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Forum Post: Call for Indigenous Solidarity

Posted 10 years ago on Oct. 28, 2013, 12:27 p.m. EST by owshelpermonkey (-1)
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Dear Community:

My name is Najil Dehaan, I am a part of Occupy Wall Street. I am a member of an affinity group called AllStr33ts (an art collective), that ran a working group called Comfort Community. The purpose of Comfort Community was to develop an eco-conscious community model that would function within the confines of an urban environment. Despite the group's best efforts, the project failed. Post-Occupy, the goal of the organization is to start fresh, using the lessons we have learned to guide us. We have begun the S7ven G3neration Project in order to explore sustainable economic and community infrastructure. Currently, our goal is to build a series of eco-conscious housing models and we have partnered with the Paugussett Tribe of Colchester,CT to create them.

The Paugussett Tribe went through a civil war with the U.S. Government over their right to produce and sell tobacco. The subsequent crackdown led to a complete disruption of their infrastructure. The majority of the reservation inhabitants fled, leaving the Princess and her son to maintain tribal status on the land. In order to survive, the tribe has been forced to relinquish precious natural resources. They are choosing to end this cycle, and have decided to create a sanctuary that is funded by a campground.

These two projects represent a joint effort to reinvigorate two communities. By building our models on their land, we are developing their sanctuary. In addition to this, materials created by our community will be used to generate revenue for additional projects relating to building infrastructure for the Paugussett Tribe. As a part of this project, we will be able to develop an artist community, test our models, and secure resources to take our project to the next level.

We are not asking for money. We are asking the community to mail us resources. On our website, is a list of items we need to get started. With basic infrastructure in place, we can generate interested capital and develop a sustainable operation. Our primary concern is communication, the reservation lacks standard technological infrastructure. We have to complete the technology necessary to handle normalized meeting structure, market the items being created, and the access to make and accept transactions. If you have technology you are not using, cameras, beads, art supplies, tools, old leather, paint, bikes, heirloom seeds, batteries or anything you can think of. Send it to us, and we will recycle it, and use it to build an eco-conscious model. Furthermore, we will film the the process to show the world what an alternative looks like.

For more information about this project, please visit s7veng3nerations.net, or contact the project liason Chas Schaeffer(chas.schaeffer@gmail.com). The mailing address for the project is: S7VEN G3NERATION c/o James Stone 95 Stanavage Rd Colchester, CT 06415

Sincerely, Najil Dehaan AllStr33ts Emissary; S7ven G3neration Project Manager



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