The COVID-19 pandemic is the most recent colonial scourge on indigenous communities. In the Amazon basin, people who have been defending the forests against colonial capitalism are now falling ill with this most recent disease from the outside. This is particularly tragic because of their remote locations they do not have easy and equal access to the healthcare required to treat the debilitating and life-threatening symptoms of COVID-19. Among the United States, there is exponential growth of the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases among Hopi and Navajo and among the highest death rates in North America. This is again a function of settler capitalism that continues to threaten not only the health of indigenous communities but also created a situation where they are more vulnerable due to historical lack of access to resources including clean water, food, and modern healthcare.
This month we have donated to both the Amazon Emergency Fund and Navajo and Hopi COVID-19 Relief.
It is my hope that you will join me in supporting these efforts to assist indigenous peoples during this time.