The catholic cable tv channel, Eternal Word Television Network/EWTN and the Knights of Columbus have been running promotional programming to support the roamin catholic church's plan to canonize Serra and to promote his great legacy of evangelization, as they like to call it (the Knights of Criminal Columbus said the same about Criminal Columbus on their website in the past, but that statement has seemingly been removed from their website). EWTN is currently running a documentary over five days in half hour segments called “Serra: Ever Forward, Never Back”, an arrogant fantasy of small screen cinematic proportions. The Knights have posted a short, but equally misleading and culturally insulting promotional video entitled, “Blessed Junipero Serra: Apostle of California, Exemplar of Evangelization”.
Click link to see KoC video: https://youtu.be/lhl9ePF8Gy8
Organizer and activist, Toypurina Carac,
has been answering the roamin catholic church’s validation
of indigenous genocide by creating and sharing a powerful statement in the form
of a moveon.org petition that is very near its goal of 10,000 signatures to
convince the vatican and pope to reconsider their (in)sightless and
discompassionate plan. Ironic that the
vatican is calling the papal visit a “Mission of Love”. If you were to speak to those who are the offspring
of those who were brutalized by Serra’s predatory mission system, they have a
much different story to tell.
(please share widely; organizers are planning protests in DC and NYC)
Tweet the Knights at @KoC, EWTN at @EWTN and the pope at @Pontifex to let them know your perspectives on this important issue.
The petition was sent to pope Francis today Sept.17 at about 12noon. Toypurina Carac and others have organized and will speak at two press conferences in NY and Washington DC on the 21st and 22nd of Sept. respectively. Please let your networks know so that we can be of substantial support during the press conferences to help send a powerful message of support to our indigenous sisters and brothers and their blessed Ancestors who suffered tremendously at the hands and whims of Junipero Serra and his brutal system of land theft, exploitation and slavery.
New York, Monday, September 21, 2015,
10:00 am- 12:00 noonSaint Peter’s Church…619 Lexington Avenue, NY 10022-4610. www.saintpeters.org
Washington D.C., Tuesday, September 22, 2015
11:00 am- 1:00 pm
Plymouth United Church of Christ, Washington D.C.; 5301 North Capitol St NE, Washington, DC 20011