BENEFITING: CAMPAIGN EARTH
BACKGROUND ON THE HEALING WALK:
In 2009 people from the Athabasca region gathered for the first Healing Walk.
At the time, no one knew what the Healing Walk would evolve into, or that three years later, in 2013, over 500 people from across Turtle Island and other parts of the world would have joined us on a walk we were taking to pray for the land, the people, and a future where the story we tell will be much different than the story we have worked so hard to tell today.
This year we gather for the final Athabasca region Healing Walk. We do this not because the problem has been solved, or because justice has been served, or practices of honour and integrity have been taken up in the place of destruction and mistreatment. We do this not because our people have stopped dying from the chemicals that are now inextricable from the landscape.
Rather, we do this because the story of the Athabasca region is only one small piece of the immense scope of this issue, these practices, of the land that's being abused, and of the people who are being so brutally mistreated.
It's time for the Healing Walk to shed light on other communities, other extraction practices, other bodies of water, and other places that have been sacred since time immemorial.
In order to tell the story properly, we have to tell the whole story. In order to stop the destruction, the healing has to start everywhere.
WHERE I LIVE:
The Houston neighborhood of Manchester consists of over 90% of latin@ families. Therefore making it a textbook example of environmental racism. Manchester is completely surrounded by industry. On a daily basis there are at least seven identified known human carcinogens in the air.
WHY I WANT TO GO:
In 2013 I traveled to Washington, D.C to participate in civil disobedience action to oppose the construction of the Keystone KXL pipeline. I participated in this action because I believed it would help me to advocate for my community and further my ability to help make their voices a part of this movement to empower people to build a community of resistance to confront these injustices.
I am committed to amplifying the voices of communities of color that are systematically silenced, like mine, that are being affected by environmentally destructive industries, and experience environmental racism and classism.
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