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Volume 1 December, 2011

=In solidarity, Occupy group joins with Native Americans
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Massachusetts:  On Thanksgiving Day, about 30 Occupy Boston members traveled to Plymouth to join the National Day of Mourning demonstration.  The crowd of 200 gathered on Coles Hill overlooking the Plymouth Rock tourist attraction.

The Occupy protesters didn’t carry banners or assemble as a group. They were scattered throughout the crowd, preferring to defer to the words of Native speakers.

Organizers told Occupy members that Native Americans are participants in the same struggle. Thanksgiving is a painful reminder of atrocities committed against their ancestors. The poverty of today's Native people is born from that treatment.

“Being broke and unemployed is not a new feeling to us indigenous people,’’ said Mahtowin Monroe from the United American Indians of New England.

Moonanum James is also from the United American Indians group. He supports the Occupy Boston activists.

“Their cause is really straightforward, as is ours: One percent of the population holds [much] of the wealth in this country, and people’s benefits are getting slashed and people are losing their homes. On our reservations, we are mired in the deepest poverty. The idea is to have some equality in this country . . . economic equality.’’

After the speeches, the crowd marched down Main Street to the beat of drums, chants, and song.

“We are gathering to participate along with the indigenous folks as an act of solidarity. We share many of the same messages.’’ Susan Barney, Occupy Boston

“We’re trying to figure out how to build a better world, a better society that works for everyone,’’ he said.  Martin Dagoberto, Occupy Boston

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