August 2020

Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Valarie Kaur 'Birthing in Revolutionary Love' at Bioneers



In Memory of Balbir Singh Sodhi
Murdered in a hate crime for wearing a turban in Mesa, Arizona
Sept. 15, 2001
           
Birthing in Revolutionary Love

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. -- Valarie Kaur began her talk on Revolutionary Love with thanks to the Miwok people and ancestors.
"What if this not the darkness of the tomb, but the darkness of the womb?"
Speaking to those gathered at the Bioneers Conference, Valarie said the murder of her Sikh friend, an uncle, on the streets of Mesa, Arizona, made her an activist.
"Hate crimes have skyrocketed."

Climate Justice: A Voice from Mississippi at Bioneers



The face of climate justice today

By Brenda Norrell

Censored News

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. -- With joy and the heart of a mother, Mississippi activist Heather McTeer Toney rallied those gathered at the Bioneers Conference to realize that they are the face of the climate justice movement today.

Toney, is the National Field Director of Moms Clean Air Force. Toney was born and raised in Greenville, Mississippi. She was elected Greenville's first African-American, first female, and youngest ever Mayor at the age of 27. After her 2nd term, she became Regional Administrator for the EPA’s Southeast Region, appointed by President Obama.

Nina Simons on 'Living Juicy' and remembering her mother at Bioneers


Migrant children in cages and missing and murdered Indigenous women remembered, as Nina Simons remembers her own mother and Mother Earth


By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. -- Cofounder of Bioneers Nina Simons remembered her mother as the Bioneers Conference began on Friday, "She showed me how we can reshape ourselves at any age," Nina told the crowd gathered for the 30th anniversary Bioneers Conference. The think tank on climate, nature, the arts, democracy and the future, includes 250 Indigenous participants and 51 Native presenters.
Nina said we must not focus only on hope and beginnings, but on history, while reclaiming our connection to our own Spirit and Mother Earth.