As people of Afrikan descent,
we offer this land recognition in solidarity with the Indigenous peoples of the San Francisco Peninsula, the Ramaytush Ohlone,
in the efforts and deliberate intentions toward decolonization.
We acknowledge the land of the San Francisco Peninsula,
is the unceded ancestral homeland of the Ramaytush Ohlone.
We recognize that most of the land
that was entrusted to the Indigenous peoples, was in some cases shared by choice,
but all too often taken by force.
We recognize the historical colonialism,
and the ongoing colonialism,
that has led to the present-day situation
where land acknowledgements
are offered in place of land.
As people of Afrikan descent,
many of us have come here by choice,
while many are here as a result of historical force.
We acknowledge the complexities
where we were promised land
that was never given,
By those whose it never was to give.
As people of Afrikan descent,
we acknowledge the land that sustains us, express deep gratitude to the Ramaytush Ohlone peoples, and pledge to honour our dignity and divinity that ultimately connects us all.

Adapted from Uplift Black, written by Kaye Johnson

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