It’s been a whole month since the launch of the Defend Black Mesa camp. Volunteers have helped shear sheep for various families, do simple construction work, and herd sheep, among other things. Now we’re approaching the time when livestock impoundments are most likely to happen. Law enforcement has been seen driving around, and helicopters have been flying overhead. If you’re willing to serve as a human rights witness—especially if you have experience supporting social justice struggles—please get in touch about coming to help create a strong presence on the ground.Please read through resources before coming out:
Training in being a legal observer and understanding your rights will be provided, but experience with those things is a HUGE plus as well. People who are either part of an indigenous or frontline community, or who have experience supporting such communities, will be prioritized. Those who have spent time in Black Mesa before are especially encouraged to come out.
If you want to support, please be humble and willing to work. You may be herding sheep all day or helping with other work projects. Please be emotionally prepared to listen more than you speak, take leadership from others, and respect the wishes of the people from this land in all that you do. Be prepared to camp. There is a full kitchen where folks take turns preparing meals, though you’re welcome to check in about current food needs.
If you’d like to come out, please email – BlackMesaLifeways@gmail.com / email@example.com – telling us a little about yourself, why you’re interested in coming to Black Mesa, and any experience you have supporting frontline struggles. You can also contact allies at Black Mesa Indigenous Support if you’re interested in staying with a family for a few weeks or months.