Juneteenth Commemoration: Watch Gary Younge Interview

In commemoration of Juneteenth, and the abolition of state-sactioned slavery, but not racism in the United States, GJEP posts this very informative video from Gary Younge. In the video, Younge comments on the latest uprisings across the US and the world following the murder of George Floyd and how they link to the broader need to transform the systems driving injustice.  An excerpt from the video:

“When I think about these latest protests, my hope resides in the fact that, first of all they seem to be multi-racial, which in America is no mean thing … and the fact that there has been a cross-pollination of this across the globe, and that it raises people’s consciousness about what black people are living with all the time.  And what one hopes is that we can connect that awareness to a broader awareness about what we’re all living with all the time.  So that whenever people are questioning Capitalism, the State or racial hierarchies, there’s a chance.  And that’s where the hope resides.  But it’s not a passive hope.  It has to be an active hope.  Martin Luther King said the arc of history is long, but it bends toward justice, but it doesn’t bend by itself.  That’s for us to put our shoulder to it and make it bend toward justice.”

Gary Younge is an award-winning author, broadcaster and academic based in London. Formerly a columnist at The Guardian he has been appointed Professor  of sociology at Manchester University. He is also the Alfred Knobler Fellow for Type Media in America. He has written five books: Another Day in the Death of America, A Chronicle of Ten Short Lives; The Speech, The Story Behind Martin Luther King’s Dream; Who Are We?, And Should it Matter in the 21st century; Stranger in a Strange Land, Travels in the Disunited States and No Place Like Home, A Black Briton’s Journey Through the Deep South. He has made several radio and television documentaries on subjects ranging from gay marriage to Brexit.

Webinar Series: Why importing Canadian hydroelectricity is a bad deal for New York and front line communities

North American Megadam Resistance Alliance

 Part 1 of 3 Part Webinar Series 
Why Importing Canadian Hydroelectricity is a Bad Deal for New York and Front Line Communities 

Part 1: Webinar: Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Social justice, climate & New York’s pursuit of Canadian hydroelectricity
Presentation (recorded) 7-8 p.m.
Discussion (not recorded) 8-8:30 p.m.

Registration Required (click here to register)

Why Blackstone’s proposed CHPE transmission corridor to import more Hydro-Quebec hydroelectricity is not clean energy, perpetuates environmental destruction and supports government-sponsored racism and discrimination against Indigenous and frontline communities in Canada.Gov. Cuomo and Mayor DeBlasio are promoting Blackstone Group’s $3 billion Champlain Hudson Power Express (CHPE) transmission corridor as a climate and economic solution for New York. In reality, CHPE is a bad deal for New York. It is unjust and puts the negative burdens of New York’s energy demand on marginalized Indigenous and frontline communities in Canada. CHPE cannot deliver jobs or help New York’s economy and is a financial boondoggle by Blackstone to tap into government COVID-19 bailout money intended for struggling Americans, not Wall St. financiers.

This webinar will focus on Blackstone’s current attempt to reroute the corridor through public roads and waterways turning them into an energy highway for private profit.

Join our webinar to hear from front line communities and experts about the other side of the “clean” Canadian hydropower story.

7 p.m.- 8 p.m.

Meg Sheehan, Coordinator, North American Megadam Resistance Alliance: overview and CHPE rerouting proposal.

Denise Cole, Southern Inuit, Labrador Land Protectors and Grand Riverkeeper Labrador: View from the front lines: Indigenous rights and Canadian hydropower development.

Jacqui Drechsler, Rockland County, New York: what CHPE’s rerouting proposal means for local communities in Rockland County.

Wyldon Fishman, Director, New York Solar Energy Society: conservation, efficiency and local renewable preferences.

Peter Kelly-Detwiler, Northbridge Energy Partners: Hydro-Quebec’s supply constraints, new dams for export and alternative renewable energy options.

8 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.: Q and A
Registration required. Join us for an informative perspective on this important issue!

Watch: Powerful poem by 14 year old at BLM protest

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.


Watch: Mike Africa Jr. On Revolutionary Action

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.

Mike Africa, Jr. is a member of The MOVE Organization, a revolutionary, a conscious hip hop artist and a motivational resilience speaker who pushes his revolutionary message with his stage performances, tackling issues such as mass incarceration, police brutality, environmental protection, systematic oppression…
[This video was shot by Global Justice Ecology Project’s Press Secretary, Steve Taylor, during the North American Forest and Climate Movement Convergence. It was convened by Global Justice Ecology Project, Shawnee Forest Defense! and the Indigenous Environmental Network in southern IL’s Shawnee National Forest from 11 – 14 October 2019.]

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.

Let’s use these victories to encourage people to continue to press on in revolutionary action – Mike Africa, Jr.
More from MOVE:

We don’t believe in this reform world system – the government, the military, industry and big business. They have historically abused, raped and bartered life for the sake of money. These rulers and policymakers don’t care who they kill, enslave, cripple, poison or disease in their quest for money. They have made material wealth a priority over life. Marvels of science and technological so-called advancements all stem from the system’s greed for money and disrespect for life. But a person who is suffocating or drowning doesn’t call out for diamonds, gold, or wads of money. The person will do all in their power for a breath of air, because air is a necessity and money is worthless.

Powerful Photos Document the Ongoing Fight Against Racist Hate and Sanctioned Killings

We share this photo essay because it documents people across the US taking back their power.  Even as the officials in Minneapolis are downplaying what was clearly pre-meditated murder, activists, students, mothers, and more are preparing for the next day of struggle.  GJEP stands in solidarity with these brave people drawing the line and saying no more.

If you can’t join the protests, or support them directly, Rising Tide North America suggests these actions you can take:

Please donate to support people on the ground in Minnesota:

  1. George Floyd’s family GoFundMe page, set up for his memorial.
  2. Reclaim the Block which works to defund the police and decrease police budgets.

Protests Over George Floyd’s Death

From Minneapolis to Los Angeles, thousands of people across the US took to the streets to protest the death of George Floyd.

by Kate Bubacz, May 29, 2020

    On Monday, George Floyd died begging for breath while a Minneapolis police officer used a knee chokehold on his neck for eight minutes. Police said they took Floyd into custody after being called about reports of a forgery. A video of his death went viral. On Tuesday, four police officers involved in the arrest were fired, but the officer seen crushing Floyd’s neck was not arrested.

    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.

    view the photo essay here