At this Black Lives Matter protest in St. Louis, a 14 year old girl relates a poem that powerfully describes what it is like to grow up black in the U.S.
Video by Steve Taylor, GJEP Press Secretary.
This video, filmed on 11 October 2019, is extremely relevant in light of the George Floyd murder by the Minneapolis Police Department and the subsequent protests that are happening nationally and internationally.
MOVE is a black liberation group founded in 1972 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania by John Africa. The group suffered two major attacks by the Philadelphia Police Department. In 1978, a standoff resulted in the death of one police officer, injuries to several other people, and life sentences for nine members who were convicted of killing the officer. In 1985, another confrontation ended when a police helicopter dropped a bomb on their row house. The resulting fire killed eleven MOVE members, including five children, and destroyed 65 houses in the neighborhood.
Mike is the son of two political prisoners who were recently released from prison after 40 years. Secretly born in a Philadelphia prison following a police raid on his family’s home, Mike was taken from his mother and placed in an orphanage where he was physically and mentally abused. At age 13, Mike began using his music to raise awareness in the hopes of gaining support to get his parents home; finally on 16 June 2018 after 40 years in prison, Mike finally got his mother released. Four months later on 23 October 2018 Mike got his father released.
Protests against police brutality and the Minneapolis Police Department have escalated over the past three days. Demonstrators overtook the Third Precinct on Thursday night, and the National Guard was called in after significant property damage. Protests against police brutality and in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement have also erupted in Los Angeles, New York, Memphis, Denver, and Louisville.
Global Justice Ecology Project’s staff and board of directors sends heartfelt condolences to Chaz Wheelock’s family, friends and colleagues – especially those at Indigenous Environmental Network, which he co-founded in 1990. We had the honor of working with Chaz closely last year in the planning of The Resurgence: 2019 North American Forest & Climate Movement Convergence. Chaz was on the coordinating committee of the gathering that was held last October in southern Illinois, as were we.
We are saddened to say farewell, but we know his work will continue and not be forgotten.
The following video was filmed at the Convergence. Chaz, who lives on the Oneida Indian Reservation, discusses environmental racism, the delisting of a local superfund site, and a problematic landfill. He describes the need for a new equation of land, labor, capitol and culture to address issues going forward. Networking, the merging of the “old school”, “new school” and “future school” are also addressed.
Steve Taylor, Press Secretary for Global Justice Ecology Project, shot the above video and had this to say, ” I did not know Chaz long, but having spent a little time with him I was very impressed with his passion for justice and his utmost sincerity. Since the convergence I have thought of several things he had said. I regret not having the opportunity to get to know him better, and I was looking forward to meeting him again. My condolences especially for those who know him much longer than I.”
The Indigenous Environmental Network posted this morning:
The Indigenous Environmental Network is saddened to announce one of our co-founders Charles “Chaz” Tsyaktati Wheelock is making his final journey to be with his Oneida relatives who have gone before. Chaz was one of IEN’s founders in 1990 and was still working with us on our Save Our Roots: No GE Trees on Native Lands campaign; curriculum planning with our Indigenous Just Transition initiative; and networking on building constructive dialogue between labor and our frontline communities. Read more here.
Condolences can be sent to:
Family of Chaz Wheelock
Via Oneida Nation
P.O. Box 71
Oneida, WI 54155
Geoengineering Monitor 19 May 2020
Coraina de la Plaza, GFC, Spain
May 22nd is International Day for Biological Diversity, and the theme chosen by the United Nations this year is “Our solutions are in nature”. This is a clear reference to Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) as a strategy for mitigating climate change and biodiversity loss. At the forefront of these so-called solutions is afforestation, where vast areas of commercial monoculture tree plantations are set to be planted across the globe in order to soak up carbon from the atmosphere. In many cases, polluting industries will then be able to buy credits generated by these plantations to offset the carbon that they will keep pumping back into the atmosphere.
In response, the Global Forest Coalition is saying #OurNatureIsNotYourSolution, to denounce false solutions to the climate and biodiversity crises and the corporate capture of policy-making. GFC is asking member groups and allies to join in on social media on the 22nd against NBS greenwashing, and to spotlight ecosystem-based, community-led and gender-responsive approaches that are of far more benefit to the climate, biodiversity and communities.
Despite the urgency set out in the Paris Agreement and its 1.5°C target, governments and corporations have continued with business as usual, and many of the mitigation commitments made to face the climate emergency are still heavily focused on false solutions. These include carbon offsets, emissions trading and monoculture tree plantations. Increasingly supported with climate finance, these commercial activities dressed up as emissions reductions are little more than greenwashing.
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