Women of color led the way. This weekend we all helped to build the largest mobilization against the inauguration of a President in the history of the United States! From DC to Los Angeles, Boston, Atlanta, New York, Oakland, to countless cities and towns across the country and around the world, millions of people took to the streets. While many of the marches drew broad participation from primarily white women of many ages, the majority of these mobilizations were multi-racial, led by women of color and gender non-conforming folks.
#ItTakesRoots to #GrowtheResistance is an effort led by women of color on the frontlines of racial, housing and climate justice across the country, which brought together over 100 grassroots leaders in DC this past week to grow our resistance, and organized translocal actions in 8 cities on inauguration weekend. It is an outcome of years of organizing and relationship building across the Climate Justice Alliance, Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, Indigenous Environmental Network, and Right to the City Alliance.
We came together as four national grassroots alliances immediately after the elections because we heard loud and clear from our membership that our priority in this next period should be to build a visionary opposition to the racist, misogynist and xenophobic politics and practices of Trumpism. The leadership of frontline communities in the historic mobilizations of this past week are a testament for what is to come.
Within hours of taking office, President Trump signed an executive order to pave the way towards repealing the Affordable Care Act, and reinstated the global gag rule originated by Ronald Reagan in 1984 that prohibits US funding to any international organization that includes education about abortion in their reproductive health and family planning options. Today he signed executive actions to advance the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines–both of which have been the center of some of the largest environmental justice mobilizations in US history.
This President is intent on destroying our bodies, our communities, and Mother Earth. We will not let it happen. Join us to Grow the Resistance.
Training Labs and Strategy Exchanges
J20 Action at DOE and HUD
J20 Marches and the J21 Women’s March
Solidarity in Action
Where do we go from here?
Join us to #GrowTheResistance and build a world with liberation and justice for all:
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January 19, 2017
Hundreds of Indigenous leaders, veterans, climate and housing activists from across the country join together to stage disruption at Department of Energy and HUD
WHEN: Friday, January 20
9am at the Department of Energy;
10am at the Department of Housing and Urban Development
WHERE: Beginning at 1000 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, D.C. (Department of Energy)
WHO: Hundreds of Indigenous peoples, leaders of climate justice movements, veterans, women of color and allies gathering to defend the land, water, bodies, and homes from tremendous threats posed by the incoming administration.
WHY: The appointments of Rick Perry, Steve Mnuchin, and Ben Carson make clear the Trump administration’s intention to ramp up the exploitation of land for private profit, wreaking devastation for the climate, for our water, and for our homes.
- Until a week ago, Rick Perry was on the Board of the company driving the Dakota Access Pipeline, which threatened the water of 17 million people.
- Trump has signaled his desire to re-enter an arms race, leading to a greatly intensified risk of nuclear war and to increased health threats in indigenous communities and communities of color where nuclear testing occurs.
- Mnuchin, Carson, and Trump together will threaten the homes of both homeowners and renters. Mnuchin is known as the “foreclosure king” for the over 36,000 foreclosures he instigated during the financial crisis. With half of all renters facing unaffordable rents and evictions at all-time highs, Carson has stated that he plans to turn public housing over to private interests, which will only worsen the displacement and affordable housing crises faced by communities around the country.
VISUALS: 75-foot banners, Indigenous women from Standing Rock, veterans, street theater to showcase threats posed by the Trump administration and what an alternative could look like – protecting the climate, land, and water for all people.
It Takes Roots to Grow the Resistance
State violence is escalating against the Indigenous Water Protectors on the frontlines of the struggle against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Join us in responding to the call for national and international solidarity:
- GO TO STANDING ROCK and stand with the water defenders on the frontlines. Make sure you have: Your own transportation to camp, shelter/lodging, food, at least bring food for kitchen, warm clothing, positive prayerful mindset. The ask is for folks who are able to hold space, risk arrest, and follow local/ Indigenous leadership.
- DONATE to indigenousrising.org or ocetisakowincamp.org to support the legal team and the ongoing infrastructure needs.
- DISRUPT BUSINESS AS USUAL at the Army Core of Engineers Offices in your local community and demand that they deny the permit to bore under the Missouri River. Demand a full Environmental Impact Statement be completed.
- ORGANIZE LOCAL ACTIONS targeting the funders of DAPL, including the banks
- CALL THE WHITE HOUSE and urge President Obama to step in and reject the DAPL (202) 456-1111 or (202) 456-1414
The Indigenous-led struggle in Standing Rock, North Dakota against the Dakota Access Pipeline is a turning point in the climate justice movement. The proposed $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline, if completed, would carry a half a million barrels of oil per day from the Bakken Oil Shale Fields. The route the pipeline would take lays under multiple bodies of water, including the Missouri River that supplies drinking and irrigation water that more than 10 million people depend on.
What began with Oceti Sakowin youth running 2000 miles from North Dakota to Washington DC in April of 2016 has now grown into a powerful grassroots movement that is forcing an injunction against one of the largest pipeline projects in North America.
Through leadership from the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN), GGJ is collaborating with the Climate Justice Alliance to hold weekly Standing Rock solidarity calls for our members and allies. We are supporting delegations of frontline leaders heading to Standing Rock on an on-going basis.
We call on world leaders and global movement allies to Stand with Standing Rock and urge the US to immediately halt the Dakota Access Pipeline.
“It’s important that the world understands the Standing Rock fight is about much more than stopping just one oil pipeline; it’s about all of us standing together from the North to the South and around the world to keep fossil fuels in the ground and create a just transition to a renewable energy economy.” – Kandi Mossett of the Indigenous Environmental Network
#StandWithStandingRock #NoDAPL #WaterIsLife