Students In San Antonio, Texas came together this weekend to call to  attention how city wide solutions can reduce our carbon footprint.  Students who participated were educated on climate change, climate  justice, and community-based alternatives trough hands on training.  Along side other participating organizations we joined together to call  to attention the world wide relationship between the negotiations being  made in Durban, South Africa that weekend and their significance to  local struggles in San Antonio. Thanks to the participants, the People’s  Power Plan was edited to a new version that will be sent to the Mayor  in order to catch his attention, and embrace these reals steps to reduce  San Antonio’s carbon footprint in the world.

Students In San Antonio, Texas came together this weekend to call to attention how city wide solutions can reduce our carbon footprint. Students who participated were educated on climate change, climate justice, and community-based alternatives trough hands on training. Along side other participating organizations we joined together to call to attention the world wide relationship between the negotiations being made in Durban, South Africa that weekend and their significance to local struggles in San Antonio. Thanks to the participants, the People’s Power Plan was edited to a new version that will be sent to the Mayor in order to catch his attention, and embrace these reals steps to reduce San Antonio’s carbon footprint in the world.

In Los Angeles, a 200 person-strong crowd took the message of 1000 Durbans to the steps of City Hall.  Marching from Union Station to City Hall, they called upon the Mayor  and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to stop the 710 Freeway  expansion, and instead expand public transportation. The Busriders  Union’s Judi Redman broke down how bus service cuts stink for bus riders  and stink for the planet, with a degraded transit system forcing a lot  of folks to put polluting cars back on the road. Bill Gallegos of  Communities for a Better Environment drove home the need for our society  to leave behind an economic and political system that prioritizes  corporate profits over human health and the environment. The Labor Community Strategy Center/Busriders Union (BRU), Communities for a Better Environment (CBE), Eastyard Communities for Environmental Justice (EYCEJ) and Physicians for Social Responsibility Los Angeles (PSR-LA) joined forces to organize the action.

In Los Angeles, a 200 person-strong crowd took the message of 1000 Durbans to the steps of City Hall. Marching from Union Station to City Hall, they called upon the Mayor and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to stop the 710 Freeway expansion, and instead expand public transportation. The Busriders Union’s Judi Redman broke down how bus service cuts stink for bus riders and stink for the planet, with a degraded transit system forcing a lot of folks to put polluting cars back on the road. Bill Gallegos of Communities for a Better Environment drove home the need for our society to leave behind an economic and political system that prioritizes corporate profits over human health and the environment. The Labor Community Strategy Center/Busriders Union (BRU), Communities for a Better Environment (CBE), Eastyard Communities for Environmental Justice (EYCEJ) and Physicians for Social Responsibility Los Angeles (PSR-LA) joined forces to organize the action.

This is a photo of East Michigan Environmental Action Council’s youth leadership team..supporting 1000 Durbans. EMEAC held a conversation with 15  members and supporters of the Young Educator’s Alliance, its youth  leadership group.  Youth leader Siwatu-Salama Ra began the conversation  by asking participants what they thought of when they hear the words  “climate change.”  One youth shared that the seasons seem out of  whack… like the summers are more hot and the winters are much colder  than they used to be.  Siwatu then moved into a presentation on examples  of climate change around the U.S. and throughout the world. The north  pole, for example is now showing grass and glaciers are melting.   Although a lot of work is needed to slow the warming of the planet, one  thing that we as individuals can do is to recycle.  This was a solution  offered by one of the teens and agreed to by the rest.

This is a photo of East Michigan Environmental Action Council’s youth leadership team..supporting 1000 Durbans. EMEAC held a conversation with 15 members and supporters of the Young Educator’s Alliance, its youth leadership group. Youth leader Siwatu-Salama Ra began the conversation by asking participants what they thought of when they hear the words “climate change.” One youth shared that the seasons seem out of whack… like the summers are more hot and the winters are much colder than they used to be. Siwatu then moved into a presentation on examples of climate change around the U.S. and throughout the world. The north pole, for example is now showing grass and glaciers are melting. Although a lot of work is needed to slow the warming of the planet, one thing that we as individuals can do is to recycle. This was a solution offered by one of the teens and agreed to by the rest.

Mother Earth Achieves a Victory Today with Obama Administration Decision to Delay the Keystone XL Pipeline Decision
 November 10, 2011
Tom B.K. Goldtooth, Indigenous Environmental Network says:
“The  position taken by the Obama administration today to delay the permit  for the Trans Canada Keystone XL pipeline in order to do a new  environmental review is the right decision – an ethical decision. We  applaud President Obama and the State Department for listening to the  voices of youth, elders, faith-based groups, labor, students,  environmental organizations, Native Nations, and those living along the  proposed pipeline, who are standing united against dirty oil from the  tar sands. This is the beginning of a new era in which people are  demanding that their rights be recognized. The need to protect our  sources of clean water, to fight for stabilizing climate change, and to  say “No” to corporate polluters setting the agenda in Washington is now.  We must not let up. The struggle for environmental and economic justice  - for energy and climate justice - and the fight for Native Treaty  Rights must continue. Mother Earth has achieved victory today.”
  
 
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Mother Earth Achieves a Victory Today with Obama Administration Decision to Delay the Keystone XL Pipeline Decision

 November 10, 2011

Tom B.K. Goldtooth, Indigenous Environmental Network says:

“The position taken by the Obama administration today to delay the permit for the Trans Canada Keystone XL pipeline in order to do a new environmental review is the right decision – an ethical decision. We applaud President Obama and the State Department for listening to the voices of youth, elders, faith-based groups, labor, students, environmental organizations, Native Nations, and those living along the proposed pipeline, who are standing united against dirty oil from the tar sands. This is the beginning of a new era in which people are demanding that their rights be recognized. The need to protect our sources of clean water, to fight for stabilizing climate change, and to say “No” to corporate polluters setting the agenda in Washington is now. We must not let up. The struggle for environmental and economic justice - for energy and climate justice - and the fight for Native Treaty Rights must continue. Mother Earth has achieved victory today.”

  

 

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In a solidarity economy, our needs are met by exchanging goods, services, resources, and knowledge in ways that advance core values of justice, democracy, cooperation, and ecological sustainability. Portraits of the Solidarity Economy is a film series exploring the stories and motivations of New York City’s solidarity economy leaders. You can view a map of solidarity organizations and enterprises in NYC and access additional resources at solidaritynyc.org.

Community Voices Heard is a member organization of low-income people, predominantly women with experience on welfare, building power in New York City and state to Improve the lives of our families and communities

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CVH Participatory Budgeting Workshop at #OWS Part 5

On Sunday, October 23rd, over 40 people attended a street teach-in at #Occupy Wall Street on participatory budgeting (PB) co-facilitated by Vincent Villano of Community Voices Heard (CVH) and Josh Lerner of Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP). The police tried to clear teach-in participants from that area at 5:45pm. While the police argued with the #OWS organizer who was helping set up the teach-in by holding a big cardboard sign that read “Participatory Budgeting Teach-In” Vincent had everyone circle up so the teach-in could begin.

So, the teach-in participants claimed control of the public space in order to hold a teach-in about public control over public money.  Four NYC Council Members have agreed to allow the community members of their District to decide how $1million of their capital discretionary funds will be spent in this coming fiscal cycle. CVH is the lead engagement organization for this pilot project.

Lots of questions were answered about PB and participants said they enjoyed the level of details they learned about the pilot project. In the end, we generated a lot more interest and discussion about the PB pilot project in NYC (PBNYC) and it is also to our understanding that more #OWS organizers and participants are considering the use of PB as a way to decide how to spend the occupation’s funds. The teach-in was sponsored by the #OWS Alternative Economics Work Group and received support from the #OWS Education and Empowerment Work Group.  The connections that are being made between PB processes and the inner-workings of #OWS can contribute to the development of an economy built upon solidarity and meeting human needs. Build the Peoples’ Economy!

For more information on PB in NYC to go to http://pbnyc.org/

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Organizing Upgrade is providing a space where radical organizers who are rooted in long-term organizing work in poor and working class communities and communities of color can dialogue about our work to build relationships with the Occupy movement. We need to develop a vision for the development of a more united movement and strategize on lifting up the voices and issues of our communities as a vital part of this broader movement. We want to learn from each other, to challenge the Occupy movement and to challenge ourselves to grow into the broad-ranging, strategic and representative movement that we need so desperately.

Each week, Organizing Upgrade poses a different strategic question, and organizers post “Field Reports” in response.  Then Organizing Upgrade editors will summarize the responses and pose a new question.

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A flash mob hit Union Station in Washington DC on October 20, targeting a fundraiser for Conservation International in which Wal-Mart Chairman Rob Walton and actor Harrison Ford, among others, were expected to appear. Activists from Respect DC teamed up with a group from Occupy DC in the surprise action.

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DC Jobs with Justice is helping to lead the Living Wages, Healthy Communities campaign to force Wal-Mart to respect DC workers and communities. The campaign is working to educate the community about Wal-Mart’s record of worker exploitation and negative impact on communities and to demand that no Wal-Mart store open in DC without an enforceable Community Benefits Agreement that ensures workers and communities benefit.
On Thursday October 21, DC Jobs with Justice along with Respect DC and members of the Occupy K Street DC encampment led an action to swarm union station and shame the chairman of Wal-Mart Rob Walton as he gave a speech at a $1,000 a plate dinner.  Protestors did a banner drop stating “Stop putting Profits over People” and released a pack of balloons that floated to the ceiling of the union station atrium displaying a sign reading “We are the 99%”.
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DC Jobs with Justice is helping to lead the Living Wages, Healthy Communities campaign to force Wal-Mart to respect DC workers and communities. The campaign is working to educate the community about Wal-Mart’s record of worker exploitation and negative impact on communities and to demand that no Wal-Mart store open in DC without an enforceable Community Benefits Agreement that ensures workers and communities benefit.

On Thursday October 21, DC Jobs with Justice along with Respect DC and members of the Occupy K Street DC encampment led an action to swarm union station and shame the chairman of Wal-Mart Rob Walton as he gave a speech at a $1,000 a plate dinner.  Protestors did a banner drop stating “Stop putting Profits over People” and released a pack of balloons that floated to the ceiling of the union station atrium displaying a sign reading “We are the 99%”.

DC Jobs with Justice and Respect DC

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CAAAV’s street theater in NYC Chinatown on Occupy Wall Street!

CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities

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