June 18th, the Doctrine Of Discovery and Pope Francis

On this day, June 18th, 565 years ago, Pope Nicholas V signed a papal bull, Dum Diversas, which led to the Doctrine of Discovery. The Doctrine is used to justify today’s laws which justify the taking of lands and rights from American Indians. Please sign the Romero Institution’s Letter to Pope Francis asking that he revoke the Doctrine.

We need to put an end to the law that enables brutally and violently conquering Indigenous lands.

Indigenous people are being disenfranchised, displaced, and ultimately devastated around the world. Their sacred lands are being reaped for wealth at the expense of the wellbeing of our planet. This is done “legally” by using the Doctrine of Discovery, a barbaric 15th century edict.

Romero Institute and supporters call on Pope Francis to revoke the Doctrine of Discovery, with the notion that the document’s framework can no longer remain applicable in the modern age of science and reason.

To learn more about the Doctrine of Discovery and to sign the Romero Institute’s letter to Pope Francis, visit Romero Institute’s Doctrine of Discovery Project.

Thank you to Alexandro Querevalú for his inspiring creation, please visit his YouTube page, enjoy more of his amazing work and do support his work.

Thank you to Strong Oak Lefebvre, a friend and follow activist who introduced me and many others to this important part of history. Please support her work at visioningbear.org.

And thanks to the Nolumbeka Project for all the wonderful work they do Honoring the Past • Healing the Present • Celebrating the Future.

George Aguiar — Liberation Technologist