These Front-Line Resistance Communities, of their Wrestle for life, Land, & Future Generations, Have At all times Maintained That Their Struggle Is For Our Collective Survival.
Might They Be Supported Now and At all times!
Greetings from Black Mesa Indigenous Help,
We are excited to extend the invitation from Dineh resisters of the Black Mesa area to affix BMIS’s caravan to help their ongoing battle. On behalf of their peoples, their sacred ancestral lands and future generations, the Dine’ and also Hopi communities continue a 36 12 months long battle towards the US Governments forced relocation efforts, Peabody Coal’s financial interests, and an unsustainable fossil gas based economy. They proceed trying to halt and repair the devastating impacts of colonialism, coal mining, and compelled relocation of their communities, sacred lands, and our planet. As one in all their resistance methods they call upon outdoors support as they maintain their conventional means of life within the face of the most important relocation of indigenous people within the US for the reason that Path of Tears.
By assisting with direct, on-land tasks you might be supporting a broad movement for climate justice and households right to remain on their ancestral homelands in resistance to an unlawful occupation. The oil spill within the Gulf highlighted the harmful and unsustainable actuality of our fossil fuels primarily based economic system. One other example of this dangerous actuality comes from Black Mesa. The just lately permitted carbon seize storage undertaking will seize the coal firing plant emissions and use clean water to pump the carbon an estimated 9,000 ft into the ground to be saved close to their major aquifer. False options to climate change and huge scale coal extraction have to be stopped! We suggest collaborating on this caravan as one small means in supporting these courageous communities who’re serving as the very blockade to coal mining on Black Mesa!
In honor of the sacred ancestral homelands of the Dine’ and Hopi peoples that we’ll be touring to, and in honor of this years host family who are so graciously providing their house in order that we will collect together, and with regard to the positive suggestions in addition to constructive criticism from previous caravan attendees, we’ve positioned a limit to the variety of caravan members. Caravans in years past were a tremendous success nevertheless when the numbers get too huge it turns into tough to handle.
This yr we’re already getting a huge response. This is one other reason why we’re encouraging you to hitch regional BMIS groups leading up to the caravan and after it’s over. Most of the regional groups are working in their communities yr-spherical in supporting indigenous leadership such as those of Black Mesa.
Supporting Indigenous management and creating fashions for assist which are based on the priorities and visions of their communities is a serious purpose of BMIS. While BMIS needs for this caravan and the assist community as a complete to be an opportunity for people of all backgrounds to take heed to and work with the households of Black Mesa, we’re prioritizing the participation from already-politicized accountable movement builders. We are particularly searching for folks of working-class primarily based struggles, environmental, world justice organizations, indigenous people, individuals of color, LGBT and queer-identified participants, members of movement organizations, women, organizers working in anti-warfare/occupation movements.
We’re also encouraging the participation of returning supporters and people who plan to come earlier than or stay weeks after the caravan, as well as anyone who is planning to be concerned long term. Supporters who have expertise working chainsaws or chopping wood, are carpenters, and/or can drive your trucks on again nation roads, we encourage to use as well.
This years caravan might be held at some amazing organizers’ homes so we’re excited to give attention to movement constructing, strengthening resistance movements and support networks that will make victories possible not only on Black Mesa, however in communities all across the world. We’re creating an area for sharing updates from ‘The Land’ and for dialogue concerning the connections between Black Mesa and numerous struggles wherein they’re interconnected. We encourage regional organizing and fundraising to support the participation and management of people most impacted by interlocking systems of oppression. We’re prioritizing the participation from people who are deeply invested in and on the front-lines of movements for social, financial, environmental justice of their communities, as they may have essentially the most to offer and achieve from gathering, talking with, and dealing with each other and the elders. We’re additionally encouraging the participation of returning supporters or those who plan to return before or keep after the caravan, in addition to anyone who is planning to be concerned long run. We look forward to seeing how caravan members can integrate their work, their classes, and of course the communities’ stories and visions into their work and life!
The U.S. Authorities started relocating Black Mesa residents from their ancestral homelands in 1974 to pave the way for Peabody’s mining. Households are of their FOURTH DECADE resisting this travesty. And, since relocation laws have made it nearly inconceivable for youthful generations to continue residing on their homelands, lots of the residents are elderly and winters may be extremely tough in this distant high desert terrain. The purpose of this caravan is to honor the elders’ requests and, beneath their guidance, carry out direct, on-land help: chopping and hauling firewood, doing minor restore work, offering holistic well being care and sheep-herding earlier than the approaching chilly winter months arrive.
“The big Mountain matriarchal leaders at all times believed that resisting forced relocation will finally benefit all ecological programs, together with the human race,” says Bahe Keediniihii, Dineh organizer and translator. “Continued residency by families throughout the big Mountain region has a big position in the intervention of Peabody’s future plan for Black Mesa coal to be the major supply of unsustainable energy, the growing dependency on fossil fuel, and escalating inexperienced house gas emissions. We’ll continue to fight to defend our homelands.”
Peabody Energy’s Disastrous Coal Mining Operations on Black Mesa:
At this moment, resolution makers in Washington D.C. are planning ways to continue their occupation of tribal lands beneath the guise of extracting “clean coal,” with false solutions to climate change similar to carbon storage and cap and trade carbon offsets. In 30 years of disastrous operation, Peabody’s coal mining has ravaged Dineh and Hopi communities by forcibly relocated hundreds of households, draining 2.5 million gallons of water daily from the only neighborhood water supply, and has left a toxic legacy alongside an abandoned 273-mile coal slurry pipeline. Peabody’s Black Mesa mine has been the source of an estimated 325 million tons of CO2 which were discharged into the atmosphere. Coal from the Black Mesa Mine could contribute an extra 290 million tons of CO2 to the global warming crisis!*
As a result of exhausting and strategic work from the Black Mesa resistance community, Black Mesa Water Coalition, To Nizhoni, The Forgotten Individuals, the Sierra Club and others, Peabody’s mine growth venture is briefly slowed. As a solution to honor and continue that work, now is the time to strengthen networks of direct assist to the resisters, to make sure that when they fight again for the growth, resistance communities are ready and resilient.
Peabody Coal Co. plans to grab one other 19,000 acres of sacred land beyond the 67,000 acres already in Peabody’s grasp at Black Mesa. Peabody Energy, beforehand Peabody Coal Company, is the world’s largest personal-sector coal firm, supplying 10% of U.S power and a couple of% of worldwide electricity. Peabody’s coal mining will exacerbate already devastating environmental and cultural impacts on native communities and considerably add gas to the fire of world climate chaos!
We are at a crucial juncture and must take a stand in assist of communities on the entrance lines of resistance now! Indigenous and land-based mostly peoples have maintained the understanding that our collective survival is deeply dependent on our relationship to Mother Earth. Victory in defending and reclaiming the Earth will require a broad and multi-pronged movement.
BMIS needs for this caravan to be a possibility for folks of all backgrounds to listen and work with the households of Black Mesa to generate more awareness that relocation laws and coal mining should be stopped, that these communities need to be free on their ancestral homelands. We hope to return collectively to strengthen our solidarity and find methods to work together to guard Black Mesa and our Mom Earth for all life.
Methods you may assist:
Join the Caravan and Be Self-Enough! By connecting with a regional coordinator and becoming a member of one of the volunteer work crews out of your area, you are anticipated to be adequately prepared and self-sufficient prior to your go to on Black Mesa, which is a very distant space in a high desert terrain. There is no such thing as a electricity, no central heating, and no running water. You must come prepared, and convey all the pieces you have to. There could possibly be excessive weather, and will probably be chilly particularly at evening. Every participant might want to convey meals, water, outdoor camping gear (though we will likely be staying inside with families), very warm clothing, and acceptable attire for palms-on guide work. Coming geared up with chainsaws, trucks, shovels, axes and mauls dramatically increases your effectiveness as a work crew!
Learn and sign the Cultural Sensitivity and Preparedness Guide: All direct, on-land supporters of Black Mesa are required to thoroughly read over and signal the Cultural Sensitivity and Preparedness Information. This document is an in-depth guide that accommodates important data that you will need previous to and through your go to with a host family on Black Mesa. This guide provides you essential information about the best way to be adequately ready, background of the battle and present his/herstory, security and authorized points, cultural sensitivity, code of conduct, and a advised checklist of what to carry with you. We wish to make sure that each particular person is informed concerning the agreements and fundamental requests from these communities, that each particular person is secure and accounted for, and that we have now your emergency contact information ought to an emergency come up. It’s of the utmost significance that every caravan participant understands and respects the methods of the communities that we can be visiting. Please print out and convey this guidebook with you throughout your go to to Black Mesa http://blackmesais.org/tag/cultural-sensitivity/
Pre-register: To assist us estimate how many individuals to count on in addition to to help us make vital accommodations for all. For contributors coming from areas with BMIS designated regional coordinators, please register with them – see our webpage.
Host or attend regional organizational conferences in your area: We strongly urge participants to attend or set up regional conferences. Caravan coordinators are located in Prescott, Phoenix and Flagstaff, AZ; Denver, CO; Santa Cruz, CA; Eugene and Portland, OR; and the San Francisco’s Petroleum Equipment Bay Space. The meeting locations and dates will probably be posted on the BMIS webpage and Face Book as coordinators set them u p. This caravan might be collaborating with the annual Clan Dyken Fall Food and Supply Run on Black Mesa.
Raise Awareness: about Black Mesa and the caravan. You possibly can obtain literature from BMIS.
Manage fundraisers: On the weeks prior to each caravan, grassroots supporters from throughout throw advantages to raise the much-needed funds, for such issues as supplies, wood, and direct, on-land individuals-assist. Please contact BMIS for pointers previous to any fund-elevating in the identify of Massive Mountain and Black Mesa.
Gather supplies: Chainsaws, axes, mauls, axe handles, shovels, tools of all types, natural food, heat blankets, and especially trucks –both to donate to households or to use for the week of the caravan–are significantly needed on the land to make this caravan work! Verify again on the BMIS website for an ongoing checklist of particular requests from the land.
Donate: We’re not receiving nor relying on any institutional funding for these help efforts, however are as a substitute counting on each person’s ingenuity, creativity, and hard work to make all of it come together. We’re hoping to raise enough money by means of our community connections for gas, specifically for amassing wooden and food for host households, and for work projects.
Stay longer than the caravan with a household on Black Mesa: Households dwelling in resistance to coal mining and relocation legal guidelines are requesting self-ample visitors who are willing to provide three or extra weeks of their time, particularly in the winter. By coming prepared to stay longer, you possibly can conserve assets by making 2 trips out of one. If you’re returning to your second caravan, please consider this, as certainly one of our purpose is to create connections between families and assist. Since it’s essential to have good assist out there and not create extra work for the families, all supporters are required to read and sign the Cultural Sensitivity Preparedness Information. Contact BMIS in advance in order that we could make arrangements prior to your stay, to reply any questions that you could have, and so we can assist put you in contact with a family.
The communities request assist all year long: If you cannot attend the caravan and still need to help the resistance, please contact BMIS! We are going to provide support options or assist facilitate your stay with a resisting family any time by the 12 months!
If you are not able to take part in the fall caravan, keep in mind that BMIS is on the market to help YOU in connecting and staying with a number family any time of the year. Please get in contact with regional coordinators in your area regarding fundraisers, report-backs, education, outreach, different assist efforts, and actions that they might be planning leading as much as and after the caravan. If you don’t have a regional coordinator in your space, please contact us for methods to support the courageous resistance taking place on Black Mesa.
So, please remember to let BMIS know sooner somewhat than later! Thanks everybody on your continued help!
We can’t wait to see you in November! Give back to the Earth! Give to future generations!