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The Red Deal: From the local to the global, a movement to save us all

Jan 1, 2022 | Climate, Indigenous, News | 0 comments

The Red Deal  is a powerful guide to indigenous liberation and the fight to save the planet. The Red Deal is a political program for the liberation that emerges from the oldest class struggle in the Americas-the fight by Native people to win sovereignty, autonomy, and dignity. As the Red Nation proclaims, it is time to reclaim the life and future that has been stolen, come together to confront climate disaster, and build a world where all life can thrive. One-part visionary platform, one-part practical toolkit, The Red Deal is a call to action for everyone, including non-Indigenous comrades and relatives who live on Indigenous land.

Offering a profound vision for a decolonized society, The Red Deal is not simply a response to the Green New Deal, or a “bargain” with the elite and powerful. It is a deal with the humble people of the Earth; an affirmation that colonialism and capitalism must be overturned for this planet to be habitable for human and other-than-human relatives to live dignified lives; and a pact with movements for liberation, life, and land for a new world of peace and justice that must come from below and to the left. The Red Nation is dedicated to the liberation of Native peoples from capitalism and colonialism and centers Native political agendas and struggles through direct action, advocacy, and education.

Listen to the April 26, 2021 podcast by the authors of the book “The Red Deal.” Check out their extensive podcast library, and the retelling of our history through the lens of Native hearts and minds.

Read Part I of III of the Red Deal platform here on the Red Nation website.

For more resources and to support Red Media Press click here.

To order the book, The Red Deal go to Common Notions.

On Earth Day ( April 22, 2021), we speak with two of the more than two dozen Indigenous authors of a new book that looks at the history of resistance against colonialism and capitalism and lays out a vision for the future to address the climate crisis. “The Red Deal: Indigenous Action to Save Our Earth” details the centuries of Indigenous resistance that created the movement at Standing Rock against the Dakota Access pipeline and what movements centering justice for Indigenous people must look like.

The book offers a “people’s program to prevent extinction,” says Melanie Yazzie, assistant professor of Native American studies and American studies at the University of New Mexico and co-author of “The Red Deal.” “The plan is really clear. The stakes are really clear,” Yazzie says. “We draw centrally from Indigenous movements over the last couple of decades for decolonization.”

We also speak with Uahikea Maile, an assistant professor of Indigenous politics at the University of Toronto – St. George and one of the book’s co-authors.

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