Welcome to the 2016 Connect the Dots
Refinery Corridor Healing Walks
#1 - Saturday, April 16
#2 - Sunday, May 15
#3 - Saturday, June 11
#4 - Sunday, July 17
There are 5 oil refineries along the Northeast San Francisco Bay
Tesoro - Shell - Valero - Conoco Phillips 66 - Chevron
Plus a Koch Bros. Petcoke Facility & proposal for the WesPac oil terminal in Pittsburg
WesPac Oil Terminal NO LONGER PROPOSED - THE PEOPLE WON!
These are Nonviolent Walks Led by Native Americans in Prayer
Join us as we walk in prayer & conversation for:
Clean Air, Water & Soil
Safe Jobs, Roads, Railroads & Waterways
A Vibrantly Healthy Future for All Children
A Just Transition to Safe & Sustainable Energy
You can join us at any time during the day of the walks.
Call this number for questions about the walk and to find out where we are the day of the walks: (510) 619-8279 - Melinda Micco, Idle No More SF Bay
About the Walks:
There is a long history in Native America of these types of healing walks. The Refinery Corridor Healing Walks were inspired by the Tar Sands Healing Walks in Alberta, Canada, the Longest Walks, and the Peace & Dignity Journeys.
In January of 2014, Idle No More SF Bay decided to organize a series of healing walks along the refinery corridor of the Northeast San Francisco Bay. After the success of the first year the group agreed to a four year commitment of organizing the walks through 2017.
Front-line activists living along the corridor joined them and created the Bay Area Refinery Corridor Coalition (BARCC). Working together, these two groups organized the healing walks to bring attention to the health risks and dangers that the refineries pose and the explosive crude by rail coming through the communities from the Alberta tar sands and the Bakken oil fields. The groups also decided to begin a process to envision a just transition to a clean and safe energy future and an economy that supports everyone. Walkers are invited to write or draw these ideas on muslin squares at the end of each walk (see photos below). These squares will be sewn into quilts. The quilts from 2014 will be shown at all of the walks.
We are walking as a commitment to Mother Earth and life on her beautiful belly. We walk as a commitment to clean air, soil and water. Members of Idle No More SF Bay conduct prayers at each refinery and toxic sites along the way. Prayers for the waters are conducted by Native American women at the beginning and end of each walk.
You are invited to join us...
For the past two years, thanks to 350.org, we have had front-line Indigenous activists join us for the Refinery Healing Walks. This has been very effective in understanding the journey of oil from the extractive sites such as the tar sands in Alberta, Canada and the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota, to other refinery towns such as around Houston, Texas and our own 5 refineries here in the San Francisco Bay Area. Thanks to 350.org, we will be bringing more frontline activists working for clean water, air and soil to upcoming Refinery Healing Walks.
Our guests for the 2016 Walks:
Walk #4: Kandi Mossett, Arikara/Mandan/Hidatsa from North Dakota, is the Native Energy & Climate Campaign Organizer for the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) and has emerged as a leading voice in the fight to bring visibility to the impact that climate change and environmental injustice are having on Indigenous communities across North America. Kandi’s message is: “Above all, fight to protect all life; be a voice for all those that can’t speak and never give up hope.” Always remember, “You’re not guaranteed change when you make your voice heard against injustice; but you’re guaranteed to fail if you remain silent.” Kandi is a signer of the Indigenous Women of the Americas Defending Mother Earth Treaty.
Walk #4: Dallas Goldtooth, of Dakota and Dine ancestry, is the national “Keep It In The Ground” Campaign Organizer for the Indigenous Environmental Network, a co-founder of the 1491s comedy group, and a digital media producer. A nationally known public speaker, activist, performer, and event MC, Dallas has traveled widely across Turtle Island (aka North America) sharing stories, entertainment and knowledge.
Walk #3: Deborah Parker, Tulalip/Yaqui, from Washington has a long and distinguished history of working within the systems of government to create solutions, as well as being a frontline activist who has been active in shutting down the fossil fuel industry in the Seattle area. Deborah is also a signer of the Indigenous Women of the Americas Defending Mother Earth Treaty.
Walk #2: Princess Daazhraii Johnson is Gwich'in from Arctic Village, Alaska, and has been a long-time advocate of protecting the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from oil development. They engage with Alaska Native communities through the work of REDOIL (Resisting Environmental Destruction on Indigenous Lands). Princess is also a signer of the Indigenous Women of the Americas Defending Mother Earth Treaty
Walk #1: Cherri Foytlin is a journalist, speaker and mother of six who lives in south Louisiana. She is the author of "Spill It! The Truth About the Deep Water Horizon Oil Rig Explosion," and regularly contributes to www.BridgetheGulfProject.org, the Huffington Post, and several local newspapers. In the Spring of 2011 she walked to Washington D.C. from New Orleans (1,243 miles) to call for action to stop the BP Drilling Disaster, and has been a constant voice speaking out for the health and ecosystem of Gulf Coast communities, in countless forms of media. Cherri is a signer of the Indigenous Women of the Americas Defending Mother Earth Treaty.
Here are just a few of the front-line Indigenous activists that joined us in 2015.
Nina Wilson, Nakota and Plains Cree from Kahkewistahaw Treaty 4 territory, one of the four women who launched the Idle No More Movement from Canada. Nina will also be bringing her daughter.
Lyla June Johnston, Diné and Cheyenne, poet, musician, anthropologist and defender of Mother Earth.
Bryan Parras, Bryan Parras of T.E.J.A.S. has been an instrumental part of the organization bringing new media skills to the organization. Bryan now serves as an Advisor to the Gulf Coast Fund, and sits on the board of the Environmental Support Center.
Thanks to Rucha Chitnis for these two articles on the 2015 Refinery Healing Walks:
In the Shadow of Big Oil: Walks Unite Frontline Refinery Communities
A Walk to Heal, A Walk to Reimagine
Listen to Rosa Fallon & Pennie Opal Plant discuss frontline refinery and oil train issues on KALX: CLICK HERE
"Black As Night"
by Nahko and Medicine for the People
"I believe in the good things coming..."
The inspiring video was filmed in 2014 and features many people walking on the Refinery Healing Walks. Watch it...you'll love it!
Contact us at: RefineryHealingWalks@Gmail.com
English: (510) 390-0386 - Español e Ingles: (510) 269-7135
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