The Occupy movement is all about raising consciousness of the dark colonial underpinnings of Thanksgiving. Yesterday morning, Occupiers were up before dawn to broadcast the Indigenous People Sunrise Ceremony on Alcatraz Island at Frank Ogawa Plaza in Oakland -- to remember that the real Thanksgiving wasn't actually a celebration of peace between the pilgrims and the Native Americans.
(Wait, were the pilgrims the original occupiers? Colonizing space in protest of the 1 percent ruling their lives back in Europe? How would have history been different if the pilgrims had instead just camped out on the king's yard?)
Today, while the rest of the world is out supporting the 1 percent by spending their last dime on Black Friday sales, Oakland Occupiers are once again joining forces
with Native Americans at the Bay Street Mall in Emeryville. They are
protesting the construction of the shopping center a decade ago atop the
shellmounds -- or traditional burial grounds of the Ohlone people.