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|Annual Black Friday Protest Against Emeryville's Bay Street Mall|
|Date||Friday November 23|
|Time||12:00 PM - 2:30 PM|
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Bay Street Mall, Emeryville - Site of Sacred Ohlone Shellmound
Corner of Ohlone Way and Shellmound Street
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November 23, 2012- 11th Annual Black Friday Protest Against the Bay Street Mall:
No More Desecration of Sacred Ohlone Shellmounds!
At 12 noon on Friday, November 23th Indigenous peoples and allies will gather at the Bay Street Mall to contest the continued desecration of sacred sites. This shopping center opened in 2000, amid massive controversy. It was erected atop one of the last remaining shellmounds- the traditional burial sites of the Ohlone people who are the original inhabitants of the Bay Area. With blatant disregard for the desires of the local Native community, developers and the City of Emeryville plowed ahead with construction of the mall and Indigenous peoples have since expressed their outrage annually on this busiest of shopping days.
This year is the 11th anniversary of the event, which occurs the day after Thanksgiving to acknowledge the centuries of genocide that have taken place against the Native inhabitants of this land. It is only through the recognition of the rights of Indigenous peoples to have their sacred places accessible and intact that historical injustices can begin to be addressed.
All are invited to join in this family-friendly event. Meet at the corner of Ohlone Way and Shellmound Street at 12 noon to educate shoppers about the history of the mall and pay respects to the ancient burial ground upon which it sits.