Please join us at 6:30pm on the evening of Friday, November 13th!
Location: Barrios Unidos
1718 Soquel Avenue - Santa Cruz
Special Guest Speaker: DANNY BLACKGOAT
Danny Blackgoat is a longtime Dine' (Navajo) resister of forced relocation. Traveling from his home at Big Mountain, Danny Blackgoat (son of Roberta Blackgoat) will speak about relocation, coal mining, and recent happenings at Black Mesa.
Film Screening: BROKEN RAINBOW
An Academy Award winning documentary. Broken Rainbow reveals the machinations of energy companies and their government proxies as they eagerly cast aside the peaceful Dine' to make way for oil, gas, uranium and coal mining. In their own words, elders and outside experts discuss the rich culture and history of the Navajo as well as their close friends and neighbors, the Hopi. Beautifully photographed and scored, Broken Rainbow compassionately illuminates a modern Trail of Tears and the deeply rooted courage of the Dine' who vow to never leave their sacred homelands.
This event is a benefit for the 2009 Fall Caravan to Black Mesa.
On November 21st, work crews from Santa Cruz and all across the country will converge in support of the indigenous resistance communities of Big Mountain, Black Mesa. Donations of tools, food, and other supplies are requested. Any items you wish to donate may be brought to this event. See the needs list, below.
6pm: Doors open
6:30pm: Film (Broken Rainbow)
8:00pm: Danny Blackgoat
SINCE 1974, federal relocation policy has forced 14,000 Dine' (Navajo) people from their ancestral homeland in Arizona. This genocidal policy was crafted by government agents and energy company representatives in order to gain access to the mineral resources of Black Mesa - billions of tons of coal, uranium and natural gas. For over 30 years, traditional Dine' at Black Mesa have lived in resistance, steadfastly refusing to relocate as strip-mines rip apart their sacred lands and generating plants poison the desert air.
"We are resisting relocation and the coal mining not only for ourselves but for the whole world. Black Mesa must not be desecrated because of its sacredness --it provides life to all living things including all the human races."
For more information:
Black Mesa Support, Santa Cruz
sheepandsagebrush [at] riseup.net
Black Mesa Indigenous Support
Big Mountain Survival Camp (blog)
Sample clip from the short film "Ancient Voices", featuring Pauline Whitesinger