F R O N T L I N E C O M M U N I T I E S / N A T I V E P E O P L E S
The time has come for us to take leadership from those communities most impacted by environmental degradation and socio-economic injustice.
We live on indigenous occupied land. As Climate Justice activists, it’s critical that we recognize that. How can we carry out an effective conversation about ending all extraction in this country without putting both indigenous peoples and directly impacted Frontline communities at the head of the strategizing table? And yet we neglect to, time and time again. As a national movement, we often speak for these communities, inviting them to our actions when the time comes for an effective campaign message and a grand photo opportunity.
Candid conversations about this shortcoming are beginning to emerge, with some more experienced collectives and individuals leading the way -- from the spectacular, engaged work that they’ve carried out over the years. The time has come for us to take leadership from those communities most impacted by environmental degradation and socio-economic injustice: such as People of Color living at the foot of a coal-fired power plant, residents of Appalachia whose mountaintops are being blown off, or First Nations fighting Tar Sands exploitation in Canada.
As a community, PeaceUp recognizes our own deficit in this realm and as such, our intention for 2012 is to walk the walk: being resoundly intentional and thorough in working with directly impacted communities right here at home. This is our commitment -- as we seek to build authentic, empowered & inclusive communities.
Our challenge to you: Make a commitment in your own community to reach out to frontline or indigenous communities. Build powerful relationships with these communities and learn their perspectives, hopes and fears based on their past and present relationship with power.