#DancersAgainstDAPL at Shapeshifters Cinema
We are dancers, sisters, mothers, daughters, lovers, and fighters from unceded Ohlone territory, originally called Huichin, known to many as Oakland, California. As dancers we feel the unjustifiable contrast between our bodies, unrestrained, and the bodies of those on the front lines subject to cages, chemical warfare, pepper spray, rubber bullets, attack dogs, frigid temperatures, and more. While Water Protectors defend against corporate greed and state violence in North Dakota, Ohlone people and their allies combat desacralizing development on the West Berkeley Shellmound. This is the legacy of settler colonialism. From Standing Rock to Huichin, the fight for indigenous self-determination is far from over. This video is an invitation to our communities and our loved ones to reflect, ask questions, and engage the centuries-long struggle for indigenous self-determination on Turtle Island. We hope to inspire integrity and humility in active solidarity and resistance for the long haul. [sound of a rushing water] [music] If tomorrow was Judgment Day and I’m standing on the front line and the Lord asks me what I did with my life I will say, I spent it with you If I wake up in World War III I see destruction and poverty and I feel like I want to go home it’s okay, if you’re coming with me Your love is my love and my love is your love it would take an eternity to break us and the chains of Amistad couldn’t hold us Your love is my love and my love is your love it would take an eternity to break us and the chains of Amistad couldn’t hold us If I lose my fame and fortune and I’m homeless on the streets and I’m sleeping in Grand Central Station it’s okay, if you’re sleeping with me As the years they pass us by we stay young through each other’s eyes and no matter how old we get it’s okay, as long as I got you Your love is my love and my love is your love it would take an eternity to break us and the chains of Amistad wouldn’t hold us If I should die this very day, don’t cry cause on earth we wasn’t meant to stay and no matter what the people say I’ll be waiting for you after the Judgment Day ‘Cause your love is my love and my love is your love it would take an eternity to break us and the chains of Amistad couldn’t hold us your love is my love and my love is your love it would take and eternity to break us and the chains of Amistad couldn’t hold us [music fades] [sound of rushing water] The battle at Standing Rock is not over. As corporate, state, and military threats intensify, the resounding call to action is: Divest. Divest now. Divest before more blood is shed. Divest before more water is poisoned. Divest for our children. Divest to make our ancestors proud. As we take an immoveable stand with Standing Rock, we must also stand with our Ohlone kin. The sacred burial site of the West Berkeley Shellmound is under threat of becoming a luxury condo mall. We cannot let this happen. Together, Together… …how can we dismantle settler colonialism?