Drum, Sing, Dance - Protect the Arctic Refuge
Yurok tribal member
The Gwichíin Nation requests your help!The Sacred Place Where Life Begins is being eyed for destruction!The U.S. Congress has devised a backdoor plan to endanger the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as never before.
The Gwichíin Nation is not giving up! We will continue to fight to protect the Sacred Place Where Life Begins, the calving and nursery grounds of thePorcupine River Caribou Herd, and the Gwichíin way of life as instructedby the Gwichíin leaders and elders. We need your help! This battle is far from over.
The U.S. House and Senate earlier this year passed a non-binding budget resolution which allows Congress to pass further legislation(called the budget reconciliation) to open the Arctic Refuge to oil drilling. The big vote to protect the Refuge is to vote against the budget reconciliation.
The Gwich'in Steering Committee is working to educate people about the Gwichíin and our subsistence way of life. We ask you to join us, in any way you can.
DRUM! SING! DANCE! PROTECT! - The ARCTIC REFUGE will be a vigil on theNational Mall which began August 13th in front of the SmithsonianNational Museum of the American Indian, and in other places in DC, and around the country. We invite you to come and join us in this vigil. September is when we want make to biggest presence in Washington DC.
Starting on Tuesday, September 20, we will want as much of a presence in DC as possible to build the following week. We are concentrating on asking that a large showing of people come to DC to educate, and to take action against the proposed drilling. We want the drumming and the celebration presence to spread and be evident everywhere all over the country.
Again, please contact us and let us know if you can come, or if you can send representatives, and spread this message. There are many other things that can be done in your community to take part in this effort. Please see the attached alert with additionalinformation.
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We must keep our subsistence and cultural ties to the land intact. Please get in touch with the Gwichíin Steering Committee, if you have ideas about how to join in, or, you can suggest people that want to come to DC to the drum and attend the vigil. We are seeking volunteers and organizers for this effort NOW.
Mahsi Choo, for your time and consideration.
Jonathon Solomon, Chairman
Gwichíin Steering Committee
122 First Ave. Box 2 .
Fairbanks, Alaska 99701 .
(907) 458-8264 .
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"In no case may a people be deprived of their own means of subsistence."
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SOUL - School of Unity and Liberation - Workshop
Submitted by Sunshine Woman Archambault
SOUL is a political education and youth organizing training center. Since 1996, SOUL has trained more than 3,500 young people on radical political education and organizer training.
A Three Day Training for Trainers Workshop is set for Thursday, October 27th to Saturday October 29th from 9 am to 6 pm each day at SOUL, 287 17th St., Suite 225, Oakland California, 94612. The application deadline is Tuesday, September 27th.
The workshop is designed for experienced facilitators who want to improve skills and for beginners who want to develop them and includes the following topics: What is facilitation; The role of the facilitator; Understanding popular education; The workshop process; Workshop intake and assessment; Tailoring curriculum to specific needs; Workshop preparation; Facilitation do’s and don’ts’; Types of workshop activities; Using visuals and butcher paper; Dealing with difficult situations; Tools of facilitators; Working with a co-trainer; Developing a personal training style; Deconstructing difficult topics; Curriculum development and documentation; Workshop evaluation; Challenges to facilitating political ed.; Giving task instructions; and Hands on facilitation practice.
This training is strictly limited to 25 people with training priced on a sliding scale from $100-$800 based on organization budget or individual incomes. Each participant will receive SOUL’s Political Education Workshop Manual, SOUL’s Training for Trainees manual as well as breakfast and lunch for three days.
People of color, working class people, women, young people and LGBTQ people are especially encouraged to apply.
To apply for this training call 510 – 451-5466 x 317
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