Steppin’ Out of Babylon: Podcast-Radio Interviews by Sue Supriano

“Babylon” is the “isms” and “schisms” not only within the system but within ourselves. Let's organize, unify and step out of Babylon.

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Storm and Gerri of West Coast Climate Convergence, Oregon,2008

Discussion of activist activities of Storm, a meteorologist and founder of Rising Tide, & Gerri, a young woman on the activist move

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TRT: 28:00
Date: 2009-01-12

Storm describes himself as a revolutionary ecologist, activist and meteorologist with graduate degrees. He is a founder of Rising Tide, one of the sponsors of this West Coast Climate Change Convergence in Oregon. The Convergence is a climate justice action group that seeks to confront the root causes of climate change and to do it in a nonhierarchical, equalitarian fashion. Storm says that, of the six great mass extinctions in earth’s history, this sixth one that we’re in now is the biggest and worst one of them, and the only one that’s been entirely human caused. He travels and looks at weather patterns, helping people plan and act proactively for what’s coming to their region and the challenges they are likely to face. Some things he considers most important are: listening to indigenous people because they know deeply about where they live, protecting sacred sites, working for the survival of ALL species and restoration of ecosystems is crucial. Regarding “techno fixes”—he says that what we need are LOCAL solutions and it’s up to us to do it ourselves.

Gerri has been on the road as well. She worked in New Orleans with a couple of helping organizations and describes the emergency program where she worked. She describes how 200 victims of Katrina who had nothing were coming back every day to the Lower 9th Ward where they had been living just to eat. Also there were many resources such as child care, referrals to direct people to women’s shelters, public events, washing machines, rape crisis hotlines, clinics, etc.. Gerry did everything from delivering and picking up kids at the school bus to doing dishes ten hours a day—no time to think, process, just cranking it out. When she left there she went to Common Ground, another helping organization in New Orleans. She also volunteered with on the Clearwater, an environmental education sailboat where she worked with youth on the Hudson River. She tells of living outside of a jail house with the Earth First jail support group in Ohio, living and working with Alisa Young who is fighting the coal industry and its horrible side effects in Southern Appalachia. Gerry was happy to be able to attend the Indigenous Environmental Network’s- “Protecting Mother Earth Conference” in Nevada on an Native American Reservation. She found it wonderful to see the land struggles of Appalachian people come together with those of Western indigenous people. These two dedicated activist are shining examples of what folks can do for each other.

Link: http://www.Risingtidenorthamerica.org

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December 26, 2015

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Sue, who lived an amazing life from 1938 - 2015.