Indigenous Peoples Sunrise Ceremony Still Webcasting on Thanksgiving Day
The Alcatraz Island ‘Conscious Thanksgiving Day’ sunrise ceremony is still on for 2020, but it’s online only. The 6 a.m. ceremony to honor the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas will be broadcast live on the “Vigilant as Always” KPFA, in an audio broadcast that you can stream from their website or listen at 94.1 FM from 6 a.m.-8 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 26.
Thursday, November 26th, 6-8 am, please tune in to #KPFA for a special broadcast of the Indigenous Peoples Sunrise Ceremony, which has been held on Alcatraz Island to honor the Indigenous Peoples of America since 1975. pic.twitter.com/Ql4AW6oLKv
— KPFA Radio (@kpfa) November 24, 2020
“The Indigenous Peoples Sunrise Ceremony held on Alcatraz Island to honor the Indigenous People’s of America since 1975,” KPFA says in a statement. “Please tune in to the broadcast to hear prayers for healing and offerings of collective thanks for 528 years of survival and resistance to colonization including other pandemics native Nations have survived in the past.”
On this day back in 1969, 78 Indigenous activists covertly took control of Alcatraz Island, demanding the return of the island to its original inhabitants and proclaiming, "We hold the Rock." Indigenous activists continued to control Alcatraz Island for two more years before… pic.twitter.com/O4ChZf7h6D
— Certain Days (@CertainDays) November 20, 2020
The ceremony marks the anniversary of the Alcatraz-Red Power Movement occupying Alcatraz Island for 19 months, beginning in November 1969.
The Alcatraz occupation lasted 19 months. Folks in SF would help by running supplies out under the cover of darkness. Credence Clearwater Revival donated a boat. There are still painted slogans on the island. In many ways, the birth of the modern Indigenous civil rights movement. https://t.co/OJEasviF58
— Jody Avirgan (@jodyavirgan) November 24, 2020
You can tune in to KPFA from 6 a.m.-8 a.m. Thursday morning to stream the ceremony. On your radio dial, it’s KPFA 94.1FM in the Bay Area and KPFB 89.3FM in Berkeley.