The WTO+20 Event Schedule:10:00am-12:00 pm Rally at OCCIDENTAL PARK 3:30pm-6:00pm Trade Justice Workshops @ TOWN HALL Session 1 Environment with Selden Prentice of 350 Seattle and Manuel Pérez Rocha from Institute for Policy Studies Labor Issues in Trade Policy with Motthida Chin from Verité and Barbara Byrd from Oregon AFL-CIO Public Health with Leigh Haynes and Julia Robinson of Peoples' Health Movement and Health Alliance International Immigration with Ricardo Ortega from LELO Session 2 Indigenous Sovereignty and Extractive Industries with John Sirois of the Colville Tribes Labor Activism That Crosses the Border: Past and Future with Oregon Fair Trade Campaign Food Sovereignty with Karen Hansen-Kuhn of the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy WTO Tech, Data, E-Commerce Expansion with Deborah James of Our World is Not For Sale Trade and Militarism with Carly Brook of Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility 7:30pm Keynote with Joseph Stiglitz and Brief Action Orientation with Lori Wallach @ TOWN HALL General admission for the keynote is $20. A limited number of free student tickets are available first-come-first-serve. Scholarships are available--contact Hillary at Hillary@washingtonfairtrade.org for more information.
You are invited to participate in the Climate Reality Project's "24 Hours of Reality" Zoom Conference Call event. CRP was launched by former VP Al Gore to train Climate Justice presenters, several of which are in our community doing great work. Unitarian Universalists from across the nation are honored to be kicking it off Wednesday which begins at 9 AM PST - Here's the link for the UU Wed timetable of presentations beginning at 10AM PST. The link to register for the Zoom Conference Call: https://forms.gle/bJvEpaKkWxWf7rPSA. You will need to register to get the link. Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/441689836539682/ For more information about the entire event: https://www.24hoursofreality.org Please share and Let people know that for everyone who participates, a tree will be planted in the location of their choice – Amazon Rainforest, Andes, Appalachia, Australia, Brazil, British Columbia, California, Colorado, Ethiopia, Florida, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Ontario, Oregon, Quebec, Romania, Rwanda, The Philippines, Uganda or Vietnam!
“On my last day on earth I would plant a tree.” WS Merwin, poetThis amazing effort is being coordinated by: Doris Marlin All Souls Church UU, Washington DC, Green Sanctuary Advisory Board, UUMFE Lay Leader for SLCC Strengthen Local Climate Commitments Climate Reality Leader, Atlanta 2019
Starting in late November, there will be a “Week of Action” from Nov. 29 to Dec. 6, 2019. Fridays for Future is doing a November 29 strike; more information at https://www.fridaysforfuture.org/ Globally people are also doing strikes on November 29 – watch for information at https://www.brightest.io/cause/fridays-for-future/activity/global-climate-strike-november-29th/. There is a map there but no events in Washington yet. Sunrise Movement is holding another US national climate strike on December 6th, pushing for a Green New Deal. Sunrise is also doing sit ins at legislative offices on Dec 6th. More information at www.sunrisemovement.org/climate-strike Next year in April, there are plans for climate strikes starting on Earth Day, April 22.
Our house is on fire and Washington State’s senators aren’t putting it out! We must convince them to extinguish the fire by supporting the Green New Deal. But that will take large-scale, disruptive, direct action - and we need your help! Can you join us in planning our largest action to date to put out the fire? Democracies function when our elected officials listen to the people who elected them. But after multiple visits to our senators’ offices, we still haven’t received a reason why they won’t support the Green New Deal. Every day they delay, our future becomes graver. They need to take action now. The only way they will do that is if we convince them this December through actions like this one! To plan our biggest action yet, we need help from you to recruit other young people to join us, make artwork and posters, gather supplies, spread the word via social media, and much more. To help plan this fun, firefighter themed action, please take 30 seconds to fill out this 5 question form. We can’t do this without your help! Sunrise Movement Seattle sunrisemovement.org Facebook Twitter Instagram
Where: Town Hall Seattle, 1119 8th Ave, Seattle, WA
Community Alliance for Global Justice/AGRA Watch is excited to welcome to Seattle Million Belay, Coordinator of the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa, and Tim Wise, author of Eating Tomorrow: Agribusiness, Family Farmers, and the Battle for the Future of Food (New Press 2019). This event is a rare opportunity to hear directly from one of the leaders of the African food sovereignty movement; in addition to coordinating Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa, Belay is founder of MELCA - Ethiopia, and is an expert and advocate for forestry conservation, indigenous livelihoods and food and seed sovereignty. Belay and Wise will engage in a conversation on the themes of the book, which features stories of the victims of land-grabbing in Mozambique, Monsanto officials trying to push genetically modified corn into Mexico, and Malawian farmers trying to preserve and promote their nutritious native seeds. Vandana Shiva, renowned agroecology activist and author of many books including Soil Not Oil writes, “Eating Tomorrow is a wake-up call about the future of food. Wise describes how agribusiness has transformed agriculture into an extractive industry, destroying the land and farmers.” Watch a video of the launch, which was in NYC with Mark Bittman and Vandana Shiva.
Pre-Event Reception: 6 - 7PM
Join us at Town Hall for a Pre-Event Reception! Please register on CAGJ's website. CAGJ will offer hors d'oeuvres, and guests can purchase drinks from Town Hall's bar. The reception is free, but we appreciate donations.
Speaking Event: 7:30 - 9PM, Doors open at 7PM
As the chaos in the world increases, most ideas of the future become fatalistic. Yet, the situation only seems “hopeless” when viewed from the narrow logic of a collapsing world view. Old ways of seeing the world are blocking more vital paths of imagination, vision and healing. The point is not simply evolution or progress, rather there needs to be a collective rite of passage that transforms our world view. Transformation is required to move us from despair and overwhelm to awakening and imagination. We are either on the way to transformation or on the road to greater tragedy. The agony of the earth calls for each of us to defeat the growing alienation and isolation of life in order to become more human and be more present. The issue is not the pretension of “saving the planet,” but rather finding deeper ways of serving the earth. This world, despite all its troubles, remains a place of ongoing creation. Yet, creation can only work through the souls of those alive at a given time. What we learn from mythic stories and imagination is how our human nature can make us part of the ground of being and the vital pulse of the living world. Join us for an evening of myths of renewal, tales of transformation, and a resounding call to find unity and wholeness in this time of conflict and confusion. Tickets: $15 General / $10 Student. Doors open at 6:30 pm, Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1207 Ellsworth St., Bellingham, WA
“Sustainable means accountable to the future. Unsustainable means unaccountable to the future. Everything else is but a footnote or distraction.” ~ Rev. Michael Dowd
Time: October 20, 2019 from 10:30 am to noon
“A Humble Relationship to Reality.” Rev. Dowd speaks to the intersection of science, inspiration, and sustainability. He will explore healthy vs. unhealthy ways of relating to temporal and spatial reality and offer practical guidance for nurturing a mythic relationship to time and nature that doesn't require believing in anything.
Summit Pre-Event Film: "As Long As the Rivers Run" with Willie and Peggen Frank, Oct. 11, Olympia WA
|Our youth led the way and propelled the Climate Strikes into one of the largest climate strikes in history. We want to center the brilliance and power of our youth and encourage you to build with local youth-led movements and create relationships in an effort to learn and adapt. We’re in awe of the images from around the world, demonstrating the fierce urgency of this movement. UUs came out in the thousands across the country. Our movement is energized! We’re grateful to the youth who are leading this movement around the world and we’re dedicated to continuing to follow their leads and remain committed to fighting for their future now. And as we celebrate what we achieved, we know we have the capacity for more and we are preparing. We have a What's Next? webinar planned for 10/16 so register now.|
The sheer power of the people resisting at this moment is breathtaking. Millions mobilized around the world to demand that our governments address the climate emergency. Thank you for your part in the Global Climate Strikes. We’re in awe of the images from around the world, demonstrating the fierce urgency of this movement. UUs came out in the thousands across the country. Our movement is energized! We’re grateful to the youth who are leading this movement around the world, we’re dedicated to continue to follow their leads and remain committed to fighting for their future now.
And as we celebrate what we achieved this past week, we know we have the capacity for more and we are preparing. We have a What's Next? webinar planned for 10/16 so register now. Below are the three main things we need everyone to do.
Dowd and Barlow are very popular among UU congregations all across the U.S. as they have managed to weave science and religion together into a coherent thought. There are still opportunities to engage these speakers.
More info at: http://www.thegreatstory.org/
The climate strikes of September 20, 2019 involved millions of people all over the world: at least 900 strikes in the U.S. and more than a dozen in Washington State. In Seattle, the largest strike in Washington involved more than 5000, including 2000 from Amazon who converged with those coming from Capitol Hill to city hall. Signs carried by marchers included "Our Children's Future," “If you don’t act like adults We will,” “Act now or swim later,” and “Not the hot girl summer I had in mind,” based on an internet meme. Speakers at city hall emphasized the urgency of the crisis and called for zero emissions by 2030. Just prior to the strike, CEO Jeff Bezos of Amazon said that the company would try to reach zero net emissions by 2040 but his employees demanded faster action.
On Sunday, September 22, MoveOn is joining with other #StrikeWithUs partners to host a national organizing call to hear from climate action leaders, including the youth activists who have led the strikes, about what we can do next. Click here to RSVP for the Climate Crisis National Organizing Call to learn about actions you can take in the weeks and months ahead to build off of the Climate Strike and keep up the momentum. The call will be at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 PT. Just click here to RSVP. You can participate on Sunday from any device with the internet by going to the RSVP page—where you will get immediately plugged into more actions to take to fight the climate crisis. Climate change is a dire crisis that demands urgent, large-scale, collective action at the community, state, regional, national, and global levels. We are seeing a movement emerge that is growing in political strength—forcing political candidates to talk in-depth about climate justice in ways they haven't before and forcing corporations and local governments to act. On this call, you'll learn about some of the opportunities to take action following this historic climate strike.You'll hear from:
- Isra Hirsi, Executive Director of US Youth Climate Strikes and a leader in tomorrow's strike, about plans for future strikes and escalations;
- Monica Mohapatra, from 350.org, about continuing actions around the country next week as part of an entire week of action on climate justice;
- Jon Barton, Deputy Director at the Service Employees International Union, on how to get engaged locally;
- And more!
Backbone Campaign Offers Organizing and Banner Design Aid for Global Climate Strike: Webinar Sept. 10, 5:00 pm
Backbone Campaign is moving our normal Monthly Organizing Call date up a bit in anticipation of the Global Climate Strike happening Sept 20-27.RSVP HERE
- want to connect with a light team in your city and help with projection
- need a banner tool kit so that you, with a small group of friends, can deploy banners over freeways or in other locations
- want to reserve an LED banner, for high visibility night-time messaging
- need imagery to make your action pop, including an inflatable pipeline (our two globes have been reserved already for DC and Vashon/Seattle)
- are local and can join us in our Vashon warehouse and make your banners for the Climate Strike, Wednesdays, Sept 11th and Sept 18th
Get your congregation involved in the Climate Strike! Reach out to your minister and worship planning team and share these Climate Strike worship materials curated by Rev. Peggy Clarke. Reach out to your church board, to your social justice and environmental committees — this is a time to bring our UU community and values out of the pews and into the streets!
(The link has suggestions for order of service, sermons, readings and hymns.)
The UUA, Side With Love, and UU Ministry for Earth Join with the Global Climate Strike-#StrikeWithUs, Sept. 20, 2019, various locations.
Sixteen-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg asks this question, and we’re asking people of faith to respond. We UUs know that all that exists is part of an interdependent web. What we do matters. We must show up for each other now.
Are you ready to demand a just and sustainable world? A right to a future for our youth and young adults? Sign up here for the Sept. 20th Global Climate Strike and Week of Action by locating an event near you and you will be in touch with local organizers. This information will also be shared with us so that we can mobilize UUs as powerfully as possible.
On September 20, three days before the UN Climate Summit in NYC, young people and adults will strike all across the US and the world to demand transformative action be taken to address the climate crisis. We know governments won’t deliver climate action and justice on their own, so we’re going on #climatestrike to show them what people power is capable of creating. The strikes are just the beginning of an escalated movement where millions will take to the streets to demand action now, especially for those most impacted by climate change who have done the least to cause it. Climate breakdown isn’t inevitable. We know the solutions we need including a just transition away from the exploitative fossil fuel economy. We’re inviting you to join other UUs and faith groups and millions more -- we have the power to make them happen.
Here’s what’s already happening among UUs: