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“Imperialism leaves behind germs of rot which we must clinically detect and remove from our land but from our minds as well.” - Frantz Fanon, philospher

“[We have to] rediscover our most intimate selves and rid ourselves of mental attitudes and complexes and habits that colonization … trapped us in for centuries.”-Patrice Lumumba, the first indigenous leader of the Republic of the Congo, called for mental decolonization in his speech to the 1960 Pan-African Congress.

Decolonize to Liberate, Resource Page

The following articles, websites and other resources have been gathered by member of the Decolonize to Liberate Working Group and our friends and allies on the internet.  The statements made in the resources contained herein do not necessarily reflect the opinions of anyone in the Decolonize to Liberate Working Group or the broader Occupy Boston movement.  They are provided for educational and discussion pursposes.  If you come across any other resources you'd like to share with the group, or find a bad link below, please email it to decolonizeboston[at]

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What is Decolonization?  A collection of definitions and explanations gathered by members of the Working Group.

News, updates and action alerts

Indian Country Today Media Network
Cultural Survival
Indigenous Environmental Network
Rainforest Action Network

Recommended reading

The Ally's Toolkit: A website dedicated to empowering Allies
Decolonizing together
Moving beyond a politics of solidarity toward a practice of decolonization

What is a colonized mind?
Article by Peter d'Errico for Indian Country Today Media Network'  December 12, 2001

Occupy Boston Declares Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples
OB Media October 10, 2011

Letter to Occupy Together Movement
By Harsha Walia
October 14, 2011

An Open Letter to the Occupy Wall Street Activists
By JP Montano
September 24, 2011

Paul Levy, via Reality Sandwich

Lewis and Clark: The Unheard Voices ©2005 Anti-Defamation League

Reading Lists

The Turtle Island 42 Initiative Reading List

"Required Reading - literary support to help us remember the indigenous human legacy we've simply forgotten..."

Selected resources from the anthology: The (Un)Occupy Movement:
Autonomy of Consciousness, Practical Solutions, Human Equality 
~ prose & poetry 

- compiled and edited by Mankh (Walter E. Harris III)

Recommended viewing and listening

Occupy Talks:  Indigenous Perspectives on the Occupy Movement [video]

Ancestral Continuum with Ukumbwa - "Decolonization" [radio/podcast]

"Un-Settling Occupation" OWS Stands With Indigenous Americans [radio/podcast]

First Voices Indigenous Radio with Tiokasin Ghosthorse - "Occupy" [podcast]
December 29, 2011

November 14, 2011 - Occupy Oakland

Indigenous Politics: From Native New England and Beyond, Radio show with Dr. J. Kauanui [podcasts]

Further Reading and Reference

Articles, videos and resources related to the Occupy Movement

Paradigm Shifts: The End Goal Is Not to Occupy
by Mankh (Walter E. Harris III). Axis of Logic
April 26, 2012

Occupy Wall Street or Decolonize Wall Street?
by Eric Zimmerman
Jan 10, 2012

Decolonizing together
Moving beyond a politics of solidarity toward a practice of decolonization

An Indigenous Platform Proposal for “Occupy Wall Street”
Endorsed by Occupy Denver GA 10/8/11 Owe Aku International Justice Project

Occupy Wall Street Stirs Up Radical Ideas in Indian Country
December 13, 2011 - Unsettling America

To Occupy or Decolonize? That is the Question… Is there an Easy Answer?
December 8, 2011 - Unsettling America

What is a colonized mind?

Article by Peter d'Errico for Indian Country Today Media Network
December 12, 2001

Decolonize Oakland: Creating a More Radical Movement

By Morning Star Gali on Occupy Oakland website December 3, 2011

You Say OCCUPY, I Say UMMM... your occupation is nothing new, you’ve been occupying since 1492.
spoken word piece by Jen Emm December 6, 2011

In solidarity, Occupy group joins with Native Americans

November 25, 2011  Boston Globe, article about National Day of Mourning

Waziyatawin Speaks to Occupy Oakland [video]
November 14, 2011 - Occupy Oakland

Open Letter to The 'Occupy' Movement: The Decolonization Proposal [video]
Video excerpts of the GA proposal to rename Occupy Oakland

Decolonization: What it means to me in the context of Occupy

Pensamientos de Luz
November 28, 2011

Occupying solidarity with Indigenous rights
By Krystalline Kraus
October 28, 2011

(Un)Occupy Turtle Island
October 19th - collection of articles on Unsettling America

An Open Letter to ‘Occupy Wall Street’: A Lenape Perspective

From In Xinachtli, In Milpa
12 October 2011

Decolonization and Occupy Wall Street
Robert Desjarlait
October 11, 2011

By Harsha Walia
October 14, 2011

By Jessica Yee
September 30, 2011

By JP Montano
September 24, 2011

Tequila Sovereign
October 2, 2011

John Bird Blackfeet
October 11, 2011 

Press TV
October 12, 2011

[The Occupy Movement and Native People] by Charles A Laster on Sunday, October 9, 2011 at 9:02pm

On the Doctrine of Discovery


Five Hundred Years of Injustice: The Legacy of Fifteenth Century Religious Prejudice Origins of the Doctrine of Discovery 

Essay by Steve Newcomb
When Christopher Columbus first set foot on the white sands of Guanahani island, he performed a ceremony to "take possession" of the land for the king and queen of Spain, acting under the international laws of Western Christendom. Although the story of Columbus' "discovery" has taken on mythological proportions in most of the Western world, few people are aware that his act of "possession" was based on a religious doctrine now known in history as the Doctrine of Discovery. Even fewer people realize that today - five centuries later - the United States government still uses this archaic Judeo-Christian doctrine to deny the rights of Native American Indians.

More on Decolonization and Resistance

Two cultures, six 'killer apps,' one divide
by David McLaren
January 28, 2012

December 29, 2011

Earth at Risk Conference (Deep Green Resistance) [audio recording]
Derrick Jensen Interviews: Arundhati Roy, Waziyatawin, Aric McBay, Thomas Linzey, Stephanie McMillan, Lierre Keith
November 13, 2011 - Berkeley, CA

Decolonization ‘zine

by Zigzag & Keyway Long Hot Summer ‘99

Unsettling Ourselves: Reflections and Resources for Deconstructing Colonial Mentality
Foreword by Derrick Jensen, texts and guides from: Andrea Smith, Waziyatawin, Dee Brown, Ward Churchill, Elizabeth Martinez, Denise Breton, UM collective members, and others - a sourcebook compiled by the Unsettling Minnesota collective edited by and with contributions from the collective members
September, 2009

Unsettling Ourselves: Colonialism on the Ground
by Waziyatawin

Unsettling America: Decolonization in Theory and Practice
Unsettling America is an emerging decentralized network of autonomous groups and individuals dedicated to mental and territorial decolonization throughout Turtle Island and the “Americas.”

Columbus and Other Cannibals: The Wétiko Disease of Exploitation, Imperialism and Terrorism (Excerpt)
Book (2008) by Jack Forbes

Deep Green Resistance: Strategy to save the planet [video]
November 24, 2011

How Did Colonialism Dispossess? Comments from an Edge of Empire

By Cole Harris, Department of Geography, University of British Columbia
An article that shows how the state, at the behest of capitalism and settlers, provided the framework for settler colonialism and the murderous state-capitalism alliance that rules our lives.

500 Years of Indigenous Resistance
originally published in OH-TOH-KIN in 1992

Native American Women, Past, Present and Future
Jacqui Popick University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge Alberta Canada

Richard J.F. Day

Quiver distro

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25 May 2006

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