Anti-Colonial Solidarity Primer

From the Facebook group Decolonize Consciousness / Anti-Colonial Solidarity

Below are resources that were generated during the month of November 2014 which was a month the Evolver Network had the theme of Social Justice & Decolonization (http://realitysandwich.com/227574/evolvernetwork_theme_nov2014/). Big thank you’s to all who shared info especially Mira Melaluca, Magenta, Absalom Nawtsamaat, Dixie Pauline, Tami and Vanessa Bui. Also thanks to Mya Geweke for collecting links from the Evolver Learning Lab.

-Sobey Wing, Evolver Network Cross Cultural Relations, Evolver So-Called Vancouver Sporeganizer

Websites:

Decolonization Readings, Articles & Lectures –https://decolonization.wordpress.com/decolonization-readings/

Decolonization in Theory & Practice – http://unsettlingamerica.wordpress.com/allyship/

Poka Laenui’s Processes of Decolonization –http://www.sjsu.edu/people/marcos.pizarro/maestros/Laenui.pdf

Harsha Walia on Anti-Oppression, Decolonization, and Responsible Allyship

Decolonization is not a MetaphorEve Tuck & K. Wayne Yang – https://jps.library.utoronto.ca/index.php/des/article/view/18630/15554

Decolonization is Not a Metaphor: The Basics of a Genuine Anti-Colonial Position –Ena͞emaehkiw Thupaq Kesīqnaeh  – https://onkwehonwerising.wordpress.com/2016/05/16/decolonization-is-not-a-metaphor-the-basics-of-a-genuine-anti-colonial-position

Terminologies of Oppression: https://theantioppressionnetwork.wordpress.com/resources/terminologies-of-oppression/

50 Shades of Racism by Starhawk – http://starhawk.org/50-shades-of-racism/

SETTLER websites:

Supporting solidarity and just relationships with Indigenous peoples http://www.groundworkforchange.org/http://www.settlersinfo.org/http://www.lynngehl.com/settler-ally-resources.htmlhttp://www.lynngehl.com/black-face-blogging/on-empowering-settler-allies

Ask First, A Better Practices Guide for Indigenous Engagementhttps://www.facebook.com/notes/dixie-pauline/ask-first-a-better-practices-guide-for-indigenous-engagement/10154764155838412/

Festival Culture, Indigenous Peoples and Collective Liberation by Forward Alliance http://realitysandwich.com/179485/festival_culture_indigenous_peoples/

The Symbiosis Eclipse Festival: Neo-Tribal Dance Culture Meets Tribal Reality by Mark Heley and Sobey Wing http://realitysandwich.com/148033/symbiosis_eclipse_festival_neotribal_dance_culture_meets_tribal_reality/

The Headdress Thing – Festival Culture, Native Culture, and the Death of Culture by Brian Duffy http://realitysandwich.com/174220/headdress_festival_native_culture/

Spiritual Bypassing http://realitysandwich.com/74388/spiritual_bypassing/

Glossary of Terms http://collectiveliberation.org/…/…/01/2013_ABP_Glossary.pdf

Cultural Appropriation and Spirituality Zine/Workshops http://witchesunionhall.wordpress.com/

What is cultural appropriation

https://ardhra.wordpress.com/2012/02/26/what-is-cultural-appropriation/

Indigenous Knowledge Protection Act by Dr.Lynn Gehl, Algonquin Anishinaabe-kwe http://www.lynngehl.com/uploads/5/0/0/4/5004954/indigenous_knowledge_protection_act.pdf

Decolonizing the “Primitive Skills” Movement –https://onstolenland.wordpress.com/2013/03/19/summary-and-response-to-decolonizing-restorative-justice-by-denise-c-breton/

Everyone Calls Themselves An Ally Zinehttps://warriorpublications.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/ancestral_pride_zine.pdf

Natural Semantic Meta Language – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natural_semantic_metalanguage

Decolonizing Thanksgiving – http://tracycochran.org/2014/11/25/thanksgiving-meditation/

A Powerful Lesson About Privilege http://www.buzzfeed.com/nathanwpyle/this-teacher-taught-his-class-a-powerful-lesson-about-privil#.ucvYvKxam8

Understanding Colonizer Status –http://unsettlingamerica.wordpress.com/2011/09/06/understanding-colonizer-status/

A collection of key resources and perspectives to aid in building relationships of integrity and respect with Indigenous peoples as well as understanding the phenomena of “whiteness”. https://awakeningthehorse.wordpress.com/relationships-of-solidarity/ http://www.ucalgary.ca/cared/whiteness

White Fragility

http://goodmenproject.com/featured-content/white-fragility-why-its-so-hard-to-talk-to-white-people-about-racism-twlm/

http://occupywallstreet.net/story/explaining-white-privilege-broke-white-person

http://everydayfeminism.com/…/white-people-emotions-tears/

http://libjournal.uncg.edu/ijcp/article/viewFile/249/116

Robin DiAngelo’s article on White FragilityWhite Affinity Groups/White Allyship http://alimichael.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Becoming-an-Anti-Racist-White-Ally.pdf

The 8 White Identities By Barnor Hesse – https://docs.google.com/document/d/1gFTPWPN8jPlIwwY2LB6CWt5xe5y6ho2QJCbp2216cWg/edit?pref=2&pli=1

Black Lives Matter resources:https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Bas9pfAPdY5dZtoJx20ORpa3YZa4A5H0L5P3OgzB-mo/mobilebasic?pref=2&pli=1 (Canada)

Groups on Facebook:Native Appropriations https://www.facebook.com/nativeappropriations

Decolonize Anti-Oppression https://www.facebook.com/DecolonizeAntiOppression

Decolonize Cascadia https://www.facebook.com/groups/decolonize.cascadia/

Research as Ceremony: Decolonizing Ethnic Studies https://www.facebook.com/naes2014/info?tab=page_info

Decolonizing Yoga https://www.facebook.com/DecolonizingYoga/http://www.decolonizingyoga.com

Audio/Podcasts:

From Decolonization to Re-indigenization

Natanis D @ INM Indigenous People’s Conferencehttp://vancouver.mediacoop.ca/audio/decolonization-re-indigenization/17242

Memes:Practical Steps in Decolonization https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1541599856069691&set=o.170973279762173&type=3&theater

What Path Do You Walk? Anti-Colonial Anarchism or Decolonization?https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1541698919393118&set=o.170973279762173&type=3&theater

Videos:Decolonize Consciousness Evolver Learning Lab Recording –http://realitysandwich.com/229803/decolonize_consciousness_nov25/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6XxkryziA8U

DECOLONIZING THE MIND Dr. Michael Yellow Bird speaks at Portland State University, “Healing through neurodecolonization and mindfulness”

Savage Anxieties Part 1: The Doctrine of Discovery w/Robert Williams Jr., Professor of Law at the University of Arizona and member of the Lumbee Indian Tribe, an internationally acclaimed expert on First Nations rights.

Decolonization Workshop – Unist’ot’en Camp 2014 (Simple Matter Films)

http://vimeo.com/101758887

TEDxOkanaganCollege – Jeannette Armstrong, PhD – Indigenization

Research Justice: Decolonizing Knowledge, Building Power explored the role of Research Justice within and across academia, tribal contexts, and grassroots organizing efforts from the local to the global. This town-hall style discussion brought together Angela Davis, Jason Ferreira, and Chief Caleen Sisk in critical dialogue about the possibilities and challenges facing scholars, tribal leaders, and community-based organizations committed to working towards Research Justice.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sx9O2NNEWP8

Time-lapse of American seizure of indigenous land, 1776-1887 – http://boingboing.net/2014/07/01/time-lapse-of-american-seizure.html

A Time for Treason – a wide range of anti-oppressive readings compiled after Trump’s election. A reading list created by a group of Black, Brown, Indigenous, Muslim, and Jewish people who are writers, organizers, teachers, anti-fascists, anti-capitalists, and radicals. http://thenewinquiry.com/features/a-time-for-treason/

Community Land Trusts

Community land trusts are a solution for equitable, sustainable rent and home ownership, and neighborhood stability.

“There are numerous variations on the community land trust model, but in the basic framework a nonprofit obtains land, removes it from the market and allows it to be used based on the needs of the neighborhood residents. Typically, the organizations are led by a mix of community members, residents of the land trust, and sometimes, political representatives.” – Jake Blumgart for NextCity.org

Examples of Land Trusts:

  • Sogorea Te’ – urban Indigenous women-led community organization that facilitates the return of Chochenyo and Karkin Ohlone lands in the San Francisco Bay Area to Indigenous stewardship
  • Overview of land trusts via NextCity.org
  • Permanent Real Estate Cooperatives via the Sustainable Economies Law Center – “A PREC simultaneously decommodifies land, enables community control for structurally excluded communities, and disrupts root causes of racialized inequality. Unlike a conventional housing cooperative, which is formed to provide housing to a defined group of residents, a PREC could be described as a ‘movement cooperative’ because it is designed to provide housing, build a large membership base, and serve members’ collective goal to transform our neighborhoods and our systems of finance and land ownership.”

Mycoremediation

This is the start to an entry on mycoremediation: basic information, trainings, and companies or collectives that specialize in it.

What is It?

Mycoremediation is generally the practice of using fungi (mushrooms) to decontaminate the environment. It can often be done cheaply on a DIY scale. Common applications are oil spills and soil containing contaminants from synthetic dyes.

Overviews

Wikipedia’s entry has a high level overview of the various kinds of pollutants that mushrooms can transform or accumulate.

Earth Repair by Leila Darwish: tools, recipes, and stories

Mycoremediation: Fungal Bioremediation, by Harbhajan Singh: encyclopedic overview

Trainings

Fungi for the People
Radical Mycology

Organizations

Corenewal – ecosystem restoration in the Amazon rainforest. Current needs: local community relationship building and financial capacity

Female and Fungi – Through mycological education and community organizing, Female and Fungi explores how lessons from the fungi can teach us to strengthen our local and global communities by connecting deeply with nature and working towards a holistic and healthy future.

Case Studies

Environmental remediation of petroleum contamination via small scale mushroom cultivation in Sucumbíos, Ecuador

Regenerative Building and Natural Building

It’s not yet widely known that the construction industry is a huge source of pollution and waste. Additionally, chemical sensitivities are increasingly common. Many of the fibers and materials people use in business buildings and homes offgas chemicals. The transport and packaging of these materials also creates a lot of waste.

“According to new research by construction blog Bimhow, the construction sector currently contributes 23% of air pollution, 50% of the climate change causing waste products, 40% of drinking water pollution, and 50% of landfill wastes. In separate research by the U.S. Green Building Council, the construction industry accounts for 40% of worldwide energy usage, not including ongoing energy use.” (via The Abundant Edge)

Natural building methods and regenerative building reference traditional building techniques used in place-specific cultures. Cobb building, hempcrete, and bamboo construction are three examples of this. Mycelium-based insulation from mushrooms is another example. Whatever building materials are used, it is also possible to design buildings that are net zero and net positive in terms of energy useage.

This wiki article is an index of techniques and resources for further information, as well as organizations that focus on this space.