VIDEOS from It Takes Roots People's Caravan

On Wednesday July 20th, 45 people on the frontlines of extractive energy, anti-black racism, and state violence came together in Cleveland to launch the It Takes Roots People's Caravan from the Republican National Convention to the Democratic National Convention. #RNC2DNC

On Sunday July 24th, the caravan arrived in Philadelphia for the Democratic National Convention after two inspiring stops in Pittsburgh and Baltimore.

WRAP UP VIDEO by Aidan Un:



July 20, Cleveland Day 1: Wall Off Trump
Trump got his wall handed to him —at the GOP Convention. Joining forces with Mijente, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Working Families Party, The Other 98%, The Ruckus Society--we made our message clear to #WallOffHate‬!

#WallOffTrump from ayse gursoz on Vimeo.

July 21, Cleveland Day 2: Pledge of Resistance
Grassroots Global Justice Alliance launched the It Takes Roots People's Caravan in Cleveland with an action to Pledge Resistance to the racism, Islamaphobia, xenophobia, misogyny and hate being put forth at the Republican National Convention. 

July 23, Pittsburgh: RNC Reportback
Pittsburgh welcomed the People's Caravan with an event hosted by United Electrical Workers (UE), connecting struggles from Indigenous Rights, to‪ Just Transition‬, to anti-racist organizing in white working class communities. AND, we met with DNC delegates to bring our movements front and center.

July 24, Baltimore: Black Lives Matter
In Baltimore we were hosted by Friends of Friends and The Tubman House in West Baltimore, visiting Gilmore Homes where Freddie Gray was arrested and later murdered by police. Throughout the day the delegation built with the Baltimore Algebra Project, Baltimore Bloc, and SURJ Baltimore, connecting Baltimore's local issues with national and international struggles. 

July 25, Philadelphia Day 1: Justice for Berta Cáceres
The It Take Roots caravan made it to Philly for the DNC on July 24. Here we began to shift focus to demanding ‪#‎JusticeforBerta‬ Cáceres and for all families and communities who have lost innocent people to state violence, because of their organizing or because of the deep history of racism that continues to inform both the subconscious and infrastructure of our society.  Berta's life and work is a beautiful reflection of our same struggles. We lift up the cry that Berta did not die when she was assassinated – she multiplied and her spirit lives on in each of us.