On-Line Action to urge halting of construction in Wet'suwet'en territories.
Spring Equinox Action to Protect the Bay
If you love the San Francisco Bay and do not want to see even larger oil tankers filled with Alberta tar sands bitumen from coming through the Golden Gate Bridge, then join your Indigenous sisters! Please use the above form to write a letter to the editor in response to the Trump administration policy to expand fossil fuel and tar sands processing in the Bay Area.
Trump has asked the Army Corps of Engineers to dredge the Bay 13 miles in order for these larger oil tankers to come through to the Phillips 66 refinery in Rodeo. Tar sands bitumen cannot be completely cleaned from water. There is still tar sands in the Kalamazoo River from a spill there in 2015. We do not want this to happen here.
This action is organized by signatories on the Indigenous Women of the Americas Defending Mother Earth Treaty.
There are several obligations to signing the Treaty. One of them is to conduct a nonviolent direct action on each solstice and equinox at a place where harms to the sacred system of life are occurring, or where the decisions are being to allow the harms. This will be the spring equinox action.
From the Treaty - To read the entire Treaty go here.
"As Indigenous Women of the Americas, we understand the responsibilities toward the sacred system of life given to us by the Creator to protect the territorial integrity of Mother Earth and Indigenous Peoples. These responsibilities include the safety, health and well-being of our children and those yet to come, as well as the children of all of our non‐human relatives, the seeds of the plants and those unseen.
These responsibilities demand that we act to ensure healthy air, water, soil, seeds and a safe climate so that life may continue. There are those who have forgotten that we live in a natural system with natural laws that govern that system: the Laws of Mother Earth & Father Sky. These laws have been violated to such an extreme degree that the sacred system of life is now threatened and does not have the capacity for life to continue safely in the way in which it has existed for millions of years."
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IMPORTANT UPDATE ON ALL OF OUR MARCH EVENTS and
ACTIONS in Northern California:
IMPORTANT UPDATE ON ALL OF OUR MARCH EVENTS and ACTIONS in Northern
Idle No More SF Bay has been in deep conversation and prayer to determine how to respond in a good way to the challenges of the COVID-19 virus, to protect our communities and all of humanity.
March 15th CARBON TRADING PANEL
Idle No More SF Bay will be postponing the panel on Carbon Trading and Carbon Offsets on Wednesday, March 15th. It will be reschedule later in the spring.
March 10th ART PARTY
We are also cancelling the Art Party on Tuesday, March 10th to create art for our Indigenous Women of the Americas Defending Mother Earth Treaty Spring Equinox Action. We encourage everyone to take some time to put your messages on signs you make at home to post on the 19th on social media.
MARCH 19th SPRING EQUINOX ACTION
Instead of having an in-person Treaty Action on March 19th, we will be sharing ways to do a collective direct action from our homes on our Event Page. We plan still to bring attention to the harms of the proposed dredging of our beautiful San Francisco Bay and it's connection to the struggles of the Unist'ot'en and Wet'suwet'en relatives in Canada who are working to stop the Trans Mountain and Coastal Link pipelines. More information to come.
As Native people, we have experienced through our ancestors the impact of having illnesses arrive from Europe to the Americas that we had no immunity or resistance to. We carry inter-generational trauma from the effects of those devastating epidemics, which wiped out so many of our people and were also actively used as tools of policies of genocide.
We are living in a time in history when we are collectively facing a virus that no humans have any kind of acquired resistance to or immunity to. This virus is spreading rapidly across Mother Earth. The COVID 19 virus puts all of humanity at risk, especially our elders and those whose health is more vulnerable. The opportunity here is to notice that we are all in this together.
Climate scientists have been warning us for a long time that these pandemics would accompany climate chaos. We get to use our minds and hearts to respond in the best way possible.
TAKING POWER IN A GOOD WAY FOR THE WELLBEING OF EVERYONE CROSS MOTHER EARTH:
As Native people, we are living at a time when, instead of being powerless against a virus, we can come together with all people to take leadership to keep our our communities, our movements and our human community across Mother Earth as safe as possible. Unlike our ancestors, who had no warning or information, we have access to information. We get to model the behaviors that public health experts are sharing with us. We get to do everything possible to limit the spread of this virus and in particular it's impact on the most vulnerable communities. This is a wonderful opportunity for all of us to get to practice having a "good mind" and do what is best for the whole of humanity rather than putting our individual needs or projects first.
Please share this with anyone you know who was planning to attend any of our upcoming March events.
We invite all of you who were planning to be part of our MARCH 19 EQUINOX ACTION to spend time this week making signs with your messages, based in love for all that we hold dear, to post on the 19th along with other from-home actions that we will be sharing in the days to come on this page and our Treaty Evite page. Thank you!
Please wash your hands, get lots of sleep, and boost your immune systems with your traditional remedies, with zinc, elderberry and vitamins. We need everyone healthy and strong for the ongoing work of ensuring clean air, water, soil and a just society for all of the generation to come. You are all precious and important and we want all of us around for the long haul.
Thank you for your support.
Panel on Carbon Trading & Carbon Offsets
Carbon trading and carbon offsets are being promoted as solutions to the climate crisis. The flip side to carbon offsets are that they are harming Indigenous forest dwelling peoples around the world. Many Indigenous people refer to carbon offsets as another form of colonization. Panelists include Gary Graham Hughes who is the California Policy Monitor at Biofuelwatch, and members of Idle No More SF Bay, Daniel Ilario and Pennie Opal Plant. This is a free event.
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Visioning Climate Justice
Visioning Climate Justice! An evening of learning, inspiration, and art.
Featuring Sogorea Te Land Trust co-founder Corrina Gould, youth activists Isha Clarke (Youth vs. Apocalypse), Isabella Zizi (Idle No More), Hannah Freedman (Jewish Youth for Community Action), Rabbi Dev Noily, and others as we explore how to co-create a livable future for all.
Featuring a performance from Dance Brigade’s “Butterfly Effect”.
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2020 New Moon Ceremonies
Monthly at 7:30 at Cesar Chavez Park in Berkeley California
January New Moon -24th
February New Moon -23rd
March New Moon -24th
April New Moon -22nd
May New Moon -22nd
June New Moon -20th
July New Moon -20th
August New Moon -18th
September New Moon -17th
October New Moon -16th
November New Moon -14th
December New Moon -14th
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.