October 21, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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AIM-WEST Salutes the Alcatraz Island Warriors of 1969-1971!
A Tribute to the 40th Anniversary
"To the Great White Father and All His People, WE THE NATIVE
AMERICANS, reclaim the land known as Alcatraz Island in the name of
all American Indians by right of discovery. We wish to be fair and
honorable in our dealings with the Caucasian inhabitants of this
land, and hereby offer the following treaty: We will purchase said
Alcatraz Island for twenty-four dollars ($24) in glass beads and red
cloth, a precedent set by the white man's purchase of a similar
island about 300 years ago. We know that $24 in trade goods for these
16 acres is more than was paid when Manhattan Island was sold, but we
know that land values have risen over the years. Our off of $ 1.24
per acre is greater than the 47 cents per acre the white men are now
paying the California Indians for their land….Signed, Indians of All
Tribes, November 1969, San Francisco, California."
With this profound proclamation and the gallant actions necessitated
by the young brave's so began a movement of Indigenous activism that
awoke America, and sent a thunder-clap around the world that has now
culminated in the historic adoption by the United Nations General
Assembly on September 13, 2007 of the "Declaration on the Rights of
Please make a date to be with us Wednesday, November 4th to honor and
commemorate those warriors who sacrificed and gave of their time and
placed themselves in social turmoil to help re-claim the destiny for
all Indians of the Americas.
Place: La Pena Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley,
Time: 6:30 to 9:30 pm
Film: "Alcatraz Is Not An Island" (starts at 7 pm!)
M.C.'s Jimbo Simmons (AIM), and Mary Jean Robertson (S.F. KPOO radio
And with Special Guest Speakers, with music by Goodshield, Drummers
and Singers welcome, and Traditional Dancers!
Cover Charge $ 8.00 slide-scale, no one turned away. A food can drive
is also requested for Oakland Inter-Tribal Friendship House. A raffle
prize, and a blanket donation is requested.
On this occasion of the 40th Anniversary of the Occupation of
Alcatraz Island, a special benefit by American Indian Movement-WEST
(AIM-WEST) invites you to join us and acknowledge all those heroic
warriors representing "Indians of All Tribes" who sought to liberate
The Rock, (first landing Nov. 14th) that began November 20, 1969
until being led off the island June 11, 1971. Their mission and
purpose; to enlighten the American people of the injustice done to
the American Indian by stealing their land by phony treaties.
During the 19 months of the occupation 20,000 people visited Alcatraz
Island, meanwhile a medical clinic was set up, the structure of
day-to-day life needed formulation, children needed schooling, a
leadership structure needed to be created to tend the affairs of
Alcatraz community; the Black Panthers offered help; Credence
Clearwater Revival donated $15,000; a child was born (July 20, 1970),
the 12 year-old daughter of Richard Oakes, the foremost leader of the
Alcatraz occupation, fell over a railing and died on January 8, 1970;
and the light house and several buildings burned to the ground.
Against this backdrop the leadership at Alcatraz began negotiations
with government officials setting the stage for confrontations with
dishonest politicians, onerous developers and bureaucrats. Come and
share your experiences, thoughts and vision of what this occasion has
meant to you, the youth, and community.
Free Leonard Peltier! Freedom for All Political Prisoners! Protect
Sacred Sites! Honor the Treaties! Acknowledge and review the 18
Unratified Treaties made with the California's American Indians! And
demand the US government sign the UN Declaration on the Rights of
Indigenous Peoples! (only three countries have not signed: USA,
Canada, and New Zealand!)
*Mark your calendars now for the AIM West Coast Third Annual
Gathering November 23-27, 2009. *M.C. Mr. Bill Means, National AIM
Grand Council, and Board Member of International Indian Treaty
Council, a United Nations NGO in consultative status. Donations are
appreciated. Check AIM-WEST website for more information. All My Relations!