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OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA American Indian Movement West, better known as AIM-WEST, is asking for a support of solidarity to demonstrate at the Oakland Coliseum when the Oakland A's play the Cleveland baseball team beginning on Friday, August 16 at 7 pm pdt.
The purpose for the rally is to demonstrate to the public that the American Indian communities are sick and tired of these discriminatory logos and negative images that serves to demean and disrespect a peoples, a culture, and deeply negatively impacting American Indian youth.
All drummers and dancers welcome, youth, elders, and the general public to come stand in solidarity with Indigenous nations of this Western Hemisphere for their right to dignity and respect.
AIM-WEST will announce a national campaign to launch a petition drive demanding the National Football League (NFL), and the Major League Baseball (MLB) to retire, remove, and or replace these racist images and slurs that are in violation of Indigenous peoples human rights. AIM-WEST calls for congressional hearings on racism in sports, and the removal by legislation of discriminatory logos that depict a people in a negative manner.
The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, adopted in September 2007 by the General Assembly, specifically states in Article #8:
posted August 12, 2013 6:00 am edt