Spread the Word
Talk to your family, friends and community about Sogorea Te’, the Shuumi Land Tax, and the movement to return land to Indigenous stewardship. Share our social media posts. Put a lawn sign in your yard or window. Give out postcards for us. Tell people about our events and projects. Help people identify their relationship to the ongoing survival and liberation struggles of Indigenous people. Encourage them to think about what they can offer, find out what is useful, and make it happen.
Study Up! Recommended Readings
Read one of the pieces from our Recommended Readings! Start a study group, penpal with your grandma. Talk to your family, friends, collective, zoom with your business, coop, nonprofit, go on safe walk and talks with your neighbors, and community about the land you are on and how you got here. How has your family benefitted or been impacted by legacies of colonization? What does it mean to you to be on stolen land? What does it mean to recognize this history? How can allies we go beyond acknowledgement? How can we rematriate? Learn about how other communities are healing the history of the land our relationships to it, have some convos.
When the local Indigenous community issues a call to action, show up! Attend actions and events and connect yourself with the community of people who are working on the protection and reclamation of Indigenous lands and related efforts.
If you live outside of the Bay Area, find out whose ancestral homeland you’re living on. Contact local tribal elders and leadership. Find out what’s needed to support the survival and wellbeing of Indigenous people and look for meaningful ways to contribute.
Host a Screening
Beyond Recognition, a short documentary about the creation of the Sogorea Te’ Land Trust, is available to be screened. Contact the filmmakers for smaller home screenings, find it online or simply order a copy of the DVD. If you are an educator, screen the film in your classroom. Click here to watch the opening clip of Beyond Recognition (2014; Directed/Produced by Michelle Grace Steinberg and Co-Produced by Robyn Bykofsky).
For more information, please visit: UnderExposedFilms.com/beyond-recognition.
While we can’t host volunteers on the land at this time due to our Covid-19 safety agreements, we can always use volunteers to help us spread the word, to grow California native plants in your own yards and windows, to protect your local water ways, and to be an ally to Indigenous people wherever you are.
To sign up for our volunteer list for when we are safely able to host again, please fill out our volunteer interest form.