Since the 1970s, Indigenous people and allies have gathered at noon in Plymouth Massachusetts to commemorate a National Day of Mourning on the Thanksgiving holiday. Many Native people do not celebrate the arrival of European settlers, and Thanksgiving Day is a reminder of the genocide of millions of Native people, the theft of Native lands, and the attempted erasure of Native cultures.
The National Day of Mourning is a time to honor Indigenous ancestors and Native resilience. It is a day of remembrance and a protest against the racism and oppression that Indigenous people continue to experience worldwide. Many supporters will fast from sundown the day before, and break fast after the ceremony at Plymouth.
At Stone Soup Café this year, we will be pausing all food preparations at 12pm to watch a live stream of the National Day of Mourning in the All Souls sanctuary. We will break fast and serve the community meal shortly after 1pm. All are welcome to share a meal in the Sanctuary after 1pm.
Volunteer shifts fill up FAST! Please get yourself signed up ASAP if you'd like to volunteer. We need volunteer delivery drivers from 1:30pm - 2:30pm this day as well.