Come celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day with Native Americans at Harvard College (NAHC)! Starting at 3:00PM, we will be celebrating indigenous culture and holding a demonstration against the current name Harvard uses for IPD: Columbus Day. After our demonstration (5:00PM), we will hold a dinner in Ticknor Lounge of indigenous food. The event if free and open to the public.
Our Revolution RI created this event on behalf of John Gonzalez!
Panel discussion with Robert Eder, John Gonzalez, and Anthony Melting Tallow.
WALK FOR RENEWABLES
BACK BAY GAS PIPELINE?
Noon to 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Boston Public Library (Dartmouth Street entrance)
The Fountain at the Christian Science Church Plaza
Dress: Dogs on leash, decorated strollers,
Bathing suits for kids (optional)
Navy or black or green t-shirts (optional)
Free water & lemonade
Hosted by: the Green Committee of the Neighborhood Association of Back Bay (NABB), with the support of the Boston Clean Energy Coalition
Register at: https://truthschool.org/classes/northampton/nvda-2
Date: June 17, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: Community Room, 40 Center Street, Northampton, MA
This day-long Nonviolent Direct Action Training is a free workshop taught by Jeff Napolitano, director and program coordinator of the American Friends Service Committee of Western Massachusetts, and Paki Wieland, citizen activist, nonviolent practitioner and trainer.
There is no charge to register or attend Truth School classes. For more Truth School offerings or to learn more about our classes, go to: https://truthschool.org/classes.
Gracing the JP Forum are the heroic Valve Turners on:
Sunday, June 4th at 7pm
On October 11, 2016, five climate activists shook the North American energy industry by closing the emergency shut off valves on all five pipelines bringing Canadian tar sands oil into the US. It was an unprecedented act of non-violent direct action that shut down 15% of US crude oil imports for nearly a day.
Now, the “Valve Turners” face felony charges with sentences of up to 90 years in prison and hundreds of thousand of dollars in fines and legal fees. Come hear three of the "Valve Turners" -former JP resident Ken Ward, Annette Klapstein, and Emily Johnston discuss why they felt morally compelled to take this action and risk their freedom.
Also joining us, from Climate Disobediance is Marla Marcum and Jay O'Hara. We will hear from them on the crucial and intricate role that organizing and continuing to educate the public plays in the fight for environmental justice.
Our collective commitment to nonviolent civil disobedience is the most powerful force on the planet.
Water Protector Gathering for Mother Earth.
Sunday, May 28th at 10am
Please see link to ferry schedule and bus to Aquinnah Cliffs below for those coming over for the day's events. Reccomended you depart on 6am ferry from Woods Hole to Martha's Vineyard
AWAKE: A Dream from Standing Rock
Sunday, May 28th at 4pm
Panel and Q&A after film
Please see link below for further information. Reccomended you purchase tickets now, as seats may sell out.
Martha's Vineyard Film Center
79 Beach Road'
Vineyard Haven, Ma.
Jennifer Browdy, Ph.D., will offer a talk and inspirational writing workshop relating the political and planetary implications of the proliferation of fossil fuel infrastructure to our personal histories and our individual and shared visions of a livable future. The event is a benefit for the No Fracked Gas In Mass campaign.
Dr. Browdy, a professor of comparative literature and media studies at Bard College at Simon’s Rock, is the author of a new memoir, What I Forgot…And Why I Remembered…A Journey to Environmental Awareness and Activism Through Purposeful Memoir, as well as a writer’s guide to purposeful memoir. Believing in the value of telling our stories in ways that include the political and planetary backdrops of our personal lives, Jennifer offers local workshops in purposeful memoir through the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers.
She will read short excerpts from her memoir, tracing her development as an environmental activist, and will discuss the importance of shocks—personal, political and planetary—in pushing us to move beyond our comfort zones and begin to contemplate and work for real social and environmental transformation. Jennifer will offer prompts inviting the audience to do some free-form writing on these topics, and will facilitate an open-hearted, inspirational discussion.
The Flood never came to Standing Rock, so let's bring the Flood to the United Nations.
From April 24th to May 5th the United Nations in New York City is holding the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, also known as PFII. Typically, these forums lack Native American representation, and often have Non-Natives speaking on behalf of Natives and their issues. This ends now.
For two weeks, we need to show New York, The UN, and the world that Indigenous People are here, and can speak for themselves.
The world will not forget what happened at Standing Rock. The world will no longer ignore the conditions on reservations, and the issues effecting indigenous people around the globe. 3/4 of the world's population are indigenous, and it's time they stop forgetting that.
There are multiple levels of events within this forum, some more exclusive than others. We want to come out in full force at every level. From top to bottom. From panels at the UN headquarters to flash mob round dances in Time Square, we are going to Flood New York City.
Whether you are registered for the forum or not, we are asking for all indigenous people and allies to come to New York City and show your support. As the strongest of warriors take the United Nations to speak, they will have the support of their brothers and sisters outside, praying, singing, marching and standing in solidarity.
Thousands came to Standing Rock. Thousands came to DC. And we can do the same in New York City.
We are planning a plethora of events, from demonstrations, to speaking engagements, to gatherings and dances and celebrations. For two weeks, let's make New York City our new home.
More details to come as this develops and grows.
If you would like to register your own group for the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII) in New York City. http://bit.ly/PFIIRegistration
Deadline March 30th 2017
Inexpensive Bus resources :
DONATIONS sought! Every donation counts, and we really need community support in order to pay for A/V equipment, porta-potties, the kids' corner, permits, and more PLEASE DONATE AND SHARE:
If you are planning to attend, please sign up for a free eventbrite ticket so we can track our numbers & plan! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/march-for-science-boston-tickets-31758316981
Commemorative merchandise is now available! (Special thanks to Handan Luo for designing this beautiful logo!) http://try.bonfire.com/marchforscienceboston/
This is a community space for Boston area people who love science and are interested in a sister march to the DC March for Science, taking place on Saturday, April 22, 2017 in Boston Common from 2:00 to 4:00! There will also be kid-centric entertainment at the Parkman Bandstand on the Common from 1:00 to 4:00.
The March for Science champions publicly funded and publicly communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity. We unite as a diverse, nonpartisan group to call for science that upholds the common good, and for political leaders and policy makers to enact evidence-based policies in the public interest. This group is inclusive of all individuals and types of science.
Please visit our website at www.marchforscienceboston.com
THE PLAN: Have 1-2 people hold a "Boycott TD Bank" sign in front of Burlington's location for ALL opening hours in a week (8am-6pm), Mon-Saturday. We will be handing out information to TD customers, and collecting signatures. We're working on finding sponsors to give out snacks/hot beverages, to attract a crowd. At the least, we will provide refreshments to volunteers.
WHY: Transferring your bank funds to an environmentally-friendly credit union is one of the highest impact, low-effort actions you can do to have an effect on climate change. Here's info on what TD bank does with your funds: http://350vermont.org/td-banks-dirty-fossil-fuel-cash-pipeline/Would you rather have your bank invest your personal savings into solar, or invested into a pipeline?
SMALL GOAL: We are simply looking for 16-40 volunteers to cover a 1-2 hour shift. If you might be interested in doing a shift, please say you're interested in this event and I will send you time slot options to choose from. Here is the current volunteer calendar: https://goo.gl/AYHmGM
OUR BIG GOAL: To have as many TD Bank customers sign a petition to TD Bank/State of VT/&UVM, and to have as many customers pledge that they will, or have closed their TD bank accounts. We will contact as many other cities to also boycott their banks using the same tactics, using our templates to make it easy. If you don't live in Burlington and want to organize your own local event, just start your own event, copy this information, and I will send you a copy of our google calendar & addt'l info. This event is primarily targeting TD banks, however there will be other similar events in the future that target other investors of the major oil pipelines (to name a few- Wells Fargo, Bank of America, etc).
HOW IT'S EFFECTIVE: Instead of planning one large march, we believe we can educate a larger audience of bank customers by spreading out the time of our volunteers. If we each do a 1-2 hour shift, we can hand out an enormous amount of informational pamphlets. When we educate & upset TD Bank customers, TD managers will be effected, and it will ring up the corporation ladder. We believe the majority of Vermonters believe and care about climate change, but don't understand how severe of an impact their TD Bank accounts are enabling the fossil fuel industry.
Cajun Music and Dancing (and dance teaching)
with the Grand Coeur Cajun Band (featuring various local artists)!
Honky-Tonk and Country songs by the Maypops, featuring members of the Ephemeral String Band!
Honky-Tonk Open Mic!
Beer and Drinks from the VFW
All proceeds to Benefit National Lawyers Guild Water Protectors Legal Collective
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>>> WHEN: This Thursday 8:59am - 9:20am EST
>>> WHERE: Bank of America in Amherst, MA
>>> WHY: Pressure banks to stop financing the fossil fuel industry and to change their review process for investments to include the impacts on Indigenous Peoples. In the region? Come watch!
Everywhere else - Pick up the live feed Thursday - 8:59am EST.
The #Earth2Trump: Roadshow of Resistance is coming through Boston, Massachusettes and bringing with it some musical medicine and a call to action! These shows will be an act of resistance within themselves - providing ways to get inspired, plug in to your local community's issues, and even take action during the event. There are a million ways to resist, so make sure to join us and help spread the word! The event is free, family friendly, and open to the public.
A special emphasis will be put on #NoDAPL, #protectthesacred, and indigenous solidarity. Learn more about Sacred Stone camp, civil disobedience, the importance of building bridges, and standing up for the land and water. You don't want to miss our line-up here in Boston.
Featuring music by: RSVP encouraged
Lyla June - Diné and Cheyenne hip-hop artist
Casey Neill - singer-songwriter
Cheryl Angel - Lakota elder fighting the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines
Brytnee Laurette - activist with Center for Biological Diversity
Acts of resistance:
Prints will be for sale to raise money for the Lakota Peoples Law Project
Letter to Your Senators station will be set up, where you can sign an already written postcard or write your own message to your senators. Postcards and stamps will be provided.
Plug into your local community by visiting one of the many organizations tabling at the venue.
Join 65,000 other protectors across the U.S. who have signed the pledge of resistance to let Trump and his administration know we are here to protect and resist.
And more - guess you'll have to come to find out!
Shout outs to our local partners:
"Gathering Our Hearts at Standing Rock," Is a work in progress
documentary, by Oscar-nominated director, Fidel Moreno. Join Shire City Sanctuary on Saturday, April 8th at 7 PM for a viewing of this important and timely film. Culled from 18 hours of interviews with 33 people at Standing Rock —including youth, mothers, grandmothers, grandfathers, First Nation people and non-Indian supporters — “Gathering Our Hearts at Standing Rock” is an ongoing documentary project, chronicling the story of the Water Protectors at Standing Rock and their connection to the history of the American Indian Movement on their treaty-given lands of the American West.
The film runs approximately 63 minutes in length, and is followed by a Traditional Water Ceremony and a brief discussion/ Q and A with the director himself.
The #Earth2Trump Resistance Roadshow - a night of music and activism - is coming to Northampton on April 6. Come to sing, celebrate, and resist! Join us and help spread the word! The event is free and open to the public. RSVP encouraged.
Featuring music by:
Lyla June - Diné and Cheyenne hip-hop artist
Casey Neill - singer-songwriter
Cheryl Angel - Lakota elder fighting the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines
Brytnee Laurette - activist with Center for Biological Diversity
Featuring exciting musicians and speakers, the roadshow will entertain, inspire and provide opportunities for everyone to help fight Trump's disastrous environmental policies and attacks on Native Americans, including the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Conservationists and indigenous groups are joining forces to stop Trump's dangerous rollback of environmental and civil rights protections. Just six weeks into his presidency, Trump has launched campaigns to gut the Environmental Protection Agency, block protection of endangered species, dump coal mining waste in streams, build a culturally and environmentally disastrous wall along the Mexican border and increase air pollution.
Trump has approved the Dakota Access oil pipeline, which threatens the water and sacred lands of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, revived the Keystone XL oil pipeline across the lands of several Native American tribes, empowered the theft of Arizona's Oak Flat, which is sacred to the San Carlos Apaches, and has floated the idea of privatizing Indian reservations so they can be sold off to oil, gas and uranium companies.
The free #Earth2Trump show will feature music by singer-songwriter Casey Neill and Diné and Cheyenne hip-hop artist Lyla June. It will also include speeches by Cheryl Angel, a Lakota elder fighting the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines, and Brytnee Laurette with the Center for Biological Diversity.
It is a powerful opportunity to join a growing movement of resistance to all forms of oppression and all attacks on our environment. Join us in standing together in opposing every Trump policy that hurts wildlife, undermines Native American sovereignty, poisons our air and water, destroys our climate, or promotes racism, misogyny or homophobia.
At each show, you can:
Hear from leading activists working to stop Trump, protect the environment and defend indigenous rights.
Learn about actions you can take.
Sign the national Pledge of Resistance to Trump's dangerous agenda.
Help fuel a huge, viral social media #Earth2Trump messaging campaign.
Connect with people in your community resisting oppression and find out how to join the national resistance movement.
Join us for a fun and inspiring evening of music and activism -- and help send a powerful, unwavering Earth2Trump message that oppression and environmental destruction will not be tolerated.
RSVP to let us know you'll be at the event in Northampton and invite your family, friends and social networks. We'll see you on April 6.
What: #Earth2Trump Resistance Roadshow, an evening of music and activism
When: Thursday, April 6 -- doors open at 6:15 p.m. and show starts at 7 p.m.
Where: Academy of Music Theatre, 274 Main St., Northampton, MA 01060
Dr. Maria Michael, a Lakota/Navajo elder and healer, will present the situation at Standing Rock and share wisdom from the ancient traditions.
$20 suggested donation
Native people have sustained traditions and communities for centuries in spite of continuous persecution and brutal abuse. Deep roots in the earth and visionary collective art forms have supported this resiliency. We will benefit from a meditation on healing in community through art and connection with the earth, as we explore opportunities to contribute to the Water Protectors at Standing Rock.
— Native American Ceremonial Stone Landscapes - Their History, Cultural Significance and the threat posed by the Connecticut Expansion Pipeline in Otis State Forest, Sandisfield, MA. Presentation by Doug Harris, Deputy Tribal Historic Preservation Officer and Preservationist for Ceremonial Landscapes for the Narragansett Tribe. Doug’s letter to FERC and the ACHP raised awareness of the lack of a plan by Kinder Morgan to avoid nearly a third of the 73 ceremonial stone landscape features in the path of the Connecticut Expansion pipeline in Sandisfield. Introduction to CT Expansion project by Rosemary Wessel of No Fracked Gas in Mass.
FREE and open to the public
March 22, 2017
First Church, 27 East St., Pittsfield, MA
Read Doug's letter to FERC and ACHP
Learn more about the issue
Also posted at Berkshire Environmental Action Team
This coming Monday Night Potluck (3/20), South Street Cohouse is hosting a screening of Fidel Moreno's latest documentary, entitled "Gathering Our Hearts at Standing Rock." followed by a traditional water ceremony,.
FREE EVENT with all donations going to support Standing Rock activists
6:00 POTLUCK will begin promptly, accompanied by a water blessing.
7:30 Sit down to watch "Gathering Our Hearts at Standing Rock"
the film runs approximately 63 minutes in length.
8:30 Discussion and Water Ceremony led by Fidel Moreno, involving a group sit, reflection, and song
9:30 Winding down, cleaning up
10:00 The End
Here is a link to a brief trailer:
"Gathering Our Hearts at Standing Rock," Is a work in progress
documentary, by Oscar-nominated director, Fidel Moreno.
Culled from 18 hours of interviews with 33 people at Standing Rock — including youth, mothers, grandmothers, grandfathers, First Nation people and non-Indian supporters — “Gathering Our Hearts at Standing Rock” is an ongoing documentary project, chronicling the story of the Water Protectors at Standing Rock and their connection to the history of the American Indian Movement on their treaty-given lands of the American West. The portion shown will run approximately 63 minutes.
Fidel Moreno identifies as Huichol, Chichimeca and Mexican American. He is an Oscar nominee in the Best Short Documentary category as co-producer and co-director of “Wiping the Tears of 7 Generations,” and a three-time Telly
Award winner for “The Peyote Road” and “500 Nations.” Raised in both old Mexico and the Midwest area of the United States, Moreno’s work in documentary film and video since 1983 has focused on the struggle and dialogues of indigenous people and communities in Canada, the United States, Mexico and Central America. He has worked directly with many communities, aboriginal leaders, chiefs and elders in documenting environmental actions and issues, human rights violations and crisis relief services. Moreno is an activist passionate about working with youth and children through cultural literacy, skill building, emotional development and purposeful life navigation.
Answering a global call to action, and in solidarity with the All Nations March on D.C., we will bring our demands to the Massachusetts State House.
We will present our our Multiple-Citywide #DIVEST Wells Fargo work during this event, as well.
12:00 Opening Prayer in front of State House
12:30 Speakers TBA
1:00-2:00 March, route TBA
more details, including accessibility, forthcoming
LIST OF DEMANDS:
#TakeTheMeeting // President Trump must meet with tribal leaders to hear why it’s critical that the US government respect tribal rights. This administration must work with us.
#ConsentNotConsultation // Tribal interests cannot continue to be marginalized in favor of the interests of corporations and other governments. Consultation is not enough– we must require consent.
#NativeNationsRise // The Standing Rock movement is bigger than one tribe. It has evolved into a powerful global phenomenon highlighting the necessity to respect Indigenous Nations and their right to protect their homelands, environment and future generations. We are asking our Native relatives from across Turtle Island to rise with us.
[This list of demands will grow, stay tuned]
#NoDAPL #StandWithStandingRock #WaterIsLife #HonorTheTreaties#TribalSovereignty #OcetiSakowin
The Zowie Banteah House is pleased to welcome UMass professor Amer F. Ahmed to MHC to speak about his work with social justice and his experience with Standing Rock. Interview/conversation format, moderated by Marcella Runell Hall. Thursday, March 9 at 7pm in the New York Room (Mary Woolley Hall). All are welcome. Co-sponsored by Climate Justice Coalition.
Gather on the Greenfield Town Common on Saturday, March 11 at Noon for a Rally to Stand With Standing Rock and Native Nations.
All are invited to gather on Saturday, March 11 at noon at the Greenfield Town Common to stand together in community prayer, song, and peaceful action in support of Standing Rock Water Protectors and Indigenous people.
Standing Rock and Native Nations have called for solidarity actions to support their March 10th Washington DC march in prayer and action.
The Standing Rock and Native Nations who are organizing the DC March say: “We ask that you rise in solidarity with the Indigenous peoples of the world whose rights protect Unci Maka (Grandmother Earth) for the future generations of all.”
The Native Nations' demands for the peaceful DC March include respect for tribal rights and the protection of the environment and future generations.
We welcome Oscar-nominated director Fidel Moreno for a special rough-cut screening of his work-in-progress documentary, “Gathering Our Hearts at Standing Rock.” A collection will be taken to support the Standing Rock protesters and the completion of the documentary project.
Culled from 18 hours of interviews with 33 people at Standing Rock — including youth, mothers, grandmothers, grandfathers, First Nation people and non-Indian supporters — “Gathering Our Hearts at Standing Rock” is an ongoing documentary project, chronicling the story of the protesters at Standing Rock and their connection to the history of the American Indian Movement on their treaty-given lands of the American west. The portion shown will run approximately 60 minutes.
Following the screening there will be a panel discussion with people who have visited Standing Rock as well as an update on the CT pipeline in our own back yard and other water protection. All are welcome.
Fidel Moreno identifies as Huichol, Chichimeca and Mexican American. He is an Oscar nominee in the Best Short Documentary category as co-producer and co-director of “Wiping the Tears of 7 Generations,” and a three-time Telly Award winner for “The Peyote Road” and “500 Nations.” Raised in both old Mexico and the Midwest area of the United States, Moreno’s work in documentary film and video since 1983 has focused on the struggle and dialogues of indigenous people and communities in Canada, the United States, Mexico and Central America. He has worked directly with many communities, aboriginal leaders, chiefs and elders in documenting environmental actions and issues, human rights violations and crisis relief services. Moreno is an activist passionate about working with youth and children through cultural literacy skill building, emotional development and purposeful life navigation.
Thank you to our community partners (list is ongoing):
Berkshire Human Rights Speaker Series
Climate Action Now
Four Freedoms Coalition
Housatonic River Initiative
Housatonic Environmental Action League (HEAL)
Living the Change
Massachusetts Pipeline Awareness
NAACP, Berkshire Branch
No Fracked Gas In Mass
Sugar Shack Alliance
Stop the Dumps
UU Mass Action
Western Mass Standing Rock Working Group
In Support of Standing Rock, a coalition of grassroots Indigenous activist groups (including the Indigenous Environmental Network, Honor the Earth & Sacred Stone Camp) are calling allies around the world to confront and apply pressure on the banks that are supporting the Dakota Access Pipeline, a network of primarily white settler allies and accomplices are answering that call by sponsoring a #BankExit Actions in Boston.
This solidarity action has been planned in collaboration with indigenous leaders in Boston, and is being held and facilitated by allies/accomplices. People of all backgrounds are welcome.
We need you to commit to closing your account with any of the 17 banks funding DAPL and/or to attend a protest outside TD Bank.
Allston #BankExit - Saturday, February 25
RSVP HERE: https://goo.gl/forms/aRS4SWsdE92XCBCq1
1414 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
In the heart of Harvard Sq
Use the RSVP link to commit to attending the action and/or to close your account with one of the 17 banks funding the pipeline. (List here: http://www.yesmagazine.org/people-power/how-to-contact-the-17-banks-funding-the-dakota-access-pipeline-20160929)
This solidarity action will honor and reflect the peaceful and prayerful resistance as exemplified by this indigenous led movement and our courageous Water Protectors at the front lines at Standing Rock.
Signs will be provided.
Absolutely no non-indigenous person should wear or use face paint, headdresses, or any other indigenous garments, symbols, or sacred objects.
Please dress for the weather and bring water and a snack.
****We strongly encourage you to attend this teaching gathering prior to the action:
Details TBD - the week of 2/19
Saturday, 2/11, 11 am - 1 pm Allston Bank Exit Action
Not much else to say that we don't already know. The fight for our earth continues, our full support is needed to to combat the powers that be. Money, they need money to fight. Great bands, great cause. Come show your support.
WATER IS LIFE: A Benefit for Sacred Stone Legal Defense Fund
THESE WILD PLAINS
+ SPECIAL GUESTS
$10 suggested donation
RISE DOCUMENTARY INFORMATION: "We travel to Indigenous communities across the Americas to meet people protecting their homelands and rising up against colonization.
**Open To The Community** Where: McCann Resource Room
Come watch and listen to the voices of the youth and women of the Standing Rock Sioux, the ones who started the No Dakota Access Pipeline Campaign.
After screening, stay for a discussion with two Clark University alumni who created the Women of Color in Solidarity Collective and traveled to Standing Rock to be in solidarity with the indigenous youth and women at the Oceti Sekowin camp.
Suggested Donation of $5
**Women of Color in Solidarity is raising money for the Indigenous Youth Council at Standing Rock. These youth were the ones to raise awareness about the need to protect Mother Earth against oil companies and other corporations looking to profit. They need your help now more than ever to continue raising this awareness as Energy Transfer Partners just released an easement to complete the Dakota Access Pipeline project.
The Flint Water Crisis: Influencing Public Discourse Using Science
Featured Darwin Festival speaker Joyce Zhu has been a core member of the Flint Water Study Team. She has traveled to Flint several times to assist with sampling processing and analysis in the laboratory since Virginia Tech Professor Marc Edwards started independent research on the water contamination last summer.
Her doctoral research area focuses on the effects of water chemistry on the attenuation of emerging microbial contaminants and antibiotic resistant gene/bacteria in recycled water distribution systems, using the next-generation metagenomics sequencing technology.
Ms. Zhu is a doctoral student in civil and environment Engineering at Virginia Tech.