2016 Refinery Healing Walks

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Pennie Opal Plant
on behalf of Idle No More SF Bay
We are people of Mother Earth who have deep and abiding love and respect for the sacred system of life.
In January of 2014, Idle No More SF Bay decided to organize a series of healing walks along the refinery corridor of the Northeast San Francisco Bay where there are five oil refineries and a petcoke facility.
Led by Native Americans in prayer, we walk to bring awareness to the refinery corridor and the negative health effects to all of our relations, human and non-human.  We are walking as a commitment to Mother Earth and life on her beautiful belly.

There are four walks over a period of four months each year: April, May, June and July.  Between 100 and 200 people participate in the walks of all ages from 7 years old to elders, the able bodied and those in wheelchairs.  It is a beautiful site to see us walking together with our colorful flags and banners!

After the first walks in 2014, we made a four year committment to continue the walks through 2017.

We walk between nine and fourteen miles during each walk.  We walk for clean air, water, soil and safe jobs.  We walk in prayer for those living along the refinery corridor who have high rates of cancers, asmtha and auto-immune diseases, as well as for the workers in the fossil fuel industry who also suffer from these negative health impacts.   We stop and pray at each refinery, toxic site, and other areas impacted by corporate destruction.

Of course, we haven't been able to organize these beautiful walks alone!  From the beginning in 2014, front-line activists living along the corridor joined us and created the Bay Area Refinery Corridor Coalition (BARCC). Working together each year we organize the healing walks to bring attention to the health risks and dangers that the refineries pose and to stop the explosive crude by rail coming through the communities from the Alberta tar sands and the Bakken oil fields.

On each walk, participants are invited to envision a just transition to a clean and safe energy future and an economy that supports everyone. Walkers are invited to write or draw these ideas on muslin squares at the end of each walk (see photos below). These squares are being sewn into quilts. The quilts from previous walks will be shown at all of the walks.

For the past two years, thanks to 350.org, we have had front-line Indigenous activists join us for the Refinery Healing Walks.  This has been very effective in understanding the journey of oil from the extractive sites such as the tar sands in Alberta, Canada and the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota, to other refinery towns such as around Houston, Texas and the five refineries here in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Thanks to 350.org, we will be bringing more frontline activists working for clean water, air and soil to upcoming Refinery Healing Walks.

The money you contribute will go toward feeding the walkers at the end of each walk, honoriums for elders and Indigenous leaders, printing, t-shirts (which we silk screen with a different design each year and then paint by hand!), and supplies.

"Speaking as a mother and grandmother, I understand that it is up to the people alive right now to ensure the future of the next 7 generations and beyond.  There is nothing more important that we can be doing right now."
Pennie Opal Plant, Idle No More SF Bay

The first walk is on Saturday, April 16th. You are invited to join us! More information at www.RefineryHealingWalks.com
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Thank you to all of you who have contributed to the 2016 Refinery Healing Walks! These successful walks have educated hundreds, maybe thousands, of folks in California, the country and around the world on the dangers of the fossil fuel industry. Over 500 people have walked with us since the first series of walks in 2014. We are looking forward to 2017 and the final series of Refinery Healing Walks. Sending our gratitude to you for helping make them a success!
- Pennie & the Idle No More SF Bay Team
2016 Refinery Healing Walk
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Sending HUGE gratitude to everyone who has helped fund the Refinery Healing Walks! Each walk this year has been beautiful and moving for everyone involved.
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Idle No More SF Bay and all of the volunteers organizing the 2016 Refinery Healing Walks send their gratitude to everyone who has contributed so far!! We are looking forward to another year of walking in prayer along the Refinery Corridor.
A short video of the 2015 Refinery Walk
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Charity Kahn
34 months ago

Dear Pennie and Team, thank you for everything! I attended the July walk with my partner and his 14-year-old son. It was an amazing experience and I am filled with gratitude to you for bringing Earth-based spirituality and ritual and consciousness to these issues and activism. So much gratitude for your time and wisdom and commitment.

Brian Haberly
34 months ago

Hey Pennie! Thanks for all the fine work you do! Here's another contribution that if I'm luck, will top you off at your $2,016 target, and hopefully will give you some seed money for your 2017 series of walks.

Anita Kline
34 months ago

In the spirit of reciprocity. . .

Margaret Rossoff
35 months ago
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First Unitarian Church of Oakland
36 months ago

A most worthy organization

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