We would like to invite you to a three-part webinar series in August that will delve into topics regarding the intersections of environmental justice, racism, and classism. These webinars will discuss work being done by progressive people and organizations internationally, nationally, as well as locally in Cleveland. We are offering this program to educate people on how the unification of these progressive movements are critical in creating a Green New Deal that works for all people.
Webinars will launch on:
- Tuesday August 4 @ 6 pm EST
- Tuesday August 11 @ 6 pm EST
- Tuesday August 18 @ 6 pm EST
Tuesday, August 11th at 6:00 PM: Red New Deal: Centering Afro-Indigenous Perspectives on Environmental Caretaking
Since time immemorial Indigenous peoples around the world have held a vast array of experiences and deep knowledge of the land, and its relationship to all of the natural world. Here on Turtle Island despite diverse cultural perspectives and protocols, we collectively understand that the answers lie upon and within the land. With increasing conversations surrounding the responsibility of environmental protection and restoration, including policy change and the Green New Deal, we must center Indigenous voices in the conversation, as we are the stewards of the land.
Robert Rice (African-American, Saponi, Catawba, Tuscarora - Bear Clan) is a student and community organizer living in Kahyonha:ke (Cleveland, Ohio). Robert has experience in organizing and mobilizing on behalf of Indigenous and Black liberation, and environmental awareness issues, including assisting in fundraisers for Standing Rock water protector camps. He is currently pursuing a degree in Cultural Anthropology/History, with a focus on African and Native American history. He seeks to utilize the education and skills he acquires to help revitalize, and maintain, cultural heritage within his own Indigenous community and abroad to promote decolonization and sovereignty. He also hopes to steadily engage this work by continuing to contribute to cultural and social building in the immediate community.
Dr. Sue Helper