Target: The ForceChange Community
Goal: Applaud the celebration of Indigenous Peoples Day rather than Columbus Day by nine new cities across the U.S.
Thanks in part to petitions like ForceChange’s End Federal Recognition of Columbus Day, nine new cities across the U.S. will celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day rather than Columbus Day. The new cities include Albuquerque, New Mexico; Portland, Oregon; St. Paul, Minnesota; Bexar County, Texas; Traverse City, Michigan; and Olympia, Washington.
These cities join Seattle and Minneapolis, which began celebrating last year, along with the Berkeley and the state of South Dakota, which have been celebrating for years. Santa Cruz and Sebastopol in California, and Dane County, Wisconsin, also celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day now.
Many believe the change is necessary because Columbus Day celebrates a painful and violent American history of colonialism and genocide after Christopher Columbus arrived to the Americas in 1492. Native Americans used to make up the population of the Americas, but now only make up about 2% of the U.S. population, making them the nation’s smallest demographic.
Applaud the celebration of Native American peoples who deserve it rather than a blood-thirsty, conquest-driven explorer.
Dear ForceChange Community,
Thanks to our efforts, nine new cities including Albuquerque, New Mexico; Portland, Oregon; St. Paul, Minnesota; Bexar County, Texas; Traverse City, Michigan; and Olympia, Washington; Santa Cruz and Sebastopol in California, will celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day rather than Columbus Day.
Christopher Columbus was a greedy explorer who preyed on the kindness and compassion of Native Americans to dominate them and their land in the name of conquest. He violated human rights and essentially committed genocide, which has led to Native Americans almost being completely wiped out.
Native American peoples deserve recognition and praise for their contributions to our country, far more than any blood-thirsty explorer. Let’s applaud that these cities are now celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day rather than Columbus Day.
[Your Name Here]
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