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.
The World March of Women (WMW) is comprised of National Coordinating Bodies (NCB’s) from each of the 65 countries and territories represented in the global movement. The International Meeting of the World March of Women is the highest decision making body of the global movement, and takes place every three years.
Watch this video of Kandi Mossett, Indigenous Environmental Network, sharing the impact on the local communities of the “Man Camps” -- camps of hundreds and sometimes thousands of men from the oil industry living in camps around the area. “The violence against women increased in our communities by 168%. We saw an increase in rape, domestic abuse, drug abuse, violent crimes against women and children.
WMW Declaration at the World Social Forum 2016, Montréal
The World Social Forum took place from the 9th to the 14th August in Montreal, Quebec, a territory that we acknowledge as indigenous territory of the Mohawk people. This acknowledgement makes visible the colonization of these territories, as well as to take collective responsibility of the challenges faced by these peoples.
The World Social Forum (WSF) is a process of global convergence founded in Brazil in 2001 under the slogan “Another World is Possible.” From its roots in the anti-globalization movement, World Social Forums have provided a space for activists from all over the world to meet, debate and discuss strategies. The events have been crucial in building global movements against war, poverty and environmental destruction.
East Michigan Environmental Action Council (EMEAC) hosted the Detroit Just Transition Assembly (JTA) in April 2016, bringing together 100 people from the region, plus allies from other organizations that are hosting assemblies in other regions.
1. Align Just Transition framework with key Fronts of Struggle in Detroit (Water Justice, Food Justice, Environmental Justice, Education Justice, Black Lives Matter/Black Liberation)
2. Build Intergenerational relationships in Detroit, around Michigan and around Midwest Region