Starr King Unitarian Universalist Church acknowledges that Hayward, California, is Ohlone land. For thousands of years this land was inhabited by people who lived here peacefully and cared for it in a way that honored all that was here before us. We hope that we can amplify that truth and learn from the Ohlone people what it means to be stewards of this beautiful land, and to be inspired to form meaningful relationships with local indigenous peoples working to protect this sacred land, repair injustices, and move forward together in honorable ways.
- Muwekma Tribe of the San Francisco Bay Area
- Sogorea Te’ Land Trust
- West Berkeley Shell Mound
- Cal State East Bay C.E. Smith Anthropology Museum: Native Californian Stories
Protect sacred ground of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band
Are you interested in helping San Francisco Bay Area Indigenous people preserve their sacred land? Please consider joining Starr King UU Church, the First Unitarian Church of San Jose, and 50+ other faith organizations in supporting the Amah Mutsun. The Amah Mutsun Tribal Band’s sacred ground of Juristac, at the southern end of the Santa Cruz Mountains west of Gilroy, is threatened by a proposed open pit sand and gravel mine. This also endangers the rich ecosystems the tribe’s stewardship has protected throughout its history.
How You Can Help
- Schedule our 30 minute Juristac slide show at your church. (45 minutes with Q&A, over Zoom) Contact Colleen Cabot (email@example.com) or Beth Ogilvie (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Ask the members of your congregation to sign the “Save Juristac” petition.
- Write a letter of support for Juristac to Santa Clara County, CA, officials. The Protect Juristac website has addresses.
This isn’t just another good cause. This is about religious freedom and respect. It is about overcoming the effects of centuries of settler colonialism by being in solidarity with Indigenous people to protect their sacred sites and to practice their religions in their ancestral way. It responds to the call issued at the Unitarian Universalist General Assembly in June 2020 in the Action of Immediate Witness to Address 400 Years of White Supremacist Colonialism. Native American spirituality has been devalued since Europeans arrived. In the 1800s Congress ignored the 1st Amendment and passed a law making it illegal for Native Americans to practice their religions, and that wasn’t repealed until the 1970s. Indigenous religions are still considered “less than” by the dominant US culture, and their sacred sites get desecrated with impunity by commercial interests. We are asking your help to stop one of those desecrations.
Learn to be an Ally
These short documents contain a valuable introduction to the role of ally! They can be used for individual study or as the basis for group discussions.