Columbus Day Protest in San Juan Capistrano

5 10 2009

stop the genocide
> Contact:
> Naui Huitzilipochtli
> WHEN: October 12th, Monday 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
> WHERE: San Juan Capistrano Mission, corner of Ortega Highway and Camino Capistrano
> WHO: Indigenous people and supporters .
> WHAT: Indigenous people revisit scene of crime of continuing genocide in 8th annual event
> WHY: Columbus Day was terminated as a national holiday in the 1990’s. Nevertheless this flagrant celebration continues to flourish within American culture and the private sector. Columbus Day signs and imagery pervade at this time of the year while “Native Americans” mourn his horrendous legacy. Locally, the Ajachamen people were brutalized by the Spanish mission system. The Ajachamen people continue to experience this torment as one of their sacred burial sites is being built upon as we speak, right next to the San Juan mission.
> SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO — Members of the NICAN TLACA community are offended by the perpetual honor given to Christopher Columbus, a man who initiated genocide against millions of Taino and Arawak people in the Carribean in the late 1400’s. Columbus and his subordinates systematically invaded islands and planted crosses and Spanish flags on them, declaring these lands as part of Spain. He believed that non-Christians and non-whites had no rights to claims of their ancestral lands, and instituted a system of slavery for purposes of collecting gold and other precious metals, as well as of stealing land. Tens of thousands were outright-murdered by Columbus’s men. Some were massacred, some were crucified upside down in groups of 13 to represent Jesus and the 12 apostles, some were driven off of cliffs to their deaths, all in the name of greed. * Today, this man is honored by many Americans as a hero. Today’s Native Americans see him as the initiator of the deaths of 95 million indigenous peoples throughout the Western hemisphere. In the 1700’s the Spanish created the California mission system as a way to subjugate California nations. Father Junipero Serra was in charge of this system and mostly resided locally at the San Juan Capistrano mission, where he committed atrocities against local Ajachamen people.** We acknowledge that both of these men are icons of the holocaust against our peoples.
> * Stannard, David. American Holocaust: The Conquest of the New World. New York: Oxford University, 1992.



One response

9 10 2009
Sharron Trevino

It would be great if you could do this protest all weekend prior to Monday since more people will be at the Mission during the weekend. I support you fully in the actual TRUTH of the brutality.

Sharron Trevino (Contway)
Little Shell Tribe

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