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Benefit for Kanatsiohareke, June 19, 2015, 7:00 PM, May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church, 3800 E Genesee St, Syracuse, New York 13214
Mohawk Elder Tom Porter will open the event with a Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address and offer a talk. Music will be provided by Ahnas Porter (Tom's son) and Joanne Bakeman and Mark Hoffman, with special guest Sandy Bigtree.
We'll have refreshments, a silent auction and a 50/50 Raffle. All proceeds will benefit the traditional Kanatsiohareke Mohawk Community near Fonda, NY.
A sliding scale donation of $10-100 will be accepted at the door, but no one will be turned away.
Organized by Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation with co-sponsorship by the Green Sanctuary/Social Justice Committee of May Memorial.
The goals are to:
- Promote understanding of, and respect for, the Onondaga people, history, and culture within the Central New York community.
- Provide accurate information about the Onondaga Nation's current issues of concern, such as their Land Rights Action.
- Challenge racism towards the Onondaga people through education, building relationships, and encouraging shared experiences between the people of our Nations.
- Support, and collaborate with, the Onondaga Nation in their initiatives to promote environmental healing and restore respectful relationships between the governments of our Nations.
- Advocate for just and fair treatment of the Onondaga people at all levels of our own government.
Please show your support of our neighbors, the Onondagas:
- Sign NOON's solidarity statement
- Educate yourself and others with background materials
- Write a letter to the editor of the Post-Standard, Syracuse New Times and other publications
- Request a presentation by NOON at your faith community/school/community organization, or organize a house party
- Attend a craft fair or public cultural event on the Onondaga Nation
- Get involved with NOON; complete our Get Involved form (PDF) and sent it back to us
- Speak up in every day conversation that the issue is acknowledgement of land rights and justice; listen to friends, family, coworkers, neighbors and then express your support, knowledge and experience to correct misconceptions, increase understanding and dispel fears
- Clarify that the people of the Onondaga Nation have stated that they will not evict anyone remind others that no one has ever been evicted because of a land claim; emphasize the focus of redress by the Onondagas on the environment which we all share.