Join Members of the Society of Fearless Grandmothers
for a training on Street Safety and Police Liaison
Sunday, August 12
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM PDT
Are you a woman of "grandmother" age? Are you excited about the climate justice movement, the immigrant movement, peace/disarmament and other social justice and environmental movements? Would you like to be of service in ensuring the streets are safe during actions and speaking to law enforcement from the grandmother perspective? Then this training is for you.
Pennie Opal Plant has been ensuring safe streets and creating good relationships with law enforcement for many years. She will be offering what she has learned in keeping people safe during nonviolent direct actions, as well as how to speak with law enforcement in maintaining the peace. Attendees will be messaged the address when they RSVP.
Pennie's goal is to train 40 grandmother age women to take the lead on street safety and police liaison during the Sept 8th Rise for Climate, Jobs and Justice march in San Francisco. At the end of the march there will be 50+ street murals being painted around the Civic Center. Women who commit to keeping the streets safe will take the lead in keeping the streets closed during the mural painting from 9am to when the murals are completed, probably between 2pm and 3pm. It is ok to bring a chair and take breaks.
There will be additional trainings happening before the march on Sept 8th. ca.riseforclimate.org
Rise for Climate, Jobs & Justice!
Monday, June 25, 5:30 - 8:00 pm
The Episcopal Church of Saint John the Evangelist
1661 15th Street and Julian St, San Francisco, California 94103
Join the APEN, California Allegory Youth Fellowship, CEJA, Idle No More SF Bay, Jobs With Justice, North Bay Organizing Project, PODER, SEIU 1021, 350.org and over 50 other organizations at a mass meeting on June 25th. We are organizing to build the largest march for climate, jobs and justice on the West Coast! Everyone is invited to ensure that everyone is represented as we build a bold, visionary action that will channel power to the people through the Rise for Climate Jobs & Justice March.
On Saturday, September 8th, the largest mobilization for climate, jobs, and justice on the West Coast will grace the streets of San Francisco. This action will not be your ordinary march - we will shift power to demand real climate leadership that protects vulnerable communities, workers, and future generations; keep fossil fuels in the ground; develop a just, equitable, resilient 100% renewable energy economy that rapidly expands economic opportunity; and create family sustaining jobs for a thriving society that does not sacrifice any community around the world.
The whole world is coming to San Francisco for the Global Climate Summit from Sep 12-14. Because of this, it is important that we show up not only for our state, but in solidarity with all those impacted by the climate crisis internationally.
We know that the environmental, economic, and social issues we see day-to-day are very interconnected. On June 25th, we are inviting you, your organizations, your friends, and your family to rise up with the world on September 8th to demand real solutions.
This is the second community grassroots organizing meeting. We will be updating everyone on the working groups progress and then breaking down into those groups giving opportunity to plug in and network for those who are just joining us as well!
Join communities of all identities, spanning interracial, indigenous, faith, labor, environmental groups, youth and elders, and many more as we look forward to creating a world of equity, justice, and a sustainable and safe future for the next seven generations to come. It's up to us.
The story of a better future is unfolding as we make it possible. Are you part of this story?
Summer Solstice Prayer and Teach-In
Thursday, June 21, 6:00-8:30 pm
Save the West Berkeley Shellmound
1900 4th St, Berkeley, California 94710
Join Ohlone leader, Corrina Gould, and signatories on the Indigenous Women of the Americas Defending Mother Earth Treaty for Summer Solstice prayers and a Teach-In of upcoming actions to protect and defend Mother Earth and the sacred system of life!
We will begin with prayers led by Corrina Gould on the West Berkeley Shellmound which is still at risk of being harmed. She will also share information about the Run 4 Salmon taking place in September.
Treaty sisters and members of Idle No More SF Bay will lead a teach-in on the Phillips 66 refinery permitting process to bring 90 to 123 oil tankers filled with tar sands into the San Francisco Bay and the Global Climate Action Summit, the Rise for Climate, Jobs & Justice March, and the It Takes Roots Solidarity to Solutions week of actions in San Francisco in September.
Thousands of people from around the world will be in San Francisco this September! We are planning exciting events and actions to show them all what real climate leadership is and how much we love our Mother the Earth.
Feel free to bring a blanket or chair to sit on!
Protect the American Indian Freedom of Religion Act!
Wednesday, June 20, 5:45-8:45 pm
Oscar Grant Plaza
1 Frank H Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, California 94612
The Oakland Planning Dept Staff has been making it very difficult for a sweat lodge to be conducted at the Nafsi ya Jamii center. This is a violation of the American Indian Freedom of Religion Act.
On July 19, 2017, the Planning Commission approved our appeal, unanimously overturning the staff’s denial of the permit. They directed the staff to bring findings for approval, so that the Commission could have a final vote.
To date, staff has refused to comply, instead creating one burden after another for to overcome before they will bring it back to the Commission.
On Wed. June 6th, a small group of us went before the Commission asking to be put back on their agenda. Staff response was to send us another letter, with even MORE requirements for us to fulfill.
We are preparing a law suit. In the meantime, a few of the Commissioners have indicated their strong support for us.
Please join us on June 20th to insist that this issue is put Our Haudenosaunee Treaty sister, Patricia St. Onge, and her family operate a cultural/urban farm/ceremony center on their land in Oakland, California called Nafsi ya Jamii.
For six years, the community at Nafsi ya Jamii, has been living into a beautiful vision of living according to our Original Instructions. Sweat lodge ceremonies were being conducted there until neighbors complained and the City told them to stop. This is a violation of the American Indian Religious Freedom Act of 1978 (Yes, it was illegal for Native Americans to practice our religions until then).
Because a few neighbors complained, the City told them that the ceremonies must stop. They have done their best to work with the City to asserts their rights, but it has postponed making a decision for almost 2 1/2 years! We must pressure the decision makers to make the correct decision.
We have a constitutional right to pray and practice our life ways; it's time for public action.
Rights of Nature: Protecting and Defending the Places We Live
Thursday, May 31 11:00am-12:30pm PDT
Join us for 'Rights of Nature: Protecting and Defending the Places We Live' - part of this year's series of free, online WECAN Education and Advocacy Trainings for Women for Climate Justice!
During this training we will explore the paradigm-shifting work of Rights of Nature, and explain how this transformative legal framework is already being used around the world to challenge legal systems based on dominion over and exploitation of the Earth, and instead usher in a legal, social, political and economic framework based upon the inherent rights and natural laws of the Earth’s living systems. We will delve into examples of how U.S. and international communities are successfully enacting local Rights of Nature legislation as a tool to protect ecosystems, their communities and just climate solutions. Presenters will also share stories of the growing global movement for the Rights of Nature and the dynamic Rights of Nature Tribunals that have been held in countries worldwide.
Speakers include: Shannon Biggs (Co-Director of Movement Rights) and Osprey Orielle Lake (Executive Director of WECAN International).
Full information on this and other 2018 WECAN Education and Advocacy Trainings For Women For Climate Justice are available here: wecaninternational.org/pages/international-climate-justice-calls
WHERE & HOW: This training is free and open to all. All WECAN trainings and international organizing calls are hosted on Zoom, a program similar to Skype. To join, please use the instructions below to dial in by phone, or download the free Zoom application and join via internet.
OPTION A. Join via your computer or smart phone internet connection:
1. Click to download the free Zoom program: zoom launcher
2. Click to join the call: https://zoom.us/j/4154152016
OPTION B. OR join by phone: +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll) or +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll) Enter the Meeting ID: 415 415 2016 ** If you are calling from outside the U.S. - click to find your international dial-in numbers.
We encourage and welcome participants from all regions and all levels of experience to join us. If you can connect via computer, that is preferable.
Please direct any and all questions to Emily (WECAN Communications Coordinator) – firstname.lastname@example.org
Rise for Climate Jobs and Justice Mass Meeting
Tuesday, May 22, 5:30pm-7:30pm
274 14th St.
Rise for Climate Jobs & Justice! Join APEN, CEJA, Idle No More SF Bay, Jobs With Justice, North Bay Organizing Project, PODER, SEIU 1021, 350.org and over 50 other organizations at a meeting on May 22. We are organizing to ensure that everyone is represented as we build a bold, visionary action that demands real climate leadership that protects vulnerable communities, workers, and future generations: keep fossil fuels in the ground; develop a just, equitable, resilient 100% renewable energy economy that rapidly expands economic opportunity; create family sustaining jobs: Rise for Climate Jobs & Justice March on Saturday September 8th.
The whole world is coming to San Francisco for the Global Climate Summit from Sep 12-14.
Climate disruption is impacting all of our communities from jobs to justice and everything in between. And we want you, your organizations, friends, and family to rise up with the world on September 8th to demand real solutions.
You are invited to come to a meeting to build the movement leading up to the largest march for climate jobs & justice on the West Coast. There's lots to do and your talents and gifts are welcomed!
Join your sisters and brothers as we look forward to creating a world of equity, justice, and a sustainable and safe future for the next seven generations to come. It's up to us.
This will be a powerful day you won't want to miss.
Water Walk 2018
Richmond People's Assembly
Saturday, May 19, 9:30am-3:00pm
Richmond High School
1250 23rd St., Richmond CA
Come together as a community to organize and mobilize our people power to impact the change we want to see in our community.
Rally: Amazonian Leaders Tell California to go Fossil Free
Thursday, May 17, 8:00-9:00am
Front Gate of Richmond Chevron Refinery
I-580 and Castro Street, Richmond CA
California’s oil and gas production is harming communities from the Ecuadorian Amazon to Richmond, California. Gloria and Manari Ushigua, Sapara indigenous leaders from the Ecuadorian Amazon, will join Bay Area allies to expose the impacts that the fossil fuel economy causes to people and planet.
These powerful leaders will share their stories resisting oil extraction in Ecuador and California, and call on California to be a real climate leader by phasing out oil and gas production in the state, including its importation of Amazon crude oil.
We will gather outside of the Richmond Chevron refinery, one of the state’s biggest polluters, to highlight that company’s toxic legacy in Ecuador and its role in causing ongoing destruction from the Amazon to California.
Real Climate Leadership Panel Event
Monday, May 14, 7:00-9:00pm
Scottish Rite Center
1547 Lakeside Drive, Oakland
- Bill McKibben
- Juan Flores
- Pennie Opal Plant
- Kathryn Lybarger
- Antonia Juhasz
Reserve your seat at 350.org
Tickets must be purchased in advance.
Protect the Water - Join Idle No More SF Bay to say
NO TAR SANDS IN OUR BAY!
Bay Area Air Quality Management District: 375 Beale St., San Francisco CA
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a permit to the Phillips 66 Refinery for the Refinery Expansion Project. This is the first part of a project leading toward the refinery processing more Alberta tar sands and allowing an additional 93+ oil tankers a year filled with tar sands (also called oil sands or dilbit) into the Bay. This permit is the subject of an appeal filed by Communities for a Better Environment, San Francisco Baykeeper, Center for Biological Diversity, Friends of the Earth, Stand.Earth, and the Sierra Club.
This project is directly related to the Kinder Morgan pipeline in Canada which our First Nations relatives & allies are resisting. Over 10,000 People protested the proposed Kinder Morgan Pipeline on March 10th and protests and arrests are ongoing.
This would be a disaster in our beautiful bay. Join your Indigenous water protectors and land defenders to protect and defend the Bay! Tar sands are impossible to completely clean up when accidents occur.
Indigenous Women of the Americas Spring Treaty Action
Native Gathering for Indigenous Peoples' Day!
4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
915 I Street, Sacramento 95815
After over a year of negotiations, the Sacramento Coalition for Indigenous Peoples' Day has achieved getting the Sacramento City Council to put Indigenous Peoples' Day, as October 12th, on the agenda for a vote.
For the occasion we are planning a native gathering, so please stay tuned for more information.**The date was chosen very specifically and symbolically, it is the Spring Equinox so we will be celebrating this new beginning together.**
If you're interested in volunteering, holding an indigenous ceremony/prayer and/or performance, email us at email@example.com.
Equinox Prayer Ceremony and Save the Shellmound
1900 4th Street, Berkeley 94710
ALERT: The campaign to #SaveTheShellmound is escalating, and your support is needed now. Ohlone families are maintaining their resolve to defend the West Berkeley Shellmound burial ground and sacred site. But cynical developers looking to buy and build on this priceless land are now trying to use a new law, SB35, to expedite approval in 90 days — under the guise of affordable ($80k/yr income) housing.
"Blake Griggs plans to construct a 260-unit apartment complex, half of which would be affordable to households earning 80 percent of area median income, which is $80,400 for a family of four."
Blake Griggs Properties needs to understand that their divide-and-conquer tactics will not work. Community is asked now to send a strong, clear message that this land is SACRED and off-limits for their development. We will not allow Griggs to commit this crime of desecration, explicitly violating the stated wishes of the Ohlone people.
***Please come out on the Equinox,*** joining Ohlone leader Corrina Gould and others, to gather in the parking lot on this small part of the larger shellmound. Now is the time to grow this prayerful movement that is 100% determined to do what is right.
2018 New Moon Ceremonies
Monthly at 7:30 at Cesar Chavez Park in Berkeley, California
February New Moon -15th August New Moon -11th
March New Moon -17th September New Moon -9th
April New Moon -15th October New Moon -8th
May New Moon -15th November New Moon -7th
June New Moon -13th December New Moon -6th
We call upon our sisters and their allies around the world to gather together on each new moon to pray for the sacred system of life, guidance and wisdom." These words come from the historic Indigenous Women of the Americas - Defending Mother Earth Treaty Compact of 2015, which was signed on the day of the fourth Blood Moon, the Harvest Moon and the total eclipse
on Sunday, September 27, 2015 on Lenape Territory in New York City.
You are invited to join us in this prayer from wherever you are on Mother Earth's belly. In the San Francisco Bay Area, we will be meeting on the shoreline of Berkeley, California at Cesar Chavez Park, right at the end of the road where the parking circle is, at the waterfront. Feel free to bring some water from your watershed or a favorite place to share with the waters of the bay. We will have prayers for the water and prayers for guidance as we work together as defenders and protectors of Mother Earth.
No Tar Sands in San Francisco Bay
8:00 a.m. to Noon
375 Beale Street, San Francisco
(easily BART accessible)
Protect the Water - Join Idle No More SF Bay to say NO TAR SANDS IN OUR BAY!
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a permit to the Phillips 66 Refinery for the Refinery Expansion Project. This is the first part of a project leading the refinery to process more Alberta tar sands and bring in over 93 oil tankers a year filled with tar sands (also called oil sands or dilbit). Tar sands are impossible to completely clean up when accidents occur.
The issuing of the permit came as a complete surprise. The groups working on stopping this permit had no idea that a DEIR had been put out for public comment which resulted in the only comment coming from Phillips 66.
Oil tankers spill. This would be a disaster in our beautiful bay. Join your Indigenous water protectors and land defenders to protect and defend the Bay!
Protect the Sacred Action: Divest Wells Fargo
Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 10 AM - 12 PM
420 Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA
Join Idle No More SF Bay and Indigenous Environmental Network as we paint a giant image and sing and pray and demand that Wells Fargo divest from fossil fuels, fossil fuel infrastructure, and projects that threaten the sacred system of life and violate the rights of Indigenous Peoples to free, prior and informed consent.
We will also send a message that their grant announcement to give $50 million to Native American communities shows their hypocrisy. It is an attempt to green wash their record. They recently agreed to extend $1.5 billion in credit to the Canadian oil corporation, TransCanada, to build the Keystone XL pipeline.
We are honored to have Joseph White Eyes, Joye Braun, Karen Little Wounded, Mabel Ann Eagle Hunter and Madonna Thunder Hawk join us as special guests from the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe.
Water Protectors Panel:
Divest from Fossil Fuels and Protect the Sacred
1089 Mission St, San Francisco, CA
Join Idle No More SF Bay and the youth program at the San Francisco Native American Health Center as we warm heartedly welcome Cheyenne River Water Protectors Joye Braun, Madonna Thunder Hawk, Mabel Ann, Karen Little Wounded and Joseph White Eyes to the Bay Area! We will have a beautiful line up of questions and a report back about previous actions that they have organized or been part of around divestment from banks like US Bank and Wells Fargo. There will be time at the end for Q & A.
~ Street cleaning 4pm - 6pm
~ One block away from Civic Center Bart Station
~ Parking garage 1 minute walk $15 - $20
**There is limited seating space of 30 to view for the panel. Don't feel discouraged though! There will be a live stream on a projector just downstairs for up to 60 people.
Refreshments will be provided. You are more than welcome to bring a potluck style dish to this event.
Governor's Mansion, 1526 H St, Sacramento, CA 95814
Join us for this fun evening of very creative Christmas caroling, signing some special Christmas cards, and learning more about what we all want for Christmas.
The Indigenous Women of the Americas Defending Mother Earth Treaty signers and members of Idle No More SF Bay invite you to join us at Governor Jerry Brown's house in Sacramento for this special event on the Winter Solstice. A carpool link is below and lyrics to the songs will be posted soon so you can all practice together on the way.
We stand for clean air, water, soil and a vibrantly healthy future for coming generations. Unfortunately, our Governor has colluded with the fossil fuel industry in writing AB398 and has accepted millions of dollars in campaign contributions from Big Oil.
He is also in favor of fracking, has allowed hundreds of aquifers to be poisoned with fracking fluid and is commodifying the very air we breathe with the Cap and Trade carbon shell game which allows toxic corporations to continue polluting communities by buying carbon credits.
Please feel free to bring your friends and family, musical instruments (bells would be great!), and candles to keep our spirits bright.
CARPOOL: - Give a ride or get a ride by signing up here (please leave in plenty time to get there with rush hour traffic)
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2017 New Moon Ceremonies
Monthly at 7:30 at Cesar Chavez Park in Berkeley, California
**November 18th time has been changed to 5:00**