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A new design for this upcoming launch of Occupy Oakland and Indigenous People's Resistance Day.
I am really excited about these local efforts popping up all over the country. I believe in our insurgent energy and know it will take a massive movement to defeat imperialism, corporate colonialism, and racism here in the belly of the beast as well as throughout the world.
I also believe Occupy" actions need to center a racial justice analysis into their process and demands if they want to truly reach transformational outcomes.Let's grow and be clear about who we are focusing on (imperialism/capitalism/financial sector) but let's decolonize ourselves along the way.
In that spirit I support the launch of Occupy Oakland and commend its first steps in asking Ohlone's people for their blessing in starting this work.As a brilliant friend suggests-Occupy Oakland know the traditional territorial boundaries of the lands you are occupying! Together, recognize the histories and present day struggles of the indigenous peoples whose traditional lands you are occupying!
Santa Cruz: Awaswas Ohlone
San Francisco: Ramaytush Ohlone
East Bay: Chochenyo Ohlone
Events showing the ongoing (519 years+) of Indigenous Resistance. See you on Monday October 10th
Indigenous Peoples' Day: Commemorating 519 years of Indigenous Resistance
Alcatraz Island, Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier #33 San Francisco, CABoats leave at 5:15am, 5:30am, 5:45am, 6:00am tickets will be $11
Special honoring for the defenders of Sogorea Te, the sacred site at Glen Cove
MC: Lakota Harden -Event will be simulcast on KPFA 94.1
Purchase tickets at: http://www.alcatrazcruises.com/website/sunrise-gathering.aspx
12:00 Noon Demonstration @ Nady Headquarters in Emeryville: Protect Rattlesnake Island
Protect Sacred Places - Stop the Desecration of Rattlesnake Island
Intersection of Shellmound St. & Ohlone Way Emeryville, CA
At 12 noon on October 10th, following the annual sunrise gathering on Alcatraz Island, Elem Pomo representatives and supporters will deliver a letter to millionaire developer John Nady at the Emeryville headquarters of his electronics business, urging him to stop the desecration of Rattlesnake Island.
Located on the eastern end of Clear Lake, Rattlesnake Island has been the ceremonial center of the Elem community of Southeastern Pomo Indians for thousands of years. The island was stolen from the Pomo in 1877, when it was deeded to settlers as private property in a supposed “clerical error”. Ever since that time, the Elem Pomo have been fighting to regain their traditional ownership of this sacred land, which is now privately held by John Nady.
With blatant disregard for the wishes of the Elem people, John Nady is attempting to build vacation homes on the island, and has already illegally installed a septic tank, and thousands of feet of roads, trails, and utility trenching. He has now strong-armed his way out of conducting the required environmental impact report and is poised to begin further construction at any moment.
Join us on Monday October 10th 2011, Indigenous People’s Day, to demand that Bay Area millionaire businessman John Nady immediately halt his planned desecration of Rattlesnake Island. All are welcome, including children, to come out in support of the Elem’s struggle and tell Nady that from the Bay Area to Lake County, people will stand up in opposition to the desecration of this sacred site.
Monday, October 10, 2011 (Indigenous People’s Day)
Meet 12:00 noon at the interseection of Shellmound St. & Ohlone Way (Bay Street Mall).
Supporters are also encouraged to join a growing boycott of Nady Electronics products.
4:00 PM Occupy Oakland
In solidarity with OccupyWallStreet, OccupySanFrancisco and Indigenous People's Day.
On Monday, October 10, 2011 at 4pm the people of Oakland will occupy Frank Ogawa Plaza. This action will unite Oakland with OccupyWallStreet and people around the country and around the world to establish a democratic public space for discussion, celebration and change.
The discussion that began on Wall Street on September 17, has swept across the country, spreading from New York City, to Boston, Boise, Pensacola, and Honolulu. This occupation will add Oakland, CA to the growing list.
Activities and actions will include the establishment of a public garden, teach-ins, preparation and distribution of community meals, creation of artwork, and music and dance. These activities are in support of this growing national movement for economic equality and justice.
About Occupy Oakland:OccupyOakland is an emerging social movement without leaders or spokespeople, for more information, please join us on Monday, October 10 at 4pm at Frank Ogawa Plaza.
This design was created through a collaborative effort of organizers and artists in Phoenix, Arizona. I applaud Ernesto Yerena, Sandra Castro and Orlando Arenas and crew for coming up with this amazing print. It pushes the out an analysis and worldview that is critical to real, transformational change.
The crew had made 300 hand printed screen prints but they definitely want this image to go out far and wide. I offered to distribute it as a downloadable PDF via the Dignidad Rebelde website to get it into your hands.
**EDIT** Recently a critique has been made about mis-steps that may have been taken in the design of this poster.
While I agree with many of the critiques written in the blog I do have some commentary to make. I believe dialogue is an important process in the decolonization. I believe that since the image has been so widely circulated that this analysis and critique need to enter the discourse. The image is already in many people's minds you can't remove that.
I encourage folks that work on this to publish a statement to address the critiques. Indigenous people and oppressed people need to come together not, as a friend keenly articulated do this:-"the firing squad on the Left is in a circle." (Whether "Left" is the right umbrella term or not is not the point...the Oppressed...the Radical you pick).
As an additional footnote. One thing I find problematic about her approach is that she didn't credit the artists of any of the three pieces she includes in her write nor did she publish any of the statements that people put out with the work. I guess the artists of this piece aren't the only ones who didn't take enough time to do their due diligence, huh?
While I find her critiques valid I also find her approach abrupt and unresearched and her tone self-righteous. Let's dialgoue and support each other not cut each other down at the knees.
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"Somos el 99%. Me echan la culpa por la crisis económica...y los bancos de Wall Street ¿qué?
"We are the 99%. They blame me for the economic crisis...what about the Wall Street Banks?
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