Mohawks call for "Day of Rage" April 19th and pledge to
open border, welcoming activists.
By World War Three, Target & Warcry
April the heads of State of every country in the Western hemisphere
except Cuba will be meeting in Quebec city Canada to sign a trade
deal that undermines the rights of working people, environmental protections
and human rights. They are very afraid that people will come to Quebec
City and ruin their party. So afraid that protesters are being refused
entry at the Canadian border. But there's good news. There is an important
chance to build solidarity between activists and indigenous people.
Mohawk territory of Akwesasne straddles both sides of the Canadian
border. The Mohawk people view that border as illegitimate. On April
19th,a group of Mohawks from the Traditional contingent of the Mohawk
people will open the bridge at Cornwall to activists wishing to go
to Quebec City. They are billing this as a "Day of Rage"
in solidarity with the Palestinian people. Canadian radicals and trade
unionists are supporting this action on the Canadian side while several
different mobilization groups from the U.S. are planning a caravan
from the Burlington Convergence to Quebec City through the Mohawk
reservation. This is not a blockade. In solidarity with the Mohawk
nations grievances towards the Canadian and U.S. governments
and their action upon that day, the caravan hopes to travel without
harassment and unfettered to Quebec City.
Mohawk people consider the bridge and border an abomination forced
on them by the U.S. and Canadian governments. The bridge is controlled
by customs 364 days of the year but one day of every year Mohawk people
take over the bridge to assert their sovereignty over their land.
They have never given up their lands to these tyrannical nations.
is a chance to build an alliance between Anarchists and indigenous
people. There is a lot we can learn from the Mohawk people, who have
struggled for centuries against all forms of oppression at the hands
of the capitalist system and the governments of both Canada and the
U.S. They have never conceded their land. They have never accepted
the U.S. or Canadian government as legitimate. They have responded
to oppression with armed resistance. The powerful spirit of insurgency
has been very effective in the recent past as well. The federal governments
have amassed to strike with horrendous force only to back off when
it became apparent what they were up against: a people committed to
sovereignty at all costs. As Anarchists we aspire to be as strong
and defiant as the Mohawk Traditionalists already are.
group of Mohawk Traditionalists - along with the Ontario Coalition
Against Poverty (An organization of poor people fighting to bring
power back into poor communities, OCAP) and the Kingston Peoples
Community Union (An organization of community members, PCU) - are
using this as a chance to build coalition and organize towards a larger
campaign to unseat their rightwing asshole premier of Ontario, Mike
Harris. This will be a day of solidarity between radical Mohawks,
Canadian Trade Unions, the poor of Ontario (Through OCAP), several
radical activist groups in the U.S. and Canada, independent Anarchists,
and the Anti-Globalization movement worldwide. A few of the U.S. groups
currently involved are NYC DAN, NYC YaBasta! Collective, IMC-NYC,
Philly Direct Action Group. The Canadian Guelph Direct Action Group
is also down. The border crossing also has the endorsement of the
Cornwall Labor Council, the radical Canadian Postal Union and possibly
a Canadian AutoWorkers Union. Once over the border the U.S. caravan
will be free to join the Canadians for a large-scale caravan to Quebec
City. Canadians are still discussing plans to shut down the locks
on the Saint Lawrence Seaway if necessary. The Burlington Convergence
(Starting possibly the 14th of April. www.vermontactionnetwork.org,
vermont.indymedia.org) is being used as the jump off point and it
is strongly advised that those interested be at the convergence by
the 17th for training, or by the 18th spokes council meeting at the
very latest. This convergence will have teach-ins, workshops, bands,
protests and much more. If you cant make it to Cornwall or Quebec
you have to come to the convergence.
realities about working with the Mohawks: Mohawk society, like most
societies, is not politically homogeneous. There are Mohawk freedom
fighters, but there are also Mohawk police, Mohawk venture capitalists,
Mohawk reactionaries and Mohawks working with the Canadian Government.
Just as there are Anarchists, Republicans and all kinds of people
in U.S. society. This action is being called by a group of Mohawk
Traditionalists with radical politics. (So understandably, they have
welcomed the U.S. Anarchists to cross their land.) It is possible
that we will come into contact with some Mohawks who dont support
the action. We may in fact be confronting Mohawk police officers.
If this happens we should deal with this in a principled way and stand
up to them as police and not fall into raising racial issues.
When possible, we will take the lead from our Traditionalist allies
on how to deal with these situations. Considering that the blood of
20 million Indigenous people has been spilled since imperialists first
set foot on this country, and considering how fiercely these warriors
have always resisted oppression, we consider it an honor to work with
these uncompromisingly brave people.
They are opening their land for us to reach Quebec City; we should
open our hearts and raise our fists.