The Stolen Land/Hoarded Resources tour launched on Mama Earth Day 2016 in the stolen Lisjen/Ohlone Village of Yelamu (SF) in CalifAztlan, with poor & indigenous peoples touring “rich” neighborhoods across the US and knocking on doors humbly asking that wealth hoarders redistribute their surplus money, resources and assets to poor and indigenous led land liberation movements. The tour has so far toured 8 wealth-hoarding cities across the US including Beverly Hills, San Francisco, Oakland, Manhattan, Conn and Philadelphia Poor & indigenous Tour Guides are joined by conscious folks with race and class privilege walking in solidarity and change.
The tour is loosely based on the Bhoodan Movement of India launched by Vinoba Bhave who walked through India asking wealthy "land-owners" to gift their land to landless peoples. With a similar vision, this small group of landless and indigenous peoples being hit the hardest by displacement and gentrification will be intentionally crossing the invisible and visible lines between the land and resource hoarders aka the very rich and the victims of generations of white supremacy, theft, colonization, criminalization, racism, eugenics and silencing, aka the very poor.
Two action models/solutions that Homeless and 1st Nations folks are presenting is the poor people-led self-determined movement called Homefulness in Deep East Oakland (Huchuin Ohlone Land) as well as Sogorea Te Land Trust which is a Native Woman run land trust based in the land of the 1st peoples who lead it.
The Bank of Comm-UNITY Reparations
This tour officially launches the Bank of Community Reparations - a national fund of redistributed and stolen wealth that is distributed equally among poor and indigenous people-led land use projects - the 1st four of which are the following:
1)Homefulness in Deep East Huchuin(Oakland), a poor and indigenous-led landless peoples movement working to build 9 units of housing for unhoused families and elders, a liberation school, radio station, garden and healing center in Deep east Oakland
2)Sogorea Te Land Trust (Huchuin/Oakland) the first Native woman-run land trust working to reclaim stolen Ohlone/Lisjen land (Oakland)
3) Homefulness #2 in North Oakland (Launched by Manna From Heaven- a Black elder-led breakfast program being gentrified from their long-time North Oakland location)
4) Po Mamaz Reparations Fund- Raising money for rent, bills and medical care for poor mamaz in the community
5) Tech Reparations Fund- equity and money to pay rent and down payments to displaced elders and families from Tech industry gentriFUKation
6) Youth Poverty Skolaz Resistance Education Fund- Goes to fund projects like Frohms Martial Arts , DeeColonize Academy and Youth Radio
Community Reparations is a concept launched by Lisa tiny Gray-Garcia and is rooted in the notion of Interdependence - Meant to be a healing medicine of resistance to the lie of independence and the separation nation that encourages the violent act of looking away. Instructing us all to recognize our humanity, and resist the normalizing of capitalist separateness, “success” through land-stealing and wealth-hoarding.
POOR Magazine Community Reparations model and Homefulness is also taught/shared with other poor and indigenous peoples movements who would like to start their own version of homefulness - Folks with race, class and/or formal education privilege who are interested in redistributing or reparating are invited to attend PeopleSkool’s Decolonization/ DegentriFUKation Seminar.
For more information on Revolutionary Giving to the Bank of Reparations call (510) [phone redacted] or email [email redacted] . To donate directly to Homefulness go to www.poormagazine.org/rev_donor. To learn more about the PeopleSkool seminars for people with race, class and formal education privilege email [email redacted] or go on-line to www.racepovertymediajustice.org
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- Paige Kirstein
- Patricia Sotomayor
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