In honor of the annual “Reclaim King’s Radical Legacy” weekend 2019:
This is a free, family-friendly event filled with ecologically regenerative hands-on projects, workshops & skill-shares, music, and a community meal. This is the sister event to this past April’s Lead to Life series in Atlanta, Georgia, where 50 guns were melted down into 50 shovels to plant 50 trees in honor of the 50 years since MLK’s assassination.
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For this Oakland action day, our partner James Brenner Sculpture is forging a reimagined arsenal of 40 additional shovels, made from weapons collected at Bay Area gun buybacks. Folks from across the East Bay are coming together to use these ceremonial tools to plant trees and build ceremonial space at the Sogorea Te’ Land Trust site at Planting Justice’s East Oakland Nursery, the first piece of land put into this urban, indigenous women-led community land trust. This will be the site of the first ceremonial arbor built on Ohlone Land in 250 years.
The day will be an act of beloved community and grassroots liberation as part of Oakland’s annual weekend to reclaim the radical legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. To honor the vision of Dr. King, the work of people across Oakland, and the indigenous stewardship of these lands, we will work with our hands in the soil to decompose colonialism. We will live into a practice of land reparations through supporting the return of Ohlone ancestral homelands. This day also auspiciously falls on the Jewish holiday of trees, Tu Bishvat!
The following evening, Monday, January 21st, we will reconvene in Oscar Grant Plaza in downtown Oakland, where we will finish transforming guns into our last shovels together in a public participatory ceremony following The People’s March to Reclaim King’s Radical Legacy.
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