“Every year I grapple with how I will spend this holiday, which I view as Indigenous Peoples REMEMBRANCE DAY. Since being an adult, I’ve spent it both with my family of origin and my chosen family. I’ve also spent it in deep meditative silence. It’s a complicated holiday because I know it is a time of the year when many are able to come together to spend time with their loved ones. And yet many are not able to enjoy the full day and evening, especially if they’re working for retail stores.
This year, I am intentionally spending it alone to fast in solidarity with the women, children, and men in Gaza. I also fast in honor of Indigenous peoples on this land mass known as North America and everywhere in the world whose land has been confiscated and lives have been murdered for the sake of greed.
I also refuse to do ANY shopping for material goods over this frenzied period known as “The Super Bowl of Retail” aka “Black Friday.” It’s one (very small) way to RESIST this vicious and inhumane capitalist carnival.”
— Aishah Shahidah Simmons