Voter Guide Submission — League of Women Voters (LWV)
What we choose to celebrate signifies our values. Indigenous Peoples Day honors all people by embracing the truth of our shared history and centering Indigenous voices. Our town has the opportunity to join the 14 states and over 130 towns who celebrate the wisdom and resilience of Indigenous Peoples. We cannot celebrate Columbus; he represents an ideology that justifies racism, enslavement, exploitation and genocide. Indigenous Peoples Day is anti-racist, not anti-Italian. Voting YES reflects our commitment to calling out racism and correcting distorted historical narratives that permeate American culture and institutions. We all benefit from celebrating a holiday that promotes truth, fights racism, and recognizes the ongoing presence of Indigenous Peoples. Learn more at ipdwellesley.org.