Sisters Bonded in Action

An open network action group for those engaged in sacred Earth-activism, working towards social justice, and supporting Indigenous rights and sovereignty.

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Sisters Bonded in Action is a network of local groups of women working in service of the Earth, social justice and indigenous rights and sovereignty.  The organization emerged from a seminar given by Ayana Young at the fourth annual Spirit Weavers Gathering, where alliances began to take shape around common passions and complementary processes. A series of actions and projects have already begun in the spirit of unseating the narratives of exploitation of land and livelihood. In August, a group of 10 dedicated women initiated a film and campaign to halt the logging of old growth forests in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest. This Fall, several women ventured to Standing Rock in support of the water protectors. From there Mea Woodruff, Ayana Young, and Jade Begay collaborated with Idle No More SF to organize a powerful woman-led March on San Francisco’s financial district demanding the divestment of the banks involved in the Dakota Access pipeline project. As solidarity actions arose in other American cities, principal financier Wells Fargo agreed to meet with Standing Rock Sioux elders, a major inroad in this ongoing resistance to colonialism and fossil fuels.

 

Sisters Bonded In Action has begun to spread its wings with the creation of a local chapter in the city of Oakland, CA, in Mendocino County, California, and another in the San Juan Islands of Washington. The local chapters serve as a community organizing arena to put power back into the hands of the people, facilitated by women and built upon women’s empowerment through education.  In the local Sisters Bonded in Action chapters, women share ideas and incite collective action around the rights and defense of nature, and the uplifting of oppressed human communities and cultures. Each chapter explores environmental policy, local governance structures, the U.S. judicial system, and the legal rights of undocumented immigrants and U.S. citizens.  This group provides a space for women and LGBTQIA communities to plug into the work of shifting culture towards biocentrism and Earth care.

 

Underlying principles include:

 

-The protection of biodiversity at every level of society
– Decolonization and the support of Indigenous and Marginalized communities
– Direct Action and resistance to institutional threats to natural communities
– Empowerment through ongoing education

 

Are you interested in spearheading a local chapter or partaking in one near you?  Stay tuned for online discussions and webinars in April 2017, where we will discuss the purpose and direction of the project and the practicalities of starting a chapter. In the spirit of evolution, we encourage you to participate in the growth and emergence of more powerful ways of organizing our efforts and visions.

 

Ayana Young will lead a facilitator training at this year’s Spirit Weavers Gathering. Milla Prince, Vicky Salcido-Cobb, Hannah Jermstad, Rachel Laase, Evan-Marie Mason, Kaileah Frederick, and Morgan Curtis, the ladies spearheading the local chapters, would also be happy to speak in person about Sisters Bonded in Action at the gathering.

Our time is now! Join us in this sacred pursuit of justice.

UPCOMING ACTIONS

Spring Webinar Series

Now is the time to stand where you love and fight like hell. We find ourselves at the edge of a crumbling socio-political arrangement and a global extinction crisis. We are being impelled from every angle to step into our passion and power. If you are thirsting for an alliance of like-minds with whom to energize and amplify your voice, you are invited to join in this 6-part webinar hosted by Ayana Young, where some of the brightest leaders and movement builders will offer their assessment of the mess we’re in and the most meaningful ways of making change in these times.

Sisters Bonded in Action is a national network of local groups committed to the intellectual, emotional and tangible work of being an activist amid a languishing paradigm birthed at the 4th Annual Spirit Weavers Gathering. The intention behind this webinar is to provide emerging activists with a foundation for their craft, and/or to prepare any interested women to lead a local group of their own. If you are interested in facilitating your own local chapter we ask that you participate in the entire webinar. Each segment of the Webinar is 1 hour and 15 minutes. The first hour will feature interview-style presentations by outstanding guests speakers, followed by audience questions and comments.

Each webinar is $5 (or access all 6 for $25). Half of the proceeds will be given to the guest speakers. Committed organizers need financial support in addition to our loving presence, as their work is tireless and often unpaid. The other half will go to replanting the great redwood forests of southern Cascadia.

The webinar is a safe space for women and the LGBTQIA community.

To sign up, please visit http://forthewild.world/sbia-webinar-series/ 

Artwork by Renee Fidz

February Webinar

We gathered across the nation, across the globe, and we marched together in solidarity!  While many of us have returned to our homes, this call to action is still ever-present within our minds, our bodies, our hearts.  So WHAT NOW, you may ask?  Let’s keep this commitment to action going!  We’ve got a responsibility as individuals and as a community, to forge a new inclusive future.

We have started a national network called Sisters Bonded In Action, which is comprised of local groups for women engaged in sacred Earth-activism, working towards social justice, and supporting Indigenous rights and sovereignty.  The local chapters serve as a community organizing arena to put power back into the hands of the people, facilitated by women and built upon women’s empowerment through education.  In the local Sisters Bonded in Action chapters, women share ideas and incite collective action around the rights and defense of nature, and the uplifting of oppressed human communities and cultures. Each chapter explores environmental policy, local governance structures, the U.S. judicial system, and the legal rights of undocumented immigrants and U.S. citizens.  This group provides a space for women and LGBTQIA communities to plug into the work of shifting culture towards biocentrism and Earth care.

In the spirit of democracy and honoring the champions of human rights, dignity, and justice who have come before us, we join in diversity to show our presence in numbers too great to ignore. The Women’s March on Washington will send a bold message to our new administration on their first day in office, and to the world that women’s rights are human rights. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.

We support the advocacy and resistance movements that reflect our multiple and intersecting identities. We call on all defenders of human rights to join us. This march is the first step towards unifying our communities, grounded in new relationships, to create change from the grassroots level up. We will not rest until women have parity and equity at all levels of leadership in society. We work peacefully while recognizing there is no true peace without justice and equity for all. HEAR OUR VOICE.

Are you ready to mobilize and set up a local chapter?  If so, follow the steps below.

a.  Sign up for the Mobilize! Newsletter at For the Wild
b. Let us know if you would like to be a part of the Sisters Bonded in Action >>WEBINAR<< in February .  This webinar will discuss the philosophical tenets of the organization, as well as important information on how to effectively run your own local chapter.  Contact us at For the Wild
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PAST ACTIONS

Women's March On Washington
WOMENS MARCH
INFO (From Women’s March on Washington website):
On January 21, 2017 we will unite in Washington, DC for the Women’s March on Washington. We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families — recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.

The rhetoric of the past election cycle has insulted, demonized, and threatened many of us–women, immigrants of all statuses, those with diverse religious faiths particularly Muslim, people who identify as LGBTQIA, Native and Indigenous people, Black and Brown people, people with disabilities, the economically impoverished and survivors of sexual assault. We are confronted with the question of how to move forward in the face of national and international concern and fear.

In the spirit of democracy and honoring the champions of human rights, dignity, and justice who have come before us, we join in diversity to show our presence in numbers too great to ignore. The Women’s March on Washington will send a bold message to our new administration on their first day in office, and to the world that women’s rights are human rights. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.

We support the advocacy and resistance movements that reflect our multiple and intersecting identities. We call on all defenders of human rights to join us. This march is the first step towards unifying our communities, grounded in new relationships, to create change from the grassroots level up. We will not rest until women have parity and equity at all levels of leadership in society. We work peacefully while recognizing there is no true peace without justice and equity for all. HEAR OUR VOICE.

STANDING ROCK AND BEYOND:

On November 30th, we gather in SAN FRANCISCO to support water protectors on the frontline at STANDING ROCK. We are calling on all Wells Fargo customers to participate in a day of mass account withdrawal. If you have an account with one of Big Oil’s biggest bankers, we ask that you pull out your money and close your account.

To join us, just show up at some point during the morning’s action. From 8-10 a.m., we will hear speakers on divestment and be led in a water prayer by Pennie Opal Plant (Idle No More SF). From there, we will head to Wells Fargo and other surrounding banks to create a mass withdrawal.

Come prepared with signs and artwork that will visually spread the message loudly! Here is a link to Indigenous Rising Media to print out official Standing Rock artwork.

If you can’t make it to SF event, we’ll be sharing through Facebook Live via @Farewellsfargo facebook page. Please check back to see how the events are unfolding.

For inquiries form other local or national organizations who like to be involved please send us a message below.

WE HAVE BEEN AT STANDING ROCK, LISTENING AND SPEAKING WITH ELDERS, YOUTH AND INDIGENOUS LEADERS. INSTEAD OF WAITING AROUND FOR SIGNATURES FROM GOVERNMENTAL LEADERS OR MAJOR CORPORATIONS TO STOP THE DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE, WE CAN TAKE MATTERS INTO ARE OWN HANDS! THE PEOPLE HAVE THE POWER.

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CALL OF THE FORESTS (September 2016):

The Tongass National Forest

Comprised of over 2,000 islands, mountains, forests, glaciers, salmon streams, fjords and bays, is the nation’s largest and most pristine forest. Much of the remaining old-growth temperate rainforest on Earth is found here. In the lush lowlands along coastlines, enormous Sitka spruce, cedar and hemlock trees provide crucial wildlife habitat. Half of these trees are already gone, targeted during 60 years of clearcut logging. During harsh winter months, the endemic Alexander Archipelago wolves and their prey, the black-tail deer, find refuge in these vanishing niches. With only 60 wolves left in the region, they too are quickly vanishing. When the top predators are removed, the web comes unraveled.

These rare forests must remain. The living library of species and genotypes found only in the Tongass is invaluable in ways we cannot understand. Yet her ancient trees continue to be auctioned off. As we write, 2,000 acres of this ancient forest, out of an indefensible 6,200-acre timber-sale, has already been clearcut. Economically, this is senseless; over a billion dollars of public subsidies has kept this industry alive just to sustain the region’s logging identity. We call for a new identity as protectors of the vestiges of Earth’s majestic and indispensable ancient forests. With a fervent outcry, we demand action to stop the slaughter of the old-growth of the Tongass region and far beyond.

HOW WE ARE RESPONDING…
A group of concerned women and sisters of Spirit Weavers, in partnership with WECAN International, is traveling to Southeast Alaska to build relationships with the local people and to develop a strategy to stop the destruction of these old growth forests.