[CANCELLED] Sage Against the Machine: Listening to Indigenous Voices and Spiritual Pedagogy

Date/Time
Date(s) - Wednesday 04/15/2020
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Location
The Sanctuary for Independent Media


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Come check out a pre-screening talk with the filmmakers from The Condor and the Eagle: Clement & Sophie Guerra with Bryan Parras!

Register here!

Sophie and Clément Guerra

We are Sophie and Clément Guerra. We have been working on The Condor and The Eagle for the past four years. Clement is currently the European Director of Survival Media Agency and have been producing high-quality visual media for climate and social justice movements. Our vision for this project is driven by the necessity to shift from witnessing environmental destruction to actively taking part in solution-based strategies. We hope to share clear and practical actions that people can take to support this shift after watching this film. By contributing to this project, you will help bring these impacted communities together for strategic events and actions.

While the Amazon rainforest has been on fire for a month, UN climate scientists are predicting unprecedented global catastrophe. “The Condor & The Eagle” features Indigenous leaders, from the global North and the global South deploying an unparalleled joint and coordinated global response. Facing this overwhelming current political climate, a great many people are looking for answers that are adapted to today’s urgency. Our film and campaign show tangible actions “anybody” can take, inviting white and privileged people to follow the call from Indigenous communities.

Four Indigenous environmental leaders embark on an extraordinary trans-continental adventure from the Canadian Boreal forests to deep into the heart of the Amazonian jungle to unite the peoples of North and South America and deepen the meaning of “Climate Justice”. The Condor & The Eagle documentary offers a glimpse into a developing spiritual renaissance as the film four protagonists learn from each other’s long legacy of resistance to colonialism and its extractive economy. Their path through the jungle takes them on an unexpectedly challenging and liberating journey, which will forever change their attachment to the Earth and one another.

Most of our work focuses on America energy hotspots that are the tar sands in Alberta and Houston industries. As Fossil Fuel developments get out of control (largest-ever open pit tar sands mine is quietly making its way through a government review – dramatic impacts of climate change on Houston and the Gulf), some of the most bio diverse places in South America are being sold to oil companies (Sarayaku, Sapara, Yasuni, Rio Tigre, etc.). The urgency is real and our film and campaign will make sure that these large-scale destructive projects are made public and lift up the voices of resistance from North and South America.

Bryan Parras

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Bryan Parras is one of the Gulf Coast’s most dynamic environmental justice organizers fighting along the entire central and eastern United States. Bryan grew up in a community on the east side of Houston, Texas, near one of largest concentrations of petrochemical plants, refineries and storage tanks in the world.

Bryan is deeply involved in the documentation of environmental racism experienced by marginalized communities from Houston and throughout the greater Gulf Coast region. Bryan has maintained his indigenous roots by core values that have survived over 500 years of suppression. Bryan hopes to learn more about his indigenous roots by reconnecting with other indigenous communities and practices.

In 2016, Bryan helped organize the Peace & Dignity Journey along the Gulf Coast, connecting New Orleans with Houston and for the first time opening up the Gulf Coast to the continental journey awakening old trails and trade routes from South to North. Bryan continues to help lead the rising environmental justice movement and is currently helping people in Houston and the Gulf Coast fight for a just Recovery after Hurricane Harvey. For Harvey’s one-year anniversary Bryan organized a People’s Tribunal with a coalition of housing, immigration, labor and environmental organizations.

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