Tomorrow, Friday, November 7th, Claremont Climate Justice will be hosting T.R. McKenzie as a guest speaker. He will be talking about indigenous rights, indigenous organizers, capitalism, climate and social justice. His talk relates to a lot of group projects and things we’ve discussed in class such as Idle No More.
Here’s T.R.’s bio: T.R McKenzie is a queer Xican@ warrior and land defender who grew up on the west side of Sioux City, occupied Dakota territories and is currently based out of occupied Lakota territories, in so-called South Dakota. He is a fierce defender of life, land, and justice. T.R. co-founded Deep Roots United Front (DRUF), an all POC and Indigenous led grassroots organization whose work centers – and provides direct support for – Indigenous communities and communities of color in active resistance to environmental and social ecocide and genocide. His work has placed him alongside the frontlines of resistance movements and focuses on the intersections of settler colonialism, white supremacy, climate change, environmental destruction and genocide, and homophobia. T.R is an organizer and educator who has facilitated and participated in workshops, trainings, and speaking engagements. A main tenet of his work involves moving people currently involved in the mainstream “environmental movement” to a more strategic place in which they would provide active support to – and respect the self determination of – marginalized communities on the frontlines of struggles who are most heavily impacted by social and environmental ills.