By Daniel J. Chacón and Andrew Oxford,
A long-running annual pageant recalling the 1692 retaking of Santa Fe by Spanish conquistadors spurred raucous, roving protests Friday that wound through downtown streets and resulted in at least eight arrests.
The clash over the Entrada, anticipated amid heightened racial and ethnic tensions nationally, pushed a simmering conflict over Santa Fe’s own legacy of colonialism to a new level. Coming after city leaders had appealed for reconciliation between organizers of the Fiesta de Santa Fe and Native American activists, the fracas that unfolded on and around the Santa Fe Plaza seemed a big step back from diffusing a controversy at the heart of the community’s very identity.
By The Red Nation, August 15, 2017
We condemn the bigoted terror that white supremacists used against anti-racist and anti-fascist forces this past weekend in #Charlottesville. A diverse coalition of progressives, LGBTQ rights advocates, anti-racists, feminists, socialists, communists, clergy, and anarchists took to the streets in unity Saturday to deny white supremacy a platform to spew its hateful and murderous agenda. The violence committed by right-wing forces resulted in the death of a comrade, Heather Heyer, and left 19 others severely injured. Although it was the largest white supremacist gathering in recent history, the “Unite The Right” rally was completely outnumbered and disgraced by the groundswell of people —many of whom were local Charlottesville residents — who came out to condemn racism and genocide. Read the rest of this entry