Activism vs Responsibility
Date & Time:
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
ASC Dorsey Commons - 2nd floor
Activism vs Responsibillity
Presented by Aaron Camacho:
Some call my work activism. My work consists of bridging two worlds while understanding that all things are connected. This work challenges the institutions this country has relied on since its founding. It challenges indigenous Peoples' oppression in an inequitable society. Like others, I do this work for our future generations. This oppression is not caused by one factor rather an intersectionality of factors. Some of these include education, history, stereotypes, consumerism, terrorism, treaties, racism, economics, genocide, and last but not least colonialism.
The work indigenous people including myself participate in, takes place on many platforms. This is not just activism. This work takes place at home, online, at school, in communities, in my employment and in the streets. It may seem like a lot, but as a favorite band of mine once said, "... the front lines are everywhere." (RATM) As indigenous people, that is where we need to be. This is our responsibility. We are 1% of the US population. If we don't speak up for ourselves, our People, who will? You? I sure hope you'll join me.
However, I can't stop there. In my work I also recognize the intersectionalities among other indigenous nations of this planet. Recognizing that will help us see most indigenous people across the globe have suffered from the same factors colonialism, corporate greed, and terrorism. Some call my work activism, but I know it is much greater than that. It is a responsibility to the People and for generations to come.