Yesterday we celebrated Indigenous Peoples' Day
This is the first year that a United States president has recognized Indigenous Peoples' Day. On Friday, President Biden issued a statement to observe yesterday, October 11th, as a day to honor Native Americans and Indigenous People, for their contributions to American society. For generations, they experienced threats including assimilation, discrimination, and genocide.
Native Americans and Indigenous People continue to experience threats to their land and their lives in the United States and across the world. The contested Line 3 was completed and is fully functional, despite continuous calls by Indigenous leaders, and land and water defenders, who have been resisting Line 3 for years, often putting their own bodies on the line. Line 3 disproportionately impacts Indigenous People, threatens resources critical to the survival of tribal communities, and exacerbates the already profound disparities in health access and outcomes that tribal communities face as a result of structural racism.
Yesterday, we stood in solidarity with the thousands of Indigenous Peoples' rights defenders who we accompany across the world who have put their lives on the lines to protect the land and the environment against powerful forces.
Join PBI-USA, as we stand in solidarity with over 1,000 human rights defenders working on social, economic, and environmental justice issues across Latin America, Asia, and Africa.
If you share our vision of a world where individuals and communities can defend their fundamental human rights without fear of violence, then stand with us. Here's how you can help:
- Donate to PBI-USA, give today to help us protect threatened defenders. Your support will be contributing directly to helping protect human rights defenders.
- Join one of our two upcoming webinars:
- On Sunday, October 24, we will feature a PBI field volunteer webinar, where volunteers will be talking about their first-hand experiences accompanying at-risk human rights defenders. You can register for this webinar by clicking here.
- And on Saturday, November 6, we will amplify the voices of land defenders from Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and Nicaragua during the United Nations COP26 climate summit. You can register for this webinar by clicking here.
Thank you for your support!
The Peace Brigades International-USA team
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