August has been a month of big news stories that weigh heavy on our hearts: injustice and unrest in Ferguson, escalating conflict in the Middle East, Ebola outbreaks, droughts, fires, and more. With these pressing social justice issues that need immediate action, divestment might feel like an afterthought. But it’s not. Not at all.
For our web workshop on September 3rd, we are joined by two fossil fuel divestment leaders to discuss how divestment can be used as a solidarity tactic, and how climate change is innately intertwined with social justice.
Joshua Kahn Russell is the Global Trainings Manager at 350.org. He has trained thousands of activists, and he’ll be joining us to offer insights about building relationships of solidarity with integrity and power.
Sachie Hopkins Hayakawa is a Youth and Student Organizer with the New Economy Coalition, and helped organize the country’s first fossil fuel divestment campaign with Swarthmore Mountain Justice. Sachie will speak to the implications and possibilities for divestment campaigns standing in solidarity with communities on the frontlines of fossil fuel impacts.
Julia Ho is a divestment activist working in St Louis, Missouri. As a student at Washington University, Julia helped organize a 17-day occupation aimed at Peabody Energy, the world’s largest private coal corporation. As someone currently working on the ground in Ferguson, she will speak to the importance of linking divestment campaigns to frontline communities that are facing the immediate and chronic impacts of both racial and environmental injustice.
Here’s everything you need to know to join this powerful workshop:
WHAT: Divestment as a Solidarity Tactic
WHEN: Wednesday, September 3, 8:30 PM EDT/5:30 PM PDT
WHERE: Online! We’ll send you the link to view the workshop when you RSVP.
Bring your questions and your friends!