6/22/2006

UCTP Stands in Solidarity with the Kalinago, Carib, and Garifuna Nations

Taino'ti Guaitiao (Greetings relatives):

On behalf of the Taíno People and Nation represented by the United Confederation of Taíno People (UCTP), we are urging all our relations around the world to stand in solidarity with a peaceful protest against Walt Disney Pictures and their upcoming release of "The Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" for its erroneous depiction of Caribbean Indigenous Peoples as savage cannibals.

From the time Christopher Columbus arrived on our shores, it is well known that these "cannibal" images were used as propaganda to enslave and murder Natives Peoples throughout the hemisphere, and beyond.

Therefore, We, the Taino People have united our voices with our Kalinago, Carib, and Garinagu relatives to bring attention to this injustice, racist portrayal of Indigenous Peoples.

With our future generations in our minds and hearts, we urge all our relations to BOYCOTT THIS FILM AND ALL DISNEY PRODUCTS until this company recognizes the injustice and the multi-generational trauma this type of imagery has and continues to inflict upon on our communities, especially our youth.

All people of good conscience should be appalled at these denigrating, stereotypical portrayals attempting to be disguised by DISNEY as humor and entertainment.

In advance, we say Bo'matum (thank you) for your support.

In the Spirit of our Ancestors,
Roberto Múcaro Borrero,
President and Chairman,
UCTP Regional Coordinating Office
http://www.uctp.org

Naniki Reyes Ocasio
Founder, Caney Quinto Mundo,
Boriken (Puerto Rico)

Elba Anaca Lugo,
President, Consejo General de Tainos Borincanos,
Boriken (Puerto Rico)

Don Cesar Serraty,
Fundacion Luz Cosmica Taino,
Quiskeya (Dominican Republic)

Chief Reginaldo Fredericks,
Joboshirima Lokono Arawak Community
Estado Bolivar, Venezuela

*Please review the UCTP Resolution 04/17/05:
"Reaffirming Our Solidarity with Our Carib Relatives" at
http://uctp.blogspot.com/2005_04_01_uctp_archive.html

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Garifuna American Heritage Foundation United
Press Release

Garifuna American Heritage Foundation United organizes a protest against the World Premiere of Walt Disney Pictures' Pirates of the Caribbean - Dead Man's Chest.

Long Beach, California – Tuesday, June 20 2006: GAHFU's President and Founder Ms. Cheryl Noralez announced that on Saturday, June 24 2006 between the hours of 2:00 to 4:00 pm, her organization along with a group of concerned Garifuna leaders in the Los Angeles area will be protesting the premiere of Disney Pictures' Pirates of the Caribbean – Dead Man's Chest at Disneyland in Anaheim, California.

GAHFU, Inc. is a non-profit organization based in Long Beach, California. Our purpose is to preserve the uniqueness of the Garifuna culture, history, language, music, arts & crafts and values by working closely with the Garifuna community not only in Los Angeles County, but throughout the world. We seek to enhance and showcase the image and vision of the Garifuna people through education, music and the arts.

"It has been brought to our attention that the Walt Disney Company intends to film a movie called "The Pirates of the Caribbean" in which the Caribs or Calinago, the ancestors of the Garinagu (as we refer to ourselves in our language) are portrayed as cannibals."

These are words from Michael Polonio, President, of the National Garifuna Council of Belize.

We believe that not only the Garifuna people have been wrongfully portrayed in the movie as cannibals but also other indigenous people of the Caribbean who are closely related to us as in the case of the Taino people; therefore, we have invited the Taino community in Los Angeles to participate and they have promptly accepted the invitation to stand united with the Garinagu.

We are inviting all of the indigenous people of the Caribbean to join us in this protest. The meeting place to protest will be at Harbor Blvd.'s front entrance of Disneyland in Anaheim, California starting at 1:30 pm. We strongly urge participants not to bring sticks, drums, shakers or anything that could be used as a weapon to the event. Also, teenagers are encouraged to come with their parents to join us for this peaceful protest.

"Eibugaba lidan ligemeri Inaruni - Walk in the light of truth "- James Lovell

Cheryl L. Noralez, President & Founder
GARIFUNA AMERICAN HERITAGE FOUNDATION UNITED
cnoralez@garifunaheritagefoundation.org

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To: The Garifuna Nation

This is the time and place for the Garifuna Nation to stand together for a peaceful protest against Walt Disney Pictures. The Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest portrays our Ancestors as savage cannibals. Our united voices must be heard to restore the honor, dignity and pride of our people. We have only one week to organize a protest. Please contact me via e-mail or call (562)366-9396 if you are serious about joining this protest. This is a very important cause. I truly hope that we can get at least a handful of courageous and proud Garinagu to participate in this protest, especially our Garifuna leaders.

http://cacreview.blogspot.com/2006/06/boycott-disney-pirates-of-caribbean.html

http://www.seinebight.com/Disney-Garinagu.htm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/caribbean/news/story/2005/02/050215_dominicacaribs.shtml

View trailer of Pirates' of Caribbean Dead Man's Chest:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btVFBSkOo68&search=pirates%20of%20the%
20caribbean%20dead%20man%27s%20chest

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PROTEST

What: World Premiere of Walt Disney Pictures', Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

When: Saturday, June 24, 2006

Where: Disneyland - 1313 South Harbor Blvd. Anaheim, CA 28027
(in front of Disneyland main entrance on Harbor Blvd.)

Time: 2:00-5:00 PM

GARIFUNA AMERICAN HERITAGE FOUNDATION UNITED

Cheryl Noralez, CEO and Founder
cnoralez@garifunaheritagefoundation.org

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