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Developing a shared analysis of the ecological crisis and its impacts on urban communities of color.
National movement building for a just transition out of the climate crisis.
Feb 11 is the twentieth anniversary of President Bill Clinton’s Environmental Justice Executive Order. This order was a critical milestone––official acknowledgement of environmental racism and the disproportionate impact that frontline communities of color and low-income communities face from toxic pollution.
Frontline communities continue to lead the fight for environmental justice and a powerful new alliance is emerging to confront one of the greatest environmental injustices of our times: the destabilization of our climate. We want to share with you a powerful short film about an exciting new initiative: the Our Power Campaign!
Last summer the Black Mesa Water Coalition hosted communities from around the country who are fighting the devastating impacts of coal from the mountaintops of Appalachia to the mesas of Navajo Country. They were joined by leaders from allied communities who are sick of being exploited, poisoned and denied access to meaningful employment. These organizers shared experiences, strategized together and united around a common vision of Just Transition away from the Extractive Economy that is failing all our communities and threatening the future of our planet. Together we formed the Climate Justice Alliance and launched the Our Power Campaign.
Today we invite you for a front row seat into the beauty of this historic convening and the inspiring possibilities of the Our Power Campaign. Please, spare a few minutes to watch this short, powerful film and spread the word about this exciting new initiative by sharing the film widely!
Share the short film!: http://bit.ly/CJAmovie
Learn more about Our Power: www.ourpowercampaign.orgTags: Community News, Multimedia
It’s here! Today, Movement Generation is excited to announce the release of the comedic video “Keystone XL Has a Job for You!”
Be among the first to see it here:
Today is the opening day of the State Department’s new public comment period on Keystone XL. For us here at Movement Generation — this video is our public comment.
Combining environmental justice politics with hilarious satire straight out of the Daily Show, ‘Keystone XL Has a Job for You!’ is the first comedic video released by MG. Written by and starring Josh Healey (MG Culture Shift Fellow) and Donte Clark (of RAW Talent), the video is a comedic twist on one of today’s most serious environmental issues — the Keystone XL pipeline and tar sands oil development.
The video dismantles the false division between a strong economy and a clean environment. The oil industry claims that the Keystone XL pipeline would create thousands of jobs. But in a project fueling so many environmental and health risks, what types of jobs would it really create? “Keystone XL has a Job for You!” answers that question through brilliant, outrageous satire.
And the video doesn’t just confront the problem — it also offers solutions. In real life, four of the actors represent unions and community organizations that are creating quality jobs and building alternatives to the extreme energy industry. These groups are building resistance and resilience in Richmond, CA and beyond. In addition, MG is using the video to amplify the Our Power Campaign, a national grassroots effort to create millions of climate jobs – jobs that meet people’s needs while caring for natural resources and ecosystems.
Watch the video and access more info on our resource page:
And if you like the video…please share it!
#KeystoneComedy #NoKXL #ClimateJustice #OurPublicComment
Why is Movement Generation making this video? Click here to read more.Tags: MG Speaks
** Registration for this workshop is currently closed! We’ve reached our max capacity with RSVPs. Please stay tuned for future Earth Skills trainings! **
Sponsored by MG and co-hosted by People Organized to Demand Environmental & Economic Rights (PODER)
Featuring Greywater Action : Celebrate INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY with a Women-led org of Greywater Installation technicians!
Saturday March 8
Located at PODER’s Secret Garden
2710A Harrison St. near 23rd St, Mission District, SF (enter gate on right side of the house)
“Where is the rain, anyway??” With California experiencing its driest winter ever, and looking forward to record breaking water scarcity in 2015, capturing the little rain we get and managing our water is an increasingly critical act. Though it is sacred and necessary for all life, water has been turned into a profit-making commodity which prevents numerous communities from accessing clean water for their health and survival. It is even being leveraged against poor communities in the US, violating a fundamental human right and further marginalizing people.
Through this workshop we will talk about water management and learn about one step we can take towards becoming stewards of our own water supply again. We will install a simple and effective system to capture & store rainwater that falls on our roofs. This system is low-cost & low-tech and easy to duplicate in many urban settings!
What to bring:
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For more information and to reserve your space, please contact Carla M. Pérez with Movement Generation at:
510.649.1475 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Surprise, surprise. Since we posted The Cali Drought Part 1 last week, we still have yet to feel a drop of rain here in Northern California. Well, MG can’t bring you rain, but we can bring you the much anticipated Part 2 of our drought info sequel:
Brock Dolman is the director of the WATER Institute at Occidental Arts & Ecology Center. In addition to being a long-time friend and comrade of MG, Brock is a world-reknowned biologist, permaculturist, and specialist in all things H2O. He’s traveled the world to study and design water systems, and has been doing much critical work right here in Northern Cali to protect water ways and the human and nonhuman life that depend on them. In the midst of this intense Cali drought, we asked Brock for a few minutes of his time to talk about what the drought is actually looking like from his point of view, and to get some insights into what this could mean for us.
For your viewing and listening convenience, the 20 minute interview is split up into 5 short parts – each preceded with a different question. Read the transcript, or listen to the clips. All of it is filled with important and, yes, daunting facts and stories about the current drought.
Many thanks to Brock for his time and his wisdom.
To contact Brock, or to get more information, visit the WATER Institute‘s website.
January 22, 2014
Interviewed by Movement Generation
The full interview is below. Click on any question to jump to that question on the page.
(Note: word styling (bold, italic, underlined) and links added by MG)
QUESTION 1: Yo, so how serious really is the drought? The modern drought that is oftened referenced in California is the drought in 76’/77’ – how does this compare?
The last fact/figure I saw on snow pack in the Sierras is that it’s 17% of normal – and when we understand that 80% of California’s water supply comes from the mountain water from the Sierras, that’s significant. And then the reservoirs that that snowmelt would be filling and expected to fill up are already sitting really low, and aren’t gonna get filled up, unless some dramatic storms occur, which it does not appear like we’re gonna get those based on the long term forecast. The NOAA forecasters – they have this 3 month model that they project out – in the last 20 years they’ve been about 60% accurate on what the forecast is – and that 3 month model is basically saying we’re in for more of the same through April. Which is the end of winter as we know it. And statistically we don’t tend to get much after that. Although, with global weirding, like last year we got 2 of the 6 inches we got at OAEC in 2013, came in June, which was totally weird.
So I think relative to that, in ’77, the records that I’ve seen for Occidental, Occidental got 22 inches that year (in ’77). And what it looks like right now at OAEC: we’ve got 6. So, to have some sense of comparison between 22 and 6 or 7, is two orders of magnitude less in that year. And 2013 was the driest on record since we’ve been keeping records (since 1849), so it appears that proportionate to that record keeping, this is a real deal. This isn’t somebody’s scare tactic. [laughs] It appears to be real. And the fact that 2014 is starting with this January, which will be competing with January 2013 for the driest Januarys on record back-to-back. And if it doesn’t rain through April, then 2 years in a row of driest years looks really severe, considering when you look down the state at reservoirs.
I know more about up here in the north coast, because I’m paying attention to the water supply in the Eel River and the Russian River. Lake Pillsbury, which is the first big reservoir in the system that takes water from the Eel, and, some would say, steals it into the Russian through the Potter Valley Project – that reservoir is at about 12% full [than what it would usually be]. And then it flows in Lake Mendocino, outside of Ukiah, and that reservoir is somewhere like 10 or 15% – it’s just a big mud hole. The upper Russian is nearly dry, and it’s only because we have Lake Sonoma, which is a bigger reservoir, that they expect that maybe there’s a year’s worth of water at normal consumption – but obviously with conservation calls, it’s not going to be normal demand. The City of Willits out on the Eel, apparently as of like 10 days ago, they said they had 100 days of supply left before they dry up. So they’ve got 3 months of supply in what looks like 3 months where there won’t be much rain.
For the Bay Area, when you look at San Francisco getting its water through Hetch Hetchy, Tuolumne, and the East Bay Municipal Utility District getting its water through the Mokelumne – both of those are Sierra-fed reservoir systems. If you’re talking snow pack, you know, you’ve got some water in storage, but another dry year on top of that. The year we’re concerned about I think is gonna be 2015, 2014 already looks pretty tough, but we should be really worried about 2015.MG Speaks
Applications Now Open!
Make It Fresh: Creative Storytelling Workshop Series: Spring 2014
March 18 – May 6, 2014
Tuesday nights in Downtown Oakland
Applications due February 7th
After an incredibly successful fall run, we’re back for another round of workshops to Make it Fresh! Led by acclaimed writer and creative activist Josh Healey (Movement Generation’s new Culture Shift Fellow), Make it Fresh is geared towards community activists, artists, and environmental justice leaders in the urban Bay Area. Participants will explore the relationship between their environment and their community, looking at issues of race, place, personal histories, and collective struggles — all
in a fun, supportive atmosphere. Combining spoken word, creative writing, and oral storytelling, all participants will create one original story or artistic piece, which they will have the opportunity to perform at a final community celebration.
More than just a writing workshop, Make it Fresh is for activists looking for new ways to engage their community and push their campaigns forward. Creative storytelling is a powerful tool for leadership development, political education, and building unity across cultures and generations. Whether you’re a closet writer just waiting to pick up the pen or a long-time activist searching for an exciting new tool to engage your members, Make it Fresh is made for you.
Interested participants for Make it Fresh should fill out the application.
Applications are due Friday, February 7.
Note: organizations can submit a max of 3 applications for their members/staff.
Want to see footage from last Fall’s Make It Fresh final performance? Visit MG’s youtube page here!Tags: MG Updates