Colorado Youth Win in Court!
After more than three years in court, six young Earth Guardians won their appeals case and elevated protection of Coloradan’s health and the environment above the oil & gas industry’s business interests.
Colorado has more than 50,000 wells, including thousands near Denver and other major cities. Since its inception, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) has simply been a mouthpiece for the oil & gas industry. Well pads have been constructed close to homes, hospitals, and schools and leukemia rates have been on the rise. The fact that the courts sided with the youth is a huge step in the right direction.
The fight isn’t over — Earth Guardians is still fighting for the rights for communities to ban fracking. The state of Colorado has taken legal action against communities that have done so, but grassroots community groups refuse to allow their land and their health to be compromised. From our backyard to Denton, TX to the gas fields of Pennsylvania, the fight continues and we will be there.
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Six Earth Guardians are also plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed by Our Children’s Trust against the federal government. These young leaders claim that there is a “public trust” obligation by the government under the constitution to take necessary measures to protect the climate. The Federal judge overseeing the case agreed – ruling that they were entitled under the Fifth Amendment to a trial to decide if the government failed in that duty.
Trump’s Administration is trying to get the judge to dismiss the case, but our youth will not be silenced! We need you to stand up for climate justice and reject the anti-science policy that is being pushed into law.
Sign our pledge to be a climate leader and we will deliver a strong message to Congress the day after the People’s Climate March. If our elected officials refuse to act, we will take leadership on climate change. It is people power that will make a difference as we work towards a just, sustainable future.
Onwards and Upwards,
Christian with Earth Guardians
4th Community Call
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Rabbi Batya Friedland, Natem Shuar Uwishin (Ecuador Elder), Denzal and Cruuz Santana, Dave Room are today the guests of Jyoti & Darlene & the staff of the Center for Sacred Studies.
Dear Community and Relatives,
Below you will see some of the feedback from our last letter sent out. It fills my heart to see how this collaborative initiative for peace is growing! Because we have had many requests to continue our calls during these challenging times, we are setting up another one at 5pm Pacific time on March 20th. We will focus this call as a prayer for the all the Children of World and the Next 7 Generations. We have a couple of surprise guests joining us in this acknowledgement and support for our children. The children, too, are feeling all that is stirring. They, too, are witnessing this high transformation. And they, too, are catching inspirations and guidance.
A well spring of the many is growing, and with it those that are walking in a sacred way to honor and respect others and the Mother Earth.
Let me share here the video of a 9 year old Syrian girl singing for peace.
We do hope you can join us!!
Jyoti & Darlene & the staff of the Center for Sacred Studies
- Rabbi Batya Friedland, MA: Akha Children Dream Home Founder/Director
“Our Prayers have been heard! We have received Sponsorship for the first 3 childrento receive education, in their ancient Akha language.”
Reverend Batya Friedland comes from both Rabbinic and Ger Chassidic lineages, and was ordained as a non-denominational rabbi in 2015. She is Bat Cohen, Bat Levi, and an ordained chaplain, through the White Plum Zen lineage. Her spiritual pursuits began in the Eastern traditions which resulted in a MA in Eastern Classics at St. John’s College, after attending Vassar College. Under the tutelage of keren khaya abrams of the omana’ya center, Batya began studying Tanach (Hebrew Bible) and ceremony intensively in 2009. This led her to studies in Israel.
The Nahuat Pipiles of El Salvador have also given her the title of sacerdotista.
Batya has founded a nonprofit, worked with indigenous communities, and youth around the globe. She also speaks Spanish, Mandarin, Hebrew & Thai. Batya is currently in Hawai’i training to be a midwife. A poet, a singer, a dancer, a lover, she is a seeker of truth. www.akhachildrensdreamhome.org
- Denzal and Cruuz Santana,
Song and a Prayer for the Children.
Gifted poets, musicians, artists, & visionaries from the San Francisco Bay Area, actively anchoring in, & transmitting high vibrations, powerful thought forms of peace, love, & harmony to the planet through drum and spoken word. Denzal Santana, vocalist and healer , has studied with curandero’s (shaman healers) of the Peruvian Amazon for over 15 years. His poetry is inspired by his studies in the Amazon, as well as through delving deep, with ancient scriptures of many spiritual traditions including Essene teachings. He has written a poetry book titled “Straight To The Heart Word-Sound And Prayers,” and together with his son Cruuz, they are continuously creating music with djembe drums, improvised poetry, and hand pan drums. Cruuz Santana, widely talented and versatile musician, gifted music producer certified in “Pro Tools”. Cruuz started taking piano lessons at the age of 5. At the age of 7 he studied classical guitar for 6 years with Charles Lloyd vocalist and guitarist for bands, “Cash Pony” and “Whiskerman”. He was active in jazz ensemble, choir, and band throughout high school and college. Cruuz has had the privilege to jam with talented musicians such as “Heather Noel”, “David Kai”, “Al Torre”, “Charles Lloyd”, and “Shimshai,”. Besides drumming with Denzal, he teaches guitar in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Natem Shuar Uwishin (Ecuador Elder)Prayer for the Children.“Wake up right now – to guide our children before its too late – Now, this generation – this human group energy – each parent guide these children, our children – the future generation. If we don’t give now – tomorrow is too late! Parents – Now before its too late.”
Natem was raised deep in the Ecuadorian Amazon in the traditional “Shuar of the Sacred Waterfalls” way. He is a Shuar UWISHIN (Traditional Healer) guided by the Great Spirit ARUTAM and the wisdom of his ancestors. In 1991 Natem came to the United States as a member of a band called “Grupo Chaarip” who performed at various international events. Their hope was to generate interest in the Shuar culture and raise awareness about the devastating consequences that over-consumption has on the Amazon rainforest- the lungs of the world. Currently living in the Pacific Northwest, Natem participates in a variety of conferences in the United States and abroad. Depending on the age and interests of the audience, he discusses a wide range of topics including Native, environmental and spiritual perspectives. He believes we must create a human bridge in the world that unites people of all tribes with PEACE, LOVE, UNDERSTANDING and RESPECT.
- Dave Room (aka Melia’s Papa).
CEO/BALANCE Edutainment/Pacha’s Pajamas.
His tween-age daughter Melia is his motivation and inspiration. Since receiving a B.S. and M.S. in Engineering from Stanford University, Room has worked on the innovative edge of a number of emergent fields including yield management, life cycle costing, environmental performance measurement, intranet development, ecommerce software and renewable energy. In the process, he had leadership roles in several tech startups and a non profit he co-founded called Bay Localize. Several years into Bay Localize, Room realized that their message was not getting to enough young people, people of color and mainstream thinkers, so he added storytelling and solo theater performance to his bag of tricks. Several years later with the intention to uplift tens of millions of children worldwide, Room co-founded BALANCE. Dave is a Green For ALL fellow. Twitter: @meliaspapa
Below are some of the testimonials received from our last call.
These calls are so important because they help us remember a higher focus and an inner stability that comes by staying connected to Spirit. I take notes from these audios, then I share them in groups I facilitate. I especially appreciated the wisdom from the woman who said “courage is part of who we already are. We have to unlearn Fear.” I needed to hear this. I also appreciate knowing about the Big Dipper Prophecy. Please thank Darlene for her song for me. I sobbed through it; it touched my soul very deeply. Gratefully.- Teresa King in Vermont
Fantastic! thank you for the opportunity to listen, learn & share, all of it was great including the song, the memorial poem, the prophecies & the interactive format & that it took place despite tech & physical challenges ! would appreciate future gatherings. – Anonymous
Thank you again, dear Jyoti ,Darlene,and devoted CSS staff. You are providing a safe landing space for our brothers and sisters on the land to share these heart breaking events. I particularly appreciate the encouragement to trust OUR truths, dreams, and prayers- especially those with subtle messages and double meanings. I’ve been reaching deep inside to find something deep and yummy to share. Today, I remembered a song by Rabbi Miriam Maron that touches the marrow in my bones. Called, “Renewal of Strength,” the words say: The Holy One, Blessed be his Name – hides himself…HIDES HIMSELF – IN THE MIDST OF THE OBSTACLE… We are sure being tested, but NOT abandoned! Spirit loves us more than ever. Let us do the same for each other. Aho.- Shirley
Time to hear from Jyoti, Shi Tuii and Ken was valuable. The prophecy timely and important to hear. Thank for this opportunity. – Anonymous
I loved the elders words, however I felt something is missing, like the heart of how we can move forward in these times. I was going to say something about what I had to offer, however my phone connected off and I just took that as a sign it did not need to be shared. – Anonymous
I live in a state (KY) where fear of the current political climate is affecting long term friendships. People are afraid to talk about their political concerns on the phone, read information on line, or watch specific channels like CNN let alone speak out or attend event that have supportive atmospheres. How do I proceed with friendships when there is so much fear? – Karen
Thank you so much for hosting these. It really has made a difference with sharing our love and support in these times of great challenge and shifting. – Kathy
I am inspired by many persuasions. still i feel broken even as an activist. putting one forth in front of the other is becoming more difficult. how DO we all keep going amidst the storm? Thanks. – Marni
This was a very wonderful circle. Please have more. I would love to continue to participate! – Leslie
Blessings for hosting these calls. – Carol
Message from Chase Iron Eyes
Lakota People’s Law Project lead counsel
Our fight against the Dakota Access pipeline isn’t over. Oil has not yet begun to flow, new information has emerged, and it’s not too late to stop the pipeline’s trajectory through our sacred lands. As our fight shifts to the courts of law and public opinion, we have rededicated our resources to the legal arena and a strictly targeted, no-holds-barred media campaign.
We’ve begun production on a series of ads designed to keep the pressure on those in power to do the right thing and stop DAPL through all available legal channels. We are happy to announce the completion of the first of these powerful spots! Take a look—and please share it with your network.
Now more than ever, we need to stand firm in our spirit of resistance. We must continue to pressure our elected officials to insist upon a full and fair environmental review, and the due process of law. Our Lakota People’s Law Project team will not give up the battle to protect our water, and we have identified the path to victory.
Our spot made its debut on television during this morning’s news shows in Washington, D.C., and our march on Friday will put the exclamation point on its message. Please join us in keeping the eyes of the world on Standing Rock. This struggle remains the true, timely intersection of environmental justice and the preservation of our inherent human rights. We plan to prevail.
Pilamaya! (Thank you)
Chase Iron Eyes
Lakota People’s Law Project lead counsel
PS: Please help share our message as widely as you can, and keep the public eye firmly focused on our important stand. The #NoDAPL movement is not over, and we have no plans to concede this fight. Our coalition must remain strong and activated, and as individuals, we must remain vigilant.
Staying Connected to Your Dream in Scary Times
Are you staying true to your own dream? Do you want some powerful help to stay connected to yourself? In this special KPFA fund-drive edition of Talk It Out Radio, we host Jyoti, a Minister of Earth-Based and Indigenous ways of prayer and healing. In her unique and beautiful voice, Jyoti will help us remember that we each have a sacred life, and that we can move with meaning, love, and service through this unprecedented time on Earth. She speaks from a life of direct relationship with the divine and with teachers and medicine people from across the world. Self-connection practices and healing prayers will be offered.
Jyoti is one of the founders of Kayumari, a spiritual healing community located in the Sierra foothills of California, the North Bay of San Francisco, New York, Switzerland, Prague and the Brazillian Amazon. She is the Spiritual Director of the Center for Sacred Studies, a church dedicated to protecting and sustaining the spiritual practices of first-nation peoples around the world as they join their hearts in a prayer for world peace.
Jyoti is an internationally renowned spiritual adviser and psychological consultant. She has devoted her life to bringing unity to the planet by facilitating the development of alliances between individuals who are the guardians of indigenous culture and traditional medicine ways.
Native Nations Bring the Fight to D.C.
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and indigenous allies are calling on us to continue the fight against big oil and join them in marching on Washington, D.C. on March 10th to bring this issue to the doorstep of our elected officials. As Earth Guardians, we are joining in solidarity with the indigenous peoples of the world who are bravely standing to defend our planet and our health from destructive fossil fuel projects.
Whether you are indigenous or an ally in this movement, you have a stake in this battle. Our water is sacred and must be protected. We must continue to work off the momentum created at Standing Rock to push towards a clean, sustainable energy future.
If you can join our brothers and sisters in Washington, D.C., RSVP to the event here. If you are unable to make it, there will be solidarity events taking place on March 10th all over the world! Please share the event with your network and talk to your friends and family about the actions of our water protectors.
The Indigenous Environmental Network and its partners are also hosting several days of workshops, cultural events, and meetings with legislators in order to publicize the push for climate justice and the respect of indigenous values and rights. These events are open to everyone.
If you know indigenous leaders or youth, please encourage them to attend as the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is looking for a large, diverse group of indigenous peoples to meet with Congress and network with other leaders.
We will keep you updated on event details and coverage of the marches taking place all across the world. Thank you for joining in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe!