Connect the Dots: Refinery Healing Walks

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Gathering Tribes  ALBANY, CA

Idle No More San Francisco is a group of Native Americans and our allies who are working on ensuring a sustainable future and a just transition beyond fossil fuels.  We live in the San Francisco Bay Area where there are 5 oil refineries along the Northeast Bay. Cancer, asthma and environmental illnesses are spiked along this corridor, and on August 6, 2012, the Chevron refinery explosion in Richmond sent 15,000 people to local hospitals.

Working with other good folks, we have organized a series of healing walks to bring people together who are concerned about the effects of the fossil fuel industry on our communities.  The four walks include:

2014
April 12 - Pittsburg to Martinez (Shell & Tesoro Refineries)
May 17 - Martinez to Benicia (Valero Refinery)
June 14 - Benicia to Rodeo (Phillips 66)
July 12 - Rodeo to Richmond (Chevron)

June 14th walk info: Refinery Healing Walk #3

Any amount that you can contribute will be greatly appreciated! 

Connect the Dots: Refinery Corridor Healing Walks
Our purpose:
- Walk in prayer with each step we take on Mother Earth
- Bring people together who are concerned about the effects of the fossil fuel industry on our communities
- Learn from one another
- Bring attention to the refinery corridor in the northeast San Francisco Bay
- To have a prayer ceremony at each refinery: Shell & Tesoro (Martinez), Valero (Benicia), Phillips 66 (Rodeo), Chevron (Richmond)
- Imagine our communities beyond fossil fuel

History
There is a long history of healing walks and runs in Native America, as well as the history of pilgrimages in different religious traditions. The Connect the Dots healing walks were inspired by these traditions.

More information: www.ConnectTheDotsHealingJourneys.org

Sending our gratitude to you!


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Update 4
Posted by Gathering Tribes
32 months ago
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Good News! Ponca elder & long time activist, Casey Camp-Horinek, will be joining us on this Refinery Healing Walk! Casey is a warrior for Mother Earth and the rights of indigenous people. Help us fund her way here by contributing.

This is Casey opening the Rights of Nature Ethics Tribunal on January 17, 2014 in Quito, Ecuador:
Casey Camp-Horinek @Tribunal in Ecuador
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Posted by Gathering Tribes
33 months ago
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We just posted an inspiring video by Constance Buetel on the Refinery Healing Walk #2 from Martinez to Benicia,California.

Our website is live for the Refinery Healing Walk #3 on June 14th from Benicia to Rodeo. Please go to www.ConnectTheDotsHealingJourneys.org
for detailed information and to RSVP.

Thank you for making these walks possible!
- Pennie Opal Plant, Idle No More SF Bay
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33 months ago
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Refinery Healing Walk #2 was AWESOME! Approximately 175 folks from the refinery communities and the greater San Francisco Bay Area walked 7 miles from Martinez, walking by the toxic Shell refinery to Benicia. With our colorful banners and flags we were quite a site!

We began and ended the walk with prayers for the water, which included joining waters from Butte County which is resisting fracking to the waters in the Carquinez Straights. We started with prayer and ended with prayer, led by Native American elders and community members.

Speakers along the walk route included Tamhas Griffith and Aime Durfee from Martinez Environmental Group, Desmond D'sa (2014 Goldman Environmental Award winner, Julian, Wounded Knee de Ocampo, Pennie Opal Plant, Marilyn Bardet, recipient of the 2014 Anthony Grassroots Prize from Benicians for a Safe and Healthy Community, and others.

From Vista Point in Benicia we could see the Valero, Shell and Tesoro refineries, as well as pet coke facilities, pipelines, oil tankers, and the old rusted bridge that the oil trains cross over the Carquinez Straights. Truly horrific sites.

As we walked in prayer and conversation through these refinery towns we received support from people who weren't part of the walk who agreed with our message. Several of our walkers stop to converse with people along the way, explaining why we were walking.

Save the date for Refinery Healing Walk #3 on Saturday, June 14th which will begin in Benicia and end near the Phillips 66 refinery in Rodeo, California.
Walking over the Martinez Benicia bridge
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Update 1
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34 months ago
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We are sending a bundle of gratitude to all of you who contributed! We are at almost 5% of our goal. Thank you so much. - Idle No More SF Bay
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$1,790 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 43 people in 34 months
Created April 25, 2014
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Marian Spotswood
19 months ago

Love you all

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Scott Pesarcik
31 months ago

Thank you for this good work. Peace.

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Annemarie Donjacour
31 months ago
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31 months ago
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Brian H.
32 months ago

Thank you for inspiring so many by your words and your actions!

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Heather MacLeod
32 months ago

This is so inspiring - thank you for leading us.

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33 months ago

Keep connecting those dots!

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