Category Archives: Youth

Spoken word on Palestine: “We teach life, sir.”

The following video was sent to us via a great friend and long-time volunteer for GJEP. Razeef Ziadah is also a friend of one of our board members.

Our friend and volunteer from VT said, “This poem made me think of your [GJEP's] work.”

RAFEEF ZIADAH is a Canadian-Palestinian spoken word artist and activist. Her debut CD Hadeel is dedicated to Palestinian youth, who still fly kites in the face of F16 bombers, who still remember the names if their villages in Palestine and still hear the sound of Hadeel (cooing of doves) over Gaza.


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by | July 26, 2014 · 3:20 PM

Akwa ibom youths protest fresh oil spill from mobil facility

By Jules, June 30, 2014. Source: Nigerian Bulletin


Youths in Eket and Esit Eket in Akwa Ibom on Monday staged peaceful protests against fresh oil spills in Nkpana community from a Mobil facility in Ibeno.

The youths numbering more than 500 protested on major streets in Eket, including the Marina and Terminal roads.

The protesters, under the ages of Core Youth Forum, carried placards with inscriptions: “Oil spill is killing our aquatic life’’, “No compensation for oil spill” and “Enough of this oil spillage,’’ among others.

Mr Godwin Peter, the spokesman of the protesters, said the spill occurred on Saturday and occupied communities along the spill line on Sunday. Continue reading

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7 Washington University students arrested protesting Peabody Coal

By Jeff Biggers, May 2, 2014. Source: Eco Watch

Photo: EcoWatch

Photo: EcoWatch

On the heels of an earlier arrest of a student at a growing divestment blockade at Harvard University, seven Washington University students were arrested today in St. Louis, as they sought to enter the quarterly meeting of the Board of Trustees.

Today’s action followed a historic 17-day sit-in at the St. Louis campus, where hundreds of Washington University students have joined in a campaign to remove Peabody Energy CEO Greg Boyce from the Board of Trustees, as part of other demands to cut university ties with the coal industry giant.

World renowned author Margaret Atwood, appearing yesterday to accept the Arts First award at Harvard, summed it up best at an open forum when asked about the protest: “Any society where arrest is preferable to open dialog is a scary place.”

According to Washington University student Caroline Burney, nearly 100 students rallied in front of the Knight Center, where the Board of Trustees meeting was being held, and then marched to the main doors of the building. Students were faced by a line of police, locked arms, and stated that they were not leaving until they were let into the building to speak with Greg Boyce about his role at the University and on the Board of Trustees. After about forty minutes of singing and chanting, seven students were arrested by St. Louis County Police. Continue reading

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Coming together: Reclaiming memory and reconciling identity

By Henia Belalia, April 19, 2014. Source: Waging Nonviolence

Memorial in Algeria commemorates the struggle for independence against France. However, today, the Algerian government has adopted many of the ways of its former French colonizers. (Flickr/Asian Media)

Memorial in Algeria commemorates the struggle for independence against France. However, today, the Algerian government has adopted many of the ways of its former French colonizers. (Flickr/Asian Media)

This week, thousands of youth boycotted the presidential elections in Algeria in protest of the likely success of an ailing president who is now in office for his fourth term. But ultimately, the roots of the protests ran much deeper: state institutions that uphold the status quo, an economy too reliant on oil exports, and the lack of economic and employment opportunities for the younger generations. President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s National Liberation Front, which won the election even amongst rumors of fraud and the president’s own poor health, was once a political party that claimed liberation. Now, it has adopted many of the ways of the colonialist empire.

For me, a woman of color whose family, native to Algeria, left for France and later for the United States, the political state of Algeria is a reality that is complicated to sit with — and one that reminds me of the nuances of building a truly liberatory multiracial movement.

Sometimes I think it’s a miracle that my people have survived long enough to birth me. For years, imperialism and capitalism have attempted to exterminate us through colonization, militarism and forced economic development. Even as Algeria forced out the European settlers, decolonized our lands, and gained independence in July 1962, the dominant culture attempted to do away with our traditional heritage. The media demonized our people, casting all Arabs as dirty and dangerous. Imperialist nations have benefited just as much from colonialism and the theft of our lands as they have from the indoctrination of our minds through the erasure of our ancient ways, memories, traditions and cultures. Continue reading

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University sit-in targets world’s largest private coal company

April 17, 2014. Source: The Real News Network

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Hundreds arrested at White House Keystone protest

By Talia Buford, March 2, 2014. Source: Politico

The march makes its way through Georgetown in Washington, D.C.  Photo: M.Scott Mahaskey/POLITICO

The march makes its way through Georgetown in Washington, D.C. Photo: M.Scott Mahaskey/POLITICO

More than 300 anti-Keystone XL protesters were arrested Sunday afternoon outside the White House in the latest push by environmentalists to convince the Obama administration to reject the Canadian oil pipeline.

The student-led protest, organized by XL Dissent, started with a rally at Georgetown University. The students marched from there to the White House — with a stop at Secretary of State John Kerry’s house along the way.

Students from 80 colleges participated in Sunday’s event, and another protest will be held on Monday in San Francisco, said Aly Johnson-Kurts, a freshman at Smith College and one of the organizers of the event.

“The youth really understand the traditional methods of creating change are not sufficient … so we needed to escalate,” said Johnson, shortly before she was arrested at the White House. Continue reading

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Youth group From Klamath river plan trip to help fight world’s most destructive dam project

February 3, 2014. Source: Intercontinental Cry

Photo: Klamazon Delegation

Photo: Klamazon Delegation

Orleans, CA – Local youth are making plans to travel to Brazil to lend a hand in the fight against the world’s most destructive dam proposal, Belo Monte. The Belo Monte Dam Resistance Delegation includes indigenous tribes and river activists from Northern California who will travel to Brazil to work with indigenous people in the Xingu basin, the heart of the Amazon, making a strong bond through mutual efforts to preserve and protect inherited cultures and natural resources from short sighted projects like the Belo Monte Dam.

The Belo Monte project, would be the third largest hydroelectric dam ever built. This project would affect 40,000 people and inundate 640 square kilometers of rainforest. Belo Monte Dam is the first step in a larger plan to extract the Amazon’s vast resources through additional dam building.

Belo Monte is one of many dams proposed for the Amazon that would affect hundreds of thousands of indigenous people, including some of the world’s last un-contacted tribes, allowing further destructive mining and deforestation practices. The Amazon Basin, about the size of the continental U.S., is home to 60 percent of the world’s remaining rainforest, and holds one-fifth of the world’s fresh water. Continue reading

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A perspective on working for the Energy Action Coalition

Note: Although the article below is quit dated, Global Justice Ecology Project feels the story and perspective offered are crucial to building a stronger movement for climate justice.  Top-down, oppressive, patriarchal and racist models of organizing reward white privilege and continue to exclude and disenfranchise people of color, Indigenous People, transgender and queer folk.  Essentially, this model of organizing refuses to include those with the most experience battle the systems of oppression that must be dismantled to stop the devouring of the planet.  Further, it encourages a professional, career-focused model of organizing, which does precisely nothing to challenge state and corporate power.  In fact, it often strengthens it.

Here’s to a new year (if you choose to recognize the colonialist-imposed Roman calendar) and a renewed focus on confronting all forms of oppression, in ourselves, in our movements and in society-at-large.

-The GJEP Team

By Chloe Gleichman, October 25, 2013. Source: Pshiftopenletters

pshiftDear Energy Action Coalition,

“What are the implications for a social justice movement in which power and resources are being transferred based on one’s ability to develop a relationship with the right white people?”

-Tiffany Lethabo King & Eware Osayande

I write this letter out of compassion and frustration.  This feedback is not directed at you as individuals, but rather the organizational culture that I experienced this summer at EAC, culminating this past weekend at Power Shift, where I resigned from EAC staff on Sunday.

First and foremost, I want to make clear that I am not trying to work toward resolution, nor do I feel it is my responsibility to offer tangible solutions and answers for the issues present within EAC’s culture.  I have no investment in improving an organization I feel will ultimately be ineffective if it continues to operate in the way I experienced and observed.  Instead, I will simply offer my experience publicly, as I believe there is much to be gained from having this dialogue out in the open where accountability cannot be lost, blame cannot be displaced, and those who have been systematically left out of conversations can have a seat at the table.

In my first few weeks at EAC, there were some isolated instances that left me feeling unsettled and uncomfortable, but that was what they were to me then: isolated instances.  But over time as these instances became patterns, I realized that they were intentionally being framed as isolated instances rather than what they really were: systemic problems.

Inherent in the very structure of non-profit organizations “working toward social justice” like the EAC is a paradigm that renders work ineffective.  The non-profit structure organizes mass dissent that could actually spur real revolution into a career-based organizing model, one in which dominating hierarchy is created and oppressive power-dynamics are replicated.  Those with a relative amount of privilege rise to the top of that hierarchy, funding their organization through contributions from wealthy funders and donors (successful capitalists) who are then able to pride themselves on their philanthropy.

Non-profits do not threaten the suicidal status quo or disrupt and disturb the colonial-industrial-capitalist paradigm.  If they did, you can bet the state would have already done away with them.
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