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    Land & Life: From Neighborhood Garden to Global Climate Resilience

Land & Life: From Neighborhood Garden to Global Climate Resilience

By |May 3, 2016|

Knock. Knock. “Hello, can I help you?” “Yes, my name is Vicente. I’m here door knocking in the neighborhood. We’re trying to get neighbors together to convert that abandoned lot around the corner into a neighborhood garden.” This was me 7 years ago in a repeated conversation opener, held countless numbers of times, walking up and down a three block radius in an East Oakland neighborhood suffering from years of public neglect and lack of access to healthy food. With nothing more than a bundle of scrappy flyers grasped tightly in my hands, I went door knocking to talk to residents about improving the conditions of their neighborhood through the garden.
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    Movement Generation Cultivates Home, Confronts Crisis With Hope      

Movement Generation Cultivates Home, Confronts Crisis With Hope      

By |Mar 3, 2016|

On a starry night in 2015, Quinton Sankofa sat with new friends in the serenity of Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, preparing to return to Oakland the next day. Sankofa was leading Permaculture for the People, an intensive course organized by Movement Generation Justice and Ecology Project (Movement Generation). For a week they had lived in this beautiful rural California center, learning the theory and concepts of permaculture and linking them with justice.

Real Solutions on Climate, Right Now

By |Dec 2, 2015|

As world leaders and peoples movements gather in Paris to forge agreement about how to address the climate crisis, some common wisdom can guide us. Solving any problem requires three basic steps:

Our Family, Our Future: My Global Migration Pledge

By |Aug 28, 2015|

As I write this, the bodies of hundreds of people are being pulled from the water off the coast of Libya, after two boats sank, drowning women, men, and children migrating in desperation from [...]

The How of Transformative Change

By |Dec 2, 2014|

A few weeks ago I got to spend two days in Oakland with a tremendous group of wonderful people brought together by the Movement Strategy Center.

We came together to explore one big question: [...]

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    “This Is About Energy Sovereignty” — One Step Toward Home

“This Is About Energy Sovereignty” — One Step Toward Home

By |Jun 19, 2014|

As someone working to change policies and practice to bring us closer to food sovereignty, I think a lot about land and how our current systems are built on private property ownership. I [...]

Learning to Walk: Gender, Economy, & Ecology

By |Apr 30, 2014|

I am learning how to walk again.

I lost my walk after an intensive yoga training — the third of nine I am undertaking to strengthen my personal practice and my role as a [...]

Mothering Through Climate Chaos – Mamas Day Our Way

By |Apr 23, 2014|

Our kids love it when we tell good stories. Throughout time, we mamas have imparted wisdom and values through storytelling. Like all humans, mamas are narrative creatures. But many of us have lost the art of storytelling, forgotten the values and wisdom of our ancestors. Our kids hear their stories from mainstream media, often closing their minds to the possibilities of another world—or as the Zapatistas say, a world of many worlds. So we try to find good books for our kids—stories that depict our girls as the agents of change, images that show the real diversity of our families, teach the morals of taking care of each other.
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    From French Fries to Fracking — Inspiring Movement Moments of 2013

From French Fries to Fracking — Inspiring Movement Moments of 2013

By |Dec 15, 2013|

Remember this spring, when the Associated Press finally dropped the I-word, and youth of color defeated prison-to-pipeline policies in Los Angeles public schools?

Or remember back in February when 50,000 people rallied in DC against the XL [...]

What Do We Want? Synchronicity! When Do We Want It? Now!

By |Sep 28, 2013|

Twenty years ago I was sitting at the Alex Haley farm with an amazing groups of young activists and veteran organizers from this country’s past freedom struggles. We were learning about how the conservative movement had organized and built a web of infrastructure to turn back the victories of the movements of the 60’s and 70’s and infuse fear...