Partnering with Missouri River Relief, From the Four Directions, and Native American Support Group
Take the Big Muddy Icey Challenge! Participants will take a chilling plunge into the icey Missouri River near Cooper's Landing and raise funds to support Protectors of Water and Land and Missouri River Relief.
If you're not up for THAT challenge we welcome anyone who wants to sponsor these courageous souls who will be taking the plunge!!!
You will receive an awesome T-Shirt with the above logo (props to the amazing Aniqa Rahman!) and other prizes depending on funds raised! See you at the River--if you DARE!!!
In June PWL members Perry Lynn Bigsoldier, Crystal DeShazo and Tami Brunk traveled to Okalawa Camp to attend the Inaugural Indian Country Confederacy Summit. Okalawa Camp is a camp of prayerful resistance opposing the Diamond Pipeline and other incursions on native lands by the fossil fuels industry.
The Summit's intent was to bring together representatives from the 39 Tribes of Oklahoma to build resistance to widespread pipeline construction, fracking, coal mining and other devastating developments that have resulted in 94% of their waterways not meeting federal water quality standards, and daily earthquakes due to fracking.
The vision for Okalawa Camp, which is based on land owned by a Choctaw Tribal Member, is to create a kind of indigenous ecovillage which will serve as a model of sustainability and self sufficiency as well as a safe space for healing for native people.
The vision for the Summit included promoting similar encampments on lands belonging to all 39 tribes.
PWL was so inspired by their visit that they have decided to organize a volunteer effort in September to support in construction of much needed infrastructure at the camp.
Attend to learn more about Okalawa, next steps after the Summit, other pipeline encampments across the country, and how you can support Okalawa Camp directly or through PWL's volunteer efforts.
A music and spoken word fundraiser organized by Mystic Poets Society. We are standing up for Standing Rock, and for clean water, earth and sky!
All proceeds from this event will be donated to the Indigenous Environmental Network and the Water Protector Legal Collective. For more info visit:
$10 - $20 suggested donation.
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 :
The March for Science is a celebration of science. It's not about scientists or politicians; it is about the very real role that science plays in each of our lives and the need to respect and encourage research that gives us insight into the world.
Join us in Maryville, Missouri for this non-partisan movement to stand up and support science. We will start with a rally at the Tower on the Northwest Missouri State University campus. There will be some speakers and a petition passed around. From there, the group will take a route around campus and then go from campus to the courthouse square.
Come with your science signs! (nothing partisan or for or against any political party) As this is a March for Science on Earth Day, please take your signs and trash with you!
What does divesting from fossil fuels have to do with indigenous rights? Join us for a film screening and a follow up discussion to learn more about environmental justice in the light of the No Dakota Access Pipeline.This discussion will display the intersectionality of social and environmental justice. The ties between environmental issues and social issues are shown through the lens of a journalist who will display her first-hand work at Standing Rock. By facilitating this discussion, students have the opportunity to be more informed about the plight of indigenous peoples. Snacks will be provided!
Protector art will be on EXHIBIT - the 'Water Is Life' Series - works from the Protectors of Water and Land- Columbia, MO COMMUNITY BUILDER COLLABORATION that took place Wildys World! recently. Exhibited works are FOR SALE and proceeds help fund PWL. All are welcomed! This is part of the fabulous First Friday events in downtown Columbia, so lots to do and see!
Care about clean water and state parks? Enjoy craft beer? Join the Missouri Coalition for the Environment, Missouri Votes Conservation - Education Fund, and our allies as we drink a pint and talk about our efforts to protect clean water and support our state parks throughout the state. Food will be provided for free but you must RSVP to attend. We've invited Republican and Democratic state lawmakers from the area so they can share their perspective on clean water and state parks issues. The KC event will also include an update on our recent settlement with Worlds of Fun to reduce polluants into Shoal Creek and the Missouri River. http://fox4kc.com/2017/03/09/lawsuit-settlement-requires-worlds-of-fun-to-reduce-pollutants-discharged-into-mo-river-and-shoal-creek/
Rep. Richard Brown (HD-27) will be on hand to add his perspective on clean water and state parks.
Spring Break Tour Events:
3/20: Narrow Gauge in St. Louis/Florissant https://goo.gl/lMqqCI
3/21: Logboat in Columbia https://goo.gl/8xWwkK
3/22: Crane in Kansas City/Raytown
3/23: Mother's in Springfield https://goo.gl/4aGNxv
Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment (MORE) in St. Louis and we recently started building opposition to the proposed Spire STL pipeline, a 66-mile connector pipeline that would carry fracked gas through Illinois, under the Missouri River, and into St. Louis. We just started a petition here: http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/stop-the-spire-stl-natural.fb48?source=c.fb&r_by=18026997
We are having a meeting on Wednesday, March 22nd at 6 pm at the World Community Center in St. Louis please join us!
Theron was an integral part of the winter building at Standing Rock and he and Nando have just returned from the DC March. They will relate their experiences at Standing Rock, the beatings experienced in Bismark, and their plans to head up to the Iowa camp.
Rise with Standing Rock Sunrise Prayer Service & Drumming Circle In Solidarity with Native Nations
We stand in solidarity with our Native American Friends and Water Protectors as we RISE WITH STANDING ROCK
Saturday morning, March 11, 2017, 6:30 - 8:30 AM
6:30 am - Drumming
7:00 am - Program
Storyteller Ron Zoglin and Alexis Neihardt Petri reading Lakota Holy Man Black Elk’s Prayer as recorded by her Great Grandfather John Neihardt in the book Black Elk Speaks. We will add our prayers to those of Black Elk, the Water Protectors and their supporters, and all of those working to Save Our Water.
Lakota Scout Sculpture - Penn Valley Park
Penn & 31ST Street – Kansas City, MO
(1 block west of Broadway – north side of the street)
Please note: There are two runs Sat March 11. Take Broadway to 31st Street - carpool if possible.
For more information: Contact Terrill @ 816-309-5618
PS: There are many organizations raising money for Standing Rock. Not all are legit. We recommend supporting http://lakotalaw.org/ and http://lastrealindians.com/ and http://www.7genfund.org/
The Environmental Affinity Group of MOmentum is hosting a rally at the Clayton, St. Louis office of Wells Fargo Advisors, 8100 Maryland, to ask Wells Fargo to divest from the Dakota Access Pipeline unless it is rerouted, and to raise community awareness of the pipeline's dependency on bank investments. We believe that continued investment in non-renewable fossil fuels is not the way forward for our nation and that pipelines endanger public and private lands and resources. We support the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and their allies and we support their right to have treaties honored which respect the sovereignty of their land. We are also grateful to the brave water protectors because in protecting their water source, they are also protecting ours. We, like so many, live downstream from where the pipeline would tunnel under the Missouri River. Residents of the City of St. Louis and St. Louis County get 80% of our drinking water from the Missouri River. If possible, a small group will meet with Wells Fargo to discuss our concerns. Please bring your kind hearts, your voices, your signs, and drums or other musical instruments to make this a powerful and fun community event. This is a peaceful rally, protest and educational opportunity. We will be handing out flyers. (Note, the photo is from a similar rally in another city)
This year, the KCWMU is kicking off our Community Service Commitment with a vital and urgent cause. The atrocities happening at Standing Rock effects us all. Water is life. Land, Mother Earth, is sacred. We have a large voice in our community, and we are going to use it.
I will update this with details as soon as we pull them together, including how we will handle donations. Thank you...
☆☆☆ Donation list ☆☆☆
Extreme winter wear , thermal underwear , propane tanks , winter gloves , wool socks , water proof winter boots , money for Gas to send wood .... mostly they need wood and lumber ... menards gift cards and lowes gift card... batteries of all sizes...
We are still standing for safe and clean drinking water everywhere along our beloved Missouri River!!! Come on out to show your support for the water protectors at Standing Rock in North Dakota (and around the nation)!
Music, speakers and information on current concerns regarding DAPL and other pipelines set to cross through sacred Native territories. Come for any portion of the days events. Monetary donations will be accepted and are tax deductible. Their water, our water, their Earth, our Earth! We are all connected and water is life!
FIRST BAND: The Riverside Wanderers, (Hannah Satterwhite & Paul Rhodes, Blues & Folk from St. Louis). Loose timeframe 12:00-2:30pm with speakers in between sets.
SECOND BAND: Billy McDow and The Bootleggers (Billy McDow, Scott Cason, Chris Southern and Matt Chasen). Singer Songwriter, Country & Red Dirt. Loose timeframe 2:30-5:00pm with speakers in between sets.
Please join us AGAIN in peaceful solidarity with the water protectors at Standing Rock in asking Bank of America to divest from the Dakota Access Pipeline and fossil fuel energy.
Because of the warm welcome we received at our last action at this location, we will PLAY IT AGAIN, SAM.
Clean, unpolluted water is more important than oil. Fossil fuel corporations receive millions of dollars in subsidies, while pipeline leaks are reported every five days. It's not a matter of "if" but a matter of "when."
Until Bank of America and others divest from fossil fuel energy and move to invest in renewable energy, it is of utmost importance that we educate the public about DAPL and the need to move accounts to financial institutions that do not invest in fossil fuels--such as credit unions. WE VOTE WITH OUR DOLLARS.
It is important that we protect the planet for future generations. Mni wiconi--water is life ♥
Join Mizzou Four Directions - Indigenous Peoples and Allies & Mizzou Energy Action Coalition in the #DefundDAPL student movement by shutting down our dirty bank accounts. From Seattle* to Norway* cities and institutions are divesting from dirty banks in an effort to honor Indigenous rights, protect our natural waters, and save our planet's precious climate. US Bank has 275 million dollars invested in Dakota Access Pipeline parent companies, which is why we are hosting a Mizzou student divestment at the US Bank on campus. This action not only sends a powerful message to US Bank, but to the University of Missouri, who had over 200,000 dollars invested in Energy Transfer Partners in the fiscal year 2016.
We will gather at Speakers’ Circle at 11:45 and march to the US Bank located in the Student Center, where students who are ready can close their bank accounts (see below for detailed instructions). The march will include chanting while outside of the Student Center and continue as a silent presence once inside. We will NOT be blocking by-standing students from accessing the bank or other resources; simply silently standing to the side with our signs. If you don't bank with US/aren't ready to divest by next Friday - that’s fine! Join us by marching. Signs and chants provided :)
Ready to SHUT IT DOWN?!:
1) Open up a new bank account BEFORE closing your old one
2) Cancel or transfer any electronic withdraws, like your rent, Spotify, Amazon, etc. Banks WILL REOPEN your account if there is a withdrawal and you will be fined.
3) Re-direct your direct deposits to your new bank account, including work checks, financial aid, etc.
4) Get a statement from the bank that your account is closed
5) Log that you #DefundedDAPL online: http://www.defunddapl.org/defund
Don't bank with US? Learn which other banks are invested in DAPL here: http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/news/who%27s-banking-dakota-access-pipeline
Advice on closing an account with US Bank, from US Bank:
“If you intend to close your account: If you intend to close your account with us, you should tell us; simply transferring all the money in your account and reducing your account balance to $0.00 is insufficient notice and may result in additional fees charged to your account.
If you close your account,
1. you are still responsible for transactions you arranged for, including those that arrive after the account is closed;
2. you should pay special attention to pre-authorized electronic deposits to your account and payments from that account; you should reroute the deposits to another account and make other arrangements for the payments, with us and the other institutions involved;
3. you should not close your account until all the transactions you arranged for have been cleared, and you should leave enough funds to clear them and the fees that might be due; and
4. if it is an interest-bearing account, accrued interest will not be paid.”
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ALL SOULS UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH -
4501 Walnut St. KCMO 64111
SAT FEB 18 - 6-8PM
WESTPORT PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
201 Westport Rd. KCMO 64111
SAT FEB 18 - 7:00PM
HASKELL UNIVERSITY - SAT FEB 18 - 2:00PM
Panel Discussion Afterward
3936 Broadway, KCMO 64111 Sunday, Feb 19 @ 2:00PM
COUNTRY CLUB CONGREATIONAL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
205 W. 65th St. KCMO 64113
SAT FEB 25 - 7:00PM
UMKC - LOCATION CONFIRMED
TENTATIVE - FEB 24 or 25