Thousands of years ago - human beings travelled - more because of circumstances - and often because of a urgent need to survive.
In the Rift Valley in East Africa - human remains discovered by Dr Luis Lackey and his wife Mary Lackey - carbon-dated - point to the origins of early human beings - Lucy.
Latter remains found in Ethiopia and other places all over the world - as far as China and Australia - connected the dots - the many remains - point to further details about the origins of Homo Sapiens.
Here in the Bay Area - Shell Mounds dotted the entire area - acupuncture points - that the Ohlone considered Sacred ground.
The pyramids of Egypt - the huge temples built by the Mayans - the temples built in Babylonia - and those huge found all over the Earth - all point to human beings traveling from place to place - and when they entered the host territory - they offered the best they had to offer.
It is the same with the Polynesian - who traversed the oceans - thousands of miles - rowing their ships - with compass in hand - more, looking at the stars in the sky - and having a keen sense of smell for the ocean - its color telling them - places that made a good landing.
One has just to visit Auckland, New Zealand - and learn more.
Ships made it possible for the Vikings and sailors from China to traverse to Africa - more East Africa.
Vikings made it to present day Canada - present day California.
The Kontiki story reveals to us - how simple canoes could take one far across the Ocean blue - thousands of miles - and proved in some great - manner - where there is a a will - there is a way.
We know the Arabs - used the Monsoon Winds - to take them from present day Yemen to far off places in India.
They traded incense, perfume, ivory - for spices, silk, coins - there was a need to seek and meet - and broader one's vision - for the broader good of humanity.
The Portuguese and well known Captain - Vasco Da Gama - took his ships from Lisbon - navigated the tip of South Africa by Cape Town - sailed to far off places on the West Coast of Africa and India.
Followed by the Spanish, Dutch, English and others - latter the American Slave Traders - backed by powerful Insurance Companies most headquartered in New York - today.
The slave trade was made possible - because the Slave Traders - the Portuguese, the Spanish, the English, the Dutch, the French, the Americans - could use the sailing vessels to quench their thirst for money - and kill their conscience and bleed to death slowly. Karma.
The millions of slaves were moved - or can one call that one long sordid, movement = an immigration of sorts ?
The word " immigration " is used loosely - as did some ignorant and arrogant Blacks folks here in the Bay Area - more House Negros - they created a fake ass document - about Blacks - and named it " Out Migration ". Go Figure.
Various Immigration and Movements have a story to tell - we can get deeper into it - open wounds, and reveal facts.
I have spoken to thousands about movements and immigrations - in the case of movements - revolutions as I am more interested in " revolutions " - speak Truth to Power.
When it comes to immigration - what puzzles me - is some people need passports to visit their own land - as in the case of the Palestinians - they live a few hundreds yards aways - and just because of a man made border - they need permission to move - but is more like an immigration.
Some are made to wait for weeks - they has view the ancestral homes - but the have to bid their time - while the Israelis - enjoy dehumanizing the Palestinians.
This nonsense must stop - the Palestinians are indigenous not so the Zionists - who were taken to Europe as slaves - and intermarried the Eastern Europeans.
That one singular act - discussing immigration and slave movement - could send deep shills - into living being - and today we think nothing much of slavery - but there is more to that story.
Immigration and Movement - is synonymous with opportunity - you meet a Latino woman who tells you how with a child she fled El Salvador.
While she tells you her heart wrethcing story - walking hundreds of miles, traveling by train - every inch packed with hungry souls - running away - from tyranny.
The atrocities committed by those that trade in human beings - and there is more.
An immigrant from Nigeria - who flees to Italy - and from there to England - and from there to Mexico - and from there to San Diego.
Brother he tells me - my family belongs to a family of military Generals - then there was a revolution and my family - had to flee or face death.
Today the Brother makes his living in the Bay Area - haunted by what happened to most in his family - and there is more.
I meet an immigrant from India - he tells me - he got an opportunity to work in the Bay Area - for some Tech firm - and then when his Visa expired - stayed here.
He shyly and reluctantly reveals to me - he married a White citizen - he want to be married to her - as in the normal sense - she wanted the money - a marriage of conveyance.
Today - he is divorced has his papers - but confused about - human beings.
With tears in his eyes he swears he did his best - she does not care about his feelings - she cares that she somehow helped him to stay in the Bay area. Implicit bias.
Immigration and Movement - we have to study the etymology of these two words.
Go into the streets and ask the many human beings you meet - what does Immigration mean to you?
What does Movement mean to you ?
What does it mean to the Indigenous people - who in many cases - are treated as second class citizens in their own country.
Thousands of the Plains Native American Tribes - were treated with disdain. Then in the later fifties and sixties - siblings separated - a bother sent to Los Angeles - a sister to Oakland.
Such atrocities cry to heaven for justice.
This injustice of some " movement " has left deep scars - and when reunions are held and if you witnesses - the reunion of a sister with a brother - a brother with a sister - after years of searching for one another - you must witness such reunions - and learn first hand - or soul searching - atrocities - we they say is a Nation of Laws.
For many decades thousands of Caucasians - from Italy, Sweden, France, Germany, Spain, Portugal, England, Ireland - others - could come to the United States - until the present day Immigration rules were put in place.
The Immigration favor the Whites - and those - we call people of color - have to beg to come to the United States - jump through hurdles - treated with disdain.
Chief Sitting Bull
Friendship House East Bay
This land - once known as Turtle Island - embraced all - including those " White Strangers " that landed on the shores - half dead - they were given water and food - revived - only for those to bite the hand that fed them. Mayflower!
Today poor people - never mind the color of their skin - they move from place to place - much like the Bedouins - seeking opportunities. Finding ways to survive.
Today, the digital world has changed immigration and movement - if you have the ability to challenge the norms.
Using the computer and digital -platforms - you can control - powerful super machines, power plants, hospital documents, large amount of mega-data - I can go deep - but let me not give the bad guys - ideas.
Immigration and Movement can be easily be fine-tuned and streamlined - more and more many farmers in Kenya do not have to move far off - they can get their salaries paid on their smart phones.
Many who wanted to immigrate stay put.
It is the same in Mexico - factories pay good salaries - and thousands do not want to move to the United States and Canada.
Experts from China and other nations - have built railways - connecting many Nations - all over Africa - more East and South African nations.
More, where goods can travel by train - and other goods needed by the importer - brought to one's door.
With more money in one's pocket - one can travel by plane or train - not so much for work - but to take a nice vacation - families can now share in their wealth and broaden their mind.
Humanity is humanity - and most human beings who are given opportunities and feel the connectivity of the genuine human spirit - rejoice in their heart being in the right place.
Many go to a better place - and spread waves of joy - blessing to the Universe.
In China millions move in seek of work - Shanghai has large cities built - thousands of units - complete with infrastructure - but no one lives there - only the filthy rich can afford to live in these brand new housing and shopping mall - complexes.
In Germany - the Germans learned a lot from World War I - and then it was World War II - America played a see role helping Germany.
The Germans worked hard - and took control of their destiny.
I lived in Germany, Italy, other European Nations - so I know what I am talking about.
The movement and immigration on refugees from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, East European nations, Nigeria other Nations - facing war, invasion, devastation from barrel bombs dropped on children and innocent civilians - have forced millions to move - some call it immigration - we can do deep into the matter - all we got to do it do our research.
France, Greece, Austria, Germany, Sweden, Norway - many other Nations - have done all they can do - and there is a God that sees it all. Along with the good - some bad apples cause adverse impacts - and those that have done so much - must persevere, have patience - there is always light - at the end of the tunnel.
Sisters and Brothers - I have seen it all - and visited all the countries I wanted to visit - to see things for myself.
Paradoxically, here in the Bay Area when I meet most people - I can relate to what the homeland has to offer - and have often - interacted with Law Enforcement - to explain things and put things in perspective.
Mural depicting the Friars, the Soldiers,
the Ohlone - at the Presidio of San Francisco.
I represent the First People of San Francisco the Muwekma Ohlone - and so I have a special responsibility to share our well known hospitality but also speak Truth to Power.
Today we celebrate this day - World International Indigenous Day - 2018.
The theme Immigration and Movement.
Each one of us must speak Truth to Power.
The Great Spirit - sees it all - today and with every single day - the Sun rises and sets - we can use our goodwill - to bring justice to all - and see that fair play - prevails.
Good leaders know the way, show the way, and go the way. Aho.