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24th February 2017
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Standing Rock’s call to action.

Yesterday afternoon, the Army Corps of Engineers removed all remaining persons at the Standing Rock resistance camps in North Dakota. With companies and governments around the world pushing through mega-projects, it’s more important than ever to stand up for the right of all communities to say ‘no’ to projects that threaten our waters and well being.

The Standing Rock Sioux are continuing to organize. They have called for our support:http://standwithstandingrock.net/march/

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and Indigenous grassroots leaders call on our allies across the United States and around the world to peacefully March on Washington DC. We ask that you rise in solidarity with the Indigenous peoples of the world whose rights protect Unci Maka (Grandmother Earth) for the future generations of all. Standing Rock and Native Nations will lead a march in prayer and action in Washington D.C. on March 10th 2017.

For those who cannot march with us, we ask that you take peaceful action at home in your tribal nations, states, cities, towns, villages and provinces. http://standwithstandingrock.net/march/

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Grassy Narrows wins “cautious” victory.

Grassy Narrows First Nation has been working for justice for over four decades. Starting in the 1960s, Dryden Paper, a paper mill in northwestern Ontario, began dumping 10 tons of mercury into the Wabigoon river. The mercury has caused serious health concerns in Grassy Narrows and Wabaseemoong First Nations, with about 90% of community members showing signs of mercury poisoning.

Although the dumping happened years ago, sites around the mill continue to leech exceptionally high levels of mercury. Finally, after years of tireless work, Grassy Narrows has won a victory. Last week, the Ontario government announced they were ready and committed to remediation of contaminated sites around Wabigoon River. Grassy Narrows has said the occasion calls for “cautious celebration”, as there is still work to be done. Help make sure that actions speak as loud as words, and show your support for Grassy Narrows by signing their pledge.
http://freegrassy.net/2017/02/13/grassy-narrows-wins-cleanup-promise-after-40-years/
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Race and Water Justice.

It’s Black History Month- a time to commemorate the achievements of black people and communities in North America and around the world. In addition to celebrating contributions of the black community, Black History Month serves as a reminder that there is still much work to be done to achieve racial equity, inclusion and justice.

A recent reminder of this: In Flint, Michigan, the Civil Rights Commissioner found that the health crisis caused by lead-contaminated drinking water was due to a legacy of “systematic racism.” http://time.com/4675641/flint-water-crisis-civil-rights-report/ In a 130-page report, the Commissioner noted that “vestiges of segregation and discrimination found in Flint made it a unique target.”
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Community-based water monitoring blog and webinar. In our end of year survey, https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdV0uIteQxDqVUQqWwI--VFaPbh-DoGelZnKMJgbjdYj9ypbw/viewform
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profiling the Lake Winderemere Ambassadors’ community lake water monitoring program, which has been running for 11 years strong. Then, in a couple of weeks, on March 9th, we’re hosting a webinar on the same topic with Megan Peloso from Lake Windermere Ambassadors and Kat Hartwig from Living Lakes. Sign up here!
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