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The Movement Generation Justice & Ecology Project provides in-depth analysis and information about the global ecological crisis and facilitates strategic planning for action among leading organizers from urban-based organizations, in the Bay Area and beyond, working for economic and racial justice in communities of color.

WHAT WE DO:
Workshops & Strategy Retreats
Developing a shared analysis of the ecological crisis and its impacts on urban communities of color. more here
Resilience-Based Organizing
Organizing people directly into the process of meeting their own needs. more here
National Climate Justice Movement Building
National movement building for a just transition out of the climate crisis. more here
Earth Skills
Restoring our relationship to the resources that meet our basic needs. more here
Shocks, Slide, and Shifts: Bay Area 2030
Innovative tools to support strategic movement building towards ecological justice. more here

Charity Hicks, Presente!

Posted July 9, 2014

Visionary. Healer. Big heart. Full hands. We send our love to all those feeling the loss of Detroit freedom fighter and beloved community member Charity Hicks in our lives. Her brilliant way of putting the pieces together so that we all might glimpse the beauty of the whole; and her clarity on the need for unrelenting, intense struggle with love.

Charity Hicks Presente!

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Charity was a warrior on the front lines of the fight for the human right to water in Detroit. Catch her power and wisdom in this informal interview with her about Detroit’s current water crisis:


 

And we were moved by these words (below) from comrades of La Via Campesina in Haiti, written when Charity was hospitalized. Charity played a major role in hosting the delegates from the G4 and Dessalines Brigade in both New York and Detroit last October, when they were awarded the Food Sovereignty Prize. When they heard about what happened to Charity, they put together this message of love and solidarity to her, her family members and compas:

Haiti, June of 2014

To family members and comrades of our beloved Charity,

From our hearts, embraced to Charity’s, we salute fraternally her family and we are strengthened in our thought of her, our tireless comrade in the struggle for a more just for all world and all. We think of the cheerful and energetic sister and her hunger for life and the struggle.

And we know, she has not surrendered or will not surrender today. We are at her side. She represents the seeds, fruit of life, wisdom and love; and we – women and men – peasants are the guardians of the seeds and are attentive to see it germinate and fill the fields of hope.

We are sending an empowering energy from Haiti through the Caribbean Sea that will reach New York and Detroit to touch the hearts of Charity, her family and comrades.

By La Via Campesina in Haiti and 4 G Kontre:

Peasant Movement of Papay
Tèt Kole Peasant Association
Congress of the Peasant Movement of Papay
Regional Coordination of Organizations of the Southwest Region
Internationalist Solidarity Dessalines Brigade in Haiti/Via Campesina-Brazil

We also encourage folks to consider donating to the Charity Hicks “Wage Love” Fund – for her family and community.

This fund will specifically go towards:
-Covering immediate costs of bringing Charity home to Detroit and holding a proper home going service.
-Sustaining Charity’s husband Louis while he takes unpaid family medical leave from work.

Donate here online.

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MG’s Newest Video Satire: The Greenest Man In America

Posted June 24, 2014

Going green is about more than buying all the gluten-free quinoa you can fit in your Prius. It’s about community organizing against corporate polluters and challenging environmental racism — and then enjoying your quinoa. That’s the message from MG’s newest  video satire, The Greenest Man In America.

Written by our own Josh Healey, the video features Healey alongside Richmond, CA environmental justice activist Lipo Chanthanasak. A refugee from Laos and long-time leader in the fight against Richmond’s destructive Chevron oil refinery, Lipo is unexpectedly named the “Greenest Man in America.” Playing off a certain popular commercial, the video invites viewers to question our concept of what — and who — makes for an environmental leader.

Movement Generation is excited for the video to amplify the Our Power Campaign, which is building a just transition from an extractive economy run by corporations to local, living economies that are healthy and thriving. This summer, Richmond will host the Our Power National Convening from August 6-9, coinciding with the second anniversary of the massive Chevron refinery fire.

To learn more about the Our Power National Convening, click here.

To learn more about APEN and Lipo’s work, click here.

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The Launch of the Race, Class, & Ecology Public Series:

Posted May 28, 2014

Working Our Way Out of the Crisis: Climate Justice & the Working Class

RC&E_LaborThurs, June 12
6-8pm
@ California Nurses Association
2000 Franklin Street, Oakland, CA 

Co-sponsored by Jobs with Justice San Francisco

Race, Class, & Ecology is MG’s new series of free public events to amplify and advance the vibrant social movement leading the Just Transition away from profit and pollution and towards healthy, resilient, and life-affirming economies. From labor to land reclamation to black & brown liberation, the series will feature organizers, intellectuals, and ecologists who are building grassroots people power in the US.

MG will launch our Race, Class, & Ecology series with a conversation between workers, union organizers, and climate justice leaders on moving from “Jobs OR the environment” to “Jobs FOR the environment.”

Stay tuned for more details, including an announcement of our featured speakers!

Questions? Email brooke@movementgeneration.org

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Stop the Durban Port Expansion in South Africa!

Posted May 28, 2014
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Photo credit: IDEX

Join us in supporting our friends and allies at theSouth Durban Community Environmental Alliance (SDCEA)! Help persuade the South African Government to drop the South Durban Port and Petro-Chemical Expansion for the betterment of local communities and society at large, and, if they disagree, launch divestment and financial sanctions campaigns against TransNet, Shell, BP, Engen and other companies involved.

In the port city of Durban, South Africa, petrochemical conglomerates are pushing a $25 million Dig-Out Port expansion project that will wreak untold havoc on the surrounding communities’ ecology, economy and safety. The project would also displace thousands of people from their homes. SDCEA and other environmental groups are working hard to stop the large petro-chemical and shipping corporations from moving forward with the expansion. Join us in calling for sustainable and environmentally sound alternative development that puts people over profit.

Sign this petition now to add your voice and support their call for international solidarity!

For more info, click here.

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MG Earth Skills Training #2

Posted May 28, 2014

The Good Shit: Water-Less Compost Toilet Installation

Sponsored by MG and co-hosted by Full Harvest Urban Farm. Installation led by Dig Cooperative.

goodshitSaturday, June 14
10am-4pm
@ Full Harvest Urban Farm
3732 39th Ave (off of Macarthur), Oakland

Access to clean water is a human right. Only 2% of earth’s water is fresh and available for people to drink, but big business has polluted half of it! The remaining 1% of clean water has been scarce in many places due to the global ecological crisis. In California water shortages caused by drought have become the new normal. The Central Valley’s farmland is slowly becoming a desert and water rationing is likely to occur in the very near future. We must rethink our relationship to water if we are to survive the crisis.

Our pee and poop belong in the Earth as nutrients for trees and fertilizers for soil.

Join us for a training on water-less compost toilet installation. Under the professional instruction of Dig Cooperative you will learn how to build a simple waste management system that reduces the pollution of clean water and increases our resilience in the face of drought.

Space is very limited and we are near capacity! Please click here to sign up for the waiting list.
As space becomes available you will be contacted to reserve a spot.

Childcare and Spanish Interpretation available – please let us know if you will need either, by emailing Quinton (contact below).

For more information, please contact Quinton Sankofa with MG at: quinton@movementgeneration.org | 510-969-6228

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