Breathe is a new non-profit led by a diverse team of activists, performers, and event producers, dedicated to spotlighting and supporting work that addresses racial and environmental injustice and the impacts of climate change on communities of color and the world.
Breathe amplifies people, actions and organizations working on the frontlines of these intersecting issues and channels support to them. By sharing the stories of true heroes who sustain critical solutions in their communities, we inspire and facilitate on-going engagement and solidarity.
Monday August 23rd, 5-6:30pm PDT: an evening of learning and allyship with Sarah Diefendorf and Elaine McCarty from Environmental Finance Center West (EFC West), a project of Earth Island Institute, and Carrie Clayton, from the US Climate Action Network (USCAN).
They will discuss their recent experiences participating in Indigenous-led protests of Line 3, the history of occupation under the Doctrine of Discovery and the Marshall Trilogy, their work with Indigenous Tribes for over 15 years. Learn what climate activists need to know about treaty rights and pipelines, and how to best participate as allies in Indigenous-led environmental and climate justice campaigns.
What does a Papal Decree from 1452 have to do with Line 3 and pipelines?
What gives Tribes the right to protest pipelines?
What should allies know about joining Indigenous-led campaigns?
How do these issues relate to San Francisco Bay Area climate and environmental justice?
Hosted by the Bay Area chapter of Climate Reality Project. Register here.
As you dedicate more of yourself to changing the world, think about what moves you to act during this intense moment in history.
What draws you to the movement for racial and environmental justice?
Make a digital time capsule by clicking after the video below. Save your "why" to remind your future self of what was important about this time.
For stories that will inspire and motivate your Time Capsule commitments, see our Spotlights page.
Stay informed about Breathe's spotlights and initiatives on racial, environmental, and climate justice.
Breathe is producing a series of showcase videos on specific communities that could use public support for their work for racial, environmental, and climate justice. We feature local grassroots organizations and projects, musicians, and artists. Compelling interviews and poignant art tell stories of hope and solidarity to motivate action!
Episodes will be augmented with content on the Breathe website for deeper exploration and engagement to support that community's current work. Targeted marketing and action campaigns will coordinate the release of each video with the needs of each community. With these showcases, Breathe will introduce the vital work of local groups to a national audience, and inspire people to level up their own activism.
We cannot ignore the interconnected nature of dire issues. By raising spirits with inspiration and solidarity we can organize greater numbers. The more we see each other pitching in, the easier it is to direct our energy and resources toward change. Everyone can find their own way to plug in to the movement for a just, equitable, thriving world. Breathe is here to help make those connections.
We invite you to help launch this innovative project with a donation. We have enough to produce and market the first two high quality episodes by working with professionals who are dedicated to the cause. In pre-production now are segments on Bayview Hunters Point in San Francisco, CA, and White Mesa, Utah, with more locations across the country in development. Any amount is much appreciated – every $40 buys another half hour of post-production work.
We are confident of Breathe’s ability to help build the movement for significant, systemic, lasting change. If you'd like to contribute your time and skills as part of the team, please click the Get Involved button below, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you so much for your attention and support! We are deeply appreciative and inspired by everyone striving for a more just, equitable, and thriving world for all.
Breathe is a fiscally sponsored project of Movement Strategy Center, a California nonprofit corporation exempt from federal tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service #20-1037643.
To donate with a check, please mail to Movement Strategy Center, 436 14th St, 5th Floor, Oakland, CA 94612, and reference Breathe.
You're invited to help enact Breathe's vision.
If you feel inspired to perform or speak, offer your skills, connections, advice, donations, or to share this with people who would want to get involved, we wholeheartedly welcome you! Click below to tell us about yourself and how you'd like to join the team.
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It is from our collective wisdom and the pooling of our brilliance, creativity, experience, and resources that we make our dreams into reality.
We share this in the spirit of Ubuntu, the Nguni Bantu term meaning
“I am because we are,"
reflecting the belief that a universal bond of sharing connects all humanity.
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