On December 3rd, 2011 in Worcester, MA, USA over 100 people joined in celebration of global resistance to climate chaos and for local resilience and real solutions. While projecting images from the streets of Durban, activists from Providence, RI and Worcester, MA presented their actions from throughout the past year since our joint 1000 Cancuns event on Dec. 7th, 2010. The actions included: holding a full day “Eco school” with Movement Generation, a 5-week “We’ve Got the Power” Community Organizing Training Series, a two month Community Environmental College, a Green Solidarity Economy Conference, a Protest at Stop & Shop with the Coalition of Immokalee farmworkers, the creation of a new community garden in the housing development Plumley Village, retrofitting a diesel bus to run on waste veggie oil and become the “Green D(RI)VE)”, a tree planting with Friends of Buckland Park and an Urban Adaptation Forum. Groups involved in the event were English for Action, EJ League of RI / ECO Youth, DARE, Worcester Roots Project / Toxic Soil Busters Co-op / Youth In Charge, Stone Soup, Future Focus Media Co-op, Worcester Energy Barnraisers, Worcester Green Jobs Coalition, Ciclovida. We concluded by taking a large group photo with the 1000 Durbans Poster projected on the wall behind us. We also Celebrated Ciclovida tours in Brazil, US, and Guatemala. La lucha sigue!
On Friday December 2, 2011 the People’s Global Action took to the Geneva streets. Over 100 activists from around the world gathered at Place des Nations, better known as the “Broken Chair” in front of the UN entrance and called for the rights of all migrants (regardless of status) to be recognized and respected in the Global Forum on Migration and Development deliberations. Chanting and cheering loudly, it was a sight to behold. All PGA participants were united in calling for the recognition of migrants rights in the GFMD, and this was vocalized throughout the rally with loud chants of “Migrants Rights are Human Rights!”.
Dec 3, 2011 Minneapolis, Minnesota — Amidst a snowstorm, grassroots activists came together for creative expression, food, a teach-in and music to be in solidarity with 1000 Durbans; and celebrate the release of the draft Twin Cities Peoples Agreement on Climate Change. The Twin Cities Peoples Agreement was inspired by Cochabamba, and developed through a series of community dialogs that were held in Minneapolis and St. Paul through the summer and fall of 2011. The evening was a connection of mind, body and spirit with a closing ceremony and round dance.
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As part of 1000 Durbans, the Vermont Workers’ Center organized a major Human Rights Day Conference & People’s Movement Assembly in Burlington, VT with over 500 participants under the banner of “One Movement for People & The Planet”.
See a full report at www.workerscenter.org/december10 and watch the trailer for Strength of the Storm, the new film which premiered about the impact of Tropical Storm Irene, the effects of climate and economic crisis on Vermont and a growing grassroots movement to put people and the planet first at www.strengthofthestorm.org.
We Are Organizing Together!
Monday, December 5, 2011
Washington DC-A delegation of US Tribal leaders facilitated by the Indigenous Environmental Network gathered together in Washington DC, during the third annual White House Tribal Leaders Summit to call on President Obama to reject a presidential permit for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. The leaders presented President Obama with the “Mother Earth Accord” that outlines unique US Tribal and First Nations concerns over Keystone XL, Alberta Tar Sands, the heavy haul in Idaho and Montana, and presented a copy of the Academy Award Nominated Documentary film called “Pipe Dreams.”
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On December 3rd In Chicago, 30 people rallied and spoke out against carbon trading outside the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and Board of Trade. Presented as a solution to climate change, carbon trading is a scheme to profit the 1% rather than creating actual reductions in carbon emissions. Family Farm Defenders and Little Village Environmental Justice Organization organized the action where several hundred people received informational flyers about carbon trading.
We are organizing together!
On Dec 3, in solidarity with the 1000 Durban, we built up community resilience as we doubled the raised beds at a community farm in East Oakland. From the toddlers to the elders, we made art, shared a meal, worked, and played together. More than 75 folks threw down on this beautiful day.
Groups included: Acta non Verba, Communities for a Better Environment, Castlemont High School Green Pioneers, APEN, Bay Localize, Planting Justice, FACES, APEN, Movement Generation, Green for All, California Food & Justice Coalition, and many more!
GGJ Delegation in Durban in front of the U.S. Consulate. As part of the 1000 Durbans Global Day of Action we staged a speakout in front of the U.S. Consulate to hold the U.S. delegation accountable for holding up the climate talks and refusing to commit to a binding agreement to reduce emissions targets. We then joined the more than 10,000 people marching down the same street as part of the Global Day of Action mass march.
Stop the 1% from Profiting from Pollution! Lift up Community Solutions that Cool the Planet!
We are Organizing Together!
Over 200 people marched from Union Station to the steps of city hall in solidarity with social movements in Durban, throughout the U.S. and all over the world to demand climate justice.
The 1000 Durbans action was hosted by the Grassroots Global Justice Alliance in Los Angeles, CA and includes the Bus Riders Union, Communities for a Better Environment, East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice, and Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles.