Poverty Tows to Palestine-The Violence of Settler Colonial Evictions Across Mama Earth


Tiny - Posted on 16 May 2021

 

“If they tow my van I will die, I have nowhere else to go,” reported POOR Magazine RoofLESS radio reporter Charles M, 68, lifelong San Francisco resident. Charless is houseless, landless and disabled and lives in his van. San Francisco, like Oakland and so many other cities across the US, has increased its towing, “sweeping, Cleaning and removal project of houseless peoples, our sleeping, bags, belongings, tents, vans, RV’s and cars throughout the pandemic.  And as all of us who have struggled with homelessness know, once they take everything from us, we run an increased risk of death by exposure, polLice terror and illness.  

 

“They are increasing the tows of houseless peoples RV’s and Vans, said Sam Lew, an organizer, advocate and baadass with End Poverty Tows Coalition who spoke with Po Peoples Radio last week.

 

108 year old Kashmiri elder Zooni Begam facing colonial eviction 

 

From Frisco to Kashmir

“Where will I go?” Said Zooni Begam 108 years old, as she squatted on the ground outside her house which was located in the village of Zilsidora, Jabbad, hidden in the vast jungle of central Kashmir’s Budgam district. “I was born here. My parents also lived here. We have been living here for ages. How can the government make us homeless all of a sudden?” 

 

Huma Dar, a fierce Kashmiri warrior for truth introduced the story of Zooni to a panel entitled Degentrifying Academia sponsored by POOR Magazine, Indigenous Peoples Organizing for Change, Krip Hop Nation and the Ethnic Studies Library at UCBerkeley in April. The goals of the panel, lovingly moderated by Dr Fuifui Niumetolo,  was launched by myself and Leroy Moore before the pandemic to connect the land struggles of indigenous, houseless Black, Brown and Disabled peoples across Mama Earth so we could achieve collective land liberation from the colonial terror of evictions and removal that continues today.

 

 Huma added This is just the tip of the iceberg, and doesn’t even mention the genocidal ethnic cleansing of 1947-50 when up to a million Muslims (out of a total population of ~4 million at that time) were massacred or forcibly exiled out of the state by Indian Army and the army of the draconian Hindu colonizing ruler, Hari Singh. Nor do they mention the more than ~6700 mass & unmarked graves unearthed in Kashmir, which India refuses to do DNA testing on to return to their families.

Youth and Families in the Streets of San Francsco to show solidarity with Palestine

From Oakland to Palestine 

“There is no way I’m leaving this neighborhood unless I’m dead,” said a resident of Sheikh Jarrah, a Palestinian neighborhood in East Jerusalem, requesting anonymity for fear of retribution by Israeli authorities. “It’s been 65 years that I’ve lived in this neighborhood.” They concluded

 

Across Mama Earth  the colonial terror of removal, eviction, sweeps and gentrifUKation as I call it, is a common thread. Rooted in the original genocide called colonization which has terrorized indigenous peoples across mama earth for centuries, continues today from West Papua to West Huchuin ( Oakland)  pushing people and lives out, killing elders, abusing and traumatizing children and desecrating indigenous ancestors to make way for “commerce, more houses, different people and/or the lie of “cleanliness” code for land without oppressed people. But the root of it all is that ownership of Mama Earth has always been a settler colonial lie. And a bad one at that, Mama Earth is not infinite, you cant keep buying , selling destroying and demolishing her forever.  

Irisi Canada, 100 year old Black Elder resident of San Francisco Evicted from her home of over 40 years 

“I cant believe you are doing me like this Peter (Owens),” said Iris Canada, to the new “owner” of her home of over 40 years who evicted her. Iris was a 100 year old Black elder who died after recording that message, because as POOR Magazine and this poverty skola has said and barely survived, Eviction is elder and child abuse. Iris was one of the few remaining Black residents of  what us gentriFUKed peoples of San Francisco call the FilNoMore, aka Fillmore district, which in the 70’s was decimated by the moves of Urban Renewal, re-named by all who were victims of it- Negro Removal, led by head gentriFUKer aka devil-oper ( I like to re-name the colonial terms to express their true impact) Justin Herman, and continues to this day.

 

Since the well- documented “dot-com” boom of the 90’s working class, low-income, Black, Brown, poor white, disabled and indigenous residents of San Francisco and Oakland have suffered the ongoing terror and abuse of eviction. Countless fights led by organizers and advocates have ensued, land trusts have sometimes been brokered, enabling the elders to stay housed, but by and large it has resulted in the slow bleed of removal of working class and poor people from the Bay Area, which many times results in our permanent displacement and death.

Altar for Mario Gonzalez created-sponsored by the Oakland Brown Berets and Tele-Jaguar at a ceremony for him held at the location of his murder 

 

Luis Gongora Pat, a Mayan indigenous father and worker, evicted and then killed by poLice for being houseless in the gentriFUKED mission, Ron Likkers, an indigenous elder evicted and then died two weeks later, Gerry Ambrose, a domestic laborer, died from the violence/ trauma and poverty caused by eviction of her and her whole family from the home of 43 years in San Francisco. Desiree Quintero, a houseless woman killed from the violence of sweeps in Santa Cruz. Steven Taylor, a houseless resident of San Leandro murdered by poLice for having a mental health crisis in public and Mario Gonzalez, who made the mistake of “tweeking” and possibly being houseless in Klanameda. 

 

Once we are ancestors, we are also not seen and our sacred burial lands are continually desecrated as in the struggle for West Berkeley Shellmound, or our bodies and relatives are viewed as something to study and profit off of or just warehouse, displace and dispose. 

From Left: Corrina Gould, Leroy Moore, Tracey Bell Borden, Aunti Frances Moore and Tiny on the Stolen Land/Hoarded Resources Tour thru Akkkademia - photo by Brooke Anderson

Anthro-Wrongology and Arkkkeology

“The ongoing occupation of our territories means that our ancestors and in turn, us, their living decendents have to continually resist erasure and being categorized as less than human. The disease of capitalism and private land ownership necessitates that we no longer exist in order for them to justify the destruction of our sacred sites, like the West Berkeley Shellmound and the hoarding of thousands of our ancestors at institutions like UC Berkeley.” said land liberator, warrior and prayer bringer of the Ohlone /Lisjan Nation and POOR Magazine Elephant Council leader and co-founder of Sogorea Te Land Trust.

 

POOR Magazine launched our 2021 Stolen Land/Hoarded Resources Tours into Akkkademia, on May 5th. We did this because Akkkademia (I re-named this more appropriately) plays a huge role in the perpetuation of land-stealing, resource hoarding and warehousing of indigenous, Black and Brown ancestors and culture, as witnessed by the warehousing of Ohlone /Lisjan ancestors at UC Berkeley and “storing’ of the bones of children of the MOVE Africa Family by Princeton University and University of Pennsylvania -one of the many reasons this poverty skola re-names these departments and perpetrators, Anthro-WrongOLOGY and Arkkkeaology 

 

“Entire blocks of communities in Philly were stolen by Temple University,” said Galen Tyler,  another powerfull poverty skola and truth -teller with the Poor Peoples Economic Human Rights Campaign and #PoorPeoplesArmy out of Philadelphia presented at the DegentriFYing Academia panel, connecting the dots of gentriFUKation and land grabs for what I call the Dorm Industrial Complex, which is exactly whats threatening Peoples Park and 1921 Walnut street in Berkeley. 

Benny Wanda independence leader from West Papua 

 

From West Papua to West Huchuin (Oakland) 

“While our demonstrations were entirely peaceful, the Indonesian police were determined to use brute force to crush them. Such mass arrests and brutality are becoming increasingly common in West Papua and it is estimated that in the last two months, nearly 3,000 West Papuan people have been arrested by the Indonesian authorities.” There is gold to extract so the West Papuan indigenous peoples are seen merely as an obstacle stopping this violent extraction from Mama Earth, whether it means the death of the Kashmiri Forest Dwellers, West Papuan indigenous peoples or West Oakland RV dwellers.

 

West Oakland Sweeps of Houseless Peoples 

“CalTrans is backing out on agreements made with residents & moving forward with evictions during the current pandemic…. “ From EFAM ( Essential Food and Medicine) - a group that has helped to build a powerFUL clinic and other beautiful services with a houseless community in West Oakland, called Cob on Wood, who have faced the endless violence called sweeps due to the fact that the poltricksters don’t want to see houseless people, the nearby  “land-Lord” (Fred Crave) and Killtrans ( my name for that agency) wants to profit off the land that houseless people peacefully have parked their RV’s and cars for years. 

 

All across the bay and the United snakes these evictions, tows and sweeps ( equating humans with trash) have continued throughout a pandemic, causing people to die of exposure, not Covid. 

 

Its controversial to connect these dots, a lot of organizers who can “feel” and organize and throw down for Global struggles of indigenous peoples have no interest in seeing the connections to houseless, disabled elders struggles with sweeps, evictions and gentriFUKing. 

 

In addition, revolutionaries and even land liberators often call out for reparations and land-back for Black, Brown and indigenous peoples but cannot see the connections of houseless peoples or even the notion of Mama Earth itself not being a commodity. 

Formerly houseless/landless, youth, adults and elders from Homefulness 

 

I humbly propose in this story, as a formerly houseless daughter  of a disabled, indigenous trauma survivor,  and later houseless mama of my Sun, and co-founder , visionary of Homefulness, a houseless, landless peoples solution to homelessness, to not only expand and connect the dots of settler terrorism to include landless poor peoples who are being swept, evicted, towed and destroyed every day in every colonial city across Amerikkka and further that as land liberators working for true liberation, to please re-consider the narrative of land use itself.  My argument is that the goal of revolutionaries, should not be “Ownership” at all. 

#UnSellMamaEarth & #UnSettleMamaEarth 

Because no matter who does the “owning” the colonial lies ( I mean Laws) about MamaEarth’s use are a set up from the get-up to evict, remove and displace anyone every poor and indigenous person, over time. That as I have stated before, even the notion of land-trust is rooted in their removing platform. Land trusts come with an expiration date. Embedded with the eventual profiting off of and why we houseless, indigenous , disabled peoples at Homefulness, are working really hard to spirtually and legally UnSell Mama Earth and my newest goal and associated “hashtag” is to UnSettleMamaEarth- so please help us get that into the Hashtag lexicon. 

 

That the messiness of our connectedness is our liberation. That us houseless peoples from all four corners of Mama Earth have so much in common with houseless, landless 1st Nations Turtle Islanders,  West Papuans, Kashmiris, Palestinians and beyond and that what really needs to happen is we co-organize these fights against the Extraction terror of what CorpRape and politricksters have been doing for 528 years and before to all of us. Not some of us.

 

 

 

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