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I am fundraising to enable my participation in the Women\'s Earth Alliance 2010 Advocacy Delegation: Promoting Energy Justice on the Navajo Nation, September 29 - October 3, 2010.

I am fundraising to participate in the Women's Earth Alliance 2010 Advocacy Delegation: Promoting Energy Justice on the Navajo Nation, September 29 - October 3, 2010.  I look forward to the opportunity to meet, learn from, and share time with leaders of the Black Mesa Water Coalition, the Indigenous Environmental Network, the Navajo Green Economy Coalition, and others, who take a multi-faceted approach to protecting sacred lands from mining. Through facilitated dialogue and site visits, our delegation will bear deep witness to the extraordinary women working to protect their people from environmental injustices, defend and uphold traditional ways of life, and build an inclusive green economy. 

The $1500 that I'm hoping to raise will go toward the cost of my participation in the delegation ($1000), a Solidary Grant contribution to local organizations that provides direct financial support for their grassroots environmental justice work ($175), and airfare between Oakland and Flagstaff.

The delegation will begin in Flagstaff, AZ, where Navajo activists successfully organize and advocate towards green economic development on the Navajo nation in a way that moves them beyond fossil-fuel-based energy systems.  We'll learn about these local victories in a global context of unabated greenhouse gas emissions and fossil fuel development, which have a disproportionate impact on indigenous peoples.  We'll travel to places like Kayenta, AZ, home of the Peabody Coal Mine, and Farmington, NM, site of the proposed Desert Rock Energy Project, a coal-fired power plant that Navajo activists have successfully thwarted for years.

With your help, my fellow delegates and I will be able to offer a range of crucial support to each of the groundbreaking Native American environmental organizations we'll meet. WEA’s Solidarity Grants will provide immediate financial support for grassroots work, and our direct, advocacy-based service through WEA’s Sacred Earth Advocacy Network (www.womensearthalliance.org/article.php?id=418) in the months to come will boost these on-the-ground efforts.

Women's Earth Alliance's Advocacy Delegations are powerful forums for grassroots leaders and legal advocates to unite as allies in the effort to defend land, water, air, and traditional culture.

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The Women's Earth Alliance Advocacy Delegations are unique opportunities for women advocates and activists to come together, bridging cultures and life experiences to strengthen a shared vision of sustainability and justice on earth.

Women’s Earth Alliance is a global organization uniting women on the front lines of environmental causes. WEA coordinates capacity-building, advocacy and communications support for grassroots women environmental leaders around the world.

Currently WEA conducts three Initiatives: water supply and safety in Sub-Saharan Africa; sustainable agriculture and local food economies in Northern India; and indigenous environmental justice advocacy in North America.

WEA’s Sacred Earth Advocacy Network facilitates strategic partnerships between Native American women environmental justice leaders and pro bono legal and policy advocates in order to ensure access to justice and support policy reform around green energy development, sacred sites protection, and environmental health. They work with groups such as Black Mesa Water Coalition, Indigenous Environmental Network, Western Shoshone Defense Project, and others.

One of the key features of the Advocacy Network is the Advocacy Delegations, which are opportunities for women advocates to engage in dialogue with key indigenous women environmental leaders, witness environmental desecration, and be supported in taking meaningful action. Through deep witnessing, community building and reflection, participants in our Delegations transform into lifelong advocates for indigenous environmental justice.

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