There is a lot going on and it’s hard to keep track of everything. So, here’s our guide to the march logistics, the People’s Climate Convergence, and our picks for the best satellite events leading up to Sept. 21st.
We’re getting ready for tens of thousands of people to join us on the People’s Climate March, next Sunday, Sept. 21st, and at all the amazing events leading up to it. This is a chance to show the world that the climate crisis has gone unaddressed too long by the world’s governments and we need radical alternatives if we are to halt, let alone reverse, the effects of climate change. There will be numerous opportunities for socialists and anti-capitalists to meet and collaborate throughout the weekend. So here’s our picks for the weekend.
Sunday Sept. 21st: March Logistics
The International Socialist Organization will be joining the System Change, Not Climate Change contingent that is meeting between 79th and 80th St. on Central Park West at 9am. Join us for a loud, vocal, anti-capitalist contingent.
HOW TO GET HERE: If you haven’t signed up for a bus yet, click here. If you need a place to stay the night before the march, the ISO has a few spaces left on floors and couches, please email here. For other accommodations, click here.
WHERE TO MEET: Find us on Central Park West between 79th and 80st street. Enter at 81st street (or 77th street). Get there as close to 9am as you can manage. As the blocks fill up, police will seal off those streets. If you arrive later you may be moved to the end of the march. Because there are so many folks ahead of us, we probably won’t start moving until around noon. Buses are not due in until about 11am. If you can’t join our hub right at the start of the march, don’t panic. We’ll either catch up to each other en route, or see each other at the closing celebration in front of Javitz Center.
HOW TO PREPARE: If police seal an area you won’t be able to get back in if you leave, so please bring plenty of water, sunscreen and food. Port-o-sans will be provided. If you have trouble standing please bring a folding stool or seat.
IF YOU HAVE MOBILITY ISSUES: We don’t have details yet but we know there will be at least 2 points along the march where those with trouble walking can join for a short distance, or leave the march if necessary. Stay tuned for details as they are released.
Sept. 19–20st: People’s Climate Convergence
In the run-up to the People’s Climate March on Sunday, Sept. 21, join System Change, Not Climate Change and the Global Climate Convergence for a weekend packed with skill-shares, teach-ins, speak-outs and protests from September 19-21. Together we’ll explore the root causes behind our climate crisis and strengthen movements for a world where people, peace and planet come first.
The Convergence is scheduled to begin with an opening plenary on the evening of Friday, Sept. 19th, followed by a full day of educational and movement building events, culminating in the largest climate march in history on Sunday, Sept. 21.
WORKSHOPS WE’RE INTERESTED IN
See the full schedule here.
Friday, 7:00pm | St. Peter’s Church | 619 Lexington Avenue
Oscar Olivera, Bolivian water rights activist
Josua Mata, Philippine trade unionist leader
Erica Violet Lee, Idle No More
Immortal Technique, Revolutionary hip-hop legend
Anne Petermann, Global Justice Ecology Project
Nastaran Mohit, New York City labor and environmental activist
What is Ecosocialism?
Saturday, 9am | St. John’s University | 51 Astor Pl, Rm 109
A Green Political Alternative to the Two Parties of Capital
Saturday, 9am | Graffiti Church | 205 E 7th St, 1st Fl
Howie Hawkins, Green Party candidate for governor of New York
Brian Jones, Green Party candidate for lt. governor of New York
Kshama Sawant, Seattle city council
Marx and Climate Change
Saturday, 10:45am | St. John’s University | 51 Astor Pl, Rm 111
John Bellamy Foster, author of Marx’s Ecology
Chris Williams, author of Ecology and Socialism
The Politics of Boycott: From Petroleum to Palestine
Saturday, 10:45am | Empire State College | 325 Hudson St, Rm 630
Race, Class, and Climate Change
Saturday, 12:30pm | St. John’s University | 51 Astor Pl, Rm 105
Native American Voices from the Front Lines of the Climate Justice Movement
Saturday, 12:30pm | Sixth Street Community Center | 638 E 6th St #4
Fossil Fuels and the Political Economy of Energy
Saturday, 12:30pm | St. John’s University | 51 Astor Pl, Rm 111
De-Industrialization and Ecosocialism
Saturday, 12:30pm | St. John’s University | 51 Astor Pl, CNCRSE C07
Imperialism, the Middle East, and Oil
Saturday, 2:15pm | St. John’s University | 51 Astor Pl, Rm 111
An Indigenous People’s History of the United States
Saturday, 2:15pm | Sixth Street Community Center | 638 E 6th St # 4
Labor and the Fight for a Just Transition to an Ecologically Sustainable Future
Saturday, 4:00pm | Graffiti Church | 205 E 7th St, 1st Fl
Native American Resistance in the 21st Century: Idle No More and the Climate Justice Movement
Saturday, 4:00pm | Sixth Street Community Center | 638 E 6th St # 4
Water Wars: Cochabamba, Gaza, Detroit
Saturday, 4:00pm | Museum of Reclaimed Urban Spaces (MoRUS) Main Space | 155 Avenue C
Saturday, 7:00pm | St. Peter’s Church | 619 Lexington Avenue
Doors at 6:30 PM.
Naomi Klein, Author of This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate, No Logo, The Shock Doctrine
Jacqui Patterson, NAACP Environmental & Climate Justice Program
Desmond D’Sa, 2014 Goldman Prize recipient from South Africa
Olga Bautista, Southeast Side Coalition Against Petcoke