MG’s Course Correction: Just Transition in the Age of COVID-19 // Cambio del rumbo: una transición justa en la era del COVID-19

 

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Thank you for joining us for MG’s Course Correction! Recordings of and study materials for Sessions 1-4 are linked  below. We encourage you to join our mailing list to continue to stay connected to MG’s future events and updates.

 

 

Course Description:

Movement Generation has been coalescing in our (virtual) dream tank and like many of you we are leaning into and processing the range of emotions stirred up by the pandemic crisis. We also recognize this as a time of possibility to act collectively to make the ecological and economic shifts we need.  In that spirit, we created a four-session online course series that helps reframe the COVID-19 crisis.

Questions?  Email course@movementgeneration.org

 

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Descripción del cursillo:

Como muchas de ustedes, el equipo de Movement Generation está procesando la gama de emociones provocadas por esta crisis pandémica. A la par, reconocemos que este es un momento lleno de potencial y posibilidades – para actuar colectivamente, y para obtener los cambios ecológicos y económicos que mas necesitamos. Con ese objetivo en mente, hemos creado esta serie de cursillos en línea, que durará cuatro sesiones, y que nos ayudará a replantear y comprender la crisis de COVID-19.

¿Preguntas? Correo electrónico: course@movementgeneration.org


Session Descriptions + Materials:

Click to jump to a session:

  • Session #1 (May 19): How Did We Get Here? The Ecological Context for Pandemics (May 19) // Sesión #1 (19 de mayo): ¿Cómo pasó esto?  El contexto ecológico de las pandemias (19 de mayo)
  • Session #2 (June 16): Translocal Strategies for a Just Recovery: A Black-Led Session on Restoring Land, Labor, and Capital to Self-Determined Communities // Sesión #2 (16 de junio): Estrategias translocales para una recuperación justa: Una sesión liderada por dirigencia negra sobre la restauración de la tierra, el trabajo y la riqueza a las comunidades auto-gestionadas
  • Session #3 (June 30): From Global Domination to Bioregional Governance //  Sesión #3 (30 de junio): De la dominación global a la gobernanza bioregional
  • Session #4 (July 14): Decolonize the Future // Sesión #4 (14 de julio): Descolonizar el futuro

 


Session #1: How Did We Get Here? The Ecological Context for Pandemics

 

Sesión #1: ¿Cómo pasó esto? El contexto ecológico de las pandemias

Tues, May 19
Martes, 19 de mayo 

 


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SESSION DESCRIPTION:

Finance has become a chainsaw against the very web of life humans depend on. How did CoVid-19 emerge? Why now? What does it teach us about economy and ecology? Join Special Guest Leah Penniman along with MG family Deseree Fontenot and Gopal Dayaneni facilitating a workshop (not a panel) on the root causes of the current global pandemic in the context of a just transition

El mundo de las finanzas se ha convertido en una motosierra que está destruyendo a la preciosa red de la vida en todo el planeta.  ¿Cómo surgió COVID-19?  ¿Porque surgió ahora?  ¿Que nos quiere enseñar este virus sobre la economía actual y la ecología? Acompaña a nuestra invitada especial, Leah Penniman de Soul Fire Farm, con Deseree Fontenot y Gopal Dayaneni, miembrxs de Movement Generation, que dirigirán un taller sobre las causas estructurales de esta pandemia global, en el contexto de una transición justa.

LINKS TO RECORDINGS + TRANSCRIPT + PLAYLIST:

RECORDING OF SESSION | GRABACIÓN DE LA SESIÓN

SPANISH INTERPRETATION AUDIO | GRABACIÓN DE LA INTERPRETACION EN ESPAÑOL

TRANSCRIPT | TRANSCRIPCIÓN

MUSIC PLAYLIST | LISTA DE REPRODUCCIÓN MUSICAL

 

 

graphic notetaking art for session1. fine marker on white notebook.

Graphic Recording by Yuki Kidokoro (click to download)

 

KEY TAKEAWAYS:

key takeaways from session 1

STUDY MATERIALS AND DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

Additional readings & videos to deepen learning on the ecological context of pandemics.

 

In Spanish:

 

Suggested Discussion Questions:

  • How did you feel participating in the session or doing the readings?
  • How might this content relate to or inform the spaces that you love and care for? Actions you might take? Ways you talk about the problem?
  • What lingering questions do you have?
  • What are the key takeaways that resonate with you? Where do you disagree or diverge?
  • This first course session asserted that the protection of biocultural diversity is critical to center in transforming out of profit-driven systems that rupture and harm. What do you think about that?

 

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Session #2: Translocal Strategies for a Just Recovery: A Black-Led Session on Restoring Land, Labor, and Capital to Self-Determined Communities

Sesión #2: Estrategias translocales para una recuperación justa: Una sesión liderada por dirigencia negra sobre la restauración de la tierra, el trabajo y la riqueza a las comunidades auto-gestionadas

Tues June 16
Martes, 16 de junio

 


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SESSION DESCRIPTION:

As this unprecedented moment continues to unfold – massive uprisings for Black Liberation across the globe, amidst a viral pandemic – we are greeted with an incredible opportunity to lean into the visions of the world we need. From #DefundthePolice to #CancelRent to #FoodSovereignty,  to #CancelShutoffs, we can foster permanently organized communities that can transform short term relief into long-term cultural and economic shifts toward regenerative and life-affirming economies. In this session we will explore what Just Recovery might look and feel like – from recovering from the latest shocks of the COVID-19 pandemic to recovering from 500 years of systemic violence against our lands and bodies. Join our all black facilitation team – MG staff Abbas Khalid, Melissa “Crosby”, Deseree Fontenot and longtime movement strategist Taj James – as we look toward the North Star of our Freedom Dreams through the lens of the Just Transition framework and uplift some translocal strategies and actions our movements are advancing in this moment to return stolen wealth and land to the communities it was stolen from, so that just recovery fuels just transformation. The session will feature a grounding by Mawu Lisa, special guest artist Tongo Eisen-Martin and MG’s own Abbas Khalid as MC!

A medida que este momento histórico sin precedentes continúa evolucionando: levantamientos masivos para la Liberación Negra por todo el mundo en medio de una pandemia viral, se nos presenta una increíble oportunidad para visualizar y crear la visión del mundo que tanto necesitamos. Desde #DefundthePolice (recorte de los presupuestos policiales) a #CancelRent (#CancelarAlquileres) a #FoodSovereignty (#SoberaníaAlimenticia) y #CancelShutoffs (#CancelarApagones), podemos promover y crear comunidades permanentemente organizadas – y obtener cambios sistémicos – hacia economías regenerativas que reafirman la vida. 

En esta sesión exploraremos nuestro imaginario colectivo sobre una Recuperación Justa, desde la sanación de los ‘shocks’ mas recientes de la pandemia de COVID-19, a la sanación  y recuperación de 500 años de violencia sistémica contra nuestras tierras y nuestros cuerpos. Únase a nuestro equipo de facilitación totalmente liderada por dirigencia negra: Abbas Khalid, Melissa “Crosby”, y Deseree Fontenot, todes miembres del personal de MG, y el veterano estratega Taj James. En esta sesión articularemos nuestros sueños libertarios mas audaces a través del marco estratégico de la Transición Justa. Estudiaremos y definiremos estrategias y acciones translocales avanzadas por nuestros movimientos para devolver la riqueza y la tierras robadas a las comunidades a las que les pertenecen, históricamente.  La sesión contará con el artista e invitado especial Tongo Eisen-Martin y al propio Abbas Khalid de MG como MC. Con una ofrenda cultural de Mawu Lisa.

 

LINKS TO RECORDINGS + TRANSCRIPT:

RECORDING OF SESSION | GRABACIÓN DE LA SESIÓN

SPANISH INTERPRETATION AUDIO| GRABACIÓN DE LA INTERPRETACION EN ESPAÑOL

TRANSCRIPT | TRANSCRIPCIÓN

 

graphic notetaking art for session 2. fine marker on white notebook.

Graphic Recording by Yuki Kidokoro (click to download)

 

KEY TAKEAWAYS:

key takeaways from session 2.

STUDY MATERIALS AND DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

Links about examples of Community Wealth Building for Just Recovery:

 

Suggested Discussion Questions:
  • How did you feel participating in the session or doing the readings?
  • How might this content relate to or inform the spaces that you love and care for? Actions you might take? Ways you talk about the problem?
  • What lingering questions do you have?
  • What are the key takeaways that resonate with you? Where do you disagree or diverge?

 

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Session #3: From Global Domination to Bioregional Governance

Sesión #3: De la dominación global a la gobernanza bioregional

Tues June 30
Martes, 30 de junio

 

 

SESSION DESCRIPTION:

It took 500+ years of increasing domination of the land to bring on this pandemic. The decisions that caused it were made far from the places of impact. In fact, governance and decision-making are at the root of the crises of our times—from speculative housing markets to global industrial food systems and toxic fossil fuel industries. How can we move towards local, loving, linked, participatory economies for life? What unjust rules do we need to break? What new practices do we need to codify to move from political borders to ecological boundaries?

Join MG Collective members Carla M. Pérez (aka carlita del sol) and Mateo Nube, and Corrina Gould/Lisjan Ohlone, Co-Founder of Sogorea Te’ Land Trust and Lead Organizer of Indian People for Change, as they weave the story of bioregional governance in relation to Native territories as a way to shift back towards a Reflective, Responsive Relationship to Place.  By sharing examples and forms of bioregional governance happening in real time, we’ll discuss what it means to reshape governance in this COVID moment.

The session will feature an opening by Corrina, with a special cultural offering by hip hop artist Kiwi Illafonte and our own MG staff Angela Aguilar as MC.

Esta pandemia fue provocada por 500+ años de dominación de la tierra. Las decisiones que generaron esta crisis se hicieron lejos de los lugares de impacto. De hecho, la gobernanza y la toma de decisiones son temas centrales de esta crisis – sea en los mercados especulativos que gobiernan la vivienda, o los sistemas alimenticios industriales y globalizados, y hasta las industrias tóxicas de combustibles fósiles. ¿Cómo podemos avanzar hacia economías locales, participativas, y sagradas – enraizadas en el concepto del ‘buen vivir’?¿Qué reglas y leyes injustas necesitamos retar y cambiar? ¿Qué nuevas prácticas necesitamos codificar, para dejar atrás a las fronteras políticas que son rígidas y arbitrarias, y dar paso a los fronteras ecológicas que son mucho mas permeables y flexibles?

Únase a nuestro equipo de facilitación, miembros del personal de MG Carla M. Pérez  y Mateo Nube y Corrina Gould/Lisjan Ohlone, cofundadora de Sogorea Te Land Trust y organizadora principal de Indian People for Change, mientras tejen la historia de la gobernanza bioregional en relación con los territorios indígenas como una forma de cambiar hacia nuestra relación con nuestra lugar que sea reflexiva y receptiva. Compartimos ejemplos y formas de gobernanza bioregional que suceden en tiempo real, y discutiremos lo que significa remodelar la gobernanza en este momento COVID. 

La sesión contará con una inauguración de Corrina Gould, con una ofrenda cultural de la artista de hip hop Kiwi Illafonte y al propio  de Angela Aguilar de MG como MC.

 

LINKS TO RECORDINGS + TRANSCRIPT + PLAYLIST:

RECORDING OF SESSION | GRABACIÓN DE LA SESIÓN

SPANISH INTERPRETATION AUDIO | GRABACIÓN DE LA INTERPRETACION EN ESPAÑOL

TRANSCRIPT | TRANSCRIPCIÓN

MUSIC PLAYLIST | LISTA DE REPRODUCCIÓN MUSICAL

 

 

graphic notetaking art for session 3. fine marker on white notebook.

Graphic Recording by Yuki Kidokoro (click to download)

 

KEY TAKEAWAYS:

 

STUDY MATERIALS AND DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

Additional Readings:

 

Videos
  • Example of bioregional governance: Cherán, Michoacán, Mexico: Such great example of uprising, booting out the police and corrupt politicians, and establishing bioregional governance through neighborhood assemblies, community guards, and council of elders all based on traditional forms of self-governance practiced 1.5 generations ago in the region. The link includes a great short film describing the uprising and restructuring. Also, beautiful testimonio of the relationship and responsibility people have with the bosque/forest and their ongoing defense of the bosque from the looting through illegal logging.
  • PUSH Buffalo, our partner organization, talking about the work they do to “mobilize residents to create strong neighborhoods with quality, affordable housing; to expand local hiring opportunities; and to advance economic and environmental justice in Buffalo.”
  • Counter-Mapping Video
      Jim Enote, a traditional Zuni farmer and director of the A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center, is working with Zuni artists to create maps that bring an indigenous voice and perspective back to the land, countering Western notions of place and geography and challenging the arbitrary borders imposed on the Zuni world.

 

Suggested Discussion Questions:

  1. Discuss your place! Discuss with your group the “ancestral scale” of human organization where you call home. What are the natural boundaries? What is the name of your watershed?
  2. Discuss with your group some reasons why bioregional governance is a solution pathway for the moment in time we are in and for achieving a just transition and ecological justice.

  3.  Discuss the two examples we shared (Lake Erie Basin and Puerto Rico) and think of other
  4.  places where this is happening or being attempted through translocal organizing.
  5. Are there specific movements towards taking back governance over land or water or creating a crisis of jurisdiction in your bioregion?
  6. Example: Sioux nation closing the border to keep COVID out
  7. New Mexico communities protecting acequias

 

 

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Session #4: Decolonize the Future

Sesión #4: Descolonizar el futuro

Tues July 14
Martes 14 de julio

SESSION DESCRIPTION:

From Indigenous Sovereignty movements to Afrofuturism, Black Land Liberation, Disability Justice, Just Recovery, and Mutual Aid – our movements are living into a new world. How do we codify wins and lead a just transformation in the midst of economic freefall and disaster capitalism? How are our peoples creating the lifeboats to tide us over to regenerative economies? 

For the fourth and final session of MG’s Course Correction: join us in the year 2050 to learn how 30 years (and more) of organizing and bold strategy has manifested the shifts we need to build towards liberation! Be transported to the future through visioning and reflection with adrienne maree brown. Take an organizing hxstory walk with MG’s Emeritus Facilitator Michelle Mascarenhas Swan. Then join us for 2050 reports by powerful movement leaders: Patty Berne (Sins Invalid), Akua Deirdre Smith (BlackOUT Collective / Black Land Liberation Initiative), Jade Begay (NDN Collective / Filmmaker / VR Creator), Sammie Ablaza Wills (APIENC), and Tré Vasquez (MG). Emcee’d by MG’s Ellen Choy.

Muchos movimientos ya están generando mundos nuevos – desde la Soberanía Indígena, al Afrofuturismo, la Justicia de la Discapacidad, la Recuperación Justa, y las muchas expresiones organizadas y emergentes de Apoyo Mutuo.  ¿Cómo codificamos nuestras victorias y lideramos una transformación justa, en medio de la caída libre de la economía dominante?  ¿Cómo están nuestros pueblos construyendo los barcos salvavidas, que nos ayudarán a navegar hasta las orillas de las economías regenerativas? 

Para la cuarta y última sesión del curso Cambio de rumbo: ¡únase a nosotros en el año 2050 para aprender cómo 30 años (y más) de organización y estrategia han manifestado los cambios que necesitamos construir para nuestra liberación! 

Transpórtece al futuro a través de la visión y la reflexión con adrienne maree brown. Tome una caminata con la facilitadora emérita de MG Michelle Mascarenhas Swan. Y únase a nosotros para unos noticiosos del futuro (2050) con nuestras corresponsales y poderosas líderes del movimiento: Patty Berne (Sins Invalid), Akua Deirdre Smith (BlackOUT Collective / Black Land Liberation Initiative), Jade Begay (NDN Collective / Filmmaker / VR Creator), Sammie Ablaza Wills (APIENC), y Tré Vasquez (MG). Emcee’d por Ellen Choy de MG.

LINKS TO RECORDINGS + TRANSCRIPT + PLAYLIST:

RECORDING OF SESSION | GRABACIÓN DE LA SESIÓN

SPANISH INTERPRETATION AUDIO | GRABACIÓN DE LA INTERPRETACION EN ESPAÑOL

TRANSCRIPT | TRANSCRIPCIÓN

MUSIC PLAYLIST | LISTA DE REPRODUCCIÓN MUSICAL

 

graphic notetaking art for session 4. fine marker on white notebook.

Graphic Recording by Yuki Kidokoro. (click to download)

 

graphic notetaking art for session 4 (2nd of 2 images). fine marker on white notebook.

Graphic Recording by Yuki Kidokoro. (click to download)

 

KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  • Inspiring our peoples’ agency in this moment!
  • There are powerful, transformative shifts that can happen during political openings such as this pandemic – so much can move, so much can transform.
  • We’re in a moment when we’ll have more and more shocks that we can harness towards transformative material and cultural shifts. Take leadership from the visionary organizers who have been creating the plans and laying the groundwork.
  • When we are rooted in / steeped in visionary grassroots movements, led by those on the frontlines, scaling our vision through translocalism is possible.
  • The feedback loops have been going in the wrong direction – and now the economy is grinding to a halt. How do we reverse the engine and move things the other way towards regeneration & restoration of relationship?
  • This will take intergenerational wisdom and organizing. Our elders provide us the wisdom that reminds us what is possible. Young people continue to remind us that we cannot settle for anything less than bold, visionary, systemic transformation. We are remembering and also living out a new way.
  • Cultural Strategy in this moment is critical to help widen the view and build critical consciousness and understanding of resilience-based organizing.

 

STUDY MATERIALS AND DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

Readings/Multimedia/Orgs to check out:

 

Suggested Discussion Questions:

  1. Talk to someone younger &/or older than you about what you imagine in 2050. What’s one thing you see yourself doing in the next 3-5 years to actualize your vision?
  2. What of what you heard from the speakers today do you think is possible to achieve by 2050? What is not? And why?
  3. How do we need to expand our capacity to self govern (at any/all levels from the household to movements, communities, watersheds, etc.)? What are some of the challenges we will face in moving from being governed to collectively self-governing? Thinking about the process of decolonization, what patterns will we have to unlearn, restore, or create anew?
  4. How can you apply the 3 Circles Strategy Tool to the work you’re doing in your community?

 

 

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