#BlackLivesMatter Bay Area and Indigenous Peoples Day Thanksgiving Statement of Solidarity at Alcatraz


 

“We open by recognizing and giving thanks to the creator and the ancestors that have come before us who have laid us seeds of life, tradition and resistance. We are here because we are lifted by those who came before us, we give thanks for their sacrifice, and stand testament to their strength.

We see in our first nations families, we see our plight, we see our genocide, a genocide that continues on us all to this day. We know of these things very intimately, for the cause of your pain is the cause of our pain. We are connected and bonded through our blood relations and common struggle against our oppressor. Whose trail of murder and thievery is vast and evident, starting with the theft of first nations lands and the bounty produced upon the backs of our ancestors misery, slavery and death. Long ago our paths became intertwined in an era of unimaginable horror for both of our peoples. To this day a sickness resides in our hearts; it was put there by a great evil called Settler white supremacy. In this sickness our two peoples are also bound together. Our unity in struggle is the cure to this sickness.

Our connection in solidarity and blood is an act of resistance and affirmation of life. Every act that weakens the structure of Settler White Supremacy, undoes the original sin of Colonialism and Slavery. We recall Crispus Attucks whose lifesblood is claimed by our oppressor to be the moment of birth for the “American Nation”. Crispus Attucks whose African Father and Haudenosaunee (Ho-De-Nee-Show-Nee) Mothers was spilled in order to christen the soil for the 500 year plague of “Enlightenment”. We remember Seminole Wars in which our ancestors escaped bondage to ally with first nations and relations, to fight the murderer known and Andrew Jackson. A symptom of the disease celebrated by settlers on their twenty dollar bill. We left our bonds of slavery and joined our first nation family in common unity and struggle against this disease of oppression. We were in kinship so long ago, and today we renew, once again, our commitment towards alliance, unity and struggle, for our freedom is your freedom, our liberation is your liberation. We are connected in soil, birth, and struggle.

We are not the descendants of a weak peoples. We have honored histories. Stories of survival and rebellion against the unsurvivable and the insurmountable. Histories of how we became powerful and sacrificed our bodies to strike against our oppressor. We live because our ancestors chose the path of resistance. We stand together on sacred ground, united as we breathe life into the memory of those who came before us, and the bonds that they forged.

Your plight is our plight, your blood is our blood, your oppression is our oppression, our paths to liberation are not simply congruent, they are one in the same and our ascendance to freedom will happen simultaneously. Our pain, our bonds, our relations connect us and the path of resistance makes us one.”
– BLM

“We the Indigenous People of this Land, stand in solidarity with Black LIves Matters and our Black brothers and sisters fighting to end the War on Black People in this Country and around the world.

We recognize that the War on Black People is rooted in slavery, which enabled the accumulation of wealth and power needed for the genocide of Native Americans, the founding of the United States, and the colonization of countries throughout the world. The suffering and exploitation that plagues all of our communities is rooted in this history of anti-black racism for the development of capitalism.We understand that this has contributed to the ethnic genocide of Indigenous Peoples throughout the world and the kidnapping and enslavement of Africans.

We acknowledge that the oppression of our people links our struggles but it is also our desire and constant fight for liberation that truly unites us.

Our solidarity with the Black Friday 14 and Black Lives Matter continues a rich history of peoples’ movements and international solidarity in the U.S., which is rooted in the legacy of Black resistance, organizing, and leadership. From the struggle to end African slavery to the development of the Black Panther Party which paved the way for the Red Power Movement that was birthed here on Alcatraz Island and spread across Turtle Island, the Black resistance movement in this country is centuries old and and has long provided visionary and groundbreaking leadership for many oppressed communities demanding freedom in the U.S. and abroad.

We believe that the lack of urgency and responsiveness of both Black Trans Lives and the more than 1200 Indigenous women who have gone missing is not a coincidence.

We believe the poverty and lack of equity that has been imposed on our reservations, and in black communities is not a coincidence.

We believe that the state sanctioned violence on black and brown bodies at the hands of law enforcement is not a coincidence.

And we refuse to allow the disparities that result from this intentional oppression on our people to divide our communities.

Just as we know Indigenous LIfe is Sacred, we know Black Lives Matter.

There is a State of Emergency. From British Columbia to Ferguson, from the Amazon forest to Oakland, from Alcatraz Island to Minneapolis, we are demanding our freedom.

As First Nation people, we understand that OUR justice,relies on the respect, appreciation and liberation of black lives. Because if they can’t get it, we definitely won’t be seeing it.”
– The People of Turtle Island

Tonight’s History of Struggle Discussion: Franz Fanon

History of Struggle Examination and Discussion: Franz Fanon’s Wretched of the Earth

Qilombo (2313 San Pablo Ave, Oakland)

3 February 2015, 7-9PM

fanon-wretched-of-the-earthA survey of human rights struggle across time and territory, facilitated by Qilombo volunteers. This will be a political examination and discussion about different analysis, strategies and tactics of different revolutionaries over time. We will be examining the successes/failures of the theories and practices of different people and groups involved in revolutionary movements.

This week we will be examining the “Wretched of the Earth” by Frantz Fanon. More specifically we will be studying revolution and counter-revolution as concepts and functions.

Facebook event here

Wretched of the Earth PDF here

Ferguson Protesters Are Occupying St. Louis Police Headquarters

eviction noticeTwenty-five people in Ferguson, Missouri,are occupying the St. Louis Police headquarters. In the meantime, SLPD are busy chasing around a diversion march on the streets. This comes as ongoing anti-police actions around the country have gained momentum, sparked by the most recent murders by police.

PRESS RELEASE:

We have received a cry for help, that as mothers, grandmothers, fathers, grandfathers, brothers and sisters we can NO LONGER IGNORE.

In response to this dispatch, we intend to evict injustice and blight, by occupying St. Louis Police headquarters on December 31st, 2014, at 11am. The decision to reclaim our police department is the result of willful neglect and violence on behalf of the department toward the community, which they are bound, by oath, to protect and serve. Continue reading

Protestors to Police: No Christmas For You!

Flier for X-Mas Day FTP March (Oakland)

Flier for X-Mas Day FTP March (Oakland)

Police unions around the country are cashing in on the deaths of two NYPD officers by guilt-tripping the masses, attacking protestors (and even blaming the mayor, attorney general and president) for having “blood on their hands.” Tonight New Yorkers defied the calls of the mayor and the police unions to “suspend” all protests by taking to the streets in Manhattan and the Bronx. Here in the Bay Area, residents of Oakland are sharing that sentiment by holding a FTP (Fuck The Police) march on Christmas day with one stated goal: No Time Off.

A handful of organizations and self-appointed leaders, like the well-known FBI informant Rev. Al Sharpton, have rushed to condemn the killings in an attempt to “preserve the moral high ground.” However, many long time anti-police activists and residents of Oakland are remembering Lovell Mixon — a local villain to some, but a hero to others– who killed four OPD officers during the height of the Oscar Grant rebellions. Continue reading

People Remove City Fence Posted Around Triangle Park

Collaboration by We Copwatch and Bay Area Intifada,

We Copwatch triangle park

On Saturday morning, community members, with the blessings of Triangle Park residents, removed a fence put up by the the city just days before. The park is a community space where people mingle, snooze, break bread, play chess and–for some homeless people–can finally rest their feet. The city put up the fence to push park residents and visitors out of the community gathering space, angering park residents, nearby neighbors and other Oaklanders. People are drawing a clear connection between the fence and the city’s ongoing efforts to gentrify Oakland through the displacement, murder and harassment of black, brown and homeless communities.

On the way to the park, a couple of community members talked to Bay Area Intifada about the significance of the fence:

Another community member talked about why we should support the people at the park: Continue reading

Jalil Muntaqim Requests Call-In

From PrisonJustice.ca

From PrisonJustice.ca

NYC Jericho [more on the org here] received the following request from Jalil Muntaqim former Black Panther Party/Black Liberation Army/ Cointelpro Victim (known in the system as Anthony Bottom #77A4283). (Read about Jalil Muntaqim’s case here.):

I am preparing the Article 78 petition to the Court, however, I am still requesting friends to call Tina Stanford, Commissioner of the Board of Parole, and urge her to reverse the parole denial due to erroneous information in the parole folder: the COMPAS Report and their receipt and review of racist letters opposing …my release.I anticipate that, if several people make these calls, perhaps they will reverse the denial and order a new hearing. I ask that you all make phone calls to Tina Stanford’s office (518-473-9400) urging a decision in my administrative appeal. … In the hopefully short term, it is expected that the NYS Court of Appeals will decide two cases on parole that could establish a precedent on future parole decisions. It is expected the Court will make their decision before the end of the year, which will, if favorable, support my arguments. We shall see!? Yours in Struggle, Jalil A. Muntaqim

We Can Pretend Mexico’s War Isn’t ‘Made in the U.S.A.’, But the Numbers Don’t Lie

From #USTired2: Stop the US Government’s Deadly Plan Mexico

ustired2For too many people living in the United States, it has been easy to ignore what’s happening in Mexico. But the plain truth is that the money that’s fueling this war is coming from one place: the United States. And it’s our job to stop it.

First, of course, there is the amount of money that drug traffickers make selling narcotics, marijuana, and amphetamines here in the U.S.: even conservative estimates put this at $30 billion each year. The drug trade is so profitable that one UN official argued that during the global banking crisis in 2008, drug money was the only thing keeping the world banking system afloat. So the drug habits of people here in the U.S. are making billions of dollars for the cartels—and therefore for the big international banks—every year, providing the monetary incentives for the kind of graft and corruption that has infected the Mexican state from top to bottom. Our love of cocaine and pot is fueling the disintegration of the entire Mexican political structure.

Read the rest of the article here.

Take action here.

Join the December 3rd National Mobilization for Peace in Mexico here.

Read more about Plan Mexico here.

break the laws/break the chains: political reflections on Mike Brown and White Supremacy from Oakland CA

Reposted from Kissing in the Dark

ftpTo be free is to break the law

“Nobody in the world, nobody in history, has ever gotten their freedom by appealing to the moral sense of the people who were oppressing them.”

-assata shakur

 I write to you from a humbled place. Striving to be a warrior for my people; looking and listening. This is an attempt to share some political reflections as a Black womyn in the struggle since I left the womb. The last two days Turtle Island (united states) has been on fire in solidarity with Mike Brown’s family and Ferguson, Missouri to protest the murder of Mike Brown by pig Darren Wilson, who continues to live freely with no charges filed against him. Mike Brown, like many of my brothers and sisters before me, was murdered for being a Black man in the White mans system. A system built out of the genocide of Black and Native folks. No justice will ever be served in their courts. This week in particular is a powerful week to be remembering and honoring native resistance, and Indigenous resistance all over this earth to white supremacy and state violence. Nothing has changed including the lies and bullshit holidays they try to feed us to distract us from these truths. We honor by continuing to resist. Continue reading

Sakej’s Reflections on Anti-Columbus Tour

Sakej will be speaking at Oakland’s Qilombo on Sunday, November 23rd at 6PM. For more details, go here.

Reposted from Native Youth Movement Warrior Society

sakejtourLAFirst, I want to acknowledge the land of the Tongva and Chumash people that I visited. I also wish to thank the organizers who put this tour together and a special thanks to Joaquin Cienfuegos for his hard work, time and dedication to making the tour happen. Another special thanks to a close brother and sister, Hawk and Centzi, who helped organize the tour, housed us, coordinated activities, drove us around, showed us the area and cooked awesome meals for us. They are also a great example of Indigenous parents who are setting the example by teaching cultural based dance, committing to ensure the safety and healthy upbringing of their children, maintaining active lifestyles and avoiding the pressures of joining a gang life, which starts at such a young age. Their dedication, generosity and hospitality would make their ancestors proud.

The concept for the Anti-Columbus Speaking Tour followed the release of the video of the Mi’kmaq warrior tour. Suzanne Patles and Coady Stevens did a great job of speaking at Cheam Fist Nation, B.C. (as well as other places along their tour) where I had also presented on the purpose of the Indigenous warrior. Defining the warrior intrigued several people and groups who wanted to hear more about it so the tour was created.

The objective of the tour was to raise the awareness around the definition, purpose, role and responsibilities of a warrior in the southern California area.

The method used to raise awareness around warriors and warrior societies was a two pronged approach. The first was to conduct talks (teachings) about warriors. Each teaching was modified to fit that particular audience. The teaching would lead to questions, answers and more discussion.

The second approach was for activists group seeking skill building activities. These engagements were designed around warrior skill development after the warrior teachings. It was decided that the two key skill sets would be survival techniques and knife fighting.

Survival skills need to be interpreted as Indigenous cultural skills as they are skills that are needed to be out on the land and to live with the land. These are skills that have been appropriated by the colonizer and renamed “modern survival skills”. It is important to take these skills back if we truly want to revive our land-based culture…

Read the rest of the presentation here.