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A NOTE FROM WEA'S CO-DIRECTORS

Dear friends,

Here are three things you may not know about WEA:

1. Women's Earth Alliance turned 5 this year. To set in motion our vision for the future, we worked with Free Range Studios to create a short intro video for the world. We're launching it today! Tweet it, post it, and send it sailing...

2. The Co-Directors are pregnant! Yes, both of us. WEA's 5-Year Anniversary theme of "Unlocking the Future" now has meaning for us on many levels — a bold vision for WEA's work to build a world in which future generations (and now our own children) can live in harmony and health. Despite the suggestion, we won't be changing our name to "Women's BIRTH Alliance".

3. WEA sings! Every chance we get, our WEA team likes to harmonize. Here's a fun clip from our recent Gala.


Enjoy the news below, including details for our upcoming event on December 6th with Joanna Macy--"
Seeds of Resilience", updates from the 2011 India Women, Food Security and Climate Change Training Program, and ways to become more involved in our work.

Thank you for being a part of this timely work. Together we are truly Unlocking the Future.

Warm Regards,

Amira and Melinda
Amira & Melinda
Amira Diamond & Melinda Kramer, Co-Directors
Women's Earth Alliance

P.S. Just for fun-- one of the links in this newsletter takes you to a secret page where the first 15 people who click and find it will win a cool prize... We dare you to play!
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Initiative Highlights

INDIA PROGRAM

This year, WEA partnered with Gorakhpur Environmental Action Group to design the 2011 India Women, Food Security and Climate Change Training. This Training is now in its third phase in Uttar Pradesh, reuniting 30 women farmers and grassroots organization representatives who have been implementing action plans in their communities over the past 6 months. Each action plan focuses on improving the food security of small and marginalized women farmers in the face of devastating floods.

Already the women participants' efforts are bearing fruit. Reena, a participant from Bihar, facilitated the planting of 6,000 trees in 15 villages through her network of women's groups and set up 4 farmer clubs to train women in organic farming practices.  Manju, a trainer from Bihar, created 11 farmer committees of 144 women, and coordinated trainings for women on seed saving, mixed farming, bio-pesticides, and organic kitchen gardens. See photos and an inspiring video of the Training here.

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AFRICA PROGRAM

"I came into this world carrying water on my head, and I refuse to leave this world still carrying it." -Mildred Mkandla, Global Women's Water Initiative Advanced Trainer

Mildred Mkandla
, known as “Mama Maji” ("Mama Water" in Swahili), is the “MacGyver” of rainwater harvesting. A trainer at both the 2008 an
d 2011 African Women and Water Trainings, she supported the 16 teams of grassroots women who gathered this Summer in Kampala to learn that every drop of water can be harnessed, captured and stored using almost any surface. Because rural grassroots communities may not have access to financial capital, appropriate roofs to hang gutters, or even the materials necessary to build tanks, Mama Maji works with African women to provide access to water harvesting options that are financially feasible and contextually appropriate.

Read more to see the ripple effect in action...

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NORTH AMERICA PROGRAM

Our North America Program successfully hosted the 2011 Advocacy Training, which took place at the David Brower Center, November 4th – 6th. WEA and Indigenous Environmental Network convened 75 advocates and community leaders for three days of immersive learning on alliance-building, best practices for advocacy, and preparation for action. Muwekma Ohlone elder Ann Marie Sayers opened the Training on Friday morning with a welcome and blessing. Stay tuned for more information about the collaborative partnerships that formed at the Training, moving towards environmental and economic justice on Indigenous homelands, and about our next steps together.

On Friday evening, November 4th, we opened the Training for our community to learn from leading environmental justice activists Caleen Sisk Franco (Winnemem Wintu), Casey Camp (Ponca), and Tom Goldtooth (Dine' and Dakota), for
Steadying the Seasons: Indigenous Peoples on the Front Lines of Climate Change in North America. Speakers shared their front-line struggles for climate justice throughout the United States, and their visions for balance, justice and resilience.Thanks to all who made this remarkable gathering possible!

Check out this video of the September 2010 Defending Sacred Places Delegation.

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WEAving the Worlds Events

Please join us for our next Weaving the Worlds Event...

Seeds of Resilience
Women Farmers Striving in the Face of Climate Change
Tuesday, December 6th
6:30PM Solutions Salon, 7:30PM Program

David Brower Center in Berkeley
featuring Buddhist scholar and teacher Joanna Macy and WEA India Director, Rucha Chitnis
Tickets: $15 in advance; $18 at the door
Activist tickets available

Purchase tickets here.

This is a report back on the unique 2011 India Women, Food Security and Climate Change Training, which is a collaboration of WEA and our Indian partner, Gorakhpur Environmental Action Group.

Join us for the Solutions Salon at 6:30PM to meet local organizations working on solutions to food security and sustainable agriculture, snack on savory Indian treats, and enjoy the sounds of live Indian music!

Purchase tickets here. For more info contact Karly at karly(AT)womensearthalliance.org


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WEA Updates

The WEA team honors the life of our dear friend and longtime ally, Dr. Wangari Maathai, who passed this September. Wangari tirelessly voiced the need to ensure women's participation in natural resource management. We were honored by Wangari's support of our efforts as well as her invitation to host the first Women and Water Training Program at the Greenbelt Movement Training Center in Nairobi in 2008. This video features Wangari giving the final inspirational talk to our training participants before they returned to their communities with safe water solutions and a network of support.

The WEA Team was thrilled to co-facilitate the 2011 Bioneers Post-Conference Intensive, Leadership at the Nexus: When Women Thrive, Communities Thrive in partnership with Bioneers Moonrise and Cultivating Women's Leadership Program.

A dynamic group of multi-generational women leaders participated in a day-long session of leadership. Drawing on an array of facilitation and leadership techniques from around the world, our team guided the group on a leadership journey for engaged activism. View photos from the session here.


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WEA Voices


What could the world look like 50 years from now, if WEA's vision came to be?

Watch this special short intro video, produced by Free Range Studios for our 5-year Anniversary, to find out. If you like what you see, spread the word!

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Host a House Party for WEA!

House Parties are a fun and powerful way for people to learn about WEA's vital work and directly support our grassroots partners around the world. Download our House Party kit here!   

Special thanks to Pam McCann and Giving Circle members Carlos Magana and Darian Heyman for hosting our latest House Parties.


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