A powerful guide to Indigenous liberation and the fight to save the planet.
The Red Deal is both a manifesto for Indigenous liberation and a plan
for the future of our planet. Part movement document and part activist
handbook, its ultimate goal is not to heal the existing structures, but
to present a way forward following the abolition of them.
One-part visionary platform, one-part practical toolkit, the Red Deal
is a platform that encompasses everyone, including non-Indigenous
comrades and relatives who live on Indigenous land. We—Indigenous, Black
and people of color, women and trans folks, migrants, and working
people—did not create this disaster, but we have inherited it. We have
barely a decade to turn back the tide of climate disaster. It is time to
reclaim the life and destiny that has been stolen from us and rise up
together to confront this challenge and build a world where all life can
thrive. Only mass movements can do what the moment demands. Politicians
may or may not follow--it is up to them--but we will design, build, and
lead this movement with or without them.
The Red Deal is a call
for action beyond the scope of the US colonial state. It’s a program for
Indigenous liberation, life, and land—an affirmation that colonialism
and capitalism must be overturned for this planet to be habitable for
human and other-than-human relatives to live dignified lives. The Red
Deal is not a response to the Green New Deal, or a “bargain” with the
elite and powerful. It’s a deal with the humble people of the earth; a
pact that we shall strive for peace and justice and a declaration that
movements for justice must come from below and to the left.
“The Red Deal asserts that the fight for climate justice must center
Native people when it comes to the issues that disproportionately impact
Native communities, but it also communicates what the Green New Deal
does not — namely, that public lands are stolen lands and climate change
is significantly caused by just a few industries, which the government
has at worst neglected to hold accountable and at best assisted in their
efforts to mine the earth for resources in a move that put profits over