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Re: Majority Rules - Creek Nation
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I understand your frustration, but I think we all dropped the ball. One of the main problems with the Freedmen movement is that it is divided, and to a degree disorganized. I'm a Cherokee Freedmen that resides in California, but with the proper notification I could have planned a trip to Oklahoma to stand with my Creek Freedmen brothers and sisters in solidarity. However, I was only informed about the convention a week before it happened, therefore I wonder if the Creek Freedmen residing in other states were adequately informed on the date and time of the event.
A person may be a Freedmen descendant, but that doesn't mean that they are educated about their history, culture, and politics of their respective tribe. The Black Panthers had motto that was pretty successful before they were destroyed by COINTELPRO. Their motto was "each one teach one." It is vital that all Freedmen descendants have a fundamental understanding of their unique cultural legacy and history. We must teach and culturally enrich each other.
I'm fighting for my rights as a Cherokee Freedmen, but I also want justice for my other Freedmen brothers and sisters. I won't feel at peace until all Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes are granted full citizenship into their respective nations. Although I live in California I'm willing to organize a Freedmen organization out here, but I can't do it on my own. The movement needs a multitude of different chapters that interact and correspond with each other. If you are a Freedmen descendant living in California with the same aspirations as me, please don't hesistate to contact me via e-mail. As long as the movement is dependent on others to fight for us, we are in trouble. We must take hold of our own destiny! The MCN Constitutional Convention missed opprotunity should be nothing more than motiviation. Talk is cheap, lets get to work!
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