Our Power National Convening: Richmond CA, August 6-9, 2014

The Our Power Campaign National Convening kicked off August 6th with 450 participants from across the country, the majority from frontline communities, joining together in Richmond, CA to "build the bigger we" for a just transition toward local, living economies.

Co-hosted by the Richmond Environmental Justice Coalition (REJC) and the national Climate Justice Alliance (CJA), we’d like to give our thanks to the many dedicated community members who gave so many hours to the success of our convening on August 6-9.

On the Our Power Campaign website, you can see the press releaseopening day announcement, and a media advisory about the day of action.

Check out photos from highly talented volunteers who contributed their time and energy. (Thanks to Brooke Anderson, Breakthrough Communities, Rae Breaux, Bunker Films, Kay Cuajunco, Farhad Ebrahimi, Tiffany Eng, Shadia Fayne Wood, Malena Mayorga, and Ryan Sin for documenting the convening and day of action through photos and video.)

Photos from the Convening

Photos from the Day of Action

Photos by Ryan Sin

Check out more images and quotes on this Storify by Ellen Choy of Movement Generation that tells the story of the Richmond convening using social media, photographs, videos, and press articles.

We kicked off the week with a public vigil commemorating the 2012 Chevron refinery explosion that sent 15,000 Contra Costa county residents to the hospital.

We spent three beautiful days together to educate, inspire and strategize with one another, including a powerful plenary on the history of the environmental justice movement, some of which we captured on film.

We ended three days later with a vibrant day of action and art on the Richmond Greenway.

Check out News Coverage of the Our Power National Convening in Richmond:

From 'Front-Lines of Climate Crisis,' Gathering Calls for New Economy by Sarah Lazare, Common Dreams

Richmond California is about to get hit with a Climate Justice Earthquake by Brentin Mock, Grist

Our Power Climate Gathering Builds "Roots to Weather the Storm" by Kate Aranoff, Waging Nonviolence

Communities Of Color Tackle Climate As "Our Power" Movement Heats Up Richmond by Michael Levitin, Occupy.com

The KALW City Visions radio show: New Visions for Climate Justice featuring Andres Soto, Vivian Huang, and Gopal Dayaneni

KPFA Pacific Evening News coverage, August 8 2014: piece runs from about 46:40-51:20, by Carla West, Sunflower Alliance

Read CAAAV member John Tieu's powerful reflection blog: What does environmental justice have to do with tenant organizing? (photo byRyan Sin)


On September 23rd, political and corporate leaders are meeting at the United Nations in New York City for the Climate Summit 2014. This summit represents yet another step towards the corporate takeover of the UN climate negotiations, and the privatization of land, water and air resources under the guise of a global climate compact. If they have their way, we will remain mired in the status quo of climate change, when what we need is a fundamental systems change. 

The Our Power Campaign is mobilizing for the People's Climate March to send a clear message to global leaders that It Takes Roots to Weather the Storm. The only solutions to the climate crisis are community led solutions.

The March will be on September 21st in New York City. Following the March, we will be hosting the People's Climate Justice Summit concurrently with the UN Meeting, on September 22nd and 23rd.

Stay tuned for more information about how you can join the Our Power Campaign in New York. In the meantime, read our People's Climate March Call to Action and begin making your plans for action in September--either in New York or in your own community.

We are asking you to help us spread the word by circulating the People's Climate March Pledge to your members and networks.

Check out our new creative resistance campaign to spread the message that It Takes Roots to Weather the Storm--consider creating a piece art that we can share as a poster or image to share via our social media sites.