Jewish Democratic Club of Silicon Valley

Tues Dec 7 Special Event: Mr. Valentin Lopez, Tribal Chair (Amah Mutsun - Local Indigenous Tribe)

  • 12/07/2021
  • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • virtual

Dear member and friends,

Our Club is co-sponsoring an important and timely event with the Assyrian Democrats of the Bay Area and the SCCDP Iranian American Club.

The Amah Mutsun is a local, indigenous tribe. Please join us at an online event on Tuesday, Dec 7 at 7:00 pm, for a presentation by Mr. Valentin Lopez, Amah Mutsun Tribal Chair, for a special hour-long presentation which will include Tribal history and ongoing Tribal efforts to steward its Ancestral Lands.

The Amah Mutsun Tribal Band is composed of descendants from those who were taken to Mission San Juan Bautista and Mission Santa Cruz. Much of the southern-portion of Santa Clara County is part of the Tribe’s Ancestral Territory. Tribal Ancestors faced overt waves of genocide and forced land appropriation. By the turn of the 20th century, nearly 98% of the Indigenous population of the region had been wiped out.

From the Assyrian Democrats of the Bay Area: "As a Democratic organization, we're very interested in the issue of indigenous people in the United States. We think There are parallels and similarities between issues that our Assyrian indigenous communities face in the Middle East and the native American indigenous communities. As we learn about these issues, we hope we raise awareness, reframe and shape these issues in the right direction and build strong solidarity between indigenous communities at global scale."