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A friend asked me to share posts from my Instagram about @cmckenney's promise to turn Ottawa's Greenbelt into an urban national park. For context, I had no idea what that election promise actually meant and assumed I wasn't alone! So here's a quick little breakdown for you!
So the Greenbelt in Ottawa is the largest in the world. Greenbelts are meant to protect natural areas (forests, wetland, streams, etc) that sustain biodiversity A.K.A good for sister girl planet et al. Drawing of city of Ottawa with green horseshoe shaped area s
Greenbelts are also meant to protect from urban sprawl (expanding urban areas), but this doesn't always work well. Ottawa has seen increasing urban sprawl on and around the Greenbelt despite having the largest in the world. Drawing of city of Ottawa with green horseshoe shaped area s
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#oilandgas is the reason for modern human flourishing.
We would not have been able to scale human society to support 7B+ without it
Fiat currencies also contributed to that, as did all modern commerce, trade and economics to this point.
Without those we would not exist as we do
That being said, there is a better alternative measured in human flourishing. Namely #Bitcoin. Decentralization of the money supply inherently requires decentralization of the energy supply, which means a decentralization of the food supply. This is proof of work enacted at scale
The malthusian mantra of eliminating Oil & Gas is not a solution. Pseudo-replacing it with "renewables" is a scam, these all require more input than they output over the lifetime of the tech. Decentralization of the energy supply means growth of #permaculture based bioenergy.
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Another Land Back victory as the copy of Oakland announces a move to return land to the Ohlone people of California! #LandBack🧵 1/
A process of Land Back was proposed when the mayor of Oakland proposed returning 5 acres of Joaquin Miller Park to the Sogorea Te' Land Trust, run by the Ohonle Confederated Villages of Lisjan. The city would stay as owner, but return permanent control to the Ohonle. 2/
The land, known as Sequioa point, is would be a permanent site for Indigenous cultural, environmental, and educational uses. The city can only enter under emergencies. The city council still has to vote to apporve the proposal Councilwoman Sheng Thao is leading the proposal. 3/
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It’s the 🎉 book birthday 🎉 of ON REPENTANCE AND REPAIR!

Event info, discussion guides, source sheets at

Get book & ebook from the usuals. Audiobook from @librofm, Google, Apple, etc.

But here’s why I think the ancient ideas here so matter now: 1/x Photo of me holding on repe...
This book came into being after #MeToo, after I was asked about the path back for famous men named as abusers. When I spoke abt Maimonides' steps of tshuvah--repairing harm, growth & transformation, translated as "repentance" tho ppl have baggage with that word--ppl were like 🤯
People had so many QUESTIONS. They'd been taught to forgive no matter what. Or believed there should be accountability without clarity about what that should look like.

My tradition has clarity, actually.
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Land Back continues as 2 Lakota tribes get back 40 acres from the Wounded Knee Massacre site! A #LandBack thread 🧵 1/
This past week, the Oglala Sioux Tribe and the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe spent $500,000 together to purchase 40 acres of land from around the site of the Wounded Knee Massacre. The land had been property of white folks since 1968 who tried to sell the land for $3.9 million. 2/
The site is important for multiple reasons. It has archaelogical artifacts and bones that are expected to be there. It also the site of the 300 Lakota who died at the hands of US Calvary in 1890. Finally, the American Indian Movement (AIM) occupied a property there in 1973. 3/
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Another year, another Sept 11th. Almost half a century of dreams being shattered, families + bodies being torn apart in the name of "development" capitalism + imperialism. Remembering the stories of my parents jumping over embassy walls while being shot at by fascist soldiers 🧵
...all to get rid of Allende and everything he represented.

While it's important to remember Allende, often the stories of the folks who fought on the ground + those who gave their lives for revolutionary change get lost. This thread is an attempt to remember them /2
One thing that ppl often forget is how Allende's Socialist gov helped #LandBack by recognizing Indig Nations + their struggles

During his gov more than 152,000 ha were reclaimed by the Mapuche thru orgs like Movimiento Campesino Revolucionario—MCR/3
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Being born/raised in Toronto while being Mapuche, it's been insufferable to see local ppl's defense of the🇬🇧 Crown

I get it—this is a colony + 150+ years of brainwashing doesn't help. But to the rest of the world, to uphold the Crown is not just imperialist but backward
We the colonized shouldn't have to give history lessons on the horrors of 🇬🇧 colonialism/imperialism, or on nature of power relations to justify our glee of having the world's most powerful landlord—oppressor of 1/4 🌎 nations at one point—come to pass, but here we are /2
You know the horrors of 🇬🇧 colonialism/imperialism. You know these horrors prompted our ppls into rebellion + that we celebrate breaking away from these chains—quite freaking literally in the case of the African slave trade—every other day around the world. /3
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This week I won't be writing about employment, unions, voting for our rights (or something), or how thankful we are to settlers. Instead, I will be reminding anyone following this account that the best way you can show support to Indigenous people is to give #LandBack.
I do want to point to people who've spoken or written about how we can bust out of colonial mindsets. I know it can seem like a list and I hate lists cos who is missing, who is left off? It's often people getting on and doing this 'work', so I'm going to try to mention some.
But I'm also going to talk about IndigiQueerness. Because of course I am.
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We're happy to be out tabling at the #Kanata Mayoral debate tonight to talk to Kanata residents about our movement for a better #ottcity!

We'll also be livetweeting the Mayoral debate tonight so follow along with us in the thread below!
First up with opening statements are Param Singh, former police officer at OPS; former mayor Bob Chiarelli (who still reads his statements off the sheet after all these years); and Ade Olumide, who is focused on a police complaints bill of rights.
Two comments from Ade: “I’m not sure why they put me next to the police officer…” and “I would like to hear how Mark Sutcliffe is going to pay for his environmental plan.”

And next up is Sutcliffe - who is the first to stand up during his opening statement, which is something?
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1/10 PM @JustinTrudeau & #NATO @jensstoltenberg just visited #Canada’s biggest fighter jet base, CFB Cold Lake, in #Alberta. Canadians should know that the land for this @RCAF_ARC base & air weapons range was stolen from First Nations 70 years ago. 🧵⬇️
2/From 1952-1960 Liberal govt gave minimal compensation to Dene & Cree peoples for taking land then stopped all payments. Loss of land had devastating consequences: poverty, despair & trauma. They lost traditional hunting grounds & sacred sites that were under Treaties 6, 8 & 10.
3/For 7 decades, all year long, Canada’s #fighterjets conduct loud, low-level flights over reserves & they bomb, strafe and torpedo #ColdLake Air Weapons Range, it's boreal #forest habitat for endangered #caribou. Land contaminated w/ munitions & toxins from military. @IENearth
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More Land Back news: Congress has proposed HR 8308, a bill that would return over 1100 acres and $10 million to the Prairie Band Potawatomi tribe! A Thread🧵1/
US rep J. Chuy García and L. Underwood introduced HR 8308 to return Potawatomi lands just 60 miles southwest of Chicago. Potawatomi chairman Joseph Rupnick claimed the bill's passage would be "the most progress we’ve had in our century-and-a-half pursuit to reclaim our land" 2/
The Potawatomi were kicked out by broken treaties, railroad coporations, and settlers incursions since the 1800s. The reservation lands protected by the Prarie du Chien treaty of 1829 were illegally auctioned off in 1849, leading to "Chuy" García's bill to begin rectifying it. 3/
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Chile’s proposed constitution, written by a representative democratic convention, is up for a vote on 9/4. If passed, it’ll be a victory for Indigenous self-determination in Chile and across the 🌎. I've translated key Indigenous provisions to expand access & celebrate them. A🧵:
Many, if not all, of these provisions were written by Indigenous peoples of Chile - a critical step toward justice and the first Indigenous participation in co-drafting the document, w/ 17 convention seats reserved for Indigenous peoples including the Mapuche, Rapa Nui, & Aymara.
Throughout this thread, I will tag some North American Indigenous scholars, activists, and orgs whose work you can check out to learn more about referenced topics (all gave permission). I also hope they will find this translation useful. Please follow them and support their work!
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Land Back continues as the Rappahannock Tribe wins back 465 acres! A thread 🧵1/
The Rappahannock Tribe of Virginia has fought for over 400 years to take back their lands since encountering John Smith and the English in 1608. Then settlers illegally stole land, including refusing to pay when the Rappahannock did sell land in the 1640s, since the 1660s. 2/
This continued in Bacon's Rebellion, which is described as a populist movement. While it showed Black-White unity against feudal landowners was possible, it also showed how easy settler colonialism can emerge too as the English sought to genocide Indians to open plots of land 3/
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I appreciate this thread for what it's explaining (namely environmental change becoming normalized due to short cultural memories)


There's a pretense here: that it's a common human experience. No, it's not. There were tribes *living* in the Americas in 1620.
Terra preta, companion planting, contour farming... Literally millions of humans lived in the regions that forest map shows as 'pristine' and they were regularly engaging in agriculture. In fact that's what we call it in anthropology: "The Pristine Wilderness Myth".
This is where the lie "humans are the virus" originates. This is where the primitivists, and their false assertions about returning to cave-men status will 'restore the balance', comes from.

Thousands of cultures worked just fine with the environment that surrounded them.
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Yes Museums could return ALL baskets & cultural items (many they rarely use or display). Collaborate with tribes for visiting exhibit/research. Uphold sovereignty, build best practices, be better. Just give them all back. (Don’t get me started on remains of ancestors. Sheesh.)
Museums will invite me to do “decolonizing museums” talks. I’ll go “Step 1 give everything back. End of steps.” They’re confused. I’ll say “anyway. Whose got keys to the warehouse?” Someone asks “wait? Do you mean everything?” I advance to next slide which says “yes. Everything.”
Many museums won’t acknowledge they built immense wealth b/c of genocide. Values of “preservation” dispossessed Natives of wealth & control over lands, histories & cultures. Saying “Museums kept items preserved/safe.” Cool. We survived. Thanks for the assist. Give ‘em back.
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Hey, I know Twitter is horrible at communicating tone, but I genuinely feel like you're not really engaging me because I've already said that I do not disagree with you that #LandBack would save the planet nor have I argued that you are centering Settlers.
I don't really know where the disconnect is happening.

My critique is two-fold: a) Survivability is NOT the Settler's highest interest and the assumption that survival "benefits them" assumes a specific ethical and political frame that is not historically adopted by Settlers.
b) The frame of interest convergence, which is not the same thing as centering them or claiming that Natives will save them, is not useful because Settlers care more about Native death than they care about Settler survival and because it limits the horizon of communal action.
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I considered whether to add this because I know it's unpopular and I understand the intent of the Tweet and its follow-ups, but I think this framing is both untrue and politically dangerous and so I wanted to offer this good faith engagement: 🧵
First, it is untrue, I believe, to the extent that virtually every theorization of #LandBack includes the dismantling of capitalist economies, the ending of settler colonial forms of government, and the attendant ending of other forms of violence like patriarchy or antiblackness.
The ending of capitalist economies not only would entail the dismantling of industrial models of production, but its attendant agricultural approaches which would destitute most Western standards of living.
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The Catholic Church is the largest non-governmental landowner in the world. It has approx 5,000 properties with total acres estimated 177 million.
#givebackourland #papalvisit #landback #putlandwhereyourmouthis #PopeInCanada
In 2019 Catholic Church net assets in Canada – including land, property, cash, investments etc is upward of 4.1-billion.

4.1 Billion in Canada alone.

It reneged on its commitment of 25 million for RRS survivors. Claimed it only raised 3.7 million.…
In Canada the Catholic Church claimed land and property valued at 3.2 Billion. (3,297 million.)

Although they notoriously undervalue their property (eg. Archdiocese of Toronto they valued at $2 dollars).…
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Want to know why the Left doesn't have power in this country?

Yes, a very large part of it is that the Democrats punch left so they can play footsie with Republicans.

But another large part is that leftists punch marginalized people so we can play footsie with Republicans.
So often, we are no different. Pandering to Tucker Carlson is no different than Biden pandering to McConnell.

We elevate transphobia and anti-Black racism and sex pests because we want to organize with social conservatives.

It's the same thing the Democrats do, and it's gross.
And frankly I'm sick of it. Working class solidarity doesn't mean appealing to Fox News viewers. It means protecting marginalized people. It means #LandBack. It means affirming trans people. It means supporting reparations. It means centering disabled liberation.
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I’m on the road but wanted to get this thread out as the creep of fascism feels larger and closer. Another resource list, this time using @MsKellyMHayes’s self-reflection prompts on planning for disaster, including @prisonculture’s guiding questions for moments of injustice. 🧵
Here is the episode of Movement Memos where @MsKellyMHayes discusses her prompts.…
A wonderful complementary article is Deana Ayer’s blogpost “Balancing urgency and patience when the world is burning around us.”…
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This July 4th, remember parallels between the colonization of Turtle Island (“North America”) and Palestine.

If you support Palestinians’ right to return and self-determination in their homeland, you should also support Indigenous people’s demand for #LandBack.

The parallels between the colonization of Turtle Island and Palestine include land theft.
Ethnic cleansing.
Environmental destruction.
Forced displacement of people from their homes, and sequestration into isolated areas with (artificially) scarce resources.
Denial of self-determination and sovereignty.
Criminalization and surveillance.
Violent repression of resistance.
Erasure of native history and culture.
Ideologies (Manifest Destiny, Zionism) of entitlement to, and justification for, these atrocities.
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Canada cannot be a decent democracy if we are stuck under abusive and racist British Empire monarchy and policy. #AbolishTheMonarchy #BritishEmpire #Decolonize #landback
We have captured media, captured politicians and governance who gives no regard for Indigenous People or Science. They bind politicians as admitted by Sir John. Armitt in the KPMG 2015 Insight Report.
Tim Fortescue from Westminster's Secret Service BBC 1995 - YouTube. This is the use of child sexual abuse to control men in power. It is a UK issue.
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So Haz is mad he lost our debate and made an "Ultimate LandBack Thread". So I made a point-by-point response disproving every argument he made using patsoc sources. I'll prove he (1) doesn't understand #LandBack, (2) is anti-marxist, & (3) is an idealist liberal. A Thread 🧵1/
Arg 1:“LandBack= metaphysical, not national question" The National Question is, every nation has the right to self-determination. This means a territory (material land) & sovereignty. Even W.Z.Foster calls Natives the land's "true owners". Land Back= US treaties (Gus Hall) 3/
Arg 1 cont: Haz doesn’t know what “metaphysical” means since Marx’s def is, the separation of concepts and things from other things IN GENERAL. Land Back is materialist b/c it deals with how stolen land has underdeveloped Native nations and how its legal return helps Natives 4/
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When the U.S. govt rescinded our #federalrecognition status in 2002, we lost our right to self-determination & access to much needed resources & services. Today, we're fighting to protect & preserve our nation.

A thread 🧵 on what federal recognition means for #ChinookJustice
1/7. #federalrecognition means the U.S. govt acknowledges the right of an Indian tribe as a sovereign entity. A federally recognized tribe can directly engage with the U.S. govt. #ChinookJustice #indigenousrights
2/7. Many tribes received #federalrecognition through treaties & executive orders. Today, tribes can be federally recognized through acts of Congress, federal administrative actions or federal court decisions. #ChinookJustice #indigenousrights
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