California Indian tribal groups marching for Climate Jobs and Justice leading the march. Native News Online photographs by Nanette Deetz
Published September 10, 2018
SAN FRANCISCO — This past Saturday, September 8, 2018, 30.000 people from California and around the world marched with expressions of art, song, dance, speakers, and energy to send a resounding message ahead of Gov. Jerry Brown’s “Global Climate Action Summit” scheduled for September 12-14. This “climate summit” will include meetings of public officials and corporate executives representing various extraction and fossil fuel companies. Marchers are demanding an end to fossil fuel extraction and real solutions to the climate crisis.
Recently Gov. Brown signed a bill to block new oil drilling on public lands in California, while approving 21,000 new oil and gas permits, an oil industry written cap and trade program, the pollution of California’s aquifers with toxic oil waste, irrigation of crops with oil waste water, and fracking still permitted in nearly every county in California. Between 2012 and 2017, Brown’s administration issued 238 permits for new state wells in existing offshore leases within three miles of the coast. It is this hypocrisy that marchers and the people of California are demanding an end, and for real climate leadership.
Saturday’s march was supported by over 300 organizations that included indigenous-led groups, labor organizations, environmental and climate justice groups, communities of faith, immigrant justice organizations, youth, and many more. All of the organizations and speakers urged Gov. Jerry Brown and summit attendees to support community-led solutions from those most heavily impacted by fossil fuel pollution and climate change.
Corrina Gould (Chochenyo Ohlone) Confederated Villages of Lisjan/Ohlone and co-founder of Indigenous People Organizing for Change.
The march began with speakers from those communities most harmed by the climate crisis. Corrina Gould, who represents the Confederated Villages of Lisjan/Ohlone and a member of the Chochenyo Ohlone tribe of California Indians was the first to speak. She is also the co-founder of Indigenous People Organizing for Change.
#Indigenous Women Rising marching for Missing and Murdered Indian Women
Indigenous California tribal groups from Northern California were well represented, and led the march. Eagle feather staffs were carried at the front of the march by members of AIM West and other long time activists. Behind the California Indian nations, an inter-tribal group of women and men carried a banner declaring, “No More Missing and Murdered Indian Women” and brought attention to the media non-reporting of so many missing and exploited Native American Indian women due to the oil industry and “man camps.” These women carried hand-drums and sang throughout the entire 1.6-mile route.
“We are in a time of urgency and are being called to our sacred responsibility to protect our Mother Earth and the next seven generations. There is no time to wait. The time is now,” said Corrina Gould, co-founder Indigenous People Organizing for Change.
“We’re sending a message to elected officials and corporate executives gathering next week that we need equitable, community led solutions, not profit-driven approaches like cap and trade,” said Miya Yoshitani, executive director of APEN (Asian Pacific Environmental Network), who acted as emcee for the speakers.
“Tens of thousands of us are demanding that Jerry Brown and other officials listen to our communities and stand against the commodification of nature. We’re stopping pipelines, and demanding a managed and just transition off of fossil fuels,”stated Pennie Opal Plant, co-founder of Idle No More SF Bay.
Candi Mossett-White and Tom Goldtooth, Indigenous Environmental Network
“Our issue now is the corporate take over from California to the rest of the world. We’ve seen buy-outs of our air, and water. We’re here to say that it is about communities, not corporations. Cap and trade is commodity driven. Our trees are not for sale. We want real solutions,” said Tom Goldtooth, executive director of Indigenous Environmental Network.
“I’m here from North Dakota where the oil industry continues polluting our water, air, and land. The people are dying. I’m sick and tired of being told everything is based on supply and demand. Who will speak on our behalf if not us? We want a just transition to small, distributed solar power, and a return to sustainable, local food and water,” stated Candi Mossett-White, also with Indigenous Environmental Network.
Mirian Cisneros, president of Kichwa of Sarayaku, Ecuador, Amazon
“I come from where the forests, rivers, and mountains have life. I come from where human beings and Mother Earth live in harmony, from Kawsak Sacha, the living forest. Our community has fought against oil drilling in the Amazon rain forest for years. We want the world to know our communities have innovative solutions to climate change, like our proposal to provide permanent protection to all forests and life,” Mirian Cisneros, president of the Kichwa people of Sarayaku, in the Ecuadorian Amazon said,
The march ended at Civic Center plaza where artists and volunteers created the largest scale street mural using natural clay and charcoal from areas in California impacted by recent wildfires.
For other events happening from September 10-14th organized by Sol2Sol contact: www.ItTakesRoots.org
Nanette Bradley Deetz is Dakota (Crow Creek, S.D.) and Cherokee. She as a B.A. & M.A. from UCLA in Theater/Dance and has appeared in numerous plays and in the original film version of “Carrie” and in “1941” with the late John Belushi.
Idle No More 50-foot mural painted on the street in San Francisco Civic Center Plaza
Marchers touching the earth for a 2 minute silent prayer