“National Day of Mourning” plaque at the site of the historical monument Plymouth Rock in Massachusetts.
The plaque reads:
Since 1970, Native Americans have gathered at noon on Cole’s Hill in Plymouth to commemorate a National Day of Mourning on the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday. Many Native Americans do not celebrate the arrival of the Pilgrims and other European settlers. To them, Thanksgiving Day is a reminder of the genocide of millions of their people, the theft of their lands, and the relentless assault on their culture. Participants in National Day of Mourning honor Native ancestors and the struggles of Native peoples to survive today. It is a day of remembrance and spiritual connection as well as a protest of the racism and oppression which Native Americans continue to experience.
Erected by the Town of Plymouth on behalf of the United American Indians of New England.
Please keep this in mind today if you are celebrating this holiday.
Today is the International Transgender Day of Remembrance, where we remember and honour people we’ve lost, and it’s a very important cause to keep in your heart year round. Educate yourself, keep an open mind, and be sensitive and show empathy to the people in your life that this sort of discrimination affects. You can find information on events and vigils throughout the week here. If you live in the Greater Toronto Area, there are several including vigils tonight and tomorrow in Toronto.
It’s also important to remember that this issue is not as simple as we think - to say that these people were killed for being trans doesn’t address the fact that this is in actuality the indication of a much larger problem - it needs to be considered that very few of the people on the list are white, and only slightly more than that actually lived in North America. The rest occurred within countries and cultures with different schools of thought regarding gender and the fluidity between those constructs, and so we have to understand that at the root of these tragedies is xenophobia in its purest form. To ignore the importance of intersectionality in the struggle we face is to risk never actually moving forward.
Also, the list of the dead does not include unreported cases, whether they were unknown or police did not feel it necessary to investigate, nor does it include suicides or individuals who could not afford or were afraid to seek medical attention due to their identity. It also does not include survivors of this particular brand of hate.
But you should keep those people in your thoughts as well.
You’re a lovely person, even if you make mistakes sometimes.
I hope you remember that and don’t go too hard on yourself. Take what lesson you learned, and move on, no point in torturing yourself. Really.
I fail to remember the way he smiled, laughing, showing off his kinder side.
I fail to remember the way she taunted, teasing, smirking at my frustration.
I fail to remember the way we soared, leaping, forgetting that the day would end.
I fail to remember the way they struck, hitting, turning me into someone else.
On the third anniversary of Israel’s twenty-two day invasion of the besieged Gaza Strip, Chicagoans took to the streets to honor the fallen with a mass balloon release.
Among the 1,400 Palestinians killed during Israel’s invasion were at least 340 children who were, in most cases, playing soccer in the streets, sleeping with their favorite stuffed animals, or running errands for mom and dad when the missiles hit. Chicago Movement for Palestinian Rights (CMPR), a youth-led collective, organized this gathering to symbolically commemorate these lost lives. Organizers in Nabi Saleh arranged an identical event the day before but were attacked with Israeli tear gas and water cannons.
Each balloon was tagged with the name and age of one of the killed children. The materials used were all biodegradable and the seed paper used for the tags is expected to bloom flowers wherever the tags land, a small but powerful tribute to the beauty and resilience of our fellow Palestinians in Gaza.
A white rose is placed on barbed wire at the museum of the former Nazi death camp of Auschwitz Birkenau marking the 67th anniversary of the liberation of the camp by Soviet troops and to remember the victims of the Holocaust, in Auschwitz Birkenau January 27, 2012. [REUTERS/Kacper Pempel]