Thursday, August 29, 2013

Move to Amend is going back to school #edujustice


These days, Americans are suffering through an onslaught of corporate advertising for clothing, supplies, and gadgetry for students heading back to school. Besides these expenses, parents are budgeting for increasing school fees no longer covered by their tax dollars. For those with college age students, many budgets are being stretched too thin to help cover rising tuition rates, textbooks, and housing.
This month, Move to Amend Reports has been focusing on “Back to School,” and the American education system on our weekly internet radio program, Move to Amend Reports.
  • On August 23, we spoke with Roshan Bliss, a student organizer, inclusiveness and anti-oppression trainer, and group process specialist with a passion for empowering young people to defend their futures and democratize their campuses.
The corporate takeover of our public schools is happening: In leadership, curriculum and testing, and the assault on teachers and their unions.
We could resolve the issues in public education if we were more concerned about the quality of an education rather than ensuring profitability for corporate America. Money is not speech, and corporations are not people. But every child is a very important person, who deserves the best education we can deliver.
Ask the teachers and educators you know to sign the Motion to Amend petition and share it with their colleagues.
Tune into Move to Amend Reports tonight for more of our continuing series on “Back to School.”
Ashley Sanders, Daniel Lee, David Cobb, Egberto Willies, George Friday, Jerome Scott, Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap, Laura Bonham, Maria Agosto, Nancy Price, Pamela Brown, Richard Monje

Move to Amend National Leadership Team

Friday, August 9, 2013

Fair Food Nation brings summer heat to Wendy's ~ @ciw

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Carmen Esquivel, CIW: “For us, one cent more is another spoonful of food in the pot to be able to feed our families.” Fox 4 TV


Wendy’s Week of Action takes off with high energy actions
across the country!…

IMG_2127Consumers and farmworkers across the country officially launched the Wendy’s Week of Action with three phenomenal protests on Saturday, August 3rd, with representation from all corners of the Fair Food Nation. Now, as you enjoy the upbeat photos, don’t forget that you can still participate! Check out the Wendy’s page for the full list of actions. For now, here are highlights from the first day…
The Presbyterian Church (USA) kicked off the weekend in Louisville, KY with a spirited picket of over 50 people. With their headquarters just around the corner from the headquarters of Yum! Brands, Taco Bell’s parent company, the PC(USA) is certainly no stranger to calling for Fair Food in Louisville. [...]

[...] Next up, the young un’s…

DSC04700-1Along with our long-standing allies from the Presbyterian community, students certainly weren’t to be left out of the fun!
After four days of presentations, workshops, trainings, and late night discussions, dozens of students from the National Student Power Convergence joined with local students from the University of Wisconsin Madison on a mile-long march to the local Wendy’s on August 3rd. Honks and cheers of support followed the students down the street, both from cars and, upon arrival, even Wendy’s customers...
Don't to miss the beautiful photos (including those of Immokalee's irresistable children) at the CIW website!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Webinar Fri Aug 9th 11 AM EST - World Indigenous Peoples Day

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Celebrate World Indigenous Peoples Day!
We're Dedicating it to FPIC! 

Friday, August 9, is the United Nations' International Day of the World's Indigenous People, first proclaimed by the General Assembly in December 1994, to be celebrated every year during the first International Decade of the World's Indigenous People (1995 - 2004).

In 2004, the Assembly proclaimed a Second International Decade, from 2005 - 2014, with the theme of "A Decade for Action and Dignity." The focus of this year's International Day is "Indigenous peoples building alliances: Honouring treaties, agreements and other constructive arrangements."

Visit the
International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples' website and read  the Secretary-General's message for this day. 

Celebratory Events
To celebrate the day, the United Nations will be holding a special event at their New York City headquarters on Friday, August 9 starting at 3pm EST, which will be broadcast live.       

Get Involved 
Cultural Survival, First Peoples Worldwide, and the #Proud2BIndigenous coalition is dedicating this week to FPIC - Free, Prior and Informed Consent, which stipulates that corporations, governments, and NGOS must include Indigenous Peoples in the planning and implementation of all development projects on traditional land, and obtain their consent before beginning a project, including respecting their right to say no to such projects.  

****Participate in our collaborative FPIC Map!   If you are an Indigenous community facing an FPIC issue, or a corporation, government or NGO engaged in an FPIC situation with Indigenous Peoples, please email with your location, name of your community and a short description of your FPIC issue.

Visit the Cultural Survival Bazaar 
On Thursday, August 8 through Saturday, August 10, the Mashantucket Pequot Museum is hosting the Cultural Survival Bazaar in Mashantucket, CT as part of their 15th Anniversary Celebration. Join us for Indigenous art, music, and food from around the world.  Performances by Yarina (Music of Ecuador), Kawika Alfiche and Halau o Keikialiʼi (Hawaiian music), and Leonard Four Hawks (Native American Storytelling). Learn more here.  

Join us Friday, August 9! 
On Friday, August 9  at 11:00AM EST we will be hosting a webinar, along with First Peoples Worldwide and the International Indian Treaty Council, entitled "Engaging FPIC:  Understanding, Interpretation, and Self-Determination." Please join us for this online panel discussion followed by a question and answer segment. You can follow the discussion on Twitter using the hashtags #FPIC and #P2BI. Register online here.

For more information on Free, Prior and Informed Consent and to download free radio spots on FPIC, see our materials here.

Cultural Survival is a global leader in the fight to protect Indigenous lands, languages, and cultures around the world. In partnership with Indigenous Peoples, we advocate for Indigenous communities whose rights, cultures, and dignity are under threat. For more information go to