Tuesday, October 9, 2012


15th Annual Papal Bulls Burning In solidarity with indigenous peoples around the world, please join us for the annual Indigenous Peoples' Day, Papal Bulls Burning ceremony in Honolulu on Friday, October 12 at 5:00 pm in front of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Honolulu, 1184 Bishop St. (at the top of Fort Street Mall). It seems impossible, but this is the fifteen year that this event has been taking place! Over this time, we’ve done a lot of educational outreach to inform the general public about this important issue. Indigenous peoples and supporters outside of Honolulu are encouraged to organize a small ceremonial event and symbolically burn or tear-up copies of the May 4, 1493 papal bull "Inter Caetera" in demonstration against "Columbus Day" or "Discoverers' Day" as it's known of here in Hawai'i. The document can be downloaded from our website at: http://bullsburning.itgo.com/papbull.htm *Students are especially encouraged to attend in order to put theory into a little practice by linking the papal bulls issue with other important indigenous rights' and global issues we've been diligently covering in class. Sponsoring organizations include: Kosmos Indigena, Ka Pakaukau, Department of Ethnic Studies (UH Manoa), Ahupua'a Action Alliance, Hawai'i Institute for Human Rights, and the Kanaka Maoli Tribunal Komike. For more information, email: castanha@hawaii.edu, or phone (808) 737-6097. *Indigenous peoples and supporters seek the formal revocation of the 1493 papal bull "Inter Caetera." This decree was issued by the Vatican to Christopher Columbus on his second voyage to the Caribbean. Along with the 1494 Treaty of Tordesillas, it sought to establish Christian dominion over the globe and called for the subjugation of non-Christian peoples and allowed for the seizure of their lands. As a result, an estimated 100 million indigenous peoples were killed off in the process of Europe's colonization of the indigenous world. This papal edict has apparently never been repealed and is thought by many to be the "foundation-stone" of the international system we live under today and directly related to the corporate-state-military plunder and rape of the planet, which is sometimes linked to the phenomenon known as "globalization." Aloha no y saludos, Tony Castana (Jibaro/Boricua) Coordinator Kosmos Indigena

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