To the manager of Atlas Public House:
Just this past fall on October 9th, Newark Avenue saw indigenous rights protestors walking from Christopher Columbus Ave down Newark. Having stepped outside of Raval a moment, I and many others cheered them on.
Only a block or so from you, a café called Lackawanna sits and creates safe space that promotes indigenous resistance and rights, whom used to have a poster at the door that said “This Is Not Neutral Territory”. The art I mentioned earlier commissioned by them, and speaks of many things that attempt to destroy indigenous peoples, including microaggressions through cultural dehumanizing.
Only days ago, grandmothers, children, women, and men were forcibly removed from Standing Rock. They were tackled, grabbed, dragged, jailed for asking colonized peoples to wake up and take responsibility for their actions. On March 4th, people of all kinds march in NYC for indigenous rights and clean water for not only Standing Rock, but other areas, such as Flint. On March 10th, we do the same in DC.
You are surrounded by cultures of all kinds here in Jersey City. Your bar is new. I humbly request that as you get used to your new space, you do not follow the path of colonizers when they too were new in the Americas: To bite the hand that feeds you. It is a habit, once started, that is hard to break.
Money's tight this month because of how sick I've been, but that's ok, it's the flow of things and it'll smooth out. The body's birthday's tomorrow, and the longer I keep going the more things come back and wake up. I was pretty sure I was never going to make it past my mid to late 20's, and I'm about to be 34. Magic number 7 in 2017, which is a major and heavy and waking time. First year after my third cycle of waking up (every 11 years life tried, and it really landed it this time). Getting sick like this over and over is understandable - body's been dealing with a lot of purging, waking, rattling, shedding.