Young Activist Needs Help
Organized by: Forest Jackson
My name is Thomas Parker, I am a 19 year old anti-fossil fuel activist who is in the San Francisco Bay Area at the moment. In August I will be attending a Seattle area based, intensive cross-movement training camp; focused on Artful Activism, Strategy, Creative Tactics & Community Organizing called Localize This!. Localize This! is being held by Backbone Campaign whos vision is building "a world where human dignity, community resilience, and ecological well being is built upon a foundation of democratic economic and political systems and diverse, thriving culture where human rights, the rights of communities and nature are truly inalienable and honored."
After I will be heading to Washington D.C. with Beyond Extreme Energy, where I will be participating in a 3 week water only fast/ hunger strike in September to urge the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to stop issuing permits for new fossil fuel infrastructure; and to prepare for Pope Francis' visit. For almost a year now I have been involved in BXE's ongoing efforts to expose FERC for its inherent corruption and tell a story of industry influence, undemocratic processes, and eminent domain for private gain etc. I have decided to Fast because I believe that we need escalated non-violent actions that fit the extremity of the crisis. I feel obligated to put my own comfort aside and take a stand against the blind greed that fuels the destruction of our future livelihood. I believe as a species we have divorced the bond that once connected us to the land, leading to our downfall. The starvation that is inflicted upon our species is mirrored in the collapse of ecosytems globally. I want to stand in solidarity with my god, the earth. I am hungry for change.
There is only one problem... I don't have the funds to physically prepare for the fast by building up nutrients in my body through an organic raw vegan diet, to recover after the fast, and to afford travel during my education and organizing efforts. That is why I am reaching out to my wonderful friends and supporters to ask for help. I will be sure to keep everyone updated. I am really excited to take these major steps and I thank you all for being here with me while I do so.
Thank you so much for you time and consideration. (: