Kaepernick participates in ‘Unthanksgiving Day’ on Alcatraz

Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49 ers , took part Thursday in the annual Unthanksgiving Day on Alcatraz.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported that Kaepernick built the astonish appearance at the event that commemorates the nine-month occupation of the prison by Native American activists from 1969 -1 971.

“Our fight is the same fight, ” Kaepernick told the crowd, in a letter addressed he posted on . “We’re all fighting for our justice, for our freedom. And realizing that we are all in this fight together stimulates us all the more powerful.”

The 89 activists who occupied the prison demanded that it be turned into an American Indian culture center and school, research reports said. The event is called the Indigenous People’s Sunrise Gathering.

Newsweek reported that the event includes traditional dancers and the crowd gatherings together to watch the sunup on San Francisco Bay.

“It’s about reflecting, recollecting and celebrating that we are still here and our culture still survives, ” Michael Horse, a Native American actor, told Newsweek.

Kaepernick, who was recently named GQ’s ‘Citizen of the Year, ‘ began kneeling instead of standing during the national anthem last season to protest racial inequality and police brutality. The demo triggered a wave of NFL protests by players during the anthem that repeatedly have been denounced by President Trump. Kaepernick parted styles with the 49 ers in March and hasn’t been signed by another team.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

Edmund DeMarche is a news editor for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @EDeMarche.

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