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Virtual Lobby Day: Change the Flag and Seal and Ban Native mascots!
Wed September 16, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT
Change the Flag and Seal, ban Native Mascots, protect Native heritage
Four hundred years after the Pilgrims landed In Plymouth, it is long past time for Massachusetts to begin to reckon with its racist and damaging history with Native Americans.Join this virtual lobby day to call on State Legislators to pass the Indigenous Legislative Agenda.
The bill to change the state flag, seal, and motto has unanimously passed the Senate and awaits action in the House. The bills to ban Native American sports mascots in Massachusetts public schools and to preserve Indigenous antiquities await action in both chambers.
We will start the lobby day with a briefing from leading activists and legislators. Then, each of us will call our own legislators as well as a list of other legislators to push them to act. Register now. Speakers will include:
Cole Harrison, Massachusetts Peace Action
Mahtowin Munro, United American Indians of New England (UAINE)
Rhonda Anderson, Ohketeau Cultural Center
Jean-Luc Pierite, North American Indian Center of Boston (NAICOB)
David Detmold, Change the State Flag.com
Sen. Jo Comerford
Rep. Nika Elugardo