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FILM: Local Organizations Team up to Show "Our Fires Still Burn: The Native American Experience"

East Michigan Environmental Action Council - Mon, 08/19/2030 - 8:02pm
What: Film screening of "Our Fires Still Burn: The Native American Experience" with Question and Answer session to follow afterwards

When: September 6th, 2013

Time: 8PM

Where: Cass Corridor Commons
             4605 Cass Avenue, Detroit, Michigan 48201

East Michigan Environmental Action Council, 5E, Heru, and the American Indian Health and Family Services invite you to the film screening of, Our Fires Still Burn: The Native American Experience, on September 6th, 2013. The showing will take place in the D. Blair Theater of The Cass Corridor Commons.

Focusing on the lives and experiences of the Native/Indigenous community in the Midwest, Our Fires Still Burn is a one hour documentary that works to dispel the myth that American Indians have disappeared from the United States. The narrative that Native and Indigenous peoples no longer exist in the US has been perpetrated in many forms since the beginning of colonization in the US, with perhaps the most famous example being the book (and movie), The Last of the Mohicans. The narrative usually argues something along the lines that because Native peoples are now dead (or are actively dying), we need non-Native peoples to "save and recover" (read; loot) Native artifacts (very often including actual bones of human beings). Another strand of the narrative argues that names like Washington Red Skins are actually compliments that honor long dead tribes rather than the offensive insults that Native/Indigenous peoples say they are.

Our Fires Still Burns argues that the narrative that Native/Indigenous peoples are dead is harmful in that it invisibilizes and makes unnecessary the voices of the very much alive Native/Indigenous community. But as Our Fire Still Burns shows, Native and Indigenous peoples continue to persist, heal from the past, confront the challenges of today, keep their culture alive, and make great contributions to society.

The film viewing of Our Fires Still Burn will appeal to native and non-Native alike, and will be followed by a question and answer session featuring many of the people appearing in the film, as well as film director Audrey Geyer.  Ms. Geyer is an independent video producer and director whose programs have been broadcasted locally and nationally on PBS. She is the founder and current executive director of Visions, an independent video production company local in Metro Detroit. Visions work focuses on creating documentaries that tell the stories of communities that are underrepresented in mainstream media.

As East Michigan Environmental Action Council co-director, Diana Copeland says, the most important thing to do right now in light of various attacks on marginalized communities in Detroit is to build community responses to those attacks, "Conversations that happen where we can begin to get to know each other are essential and will only make our communities stronger."
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Inside the administration's $1 billion deal to detain Central American asylum seekers

NNIRR - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 4:06pm
Story Type:  Article Story Author:  Chico Harlan Story Publisher:  Washington Post

DILLEY, Tex. — As Central Americans surged across the U.S. border two years ago, the Obama administration skipped the standard public bidding process and agreed to a deal that offered generous terms to Corrections Corporation of America, the nation's largest prison company, to build a massive detention facility for women and children seeking asylum.

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World Journal - 對抗財團轉抗議川普 勞動節千人大遊行

Chinese Progressive Association - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 3:01pm

為了響應「五一」國際勞動節,舊金山不同族裔的工會、勞工組織、移民權益組織將在5月1日發動大規模示威,預計將有1000人遊行。示威者揚言將癱瘓金融區、渡輪大樓海濱和市政府中心。多個族裔組織18日召開會議,開始策畫本次大遊行。

每一年的國際勞動節都有不同的抗議對象,多年前對抗大財團以99%占領為口號,今年則矛頭直指上任不久的川普總統。18日的會議除了策畫五一行動,也開始趕製標語和橫額。華人進步會社區組織林德樂表示,這是大型的遊行抗議,目的是抗議舊金山房屋和生活指數不斷上升,勞工階層根本得不到保障。他指出,勞工階層以新移民和婦女為主,川普上台威脅到移民,還揚言興建美墨牆,阻止移民家庭團聚。

主辦方說,遊行將以「反抗」川普政權為口號,大遊行將團結華裔、菲律賓裔和西語裔。林德樂指出,華裔與各族裔合作多年,共同發聲爭取權益,如爭取提高最低時薪,「團結就是力量。」

「五一」行動將於當天上午8時,先在金融區 Sansome 街移民和海關(ICE)辦事處門外集合,11時遊行至海濱赫曼廣場(Justin Hermann Plaza),中午12時向市政府中人少出發。行動由進步工人聯盟發起,參與華人組織有華人進步會、華人權益促進會和亞洲法律聯會等。

Links: World Journal - 對抗財團轉抗議川普 勞動節千人大遊行
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Sing Tao Daily - 華人進步會:停止對有色人種暴力

Chinese Progressive Association - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 2:48pm
Rainie Li針對美國聯合航空強行拖下華裔醫生杜成德一事,華人進步會昨日發表聲明,要求停止對有色人種社區的暴力。 華人進步會主席李曹玉娟指出:「是否因為杜先生是有色人種,才招致此番對待?」「如果當時飛機上被選中的是一名白人男醫生,我懷疑乘務人員很可能就採取另一種方式對待了!」 李曹玉娟強調,聯航職員上至首席執行長、下至空乘職員,只是考慮到自身利益,可謂唯利是圖,這樣的公司文化使其對乘客缺乏關懷,並導致最終使用暴力手段來解決問題的做法。華人進步會聲明指出,「這可怕的暴力事件喚起了美藉華裔社區中過去一百年來承受的殘酷和不公對待,從1882年通過排華法到1982年陳果仁被殺,都反映了這個國家不公義的制度。」「很多有色人種社區-包括華人社區-都曾因種族主義而成為過度武力的受害者」。 華人進步會強調:「將致力於種族正義,因為我們深明唯有在所有有色人種社區的暴力都被消除,才能杜絕亞裔社區面對的暴力。華人進步會與杜醫生一家並肩,並與全部有色人種社區同行爭取結束系統性的暴力和壓迫。」 …………….(更多新聞,請參閱 《星島日報》) Links: Sing Tao Daily - 華人進步會:停止對有色人種暴力
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Sing Tao Daily - 五一大遊行團結反特朗普

Chinese Progressive Association - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 2:45pm

三藩市工人權益社區聯合(Workers’ Rights Community Collaborative)、進步工人聯盟(Progressive workers Alliance)及三藩市崛起(SF Rising)將聯合千餘工人,在5月1日勞工節當日於三藩市、屋崙等灣區城市舉行罷工遊行,藉助聲勢浩大的遊行團結移民與勞工社區,呼籲人們不要害怕,一起站出來為自己的權益發聲。
此次五一勞工大遊行由眾多族裔社區勞工與移民組成,包括華裔、菲律賓裔、穆斯林、拉美裔等。昨日幾十位勞工代表參加遊行準備大會,不僅現場製作遊行標語,同時還通過中文、英文及西班牙語為與會者帶來最新的政策動向。
組織者表示,從各個勞工中心、社區服務組織及法律援助處每日都可以感受到移民與勞工社區的恐懼。這些恐懼均來自全國範圍的反移民情緒。除使用語言不同外,每個社區的移民勞工均希望獲得最低工資、食物、應有的休息權利、安全和沒有歧視的工作環境。而今年的這種要求因為特朗普的反移民政策更加強烈。
華人進步會高級運動及聯盟協調員藺雲鷺表示,五月一日的勞工遊行將在三藩市與屋崙等城市同時展開,屆時將有近千餘人隊伍。
…………….(更多新聞,請參閱 《星島日報》)

Links: Sing Tao Daily - 五一大遊行團結反特朗普
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2017 UE National Convention

UE - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 1:50pm
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2017 UE National Convention

UE - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 1:48pm
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Trump immigration agency wants to kick 50,000 Haitians out of the USA

NNIRR - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 3:00am
Story Type:  Article Story Author:  Alan Gomez Story Publisher:  USA Today

President Trump's immigration agency is recommending that the U.S. end temporary protections by next January for 50,000 Haitians allowed to remain in the United States following a series of natural disasters that have crippled the poverty-stricken Caribbean nation.

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Peoples Climate March Will ‘Literally’ Surround the White House

It Takes Roots - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 12:20pm
https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2017/04/18/peoples-climate-march-will-literally-surround-white-house?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss

For Immediate Release Tuesday, April 18, 2017 – 3:15pm Contact:

Harrison.beck@peoplesclimate.org

People’s Climate Movement

Mass Mobilization to Show Broad Resistance to Trump Agenda on April 29th

WASHINGTON – The Peoples Climate March announced it will ‘literally’ surround the White House as part of its mass mobilization in Washington, DC on Saturday, April 29th.

Tens of thousands are expected to converge on Washington, DC from virtually every state in the country. In addition, more than 290 sister marches are planned across the country and around the world.

“At 2 PM on April 29th, tens of thousands of people will encircle the White House in Washington D.C. to directly confront Donald Trump and challenge those who are pursuing a right-wing agenda that destroys our environment while favoring corporations and the 1 percent over workers and communities,” said Paul Getsos, National Coordinator for the Peoples Climate Movement. “This administration continues waging attacks on immigrants, Muslims, people of color and LGBTQIA people everyday. This moment will be the highlight of a day that will begin with a march leading from the Capital to Washington Monument.”

The Peoples Climate March will near begin the Capitol, travel up Pennsylvania Avenue, and then surround the entire White House Grounds from 15th Street in the East to 17th Street in the West, and Pennsylvania Avenue in the North to Constitution Avenue in the South. The march will close with a post march rally, concert and gathering at the Washington Monument.

“After 100 days of this administration, it’s our time to show our resilience, to show that we’re still here, that we’re only getting stronger, that we’re multiplying and that we’re never giving up on justice, or on the people,” said Angela Adrar, executive director of the Climate Justice Alliance.  “The Peoples Climate March is about building and deepening connections and linking the intersectionality we need in this moment. On April 30th, our movement will be stronger and more prepared to rise than on April 29th but we will need everyone to rise together.”

“Around this country, working people understand that we don’t have to choose between good jobs and a clean environment; we can and must have both,” said Kim Glas, executive director of the BlueGreen Alliance. “Together we can tackle climate change in a way that will ensure all Americans have the opportunity to prosper and live in neighborhoods where they can breathe their air and drink their water. We will build a clean economy that leaves no one behind.”

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The Peoples Climate Movement is a groundbreaking coalition of indigenous, youth, Latino, environmental, racial justice, economic justice, faith-based and immigrant groups and labor unions demanding an economy and a government that works for working people and the planet.

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It Takes Roots is continuing to #GrowTheResistance

It Takes Roots - Tue, 04/18/2017 - 10:47am

Today, we are launching our 10k by May Day Fundraising Campaign: #GiveToGrow!

As you know, we are working with our It Takes Roots partners and The Majority to take Trans-Local action on May Day. May Day emerged out of the fight for an 8-hour day in 1886 in Chicago, where striking workers clashed with police, resulting in several deaths and four of the protesters were later hanged. In the context of a new President using grandiose promises of job creation to mask the fundamentally anti-worker and pro-corporation nature of his policies, it is as important as ever that we put forth a true vision of economic and worker justice for all people and a Just Transition on this day.

This administration is intent on destroying our bodies, our homes, our communities and Planet Earth. Will you join us to stop them, and help build the world we want to live in? From the People’s Climate March to May Day and beyond.

Give to grow the resistance and help us raise 10k by May Day!

Donate here to get us started!

Our beautiful It Takes Roots to Grow The Resistance T-shirts are on sale here for one week only. Sale proceeds go to cultivating our power, because we give to grow. Click here to purchase by Tuesday April 18.

 

Want to be an even dreamier supporter? Contact Egina at (eginaggj@gmail.com) to create your own fundraising page, or to pledge a matching gift for our campaign.

 

Beyond the Moment

BTM is gaining energy across the country. Check out the exciting recent coverage of BTM and The Majority. Huffington Post  Alternet Mic.com

 

Tonight at 9PM EST / 6PM PST join the first weekly Beyond The Moment May Day Planning call to share action plans, learn about actions being planned across the country and join this critical cross-sector mobilization to fight for our people and the planet.

And if your organization is planning a May Day Action tell us about it here!

You must register to participate in these planning calls at: bit.ly/btmccall

 

People’s Climate Movement

Check out this video that highlights It Takes Roots members as the March for Climate, Jobs, and Justice approaches!

Do you or your organization want to attend the March for Climate, Jobs, and Justice or have a sister march in your community?

Connect with Senowa Mize-Fox (smizefox@gmail.com) to get started.

 

SAVE THE DATE – FRIDAY APRIL 28 at 2pm

JOIN THE IT TAKES ROOTS RED LINE ACTION in DC

WEAR RED

 

Join us April 28th in Washington DC as we unite as Mother Earth’s RED LINE to take direct action against the corporations and politicians driving the extractive economy.

The day before the People’s Climate Mobilization (link), on April 29th, we’ll form a red line to defend our planet, protect our people & communities.  The Red Line is a line that cannot be crossed. We draw a red line through the militarization of the federal budget, and the rising wars at home and abroad, and the “dig, burn, dump” economy. We hold a red line to defend our environment, our homes, our families and our future generations. We will work to build a just transition towards “local, living economies” where communities and workers are in charge.  We demand an investment in communities and sustainability, and a divestment from militarism and extraction. t

Will you hold Mother Earth’s Red Line with Indigenous, Black, Brown and Frontline communities on April 28th?

Contact Jaron (jaron@ggjalliance.org) to get involved! Or sign up on our facebook event page (link), more details to come.

SAVE-THE-DATE

Why?

We are building a just transition in our communities, moving away from capitalism and exploitation of our bodies and the earth and towards sustainable and healthy solutions. We are taking action to stop pollution and poverty at the source, confronting multinational corporations that profit from and create the current climate crisis.

Where?

In the streets of Washington DC. Details to come.

When?

On April 28th, the day before the March for Climate, Jobs, and Justice, at 2PM

How?

We will be forming Mother Earth’s Red Line. We will need YOU to be there to defend, resist, and protect. Wear red.

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Here’s how environmental justice leaders are pushing forward in the Trump era

It Takes Roots - Tue, 04/18/2017 - 10:31am

Clockwise, from top left: Angela Adrar, Charles Ellison, Cecilia Martinez, Denise Abdul-Rahman, Elizabeth Yeampierre. image via Grist.com

https://medium.com/@UrbanResilience/heres-how-environmental-justice-leaders-are-pushing-forward-in-the-trump-era-dd5e133aa592?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss

A round-table of environmental justice advocates share their thoughts on the climate challenges (and opportunities) in the time of Trump.

By Laurie Mazur

These are challenging times for environmental justice — at least at the federal level. Earlier this month, Mustafa Ali, who led environmental justice work at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, resigned rather than preside over the dismantling of his program.

To understand the prospects for environmental justice work in Trump’s America, we gathered (by phone) an impressive cadre of leaders from across the country:

Charles Ellison, contributing politics editor for TheRoot.com and founding principal of B|E Strategy, moderated the conversation.

Q. Ellison: In the Trump era, the prospects for progress on environmental justice at the federal level seem rather grim. But even in this political landscape, there’s discussion about building alternative systems. What are those exactly?

A. Martinez: When the political system does not provide for the common good, those that deal with the consequences have to be creative, innovative, and action-oriented. And we do see that. All kinds of communities are coming together to try and figure out how to build systems that are both environmentally sustainable and equitable. Cities are leaders in developing plans on climate action and adaptation, irrespective of what federal legislation or international agreements are in place. That kind of action is feeding into a locally based national and international movement. The challenge continues, though, to move states and cities to incorporate justice into their institutional work.

Abdul-Rahman: Communities on the front lines can lead the way. We’ve formed a group called Women’s Voices Unheard [in Indianapolis], and we’re asking the women about their concerns and issues. We give them the tools and the knowledge they need to speak for themselves.

We look at the contrasts between communities. Who gets to have an aesthetically pleasing environment? Which community gets the natural gas plant that emits methane, or the coal-fired power plant? Who gets to decide about issues affecting the community? Then we look at another vision of how we can control our own destiny by honing in on solar and wind, and how our communities can benefit by getting the training and the jobs. We present another vision of the future, where we as human beings and as communities can change our own destiny. We can utilize our power and speak truth to power.

Adrar: With the issues we’re facing in frontline communities, we can go issue by issue, rule by rule — or we can look at the underlying root causes. We see the enclosure of wealth and power; Trump’s cabinet is one of the wealthiest in modern history. That creates an opening for greater extraction of fossil fuels and more human rights violations in our communities. So as our Native friends [who’ve been] marching in D.C. are saying, we have to end this colonial mindset.

Yeampierre: We need to build an economy that is not extractive, but regenerative. In our industrial waterfront community [in Brooklyn], we’ve been working with industries to operate in a way that’s cleaner, retrofitting to reduce emissions. Our vision is to use the industrial waterfront as a place that creates good jobs in green industries — like building offshore wind turbines or community-owned solar. We see this as a solution that could prevent people from getting displaced, while addressing climate change and environmental justice.

Q. Ellison: Displacement is a big problem: As people are pushed out of gentrifying cities, we are seeing the rise of poverty in suburban areas and surrounding exurbs. How do you discuss and address that?

A. Martinez: I think it points to the deep structural issue that Angela talked about. There was a racial and class dimension to suburbanization in the first place. Suburbanization could not have happened without federal policy constructing a highway system that destroyed many communities of color. The reason many of our communities of color are in the state that they are in is because of federal policy and housing policy that promoted segregation, and redlining that extracted capital from certain communities to the benefit of others. So it was not an equal process.

We’ve been able to institute some policies and laws that hopefully prevent the most egregious of those abuses, but the reality is that the dynamic still continues. So now white middle-class people are leaving the suburbs, which leaves these areas open to people of color and low-income communities. The amenities move with the capital and with the middle class, and the low-income communities that are left behind suffer.

Q. Ellison: Those low-income communities of color are going through some real struggles and disruptions on the economic front. So there’s got to be a tug-of-war between the need for jobs and economic growth in those communities and protecting the environment and the climate. How do you strike that balance?

A. Yeampierre: It doesn’t have to be one or the other. The clean energy jobs we are promoting in the industrial waterfront pay $60,000 a year, and come with benefits. That would make it possible to retain the community, to keep people from being displaced. But the New York City Economic Development Corporation is going with conventional development models that would basically turn our community into a workforce for the privileged in their own communities. There is an opportunity to do it differently — to address climate change and create jobs.

I completely agree with what Cecilia is saying. In our community, we’ve had to bear all the environmental burdens. But the moment we start fighting for the amenities, all of the sudden we can’t afford to live here anymore. Even our successes have displaced us. So our park, our greenway, the fact that we stopped a power plant from being sited in the neighborhood — all of our victories are being used by developers to displace us.

Martinez: The reality — at least in the communities I work with — is that people are very aware of environmental issues and that it isn’t a tradeoff between economic development and environmental sustainability precisely because of the public health impact. So in our communities — whether they’re Latino, African-American, or Native — there isn’t the kind of disconnect that is popularly assumed between environmental sustainability and economic development. The question is, how do we bring those two together with the appropriate investment and in a way that is equitable and provides the kind of benefits these communities have been lacking in the past?

Adrar: I really appreciate that because, based on the intersectional work we’ve been doing since the administration came into power, it’s clear that groups are mobilizing around environmental issues in a way that makes sense to them, using a different narrative than what we’ve been used to hearing in the media around carbon emissions.

We understand that climate change is a catastrophe: It’s going to lead to flooding, droughts, and it’s going to shift migration around the country and around the world. But groups are looking at how to create solutions for that. We are talking about a “just transition” away from the extractive economy and creating tools for reinvestment in communities. We want to create safeguards and make sure that public investment goes into these communities in ways that lead to community control of energy and resources. I just got off a Movement for Black Lives conversation yesterday and they’re talking about divestment and reinvestment. Indigenous groups have moved incredible amounts of money from the fossil fuel industry.

Q. Ellison: Does the new political and social environment change how you think and strategize?

A. Abdul-Rahman: Indiana is now a hyper-conservative state, and we are continuously battling a lot of bad policy. So we find ourselves battling redistricting deals and anti-Ban the Box laws and laws against obstruction of traffic to prevent folks from being able to protest. For us it just means we need to organize more intensely and intentionally. For example, our communities — when they’re inundated with pollution — need to advocate for community benefits agreements, so they can benefit from the jobs and the movement of making their communities cleaner and better.

Q. Ellison: The innovation sector is so focused right now on creating technologies of convenience and efficiency. The word disruption is used quite a bit. What sort of pressure could we put on the innovation sector, on Silicon Valley, to develop technologies that help heal the planet?

A. Yeampierre: I think that these innovators should have people representing frontline communities at the table before they even shape these technologies. There is technology called carbon capture and sequestrationthat we oppose because it keeps us dependent on coal and other fossil fuels. So although it may be innovative, it is still not environmentally just.

So these folks could start by having a conversation with communities, saying, “What do you need, and how can we use our skills, our resources, our power, and our access to technology to address community needs?” Instead, what they do — because they’re competitive and top-down and their behavior mirrors the problem that got us here in the first place — they create technology that we then have to stop, to react to, to respond to.

Adrar: At COP22 at Marrakesh [the 2016 United Nations Climate Change Conference], when [then-Secretary of State] John Kerry said that the private sector was going to be the savior of the climate, we knew there was going to be favoritism toward techno-fixes and market-based solutions. I don’t want our energy sector to make the same mistakes that the industrial agriculture sector made. We’re overproducing food, but there are still hungry people on the planet, and we’ve overlooked ancestral wisdom and knowledge from native peoples, peasants, and people who’ve lived on the land.

Martinez: We have to keep in mind that technology is not neutral. Technology embodies certain social and political principles, for better or worse. Our energy system is a major contributor to climate change, and we have not integrated its social cost, its environmental cost in the market of technology development. We have an obese energy system, which is geared toward producing an abundant supply of energy year after year, into the next century. But what is the role of our community in managing, operating, and making decisions about that energy system? We need to ask: Energy for what? And energy for whom? And how do we incorporate those costs? That’s inherently what energy democracy is all about.

Q. Ellison: What are you working on right now?

A. Adrar: What aren’t we working on? A lot of our groups are working on rapid response, collaborating to be more responsive to direct threats to communities — on issues like immigration, police abuses and the defense of black lives, and the indigenous struggle. The Climate Justice Alliance just put forth a new strategy plan that has an ambitious goal of developing 50 Just Transition campaignsaround the country, which means we’ll be working with communities to understand the framework, share tools, and develop collective strategies.

Yeampierre: We’ve got three community-owned solar initiatives, and we’ve spent a lot of time thinking about what governance and financial engineering look like for a utility that would be owned by low-income people. And, in partnership with the Climate Justice Alliance, we are organizing the largest gathering of young people of color on climate change in the country, scheduled for Aug. 3 this year at Union Theological Seminary.

Abdul-Rahman: Our main mission is to work on energy-efficiency policy and climate resistance and moving more renewable, clean energy. In East Chicago, where drinking water is contaminated by lead, we are delivering water and filters and helping the people lift up their narrative. We recently filed a petition with some other groups to rebuild East Chicago’s water infrastructure, which is connected to making the community resistant to climate change and creating a new vision. In lieu of being gentrified, could we build affordable housing there? Could this affordable housing have solar on it? And who gets to build that? We want to help move that community forward toward a just transition.

Martinez: We are continuing to do research on how you develop climate-resilience indicators from the perspective of communities, particularly communities of color and low-income communities. I think everybody on this call is also working on a very important national initiative called Building Equity and Alignment for Impact, which is about shifting philanthropic and other resources to grassroots community organizations and environmental justice groups that have not been funded at the level of larger mainstream environmental work. And, given that the federal state of the art right now is problematic for moving environmental justice issues, we continue to look for other policy levers at the state and local level.

Laurie Mazur is editor of the Island Press Urban Resilience Project, which is supported by The Kresge Foundation and The JPB Foundation.

This article was originally published March 30, 2017 in Grist.

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Border Wall Could Cost 3 Times Estimates, Senate Democrats’ Report Says

NNIRR - Tue, 04/18/2017 - 3:00am
Story Type:  Article Story Author:  Ron Nixon Story Publisher:  New York Times

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s plans to build a border wall could cost more than three times as much as initial estimates, Senate Democrats said in a report released on Tuesday, adding that the administration has yet to provide C

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Students Win Victory for Workers’ Rights in Florida!

USAS - Fri, 04/14/2017 - 12:48pm

 

Victory for students and workers in Florida! Today we are happy to announce that the University of South Florida has committed to affiliating with the Worker Rights Consortium! This comes after a year of actions like letter drops, banner drops, fax-ins and study in’s urging USF administration to meet with students about putting workers lives above profit. Because USF prides itself on being a diverse and globally aware institution, WRC affiliation was the logical decision to make. In light of Nike’s latest move to bar independent monitors from it’s subcontracted workers around the world, we were determined to ensure USF apparel would be sweat-free by joining the ranks of over 180 universities proudly affiliated with the Workers Rights Consortium.

It was not easy. Despite threats from our administration, we did not give up.

Amanda Hlavac, a junior at USF, has been with the campaign since the start. She reflected on how powerful it is that, “Everything we’ve done has actually created change, and…student power actually gets shit done.

This victory comes at a time when workers rights are under attack in the United States and abroad. While we are really ecstatic about this victory, we know the fight does not end here. We will continue to organize in solidarity with workers to ensure that workplace violations are not occurring.

“I can graduate knowing that my university is in a better position than when I started here,” said Samantha May.

You’ve been with this campaign since the beginning. How do you feel now that we’ve won?

“Well honestly I feel really relieved. The first thing I think is that it’s about time. The fact that the university actually took the time to look into it and affiliate means way more than anything else that I’ve done as a student. The fact that everything we’ve done has actually created change, and the fact that student power actually gets shit done. When I came here I didn’t really know what to find. I just wanted to find an organization where I could make an impact, and USAS gave me that.”” -AJ Hlavac, junior

 

 

 

 

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Trump administration moving quickly to build up nationwide deportation force

NNIRR - Wed, 04/12/2017 - 4:23pm
Story Type:  Article Story Author:  David Nakamura Story Publisher:  The Washington Post

The Trump administration is quickly identifying ways to assemble the nationwide deportation force that President Trump promised on the campaign trail as he railed against the dangers posed by illegal immigration.

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Five Days of Opportunity! Saturday April 15th – Wednesday April 19th

Portland Central America Solidarity Committee - Mon, 04/10/2017 - 11:41pm

SATURDAY, APRIL 15th, 6-9pm

PSU Smith Memorial Student Union 338, Vanport Room.

We are pleased to welcome Carmenza Tez-Juagibioy:

Solidarity: “For the Earth, For Life, For Our Existence”

Indigenous Colombian Defender of Waters, Land, Communities, the Amazon. Plus Defenders of international and local peoples, waters, human rights.

Sponsored by: Colombia Support Network and PSU Sustainability Leadership Network.
Assistance by PSU Students United for Nonviolence, Portland Central America Solidarity Committee, and others.

 

 

TUESDAY,  April 18th, 6pm

Augustana Lutheran Church – 2710 NE 14th Ave, Portland, OR 97212

We welcome:

US-CUBA FRIENDSHIPMENT XXVIII 2017 – IFCO/Pastors for Peace

Manolo de los Santos, IFCO Staff who has lived last 4 years in Cuba. Cuban conditions and actions to support carrying out normalizing relations with the US.

Manolo De Los Santos (1989) is a staff member of the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization (IFCO). He works in the Pastors for Peace program, coordinating solidarity, community organizing and political education projects in Haiti, Cuba and Central America. In the last decade he has co-led numerous delegations & caravans to Cuba in civil disobedience of the US blockade. Manolo currently lives in Cuba where he is studying Theology & Philosophy at the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Matanzas.. 

WEDNESDAY, April 19th,   Come with Manolo to Visit Local Congressional Staff

– stay tuned for details, and contact CoreTeam@pcasc.net if you would like to join!

 

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California Moves to Become ‘Sanctuary State,’ and Others Look to Follow

NNIRR - Mon, 04/10/2017 - 2:06pm
Story Type:  Article Story Author:  JENNIFER MEDINA and JESS BIDGOOD Story Publisher:  The New York Times

A 42-year-old immigrant was on her way to church in Mendota, a small

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Battle over sanctuary cities escalating

NNIRR - Mon, 04/10/2017 - 2:06am
Story Type:  Article Story Author:  Reid Wilson Story Publisher:  The Hill

Immigration hardliners are threatening to hold potentially billions of dollars in state grants hostage as they seek to compel so-called sanctuary cities to cooperate with federal law enforcement officials.

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It Takes Roots to Grow the Resistance: National Alliances Unite Hundreds of Grassroots Organizations Leading with Alternative Vision

It Takes Roots - Fri, 04/07/2017 - 9:47pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

CONTACT:

Beth Patel, ITRpressinquiries@gmail.com, 916-806-4004

 

Date: March 27th, 2017

 

UNITED STATESIt Takes Roots to Grow the Resistance joins together four powerful alliances of grassroots activists and frontline communities’ leaders: Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, the Climate Justice Alliance, the Right to the City Alliance, and the Indigenous Environmental Network. Working alongside Center for Story-based Strategy and The Ruckus Society, It Takes Roots will collaborate closely with Movement for Black Lives, People’s Climate Movement and Design Action Collective utilizing opportunities for convergence to build power at the local, state, tribal and regional levels. The It Takes Roots collaboration between grassroots social movements began during the organizing for the People’s Climate March in 2014, and continued through international climate justice mobilizations to Paris COP21 and Morocco COP22, as well as a “People’s Caravan” during the 2016 elections from the Republican National Convention to the Democratic National Convention.

 

Collectively representing over 150 grassroots membership organizations in 30 states nationwide and in Canada, It Takes Roots is a broad call to action to resist policies that attack LGBTQ, immigrant, and Muslim communities, labor, people of color and women and build long-term power across social movements to build a society that supports the dignity of all. The grassroots organizations represented are intergenerational, comprising a mix of youth organizers and veteran community leaders, who hail from Indigenous, African American, Latino, Asian, Pacific Islander and rural white communities.

 

Upcoming work will include participation in the People’s Climate March, and nationwide mobilizations on May 1st. Additionally, It Takes Roots will form “Resistance Hubs” to bring together hundreds in small towns and large cities across the United States to provide direct action trainings, visioning, rapid response strategies, and more.

 

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World Journal - 金恩遇刺39周年 華進會等社團紀念

Chinese Progressive Association - Fri, 04/07/2017 - 3:25pm

美國非裔民權領袖金恩博士遇刺39周年,全美多個大城市4日舉行集會紀念,在金恩當年被槍殺的時間同步舉行,延續金恩生前未完成的「窮人運動」。舊金山多個勞工組織、工會、非裔、婦女益權等參加,集會結束後舉行巡遊。

1968年金恩準備到華府發動「窮人運動」占領行動,4月4日中部時間下午6時1分,在田納西州孟菲斯市遭槍手射殺,引發多個城市暴動。兇手James Earel Ray行兇後逃離美國,兩個月後在英國倫敦被捕。

參與集會遊行的華人進步會董事會主席李曹玉娟表示,支持金恩博士的奮鬥精神,團結不同社群及人們,從華埠議題以至非洲裔及勞工等種種問題。特別是新總統川普,選前或上任以來,一直發表對移民、勞工及低收入等人士不利的威脅。此外,仇視罪行不斷上升,白人至上主義再度抬頭,無論對社會安寧、經濟發展、人權、社會公義都大倒退。她認為,金恩博士的理念強而有力,至今仍然是最具影響力的輿論。

服務人員國際分工會數十名工人參加了遊行,旅館清潔工人李太太表示,市內還有很多工作都在最低時薪之下,舊金山和鄰近城市一樣生活昂貴,許多工作已按步提升至每小時15元,應付通貨膨脹。

除了勞工,「黑人也是命」是集會召集組織之一。布朗(Tina Brown)認為,對付非洲裔的警察濫用暴力不停,每天都發生非裔、亞裔或有色人種被警察開槍射殺。她說,這個國家仍然由白人主義所控制,民間只有團結起來,以民眾力量反抗。

Links: World Journal - 金恩遇刺39周年 華進會等社團紀念
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Join Us for CAAAV Karaoke Battle 2017!

CAAAV - Thu, 04/06/2017 - 2:44pm

CAAAV is switching things up when it comes to our annual fundraiser! We invite you to join us in:

CAAAV Dance Karaoke Battle 2017: Another World is Possible
SATURDAY, MAY 20, 2017
8:00 – 11:00pm
DCTV, 87 Lafayette Street
Suggested Donation: $20 on Crowdrise or at door

For one night, we’ll escape the ordinary and become fictional characters, alter-egos, extraterrestrials, unidentifiables, and others that believe Another World is Possible. Let’s get loud and get down on the dancefloor on Saturday, May 20th!

We depend on your support, so please donate to any of our Karaoke Battle fundraising teams. You can boost your impact by reaching out to friends: create your own fundraising team page or join an existing team.

P.S. Are you a business or organization? CAAAV is looking for sponsors to support our fundraiser! We will take steps to publicize your work and attract new customers. Email us at giving@caaav.org.

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