Four precious lives were taken and added to the long list of senseless killings in our society.
We stand united with the Black Lives Matters movement in the same way allies stood with our Native American activists who fought for and established a land base here at Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center. Initial planning for that campaign happened at the Filipino Community Hall in South Seattle. Black Panthers showed their support by facing military police in solidarity with us. Volunteers from many marginalized communities tended to our wounded, tired, and hungry activists at Resurrection City so that they could return to the protest. We seek to do the same.
Our founder, Bernie Whitebear, was part of the Gang of Four. He joined forces with Larry Gossett, Bob Santos, and Roberto Maestas to challenge and change the Seattle establishment. From the late ‘60s through 1980, these leaders and communities demanded equity and social justice for People of Color, both men and women. They didn’t let the system pit them against each other. Instead, they came together as a powerful multi-racial group.
Black and Indigenous communities are deeply connected through our experiences with colonialism, violence, oppression, systemic racism, and White supremacy. We join Black Lives Matters to echo and amplify their voices. We both come from proud histories of mobilization and protest. The sacrifices of our Elders and our ancestors ensured our existence today. They believed that there is no justice and no peace until we are all free. So do we.
Black lives matter.
United Indians of All Tribes Foundation