Land Acknowledgement Training
April 16, 2021
(link sent upon completion of registration)
The importance of expressing a Land Acknowledgement is to give recognition and respect to the lands which you reside & work on, as well as to acknowledge the people who have tended to and connected with these lands for millennia. In doing this small action you are stopping the erasure of the first nations’ story and beginning the process of inclusion and healing.
Miyiiha nehiinkem ~ Hello relatives,
I am of Gabrielino Tongva and Chumash decent. I am a wife, mother, grandmother, sister and auntie to many. After retiring from a Career as Operations Manager in the Manufacturing Industry I began Home Schooling my Grandson and really focusing on my culture and language. I am currently on the Tongva Language Committee and I am a student learning the Šmuwič dialog of Chumash. I am a singer who also enjoys creative writing and composing poems and songs. I am also a culture bearer, traditional dancer and storyteller who strongly believes in honoring my ancestors by sharing their history and educating others about our truths.
Jessa Calderon is an acclaimed Tongva and Chumash performer and healer whose work educates audiences about issues that affect Indigenous peoples worldwide. Artistically, Jessa specializes in singing, songwriting, rapping, dancing and regalia making, and throughout the last 10 years she increasingly incorporated traditional practices into her performance work. Gaining her own expertise and learning from esteemed elders, she creates, performs, and teaches workshops in practices including cordage, California style regalia making, food revitalization, and instrument making.
Jessa was named Songwriter of the Year by the Indigenous Legends Music Awards in 2016, and is currently a recording artist with the Dream Warriors Collective founded by Tanaya Winder. As a healer, Jessa pairs her work as a licensed massage therapist with energy healing to offer clients culturally-relevant tools to support their own well-being. Together, her work makes Tongva practices more visible and builds community based in reciprocal relationships with Native and non-Native peoples.
Culver City Vice Mayor Daniel Lee
Culver City Vice Mayor Daniel Lee became the first African-American Member of the Culver City Council in its over 100 year history in 2018. A veteran of the US Air Force and California Air National Guard, he currently works as Project Director at the James Lawson Institute. Daniel has a Master’s Degree in Social Welfare from UCLA and is a doctoral candidate at USC. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Move to Amend, the Backbone Campaign, Mockingbird Incubator and the Clean Power Alliance. Born in Opelika, Alabama and raised in Pensacola, Florida (with frequent trips back home to visit family in and around Tuskegee, Alabama) Daniel credits his grandmother, who participated with Dr. Martin Luther King in the Montgomery bus boycott, for his desire to be of service and for his own social justice perspective. He served on the Culver City Martin Luther King Celebration Committee for 7 years, planning its citywide celebration of the iconic Civil Rights leader. Much of Mr. Lee’s local effort has been with youth. A filmmaker and actor, he has volunteered with El Rincon Elementary School students in an artists and communication program for the past 17 years. He also developed a Civil Rights curriculum that he implemented at the Teen Center to increase young people’s understanding of their country’s history. City Council Work Experience
As a Council Member, Lee has championed mental health, police accountability and very notably worked to close the Inglewood Oil Field. Lee worked on this effort prior to his election with the Sierra Club’s Clean Break Subcommittee. As a passionate environmental advocate, Lee will work to accelerate the sorely needed “just transition” away from fossil fuels using innovative strategies that don’t leave workers in the lurch and provide for good union jobs. Lee also worked to help Culver City pass, and recently successfully defend, its rent control policy.