Land Restoration Work at Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center
"Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center is a land base and community center for Native Americans in the Seattle area, and United Indians’ headquarters. It is located on 20 acres (81,000 m²) in Discovery Park in Seattle’s Magnolia neighborhood....Daybreak Star owes its existence to Native American activists, including United Indians’ founder, Bernie Whitebear. Together with the Indian community, they staged a non-violent takeover and occupation of the land in 1970 after most of the Fort Lawton military base was declared surplus by the U.S. Department of Defense." https://www.unitedindians.org/daybreak-star-center/
The land restoration work removed invasive species (i.e. wild-blackberry) and planted the following native plants to the healed space:
1. Western Red Cedar 2. Douglas Fir 3. Deer Fern 4. Red Dogwood 5. Salmonberry
With the Eco-Warrior Community Micro-Grant they were awarded, they purchased the native plants (listed above).
This land restoration project aims to bring attention to climate and food justice as a means of environmental justice in urban settings-focusing on land restoration and the cultural, spiritual, and social significance of land to Indigenous peoples.
Black Farmers Collective: Food Sovereignty & Security
Black Farmers Collective is a group of urban farm leaders and activists who are transforming urban farming. They are guided by the Kwanzaa principle of cooperative economics by placing Black leadership on the land. With the funds they will continue their work outlined below.
"We are a two-acre urban agriculture farm run by the Black Farmers Collective, a distributed network of cutting-edge Black farmers and growers throughout the greater Seattle area. We believe the key to a more sustainable, equitable future for communities of color requires eliminating food scarcity and undoing the commoditization of the food industry. Yes farm is an initiative created to grow the freshest, healthiest food possible by people of color for people of color. With this fund we will grow and distribute food to BIPOC communities. We are in need of supplies to fix our irrigation system and compensation for someone to distribute food.
COVID-19 and the protests against police brutality in this country is heavily impacting us at the Black Farmers Collective. We are in the streets while also trying to feed folks impacted by the job losses and lack of access to nutritious food in BIPOC neighborhoods."
Consejo de Comunidades Indigenas de la Sierra Sur (COCISS)
On June 22nd, an earthquake impacted Southern Mexico damaging more than 550 homes and more than 30 folks injured. The earthquake took place in Oaxaca—one of the country's most Indigenous populous states. The region most impacted was Ozolotepec (Sierra Sur). As of July 3rd, no governmental aid has been distributed to the most impacted regions or the state of Oaxaca. As a result, through Piña Soul, SPC we have pledged to donate 10% of all sales from July 20202 to December 2020 to Consejo de Comunidades Indigenas de la Sierra Sur (COCISS). We understand that earthquake relief efforts take a long time, and during the times we are enduring with COVID-19, this natural disaster amplifies the pandemic impacts on our Indigenous communities. Below are photographs released to us by Consejo de Comunidades Indigenas de la Sierra Sur (COCISS). We will continue to post our paypal receipts on our social media to ensure we are held accountable to continue supporting our Indigenous communities of Oaxaca. To directly donate to Consejo de Comunidades Indigenas de la Sierra Sur please donate funds via paypal to email@example.com. The information that should be displayed should be "Guadalupe Judith Vasquez Carrasco." Visit COCISS facebook page to continue receiving updates: https://www.facebook.com/COCISS.Oficial/.
"As Fires have struck the East Coast of this sacred land recently it has lead to significant destruction and loss of masses of flora and fauna and saddly the lives of peoples. Very saddly, many First Nations people's have been affected by these tragic circumstances with losses of homes/ severe damage to property and important parts of the landscape . Many of these community have now been forced to evacuate the region's of their homes and forced to seek temporary / ongoing living arrangements in other parts of Victoria and NSW ."