This will be shorter than my usual. A Chilean social worker and DJ based in Toronto, El Machetero, and I have cobbled together an experimental musical protest/consciousness raising effort on Facebook.
We call it the 520 Project: Music for First Nations Genocide Day. The description of the Facebook event:
We are calling on all revolutionary and progressive music nerds on facebook to post--or to share--at least one appropriate video on October 8th--so-called Columbus Day (Observed). We'll spread some good music and, it is to be hoped, wake up or at least remind a few of our "friends" about the 520 years of oppression and resistance among indigenous peoples.It will take place on Monday. Columbus Day (observed) in the US and Thanksgiving Day in Canada.
We started it a couple weeks ago and only now are paying serious attention. Ideally some small corners of the Facebook world will find themselves suddenly clogged on Monday with Buffy St. Marie, John Trudell, "Ira Hayes" versions, the Black Lodge Singers and more, better known and more esoteric alike.
And what more obvious crew to ask for help than Kossacks (especially the ones in the Protest Music group)? So if you are on Facebook, kindly sign up on the event page and start thinking about what you might want to spread around on Monday.
And suggestions here are, needless to say, most welcome.