It Takes Roots

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It Takes Roots is made up of the members of Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, Right to the City, the Indigenous Environmental Network and the Climate Justice Alliance.

Continental Convergence for Democracy and Against Neoliberalism

Grassroots Global Justice Alliance November 1, 2019.

50 social justice activists from across the US and Puerto Rico are currently in Havana, Cuba for the #ItTakesRoots delegation to the Continental Convergence for Democracy and Against Neoliberalism. We are here to build deeper relationships, to affirm the principles of solidarity and grassroots internationalism, and to continue to fight for a systemic transformation against capitalism, patriarchy, colonialism and racism.

Grassroots Global Justice Alliance October 30 2019,

50 social justice activists from across the United States and Puerto Rico just landed in Havana, Cuba for the It Takes Roots delegating to the Continental Convergence for Democracy and Against Neoliberalism.

We are here to build deeper relationships, to affirm the principles of solidarity and grassroots internationalism, and to continue to fight for a systemic transformation against capitalism, patriarchy, colonialism and racism.

It Takes Roots is a multiracial effort led by women and gender oppressed people of color and Indigenous peoples on the frontlines of racial, housing and climate justice. It Takes Roots is made up of the members of Grassroots Global Justice, Right to the City, the Indigenous Environmental Network and the Climate Justice Alliance.

The #ItTakesRoots delegation traveled to Cuba, to participate in the #Jornada2019, the Continental Convergence towards the Anti-imperialist Encounter of Solidarity, for Democracy and Ag­ainst Neoliberalism from November 1 – 3, 2019.

It Takes Roots November 1 · 2019.

50 social justice activists from across the United States and Puerto Rico just landed in Havana, Cuba for the It Takes Roots delegating to the Continental Convergence for Democracy and Against Neoliberalism.

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We are here to build deeper relationships, to affirm the principles of solidarity and grassroots internationalism, and to continue to fight for a systemic transformation against capitalism. It Takes Roots is a multiracial effort led by women and gender oppressed people of color and Indigenous peoples on the frontlines of racial, housing and climate justice. It Takes Roots is made up of the members of Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, Right to the City, the Indigenous Environmental Network and the Climate Justice Alliancee — with Shaun Grogan-Brown, Monica Atkins, Randy Jackson, Jade Leah Daniels, Indigenous Environmental Network, Maria Irene Lopez, Cindy Wiesner, Darryl E. Jordan, Tom Goldtooth, Climate Justice Alliance, Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, PODER (SF), Ironbound Community Corporation and East Michigan Environmental Action Council - EMEAC.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Center

Climate Justice Alliance November 1 2019·

The #ItTakesRoots delegation gathered this morning at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center in Havana, Cuba. The Center was founded on April 25, 1987, as an initiative aimed at promoting values such as solidarity and justice, as well as the social development of the neighborhood where it is located: Pogolotti, belonging to the Havana municipality of Marianao.

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Committed to the Cuban people, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center promotes integration, learning and solidarity between Latin American and North American nations. It is also part of the organizing for the Jornada Continental, that the It Takes Roots delegation is going to participate from November 1-3, 2019.

From the work with the community, the institution assumes as its purposes the popular participation in the social processes, from a critical and liberalizing theology that defends the full life of human beings without discrimination.

Puerto Rican mission in Havana

It Takes Roots November 6 ·2019·

The #ItTakesRoots Cuba delegation visited the Puerto Rican mission in Havana for a conversation about the fight for the independence of the Puerto Rican people, the historical relationship between Cuba and Puerto Rico, Indigenous peoples in both countries, the US embargo, the continued impact that #HurricanMaria has on the island, #JustRecovery, about ways that we can work together, and more.

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With Darryl E. Jordan, Chloe Sachine Sumi, Jaron Browne, Jacqueline Sirenita, Jihan Hafiz, Monica Atkins, Yuki Kidokoro, Shaun Grogan-Brown, Maria Irene Lopez, Cindy Wiesner, Basav Sen, Bineshi Albert, Jade Leah Daniels, Angela Adrar, Tom Goldtooth and Marion Gee.

MOVPAZ

It Takes Roots November 7 ·2019

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Cuban Movement of Peace: The #ItTakesRoots delegation met with the Cuban Movement for Peace and Sovereignty of the Peoples (MOVPAZ) to discuss antimilitarism efforts. MOVPAZ shared insightful information and taught the delegation about its powerful work around efforts to close the Guantanamo prison, push for nuclear disarmament, fight for climate justice, and more. — with Angela Adrar, Bineshi Albert, Maria Irene Lopez, Samudra Kine, Kirtrina Baxter, Chloe Sachine Sumi, Shaun Grogan-Brown, Jacqueline Sirenita, Tom Goldtooth Darryl E. Jordan and Marion Gee.

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Tom Goldtooth, Samudra Kine, Shaun Grogan-Brown, Jacqueline Sirenita and Marion Gee, Ajamu Dillahunt.

Federation of Cuban Women

It Takes Roots November 6 ·2019.

"Women in Cuba have always been on the front line of the struggle." - Tete Puebla, 2nd in command of the Mariana Grajales Platoon.

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The #ItTakesRoots Cuba delegation visited the Federation of Cuban Women, to learn about the situation in Cuba & to exchange ideas. #GrassrootsFeminism — with Jaron Browne, Jihan Hafiz, Yuki Kidokoro, Shaun Grogan-Brown, Maria Irene Lopez, Cindy Wiesner, Bineshi Albert, Jade Leah Daniels, Angela Adrar and Marion Gee.

Cuban childcare

It Takes Roots November 5 · 2019·

Cuba is a world leader in early childhood development. 99.5%+ of young children attend a nursery. A combination of gov't programs & family involvement are key to #Cuba's great strides in nurturing young children.

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The #ItTakesRoots delegation that is currently in Cuba met with Cuban families for first hand information. — with Marion Gee and Jesus Vazquez Negron.

Casa Tomada MirArte

It Takes Roots November 9 · 2019.

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One of the highlights of the #ItTakesRoots Cuba delegation was the discussion/ exchange with Mirna, LGBTQI+ activist and founder of Casa Tomada MirArte, a community project that is using popular education and art to explore issues of race, gender and sexuality. We also got to meet with Norma Rita Guillard Limonta, social psychologist, investigator of gender, sexuality, race and identity, and co-founder of Grupo Oremi, a lesbian discussion group in Cuba. Both of them and others who we met at Casa Tomada MirArte are part of the Allianza Afro-Cubano — with Jade Leah Daniels.

CENESEX

It Takes Roots November 8 2019·

During our time in Cuba, It Takes Roots engaged in an exchange with CENESEX, the Center for Sex Education, where we dialogued with LGBTQI+ rights leaders/ activists about advancements and the new Cuban constitution.

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With Jade Leah Daniels and Cindy Wiesner.

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With Ajamu Dillahunt

Solidarity 2 Solutions week

Ananda Lee Tan August 19, 2018:

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My amazing It Takes Roots team, gearing up to confront disaster capitalism, and champion community solutions to protect Mother Earth and all her peoples. Join us for Solidarity 2 Solutions week in San Francisco: Sept 8-14 — with Anamika Jain, Cindy Wiesner, Bineshi Albert, Zol Boo, Angela Adrar, Doria Robinson, Beatrice Camacho, Antonio Diaz, Alvina Wong, Tom Goldtooth, Heather Thiry, Kitzia Esteva, Marion Gee, Malcolm Torreoon Chu, Senowa Mize-Fox, Marco van Basten, Kitty Huddleston, Jaron Browne, Laura Navarro, Tere Almaguer, Pam Tau Lee, Chloe Sachine Sumi, Jacqueline Sirenita and Maya Bhardwaj in San Francisco, California. It Takes Roots People's Caravan took place in July 2016. Grassroots Global Justice Alliance launched the It Takes Roots to Change the System People’s Caravan from the RNC to the DNC. Nearly 40 community leaders and allies from the US and Honduras traveled in a bus from the Republican National Convention in Cleveland to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, stopping along the way to build with communities in Pittsburgh and Baltimore fighting for environmental and racial justice.

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