The language for our Indigenous Peoples Day Bill has been finalized and we only have until THURSDAY MARCH 21 TO GET MORE LEGISLATIVE SPONSORS. (It will be months before any votes.) If you live in a district with a state legislator who you think may co‐sponsor the bill, please contact them and ask them directly. If you personally know any state legislators who you think might co‐sponsor, please ask them. Right away — we don’t have much time! Thank you! All info below.
Bill Name: An Act Establishing An Indigenous Peoples Day
House Number: HD 3746
https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD3746 (language text at this link)
House Sponsor(s): Jack Lewis, Maria Duaime Robinson, Nika Elugardo, Tami Gouveia, Denise Provost
SPONSORSHIP DEADLINE: March 21, 2019
Please contact your State Senator and State Representative: Go to https://malegislature.gov/Search/FindMyLegislator
and ask them to sponsor/support this bill!
Bill Description: This bill replaces Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day in the Massachusetts General Laws. Columbus Day celebrations erase the true histories of colonialism, genocide and racism that Native peoples have experienced and continue to face. Changing the second Monday in October to Indigenous Peoples Day acknowledges that impact and celebrates Indigenous resilience and survival in Massachusetts as well as throughout the Americas. Cities and towns all over the US have taken this step, and an increasing number of states are doing so now, too.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or info@IndigenousPeoplesayMA.org