I'm glad there are events like this. At least history is not being left entirely to the victors and the fact the travesty continues brings an urgency to the needs of those under the thumb of historical discrimination. Invariably the worst poverty of this nation can be found on Indigenous Reservations here in the United States. How we treat those with ancient roots here as a legal entity has much to do with this.
Raising awareness is the first step.
Columbus Day 2012 marks the 520 year anniversary of the genocidal and ecocidal project of Empire building and colonial expansion that began with the conquistador invasion of this continent and continues to this day through the daily violence and exploitation of global capitalism. That weekend also marks the 11 year anniversary of the US invasion of Afghanistan, a brutal example of contemporary colonialism.These are only a taste, there are more at Steve Rhodes' photostream
This year during Columbus Day weekend, a West Coast Anti-Colonial, Anti-Capitalist convergence is being organized in the Bay Area.
Scheduled over the weekend are a Day of Action Against Mexican, US & Canadian Consulates; a West Coast Anti-Colonial, Anti-Capitalist March; a protest on the 11th Anniversary of the US/NATO War in Afghanistan; and a presence at the East Bay Regional Parks District Public Forum in Richmond to demand that indigenous people have control over their land and sacred sites.