white supremacy

Two years after the death of George Floyd: Antiracism, #BLM and the United Nations

As people continue to challenge the systemic racism that has devalued the lives of Black and Brown people globally, many are asking the question: why do some of these tragic events spark a stronger call for change than others?

Floyds murder also revived the concept of antiracism. The webinar will explore, in practice, what it means to be antiracist. Participants will also be invited to reflect on the role played by Christian nationalism in reinforcing white supremacy and racial subjugation, thereby fueling racism, xenophobia and racial discrimination.

As a follow up of its 1 June 2021 webinar marking the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre, the World Council of Churches Commission of the Churches on International Affairs will host this webinar on the sides of the 30th session of the UN Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent, which will be taking place in New York city, USA, from 23 to 27 May 2022.

Speakers:

Moderator: Rev. Chebon Kernell, ordained elder in the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference

  • Gaynel D. Curry, member of the United Nations Permanent Forum on People of African Descent
  • Rt. Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
  • Rev. Dr. Leah Gunning Francis, vice president for Academic Affairs and dean of the Faculty at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis
  • Prof. Gay McDougall, member of the United Nations Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD)

Register here to join this webinar live on Wednesday, 25 May, 3:30 pm CEST / 9:30am EST.

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations, please visit rngos.wordpress.com. For more information on the NGO Committee on Social Development, please visit ngosocdev.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Human Rights, please email the co-chairs at bobbinassar@yahoo.com or bknotts@uua.org. 

Feminist Action Nexus for Economic and Climate Justice: Global Kickoff 

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The Feminist Action Nexus on Climate and Economic Justice

invites you to join us for our Global Kickoff

Tuesday, 12 April 2022 from 12:00 to 15:00 UTC (convert to your time zone here).

To register to join us, please click here.  

Emerging out of the Generation Equality Forum, the Action Nexus is co-convened by the African Women’s Development and Communication Network (FEMNET), the Pan-African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA), the Women’s Working Group on Financing for Development (WWG on FfD), and the Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO). Together with dynamic global South-based activist-intellectuals, these four organizations have begun to outline a conceptual framework that unpacks the connections between neoliberalism, patriarchy, white supremacy, and colonialism.

We invite you to join us as we outline a collective advocacy agenda to advance a vision for a feminist and decolonial global green new deal, grounded in a blueprint for a feminist agenda for people and planet. This three-hour global kickoff meeting will draw connections between the emerging work of the Action Nexus and the advocacy and activism of feminist movements across the world, particularly in the global/economic South.

Beginning with a grounding in the conceptual framework of the Action Nexus, this action-oriented strategy session will include breakout groups across regions and issue areas. As outcomes, the event will collectively produce a policy map of upcoming events and processes and a draft advocacy strategy for the Action Nexus, including the publication of advocacy briefs and an accountability mechanism before the end of 2022.

Event: Feminist Action Nexus for Economic and Climate Justice: Global Kickoff

Date: Tuesday, 12 April, 2022

Time: 7AM-10AM Mexico DF; 8AM-11AM New York; 3-6PM East Africa; 5:30-8:30PM New Delhi; 7PM-10PM Bangkok; convert to your time zone here

Where: Zoom (Register here)

Accessibility: Simultaneous interpretation will be provided across English, French and Spanish. Other accessibility needs, please email Andrea Vega Troncoso at andrea@wedo.org.

Co-Conveners: FEMNET, WEDO, PACJA, Women’s Working Group on Financing for Development

Please feel free to forward this invitation to interested colleagues and/or friends. We are hoping for as broad participation as possible, especially from the global/economic South. Questions can be directed to Katie Tobin at katie@wedo.org.

In solidarity,

Feminist Action Nexus for Economic and Climate Justice

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Estimades colegas,

El Nexo de Acción Feminista para la Justicia Económica y Climática le invita a unirse a nosotres en nuestro Lanzamiento Global, el martes 12 de abril de 2022 de 12:00 a 15:00 UTC (vea su zona horaria aquí). Para registrarse y unirse a nosotres, por favor haga clic aquí. Habrá interpretación simultánea en inglés, francés y español.

Surgido del Foro Generación Igualdad, el Nexo de Acción Feminista es co-convocado por la Red de Comunicación y Desarrollo de Mujeres Africanas (FEMNET), la Alianza Panafricana por la Justicia Climática (PACJA), el Grupo de Trabajo de Mujeres sobre Financiamiento para el Desarrollo (WWG on FfD) y la Organización de Mujeres para el Medio Ambiente y el Desarrollo (WEDO). Junto con un grupo dinámico de activistas-académicas  del Sur global, estas cuatro organizaciones han comenzado a esbozar un marco conceptual que revela las conexiones entre el neoliberalismo, el patriarcado, la supremacía blanca y el colonialismo.

Le invitamos a unirse a nosotres mientras delineamos una agenda de incidencia colectiva para promover una visión de un nuevo acuerdo verde global, feminista y decolonial, basado en un plan para una agenda feminista para las personas y el planeta. Esta reunión de lanzamiento mundial de tres horas establecerá conexiones entre el trabajo emergente del Nexo de Acción Feminista y la incidencia y el activismo de los movimientos feministas en todo el mundo, particularmente en el Sur global/económico.

Comenzando con una base en el marco conceptual del Nexo de Acción Feminista, esta sesión de estrategia incluirá grupos de trabajo de todas las regiones y áreas temáticas. Como resultados, el evento producirá colectivamente un mapeo políticos de los próximos eventos y procesos y un borrador de estrategia de promoción para el Nexo de Acción Feminista, incluida la publicación de informes de incidencia y un mecanismo de rendición de cuentas antes de finales del 2022.

Evento: Nexo de Acción Feminista para la Justicia Económica y Climática: Lanzamiento Global

Fecha: martes, 12 abril, 2022

Hora: 7AM-10AM México DF; 8AM-11AM Nueva York; 15:00-18:00 East Africa; 17:30-20:30 New Delhi; 19:00-22:00 Bangkok; vea su zona horaria aquí.

Dónde: Zoom (Regístrese aquí)

Accesibilidad: Habrá interpretación simultánea en inglés, francés y español. Si tiene otras necesidades de accesibilidad, envíe un correo electrónico a Andrea Vega Troncoso a andrea@wedo.org.

Co-Convocantes: FEMNET, WEDO, PACJA, Grupo de Trabajo de Mujeres sobre Financiamiento para el Desarrollo

Por favor reenvíe esta invitación a colegas y/o amigues interesades. Esperamos contar con una participación amplia y diversa, especialmente del Sur global/económico. Si tienen preguntas pueden dirigirse a Katie Tobin a katie@wedo.org.

En solidaridad,

Nexo de Acción Feminista por la Justicia Económica y Climática

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Chers collègues,

Le Nexus d’action féministe pour la justice économique et climatique vous invite à nous rejoindre pour notre lancement mondial, le mardi 12 avril 2022 de 12h00 à 15h00 UTC (convertir en votre fuseau horaire ici). Pour vous inscrire pour nous rejoindre, veuillez cliquer ici. L’interprétation simultanée sera assurée en anglais, français et espagnol.

Issu du Forum Génération Égalité, le Nexus d’action est co-organisé par le Réseau de communication et de développement des femmes africaines (FEMNET), l’Alliance panafricaine pour la justice climatique (PACJA), le Groupe de travail des femmes sur le financement du développement (WWG on FfD) et l’Organisation des femmes pour l’environnement et le développement (WEDO). En collaboration avec des activistes-intellectuels dynamiques basés dans le Sud, ces quatre organisations ont commencé à définir un cadre conceptuel qui dévoile les liens entre le néolibéralisme, le patriarcat, la suprématie blanche et le colonialisme.

Nous vous invitons à nous rejoindre alors que nous décrivons un programme de plaidoyer collectif pour faire avancer une vision d’un nouveau pacte vert mondial féministe et décolonial, fondé sur un plan pour un programme féministe pour les personnes et la planète. Cette réunion mondiale de lancement de trois heures établira des liens entre le travail émergent du Nexus d’action et le plaidoyer et l’activisme des mouvements féministes à travers le monde, en particulier dans le Sud global/économique.

Commençant par une mise à la terre dans le cadre conceptuel du Nexus d’action, cette séance de stratégie axée sur l’action comprendra des groupes de discussion dans les régions et les domaines d’intérêt. Comme résultats, l’événement produira collectivement une carte politique des événements et processus à venir et un projet de stratégie de plaidoyer pour le Nexus d’action, y compris la publication de notes de plaidoyer et un mécanisme de responsabilisation avant la fin de 2022.

Événement : Le nexus d’action féministe pour la justice économique et climatique : lancement mondial

Date : mardi 12 avril 2022

Heure : 7h-10h Mexico DF ; 8h-11h New York ; 15h-18h Afrique de l’Est ; 17h30-20h30 New Delhi ; 19h-22h Bangkok ; convertir en votre fuseau horaire ici

Où : Zoom (Inscrivez-vous ici)

Accessibilité : L’interprétation simultanée sera assurée en anglais, français et espagnol. Autres besoins d’accessibilité, veuillez envoyer un courriel à Andrea Vega Troncoso à andrea@wedo.org.

Co-animatrices : FEMNET, WEDO, PACJA, Groupe de travail des femmes sur le financement du développement

N’hésitez pas à transmettre cette invitation à vos collègues et/ou amis intéressés. Nous espérons une participation aussi large que possible, en particulier du Sud global/économique. Les questions peuvent être adressées à Katie Tobin à katie@wedo.org.

En solidarité,

Le nexus d’action féministe pour la justice économique et climatique

Katie Tobin

Senior Program Manager

Women’s Environment & Development Organization (WEDO)

www.wedo.org / katie@wedo.org  

147 Prince Street, Brooklyn, New York, NY 11201

Personal Pronouns: she/her/hers 

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Uniting to Dismantle Racism and Militarism in U.S. Foreign Policy

The major challenges facing Americans today – racial and gender injustice, economic inequality, pandemic disease, climate change – cannot be solved without international solidarity and human compassion.  Endless wars and endless Pentagon spending only exacerbate these problems, making people at home and abroad less safe.  Without addressing the racism and militarism at the core of U.S. foreign policy, progress toward a more sustainable, just, and peaceful world will not be possible.

Please join us for a webinar to explore how progressive groups working on a wide variety of domestic and foreign policy issues can join together to dismantle structures of militarism and white supremacy

Speakers include:

• Salih Booker, President and CEO, Center for International Policy
• Shailly Barnes, Policy Director, Kairos Center and Poor People’s Campaign
• Diana Duarte, Director of Policy and Strategic Engagement, MADRE
• Tobita Chow, Founding Director, Justice is Global
• Diana Ohlbaum, Senior Strategist and Legislative Director for Foreign Policy, Friends Committee on National Legislation (moderator)

Register here: us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUvcumrrT0vGtOXAq3fM6tBj7AerKMTqD1i

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Social Development, please visit ngosocdev.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace, and Security, please visit ngocdps.wordpress.com. For more information on the NGO Committee on Migration, please visit ngo-migration.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, please visit facebook.com/NGOCoRIP.

The Role of the United Nations in the Struggle Against Racism: Past, Present and Future

In commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, UN Women will host a special discussion on The Role of the United Nations in the Struggle against Racism: Past, Present and Future.

Is the United Nations fit for purpose to take on the task of ending racism today? Looking at the past and present to inform the future, join the discussion, featuring:

  • Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka
  • Trinidad and Tobago Minister Penelope Beckles (former PR to the UN)
  • Yumeka Rushing, NAACP Chief Strategy Officer
  • Cassandra Welchin, Co-Convener and State Lead of the Mississippi Black Women’s Roundtable
  • and others

Please click here to register in advance for this webinar:
https://unwomen.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_vYoy7SJmTXOSqbjN46xYQw

Click here to view the flyer for the event

Condemn racism and discrimination wherever they occur: act to create racial justice and a gender-equal, inclusive world! Click here for the statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

Kind regards,
UN Women

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Social Development, please visit ngosocdev.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Human Rights, please email the co-chairs at bknotts@uua.org or bobbinassar@gmail.com. 

[UN Observance] International Day of Commemoration in Memory of Victims of the Holocaust

Each year on January 27, the United Nations officially recognizes the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust. The UN Charter endeavors that the human rights violations that occurred throughout World War II and the Holocaust must never be repeated, yet we know that they continue to be perpetrated today all over the world. Stay apprised of 2021 events to join us in honoring the memory of victims lost to the Holocaust and lifting up the critical message of peace, security, and human rights for all people here.

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Education, Learning, and Literacy, please visit  facebook.com/NGOCELLatUN. For more information on the Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations, please visit rngos.wordpress.com. For more information on the NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief, please visit unforb.org.

[Cyber Conference] There’s Still Hope and Here’s Why

On Nov. 5, join PEAC Institute and the United Methodist Church-General Board of Church and Society for a cyber conference designed to foster post-election reflections, healing, and mobilization.

Register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_OArdeLrcSaO4A4JHpXdDQA

Background: From Tulsa to Hiroshima, from Auschwitz to the Trail of Tears, the scenes of death and destruction are the same. The root causes of these atrocities are the same too: cultures of violence fueling systems of oppression.

What can the people do to reclaim their rightful democratic power when corrupt governments fail to honor the contracts that ensure we live in a civil society with a sustainable future?

This action-driven conversation, co-sponsored by PEAC Institute and the General Board of Church and Society, will explore the challenge of dismantling cultures of violence. Through both historical and contemporary lenses, we will highlight some of the terrifying consequences we’re facing due to not fixing our culture of violence while also offering examples of nature-based solutions that people are successfully executing today. Speakers from multiple continents will include foreign policy experts, peace activists, and volunteer humanitarians reporting from the field.

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the Decolonization Alliance, please email President Bautista at lbautista@umcjustice.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace, and Security, please visit ngocdps.wordpress.com.