For Immediate Release
November 29, 2016
Sand Francisco—Hundreds of Indigenous women and allies from the Bay Area will gather at 8am on Wednesday November 30th at Justin Herman Plaza for a prayer circle and teach-in on the national call to divest from the financial institutions funding the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Who: Women of Idle No More SF Bay and Allies
What: Prayer Walk in Support of Divestment from DAPL
Where: Justin Herman Plaza, 1 Market Street, San Francisco
From November 22-26, 2016 a multiracial national delegation of over 100 representatives from 20 movement organizations for social, economic, climate and environmental justice went to Standing Rock in a show of solidarity for indigenous survival and sovereignty as leaders on the ground continue to protect the water and halt the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
The climate crisis is a symptom of a deeper problem: an economy based on extraction and exploitation of resources and people. This economy benefits a few at the expense of communities and the planet.
Communities across the country are united for a Just Transition away from an economy based on fossil fuel extraction and other dirty industries, and towards clean community energy, zero waste, public transit, local food systems and housing for all.
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.