(main text updated June 4 2018)
We, the undersigned members of the San Francisco, North Bay, and East Bay (and international) Reclaiming communities of Witches support Ohlone families and allies working to #SaveTheWestBerkeleyShellmound. Despite genocidal violence by the Spanish and later U.S. colonial governments, Ohlone people are still here. We acknowledge the Ohlone and neighboring California Indian tribes and nations, including the Pomo, Miwok, Patwin, Yokuts, Salinan, and Esselen peoples as the past, present, and future care-takers of the lands on which we reside.
The Reclaiming Tradition began in the 1980s when members the original collective were involved in demonstrations against the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant. The origins of our spiritual practice include modern interpretations of earth-based ceremonial traditions of pre-Christian Europe. Our commitment to feminism, ecology, and justice in all its forms compels us to support Ohlone peoples. We do so with the awareness that as a community which has developed in the San Francisco Bay Area, our spiritual tradition was largely founded on occupied Ohlone territories.
In 1909, archeologist Nels Nelson created a map of the over 425 shellmound burial sites that ring the Bay Area. Many have been destroyed as a result of settler intrusion. One of the largest is buried below the Bay Street Mall in Emeryville. Today, the oldest shellmound and village site located at 1900 Fourth Street in Berkeley is threatened. Despite being named a historic landmark by the Berkeley Landmarks Commission and its ceremonial importance for Ohlone peoples, West Berkeley Investors has aggressively sought to build apartments, restaurants, and a parking garage on top of this site. We affirm East Bay Ohlone families whose statement says: “We oppose any desecration of our sacred site. Our sacred sites are not for sale. We will not allow our ancestors to be disturbed. This sacred site represents more than 5,000 years of our history and it also currently represents our living culture. We will not permit the desecration of a site that is sacred to our families, our culture, and our ancestors.”
We recognize the role of Ohlone women on the front lines of sacred sites protection, Indigenous rights, and cultural survival. This is especially important to mention in light of the rising epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, and two-spirits across Turtle Island (North America). We also acknowledge the struggle to protect the West Berkeley Shellmound is related to larger Indigenous movements to defend sacred places against the forces of commodification, extraction, and pollution including efforts to protect Oakflat (Apache), defend Mauna Kea (Kānaka Maoli/Native Hawaiians), and resist the numerous oil pipelines through Indigenous territories.
Acting in solidarity includes following the lead of Ohlone elders, showing up when asked, contacting local officials, donating what we can, and working in our own communities to disrupt settler-colonialism and white supremacy. We commit to doing our part to support Ohlone peoples to protect the West Berkeley Shellmound and other sites for the generations of Ohlone peoples yet unborn.
Calls to Action
*Contact the City of Berkeley and tell them why saving the Shellmound is a priority for you. Email the city planner: [email@example.com]. E-mail the city attorney [firstname.lastname@example.org].
Call and e-mail the City Manager Dee Williams Ridley at 510-981-7000 or email@example.com [firstname.lastname@example.org] Within the next 36-48 hours.
*Donate to our legal fund https://shellmound.org/take-action/
*Learn more at https://shellmound.org
*Stay connected through social media:
West Berkeley Shellmound group on Facebook (https://tinyurl.com/hwe3696)
5/31/2018 08:38:49 am
I stand behind this statement.
5/31/2018 09:54:55 am
I sign this statement in support of Ohlone families to save the West Berkeley Shellmound.
Mykel Kathryn Mogg
5/31/2018 10:09:53 am
I urge the city of Berkeley to honor their commitments to Ohlone people and protect this sacred site. I hope that this place will be protected as a site for Ohlone people to gather in ceremony for many generations to come.
5/31/2018 11:07:01 am
I also sign this statement in support of Ohlone families to save the West Berkeley Shellmound.
5/31/2018 11:16:57 am
I stand with Ohlone folks-- let there be no desecration of this sacred site.
Cypress F Gormly
5/31/2018 01:12:21 pm
I stand with the Ohlone.
5/31/2018 04:42:29 pm
Please leave the Shellmound to the Ohlone
Hilary Mary Buffum
5/31/2018 05:44:16 pm
I stand solidarity with the Ohlone people. Save the Berkeley Shellmound. I urge the city of Berkeley to do what you said you would do and protect this sacred site.
5/31/2018 08:25:10 pm
I agree with this statement.
6/1/2018 06:56:43 am
I urge you to preserve the last 2.2 acres of the West Berkeley Shellmound and Village site. Berkeley's commitment to the Ohlone people should be honored and this historic site should be preserved for future generations.
6/1/2018 10:25:34 am
I support this statement completely.
6/1/2018 12:46:21 pm
I stand in complete support of this statement
6/1/2018 01:46:50 pm
Not one more desecration in the name of greed.
6/1/2018 02:13:19 pm
Make the right choice, Berkeley, and honor your agreements with Ohlone people. Protect this sacred site.
6/1/2018 04:34:01 pm
I stand in support of preserving the shell mound and honoring native peoples important sites.
6/1/2018 11:42:41 pm
Please support the rights of the Ohlone People. Don’t be known as the ones who didn’t.
6/4/2018 02:57:13 pm
I support the Ohlone People lets not put greed ahead of doing the right thing for them and the West Berkeley Shell Mouind.
6/4/2018 05:50:42 pm
I sign this in support of the Ohlone people and for preserving this historical and sacred site for future generations.
6/5/2018 03:47:49 am
I sign in support of and respect for the Ohione people and their special relationship to this site.
6/6/2018 10:41:34 am
I stand behind this statement.
6/7/2018 07:34:31 am
I stand with the Ohlone.
6/7/2018 03:11:40 pm
I support this statement. Protect the Berkeley shell mound.
6/12/2018 06:28:54 am
I stand in solidarity, from here in Australia, with the Ohlone people of a land I deeply love.
6/12/2018 03:06:28 pm
I stand in solidarity
Maureen G. Moss Lubell
6/13/2018 12:42:54 am
I urge the City of Berkeley to honor your commitments to the Ohlone people, and protect this sacred site. This is an ancient and important piece of land in the ancestral history of these peoples, and should be protected as a place for the Ohlone people to gather in ceremony for all their generations to come.
SELF denied Holy Warrior for Jesus Holy Trinity
7/17/2021 04:43:11 pm
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