Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Speech at #NoDAPL Day of Solidarity Rally (Nov. 15, 2016)

My heart is heavy as I watch in disbelief as men in uniforms, wearing bulletproof vests, wielding assault rifles, form lines and advance on the water protectors. Behind them are armored vehicles, the kinds used in times of war. In the air are helicopters, constantly vigilant of our protectors position on the ground. I see the bravery of the water protectors as they stand for Standing Rock. They’re met with pepper spray, literally hosed on them. They resist attacks from dogs, rubber bullets, and the eruption of guns. They’re herded like animals, marked with numbers, and hauled off -- because as Americans, we value profit over people. I am witnessing, before my eyes, the erasure of my people.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Prepared for Mayor’s Declaration of Native American Heritage Month 2016

My name is James Courage Singer. I’m a resident of Salt Lake City and I’m Navajo. I am one of the founders of the Utah League of Native American Voters — a nonpartisan organization that encourages informed and active participation in government and increasing understanding of public policy issues affecting Native Americans in Utah. We work to support indigenous collective action and facilitate conversations between tribes and public leaders.

Monday, October 19, 2015

BYU-I students bringing awareness about offensive costumes

There's so much wrong in this photo, and not just from a sociological standpoint; like fashion-sense and frugality -- $60 to be "Princesa India"? SMH

Rexburg, Idaho. Population: 26,000. Mormons: 95 percent. If you've never been there, it's a helluva white town at 95 percent. Nearly 50 percent of its residents are of the traditional college-aged demographic (18-24), which makes sense given it's the site of Brigham Young University's second most popular campus after BYU-Hawaii. (Yes, I realize that BYU at Provo, Utah technically has the largest student population of the three, but this article isn't about the reasons why we all dislike Provo #AmIRight? #CanIGetAHellYeah?)

Open Letter to Fellow People of Rexburg

October 19, 2015

Dear Fellow People of Rexburg,

Here in Rexburg, we have a store that at this time of the year is very popular: Halloween City! It’s exciting to walk around the store itself and to see the imaginations of those who have designed some really scary masks etc. However, you sadly you come across some things that are blatantly racist and a mockery of some cultures. I came across this section and I was appalled and shocked!
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