Idle No More: Equity and Direct Action on Climate!
Professor Stephanie Siehr organized and hosted a powerful panel Tuesday, February 11th, at
the University of San Francisco. This powerful trio consisted of Pennie
Opal Plant and Isabella Zizi from Idle No More SF Bay and the Indigenous
Women of the Americas Defending Mother Earth Treaty and Andres Soto of
Communities for a Better Environment.
They laid out a powerful and clear picture of the deep connection between what is happening with the indigenous pipeline struggles in Canada and the proposed Phillips 66 Wharf Expansion and the dredging of our bay to facilitate huge tankers of tar sands coming into our Bay. After giving a clear picture of the challenges facing us all, they inspired young and old to join in action in this critical time for our beautiful Mother Earth.
Please read the blog by a Pennie Opal Plant on our webpage for a full overview.
Photos: Idle No More SFBay at the
Canadian Consulate, SF, In Solidarity with Wet'suwet'en
Idle No More SF Bay at the People's Climate March
On September 8th, 2018, INM SF Bay helped organize and lead the powerful
march of over 30,000 people in San Francisco. The March was led by
California Native Tribes, followed by a huge indigenous contingent.
We marched from the Embarcadero up the the Civic Center, where the Society of Fearless Grandmothers held down the street so that over 50 organization and tribes could paint the solutions on the street -- the largest Street Mural the west coast has ever seen. Indigenous groups including Indigenous Environmental Network, Amazon Watch, Indian People Organizing for Change, Run For Salmon, and a number of California Indigenous Tribes painted beautiful murals in our indigenous mural area. It was a powerful day of rising for Climate, Jobs and Justice.
Protecting Mother Earth Conference
In June of 2017, members of Idle No More SF Bay traveled up to Nisqually
Territory to attend the Protecting Mother Earth Conference. Isabella Zizi
along with Katie Nehls, and Maria De Lime Dorsey led people in silk
screening patches for the RISE actions in September. We all attended
powerful workshops, and Isabella Zizi also presented on a panel about
Carbon Trading with Chief Niniwa from Brazil, and Casey Camp Horinek of the
Isabella also was part of a workshop focusing on building Indigenous and Black Solidarity, and Pennie Opal Plant was part of a powerful panel on the Rights of Nature. All of us attending were deeply moved by this powerful, indigenous conference. It brought together so many powerful friends, treaty sisters, and amazing activists from all over to share our struggles, victories and lessons learned in working to protect the Sacred Web of Life.
Fall Equinox Action at Phillips 66
We gathered at Lone Tree Park, site of many Refinery Healing Walks, and gathered water in the morning for a Water Ceremony. We then participated in a prayer walk up to the Phillips 66 Refinery. There we gathered to lay down prayers and do a teach in in front of the Refinery. Cedar George Parker, from the Tsleil-Waututh Nation in BC, accompanied us and shared the struggles and victories of First Nations people's on the Salish Sea.
Representatives of many faith groups sang songs from their traditions while we walked. Representatives from STAND.Earth, CBE, Crockett Rodeo United to Defend the Environment CRUDE, 1000 grandmothers and many other groups spoke in front of the refinery about how important it is for us to STOP the refinery expansion which would facilitate the importation of Tar Sands into our Bay.
The gathering was on the Fall Equinox, as part of the Indigenous Women of the America's Defending Mother Earth Treaty quarterly commitment to gather at the places where the harms to our environment are happening, or the places of decision making happen that threaten the sacred web of life.
This action brought together the work of many. Indigenous Water and Sky Protectors in the Tar Sands of Alberta and Protectors from British Columbia just had a huge win against the pipeline threatening their waters and lands. Our work here has been to stop Phillips 66 from bringing Tar Sands into our Bay. It was a beautiful day, led by Isabella Zizi, with the help of so many of us. Gratitude for this beautiful action and the Treaty that holds us throughout the years...
Oil Pipelines Connecting Resistance: Panel Discussion
It was the week after the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) where over 30k people showed up to take a stand and send a message to California Gov Jerry Brown about the kind of climate leadership we want to see. Idle No More SF Bay teamed up with Stand.Earth to organize a powerful panel to discuss how resistance to oil pipelines, oil tankers, and refinery expansions connects frontline communities in Canada and the US who are rising to stop climate change.
Our First Nations relatives, Cedar George Parker and Charlene Aleck traveled from British Columbia of the Tsleil Waututh Nation to discuss the resistance taking place in their ancestral territories to stop the Trans Mountain Pipeline (TMP). They were accompanied by Shoshana Wechschler founder of the Sunflower Alliance, Idle No More SF Bay Grandmother, Dr. Melinda Micco, and Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia to build the discussion.
In the Bay, environmentalist and concerned citizen eyes are focused on the impending potential permit approval of the Phillips 66 Refinery Wharf Expansion project in Rodeo, CA. This is what directly connects us here, on the frontlines of protecting the Bay to the fight for clean water and air in British Columbia, as crude oil from the TMP is what will be processed at this expanded Phillips 66 Refinery if the permit is approved.
GCAS Week of Action Video
COP23 Report Back Audio
Isabella Zizi and Daniel Ilaro
- How the trip came together
- The serendipitous meeting with Chief Ninawa Huni Kui
- Making connections
- Jerry Brown action
- Dealing with fear of public speaking
- Accidental side trip to Cologne
- Action in front of NGO party
- Planning for actions 1, 2 and 3 with Dallas
- A just transition defined
- Grassroots examples
- WeCan panel and Healing walks shared
- New friends made
- Action 1: Indigenous women-led prayer and song
- Action 2: "Sustain U.S." action and White House panel discussion, including David Banks
- Action 3: Press conference with indigenous leaders
- Press conference
- Amy Goodman
- Interaction with David Banks
- What we took away with us
- What we bring back to the group