Solidarity Tent Encampment – Oakland, CA

Update 10.26.2011

Proposal to “Occupy Oakland”: A Memorandum of Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples

by Joanne Barker on Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at 9:02pm

(Luz, Andrew, Andreana and I have submitted the following proposal to “Occupy Oakland.” We will keep everyone updated on its status. It is based on the statement approved by Occupy Boston.)


RESOLUTION:  Memorandum of Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples



WHEREAS, those participating in “Occupy Oakland” acknowledge that the United States of America is a colonial country, and that we are guests upon stolen indigenous land that has already been occupied for centuries, Oakland being the ancestral land of the Ohlone people; and 

WHEREAS, members of the Indigenous Peoples continued to resist the violent oppression and exploitation of the colonizers since they first arrived on this continent, and as a result have a great amount of experience that could strengthen this movement; and 

WHEREAS, after centuries of disregard for the welfare of future generations, and the consistent disrespect and exploitation of the Earth, we find ourselves on a polluted and disturbed planet, lacking the wisdom to live sustainably at peace with the community of Life; therefore be it 

RESOLVED, That we seek the involvement of indigenous peoples  in the rebuilding of a new society on their ancestral land; and 

As a signal to the national “Occupy” movement and Indigenois Peoples who have felt excluded who have felt excluded by the colonialist language used to name this movement, it shall be declared that “Occupy Oakland” aspires to “Decolonize  Oakland” with the guidance and participation of Indigenous Peoples; and


Extending an open hand of humility and friendship, we hereby invite Indigenous Peoples to join us in this popular uprising now taking place across this continent.  We wish to further the process of healing and reconciliation and implore Indigenous Peoples to share their wisdom and guidance, as they see fit, so as to help us restore true freedom and democracy and initiate a new era of peace and cooperation that will work for everyone, including the Earth and the original inhabitants of this land In Solidarity,Joanne Barker

Luz Calvo

Andreana Clay

Andrew Jolivette


Occupy”Oakland Website

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