PEOPLE’S CLIMATE MARCH FOR JOBS AND JUSTICE

WASHINGTON, D.C., APRIL 29, 2017

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New Yorkers understand the vital role of street activism. They know how to build movements for the long haul in their communities and beyond.

On Sept 21, 2014, nearly a half MILLION people, led by environmental justice youth and activists in the South Bronx, showed their determination to tackle climate change and demand action by their leaders at the People’s Climate March in New York City.

On April 29, 2017, you are needed again: this time, in the streets of Washington D.C. for the People’s Climate March for Jobs and Justice, being organized by a massive coalition of national and community groups under the banner of the People’s Climate Movement (PCM). The PCM is made up of many of the folks who organized the People’s Climate Marches in NYC and globally in 2014. You can find a list of People’s Climate Movement Steering Co. members HERE and a list of organizations endorsing the April 29 (A29) march (including BCJN) HERE.

There will be NO sister march in NYC or in other cities close to the Capitol. Massive numbers are needed in D.C. We need to show the Trump administration that traveling a few hundred miles is nothing compared to what they are doing to the environment and our children’s future.

However, if you are not on the East Coast within travel distance of Washington, you can find A29 (April 29) sister marches being organized elsewhere in the country by going HERE.

Throughout the first 100 days of the Trump administration, the People’s Climate Movement is organizing a country-wide arc of action, culminating on April 29th in Washington DC in a powerful mobilization to unite all of our movements. To change everything, we need everyone.

On April 29th, we will march for our families, for our air, water, and land. We will march for clean energy jobs and climate justice. We will march for our communities and the people we love. We will march for people on the front lines of climate change, who are being hit first and worst by climate disaster.

All together, in Washington D.C., we will rise as a global community.

Please reach out beyond activist circles, to people in schools, unions, faith communities, and more, and encourage them to join this massive day of peaceful action.

People’s Climate Movement National — A29 website

Facebook page for national A29 mobilization

People’s Climate Movement NY A29 website (details about the NYC mobilization including info about NYC buses going to DC)

Facebook page for NYC A29 mobilization

A29 Social Media:

Find the A29 march on Twitter: @Peoples_Climate

Hashtags: #ClimateMarch (also: #PeoplesClimate)

Bronx info:

For information about Bronx buses, and to help BCJN and other Bx groups mobilize our borough for the April 29 march, please email to: bronxclimatejusticenorth@gmail.com

The work won’t be over when the march ends. To dig deep, and build the climate justice movement in the Bronx, NYC and beyond, please join Bronx Climate Justice North. Let us know you’d like to join our mailing list by emailing us at: bronxclimatejusticenorth@gmail.com

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Fighting for the Climate in the Age of Trump

Saturday, February 25, 5-8 pm

Verso Books, 20 Jay Street, Suite 1010, Brooklyn

Join four organizers and thinkers at the forefront of the struggle against pipelines, climate change, and environmental racism to discuss the future of the climate movement.

How do we organize against climate change in an age of increasing crackdowns on protesters, with an anti-science and pro-fossil fuel federal government? From protests at Standing Rock to national divestment campaigns, we will discuss local strategies to prevent the destruction of communities, land, water, and the planet.

The panel will conclude with a kick-off of NYC’s Divest from DAPL Campaign, put on by a coalition of grassroots groups.

Speakers:

Kate Aronoff—Writing Fellow, In These Times magazine; co-founder of the Fossil Fuel Divestment Student Network and former Communications Manager for the New Economy Coalition

Judith Leblanc—member of the Caddo Nation of Oklahoma and director of the Native Organizers Alliance

Patrick Robbins—Co-Director of Sane Energy Project, he has been fighting the spread of fracked gas infrastructure in New York since 2011.

Anne Spice—Tlingit member of Kwanlin Dun First Nation, a doctoral student in anthropology at the CUNY Graduate Center, and a member of the NYC Stands with Standing Rock Collective.

Hosted by Grassroots Action NY, Bronx Climate Justice North and The New Inquiry

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BCJN Stands with Standing Rock in 2017

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NYC CALL TO ACTION: WE STAND WITH #STANDINGROCK — 11/15, U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS, NY DISTRICT

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TAKE ACTION:

Please join an urgent, national, coordinated day of action in solidarity with the No Dakota Access Pipeline-#NoDAPL movement called by 350.org (the global climate justice mobilization organization) and Indigenous and environmental partners at the request of Honor the Earth, the Indigenous Environmental Network and others.

On Tuesday, November 15, district offices of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will hear our voices as we stand with Standing Rock. The Army Corps of Engineers granted the construction permits for the Dakota Access Pipeline. The Obama Administration has the power to revoke the permits and stop the pipeline at any time. This is part of a broader wave of action targetting decision-makers and stakeholders at every level, including banks that are funding the pipeline, politicians, and the mainstream media.

We demand that Indigenous rights, treaties, sovereignty, and self-determination be honored. We demand that the U.S. Justice Department begin a formal investigation of human rights abuses at Standing Rock. We demand the protection of water everywhere. We demand that fossil fuels be kept in the ground. We demand that the Obama Administration and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers immediately and permanently cease construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline and the AIM pipeline in New York.

**** EVENT DETAILS–11/15:

Please visit the Facebook event page for this action, one of more than 200 on 11/15, a national, coordinated day of actions at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers district offices.

This event will be peaceful and family-friendly, and will happen RAIN OR SHINE.

4:00 PM — Assemble at Foley Square (southern end of Thomas Paine Park), 111 Worth St in lower Manhattan, for an Indigenous-led Opening Ceremony, speakers, performers, a brief on-site action training, etc.

5:00-on — Those wishing to engage in civil disobedience will be able to do so; those in support will be nearby. We will continue to rally and hear from speakers.

Speakers include: 

Tara Houska, Standing Rock spokesperson, National Campaigns Director, Honor the Earth, Bernie Sanders presidential campaign Indigenous liaison

Roberto Mukaro Borrero, United Confederation of Taino People

Crystal Migwans, NYC Stands with Standing Rock

Pastor Doug Cunningham, New Day Church, Bronx, recently returned from Standing Rock

Michael Zweig, U.S. Labor Against the War

Courtney Williams, Resist Spectra

**** PRE-EVENT TRAINING–11/14:

Monday, Nov 14, 6-9 PM, Riverside Church (South Hall), Riverside Drive between 120/122nd St on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.

You are invited to participate in a pre-event training to prepare for the #NoDAPL 11/15 event and for future Resist Spectra actions (opposing the AIM pipeline, our local pipeline struggle). Our experienced trainers will coach us in: organizing, how to be ‘leaderful’ at the action, roles, know your rights, and legal issues. There will be practice time.

BACKGROUND:

Over the past week, thousands of peaceful and prayerful water protectors in North Dakota have been subjected to further dehumanizing attacks, including heavily armed, militarized police in riot gear and armored vehicles using rubber bullets at point blank range, pepper spray, concussion grenades, tasers, and sound cannons. Horses have been shot, and just in the past week, 141 protectors have been arrested. Many have been strip searched, held in dog kennels, and marked with numbers on their bodies. For the most part, the mainstream media has been silent as these atrocities have been perpetrated against American citizens on American soil.

If completed, the $3.8 billion, 1,100-mile Dakota Access Pipeline would carry 500,000 barrels of crude oil per day from North Dakota’s fracking fields to Illinois. It would pass directly through the sacred lands of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and under the Missouri River, the water source for more than 12 million people.

The pipeline is a direct threat to the life, rights, and water of the Standing Rock Sioux, thousands of whom have been peacefully resisting its construction for months. In a historic show of unity, hundreds of tribes and many non-Indigenous allies have joined this struggle. They are dedicated to peacefully protecting the water and standing up for Indigenous rights, self-determination, and sovereignty. Those engaging in peaceful resistance at Standing Rock understand, too, that all fossil fuel projects must be stopped if there is to be any hope of averting runaway climate change.

Please join us on Tuesday, November 15, as we stand with Standing Rock–#NoDAPL. This is a struggle for Indigenous rights and sovereignty, for protection of sacred waters everywhere, and for climate justice and an end to fossil fuel extraction.

Co-sponsors:

350 Brooklyn
350 NJ
350 NYC
Beloved Earth of Riverside Church
Blauvelt Dominican Sisters
Bohio Atabei Jaguar-Inaruono Yuka Aroa Guaribono
Bronx Climate Justice North (a 350.org affiliate)
Brooklyn for Peace
Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture-Ethical Action Co.
Camp Kinderland
Campaign for Peace and Democracy
ClimateMama
Coalition to Ban Unsafe Oil Trains
Dominican Sisters in Committed Collaboration
Eagle and Condor Community Center (Astoria)
Essex County Green Party
Food & Water Watch
Guerrilla Republik New York Chapter
Hackensack Riverkeeper
Indigenous Peoples Power Project (IP3)
Jewish Climate Action Network
Labor for Standing Rock
New Day Church
Noble 9 Collective
NYC International Socialist Organization
NYC Stands with Standing Rock Collective-(NYC Indigenous academics and students organizing solidarity & support from Lenape territory for the Standing Rock Sioux Defenders.)
PCM-NY (People’s Climate Movement-NY)
Ramapough Lenape Nation
Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
Roseland Against the Compressor Station
Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Network
Sane Energy Project
Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter
Socialist Action
South Bronx Unite
The Peace Poets
The Ruckus Society
United Confederation of Taino People
United Urban Warrior Society, NYC Chapter
U.S. Labor Against the War – New York City Chapter
WE ACT for Environmental Justice
World Can’t Wait

To sign up for this action on the 350.org national Action Center website for 11/15, please go here: https://actionnetwork.org/events/nyc-call-to-action-we-stand-with-standingrock

And to sign up on the Rising Tide/FANG national Action Center website for 11/15, please go here: https://actionnetwork.org/events/nyc-call-to-action-we-stand-with-standingrock-2?link_id=7&can_id=9785037f8174bd555348a62aaef53c48&source=email-answering-the-call-to-action-for-standing-rock-solidarity&email_referrer=answering-the-call-to-action-for-standing-rock-solidarity&email_subject=answering-the-call-to-action-for-standing-rock-solidarity&zipcode=10463&country=US

(Art credit: Isaac Murdoch, Ojibway artist, Onaman Collective)

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OFFICIAL STATEMENT: BRONX CLIMATE JUSTICE NORTH STANDS IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE WATER AND CLIMATE PROTECTORS OF STANDING ROCK ~ NO DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE

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Bronx Climate Justice North stands in solidarity with our Native American brothers and sisters and other allies engaged in nonviolent civil disobedience at the Standing Rock encampments in North Dakota. Their struggle is our struggle. Their resistance is our resistance. The future of all people is at stake. The Dakota Access Pipeline struggle is a critically important one for the global climate, for safe drinking water, and for human rights. First and foremost, however, this struggle is about Native American liberation, self-determination, sovereignty, and survival.

Since European settlers first arrived on this continent, First Nations peoples have been subjected to attacks on their sovereignty, theft of their land, and campaigns of assimilation, cultural erasure, and genocide. These attacks against Native American Peoples have not ended. The latest can be seen in the determination of Energy Transfer Partners, the many banks and financial institutions funding construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, and law enforcement and political leaders of North Dakota to construct a dangerous and destructive pipeline in violation of Treaty agreements with Indigenous Peoples and against the express wishes of those living in or near the path of the pipeline or along water bodies that would be affected by the pipeline.

The federal government of the United States, which has pursued genocidal policies against Native American Peoples for hundreds of years, only recently implemented, with conditions, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. It must be held to the letter, spirit, and intention of the Declaration.

The federal government has betrayed its obligation, under the Public Trust Doctrine, to protect the air, land, water, and wildlife that belong to all, in common. We stand against hydraulic fracking of oil and gas and the infrastructure that supports it. We demand that fossil fuels be left in the ground. We are fighting for a rapid, just shift to a renewable energy future that prioritizes the needs and recognizes the past sacrifices of front line peoples who have suffered first and worst from environmental destruction and racism.

We uphold the validity of indigenous treaty rights, nonviolent civil disobedience, and the protection of nature and natural resources without which our lives and the viability and beauty of the natural world are imminently threatened by corporations guided solely by profit, and local, state, and federal authorities in alliance with them.

We concur with the call of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues for a “fair, independent, impartial, open, and transparent process to resolve this serious issue [construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline] and to avoid escalation into violence and further human rights abuses.”

We unequivocally support the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and more than 200 other tribes from North and South America who have gathered in unity and in unprecedented numbers to peacefully and prayerfully oppose construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. We acknowledge that, indeed, Indigenous Peoples were the first climate justice activists.

If constructed, this 1,100-mile, $3.8 billion pipeline would move 400,000 barrels of crude oil from the Bakken oil fields of North Dakota through South Dakota, Iowa, and Illinois, and beneath hundreds of streams, tributaries, and rivers, including the 2,431-mile Missouri River, which provides drinking water to millions. Construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline has begun without the required environmental review procedures. It is violating the historic rights of the Standing Rock Sioux and other tribes, including the right to clean water, and the protection of sacred burial and other ancient cultural sites guaranteed by the Native American Religious Freedom Act of 1978. In addition, the Dakota Access Pipeline project violates agreements made by the U.S. Government with the Great Sioux Nation in the Treaties of Fort Laramie of 1851, 1859, and 1868.

As a climate justice organization, we understand that construction of fossil fuel pipelines endangers the future of Indigenous peoples, humanity as a whole, and the living systems of the Earth. We understand that climate change is a social, racial, and economic justice issue. We stand with the Native American youth of Standing Rock who, courageously and with great foresight, are standing with their elders to protect the waters and lands of the Great Plains, down to the seventh generation.

Bronx Climate Justice North stands with fellow Bronx climate and environmental justice advocates as they stand with Standing Rock. We stand with the growing number of cities, civil society organizations, religious communities, and other non-Indigenous allies that stand with Standing Rock.

We demand an immediate cessation to the destruction of the commons and of sacred Native American burial and cultural sites. We demand an immediate cessation to the abusive, harassing, unconstitutional, and militarized police and private security response to the peaceful Standing Rock protectors – we demand the immediate, respectful restoration and protection of their First Amendment rights. We demand justice, human rights, security, and clean air, lands, and waters for our Native American brothers and sisters and for ourselves.

This is a fight for us all. We are undivided in our need for safe water, safe food, a livable climate, and human rights. We demand a living, vibrant future for our planet. We will continue to resist, and we will support the Standing Rock resistance, until the Dakota Access Pipeline project is terminated.

~ NO DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE ~ WATER IS LIFE ~

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BCJN Needs Your Help… it’s easy, with GoFundMe! Great thanks for donating and spreading the word, via social media and email…

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Dear friends of BCJN:

Please help us raise funds as we move into our third year by donating to our GoFundMe campaign, here: 

https://www.gofundme.com/2dgpgtfg

It takes just moments, and is completely secure. 

As important as donating… spreading the word of this fundraising campaign to anyone you know, in NYC, the U.S., or overseas, who would be keen to help a grassroots climate justice organization!

With great thanks,

The BCJN Steering Committee

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POSTPONED, STAY TUNED: Ramapough Lenape: Solidarity with #NoDAPL in the fight against the Pilgrim pipeline–Sept. 25 (stay tuned for new date)

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Co-sponsored by Bronx Climate Justice North

Facebook event page HERE

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Settling in for the long haul with the protectors of the Great Plains–#NoDAPL #MniWiconi #WaterIsLife

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The news from Standing Rock comes in daily. Stay with it:

Democracy Now!

Indigenous Environmental Network

Indian Country Today Media Network

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Act with Bronx Climate Justice North in Solidarity with #NoDAPL

Thursday, Sept 15, 5:30-7 pm, TD Bank, 281 W. 230th St, Kingsbridge section of the Bronx

Details for BCJN’s action, HERE.

What else?

12 ways you can help the Standing Rock Sioux and more than 100 other Native tribes (#NoDAPL movement) fight the Dakota Access Pipeline:

1. Call North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple at 701-328-2200. You can leave a message stating your thoughts.

2. Sign the petition to the White House to Stop DAPL:https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/…/stop-construction-dakota…

3. Donate to support the Sacred Stone Spirit Camp and the Red Warrior Camp. Details here: https://nodaplsolidarity.org/support-the-camps/

4. Call the White House at (202) 456-1111 or (202) 456-1414. Tell President Obama to rescind the Army Corps of Engineers Permit for the Dakota Access Pipeline.

5. Contribute to the Sacred Stone Camp Legal Defense Fund:https://fundrazr.com/d19fAf

6. Contribute to the Sacred Stone Camp gofundme account:https://www.gofundme.com/sacredstonecamp

7. Call the Army Corps of Engineers and demand that they reverse the permit: (202) 761-5903

8. Sign other petitions asking President Obama to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline. Here’s the latest: https://act.credoaction.com/sign/NoDAPL

9. Call the executives of the companies that are building the pipeline:

a. Lee Hanse
Executive Vice President
Energy Transfer Partners, L.P.
800 E Sonterra Blvd #400
San Antonio, Texas 78258
Telephone: (210) 403-6455
Lee.Hanse@energytransfer.com

b. Glenn Emery
Vice President
Energy Transfer Partners, L.P.
800 E Sonterra Blvd #400
San Antonio, Texas 78258
Telephone: (210) 403-6762
Glenn.Emery@energytransfer.com

c. Michael (Cliff) Waters
Lead Analyst
Energy Transfer Partners, L.P.
1300 Main St.
Houston, Texas 77002
Telephone: (713) 989-2404
Michael.Waters@energytransfer.com

10. Find, join, and organize a local solidarity rally:https://nodaplsolidarity.org/

11. Rally in solidarity with all of NYC: Friday, Sept. 9, 5 pm, Washington Square Park, details HERE

12. Don’t miss the Black Lives Matter #NoDAPL Solidarity Statement

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Echoes of 50 years past: Attack dogs are set on peaceful indigenous protectors defending ancient, sacred burial sites on the N. Dakota plain, September 3, 2016. Democracy Now! was there.

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#NODAPL Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Sues the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to Halt Dakota Access Pipeline and Protect “Sacred Waters”

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Thousands of Native American brothers and sisters are taking part in a spirit camp and rolling direct actions at the northern border of the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota to prevent construction of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). There have been scores of arrests, and in mid-August, the protesters succeeded in gaining a construction halt on a portion of the pipeline. On Wednesday, August 24, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe filed suit in Washington D.C. against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to protect their water and land from the pipeline and halt its construction. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the International Indian Treaty Council have filed an urgent communication to the United Nations citing human rights violations resulting from the pipeline construction. As the action grows, the Sioux have been joined by Comanche, Navaho, Northern Cheyenne and other tribes from Indian Country, as well as by non-native allies.

The Dakota Access Pipeline is a new, 1,172-mile proposed pipeline across the Midwest that would carry 570,000 barrels of oil per day from the Bakken region of northwest N. Dakota to a refinery in Illinois. From there the refined oil would be transported to the East Coast and the Gulf of Mexico. In addition to the danger from oil spills, the pipeline would bring 250,000 tons of carbon per day into the atmosphere.
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Occupying the prairie – tensions rise as tribes move to block a pipeline – New York Times

‘For as long as it takes’ – The Guardian

Native activist Winona LaDuke: ‘Pipeline company Enbridge has no right to destroy our future’ – Democracy Now!

Standing Rock Sioux Chairman: Dakota Access Pipeline is ‘threatening the lives of my tribe’ – Democracy Now!

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#NODAPL defending the Missouri River

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#KeepItInTheGround #NODAPL

 

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