July 4th is Whose Independence?

Looking to erase stigmas i joined EDGE in taking this Colonialism Art Installation on a tour of Olde City Philadelphia. The installation was gifted to EDGE by a Navajo Nation (Black Mesa) artist friend with the expectation that EDGE use in a way that would, simply put, lead to white people doing the labor to support groups led by people of color/impacted communities. We got the piece on thursday, did a test run on friday. Saturday was smooth sailing through the birth place of colonialism.

Excellent for creating conversations about the attacks to our earth and most vulnerable members of society. We walked the piece from 5th and Arch to 10th and Arch to Locust and back to liberty bell. The Womanist Working Collective spoke along with Indigenous215. i sang freedom, freedom, freedom for all, not because of my complexion, not because of how much money i make or who i know. because i’m human!!

#EndRapeCulture #WaterIsLife #HumansInvolved #RightToBreathe 

From the artist:

For the #ClimateMarch, I was given the instructions from NGOs and non-profits to create a collapsible art piece, such as a banner or parachute to display the connected Indigenous struggles of #BlackMesa and #StandingRock.

My piece was a middle finger to those parameters because Indigenous history and struggle will not be collapsible or relegated to a predetermined space, especially on our own land.

Much to the dismay of the NGO’s and non-profits typical to these self congratulatory mass mobilizations which are often rife with such hollow and often traitorous messaging such as, #KeepItInTheGround, my installation addressed some of the root causes of climate change on OUR continent – #Colonization, #Genocide and #Racism.

The giant arrows protruding from this vehicle of death represents our historical response as Indigenous people to colonization. Each arrow was categorized into ideas, actions and values and had subsequent messaging for each arrow such as, Retribution, Reparations, Sovereignty and Feminize(glittered). The pièce de résistance was the special effects of fire and smoke billowing out of the covered wagon as it rolled from the United States Capitol down Pennsylvania Avenue towards the White House.

#Indigenous #Dine’ #Navajo #Art #Artist #ArtWork #Artivist #Artivism #Activist #Activism #StreetArt #StreetArtist #StreetArtistry #Stencil #StencilArt #Engineer #Designer #Paint #FirstSevenDesignLabs #17DL #TheIndianProblem #PCM2017 #PCMArts


Retired Cosmetologist reinventing myself as a professional digital media consultant. Studied Hospitality at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa Florida where I interned with "Celebrity Catering" and "Live Nation". That internship exposed me to professional catering and gave me great preparation and implementation skills. Mother of two young men, grandmother of two grandsons. I became a parent advocate first and learned that my community also needed advocating. Studying Digital Media and Black and White Photography at Community College of Philadelphia to produce professional documentation of the various issues and concerns in our society.

4 thoughts on “July 4th is Whose Independence?

  • July 6, 2017 at 09:16

    This is my favorite blog year to date. It is a great combination of written word and video. I saw the pictures of the display on some other form of social media. It was nice to read and hear why they were displayed. It is also nice to see people out there raising concerns about the holiday itself. I see all to many “activist” preach everyday until the day of celebration for these types of holidays. People want to make the world better, but refused to talk about history that got us to the place that we are in today. I don’t understand how anyone expects to change the world by celebrating lies multiple times a year.

    • July 8, 2017 at 10:12

      thanks, Desmond for this comment, so important to point out the work being done to #EndRapeCulture this campaign taught me that some of the white people pulling the chuck wagon are comfortable with the delusion of superiority and aren’t really looking to end colonialism just pretending or not totally connecting to the movenment of freedom for all.

  • July 8, 2017 at 10:13

    while i had planned to walk with the anti colonialism and not say much, as we were touring old city Philadelphia our ancestors spirits took over and made the labels of colonialism fall to the ground. then the tour ended where Margret Washington went back on her word to her husband to free all their slaves. Pretty deep experience and so happy i was able to experience. Would love to spark more conversations on white/black superior/inferior McCarthyism/Blacklisting mentality in the future. Some of the white people in this group were put in an uncomfortable position when i started raising the awareness of the delusion they live daily. i pointed out that they have been stripped of their culture as much as African Americans and are bullied into being white, hope to get some interviews with them on this topic, which is a state of mind turned into racist culture.

    • July 8, 2017 at 11:47

      That sounds like a great conversations to listen to. I sure they would be informative. Keep me posted.


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