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Friday, November 9: Black Mesa benefit event, 2012: Anti-colonial struggle from California to Arizona

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Title: Black Mesa benefit event, 2012: Anti-colonial struggle from California to Arizona
Location: RCNV, 612 Ocean St., Santa Cruz
Description: Friday, November 9th
6:30pm-10:00pm
@ the Resource Center for Nonviolence
612 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA

Admission is $5-20, no one turned away.
This is a fundraiser for Black Mesa families resisting relocation.

SPEAKERS:
* Kat Keediniihii (Diné) *
Growing up at Big Mountain, Kat was raised with Diné traditions by her family in the midst of a struggle for cultural survival. She is currently living in Salinas with her four sons and is known as a humble, hard-working woman who is always there for the people.

* Corrina Gould (Chochenyo/Karkin Ohlone) *
Corrina Gould is a community organizer and educator in Oakland who works every day to honor her ancestors. For over a decade she has been on the front lines of Ohlone efforts to protect sacred sites.

MUSIC:
Speakers will be followed by a miniature set of acoustic music by local artists:
Pale Robin, Gembrokers, Scott Ferreter, Nadia Lucia, Salami Rose Joe Louis, and secret guests!

http://palerobin.bandcamp.com/

http://thegembrokers.com/

ALSO:
* Black Mesa Support Slideshow
* Desserts and food

BACKGROUND:
“Our life is our religion, and our religion is the land.” -Thomas Katenay, Diné

In Northeastern Arizona, traditional Diné (Navajo) elders and families at Black Mesa are continuing a decades-long resistance to coal strip-mining and forced relocation from their sacred ancestral lands.

“What I say about this development that happens all over the Bay Area, is that it’s a cultural genocide. They’re trying to wipe us out, in a different kind of a way.” -Corrina Gould, Ohlone

In the Monterey and SF Bay Areas, Ohlone people continue to fight for cultural survival and the protection of their sacred places and burial grounds. “Un-recognized” by the federal government, the Ohlones have no land-base and live day to day within a settler society that is largely ignorant of their continued existence.

Facebook event page: (invite friends!)
https://www.facebook.com/events/122231607931455/

BLACK MESA INDIGENOUS SUPPORT, SANTA CRUZ
sheepandsagebrush@gmail.com
831-708-8199
http://blackmesais.org/

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