon on Thanksgiving Day. Every year, hundreds of Native people and our supporters from all four directions join us. Every year, including this year, Native people from throughout the Americas will speak the truth about our history and about current issues and struggles we are involved in.

Why do hundreds of people stand out in the cold rather than sit home eating turkey and watching football? Do we have something against a harvest festival?

Of course not. But Thanksgiving in this country — and in particular in Plymouth –is much more than a harvest home festival. It is a celebration of the pilgrim mythology.

According to this mythology, the pilgrims arrived, the Native people fed them and welcomed them, the Indians promptly faded into the background, and everyone lived happily ever after.

The truth is a sharp contrast to that mythology.

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