What Will Be The Mood Killer At Your Thanksgiving?

What will be the mood killer at your Thanksgiving table this year?

Will someone acknowledge that the myth of this colonial holiday is based on attempted genocide against the indigenous people of this continent? And that many of them hold a National Day of Mourning on this occasion?

Will someone else bring up the connection to the settler colonial project in Palestine and the ongoing attempted genocide in Gaza?


Will the generations split because young people get it about Israel’s long oppression of the indigenous people of Palestine while older people don’t?

Will anyone revive last year’s argument over the now nearly defunct proxy war in Ukraine which failed to defeat or even weaken Russia militarily or economically despite the U.S. alone spending nearly a trillion dollars?

Put another way, will the people with stock portfolios and pension funds invested in corporations who profit from building weapons that slaughter civilians stand with humanity or attend to their bottom line?

Will the generations who were heavily indoctrinated to support Israel right or wrong listen to Gen Z rising up and rejecting white supremacy and racially motivated violence against Palestinians?

Maybe you just wanted to have a harvest feast with family and friends with no lies about the history of the holiday and no talk of current events.


Because silence in the face of genocide is easier; it doesn’t run the risk of offending anybody and is palatable to most. But do you want the children in your family to grow up thinking that the thing to do when a genocide is unfolding is…freeze? Look the other way and say to yourself or to anyone who asks, I see nothing.

This count was current as of Nov 7 but by now the number of children killed exceeds 5,000 — and it does not even include the many children whose bodies are still trapped under the rubble from Israel’s carpet bombing of Gaza. 

Or maybe you’ll eat some food, have some real talk, and then head out the next day to help shut it down for Palestine?

Here’s a website where you can find a national list of Black Friday BDS events.

In Maine where I’m located on unceded Wabanaki land:

Thankful For You All

Native people and their friends find it a cruel irony that colonizers celebrate gratitude on a day connected with their displacement from their homelands. I’ve heard them wondering how a group so determined to depopulate, deforest, and pollute could be said to be thankful in any meaningful sense of the word. How is it possible to be thankful for attempted genocide? 

I’m grateful that Native people are still here, and that I’ve had the opportunity to hear their teachings about how to live respectfully on this planet. May we all heed their wisdom before it’s too late.

If you read my blog from time to time, I’m thankful for you. You care about the war against the poor at home and abroad and likely take action to end those wars and bring justice to bear. Thank you.

If you were one of the 40,000+ people who voted for me to represent Maine in the US Senate, I’m thankful for you. You voted for a candidate independent of corporate influence, with Green values and a Green platform aimed at honoring and upholding life over profits. Thank you.

If you were one of the 1,400+ people in one of 47 states who donated to our campaign, I’m thankful for you. You expressed your confidence in our campaign’s goals with resources you had, whether it was $1 or several thousand. Thank you!

If you were one of the 200+ people who volunteered on our campaign, I’m thankful for you. Without your skills and your belief that we can make a difference in our world we would not have been able to do much of what we accomplished. Hundreds of thousands of people heard our message of the need for government on behalf of people, planet, and peace because of your efforts. Thank you!

If you were one of the 20+ paid staffers on the Lisa for Maine campaign, I’m grateful to you. You gave far more of your time and your compassionate wisdom than we were able to pay you for, and you often brought your friends and associates along, too. We would never have earned 5% of the vote in Maine without your diligence and focus. Thank you!

If you are a member of my family, I’m grateful for your support, encouragement, donations (especially the in-kind donations of your expert work) and love. I couldn’t have put in 14 months of concerted effort without the foundation of your love and confidence. When you said you were proud of me, that meant more than any accolade from the public. Thank you!

In this period of rest and reflection on my personal goals, my gratitude abounds. Thanks to everyone who went on working for a better world before, during, and after our grassroots campaign. Thanks to everyone who has sent me messages of appreciation for the role I played. You know for sure that I will keep on keeping on though the path is yet undetermined.

Finally, if you’re a health care worker putting your life on the line constantly to keep the rest of us safe, I’m grateful for you. I’ll do everything I can to stay out of your hospital so those who need medical care can receive it, and those who give medical care can stave off total exhaustion. I’m with Banksy, you all are superheros (even if you don’t wear capes like they do in England).