One of the main reasons I wanted to attend the National Network Assembly (NNA) was to see what other organizers might be doing about the climate emergency, the Sunrise Movement, and an Indigenous Led Green New Deal (GND).
As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement (ICCI) has been leading the Sunrise Movement efforts in Iowa. I had already met Shawn Sebastian, who does this work at ICCI, first when the Sunrise Movement’s Green New Deal Tour came to Des Moines, and later when a Sunrise Movement meeting was held at Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement (ICCI).
The Sunrise Movement will be one of the things discussed at the upcoming Iowa People’s Presidential Forum organized by ICCI, Saturday, September 21 in Des Moines. Register here: https://cciaction.org/in-the-news/farming-environment/announcing-the-iowa-peoples-presidential-forum-on-september-21/
On the schedule we received ahead of the Assembly I was really glad to see “Sunrise Movement: Building an army of young people to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process.” Seth Woody and Catherine Lewin, who are going to be the Sunrise Movement organizers in Iowa now, led the discussion. Paul was also there. I realized I had also seen Catherine at the Green New Deal Tour.
I’ve read and written a lot about the Sunrise Movement so I was familiar with much of what Catherine and Seth presented. https://kislingjeff.wordpress.com/?s=sunrise+movement. I was glad to hear the plan is to organize a Sunrise Movement house, where young people can live and work on developing the Sunrise Movement in Iowa.
I brought up how important I believe it is for the Green New Deal to be Indigenous led and Catherine spoke about supporting that idea. I was glad my friends Lakasha and Trisha CaxSep GuWiga Etringer were part of the Sunrise Movement Tour in Des Moines this past spring, where they talked about the importance of the Green New Deal being Indigenous led.
My friend Christine Nobiss has also been working on what it means for a Green New Deal to be Indigenous led. Christine told us about all the work she has been doing in another session at the National Network Assembly gathering. I am looking forward to an article she is writing about an Indigenous Led Green New Deal.