Buenvivir (or “well-being” / “living well”) is an age-old concept that became more globally popularized after the World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth in April 2010. The Cochabamba People’s Agreement was adopted by 35,000 representatives of social movements, indigenous peoples and others as an alternative to the “Copenhagen Accord” reached by the UN in 2009.
Since we began organizing around gender justice and founded the US chapter of the World March of Women we have seen a huge upsurge in participation in our work, because there is a hunger in the grassroots organizing sector to talk about the impact of patriarchy on their work. Our members have been joining a wave of feminist action as part of an ongoing effort to reclaim feminism for the grassroots.
At the end of 2015, Grassroots Global Justice, the Indigenous Environmental Network and the Climate Justice Alliance built the It Takes Roots to Weather the Storm delegation to Paris. We took to the streets along our social movement allies from around the world to raise the critical struggles facing frontline communities who are facing the worst impacts of the climate crisis an the extractive dig-burn-dump economy.
The SouthWest Organizing Project (SWOP) is a 36 year old social justice organization whose mission is to empower the disenfranchised in the Southwest to realize racial and gender equality and social and economic justice. New Mexico Con Mujeres is the feminist focus within SWOP and through the Grass Roots Global Justice (GGJ) we have become a working part of the World March of Women. SWOP, since its inception, has seen the need for international grassroots solidarity and to be able to represent the US, GGJ, SWOP materializes this intention.