This week we're honoring World Water Day on Tuesday, March 22 — a day when we raise awareness of and take action regarding the international water crisis. From lead-poisoned water in Flint, Michigan to a devastating drought in Vietnam, there is a desperate need to defend access to clean water across the globe.
Corporate interests and unchecked pollution of water sources is a threat we cannot ignore, and access to potable water is a human right that far too many are being denied. This week, along with highlighting several other worthy causes, we’ll be showing you a few ways you can help build a future where the rain falls cool and clear for everyone.
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All Month Long
We’re kicking off this week’s forecast with the need to put a high pressure front on Indiana Governor Mike Pence before he signs one of the most restrictive anti-abortion bills in the country into law.
We’ve got a couple of ways for you to storm the state in support of reproductive justice. Tweeting #StopTheSham @GovPenceIN is a good way to let Pence know you don’t want him to sign the ridiculously unjust anti-abortion bill HB 1337. (#StopTheSham is used to bring attention to unjust Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers laws, a.k.a. TRAP laws, aimed at shutting down clinics that provide abortion services.) You can also sign this petition to stop the bill, support local organizations like Indy Feminists in their efforts, and donate to Planned Parenthood to keep the pressure on Indiana to not limit reproductive rights for its people.
We’ve got a hurricane of feminism headed for Atlanta, Georgia. We’re also looking at a downpour of environmental justice in the New Jersey and Louisiana regions, plus some black liberation sunshine to look forward to further down the road.
Sunday, March 20
Stockton, New Jersey: Walk against the PennEast Pipeline.
2185 Daniel Bray Hwy
Stockton, NJ 08559
The New Jersey Sierra Club is hosting a three-mile walk along the Delaware and Raritan Canal towpath to raise awareness of the opposition to the PennEast Pipeline. The 114-mile long, 125-foot wide natural gas pipeline would cross 88 waterways, which are home to rare wildlife and also provide water for people in the area. The construction process as well as the pipeline itself could threaten precious water sources across New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Register for the protest walk here, and get involved with any of the Sierra Club chapters near you to stand up for environmental justice all year long.
Tuesday, March 22
Wherever You Are: Celebrate World Water Day.
The UN has set aside March 22 as World Water Day to bring attention to the growing water crisis across the globe. Organizations and individuals advocating for clean water as a human right will be hosting seminars, rallies, and fundraisers all over. You can find an event near you or organize your own; taking part can be as simple as being more conscious of your water usage or as big as organizing an effort to bring clean water to people in need. Be a part of the rising tide of clean water in our world.
Atlanta, Georgia: Learn to be an even better activist on Advocacy Day.
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Coverdell Legislative Building, Room 328
206 Washington St SW
Atlanta, GA 30334
The Feminist Women’s Health Center in Atlanta organizes advocacy days at the state capitol on the third Tuesday of every month during the legislative session. Trainings at these events prepare people to address their elected officials on reproductive rights and women’s health care. This is a great opportunity to do some crucial advocacy work toward improving Georgia’s stances on these issues! It’s free to attend and refreshments are provided, but you must RSVP here (and contact the center at 404-248-5445 with any questions). This is the final Advocacy Day for this legislative session, so be sure to join this hurricane of feminism in Georgia!
Miami, Florida: Attend a screening of 3 ½ Minutes, 10 Bullets.
5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Wolfson Campus Auditorium, Room 1261
300 NE 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33132
3 ½ Minutes, 10 Bullets is a documentary about the murder of black teenager Jordan Davis by Michael Dunn, a middle-aged white man. Dunn shot at a car Davis was sitting in because he thought the music Davis and his friends were listening to was too loud. This heartbreaking documentary follows Davis’s life, murder, trial, and the outcry for justice in the face of a racist legal system. The ACLU is cosponsoring the screening in Miami, which will be followed by a panel discussion including the parents of Jordan Davis, community leaders, and legal experts. The screening is free and open to the public, but you should reserve your ticket here to make sure you can attend.
Wednesday, March 23
New Orleans, Lousiana: Surround the Superdome in the name of the environment.
1500 Sugar Bowl Dr
New Orleans, Louisiana 70112
Folks in my hometown of New Orleans are protesting the auctioning off of 43 million acres of the Gulf of Mexico and the rights to drill for an estimated 1 billion barrels of oil. Join organizers at the Superdome to surround the stadium with people who want to prevent further exploitation of the region’s people and natural resources for profit by oil companies. RSVP through the No New Leases site, which will lead a march starting from Duncan Plaza on Loyola Avenue at 7 a.m. Get on down to the Superdome on Wednesday and rain down some solidarity!
Wednesday, April 6
Chicago, Illinois: See Keeanga Taylor with Barbara Ransby at From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation.
7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m
78 E Washington St
Chicago, IL 60602
This promises to be an incredible opportunity to hear the insight and expertise of two phenomenal scholars. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor is a researcher and activist whose work on black politics and social justice movements has been featured in a wide range of academic and news publications. She will be joined by acclaimed historian and activist Barbara Ransby for a discussion exploring the black liberation movement in America. The event is cosponsored by BYP 100, Black Lives Matter Chicago, Department of African American Studies Northwestern University, and several other organizations central to the Black Lives Matter movement in the Chicago area. Tickets are free, but folks are asked to reserve a spot. So mark your calendars for a chance to get some black liberation sunshine on your face!
Things like access to clean water, reproductive health care, and education should not be a struggle — they should be a given right for all. If we stand together, we can make a better future for all of us a reality. Whether it’s bringing out the sun or calling down a storm, we need you.