This July 4, while some have chosen to celebrate the country’s Independence Day by grilling and lighting fireworks, others will be patriots by taking part in the resistance movement against the Trump administration.
In Los Angeles, Xican @ Records & Film (XRF) hosted its annual July farce as an ‘alternative to [the] The holiday’s âAmerican Colonial Commemorationâ, an event that has celebrated Native Americans and Indigenous peoples for two decades. The event took place at the Center for the Arts. The proceeds were donated to the American Indian Movement.
This year they added the term âSurvivor Dayâ – taken from the Australian remembrance of the Aboriginal people, which recognizes âthe loss of their sovereign rights to their land, the loss of their families, the loss of the right to practice their cultureâ. On its Facebook event page, organizers said that “Survivor Day” shows that “despite attempts to erase settlers, we are still staying! As evidenced by Standing Rock’s resistance to the Dakota access pipeline” .
While many of the artwork for the event feature distorted images of President Donald Trump, the event has consistently raised awareness of injustices for 20 years, said Cesar Torres, one of the organizers. Vogue teens.
âThe first Farce was actually started by Chicano Secret Service,â Torres says. âWe, XRF, are a group of artists inspired by the Zapatistas of Chiapas in Mexico who are a self-determination movement led by indigenous Mayans who strive for the people to have a voice to fight injustices against the people. and Mother Earth. “
âWe have always recognized and understood the oppression of the settlers since 1492, I think now people are more aware of what is going on and openly see the racism that exists on this land,â Torres explains.
The creation of the Farce of July began in 1997 in Los Angeles to raise funds for local organizations that defend human rights and the environment. Unlike many July 4th events, the July farce – open to all ages and free to children and the elderly – is strictly alcohol, drug-free, and fireworks-free. The event also included group performances, food, art and workshops.
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