Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

September 18, 2019

WECAN: Women Ready for Climate Strike! Sept. 20 -- 27, 2019

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Dear Friends and Allies,

This September 20th through 27th, WECAN International is honored to collaborate with a broad coalition of organizations to heed the urgent call of young people worldwide calling for a Climate Strike. We also will be engaging at many events in New York City during Climate Week, including the United Nations Climate Action Summit, as we highlight the role of women's leadership in the fight for climate justice.

We hope that you will join us in taking action, whether it be at one of our upcoming events or Women for Climate Justice contingents, or actions where ever you are located. It is a critical time to stand up for our planet, our communities, and our youth - we welcome you to participate!

Our collective movements know that we need bold, immediate and fierce changes now. Together we hold the solutions needed to address the climate crisis, and at WECAN, we will continue to uplift women's voices and community-led pathways forward at the local, national, and global level.

We very much appreciate your support for 
our advocacy efforts this September!

EVENT: Women on the Frontlines of Climate Solutions
September 24, 2019

In the face of the hottest temperatures ever recorded and the devastating impacts of environmental degradation, the solutions of women on the frontlines of the climate crisis could not be more important. Women have always been on the frontlines, now it is time for us to be recognized at the forefront of climate solutions.
With this in mind, we welcome you to join WECAN International for a public event highlighting the work and projects of WECAN International and women from diverse regions who are leading resistance movements and divestment campaigns, protecting forests and reforesting, advocating for Indigenous rights and climate solutions, and so much more.
WHAT: Women on the Frontlines of Climate Solutions
WHEN: Tuesday, September 24, 2019, 5:00 - 6:30 PM ET
WHERE: Church Center of the United Nations - CCUN, 777 United Nations Plz, New York, New York 10017. Please note that the venue name can be misleading, this is not a religious event nor a United Nations event.
ABOUT THE EVENT: We know that we are in dire need of a paradigm shift and an upwelling of global action, if we want to take meaningful action on the climate crisis. It is critical that women worldwide are engaged in policy advocacy, on-the-ground projects, direct action, trainings, and movement building for global climate justice. 
During this event, WECAN International is honored to announce our Global Hubs; facilitate an in-depth conversation on our political analysis, current programs, projects and campaigns (including 'Women for Forests' from the Tongass to the Amazon to the Democratic Republic of Congo; Indigenous Women's Divestment Delegations; Women Speak Media; and other projects); share our goals for the upcoming UN climate talks; and uplift the stories and actions of women globally who are rising for climate justice.
This event is free and open to the public, however due to security in this part of the city because of the UN General Assembly, registration is required. Please use the simple portal on WECAN International's website to register and print your invitation, which you need to bring with you along with ID:
EVENT: Feminist Agenda for a Green New Deal
September 24, 2019

The proposed Green New Deal has sparked an important, overdue national conversation around the urgent work needed to confront the global climate crisis, and it also offers a foundation for movement building, education and strategic advocacy. In this moment where climate has broken more prominently onto the national stage, consistently ranked as the number one issue for voters across the United States, critical feminist and climate justice voices have stepped up to offer important perspectives on bringing an intersectional and feminist perspective to the policy discussion.

Join a collective of women's groups for the launch event!

WHAT: Launch of a Feminist Agenda for the Green New Deal

WHEN: Tuesday, September 24, 2019, 6:45 - 8:00 PM ET

WHERE: Church Center of the United Nations, - CCUN, 777 United Nations Plz, New York, New York 10017. Please note that the venue name can be misleading, this is not a religious event nor a United Nations event.

Global Climate Strikes
September 20, 2019

This September, millions of us will walk out of our workplaces and homes to join young climate strikers on the streets and demand an end to the age of fossil fuels and real action on a just and healthy future.

WECAN International will be in action on each coast in the United States for the upcoming Global Climate Strike, rallying in solidarity with young activists and organizers in New York City and as part of the San Francisco Global Climate Strike Women for Climate Justice Contingent.

We are heeding the call of millions of youth leaders around the globe, and together, we will sound the alarm and show our politicians that business as usual is no longer an option. The climate crisis won't wait, so neither will we.

Find all the details for joining WECAN International, participating in your hometown, or organizing a local strike down below - we look forward to standing with you to demand climate justice and a healthy and just world for our youth and future generations.

Please check out this toolkit to plan your own Women for Climate Justice Contingent:
'Women for Climate Justice' Contingent at the Global Climate Strike in San Francisco 

Please join WECAN International in San Francisco as we organize together as women, girls, allies, and a diverse coalition of women's groups, climate justice organizations, and others - to strike together in solidarity as part of the Global Climate Strike.

WHAT: Bay Area Youth Led Climate Strike - Women for Climate Justice Contingent

WHEN: Friday, September 20, 2019, 10:00 AM PT

WHERE: The Women for Climate Justice Contingent will first meet at Focaccia Market Bakery on the corner of Mission and 8th Street at 10:00 am, then walk to the strike starting point at the San Francisco Federal Building.

Please be welcome to copy and share this email, the facebook event, or this Instagram post to invite your friends, colleagues, and allies to participate in the Global Climate Strike.
New York City
Global Climate Strike

WECAN International will also be on the ground at the New York City Climate Strike with Greta Thunberg and many remarkable youth leaders. We will rally and march through downtown Manhattan to demand real action by our elected officials and live-stream the voices of young women striking for the climate. 

WHAT: New York City Climate Strike

WHEN: Friday, September 20, 2019, 12:00 PM ET

WHERE: Foley Square, New York City, NY 10013

If you would like to join WECAN International at the strike in New York please meet us at the Triumph of the Human Spirit statue. This large black granite sculpture is located at the fountain at Foley Square (opposite the US Court House).

WECAN International is also co-organizing with other organizations, the #CancelBolsonaro Climate Strike Contingent and march with youth and Indigenous leaders from Brazil and all over the world. This contingent will meet on the southwest corner of Franklin St. and Lafayette St. before the strike. Please find more details on the Facebook event.
New York City Vigil for the Amazon: 
End Corporate Deforestation
September 23, 2019

Art by Jhon Cortes

On Monday, September 23rd, WECAN International is co-organizing with other national and local organizations at the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) to hold a vigil for the Amazon and demand member companies immediately cut all ties to deforestation. 

WHAT: Vigil for the Amazon: End Corporate Deforestation

WHEN: Monday, September 23, 2019, 6:00 PM EST

WHERE: Convene at 101 Park Ave, New York, New York 10017

WHY: Ten years ago many of the world's largest and most trusted brands pledged to end deforestation across their supply chains by 2020. Yet, they continue to buy from the same agribusiness suppliers that are consistently furthering deforestation efforts. Forests around the world are suffocating as corporate agribusiness interests take control of policymakers and burn the land for their profits.
It is time for companies that have made 2020 no-deforestation commitments to immediately suspend contracts with suppliers who continue to destroy the forest.
Protect Forests By Ending Tropical Forest Offsets
San Francisco, September 19, 2019

On Thursday, September 19th a global Indigenous delegation and their allies, including WECAN International, will advocate at the California Air Resources Board meeting in Sacramento, CA. This group of Indigenous leaders from Mexico, Brazil, Ecuador, Indonesia and Kenya has traveled to California to testify at the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and to Governor Gavin Newsom about how dangerous the Tropical Forest Standard is to Indigenous and frontline communities, and to the climate. WECAN International will be on the ground to demand that CARB reject the Tropical Forest Standard. 

WHAT: Protect Our Forests By Ending Tropical Forest Offsets

WHEN: Thursday, September 19, 2019, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM PT

WHERE: California Environmental Protection Agency Byron Sher Auditorium 2nd Floor, 1001 I Street, Sacramento, California 95814

WHY: The tropical forest offsets that the California Air Resources Board (CARB) is promoting are false solutions in light of the recent Intercontinental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report which indicates that to prevent climate catastrophe the world must dramatically cut emissions at source in the next 12 years (now 11 years).

Offsets do not result in a reduction of emissions, but rather allow big polluters such as refineries to release more greenhouse gasses legally. This further harms our communities, who have historically suffered from carbon co-pollutants. It also distracts from the only strategy that can work: ending emissions at their source. Tropical forest offset programs pose serious risks to human and Indigenous rights. The market linkages proposed by CARB subject Indigenous Peoples to grossly disproportionate economic power, intimidation, and coercion and typically fail to obtain meaningful Free, Prior, Informed Consent.

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Activists Respond to Trumps Attacks on the Tongass

Recently, President Trump called for U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to exempt Alaska's 16.7-million-acre Tongass National Forest from logging restrictions imposed nearly 20 years ago.

This is the newest in a long line of attacks on the 2001 Roadless Rule, a critical bill for protecting forests in the United States, including the Tongass National Forest, from further extractive industries. Rolling back the Roadless Rule in the Tongass will lead to devastating industrial logging, destruction of Indigenous life-ways and wildlife habitat, and further harm to the climate. Along with allied organizations, we are fighting back!

Indigenous, local, and national activists are coming together to speak loudly and act boldly to ensure that the Tongass is never opened up to industrial-scale logging and extraction ever again. 

To learn more about the ongoing protection and advocacy efforts for the Tongass please watch The Real News Network's interview with WECAN International's Executive Director, Osprey Orielle Lake.

Indigenous Leaders Fight To Save America's Largest National Forest

Thank you for the many ways you support our efforts!

For the Earth and All Generations,

The WECAN International Team
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