ACTION ALERT FOR MA INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY HEARING
There's a MA Joint Committee on State Administration & Regulatory Oversight hearing coming up on September 28 at 10:30 AM for an important bill from the MA Indigenous Legislative Agenda: H.3191/S.2027 An Act establishing an Indigenous Peoples Day. While some cities and towns across the state have been passing Indigenous Peoples Day resolutions and celebrating the holiday, we really need this statewide bill to pass in order to make it happen everywhere!
Steps you can take now:
- Go to the Action Network link and you will find the text of the bill, an automated letter that you can send to legislators, and also information about how to send your own letter if you do not want to use the automated Action Network letter. Please plan to modify the Action Network letter to tell the legislators why this bill is so important to you -- personalization helps a lot! Sending this will only take a few minutes of your time.
- If you want to listen to the hearing on September 28 or sign up to testify, all the information is at the MA Legislature website. Note that there are other bills that will come before the committee that day, and we do not know an exact time when testimony for our bill will be heard. If you are Indigenous and planning to testify, please sign up at the state website before Friday at 4 and also notify firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday for planning purposes. Thank you for your support! Please go to our MA Indigenous Agenda website for information about all 5 of our legislative priorities this session, including eliminating Native American mascots, honoring Indigenous People’s Day, celebrating and teaching Native American culture & history, protecting Native American heritage, and supporting the education and futures of Native youth.
Bill Name: An Act Establishing An Indigenous Peoples Day
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.