Refinery Corridor Healing Walk 4/8

IMG_1283.jpgThere is a long history in Native America of these types of healing walks.  The Refinery Corridor Healing Walks were inspired by the Tar Sands Healing Walks in Alberta, Canada, the Longest Walks, and the Peace & Dignity Journeys.

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.  After the success of the first year the group agreed to a four year commitment of organizing the walks through 2017.

Front-line activists living along the corridor joined them and created the Bay Area Refinery Corridor Coalition (BARCC).  Working together, these two groups organized the healing walks to bring attention to the health risks and dangers that the refineries pose and the explosive crude by rail coming through the communities from the Alberta tar sands and the Bakken oil fields.  The groups also decided to begin a process 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 will be sewn into quilts.  The quilts from 2014 will be shown at all of the walks.

We are walking as a commitment to Mother Earth and life on her beautiful belly.  We walk as a commitment to clean air, soil and water.  Members of Idle No More SF Bay conduct prayers at each refinery and toxic sites along the way.  Prayers for the waters are conducted by Native American women at the beginning and end of each walk.

350 Bay Area will be organizing a contingent to join the Healing Walk. 

Refinery Corridor Healing Walks Facebook page

Refinery Corridor Healing Walks website

April 08, 2017 at 8am - 5pm
Pittsburg Marina
3 Marina Blvd
PIttsburg, CA 94565
United States
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Kathy Dervin ·
Quanah Brightman

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