As the effects of climate change continue to hit peak levels of catastrophe, global leaders have been promising a new climate agreement through the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties (COP). From failing to sign the Kyoto Accord (1992), to undermining efforts for binding agreements at COP15 in Copenhagen (2009), the US has been playing a contradictory dual role of both moving forward a minimal level of climate action while assuring that the interests of transnational corporate polluters are protected.
Today in Tunis, Tunisia, the site of the upcoming World Social Forum (WSF) 2015 from March 24-28, a horrific situation unfolded in the Bardo Museum, nearby the Parliament building, in which an estimated 21 people (tourists, tunisians and gunmen) were killed and 38 wounded. According to Al Jazeera, authorities in Tunisia are saying the attack is over. We want to express our sincere condolences to the victims of this attack and their loved ones.
Our ally Souha Ben Othman from the Tunisian Association of Democratic Women shared with us this morning:
You probably heard this many times last week, but it’s worth saying again—the People’s Climate March on Sunday September 21, 2014 was a major historic event. It was historic because of the sheer numbers who came out to march (it’s being called the largest climate march in history, with estimates around 400,000 people in the streets of New York City).
We call upon all fellow social movements, peoples organizations and environmental and climate justice movements to sign on this statement and join us in this call to action.
We at Grassroots Global Justice Alliance are enraged by the killing of Mike Brown, and inspired by the response from the community in Ferguson and St. Louis to mobilize, and from the responses of people and organizations from various sectors across the US expressing solidarity, rage and calling for action.
Image by Malcolm Goff, the Visual DJ
This call took place on Monday, August 25 at 9am pacific/ 10am mountain/11am central/ 12noon eastern
Esta llamada se llevó a cabo el Lunes, 25 de agosto a las 9 am pacífico / 10 a.m. montaña / 11 a.m. centro / 12 del mediodía del Este
Listen the audio of the call here (lo sentimos, solamente pudimos grabar la llamada en inglés, no en español):
From July 15 to July 18, 2014 the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela hosted social movement leaders and civil society members from around the world at La Isla Margarita for the International Preparatory Meeting for the Social PreCOP on Climate Change.
Image by Design Action Collective
** Español abajo **
The last few days and weeks have been heartbreaking as the world once again bears witness to Israel's decades-long assault on Palestine. At GGJ we are outraged by the killing of innocent people and the continued assault on the lives of the Palestinan people. We call for the end to the bombing and an end to the occupation. We also call for an end to US military and financial support.
Tom BK Goldtooth, GGJ delegate, and Executive Director of the Indigenous Environmental Network was a presenter on the thematic topic on Item III. Social Participation in Decision Making. This was part of the Mesa process on the second day of the historical International Preparatory Meeting for the Social PreCOP on Climate Change, Isle of Margarita, Venezuela. The description of this thematic topic was: Adequate and effective participation of social movements in the decision making process to face the climate crisis.
With extreme sadness and rage, we write to share the news that our beloved compañera Charity Mahouna Hicks has joined the ancestors on Tuesday July 8th 2014. As a community we have been sending love to Charity since she suffered traumatic injuries due to a hit and run in NYC on May 31st. We send our heartfelt condolences to her husband Louis, her family, her colleagues and extended political family.