After the Resolution passed unanimously yesterday, the press conference received a staffer from Supervisor Eric Mar’s office, who offered to help in the next steps of implementing the resolution’s intent: inclusion in the planning process. She suggested help with drafting language for “ordinances” and other legislative action.
As the recognition process continues to leave the realm of symbolic and enters the reality of law, more and more Ohlone decendants are seeking out their heritage, embracing it and learning the culture that comes with it.
Eventually, there is a personal confrontation with the history of genocide and mass murder, the anger and despair that comes over that and the dangerous nuclear waste polluting their sacred sites where Lennar Corp actually wants to build housing, all of which is difficult for any human to come to terms with and choose a path of healing, reconciliation and active reformation for future generations.
Conscious choice is key. One can remain inactive around the issues of Native American justice, or one can step forward and participate, whether they are Native or not. For most Ohlone, there’s not much of a choice: it’s participate or disappear and never exist… or exist as something other than Ohlone.
The Ohlone Profiles Project remains an effort for artists, cultural workers and, as seen yesterday, politicians to support and embrace the necessity to strengthen and uphold San Francisco’s positive legacy as Sanctuary City and birthplace of the UN Charter. Artistic forms of communicating culture are just one element of the work. This week’s success at the local, legislative level is another.
At a place known as an EPA Superfund cleanup site where the Navy dumped toxic, toxic waste and ran nuclear tests in a building that’s still standing radioactive… a corporation wants to build housing with a plan that the San Francisco government approved… all in a place that long before was home to Native tribes who still live today, and have not forgotten their ancestors and legacy. Despite the fact that the Navy never cleaned it up, dumped it on SF, which sold it to Lennar Corp for $1, which still hasn’t cleaned it up and is banking on the forgetfulness of a defeated justice-seeking population including environmental scientists public video testimony against the Lennar’s development plan… despite all of this, it is still all of our responsibility today to find justice and to create and live in a just, sacred and sustainable world.
Look at the nice photos taken by Chronicle photographer at the sunrise ceremony