The Spirit Weavers community extends beyond the annual Gathering. Every year Spirit Weavers Gathering chooses a number of different organizations to support. This year, we are honored to support and for a few selective organizations, donate a percentage of ticket sales to the causes listed below.
Causes we have supported in the past:: Save the Redwoods, Call of the Forests, Restoration of Camp Navarro and Save Little Lake.
The Spirit Weavers Community proudly stands in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Nation, the Lakota people, and all Indigenous Peoples who fight to preserve and protect their homes, their lands, and the future of our children. We stand in solidarity with all who declare these things sacred: clean water and air, lush forests, meadows, prairies, wetlands, and ways of life that honor the people of the earth over profit to few. We do this with the belief that to hold something sacred means that its wellbeing becomes the standard by which we judge our actions and decisions. In the words of the defenders of Standing Rock, water is life and so water is sacred. The water supply of the Standing Rock Sioux is threatened by construction of the Dakota Access pipeline, which was permitted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in late July, despite the objections of three federal agencies including the federal Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of the Interior and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.
We acknowledge the history of genocide, theft of land and resources, that have occurred to the Indigenous peoples of this continent beginning half a millennium ago and continuing today. From around the world the first peoples have been on the forefront of the assault on mother earth in the name of oil. From the jungles of south america to the oil fields of Nigeria indigenous people have been tortured, as the ones who benefit from fracking the earth to her bones stand to gain profit from their loss of lands, health, and clean water for all children. And because we can not drink the oil the question stands; will we continue to stand by and benefit from this assault on the earth and her first peoples or we will stand in solidarity with the first peoples as their wisdom guides us to fight for a better future?
Many of the traditions in which we celebrate have roots in the earth-based spiritual traditions of our ancestors from around the world. In many places they too suffered for holding to their old ways and beliefs, In each moment through our voices and actions we are shifting out of old paradigm ways and into a new consciousness, one that benefits ALL BEINGS!
Choosing to stand with Standing Rock is choosing to take the first step towards what we know is the necessary change all humans must take to create a sustainable future for generations to come. To acknowledge the wisdom of the first peoples and to stand in solidarity with their fight for clean water and rights to protect the land that serves as the web of interconnection for us all. Visit Solidarity to learn more.
The Radical Monarchs create opportunities for young girls of color to form fierce sisterhood, celebrate their identities and contribute radically to their communities.
Winnemem Wintu Chief Caleen Sisk and a collective of Indigenous women, activists, and allies organize the Run 4 Salmon, a 300-mile trek that follows the historical journey of the salmon from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to the Winnemem (McCloud River) to raise awareness about the policies threatening our waters, our fish, and indigenous lifeways. It’s a dire time in California for wild chinook salmon (Nur) – climate change, giant dam projects and draining rivers for Big Ag irrigation threaten the survival of the keystone keepers of our waters. Salmon bring essential nutrients to the waterways, forests, and lands. However, since the Shasta Dam was built 71 years ago, the salmon have been unable to return to their home waters in the Winnemem’s ancestral watershed. Now, the Winnemem Wintu Tribe is working on a plan to bring the genetic descendants of their salmon from New Zealand back to their home waters. Visit run4salmon.org to learn more.
For The Wild preserves and strengthens the integrity of Earth’s natural communities through land conservation and ecological restoration. Powered by community efforts and bioregional native plants nurseries, its work centers around the reforestation and diversification of degraded landscapes, informed by Traditional Ecological Knowledge. For The Wild conducts ecological research to improve restoration techniques and to adapt them to our rapidly changing climate and human landscape.
Ayana from For the Wild also has a project called For The Wild Podcast, a radio program/podcast, brings you conversations with the philosophers, scientists, activists, healers, artists and others who are leading the movements to restore our beleaguered planet and reimagine our role in this wild web of life. Key topics include the transition to a regenerative and biocentric society, ecological renewal and resistance, and healing from the paradigm of separation. They travel deep into ancient forests, align with the struggles and ways of Earth-based people, and rekindle the mysteries of intuition. The radio series has been heard across America on Pacifica-affiliate radio stations, delivering an artful blend of visionary ideas and empowering, tangible information to the growing community of biophiliacs and Earth defenders. Find out more at http://forthewild.world
Idle No More is a grassroots movement led by Indigenous women which began in December 2012, originating among the Aboriginal peoples in Canada comprising the First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples and their non-Aboriginal supporters in Canada, and to a lesser extent, internationally.
The Vision revolves around Indigenous Ways of Knowing rooted in Indigenous Sovereignty to protect water, air, land and all creation for future generations.
To date, the movement has been particularly focused on the education and the revitalization of indigenous peoples through awareness and empowerment. The movement also is known for encouraging knowledge sharing about indigenous sovereignty and environmental protections.
Spirit Weavers Gathering is honored to support and donate a percentage of ticket sales to Idle No More. For more information, please visit http://www.idlenomore.ca/.
Purple W.I.N.G.S. Organization (PWs) 501 c (3) founded in 2010 is a mentoring agency whose acronym stands for, Women Inspiring Noble Girls Successfully.
Girls participate in weekly two-hour supportive conversation circles, goal setting programs, peer and adult one-on-one mentoring, and a variety of community-based activities.
Purple W.I.N.G.S. works mainly with girls who are under-resourced (lack economic resources, family support, opportunities) and teens of color. These girls develop social, emotional and intellectual tools to help them create a positive life vision, develop success skills, serve as community role models, and access the resources they need to achieve their goals.
Visit Purple W.I.N.G.S webpage for further details.
Indigenous Environmental Network: Established in 1990 within the United States, IEN was formed by grassroots Indigenous peoples and individuals to address environmental and economic justice issues (EJ). IEN’s activities include building the capacity of Indigenous communities and tribal governments to develop mechanisms to protect our sacred sites, land, water, air, natural resources, health of both our people and all living things, and to build economically sustainable communities.IEN accomplishes this by maintaining an informational clearinghouse, organizing campaigns, direct actions and public awareness, building the capacity of community and tribes to address EJ issues, development of initiatives to impact policy, and building alliances among Indigenous communities, tribes, inter-tribal and Indigenous organizations, people-of-color/ethnic organizations, faith-based and women groups, youth, labor, environmental organizations and others. IEN convenes local, regional and national meetings on environmental and economic justice issues, and provides support, resources and referral to Indigenous communities and youth throughout primarily North America – and in recent years – globally.
Happy Period started by Spirit Weavers sis Chelsea VonChaz provides menstrual care items by collecting donations and then assembling kits to distribute personally and through shelters. Street distribution is our approach to giving back, along with shelter drop-offs.
Our initiative supports everyone that has a monthly flow, including teenagers, nonbinary, and the LGBT community.
Please visit http://hashtaghappyperiod.org for more Info!