Proposal of name change recognition from “Occupy Oakland” to “Decolonize/Liberate Oakland”
Recognizing that Oakland is already “occupied territories” of the Chochenyo Ohlone since time immemorial
We recognize that the “Occupy” movement has shut out the engagement of indigenous activists by using a term that lacks self-awareness of a settler mentality.
The Chochenyo Ohlone people – the
people indigenous to what is now Oakland – and several of their indigenous brothers and sisters throughout the State of California and the United States – have experienced such relentless colonial and imperial efforts that they now have no collective territory of their own. No recognized legal status or rights as indigenous. No means to self-government and self-sufficiency on the lands and in the waters that once sustained them.
The Chochenyo Ohlone people, like so many indigenous peoples in California and the United States, live with the historical and real consequences of a post-colonial, post-imperial stress disorder: displaced, defrauded, targeted, objectified, degraded, depressed.
Genuine solidarity with indigenous peoples assumes a basic understanding of how histories of colonization and imperialism have produced and still produce the legal and economic possibility for Oakland. For San Francisco. For San Jose. For all of the colonies-now-municipalities of the San Francisco bay area, northern California, and the west coast of the United States.
In solidarity we propose to officially change “Occupy Oakland” to “Decolonize/Liberate Oakland”.