Events: The connection between extractive industries and MMIR, Reparations Learning Table, and more

In this post:

  • Webinar: Intersection of extractive industries and human trafficking in relation to the MMIR crisis, Monday
  • Reparations Learning Table (three events starting Thursday, Jan. 26)
  • Ojibwe Storytelling Series
  • Online Tar Sands Action Party, Sunday
  • Webinar: Christian Nationalism and the Threat to Human Rights, Wednesday, Jan. 25

Webinar: Intersection of extractive industries and the MMIR crisis, Monday

Join MN350’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives (MMIR) Organizer Jessica Gidagaakoons Smith and MN350 volunteer Callum Cintron as they host a livestream discussing the intersection of extractive industries and human trafficking in relation to the MMIR crisis for National Human Trafficking Prevention Month

Monday, Jan 16, 2 p.m.

Click here to join on Facebook Live: 

Click here for the Zoom link. (Meeting ID: 884 2204 8743, Passcode: 825264)

Reparations Online Learning Table (three events starting Thursday, Jan. 26)

Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light (MNIPL) is hosting three more online discussions on reparations, each covering a different topic. You can attend one or all three. Registration required. Register here.

Thursday, Jan. 26, noon – 1 p.m.:  Reparations: Why now and why MNIPL?

Reparations are a deep part of our commitment to healing in the world. The systems that exploit fossil fuels at our expense were built through enslaved labor and Native land theft. Reparations are intertwined with climate justice, and we’re excited to explore what this means for our movement with you!

Thursday, Feb. 9, noon – 1 p.m.:  Reparations: What’s faith got to do with it?

Making mistakes is part of the human experience. So it’s not surprising that many faith traditions have teachings and practices about repair. Learn what several faiths say about repentance and repair and how to draw upon and build from these existing spiritual practices within your own reparations work.

Thursday, Feb. 23, noon – 1 p.m.: Reparations: What is your story?

Reparations matter today because “then” is not separate from “now.” Hear co-facilitator, Jessica Intermill, relate her family history of pre-revolutionary colonizers, prairie pioneers, and recent immigrants to her current reparations work. Learn how to apply the idea of “stacked history” in your own life.

Ojibwe storytelling series

In Ojibwe culture, winter is storytelling season. The Wisconsin Historical Society is celebrating by featuring Ojibwe storytellers in a four-part virtual series every Tuesday evening at 7 pm from Jan. 10-31. The storytelling events are free but registration is required. Learn more and register.

Tar Sands Online Action Party, Sunday

The frontline activists fighting tar sands and the pipelines that bring the oil to market — especially lines 3, 5 & 9 — deserve our understanding, thanks, and support. Join a powerful group of citizens of the planet who are battling these unneeded fossil fuel pipelines for one, short hour to learn the latest news about the tar sands pipelines AND to take action and make a difference.

The event is Sunday, 6-7 p.m. Register here.

Speakers are:

  • Great Grandmother Mary Lyons is an Ojibwe elder, a world-renowned wisdom keeper, empowerment coach, activist, and author. She is an international keynote speaker and seminar leader at such gatherings as the Parliament of World Religions, and she is also an elder observer at the United Nations Forum on Indigenous Issues.
  • Barbara With, one of the Shell River Seven, lives on Moningwaane’akaaning Minis (Madeline Island) in Gitchee Gummi (Lake Superior). She is active in opposing Enbridge Line 5.
  • Rebecca Kemble, a grandmother and water protector who lives with her extended family on Ho Chunk territory in Madison, WI. She’s involved in the Line 5 Coalition and Madison Mutual Aid Network among other projects.
  • Tania Aubid, a mother and grandmother who has been an activist ever since she can remember. She has faced racial injustice and land injustice and wants to find solutions for future children.
  • Joe Morales, half Yaqui Indian and half German, passionately believes in sharing traditional ecological knowledge, traditional teachings, and ceremony. He has been a spiritual advisor to the Grand Governing Council of the American Indian Movement (AIM).

Webinar: Christian Nationalism and the Threat to Human Rights, Wednesday, Jan. 25

World Without Genocide is hosting a webinar looking at the rise of Christian Nationalism, and its definition and sources. It will highlight efforts to maintain the separation of church and state, and to speak out against faith-based policies in the public sphere.

It will be held online on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 7-9 p.m. Registration is $10, $5 for students and seniors. Learn more and register here.

According to organizers: The Christian Nationalist movement overlaps with the ‘great replacement theory’ and demographic paranoia, demonizing people of color; equality-seeking women; non-Christians, particularly Muslims and Jews; and members of LGBTQ communities, especially transgender women, who are despised for being men and seen as abdicating masculinity. Their platforms often meld religious doctrine on matters such as abortion and LGBTQ rights with a belief in various conspiracy theories and false narratives about the COVID-19 pandemic and the 2020 election.

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