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Run4Salmon 2019: Save the Date

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Each September for the past 2 years, Chief Caleen Sisk has led the Winnemem Wintu Tribe and allies in the Run4Salmon, a 300-mile journey from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta region to the tribe’s historic village site on the McCloud River near Mt. Shasta. This two-week long prayerful event is a call to action to restore the endangered winter-run Chinook salmon, which are sacred to the Winnemem, and whose populations are severely threatened by climate change and construction of dams in the area.

Planning for this year’s Run4Salmon — which will take place from Sept 15-30 — is underway. WEA was honored to support last year’s run as it traveled through Ohlone territory and will be doing so again this September.

Get updates on the 2019 Run4Salmon here.

Women Leaders on the Frontlines at USOW

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Last month, WEA was honored to be a community partner for the United State of Women Summit where we co-hosted and presented at the “Eco Women’s Leadership on the Front Lines panel. This event highlighted the critical work of women leaders to solve environmental challenges around the world and gave rise to the Eco Women’s Alliance — a forum for continued collaboration.

Thank you to our event partners (Center for Food Safety, Los Angeles Food Policy Council, Kiss The Ground, Physicians for Social Responsibility – Los Angeles, Three Squares Inc., Women In Green Forum, NAACP’s Environmental and Climate Justice Program), our generous sponsors (NationBuilder, Green Wish, Repurpose, Califia Farms, and Actor/Activist Sharon Lawrence), and our host committee for making this possible!

Watch Amira Diamond present at “Eco Women’s Leadership on the Front Lines.”

Women you should know

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Last week, history was made as a record number of women (and women of color) were elected to office during the U.S. midterm elections. 256 women, to be exact, were candidates for the U.S. House or the U.S. Senate in the general election, and as of this past Monday, 114 have won — including the first Native American and Muslim women elected to Congress.

There’s clearly no shortage of inspiring, powerful women to celebrate, whether we’re looking at American politics or WEA’s work supporting women leaders around the world. From fierce eco-warriors to life-giving seed savers, clean energy entrepreneurs to forest-home gardeners, these leaders are making their mark on history, on our countries, and on the Earth.

In recognition of this promising moment, here are a few courageous women we think you oughta know.

  • Letitia “Tish” James, first African-American woman to be elected attorney general of New York
  • Ilhan Omar, the first Muslim woman to be voted into Congress
  • Rashida Harbi Tlaib, the first Muslim woman to be voted into Congress
  • Deb Haaland, the first Native American woman to be voted into Congress
  • Sharice Davids, the first Native American woman to be voted into Congress
  • Alexandrea Ocasio-Cortez, the youngest woman to be voted into Congress
  • Angie Craig, the first openly lesbian mother to be voted into Congress
  • Jahana Hayes, the first Black congresswoman from Connecticut
  • Ayanna Pressley, the first Black congresswomen from Massachusetts
  • Veronica Escobar, the first Latinx congresswoman from Texas
  • Sylvia Garcia, the first Latinx congresswoman from Texas

Beyond the Violence on the Land, Violence on our Bodies report

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The Shedding Light on Environmental Violence Initiative shows us that what happens to the land, happens to our bodies. Chrissy Swain, a leader featured in our Violence on the Land, Violence on our Bodies report, shares her experience of mercury poisoning caused by pollution from a paper mill near the Asubpeeschoseewagong (Grassy Narrows) First Nation reserve in this article. Thanks to our friends at International Indian Treaty Council for sharing this work and being leaders in transforming environmental violence into environmental justice.

For more on the Violence on the Land, Violence on our Bodies report and toolkit, and our work with Native Youth Sexual Health Network, visit landbodydefense.org.

Read the full article.

*Photo of Chrissy Swain by David Sone/Earthroots

WEA stands with Run4Salmon

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This summer, WEA was deeply honored to once again stand with Chief Caleen Sisk of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe, and Corrina Gould of the Confederated Villages of Lisjan and Sogorea Te’ Land Trust, in support of the Run4Salmon. These tireless women leaders have led this prayerful journey for the past 3 years, calling us all to action to protect the local salmon runs, our waters, and Indigenous lifeways.

Photo credit: Run4Salmon