Charity Hicks Presente!
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.]]>
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.]]>
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 email@example.com
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.]]>
Sponsored by MG and co-hosted by Full Harvest Urban Farm. Installation led by Dig Cooperative.
Saturday, June 14
@ 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: firstname.lastname@example.org | 510-969-6228]]>
(Limited Seating…so get there early!)
Sponsored by Movement Generation
After an incredible show last fall, we’re back for another round to celebrate new voices, stories, and the art of resistance. All new performers, all new stories, all new mix of arts & activism to shake this crazy world up and make it fresh.
Led by MG Culture Shift Fellow Josh Healey, Make It Fresh is an eight-week workshop for 20 emerging writers, activists, & all-star movement-builders to write, learn, and share their stories. Stories of our neighborhoods, our struggles, our place in this crazy, beautiful environment we call home.
Join us for this one-time-only performance showcase, where the newest Make it Fresh storytellers will share their new creations with the community.
Participants are coming from groups like: Forward Together, Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN), Unite HERE 2850, Brown Boi Project, Causa Justa, Anakbayan East Bay, & many more.
We use our stories to change the larger story towards justice and ecology. We talk about pollution AND poverty. Mother Earth AND Mac Dre. We have asthma in our lungs, joy in our hearts, and we’re ready to shout our stories to the world.]]>
Click here to listen.
(Right click to download the mp3)
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.org]]>