San Diego’s 1st PDJ Event for 2012

21 01 2012

Were excited to get this year started in a good way and just like last year we participated in the Enero Zapatista celebration were doing it again.  This year is different, in that this is the year that the journey takes place, 2012.

We will be showing some new films this year so come and join us.

San Diego, Peace & Dignity Journeys Meeting

11 05 2011
Hello everyone,
Just a reminder that the next Peace and Dignity Meeting will be this Thursday May 12th at the Indian Human Resource Center at 6:30 pm. 
Thank you to those who volunteered this weekend at the Pow Wow in Balboa Park.  I heard it went very well.  A few of us were also able to take the PDJ sacred staffs to the RedStone Sundance in Arizona, which was a very powerful ceremony.  We will debrief these events and discuss upcoming events, such as the PDJ gathering in Canada next month.
I hope to see you there!
– Joe Lara

Peace & Dignity Staffs to Arrive in San Diego, Spiritual Run

1 03 2011
Dear San Diego Peace & Dignity Region-Communities & Families,
San Diego PDJ Region would like to update all of you about the welcoming of the Peace & Dignity Staffs coming to San Diego.
As most of you that have ever been involved with Peace and Dignity Journeys, are aware that the sacred staffs continue to do work in the communities throughout the years before the Continental Journeys begin every  four years.
Peace & Dignity San Diego Region will be the caretakers of the Peace & Dignity Staffs for at least a couple months starting in March 2011.
As they enter our communities we want to be sure to receive them with a warm welcoming as the Cahuilla Nation has shared this responsibility, the Cahuilla Nation- (the current caretakers of the staffs) will be bringing the Staffs to San Diego-Kumeyaay Land on Saturday- March 5th, 2011.
Cahuilla Nation will honor the Kumeyaay Nation as we share this responsibility to honor the Kumeyaay land and the ancestors of the land as they bring the Staffs to San Diego.
The staffs will be coming from Cahuilla and The Opening Circle will be at 11:00am in the  Centro Cultural de la Raza.
Kumeyaay nation receives the staffs before the running begins.
After our circle we will begin the spiritual run with the Staffs until we arrive at Chicano Park.
The closing circle will be held at Chicano Park.
Here is the list of the food that will be on the menu for the welcoming gathering after the running and closing circle is over.
-Cucumber Water
Food Items
-Buffalo Stew (Enough every one)
-Ceviche (Soy meat)

Things we still need, if you would like to bring.

Water Gallons
If there are any additional potluck food items or drinks that people can bring please email or call Joe or Sylvia to let them know what you can bring?
Joe Cell: 619.988.0675
Sylvia Lara: 619.988.0676
Thank You for supporting the PDJ Staffs,
-Gabriela Munoz Reza: 619.581.9004
other questions or concerns- please call any of these numbers or email us back
Thank You – tlazocamatli

Things to do in San Diego for Sat. Aug 14

11 08 2010


There are plenty of things happening this weekend as usual in the beautiful city of San Diego.  Following is just three of those lovely events.  I focus my list of events on things that are related to Chicana/o, Indigenous culture and activism.

First off is Izcalli, Escuelita de la Raza at the Centro Cultural de la Raza from 10am-2pm.  This is the last Saturday of the summer that we will be getting together.  We are scheduled to have a workshop on Mexica dance, but there may be a change.

After the School of the Guerrilla Arts in Barrio Logan will be having a fundraiser where you can learn how to silkscreen your own t-shirt or other object.  There will also be stencil art and sticker making.

Then last but not least is the Barona Traditional Gathering Friday and Saturday evening.

Peace & Dignity Journeys 2012, Theme Chosen

7 07 2010

We are very excited to announce that after much discussion with input from North and South America a decision was made concerning the focus for the next Journey that will take place across the continent.

Below is the flier sent to me with more information, please feel free to pass it along to other people.

The Pressure to do something Rises..!!

21 05 2010

Come and support native people of this land.  Indigenous people of Anahuak are being attacked by a racist system that suffers under capitalism.  As more and more jobs are taken from us due to U.S. Imperialism and it goal to maximize profits, we see more and more of the working class blaming each other for the economic crisis.  In Arizona and in many other areas indigenous people, people of brown skin are being blamed for this crisis.  Migrant workers are the super exploited in the country, either as sex slaves or sweatshops migrants have the least amount of rights under this broken system we call capitalism.

It is for this reason that we protest.  We use our voices and our bodies, to say “ya basta” no more!! to the inhumane treatment of all workers, especially the most exploited of our sector.

In San Diego a coalition of progressive organizations has come together to support the brown skinned people of Arizona and across the globe.

join our caravan or one in your region to descend on Arizona and shut it down.

FIRST NATIONS UNITED statement on SB1070

3 05 2010

PRESS RELEASE*** April 26, 2010

“While the power of the Europeans has continued, I see the other part of the Ghost Dance prophecy coming true today. So-called ‘Hispanics,’ with faces that sure look like Indians to me, are returning to repopulate North America. We cannot always speak to each other because we have learned the languages of different colonial powers. But these Indians have as much right to come and go on our land as the geese when they migrate north and south. No one would dare to ask them for their passports and visas as they cross man made borders.

Instead of seeing ‘Hispanics’ as outsiders who do not belong here, we need to start seeing them as ancestors of the original inhabitants of these lands. They are the living fulfillment of the Ghost Dance prophecy.”

-Chief Billy Redwing Tayac, Piscataway Nation

First Nations United, an Indigenous organization largely made up of members of the Red Lake/Ojibwe and Dakota nations, would like to formally express its outrage and disagreement with the SB 1070 (“Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods”) Bill passed last week by the state of Arizona. This bill is extremely detrimental to the indigenous communities (including indigenous peoples of Latin American origin), which reside in the state of Arizona as well as those who live throughout the country. The language of the bill states that if there is “reasonable suspicion” that a person is an illegal immigrant, a “reasonable attempt shall be made, when practicable” to check for documents. Such language purposefully promotes the racial profiling of brown-skinned people, and in particular, of people of American indigenous background. As an indigenous organization, which stands for the civil and human rights of indigenous peoples throughout the continent, we are concerned that this bill will promote the unfair and discriminatory arrests, prosecution, and deportation of people of American indigenous descent-not only of those who belong to federally recognized tribes, but also of the hundreds of thousands of indigenous people who have migrated from South/Central America and Mexico to what is now called “the United States.” Indigenous peoples across the continent do not recognize the borders established by the settler colonialist state on our lands, and, we do not agree with the malicious and dehumanizing way in which the settler colonialist government wants to enforce them.

As an Indigenous organization, we recognize that indigenous peoples from Latin America have every right to migrate up and down the continent as they please and as they have done through trade and communication routes since time immemorial. The native peoples of the continent should be the ones establishing immigration laws and enforcing them. However, because we were disempowered through genocide and colonization, and because we have consistently treated “foreigners” in a more humane and hospitable way, we respect peoples’ rights to migrate. If we did enforce such power, only tribal identifications from throughout the continent (including documentation identifying peoples from Latin American indigenous ancestry) would be recognized as legitimate, and we could very well racially profile people of Caucasian descent as the true and eternal foreigners.

As the first peoples of this continent, we pose this question to Governor Brewer, Senator Russell Pearce, and law enforcement in the state of Arizona, “Who are you to check for documents?” We remind them that the power they have taken to legislate was established by an immigrant and illegal settler colonialist government, which has consistently relied on the genocide and mistreatment of the original peoples of this continent.
First Nations United greatly objects to SB 1070 and denounces Governor Brewer, Senator Pearce, and the State of Arizona as anti-Indigenous, cruel, and racist. We call for an Indigenous boycott of the State of Arizona until this bill is repealed or found unconstitutional as it will gravely violate the civil and human rights of indigenous people in the state and throughout the country.


First Nations United
All Saints Church
3044 Longfellow Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55407