Water is Life Nashville
Jul
8
3:00 PM15:00

Water is Life Nashville

  • Nashville Public Library BELLEVUE BRANCH (map)
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*** UPDATE: NEW DATE & LOCATION ***

We will meet on Saturday, July 8th at 3pm. Please note the NEW LOCATION:

Nashville Public Library - BELLEVUE BRANCH (*NOT the main library downtown*)
720 Baugh Road
Nashville, TN 37221

Hope to see you there!

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Join us for our 1st meeting to understand what's been happening with the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) and other oil & gas projects -- including here in Nashville -- that violate human rights and endanger our health and well-being.  

We'll discuss ways we can fight back, including:

*Supporting grassroots, especially indigenous-led, efforts -- local, regional and national.

*Getting Metro Nashville and other localities to commit to environmentally just policies, including divestment from harmful industries. We will look at examples from Seattle, San Francisco and more.

*Long-term social and economic solutions to what we're seeing.

We will be joined by Albert Bender, attorney of Indian law and Standing Rock activist. He has been part of and reported on the historic struggle against DAPL since the very beginning. He also drafted and presented the Resolution Supporting Native American Opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline, which the Nashville Metro Council adopted in December 2016. You can find some of his writings at: http://www.peoplesworld.org/authors/albert-bender/ 

Hope you can join us, and please spread the word!

MEETING LOCATION: 
Nashville Public Library - BELLEVUE BRANCH
720 Baugh Road
Nashville, TN 37221

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Water Is Life Nashville will serve as a local hub for learning and organizing around threats to Mother Earth and to people's well-being, wherever they are. We are inspired by, and stand in solidarity with, indigenous peoples' struggles against environmental injustices such as DAPL.

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Indigenous Flood - United Nations : NYC - Come to New York!
Apr
24
to May 5

Indigenous Flood - United Nations : NYC - Come to New York!

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 : 
www.wanderu.com 
www.busbud.com

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Water Is Life Ceremony/Action
Mar
22
9:00 PM21:00

Water Is Life Ceremony/Action

As part of the UN's Water Is Life Movement we will be gathering at Founders Park (downtown JC) in ceremonial fashion, with reverence and respect, to acknowledge Mother Earth's most life sustaining resource. To draw attention to the pressing need for access and preservation of this life-giving resource the UN is asking that people take action at the same time around the world, on this day, by gathering around a public water source. We will have a Native American woman speak at our ceremony since they are considered the guardians of water. We end with drums in uplifting song. Join us as we help raise awareness and show grattitude for this life source. #waterislife

https://www.waterislifemovement.com/world-water-day/

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I Stand with Standing Rock
Mar
10
7:00 PM19:00

I Stand with Standing Rock

We are holding this water walk in solidarity with the water protectors standing strong for all of us at the camps of Oceti Sácowin, Rosebud, Black Hoop and Sacred Stone as well as those marching on Washington D.C. on this day. We will march/walk in prayer in a peaceful resistance. We will end our walk at City Hall and our starting location is TBA. Our demands are:

#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.

We hope for this walk to be very intersectional and inclusive as this is not only an indigenous and environmental issue. We hope to see you there and hear your concerns and support.

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Rise with Standing Rock Rally
Mar
10
6:00 PM18:00

Rise with Standing Rock Rally

RISE WITH STANDING ROCK RALLY #NODAPL

In solidarity with the Native Nations March on Washington, we are rallying to Defund DAPL right here in Middle Tennessee.

Construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline violates the treaty rights of the Standing Rock Sioux and Cheyenne River Sioux, and has been widely admonished by UN experts and environmentalists alike. Seattle, WA and Santa Monica, CA have already divested from the banks funding DAPL. We now call on Murfreesboro to do the same!

Please join us Friday, March 10th at 6pm on the square in Murfreesboro, and show the world that WE STAND WITH STANDING ROCK. #MniWiconi #WaterIsLife

For more information on the Native Nations March on DC, or to learn more about DAPL, please visit http://standwithstandingrock.net/

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Stand with Standing Rock: Women's March Movement
Mar
10
5:30 PM17:30

Stand with Standing Rock: Women's March Movement

***The event organizers (Leslie Smith and Amber Brown) are not on Facebook but will respond to question through their Action Network site event. Please RSVP on the action network site below and ask any question you might have there.  

https://actionnetwork.org/events/1e3af79a9f485f6044a3d2d2e31b8b9a44d45b42?hash=8a7271558acf493994b6be21012d65ff

We will march along the sidewalk of State of Franklin with appropriate signs that draw positive attention to the cause we are supporting #WATERISLIFE#NODAPL (No Dakota Access Pipeline). 

This will be a peaceful protest. We want to strike a common chord and appeal to people's hearts and souls! 
Water is the sanctity of life, we need to be moving away from carbon based resources and we need to respect the rights and lands of our Native Peoples. 

(As with all marches, you MUST stay out of the street and remain on the sidewalk or in the parking lot. Be safe!)

For more information about the National Stand With Standing Rock March go to:
http://standwithstandingrock.net/

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Chattanooga Rise With Standing Rock National Day of Action
Mar
10
12:00 PM12:00

Chattanooga Rise With Standing Rock National Day of Action

This will be a day of action in 2 parts:

Part (1) will be a lunchtime teach-in to educate people on the connected, current, local issues of tribal sovereignty, the proposed development and desecration of 188+ Sacred, Indigenous burial sites at the Citico Mound site on the Chattanooga riverside, and the gentrification/ removal of the adjacent, historic African-American Lincoln Park neighborhood. Details coming.

Part (2) will be an evening time march/ rally at a prominent, local, fossil fuel industry site to bring attention to the names of the black snakes in our area and how they are poisoning our waters and our future. Details coming.

#NoDAPL isn’t over. Members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe who have been suffering to protect the Sacred water and their ancestral homelands -- experiencing the most militarized, corporate police oppression of a mass of nonviolent/unarmed citizen activists in US history (700+ arrests under the attack of water cannons in sub-freezing temps, LRADS, brutal dog attacks, tear gas, rubber bullets, etc); they are not giving up. They are asking us to move the movement to all our homes. Here in the US, black snakes are everywhere, colonization still happens everywhere, all our water is under attack, tribal sovereignty is disregarded everywhere. It is for us to #StandWithStandingRock by standing like stones against these oppressions everywhere. Join us in action in Chattanooga, on this day of national solidarity.

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Oklahoma & Arkansas to DC to #StandWithStandingRock
Mar
9
to Mar 11

Oklahoma & Arkansas to DC to #StandWithStandingRock

#ArkansasRising Community Volunteers are working cooperatively to organize Water Protectors in Memphhis, Arkansas, and Oklahoma to the Native Nations March on Washington DC March 10th . We will leave Muskogee Creek Nation Transit with a Prayer in Oklahoma on March 9th, 2017 around 10-11am. This three day Prayer will then stop in Fort Smith, Little Rock, and Memphis before arriving in DC around 9am, March 10th. We will be returning that evening leaving around 10pm March 10th and returning the same route arrived, ending the prayer in Oklahoma around noon, March 11th.

You can purchase a ticket by donating exactly $198 per ticket and contacting Ernest or Brea ArkansasRising@gmail.com to confirm your ticket number.40 tickets will be available for sale and this will provide 15 free tickets for Indigenous folks in Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Memphis. If you would like to Reserve a Ticket email Ernest ArkansasRising@gmail.com or call.

Three donors can can collectively donate exactly $67 (The Big Berner Donation) and provide a ticket for a Regional Water Protector of their choice, email us to learn more ArkansasRising@gmail.com or call Ernest 765-365-3452. Any other donations will help with food costs or to provide more free tickets for Water Protectors (giving priority to consensus and elders, women, children, and men). If the project is not completed, money will be returned, minus a 10% processing fee.

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and Indigenous grassroots leaders call on our allies across the United States and around the world to peacefully March on Washington DC. 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. Standing Rock and Native Nations will lead a march in prayer and action in Washington D.C. on March 10th 2017.

From March 7th — March 10th Indigenous peoples from across Turtle Island (The United States) will hold a tipi camp near the Washington Monument and on March 10th thousands of Indigenous Peoples and their allies, including 350.org , will march through Washington D.C. to demand that Indigenous rights be respected, that tribal consent is given when any economic development happens on tribal land, and that President Trump meets with Tribal Leaders so he can take accountability for his actions.

Our 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.

Calendar of Events

March 7 – 9// Native leaders and their allies will lobby in the halls of power in Washington DC on behalf of the protection of all Tribes.
March 10 // Native peoples + their allies – gathering in thousands – will gather for a March from the Mall to the White House beginning at 10am. After the march, we will gather for a rally at the Ellipse. It is here we will make our demands to the new administration.

The Organizers of this Kickstarter do not receive free tickets unless tickets are gifted in their name. Brea Clark and Ernest Rando thank you for your time and efforts. Updates will be daily, please call (765-365-3452) or email Ernest ArkansasRising@gmail.com if you have any questions.

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Fundraiser for Standing Rock
Feb
28
5:30 PM17:30

Fundraiser for Standing Rock

Knoxville is showing support for the Standing Rock tribe in its struggle against corporate greed threatening its existence. Join the Native American Student Association, Knoxville Irish Society, Latin American Student Assoc., Muslim Student Assoc., African Student Assoc., and UTK Hillel for a night of scrumptious food from each culture. There will also be song and and dance to enjoy. Money raised from sale of food will go to the Standing Rock legal defense fund. A dinner featuring six cuisines? How can you resist?! @utknasa

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Knoxville Stands With Standing Rock
Feb
19
2:00 PM14:00

Knoxville Stands With Standing Rock

Join us this and every Sunday as we gather in peace and solidarity with Standing Rock.
Market Square, Knoxville
Sunday’ Feb.19, 2017, 2 p.m.
This action includes music, a Standing Rock update, a march, meditative prayer and often times a Native American water ceremony.
Please come and support the Sioux Water Protectors as they battle the greed of the fossil fuel cartels who seek to complete their Dakota Access Pipe Line. The DAPL will run through Sioux sacred ground and under a river that is the water source of their sovereign nation. In 1851, eight plains tribes and the United States signed the Treaty of Ft. Laramie, also known as the Horse Creek Treaty. The agreement defined the tribes’ respective land boundaries and gave the U.S. the right to build infrastructure within. However, the U.S. pledged to protect the tribes from “all depredations by the people” of the United States.

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The Heart of Standing Rock: A Concert for the Water Protectors
Feb
12
2:00 PM14:00

The Heart of Standing Rock: A Concert for the Water Protectors

The Heart of Standing Rock is a 100% solar-powered music festival featuring musicians from all over the country. The purpose of this music festival is to show solidarity for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and allies who are defending their water and sacred land from the Dakota Access Pipeline. All ticket sales will be donated directly to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. We will also be accepting donations of food & supplies that will go directly to the camp in North Dakota. Let’s come together to enjoy some great music and to share ideas on how to unite in protection of our planet! 
#NoDAPL
#WaterIsLife


Featuring Music Performances by:
Trapdoor Social

and more to be announced!


All Ages event!
$10 donation asked


This event will take place in the Farm Community Center

If you are interested in performing live music or speaking at this event about the enviromental sustainability movement, please send an email to: patrick@trapdoorsocial.com or facebook message Patrick Griffen Daniel

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Fundraiser for Standing Rock
Jan
30
5:00 PM17:00

Fundraiser for Standing Rock

  • Confucius Institue at the University Tennessee Knoxville (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Knoxville is showing support for the Standing Rock water protectors, especially in light of the recent unfortunate executive order. Join the Native American Student Association, Knoxville Irish Society, Latin American Student Association, and the Muslim Student Association for a night of scrumptious food from each culture. There will also be song and and dance to enjoy. Money raised from sale of food will go to support the water protectors at Standing Rock, North Dakota. A dinner featuring four cuisines? How can you resist?! @utknasa

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