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EcoJustice Radio -Apache Stronghold: The Spiritual Movement to Save Oak Flat (Chi’chil Bildagoteel) Episode 28
Join Stephanie Mushrush and Carrie “Cc” Curley Strong as they share about the Apache Stronghold spiritual movement to Save Oak Flat (Chi’chil Bildagoteel). Apache Stronghold, led by Wendsler Nosie, Sr. for the last decade, is a spiritual movement to protect the Apache Way of life: their sacred sites and cultural and spiritual heritage. The movement is committed to preventing Resolution Copper, a foreign mining corporation & subsidiary of BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto, from desecrating the San Carlos Apache Nation’s ancestral lands. Resolution Copper proposes building an environmentally destructive “block cave” copper mine on Oak Flat, which would gravely threaten land, water, air quality, cultural and sacred sites, including areas with petroglyphs and burial grounds of the Apache. In 2015, a deceptive land swap hidden in the Defense Authorization Act, aimed to give the ancestral Apache lands of Oak flat to Resolution Copper. Having been deemed “Forest Service land” as a result of colonization, Oak Flat was to be exchanged for private “conservation” lands throughout Arizona. Since 1955, due to the Oak Flat Withdrawal, Oak Flat had been protected from all forms of public appropriation as part of the Tonto National Forest. Oak Flat advocates assert that President Eisenhower initiated this withdrawal to effectively protect the area from mining due to its cultural and natural value. The Save Oak Flat Act, recently reintroduced in Congress (sponsored by Senator Bernie Sanders in the Senate and Representative Raul Grijalva in the House) would repeal the Oak Flat Land Exchange Act, and prevent Resolution Copper from developing and operating a large-scale copper mine on sacred territory of the Apache, essential to their practices of cultural and spiritual renewal. Both diverse artists in their own right, Stephanie and Cc share how artivism informs the breadth of their activism and how their spiritual journeys marching to Oak Flat have distinctly empowered and forever transformed their own lives.
Stephanie Mushrush is a Co-Founder of Red Earth Defense, a grassroots indigenous-led LA community organization; a Many Winters Gathering Of Elders – Core Committee member; and an organizer with Apache Stronghold to protect Chich’il Bildagoteel aka. Oak Flat in Arizona. Stephanie is a member of the Washoe Tribe of NV & CA and identifies as an urban Native, as well as half Filipina. After working at Sherman Indian High School for nearly a decade, Stephanie earned her Master of Social Welfare from UCLA in 2013. She now works as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at American Indian Counseling Center for LA County. She is also a singer/musician under the artist name Sallee Free. Her debut album, inspired by intergenerational healing, will be released in early 2019.
Carrie “Cc” Sage Curley is a key member of the Apache Stronghold spiritual movement to Save Oak Flat, Chi Chil Bildagoteel. She resides on San Carlos Apache Reservation, and her clan is K’aitsehit’i’dn’. Cc is among the Stronghold that maintained an Oak Flat occupation that lasted over 1.5 years, extended from the first annual gathering in February 2015. As a longstanding artivist, Cc uses art as her “weapon” to support and engage people in the Apache Stronghold spiritual movement to “Save Oak Flat,” the movement to stop copper mining on the sacred ancestral lands of the San Carlos Apache Nation. She has murals across Indian Country, including a piece representing four generations of women, on Los Angeles’ own Winston Street Alley, aka. Indian Alley. By depicting indigenous peoples, she educates and inspires others about Apache culture and their Earth-honoring wisdom traditions. Dedicated to her community, Cc teaches art to Apache children and contributes daily to an indigenous farm project.
Erik Ohlsen is the director of the Permaculture Skills Center, a vocational training school that offers advanced education in ecological design, landscaping, farming, and land stewardship. Creator of the the Eco-Landscape Mastery School online training program, Erik is also founder of Permaculture Artisans which specializes in design and installation of ecological landscapes and farms throughout California. An internationally renowned, certified permaculture designer and practitioner, Erik has taught ecological landscape design and implementation to thousands of students and clients around the world since 1999. He has special expertise in water harvesting systems, food forest design, and community organizing. His primarily goal is helping people connect deeply with nature and themselves. He resides in Sebastopol, California with his wife Lauren, raising a family, building a homestead and running their businesses.
EcoJustice Radio – Nuclear Waste: The Los Angeles Meltdown & Cover-Up – Ep. 26
The Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL or Rocketdyne), north of Los Angeles, burned in the November 2018 Woolsey Fire, threatening toxic exposures from contaminated dust, smoke, ash, and soil. In the 1940s, SSFL with its 10 experimental nuclear reactors was developed for research and weapons testing. In 1959, it suffered an uncontained partial meltdown of at least one sodium reactor referred to by experts as the worst nuclear disaster in U.S history, and the fourth largest release of iodine-131 in the history of nuclear power. Until 1979 the incident and the toxic waste byproduct that still pollutes the ground water, air, and soil was kept secret.
Jessica Aldridge from SoCal 350 and Adventures in Waste discusses the issues with Denise Duffield, Associate Director of Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles, and Melissa Bumstead, Mother and local advocate, and a founder of Parents Against Santa Susana Field Lab.
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Ku Kia’i Mauna: The Mauna Kea Movement to Protect Sacred Sites, Waters and Indigenous Legacies Worldwide Part II
Kumu Mikilani provides an update on the status of Mauna Kea and the inspired movement to stop the construction of the 30-meter TMT telescope, anticipated to be the Northern Hemisphere’s singular largest telescope sponsored by CalTech, University of California and the countries of India, Japan, and Canada. Twelve telescopes have already blighted what native Hawaiians consider their most sacred mountain and pinnacle of their origination cosmologically. The proposed TMT telescope would disturb the fragile ecosystem of the summit which was traditionally accessible only by the high chiefs and priests on rare occasions as well as compromise cultural and spiritual practices of native Hawaiians. Construction of the proposed telescope favors astronomical advancement and development at the expense of designated conservation lands, and would gravely threaten unique flora, fauna and wildlife as well as potentially impact the water table. Mauna Kea is a precedent-setting movement, propelled largely by Hawaiian natives and cultural practitioners who are insisting upon land usage which respects, preserves and honors indigenous cultural and spiritual preservation, as well as protects the vast ecosystem in which their Ancestors live and thrive.
EcoJustice Radio – Ku Kia’i Mauna: The Mauna Kea Movement to Protect Sacred Sites – Ep 25 Part I
Kumu Mikilani Young discusses with Carry Kim from EcoJustice Radio about the proposed, highly controversial 30-meter TMT telescope which would be built atop “ceded” conservation lands on Mauna Kea, considered the most sacred mountain for native Hawaiians or Kanaka Ma’oli. The TMT telescope would be the largest telescope in the Northern Hemisphere and is being spearheaded by the University of California, the California Institute of Technology as well as: Japan, China, India and Canada.
Mikilani also speaks on her aims and actions to unite First Nations of California as well as indigenous peoples globally to protect sacred ancestral territories, living waters and the heritage of indigenous peoples for future generations. In this episode, Kumu Mikilani shares the meaning of oli (prayerful chants of Hawai’i), intricacies and origins of the Hawaiian language, the sovereignty and “occupation” of Hawai’i, cultural appreciation vs. appropriation and a conversation about who is “indigenous.” Learn more about the culture of “Aloha Aina,” the “birthright” of Kanaka Ma’oli (native Hawaiians) and their living relationship to Ke Akua (Creator), Na Kupuna (Ancestors) and Na Aumakua (deified Ancestors) — their gods and Ancestors.
Centennial Project: Suburbs Sprawl, Health & Environment Suffers – Ep. 24
Tejon Ranch Centennial Specific Plan (or Centennial) is a massive planned city in a wilderness of unique, rare, fire-prone grasslands and mountains, a residential and commercial development on the fringes of LA County. Nick Jensen from the California Native Plant Society, and Jack Eidt from Wild Heritage Planners and SoCal 350, discuss the dangers to urban sustainability, fiscal health of LA County, and the impacts on wild and endangered plants and animals with host Jessica Aldridge.
Located 70 miles NW of DTLA, Centennial would be accessed by Hwy 138 near Interstate 5, close to Gorman a small town with limited amenities. The project sits upon 270,000 acres of private property where they want to build 20K homes and 10 million sf of commercial and retail space (although a hospital does not exist in the current plan).
The planning of Centennial began 20 years ago, but its approval is due for vote by the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors on Dec 11th.
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The Indigenous Fight Against Tar Sands Oil Pipelines – Episode 23
Carry Kim from EcoJustice Radio talks with Lydia Ponce, a Mayo-Quechua Indigenous activist, member of AIM (American Indian Movement), and Co-Director of Idle No More SoCal. She also works as SoCal 350 Engagement Director.
Lydia shares updates about two controversial tar sands pipelines originating out of Alberta, Canada: TransCanada’s Keystone XL and Enbridge’s Line 3. Both projects pose numerous threats for indigenous peoples, their way of life and sacred territories, in addition to the devastating impacts they would have on Mother Earth and climate change. Tar sands crude oil [often called oil sands] remains one of the dirtiest, costliest and most reckless forms of fossil fuel extraction.
The State of Recycling – How California Legislation is Driving New Standards – Episode 22
Hosted by Jessica Aldridge of Adventures in Waste and Co-founder of SoCal 350
Our guest today, Nick Lapis Director of Advocacy of for Californians Against Waste (CAW) is advocating at the state and local levels to create, promote, and implement the standards and policies necessary for waste reduction and recycling. Since joining CAW in 2007, Nick has led several campaigns to enact nation-leading waste reduction legislation and regulatory action in California. In addition to coordinating CAW’s overall advocacy strategy, Nick leads the organization’s efforts to reduce the impacts of climate change and recover organic wastes. He also engages in policy development and coalition-building, representing CAW on a variety of boards, committees, workgroups, and coalitions.
For details on recently passed waste and recycling legislation click here: https://www.cawrecycles.org/legislation/.
This is Zero Hour – Youth Advocacy on Climate Change – Episode 21
Young people are mobilizing on climate change as the generation that will inherit its various outcomes and crises. They organized a national day of action called “This is Zero Hour” which seeks to amplify young voices who are working on environmental issues in their communities. Episode Hosted by Mark Morris with guests Arielle Cohen, Gavin Pierce, and Ryanne Mena.
San Onofre as Nuclear Waste Dump – Episode 20
Carry Kim from EcoJustice Radio interviews Charles Langley, Executive Director of Public Watchdogs & esteemed Board Member, Nina Babiarz. Public Watchdogs independently monitors energy and infrastructure regulatory agencies in California. It protects the public’s access to clean water and affordable, sustainable energy in order to sustain life, nourish human dignity, and encourage world peace. Public Watchdogs is one of the main organizations advocating for the removal of nuclear waste from San Onofre State Beach.
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Waste Colonization and Plastic Pollution – Episode 19
How do we confront the swirling gyres of plastic pollution dumped into our oceans? In this show, we examine the social and environmental implications of wasted resources, and follow two interrelated approaches to solving the problem from an indigenous woman doing exemplary work in New Zealand and an LA-based plastics pollution fighter who built a raft made of plastic junk and crossed the Pacific.
Our guests include Tina Ngata, a Ngati Porou wāhine and mother of two from The Non-Plastic Māori, and Marcus Eriksen, co-founder of the 5 Gyres Institute and author of ‘Junk Raft: An Ocean Voyage and a Rising Tide of Activism to Fight Plastic Pollution.’ Jessica Aldridge, from Adventures in Waste and SoCal 350 co-founder, did the interview.
More information on WilderUtopia
We Can’t Burn Our Way to Zero Waste – Ep. 18
Why is incineration in direct opposition with Zero Waste and social and environmental justice? Hear from local and international groups working together to fight this beastly issue.
Per the internationally recognized definition of Zero Waste, products should be managed in a way that avoids and eliminates toxicity, conserves resources and does not burn nor bury them. It also states that any and all elements there in should work to eliminate toxic discharges to land, water and air. Burning our waste falls short of this equation while negatively effecting front line communities!
When the Tap Runs Brown: One LA Community’s Fight for Water Equity – Ep. 17
One billion people do not have access to clean water or the privilege to purchase a filtration system to feed their reusable water bottles — this is water equity. Our guests today are fighting for water equity in the Los Angeles County areas of Compton and Willowbrook, where the taps are running brown and bottled water has become a way of life.
Angel Jennings, LA Times Reporter
Darik McGhee, 49-year-resident of Compton and community activist
Congresswoman Nanette Barragán, CA-44
For more on this issue, read Jennings’ LA Times report: Agency that delivered brown, smelly water to customers should be dissolved, board rules
Amazon Oil, Biodiversity and Human Rights in “Yasuni Man” – Ep. 16
In this episode of EcoJustice Radio, host Jack Eidt speaks with Ryan Killackey, filmmaker of the award-winning documentary film set in the Ecuadorian Amazon, “Yasuni Man.” Plus, Zoe Cina-Sklar, campaigner for the #EndAmazonCrude effort by Amazon Watch, shares how California communities can play a powerful role in the fight for a just transition off fossil fuels.
Empowering Community Through Urban Farming – Ep. 15
Overdevelopment and Community Push Back in Inglewood – Ep. 14
Hear from Woodrow Curry, lifelong resident and lead organizer for the grassroots coalition Uplift Inglewood, talking with host and executive producer of EcoJustice Radio Mark Morris about the ongoing community pushback against overdevelopment in the area. They discuss California’s Assembly Bill 987, aiming to fast track development of a Clippers stadium on public land in Inglewood and ignoring the need for housing, green spaces and the public good.
Food Equity, Food Recovery and the Climate Connection – Ep. 13
Each year, up to 40% food in the United States is not eaten from production to plate contributing to the largest source of waste in our landfill (organics) and the second largest source of anthropogenic methane gas in California. All the while, there are 1.5 million Angelenos who are food insecure. Our guests are working to build healthier food environments and resilient communities by improving our regional food economy and making good food accessible to all.
Hosted by Jessica Aldridge, Adventures in Waste and SoCal 350 co-founder
Guest Clare Fox, Executive Director, Los Angeles Food Policy Council. The Los Angeles Food Policy Council is a collective impact initiative working to build a Good Food system for all Los Angeles residents — where food is healthy, affordable, fair and sustainable. In her role as Executive Director, she supports and collaborates with a large network of public, private, non-profit and community leaders to catalyze policy and systems change for a sustainable and fair food system.
Guest Jose Ramirez, Executive Director, Saint Francis Center Los Angeles. For 45 years, St. Francis Center provides hunger relief to homeless and extremely low-income families and individuals in Los Angeles. In his role as Executive Director, he has provided the leadership necessary to help the Center expand its services and continue serving more communities in need.
Montecito Mudslides, Climate Chaos and Offshore Drilling Impact Chumash People – Ep. 12
Marcus Lopez Senior, member of the Barbareno Chumash Nation in California, speaks with Jack Eidt from SoCal 350 on climate chaos and the impacts on the Chumash people from fires, mudslides, colonization, land theft, gentrification, and offshore drilling. His family compound in the Old Spanish Town section of Montecito suffered major damage from the January 2018 mudslides.
Amazon Oil Drilling and the LA Connection – Ep. 11
Is driving your car in LA destroying the Amazon rainforest? Hear Zoe Cina-Sklar, Campaigner for Amazon Watch, discuss with Carry Kim from EcoJustice Radio the “End Amazon Crude” campaign and discover the numerous connections between LA’s oil addiction and preservation of the rainforest. READ MORE…
Joanna Macy and The Great Turning – Ep. 10
Join us for an inspiring interview with Joanna Macy, Eco-philosopher and Buddhist scholar. Listen to her share precious insights from five decades as an activist, author and visionary teacher of Buddhism, general systems theory and deep ecology. Founder of the Work That Reconnects, a groundbreaking framework and methodology for personal and social change, her many books include, ‘Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re in without Going Crazy,‘ written with Chris Johnstone.
Sabina Virgo from SoCal 350 does the Words from the Front, speaking on the Poor Peoples Campaign at the January 15 Martin Luther King Day Parade in Los Angeles.
Half-Earth Biodiversity Project – Ep. 9
Learn about the visionary Half-Earth Project! Conceived by world-renowned biologist and Pulitzer prize winning author, E.O. Wilson, the Half-Earth Project is headed up by Dr. Paula Ehrlich, President & CEO of the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation. This remarkable project proposes the goal of conserving half the Earth in order to protect 85% or more of species, including human beings.
Los Angeles Mercaptan Leak – Ep. 8
Jack Eidt from SoCal 350 spoke with three major environmental justice advocates with experience working to protect communities from health dangers natural gas spills and use of toxic, carcinogenic, and explosive chemicals. Andrea Leon-Grossmann is a Southern California Organizer with Food and Water Watch. Susan Gorman-Chang is a member of the Porter Ranch Neighborhood Council and leader for the community group Save Porter Ranch that has fought to expose the dangers to the community from the Aliso Canyon gas leak. Marta Segura is Climate Law Institute Southern California Engagement Director with the Center for Biological Diversity.
Words from the Front was done by Alicia Rivera from Communities for a Better Environment. She spoke on recent fenceline air quality monitoring regulations for petroleum refineries proposed by the South Coast Air Quality Management District.
Xiuhtezcatl Martinez and Earth Guardians – Ep. 7
Carry Kim from EcoJustice Radio speaks with Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, indigenous climate and environmental activist and hip-hop artist, the voice of a generation, author of ‘We Rise‘ and an inspiration to youth worldwide. Words from the Front features Timothy Murphy from Progressive Christians Uniting, talking about the launch of the Poor People’s Campaign, and Andrea Leon Grossman, an organizer from Food & Water Watch, speaks on a recent West Los Angeles leak of the dangerous chemical mercaptin.
Threats to National Parks and Monuments in the Trump/Zinke Era – Ep. 6
Honor and protect our national monuments! Listen to Ryan Henson, Senior Policy Director for The California Wilderness Coalition (aka. CalWild) as he shares how we can best steward and protect the designation of our national parks and monuments. Hosted by Carry Kim. Robert Pope from Public Watchdogs gives the Words from the Front, speaking on the burial of nuclear waste at San Onofre State Beach in San Diego County by Southern California Edison (SCE).
Preserving the Mojave Desert from Cadiz Water Project – Ep. 5
David Lamfrom, Director of the California Desert and Wildlife Programs from the National Parks Conservation Association, speaks with Carry Kim from EcoJustice Radio on preserving the Mojave Desert and opposing the Cadiz Water Project, that aims to mine and ship water through a pipeline and sell it to Southern California communities for more development. Jack Eidt from SoCal 350 appears on Words from the Front, talking about Labor Day and the movement to toward a just transition from fossil fuels toward efficient and clean energy economy with full employment.
Gas Leaks and Environmental Justice: Aliso Canyon and Eight Mile, AL – Ep. 4
Carletta Davis from We Matter Eight Mile in Alabama, and Richard Mathews from Save Porter Ranch, talk with Leah Garland from SoCal 350 on parallel natural gas leak disasters in both Alabama and Southern California. Jane Fowler from Save Porter Ranch gives the Words from the Front on the Aliso Canyon SoCalGas Leak
Youth Organizers Ashley Hernandez and Jan Andasan – Ep. 3
Ashley Hernandez from Communities for a Better Environment (Wilmington), Jan Victor Andasan from East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice (West Long Beach/Carson), join JP Morris of EcoJustice Radio to discuss youth organizing in under-resource communities, reflecting on the Los Angeles People’s Climate March that happened in April 2017. Words from the Front was done by Whitney Amaya from East Yard.
Mikilani Young on Mauna Kea Telescope – Ep. 2
Ku Kia’i Mauna with SoCal 350 Climate Action stand for the love of a sacred mountain, Mauna Kea, on the Big Island of Hawai’i. Mahalo to Mikilani Young of Defenders of Mauna Kea and LA’s Mauna Kea movement to stop the desecration of the mountain most sacred to native Hawaiians and their culture. Interview by Carry Kim.
Restore the Delta – Ep. 1
Leah Garland with SoCal 350 Climate Action and #EcoJusticeRadio interviewed Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Executive Director and co-founder of Restore the Delta [ www.restorethedelta.org/ ], a grassroots campaign to save the San Francisco Bay-Delta estuary for future generations. Jack Eidt did the Words from the Front on the passage of California’s Cap and Trade Bill.
Pilot: Bill McKibben and Climate Roundtable
SoCal 350’s EcoJustice Radio debuted on KPFK 90.7 FM in LA on Earth Day, April 22nd, with guests Bill McKibben, Marta Segura, Andy Shrader, Dr. Alex Hall, and hosted by Leah Garland. Ashley Hernandez did the Update from the Frontlines, and Jack Eidt did a poetic interlude.