The Occupation of Alcatraz

Nov. 17, 2019 The Presidio Officers' Club Theater

Wednesday, November 17, 6pm
@ The Presidio Officers’ Club Theater
San Francisco, CA

With Eloy Martinez (Ute) and LaNada War Jack (Shoshone-Bannock); moderator Julian Brave NoiseCat (Secwepemc/St’at’imc)

A conversation with two original Alcatraz Occupiers about the context in which the Occupation occurred; energy and intent behind the Occupation; immediate impacts of the Occupation on policy, politics and culture in Indian Country; and reasons the Occupation is equally relevant 50 years later. Moderator Julian Brave NoiseCat (Canin Lake Band Tsq’escen) will also discuss contemporary Indigenous activism.

This panel is part of the series Alcatraz: An Unfinished Occupation, organized by Alcatraz Canoe Journey with The Natural History Museum, the California Historical Society, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Exploratorium, the Presidio Trust, and the San Francisco Public Library. The series includes Alcatraz Is Not an Island, a special issue of SFMOMA’s Open Space magazine edited by Julian Brave Noisecat, Narrative Change Director for The Natural History Museum.

The Alcatraz Occupation launched the current era of Indigenous rights and remains a guiding light for resistance, resilience and a more just relationship between people and planet in an era of peril.