Change Our Name Fort Bragg Invites Public to Teach-in on March 14

This is a press release from Change Our Name Fort Bragg:

change our name graphic with "change our name" multiple times in a rainbow of colorsChange Our Name Fort Bragg Invites the public to a Teach-in on Thursday,March 14, at 6:30 p.m. at Harbor Lite Lodge, 120 N Harbor Dr., Fort Bragg.

A local grass roots non-profit, Change Our Name Fort Bragg is dedicated to an educational process that leads to changing the name of Fort Bragg so that it no longer honors a military Fort that dispossessed Indigenous people or Braxton Bragg, a Confederate General. who waged war against our country.

Envisioned as a program to educate attendees about the issues involved in the name change and to hear neighbors’ ideas, the teach-in will last about one hour and will feature three speakers and a question and answer/discussion period.

Speakers will be:

Kate Donohue

 is a licensed Ph.D. psychologist and a Registered Expressive Arts Therapist with a private practice in Fort Bragg. She will delve into  the intergenerational trauma related to the name of Fort Bragg and Braxton Bragg.

Kate Daugherty is a mother and grandmother, who raised her children here and taught poetry in the schools on the coast and inland on and off since 1980.  She co-hosted the Wild Sage Poetry show on KZYX with Dan Roberts for many years.

Discussing a controversial topic requires civility and respect for the opinions of others. This program is free and open to all.

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Two Dogs
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Two Dogs
3 months ago

The climate change deniers ain’t got nothing on the history deniers.

Thatguyinarcata
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Thatguyinarcata
3 months ago
Reply to  Two Dogs

Who is denying history? This press release sounds like an event where they will be discussing history

Yabut
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Yabut
3 months ago

They will certainly be lecturing on their opinions about history. It’s not likely to be any kind of discussion though.

Humboldt
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Humboldt
3 months ago

How about finding out what the indigenous people called it. If anything.

Yabut
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Yabut
3 months ago
Reply to  Humboldt

And there would be the rewriting history part. Or rather editing history to remove the parts as a power play.

Re-name San Francisco first. After all it was named after the mission San Francisco de Asís a la Laguna de los Dolores where indigenous people were subject to the “colonization of this land began with the reign of terror inflicted by Spanish soldiers and missionaries who sought to convert all Indigenous people into Catholic subjects of Spain and steal their land. The Missions were plantations, built by slave labor and sustained through brutal physical violence and extractive land practices. ” Dang Latinos…

As opposed to the Ft. Bragg, which was a casual name designation for a garrison made by a soldier on a mission to establish a reservation for indigenous people. “It was established within the Mendocino Indian Reservation for the purpose of both controlling and safeguarding the area’s Indians. Established by 1st Lieutenant Horatio Gates Gibson, 3rd Artillery with a detachment from Company M, the post was named for Captain Braxton Bragg, 3rd Artillery, a Mexican War veteran and later a general in the Confederate Army. There was a period of agitation to have the post’s name changed because of his disaffection but the post retained the name during the Civil War.” As opposed at least to Spain’s determination to use forced labor for profit.

Probably just a couple of people in the area determined to inflict their own ideas on locals in an echo of the same sort of self-righteousness that lead to Mission Delores in the place. They think their opinion just needs to be forcibly brought to locals and they will naturally recognize its superiority and comply. Much easier to bully a small place like Ft. Bragg than San Franscisco.

https://sogoreate-landtrust.org/lisjan-history-and-territory/

https://www.militarymuseum.org/FtBragg.html

Farce
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Farce
3 months ago
Reply to  Yabut

Thank you and agreed! The mission system was brutal but these small-time bullies would never propose name changes for San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Barbara, etc. Just see how far that taking away of Columbus Day and calling it Native Amercan day got- well, NYC Italian-Americans did not let them do that there! These are the kinds of bullies that only pick fights they can win by stuffing it down others’ throats. What’s most disgusting is that they claim high moral ground while they do their bullying. And then they state we must all respect each other LOLOL! Their mental states are…truly bizarre!

Espino
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Espino
3 months ago

Wokeistan

fndrbndr
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3 months ago
Reply to  Espino

👆 Hilarious

Country Joe
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3 months ago
Reply to  Espino

Good one Wokeistan…Ft. Bragg is a fine name. Leave it alone.

crap
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crap
3 months ago

Freakistan, yuppyville, Whackyville, nutsberg, Union of Soviet Socialist Republic. Commietown ……………..The options are endless.

What the hell is a licensed expressive arts therapist? Sounds like a BS title to me….

Country Joe
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3 months ago
Reply to  crap

It’s complete BS funded by Newscum.

NorCalNative
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NorCalNative
3 months ago
Reply to  Country Joe

Says the guy who asked us to respect Trump supporters.

Yabut
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Yabut
3 months ago
Reply to  NorCalNative

Well, well… managed to work in Trump in something totally unrelated again. Just to throw out another personal insult. Sad…

Country Joe
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3 months ago
Reply to  Yabut

That’s how chronic TDS effects people. Rational discussion goes by the wayside along with their strawman arguments.

Country Joe
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3 months ago
Reply to  NorCalNative

We should respect all candidates running for office which I do. However, the difference here is that our Governor is currently in the process of ruining our state with his unhinged policies.

Jean Lopez
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Jean Lopez
3 months ago

I’m shocked that we continue to use the name of Washington (the father of our country and a slaveholder) for not only a state (and who knows how many towns, streets, etc.) but our nation’s capitol. Something must be done! jk

Farce
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Farce
3 months ago
Reply to  Jean Lopez

Let’s throw away all those evil dollar bills. Make it rain!!

Jon Freeman
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Jon Freeman
3 months ago

For me and all other veterans ever stationed there it will always be Ft.Bragg

Friday
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Friday
3 months ago
Reply to  Jon Freeman

This is about the small town on the Mendocino Coast, not the (much larger) US Army base in N.Carolina. Which, btw, changed their name to Ft. Liberty recently. I guess higher profile = higher pressure.
A little reading will reveal that our local town was named after General Bragg before the start of the civil war. He was revered for his role in the Mexican-American war, and for his contributions to the development of the US Army. Was he a great man before our civil war, and a villain afterwards?! Yeah, history is (re)written by the winners, as they say.

Yabut
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Yabut
3 months ago
Reply to  Friday

“Great?” “Revered?” Not so much but certainly notable for some things. ” “Bragg had a reputation for being a disciplinarian who strictly adhered to regulations. There is a famous, apocryphal story, included in Ulysses S. Grant’s memoirs, about Bragg as a company commander at a frontier post where he also served as quartermaster. He submitted a requisition for supplies for his company, then, as quartermaster, declined to fill it. As company commander, he resubmitted the requisition, giving additional reasons for his requirements, but as the quartermaster, he denied the request again. Realizing that he was at a personal impasse, he referred the matter to the post commandant, who exclaimed, “My God, Mr. Bragg, you have quarreled with every officer in the army, and now you are quarreling with yourself!””
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Braxton_Bragg

Friday
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Friday
3 months ago
  1. We shouldn’t change every place name in our country to reflect current ideologies. That’s just craziness invented by high-ego attention seekers.
  2. Very few in Ft. Bragg even knew who he was, before this campaign.
  3. Don’t give them the attention they crave – vote with your feet, and just stay away. (I’m sorta looking at you, RHBB.)
Friday
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Friday
3 months ago
Reply to  Friday

Sorry, RHBB, for the dig. I gotta quit writing so early in the morning.

Yabut
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Yabut
3 months ago
Reply to  Friday

You shouldn’t apologize for being right.

Alf
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Alf
3 months ago

Just a group of whiny losers who will never be happy about anything. They just want to gripe and grab attention for themselves. But not to worry, they will find another useless cause after this one.

Farce
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Farce
3 months ago
Reply to  Alf

Hey- let’s change the name of Mendocino town to more accurately represent current values…..Spendocino!

Farce
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Farce
3 months ago

It’s bittersweet to see Dan Roberts name in this release. He’s an old old neighbor who I appreciate and respect much-a good man. He’s from outside Willits so I don’t know his feelings on what Ft. Bragg should do but I would give him a listen. These other folks appear as quacks to me! Again my position is that you make the best of what you were given and don’t spend much energy on trivial and superficial changes. A historical plaque explaining the relative and changing values of historical figures over time would be much more mind-expanding than a throwaway name change to obscure our human mentalities…

Thirdeye
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Thirdeye
3 months ago

Just declare that Fort Bragg is named after Billy Bragg. Problem solved.

Billy Bragg -There Is Power In A Union (youtube.com)

Alternatively, if which side of the Civil War someone fought on is the issue, rename the town Fort McKinley.

fb native
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fb native
3 months ago

When you have no real history of your own, as these two Kates lack in our area, it is easy to condemn those that do. As for intergenerational trauma, give me a break! I as almost all LOCAL people do not want the name changed. Go back where you came from, Dumbville.

Right side
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Right side
3 months ago
Reply to  fb native

Confederate monuments and namesakes are being retired all over the country. It’s okay to have a vision for our town with a better name. Eventually it will come to a vote. And if it fails, we can try again later. There has been a great shift in opinion since I first came here 20 years ago. 20 years from now I believe the name will have already changed.

Joe
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Joe
3 months ago
Reply to  Right side

20 years ago shit you’re pretty much born and raised here huh

Right side
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Right side
3 months ago
Reply to  Joe

So elitist. My kids are born and raised, and that’s the future. Don’t be stuck in the past.

Country Joe
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3 months ago
Reply to  Right side

Well eventually need to change the name of thousands of streets and towns across the nation.

Right side
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Right side
3 months ago
Reply to  Country Joe

Sure. Change is okay if it’s an improvement

Chris Capelle
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Chris Capelle
3 months ago

Bragg helped the Union win the war with his incompetence. He’s more than a confederate general and a real hero in this complex world. Reactive victimization is disruptive and will only distract the communities of Fort Bragg from the real issues limiting its economy.