There is so much good in the world and many awakened, well-meaning people, who want to do good for the community and for Mother Earth. They work tirelessly around the clock to help reconnect the disconnected masses to the heartbeat of the Earth and to teach the world about the truth that everything is connected, we are all connected and that the future of our planet depends on our actions. I feel so fortunate to know and share space with these brilliant thinkers and most of all doers, for that is paramount. The DOING.
There's so much talk of what needs to be done, but my peers are actually doing the work it will take to heal Mother Earth and to restore our sacred connection. We don't have mega- or trust funds, but we have hearts, resilience and above all faith that in this lifetime we will accomplish the healing of our planet. Some of us have been awake before Standing Rock, but it was the power of Water Protectors that sent ripples all around the globe that it is time to care, to awaken and to understand that we can't just keep taking from Mother Earth, raping the land and her resources, trampling on indigenous rights and erasing indigenous wisdom. For it is this very wisdom that will ensure that future generations will have this Earth to call home, that they will too witness the abundance of species, the bounty of sunsets, the gift of fresh air and above all clean water, for water is life.
Over the weekend there were two indigenous-led events in Los Angeles that brought the community together, to continue to raise awareness and funds for two important causes.
Salmon Will Run featured a short documentary about the Winnemem Wintu tribes efforts to bring their salmon home. Dams, water diversions and pour water management depleted the salmon population that once spawned on the McCloud River before the Shasta Dam was built. Impassioned members of the tribe, Pomtahatot Tuiimyali and Pua Case spoke about their efforts to restore their ancestral salmon runs and the importance of prayer.
Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, the 17-year-old Youth Director of the movement Earth Guardians educated us about his mission to protect the planet for future generations. He has been mobilizing teens across the world to demand greener policy from world leaders since he was 6 years old. With youth like him the future is beyond bright. Performances by Lady Midnight, Gerald Albert Thomas, Nahko Bear, Cempoalli, Xiuhtezcatl Martinez accompanied by the original talent of Richard Vagner continued to highlight the message of caring for Mother Earth
Another event that happened last Sunday was a fund fundraiser for Red Fawn, a human rights advocate, community leader and Water Protector who has been wrongly imprisoned by the Morton Country Sheriff Department for allegedly firing a weapon during a police raid at the Standing Rock Camp, though eyewitnesses state otherwise. The event was also a platform to honor Leonard Peltier, another imprisoned indigenous activist.
The event was hosted at Self Help Graphics, the venue was packed with Water Protectors and allies in support of the cause. Speakers included Sunrose Ironshell, Red Dawn, Arrow Banks, the daughter of indigenous rights activist, Dennis Banks. In addition to the previous day’s performers, the lineup included Stephanie Saallee, Yaz like Jaws, and Miracle Dolls. The love and support was palpable in the air as traditional dancers filled the room with their beautiful energy. The glowing faces reminded us that there's so much good in the world. SunRose Ironshell's speech moved me to tears and I prayed that the Ted X people were somewhere listening, so she could get a worldwide platform to share her message and hope and that Red Fawn along with all the other indigenous activists sitting in prison would be free.
Through music, through words, through community, through the hard work of the organizers and of course, through the delightful frybread tacos we continued to uplift each other... and may we continue to uplift the world.
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