We find ourselves in New York City, at the Guggenheim with Google, to hold a workshop that explores what role technology plays in relating to our habitat in the future. Our digital community plays such a vital role in allowing us to communicate stories, at the same time, technology is keeping us wired, tired, & lonelier than ever, & eroding the possibilities for fair elections & democracy. In fact, data has surpassed oil as the largest commodity moving across the planet. So can technology re-introduce slowness, pleasure, & renewal in our relationship with Earth?
From the Bakken oil fields to Standing Rock, and to the Bayou Bridge, from the Canadian Tar Sands to the Keystone XL and Kinder Morgan pipelines, to the Northwest coastal Salish Sea, Indigenous peoples are standing up to private corporations and governments that want to treat their ceded or UN-ceded territories, waters and lands, as a sacrifice zone for profit. Native Nations have inherent and the legal rights to decide what happens to their land, their waters, air, sacred sites and the climate.
The Protecting Mother Earth (PME) conference 2018 is slated to be held in the Nisqually Nation territory, near Olympia, Washington. The four day outdoor conference will be held at a location known as Franks Landing. The Nisqually are known as the southern Coast Salish people. The conference is a call to action for Indigenous peoples of North America to build narrative and action leading to a response to the protection of Native rights, treaties and the protection of the sacredness of Mother Earth and Father Sky.
The PME conference will be a convergence of US and Canadian Indigenous grassroots, frontline communities and Native Nations –First Nations (Tribal governmental leaders-Chief an Council) to articulate the political moment for building strategic opposition, shifting power, strengthening the popular momentum (from Standing Rock) and confronting the challenges of a new U.S. administration that is weakening protection mechanisms of mining, sacred sites-national monuments and fast-tracking dirty energy development in “Indian Country”. As exemplified by the Dakota Access Pipeline, the Army Corp of Engineers and the U.S. administration rejected the Standing Rock Sioux Tribes’ request to have a full environmental impact study before any final decision is made to drill under the Missouri River. The U.S. administration blatantly disregarded tribal sovereignty.
The PME convergence will also strengthen the Indigenous Rising movement to influence and build power with broader environmental-climate-social justice allies on intersectional issues. Rapid response efforts will be a long term organizing strategy for political, social, cultural and economic power building. From an indigenous organizing perspective, it is generally known that Indigenous peoples in the US do not have sufficient political power for change, thus, justifying a need for multi-sectoral collaborative campaigns and alliance building
The Protecting Mother Earth Gathering will plan for a combination of outdoor and indoor facilities with camp-out facilities, with inside and outside workshops and plenary sessions. The Franks Landing We-Het-Lut K-12 School will provide use of its building. Nearby motel accommodations will be available for elder, handicap and those preferring indoor overnight accommodations. The PME has an indigenous spiritual foundation with the lighting of a sacred Fire that remains lit for four days.
Tickets/ By Donation
Location/ Frank's Landing; Nisqually Territories, near Olympia WA
More Info & Register/ www.eventbrite.com/e/protecting-mother-earth-conference-tickets-44528786800
How do journalists tell stories that inspire and motivate people? How do journalists tell stories that are intimate without losing track of the bigger picture? How can journalism cut through the incessant clickbait, loneliness and removal of our current media environment? Conventional objectivity asks journalists to pretend that we aren't in relationship with our subjects in order to maintain our integrity.
This roundtable discussion will explore other models for journalistic integrity. We'll bust through the myth of objectivity to explore how storytellers connect with our subjects– and how connection can help us tell stories that matter. The discussion will be moderated by Ayana Young of the For the Wild Podcast, and include Lewis Wallace of Scalawag Magazine, Jade Begay of Indigenous Rising.
Session Title/ Roundtable: Objectivity, Intimacy and Integrity
Location/ Detroit, Michigan