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Monday, October 14, 1996

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  • Columbus Day Rethought

    Today is Columbus Day, the day Americans are supposed to celebrate the arrival of Christopher Columbus to the so-called New World. But some have renamed this day Indigenous People’s Day to shed light on how Columbus’s voyage led to the destruction of Indian life and culture on this continent through brutal violence, colonization, disease, enslavement and rape. In recent years, a handful of historians have deconstructed the myth of Columbus as national hero, but right-wing forces in this country have written off this intellectual honesty as political correctness. [includes rush transcript]

  • Howard Zinn on Indigenous People’s Day

    The leader of the movement to look at history from the perspective of people of color and the powerless in our society is Howard Zinn, author of A People’s History of the United States: 1492 to the Present. In honor of Indigenous People’s Day, we now bring you an excerpt of a speech by Howard Zinn. [includes rush transcript]

  • Latino March on Washington

    This weekend, tens of thousands of Latinos, citizens and non-citizens alike, marched on Washington to respond to the wave of anti-Latino and anti-immigrant sentiment in the U.S. They chose October 12, Columbus Day, also known as El Dia de la Raza, to hold their rally to protest the politics of hatred, blame and exclusion that’s infecting public policy on welfare, immigration, education and affirmative action. This is our special coverage of this weekend’s Latino March on Washington, where tens of thousands of Chicanos, Puerto Ricans, Colombians, Cubans, Dominicans, Mexicans, and other Latinos came to demand an end to the anti-immigrant hysteria in the U.S. [includes rush transcript]