As the pressure on natural resources grows across the world, grassroots environment rights defenders are increasingly under fire — on average two people are killed every week defending their land and environment.
In her daily life as a labor organizer, Caitlin DuBois ’13 says she is “constantly in motion.”
There is little time to pause and reflect on the work she is doing for the New England chapter of UNITEHere!, a union representing thousands of mostly female workers in industries ranging from food services to textiles.
That’s why DuBois is looking forward to attending the second annual Gloria & Wilma School for Organizers June 20-23 at Smith.
Resist Islamophobia post-Orlando, says LGBT activist
49 people dead. Another 53 injured. The shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando early Sunday morning has been declared the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.
LGBT groups across North America are taking stock following the events in Florida. Among them, Cindy Wiesner — national coordinator of the North Miami-based group, Grassroots Global Justice.
“The coup is not only against the Dilma government, but against the majority of the Brazilian people. The coup may intensify the withdrawal of the historically won rights and start a conservative and fascist process against the poor, Black communities, Indigenous Peoples, the landless, LGBT community members, youth and women. So for that reason we are on the frontline against this process and at the same time, the struggle for land, for agrarian reform, and the structural reforms that will benefit the people.”
- Kelli Malfort, Movimento Trabalhaores Sem Terra (MST), Brazil
Grassroots Global Justice Alliance
World March of Women- US chapter
International Women’s Day Statement
March 7, 2016
"Let us wake up! We’re out of time. We must shake our conscience free of the rapacious capitalism, racism, and patriarchy that will only assure our own self-destruction."- Berta Cáceres
On February 26, 2016, GGJ hosted a membership call on Women, Gender, and Elections.
In the audio files below, hear Maria Poblet (Causa Justa::Just Cause), Sarah Lazare (South Maine Workers Center, independent journalist), and Matt Howard (Iraq Veterans Against the War) talk about how the elections impact women, both domestically and internationally, and how we should be thinking about the current moment and taking action.
The COP21 Paris Accord failed humanity, and impacted communities must take things into our own hands and push at all levels of government.
As impacted communities, we are deeply aware of the imperative of the climate crisis. Our waters are being poisoned from fossil fuel extraction, our livelihoods are threatened by floods and drought, our communities are the hardest hit and the least protected in extreme weather events. The climate crisis is a reality, but the COP21 Paris Accord is not based on that reality.