Harvest the Power Justice Convergence & Teach-In, Nov 19-26, 2020 – UUMFE

Welcome to Harvest the Power Justice Convergence & Teach-in!
You are encouraged to view the films that are part of this convergence, detailed below:

“We Still Live Here: Âs Nutayuneân”
FILM LINK — Password: wslh9uumfe9
We Still Live Here: Âs Nutayuneân tells the story of how Jessie Little Doe Baird became a linguist who is reviving the long-silent Wampanoag (or Wôpanâak) language and is restoring to her Native American community a vital sense of its cultural heritage. Determined to breathe life back into the language, Baird founded the Wôpanâak Language Reclamation Project, an intertribal effort that aims to return fluency to the Wampanoag Nation. Join Jesse Little Doe Baird and filmmaker Anne Makepeace for a special discussion about the film and the Wôpanâak Language Reclamation Project, facilitated by Ann Gilmore.
If you missed the phenomenal discussion on Saturday with Jessie Little Doe Baird and director Anne Makepeace, you can view the recording on Facebook or YouTube.
FILM LINK — Password: Gather2020
Content trigger warning: this film mentions suicide, shows photos and illustrations depicting genocide, and shows video footage of the killing, processing, and eating of animals.
There is no film discussion event for this documentary – you can watch and discuss it independently with your household or other chosen community.

Gather is an intimate portrait of a growing movement amongst Indigenous Americans to reclaim their spiritual and cultural identities through obtaining sovereignty over their ancestral food systems, while battling against the historical trauma brought on by centuries of genocide. The film will be available to view through November 30.

Prepare to Care: Stop Line 3
Tuesday, 11/24
4:30-6pm PT / 5:30-7 MT / 6:30-8 CT / 7:30-9 ET
Hosted by UUSC & Minnesota UU Social Justice Alliance (MUUSJA)
Register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_HpvBET79RqaCXbJ21EcyXA

This workshop will feature updates from climate justice leaders working in frontline communities across Northern Minnesota. We’ll discuss the impacts that the proposed Line 3 oil pipeline could have on our water, land, and communities, and we will explore effective ways that people can join or support the Stop Line 3 resistance movement. This workshop will also include information about nonviolent direct action and other creative and caring conflict intervention opportunities. We’ll close by learning a water song together.

Joining this program to share from their perspectives and communities:

Winona LaDuke is an internationally renowned activist working on issues of sustainable development renewable energy and food systems. She lives and works on the White Earth reservation in northern Minnesota, and is a two time vice presidential candidate with Ralph Nader for the Green Party. She is co-founder and Executive Director of Honor the Earth.
Tara Houska, Couchiching First Nation Anishinaabe, tribal attorney and land defender, founder of Giniw Collective, writer and advocate on a range of indigenous rights issues, environmental justice and institutional racism.
Rita Chamblin, Unitarian Universalist layleader, environmental justice advocate and resident of Northern Minnesota, Bemidji liaison for Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light (MNIPL).
Gaagigeyaashiik (Dawn Goodwin), an advocate for Nimaamaa-Aki (Mother Earth), a protector of manoomin (wild rice) and water from Lower Rice Lake on the White Earth Reservation. Co-founder of RISE Coalition—Resilient Indigenous Sisters Engaging with our Allies.
Shanai Matteson is a writer, visual artist, mother, and cultural community organizer. She is from rural Palisade, Minnesota, on the proposed Line 3 route, and works on a range of issues related to environmental and racial justice, to bridge cultural and social class divides, and as an ally to indigenous rights advocates.
Lyz Jaakola, musician and educator, and an enrolled member of the Fond du Lac band of Lake Superior Ojibwe in Cloquet, MN. She teaches at Fond du Lac Tribal Community College and is a newly elected member of the Cloquet City Council.
Sharon Day, enrolled member of the Bois Forte Band of Ojibwe, second degree M’dewin, and Executive Director of Indigenous Peoples Task Force since 1990. Grandmother, artist, musician, writer, and leader of Nibi (Water) Walks, an extended ceremony to heal and honor water.
Plant-Based Community Meal
Wednesday, 11/25
5 pm PT/ 6pm MT/ 7pm CT/ 8pm ET
Hosted by UU Animal Ministry and UU Ministry For Earth
Register here: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJArc–vrT0iGNc_VBgONcLzQKotP7bvdsnS

This community meal will be a time for convergence participants to come together virtually to enjoy the ethical harvest of a plant based meal. An extensive collection of plant-based recipes will be provided for you to try out and experiment with! This meal and conversation will begin with a chalice lighting and blessing and will be facilitated by The Reverends John and Sarah Gibb Millspaugh.

1st National Day of Mourning in Plymouth, Massachusetts
Thursday, 11/26
Beginning at 9am PT/ 10am MT/ 11am CT/ 12pm ET
Note: this event will begin in prayer, which is not going to be recorded, so please be patient and check your expectations in waiting for the livestream to begin

Unitarian Universalists are encouraged to tune into the live stream of the Day of Mourning events taking place in Plymouth, MA.

The live stream and also pre-recorded content for the Day of Mourning will be posted in the United American Indians of New England (UAINE) website, in the UAINE facebook group, and at https://hate5six.com/ndom.

The Thanksgiving Reframed worship service will also be re-streamed on the UUA Facebook page on this upcoming Thursday, November 26 at 7am PT/ 8am MT/ 9am CT/ 10am ET and Sunday, November 29 at 12pm PT/ 1pm MT/ 2pm CT/ 3pm ET.

I hope that you have enjoyed the deep learning, spirit, and conversations of the Harvest the Power Justice Convergence & Teach in.

In faith and solidarity,
Aly Tharp
Program Director, UU Ministry for Earth
Create Climate Justice manager, UUA Organizing Strategy Team
Visit UU Ministry for Earth online at uumfe.org
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