An important message from Ohlone Amah Mutsun youth members

The UUs of San Mateo support the Amah Mutsun youth and Black Lives Matter. The First and Second Principles adopted by all Unitarian Universalists are: 1) The inherent worth and dignity of every person; 2) Justice, equity and compassion in human relations. We thank all youth for their leadership during these times. Learn more about the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band.
Tanya Webster, Director of Religious Exploration

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An Important Message from Youth Members of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band

Dear Friends,

Our elders taught us that the first step toward healing is telling the truth. As youth members of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band, we uplift the many voices and leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement and their efforts to heal and bring justice for the many Black people who are assaulted or killed by police.

We pledge to educate ourselves about the systems and structures which maintain and promote the ongoing oppression of Black communities. With this knowledge, we are responsible to make others aware of the white supremacy and systemic racism to which Black people have been subjected since America’s inception. We demand justice for the murders of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Rayshard Brooks, and many more members of the Black community. We call for a re-allocation of government funding to more adequately address the safety of people of color.

As protectors of Popelouchum (our Amah Mutsun homeland in the greater Monterey Bay region) and Mother Earth, we will fight for racial equity and against anti-Blackness in our ancestral homelands and within our own communities. We too continue to experience the harmful impacts of ongoing legacies of colonization, and we will work to eliminate structural racism and marginalization affecting communities of color living in our traditional territory. We believe that people of color are stronger united in our struggles against white supremacy, patriarchy, coloniality, and systemic racism – all of which persistently seek to divide and conquer us.

We are grateful to the Black community for taking steps toward collective healing, and we recognize that there are many more steps to go. We believe that for healing to occur, the leadership and voices of the communities most impacted by oppressive systems must be at the forefront. Our culture directs us to bring balance to our lands, and without eradicating systemic racism, we cannot have balance. At every step of this shared journey, the Amah Mutsun Youth pledge to stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and our Black and Black-Indigenous relatives.

amakma haskamak katYmimak

Black people are equals in the Mutsun language

Tumsan-ak kannis, (Thank you),

Youth Members of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band