GGJ 2017 Annual Report
Posted on Tue, 11/21/2017 - 2:08pm
Over the past year, with the rise of right-wing populism, white nationalism and increased hate violence, our movements have taken on a higher level of cross-sector coordination, greater alignment of grassroots alliances and national dialogue and action on racism, sexism, xenophobia.
As the national political crisis continues to unravel, grassroots organizations are taking this opportunity to experiment with joint action and strategies for power building at the local, state, regional and tribal levels. Under the current regime we are facing attacks on gains we have made in recent decades, and organizing on a terrain where the baseline is much further back than it had been before. We are finding ourselves in the position of defending the minimal advances we have made while also attempting to hold space for the crucial work of building the solutions we need.
Here are some highlights of how GGJ supported our members taking action into their own hands this year:
- Brought members from fracking impacted communities to Fort Berthold, North Dakota, to participate in a Bakken Toxic Tour of the area surrounded by 2,000 fracking wells, and to support an exploratory conversation about how Fort Berthold families are growing a movement toward Just Transition that honors the sacredness of water and builds genuine economic sovereignty and self-determination for the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation (MHA Nation), also known as the Three Affiliated Tribes.
- Supported OPAL Environmental Justice in organizing the Oregon Just Transition Assembly. This assembly brought together over 250 people from frontline communities around the state to discuss the path to a Just Transition, taking particular aim at dismantling white supremacy and building an economy based in interconnectedness, cooperation and caring.
- Hosted over 60 participants, primarily women and trans people of color, in our second Feminist Organizing School, delving into topics like power and patriarchy, gender and sexuality, organizing with a feminist lens, grassroots global feminism, and feminist economics. We are now exploring regional and thematic schools, based on the national model.
As we support the work of our members at the local and regional levels, we are closely collaborating with our sister alliances at the national level through It Takes Roots, a multiracial effort led by women & gender oppressed people of color and Indigenous peoples on the frontlines of racial, housing and climate justice across the country.
(DOWNLOAD OUR ANNUAL REPORT HERE for more about It Takes Roots, and a visionary opposition poster)
It Takes Roots has articulated three key frames to guide our work in this moment:
Will you donate $100 to support GGJ as we build this visionary opposition? We will appreciate any amount you contribute, smaller or larger. You can donate online at ggjalliance.org/donate to make a one-time gift or become a monthly sustainer.
Or you can write a check to "Grassroots Global Justice" and send it to:
Grassroots Global Justice
7000 Carroll Ave, Suite 200, Takoma Park, MD 20912
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