Silicon Valley/San Francisco Bay Area friends: give thanks today by paying the Shuumi land tax! You live and work on traditional Lisjan Ohlone territory, yet how often does Big Tech acknowledge the very land from which it profits?…
The Shuumi Land Tax is a voluntary annual contribution that non-Indigenous people living on Ohlone lands make to support the critical work of the Sogorea Te’ Land Trust, a non profit led by urban Indigenous women.…
Learn more about Corrina Gould, Johnella LaRose and other incredible Ohlone women leaders and their powerful efforts to create the first ever women-led urban Indigenous land trust on Turtle Island/the United States. Watch the film Beyond Recognition:…
The Ohlone collective of around 50 separate Native American tribes are from the Northern California Coast; they have lived from San Francisco through Monterey Bay to lower Salinas Valley, for over 10,000 years. Now ask yourself: why are they not federally recognized?
If the Ohlone had federal status, they could form their own government, enforce laws, tax, license and regulate activities in their territories... what might an internet governed by the Ohlone feel like to those of us excluded by the powers and profits of Silicon Valley?
Let us imagine that indigenous-led, feminist, decolonized internet, and let us practice acknowledging and atoning for the material and cultural genocide of indigenous peoples around the world. Let us begin by honoring their histories, knowledges, and lands.
Wherever you are in the world, find out whose traditional lands you are on, and honor them in whatever ways you can. The UN projects over 370M people are Indigenous, while Indigenous researchers estimate at least 1.3B people in over 6000 tribal nations.
In the United States, you can find out whose land you are on here: Please tell us if there are other such resources in your parts of the world.
The history of “Thanksgiving” is one of white supremacy, colonization, and horrific violence. So even as you gather today in love and gratitude for your family and friends, please remember other families and friends destroyed through this history.
Listen to this conversation between @Tiokasin Ghosthorse and Robert Jensen, and a speech by John Trudell on #FirstVoicesRadio to understand the Native American perspectives and histories of “Thanksgiving”.
Once again, for all of us impacted by Silicon Valley and its tech, let’s make this a Thanksgiving that is truly about honoring the Indigenous peoples on whose lands you are guests. Pay the Shuumi land tax to support the Ohlone:…

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