Co-sponsored by NASA, IFC, and the Humanist Chaplaincy at MIT
Please join Radius, and its co-sponsors, for a trip to the National Day of Mourning. This annual demonstration aims to educate the public about the realities of settler-colonial society, and dispell the mythology surrounding Thanksgiving and the foundation of the United States. Please make sure to RSVP! Transportation can be provided for all who would like to attend, but you must reserve a seat through the RSVP form.
The first National Day of Mourning was held in 1970 after Wamsutta Frank James had his speaking invitation rescinded from a Massachusetts Thanksgiving Day celebration commemorating the 350th anniversary of the landing of the Mayflower. His original speech was censored, and a tamer alternative was provided to him by the event's public relations team. Someone representing the Department of Commerce and Development explained "the theme of the anniversary celebration is brotherhood and anything inflammatory would have been out of place."
Let's be inflammatory and promote true fraternity on November 24th together. Acknowledging the past helps heal the present.
"Many Native people do not celebrate the arrival of the Pilgrims & other European settlers. Thanksgiving Day is a reminder of the genocide of millions of Native people, the theft of Native lands and the erasure of Native cultures."
—United American Indians of New England