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Jun02

Decolonizing Native Solidarity

Ana Oian Amets's portrait.

 

Pleased to share with you all the audio from ‘Beyond Standing Rock: Indigenous Solidarity & Decolonization’ with Ana Oian Amets.

Part 1

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Event description (from the facebook event page)

Presented by the Lakota Strong Heart Warrior Society and
Philadelphia Be the Change Circle of the Pachamama Alliance

As inspiring as the NoDAPL protests at Standing Rock have been to many, a more aware understanding of Indigenous independence and decolonization is being requested by front-line warriors and groups. Growing this awareness enables allies and activists to provide solidarity that honors the critical relationship between defending Grandmother Earth *and* prioritizing the need to support the grassroots Indigenous people who preserve language and culture necessary for authentic Indigenous independence to renew itself.

Join us Wednesday April 26th to explore real decolonization and Indigenous independence, as well as ways that activists and allies can support these vital movements for Indigenous nationhood beyond the U.S. tribal government system. We will start with a keen and clear analysis of colonization and decolonization, and then grow understanding of current Indigenous independence struggles. Along the way, we will look at unsettling white settler supremacy and how to honor our varied stories while creating relationships of integrity with this continent’s Indigenous peoples and life forms.

Ana Oian Amets (Aquitanian Iladurrak) is a member through customary kinship of the Lakota Strong Heart Warrior Society and the Independent Lakota Nation. She trains extensively on decolonization, independence, Indigenous solidarity, and ancestral recovery for euro-american people. Visit cantetenza.wordpress.com and awakeningthehorse.wordpress.com.

Be sure to check out the Lakota solidarity Project website for more information on how you can support the Lakota people and their grassroots initiatives. If you appreciated Ana’s presentation and would like to support her work, please consider making a donation.

Apr14

Understanding the Syrian Crisis

Tima Kurdi, the aunt of Alan Kurdi, gave a very moving and thought provoking talk at an event sponsored by Temple Students for Justice in Palestine. Her nephew, Alan Kurdi, was the toddler we saw laying dead on a Turkish beach in the now iconic photograph that shows the human tragedy of the Syrian war in one of its most purest and visceral forms. She was part of a panel whose purpose was to deepen our understanding of the complexities of the Syrian conflict and its effects on the Syrian people.

Click here for video of the entire panel including the Q&A session.

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Mar02

Jitish Kallat & Sonia Sanchez

Audio of Jitish Kallat and Sonia Sanchez in conversation at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (moderated by Amanda Sroka). Kallat’s contemporary art exhibit, ‘Covering Letter‘, was the spring board for a wider conversation on the role of the artist in today’s world and the relevance of Gandhi’s ideologies during these times of turmoil, uncertainty, inequality, and violence. Gandhi’s letter to Hitler was brought to life by Kallat in a riveting fashion utilizing words projected onto a screen of fog.

The world we are living in and the challenges we face in some ways mirror the world on the eve of WWII when Gandhi decided to reach out to Hitler and appeal to his (nonexistent) better nature. Sonia Sanchez used poetry and her own sharp insights to orient us and guide the conversation towards an exploration of the sometimes contradictory themes at work in both ‘Covering Letter’ and in our own lives.

Introduction

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Sonia Sanchez Poetry Reading

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Moderated Conversation

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Q&A

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Dec10

PSR Philly: Our Air is Not Clean

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Dr. Marta Guttenberg of the Philadelphia chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility spoke with DGP about the quality of our air, the effects of pollution on the human body, and what we need to do to improve the health and well being of Philly residents. (Interview was recorded on December 8th, 2015)

 

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Click here to check out Philly’s air quality (updated daily).

Report: Philly is third-worst place in U.S. for asthma sufferers

Two dozen permit violations for Point Breeze Refinery

Sep19

Public Hearing on PES Refinery Permits [audio]

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The Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery is applying for permits that would allow it to foul our air with even more toxic chemicals and CO2. Air Management Services (AMS) held a public hearing on September 17th where members of the public voiced our concerns about the refinery and Philadelphia’s possible future as [even more of] a sacrifice zone for the fossil fuel industry.

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Our city is at a crossroads. Will we continue down the same treacherous path we are on, relying on the antiquated, planet and human health destroying fossil fuel industry? Or will we look to a brighter future and embark on a path of clean, sustainable and just renewable energy? It can be done.

Click here and here for more information on Philadelphia Energy Solutions and the impact of refineries on local communities.

Sep17

A Moral Response to the Pope’s Message

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Audio of the ‘Climate, Jobs, Justice: A Moral Response to the Pope’s Urgent Message’ event hosted by the Philadelphia Friends Center

Part I – Forum

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Part II – Audience questions & comments

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From the event’s facebook page:

6:00pm: “A Just Transition” forum with compelling calls to action from community, faith, labor, and health leaders:
-Rabbi Julie Greenberg — Congregation Leyv Ha-Ir–Heart of the City and POWER
-Anthony Giancatarino — Center for Social Inclusion
-Clifton Bennett — Veterans for Clean Air, Sierra Club PA
-Gary Lytle – Sierra Club Pennsylvania
-Susan Saxe — Green Justice Philly
-John Braxton, Co-President Emeritus of Faculty and Staff Federation of Community College of Philadelphia
-Jennifer Hombach – 350 Philadelphia

7:30pm: Inspiring procession from Friends Center through downtown Philadelphia followed by a night vigil at LOVE Park.
-Rev Alison Cornish – PA Interfaith Power and Light
-Sergeant Gerald Brown – Veterans for Clean Air, Sierra Club PA

>>Co-sponsored by:
*350 Philadelphia
*Citizens’ Climate Lobby-Philadelphia Chapter
*Green Justice Philly
*PennEnvironment
*Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light – Philadelphia Chapter
*Physicians for Social Responsibility – Philadelphia
*Sierra Club Southeast PA Beyond Coal Campaign
*Shalom Center

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Sep08

#DalitWomenFight In Philly

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Intro

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Indian activists and freedom fighters have embarked on a tour of the United States to draw attention to the plight of Dalit women suffering under the oppressive and patriarchal Hindu caste system. Dalit people (formerly known as “untouchables”), especially women, are subject to many forms of abuse including rape and murder, and because of the intricacies of the caste system usually have no recourse to justice.

The representatives of the Dalit movement for justice and respect are here in the U.S. asking for solidarity. We must assist them in breaking the silence on behalf of the more than 250 million people forced to live in fear and degradation.

If you would like to support the #DalitWomenFight tour, please donate on Paypal to phillysouthasiancollective@gmail.com, or contact them directly by email to find out how you can help.