In November of 1969, 89 Native American activists calling themselves the IOAT - Indians of All Tribes - and working under the Red Power banner, set out to "re-claim" the island of Alcatraz from the United States federal government by right of discovery. Despite a Coast Guard blockade, 14 protesters managed to make it onshore, and from there the occupation swelled to over 400 people. Ultimately lasting fourteen months, the Occupation of Alcatraz jump-started a stagnant national dialogue on Indian rights, directly impacted ensuing federal Indian policy, and set a precedent for all modern Indian activism, from the Wounded Knee incident to the more recent DAPL protests at Standing Rock, and the Native Nations Rise movement and march on Washington.
Our design in honor of the landmark occupation incorporates elements of artistic self-expression whose deep red traces are still visible on Alcatraz -- and in the Indian activist consciousness -- to this day.
Didn't vote for him? You and 256 million other Americans. The quintessential hashtag of the '16 cycle that promises to resonate as powerfully over the next four years as it has in the aftermath of election day. We won't wear out -- and neither will our protest's refrain.
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." And so we live in MLK's legacy -- as the pestilence of prejudice finds its footholds, so must we find our voices. For if ever there was a doubt as to the unreason of racism, it is this simple truth: that out of Africa and into the streets, not one among humanity can trace our taproots anywhere else.
And so when the disengenues cry afoul to the chants of BLM that "All lives matter!" as if to invoke some enlightened salve, then we may declaim that if that was indeed their credo, then to defend all lives would begin with where all life began. So long as those among us who trace more modern roots to the source suffer the un-breaths of injustice, those with more distant ties might yet hear the voice of our common ancestor still latent within, screaming, that so long as even one among us remains subject to oppression, so do we all.
The most insidious element of the new political order -- the so-called "alt-right" -- needs no introduction. Just deletion, and we can get on with resetting our discourse to higher grounds.