Indigenous Peoples Day

7/12/2022 – Some good news AND YOUR HELP NEEDED about Indigenous Peoples Day in Massachusetts!

Our statewide Indigenous Peoples Day bills were just favorably voted out of the MA Joint Committee on State Admin. & Regulatory Oversight. Thank you for your support in making that happen!
 
While that is a great first step, we need your help immediately to try to get this legislation passed before the end of July, when the MA legislative session ends for the year.
 
We have created an automated online email here that will send a message to legislators that you want them to bring this legislation out for a favorable vote so that Massachusetts will officially celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day instead of Columbus Day. You can use the language that is in the automated email or write your own message – but please do this today and share with your networks! We don’t have much time. Thank you!

An Act establishing Indigenous Peoples Day:
Segment from the 1/11/22 MA Indigenous Legislative Agenda Teach-In

 

Bill Name: An Act Establishing An Indigenous Peoples Day

Senate Number: S.2027

House Number: H.3191

Please contact your State Senator and State Representative https://malegislature.gov/Search/FindMyLegislator and ask them to support this bill!

Bill Description: This bill replaces Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day in the Massachusetts General Laws. Changing the 2nd Monday in October to Indigenous People’s Day acknowledges the harmful impact of celebrating Columbus as a hero. Historical accounts prove that wherever they went, Columbus and his men murdered and enslaved Indigenous People. The repercussions continue to be keenly felt even now. Indigenous Peoples Day replaces something negative with something positive – an increased awareness of Indigenous Peoples and a celebration of Indigenous resilience and survival, in MA as well as throughout the Americas. 

Please visit IndigenousPeoplesDayMA.org for more information about this campaign.

Contact: info@IndigenousPeoplesDayMA.org

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