Reflection from Paris PT3

It was very clear going into Paris that the negotiations will never fully benefit or protect our communities. The past 500 years has been testimony of the trajectory of colonization. And as long as colonialism thrives in the economy any treaty, agreement, negotiation whatever you name it will not be made in our name. Along with 100+ people from Canada and the United States, the It Takes Roots delegation, comprised of Grassroots Global Justice, the Climate Justice Alliance and the Indigenous Environmental Network, brought solutions from communities facing environmental destruction and a slew of other issues caused by the capitalist, extractive economy. People already developing alternative pl

Reflection from Paris PT 2

Mi Regreso de Paris Southwest Workers’ Union (SWU) joined over a dozen of national grassroots organizations in a delegation named It Takes Roots To Weather the Storm under our participation with Grassroots Global Justice alliance in Paris of 2015 to go up against the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in their annual Conference of the Parties (COP). The COP serves as a decision-making for global powers like the US, China, India, and other European nations to negotiate on matters of the carbon markets and extractive economy, for examples the regulation of greenhouse gas emissions, cap and trade, and land grab. In other words, this allows big profiteers arrange thei

Reflection from Paris Pt 1

My trip to Paris was very great, inspirational, kinda blew my mind. It was the first time I crossed the Atlantic to Europe. Being in the airport was strange, everyone kinda looked the same & different from pale white to dark black. I swear for a moment I thought I was in downtown San Antonio surrounded by Mexicans, but a foreign language pours out of their mouth Arabic, Turkish, French, German and African. I hear people talking English in British, Irish, and Australian accents. The airport is connected to the metro. We are looking out the window, theres a lot of graffiti, it looks like the United States, except so many ancient buildings. A homeless guy leaves a yellow note asking for hel

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