California: Day 18 Update From Spiritual Encampment At Glen Cove

*** Day 18 update – May 1st, 2011

It was a very social Sunday. Internationally acclaimed actor Michael Horse and his partner Pennie Opal Plant from Gathering Tribes Art Gallery in Berkeley paid us a visit and donated much needed supplies. Artists from Oakland donated two spray-painted banners. A limo pulled up to the gate, full of DJs from a local radio station, who visited and brought us fruit. Then a trio of Mormons appeared–after being informed that proselytizing to our participants was forbidden, they joined us for a short while.

Doug and Clayton Duncan from Robinson Rancheria and Gary Thomas of the Elem Pomo Roundhouse shared the story of the massacre of their ancestors at Bloody Island and offered songs. Their family members sang healing songs and danced in honor of the women, accompanied by prayers offered by a Taino Elder from Puerto Rico.

The Security Committee, which includes youth from several California tribes, introduced the new “Sogorea Te” song to the group circle. People from our encampment spoke at May Day rallies in San Jose and San Francisco, distributing flyers and getting the word out about our spiritual defense of these sacred grounds.

Local Glen Cove Residents showed up to support our vigil and provided us with BBQ meat and lasagna for dinner. Phil Klasky, American Indian Studies professor at San Francisco State also brought generous dinner donations. The Red Boy Singers offered Prayer songs at the end of this hot Sunday.

Prayer and attention is being directed towards our friend and long time activist John Powers, who despite deteriorating health, has been participating in our ongoing ceremony to protect Sogorea Te.

We again wish to express our gratitude to everyone who has participated in our struggle, on the land or from a distance.

*** Announcements:

– A Mothers Day / Honoring Mother Earth event will take place this coming Sunday, the 8th at Sogorea Te. Details TBA.

– A walk to visit Oakland Shellmounds will take place on Saturday May 7th at 9am, Starting at Union Point Park – 2311 Embarcadero, Oakland. Bring comfortable shoes, a sack lunch and water to carry.

– The Twelth Annual Bloody Island Memorial in honor of the Pomo Indian people that perished and those who survived the Bloody Island Massacre will take place on Saturday, May 14th in the Clear Lake area.

– Also, a reminder that ride-sharing from the Bay Area is being coordinated by these two supporters – let them know if you need, or can offer, a ride out to Glen Cove: Casey – 609-317-3480 Dylan – 415-810-9930

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