Title: Black Mesa benefit event, 2012: Anti-colonial struggle from California to Arizona
Location: RCNV, 612 Ocean St., Santa Cruz
Description: Friday, November 9th
@ 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.
* 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.
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!
* Black Mesa Support Slideshow
* Desserts and food
“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.
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BLACK MESA INDIGENOUS SUPPORT, SANTA CRUZ