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This triangular basket pattern designed by Edward Willie (Pomo/Wailaki/Wintu) ran along the entire mural, unifying the diverse circle designs. Edward writes, "I am honored to represent Indigenous California in this project. This design does not represent any specific tribe. But it is inspired by the basketry traditions of native California." (Photo: Courtesy of author David Solnit)

Street Murals to Glasgow: "Defund Climate Chaos!"

"Climate change is here, it is not a problem for the future; it has destroyed whole towns and communities at an ever increasing rate. We need Joe Biden and world leaders to act ahead of COP26 in Glasgow. We need top assets managers like Black Rock to divest. Time is up."

David Solnit

On the eve of the Glasgow Climate Talks, wildfire survivors, Indigenous communities and Northern California community groups came together to paint the streets, send a message to Glasgow, and lay a creative siege to the biggest investor in climate chaos—BlackRock. It was part of a day of global action to #DefundClimateChaos with actions in over 100 cities in 26 countries on every continent—and painting street murals was a popular medium for the message.

LINK HERE: BlackRock: Defund Climate Chaos VIDEO

BLACKROCK, BANKS & BIDEN: STOP SETTING OUR WORLD ON FIRE!

The demand screen-printed, then hand-colored on cloth signs was, "BlackRock, Banks & Biden, Stop Setting Our World on Fire."  Blackrock was surrounded on two sides by two blocks of street mural painted by 20 groups and hundreds of people, their front door was blockaded and chained shut, a giant banner was hung off the adjacent three story Salesforce Transit Center, and finally hundreds of students skipped school to march around Blackrock and through San Francisco's Financial District to bring their Defund Climate Chaos and Fossil Free Future messages to the banks and Federal Reserve.

Isabella Zizi from the nearby refinery-polluted town of Richmond, CA  is an organizer with one of  the leading groups planning the mural action, Idle No More SF Bay. She explained, "By now, it should be no surprise to Larry Fink that we are at the doorsteps of BlackRock here in San Francisco. Yet again, we continue to demand he take initiative on climate change and make immediate and needed decisions that are going to ensure a clean and safe future. California has suffered from droughts and major climate related wildfires that could have been prevented if actions were taken sooner. We are at the biggest tipping point with our climate and we cannot keep waiting. COP26 in Glasgow is where the right decisions need to be made. Zero emissions now, not net-zero. Respect Indigenous rights. Divest from fossil fuels and deforestation."

Mary Kay Benson, part of a climate-fire impacted group, came four hours from Butte County in North-Central California and said,  "Now that seven major hedge fund managers have taken their money out of PG&E which caused our three wildfires here in Butte County, that makes BlackRock the largest investor in PG&E. We lost 100 people here in wildfires caused by PG&E, so we take it personally, as we take our case to BlackRock's San Francisco Headquarters." 

YOUTH MARCH

Youth VS Apocalypse, a San Francisco Bay Area-wide high school and middle school based group, led the local action as part of youth global climate strike of the day—#FridaysForFuture, organizing hundreds of students to miss school and instead march for their future in conjunction with the Street Mural Action. 17 year-old Lizbeth Ibarra, said, "Investments in the fossil fuel industry are also investments in the destruction of my future. They're investments in the continuous flaring, oil spills, and unbreathable air that impacts my community's quality of life. We need BlackRock, Chase, and in general everyone to divest from fossil fuels so my community can be able to thrive."

The march stopped at the Federal Reserve where 350 Bay Area and 350.org had organized  an action, in conjunction with actions at every one of the Federal Reserve Banks in the country.

BLOCKADE

Blackrock's front door was shut down for the day by a group led by Extinction Rebellion San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley Climate Action Now, who chained themselves to the doors and then locked to each other through "lock-box" tubes.

BANNER HANG

In the afternoon, two young climbers scaled the three-story high white decorative facade covering the massive 4-block long Salesforce Transit Center and unfurled a 10 by 50 foot banner, directly facing BlackRock's offices.

Fern McDougal, one of the two climbers, explained her motive for scaling the structure and hanging the banner—which resulted in arrest and possible charges. Fern said,

"As an ecologist based in the Bay area and studying systems in the Amazon, I watch with horror as I see so many ecosystems around me beginning to decay under climate change and other stressors; I expect that in coming years many of the plant communities in the occupied land known as California will not be able to persist where they are and will completely turn over. 

All over the world people are fighting against fossil fuel and mineral extraction, logging, and expansion of industrial agriculture in the places where they live, and many of these are rural and indigenous peoples. But that destruction begins in places like San Francisco, where investors in the global North funnel money through myriad channels to grow capital through exploitation of land in places like the Amazon. Despite lip service to climate change, BlackRock is still one of the most important funders of this destruction. When investments from the global north back the plunder of the rainforest and logging and burning allow agribusiness to force the land into meat production, the water cycle and mechanisms that regulate climate are disrupted. We cannot risk the Amazon basin reaching a tipping point that causes drying and collapse of the current rainforest ecosystem. Natural systems tend to be resilient, but they can't continue to function indefinitely as more and more of their components are destroyed."  The second climber, Scout, added "I did it to use my body and my voice to call an end to fossil fuels"

FIRE PAINT

The black and grey paint used in murals was made with the ash and charcoal contributed by people from areas hard-hit by California's climate-charged wildfires.  

Here are the stories of where the fire-ash and charcoal came from:

Allen Myers with Carrie Max, also from Paradise, CA

ALLEN MYERS: "Today we took ash from my family's home, from Paradise CA. We took ash from Greenville and Butte County and turned that ash into paint. We blockaded the doors of Blackrock investments and painted murals demanding that they divest from the fossil fuel industry that is responsible for the climate chaos, that is responsible for climate driven disasters like the Camp Fire that destroyed my home town. Climate change is here, it is not a problem for the future; it has destroyed whole towns and communities at an ever increasing rate. We need Joe Biden and world leaders to act ahead of COP26 in Glasgow. We need top assets managers like Black Rock to divest.  Time is up."

Wendy McCall, making paint from charcoal, gathered at the site of her home which burned in the Camp Fire. Hand prints using fire charcoal paint made by children in Paradise, CA.

WENDY MCCALL: "I headed to San Francisco to take a stand in front of BlackRock, one of the biggest investors in coal, oil and gas companies and PG&E. Myself and other activists want  to send a message and did do so with the literal charred bits of trees remaining on the land once my home in Paradise, California in combination with the ashes of countless other climate change refugees that have too lost their homes due to climate fueled fires. I have the honor of assisting an Indigenous Mechoopda artist, Ali-Meders Knight, and many other artists in creating a street mural using paint made of these charred remains. We do this to raise awareness to the existential crises knocking at our doors and to ask that our world leaders and corporations such as BlackRock stop funding fossil fuel projects. I ask this for my kids and the kids of tomorrow. They're counting on us. How many more disasters must we witness, must our kids witness?" 

Katie Nehls, a member of Idle No More SF Bay, gathered charcoal from where she grew up in the forested Bonny Doon, near Santa Cruz, which burned in last year's CZU Lightning Complex Fire.

 

KATIE NEHLS: "I went up into the mountains today near where I grew up. And for the first time I looked at where the fires burned through the land. The land is changing, the climate is changing, because of the lack of care we show the earth. Those who are managing land lack traditional knowledge to care for and live in reciprocity with the land. The way forward is possible but we must make changes today. I hope we can all start to move in that direction. And those who have the power to change our energy sources move towards ones that are more sustainable."

Charcoal and ash was contributed from the Greenville Rancheria Tribal Offices, which burned to the ground along with the entire town this year. Here are before and after fire photos.

 

FRANCELIA LUNA: 

"Hello, my name is Francelia Luna, I am a member of Greenville Rancheria. Greenville Rancheria is a Maidu/Wintu Tribe located in Northern California. Since 1995, Greenville has tripled in size and has been recognized for having Medical/Dental facilities in Plumas and Tehama counties. We currently serve several service areas such as Lassen, Yuba, Butte, Plumas and Tehama Counties. Unfortunately, the current catastrophe from the Dixie fire of 2021 we lost our headquarters offices of Tribal Administration, Medical and Dental facilities, EPA/Cultural building, fire trucks and equipment, our Tribal Tanf building and several of tribal homes, to say the least."

THE STREET MURALS

Photo: Brooke Anderson

Women from 100 Grandmothers for a Livable Future used banners and mock oil derricks to shut down the three lane downtown streets in front of BlackRock to allow for the mural layout and painting.  These street murals were painted with non-toxic paint made from California wildfire ash and charcoal, clay paint, and tempera paint. The 20 circular murals were each created and painted by different community groups and artists. 

This mural map was displayed on large public signs together with the statements of the mural

groups.

 

The 50 foot wide centerpiece mural was the Defund Climate Chaos Mural designed Jackie Fawn and painted by painted by Cy Wagoner of NDN Collective & crew. Jackie Fawn (Yurok/ Washoe/Surigaonon) writes about this design:  "This illustration is of an earth warrior protecting a seedling as the fires rise up from climate change and begin to consume the forests.  I was inspired by what's happening in California and all the old growth ancestral redwoods we've lost. As a new mom, I want my baby to be able to see the ancestor trees and be able to live in a world where she and her generation can thrive." 

This triangular basket pattern designed by Edward Willie (Pomo/Wailaki/Wintu) ran along the entire mural, unifying the diverse circle designs. Edward  writes, "I am honored to represent Indigenous California in this project. This design does not represent any specific tribe. But it is inspired by the basketry traditions of native California."

 

Here's photos all the circle murals, and some explanation from each of the community groups who designed and painted them.

1. 1000 Grandmothers for a Livable Future: Climate chaos, caused by global warming, has dramatically increased the occurrence and size of wildfires. Forests, wildlife and their habitats, and entire communities, such as Paradise and Greenville in Northern California, have been destroyed by these horrific fires! The extraction of fossil fuels, as represented by the Black Snake, must stop immediately. The country communities and wilderness areas we hope to preserve and protect are represented by the top half of the mural. The 1000 Grandmothers for Future Generations believe we must Keep It All In The Ground. We demand a just transition to clean, sustainable energy from President Biden and Congress. 

2. Sunrise Movement Bay Area: Blackstone wields the largest and most pervasive investment portfolio in the world and we all buy into it, whether or not we're willing. Blackstone therefore must recognize that our collective future is fossil-free. As new generations grow into taking responsibility for our environment and face the wrath of climate change, we collectively dictate that fossil-free is the direction our economy and society must take.

Photo: Arthur Koch

3. CA MMIWP2S (California Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, People,& 2 Spirit)

4. AIM (American Indian Movement) Foothills Central California Chapter; Missing Murdered Indigenous Women People & 2 Spirit, are a non profit organization which brings awareness to the genocide that has been happening all over Turtle Island since 1492… We STAND in SOLIDARITY against the raping and killing of our Sacred Mother Earth, our Women, Men, children and 2 Spirit people… We will stop any pipeline, that rips and tears through the very veins of our Sacred Mother Earth… We will disintegrate the man camps!!! AIMFOOTHILLS-CEN CA is a GGC sanctioned Chapter that supports MMIWP2S, in standing against the COLONIZERS, corporations and entities that strive to destroy the Indigenous Peoples of this land.

—Marge Grow-Eppard, President MMIWP&2S, Director AIMFOOTHILLS-CEN CA

5. Rice and Beans Co-op: Rice & Beans is an educational cooperative for families of color working to advance social, economic and environmental justice in our community and beyond.

6. Palestinian Youth Movement:

The Palestinian Youth Movement is a grassroots, volunteer-led, organization made up of young Palestinians in Palestine and in exile worldwide as a result of the ongoing Zionist colonization and occupation of our homeland. The mechanisms of Israeli occupation on the ground continue to advance the climate crisis across Palestine, from water apartheid to the pollution of our communities through heavy industry and the impediment of freedom of movement through the Israeli Apartheid Wall and checkpoint system. Palestine, like many other places in the world, was ablaze this year from the systematic torching of our olive trees and farmlands from settler mobs as well as the increasingly hot weather setting invasive Pine and Eucalyptus forests, planted by the occupation forces, alight. Palestinian Liberation is intrinsically tied to the liberation of our land and to the physical remaking of home after 74 years of dispossession. Our mural centers our relationship and commitment to our land. At the center is the Palestinian Poppy, a symbol of our martyrs, with roots leading to the word "intifada" meaning uprising. This flower dots the hills every year after the first rain, its roots abundant with rhizomes waiting to produce the next season's blooms, a promise to return year after year. Just as the poppy grows every year and blooms, just as the sun illuminating the flower returns day after day, our people are committed to returning home, to our lands, to restore the livelihood that colonization, occupation, and capitalist extractive industries have disrupted and destroyed.

7. IP3 (Indigenous People's Power Project): IP3 is made up of activists, organizers and protectors of all nations to be all encompassing from a decolonizing lens we chose "Protectors of all Nations", the eagle represents that protectors and the blue inner circle representing water, the red triangles representing mountains, adversity and red for the fire within us to fight. The snake represents pipeline fights/fossil fuel fights. 

8. NDN Collective: "It is our belonging to the land—because—we are the land". NDN Collective's mural aims to incorporate our water, land, and animal relatives into one circle and the four directions to illustrate who climate chaos impacts most. NDN Collective operates under the goal to defend, develop, decolonize across all realms of injustices and oppression. This design ties in Anishinaabe northern style florals within the borders of the medicine wheel to illustrate solidarity across Turtle Island, calling in necessary collaboration between all of us to successfully fight this climate crisis. The illustration of a medicine wheel, which holds all of these elements together, represents Indigenous lands and the people being targeted globally by corporations for unethical natural resource extraction and destruction. We highlight that Indigenous sovereignty and the literal return of land to Indigenous people is the top climate mitigation solution. LANDBACK is essential to combating climate crisis and to survival of all of our species. 

9. Idle No More SF Bay:

Our mural contrasts the destruction of Mother Earth by the fossil fuel industry, with the beauty of Mother Earth when all is in balance. Extraction brings drought and devastation and climate wildfires to our beautiful lands. In contrast, Water brings life and heals our Mother Earth. Idle No More SF Bay has been working for the last decade, along the refinery corridor of the San Francisco Bay, to do everything we can to stop fossil fuel projects, bring attention to the importance of keeping the oil in the ground, and standing up to the fossil fuel industry on the occupied Ohlone lands and waters where we live. "Water is Life" brings together centuries of Indigenous respect and love and protection of the Waters everywhere, the ongoing opposition of Native communities to all kinds of extractive industries, the power and beauty of rematriation of the lands to the original tribes, and the courage of Native women working to protect and heal the Waters.  Ending Fossil Fuels and ensuring a just transition is imperative right now, and we also support the organizations where we live who are working to build a future of renewable energy, meaningful and safe jobs, healthy soil, food justice and a livable world for the generations to come.

10. Urban Tilth; We're Urban Tilth, a nonprofit organization in Richmond, California on Ohlone territory. We hire, train & educate local residents to cultivate agriculture, feed our community & restore relationships to land to build a more sustainable food system. Our mural design is inspired by our community. Over the last decade and a half Urban Tilth has grown organic produce on lands that have been neglected or dumped on and has trained many residents on how to do so. We believe that restoring the soil & growing organic produce is a solution to the injustices we see in our community.

11. Earth Guardians Bay Area, Youth vs Apocalypse, Ca Youth vs Big Oil; Money invested in fossil fuels affects first hand Indigenous, Black, and people of color, low income communities and our futures. We demand an end to the ongoing funding of destruction towards our communities.

Fossil fuel projects are deadly to children—it makes us sick, lowers our life span and is deadly to our lands, waters and our safety.

Money should be funded in reparations of the harm already done to our communities; it should be funded towards a livable climate equitable, sustainable, and just world.

12. Ali Meders-Knight designed this mural and painted it with a group of residents from Butte County in North-Central California. She took a break from painting to address the hundred gathered in the streets. 

She said,

"Welcome to Indian country! This is native land. Everywhere you go, you are on native land.  

This is not colonized country anymore.  We are here to decolonize this area. This is California, colonization has only been here for about 180 years. Just a second of time.  But for thousands of years my Indigenous ancestors lived in this area.  And when we lived in this area we knew how to take care of our land.  We didn't exploit it. We did live in unison with our ecosystem. And our ecosystem did get hit 180 years ago by colonizers.  The gold rush!  The 49ers, are you kidding me?  You want to celebrate the murderers and the ripping off of the earth? The raping of the earth? That's what happened: 1849.  Then you had a big flood come through here, 1862, and wiped out every colonizer who was walking and living along those rivers, dredging for gold. That's what you get.  And then you want to come in here and put conifers and the wrong kind of plants in our forests so that you could do lumber.  And then you're going to have PG&E make a monopoly of every energy group that happens in this area. Screw you! 

We are here to decolonize CA. It's going to happen one way or another.  We're going to take it back, because guess what? When you don't know how to take care of something, you lose it.  That's what I was taught. And so this country, and a lot of other places that are capitalizing on disaster—disaster capitalism—and all the other exploitation that takes place in this state—it is going to end.  I guarantee you and I promise you that when I leave this earth, I'm going to leave it a little bit different than the way I found it.  I promise you! 

So we just want to say, I just want to welcome everybody to colonized areas, and welcome you also to decolonize your mind, decolonize your life and decolonize your economics. Because if you do not do it, you will lose it. Thank you."

 

13. Pacific Islander Climate Justice; What does it mean that Pacific Islanders (Melanesians, Micronesians and Polynesians) are on the frontline of Climate Catastrophe? It means many Pacific Islander families have already lost their homelands and are migrating in mass exodus as climate refugees. It means that Pacific Islander people under 30 may be the last generation to live in their ancestral home islands. As Indigenous People, the root of Climate Change to us is colonization and its continuation. We joined The Pacific Climate Warriors from our homelands in proclaiming, "We are Not Drowning, We are Fighting!" Today, we are switching up this battle cry to acknowledge the internal and spiritual journeys we have taken these past years, especially as a community with one of the highest COVID mortality rates. At this time of Climate devastation, we connect deeper to our spiritual source, we reconnect with what our ancestors taught us really matters. We build our spiritual fortitude to steward and protect our Grandmother, our Pacific Ocean. Today, in grounded strength we proclaim, "We are Not Drowning, We are Healing." 

14. CA Poor People's Campaign; The impacts of climate fires and climate chaos on our communities hit  the poorest, first and hardest, making us sick, driving up food costs, polluting our drinking water. Our Jubilee Policy Platform principle that says when you, "Lift from the Bottom, Everybody Rises" offers a solution that prioritizes people impacted by poverty, racism, ecological devastation, militarism/the military economy and the distorted moral narrative of Christian nationalism over the corporate greed underlying their never ending thirst for profit at any cost.

15. Teachers for Divestment;  We are teachers and California Federation of Teachers members who see the need to take immediate and decisive action around climate chaos. We are committed to moving the CalSTRS Board to divest our pension funds from fossil fuels, and to also promote investment in a just transition to a sustainable future. These investments are not only ethically wrong, they are damaging to the retirement funds of thousands of hardworking teachers. We stand in solidarity with students and allies who also advocate for CalSTRS to divest from fossil fuels. Join us!

16. Ramaytush Ohlone: The Ramaytush Ohlone are the original peoples of the San Francisco Peninsula. Gregg Castro: It's amazing to be here and see all the artistic expression happening. Our painting is Hummingbird, a very important person, and an elder of our ancient oral narratives. Hummingbird in many Ohlone stories brought fire to the people.  And even though he's very small, he's very brave and very community minded. Realizing the people were cold he brought fire to them and allowed them to understand fire, to work with fire and not to be afraid of fire. We are expressing the Hummingbird as a courageous elder of our people—that is very needed now in these times— that courage. We are also writing outside our circle the word YELAMU in big letters to make sure they see it very clearly. Yelamu is the name for the people from this area, part of the Ramaytush culture area—what is now called San Francisco. We really appreciate you all being here. Thank you!"

It's amazing to be here and see all the artistic expression happening. Our painting is Hummingbird, a very important person, and an elder of our ancient oral narratives. Hummingbird in many Ohlone stories brought fire to the people.  And even though he's very small, he's very brave and very community minded. Realizing the people were cold he brought fire to them and allowed them to understand fire, to work with fire and not to be afraid of fire. We are expressing the Hummingbird as a courageous elder of our people—that is very needed now in these times— that courage. We are also writing outside our circle the word YELAMU in big letters to make sure they see it very clearly. Yelamu is the name for the people from this area, part of the Ramaytush culture area—what is now called San Francisco. We really appreciate you all being here. Thank you!

Photo: Rupa Fish

17. Pomo Brothers, Dry Creek Band of Pomos; "If we all come together we can go back to the ways of the Natives and move forward to save our Mother Earth. Pomo brothers Robbinson and Brycey inherit leadership from elders to pass the ball to the next generation. By design we bridge the past to the present."

18. 350 Bay Area; "Fossil Fuels are Killing Us. Every day that corporations and politicians choose greed and money over we lose countless lives, countless futures. Money fuels the fires that burn indigenous lands, money shields destroyers from accountability and money is building a climate apartheid. Some will survive, the rest of us will perish. Fossil Fuels are Killing Us." 

19. SF Bay Extinction Rebellion; Extinction Rebellion SF Bay Area brings the Rebellion home to the financial institutions, politicians, corporations and individuals in the Bay Area that need to wake up and change in time to prevent Climate Disaster. Join us!

GLOBAL STREET MURALS PAINT THE FUTURE

Across the globe, many groups used guerrilla street mural artivism to send a message to Glasgow and to paint our own future together. International skill sharing took place in the lead-up, and a Street Mural Manual was produced.

CANADA: 

In Vancouver, British Columbia a giant mural was painted in front of the RBC (Royal Bank of Canada) as part of the  #RBCiskillingme National Day of Action; 35 cities held action calling on Canada's largest investor in fossil fuels and funding of  projects in violation of indigenous rights to divest.

GERMANY:

A giant street mural was painted between the occupied village of Lützerath, at the edge of  the Garzweiler coal mine in Germany. It read, "From Lützerath to vaca muerta: Fossil capitalism funded by Deutsche Bank destroys and kills"

Another mural was painted in Berlin targeting Deutsche Bank:

And a third in Frankfurt, Germany spelled out "STOP FUNDING FOSSIL FUELS" mural was painted at Willy Brandt Plaza, with the logos of @europeancentralbank@commerzbank @deutschebank @sparkasse 

 

 

Netherlands: Defund Celebration

In the Netherlands people celebrated @abppensioen—Europe's largest pension fund—divesting from fossil fuels with a mural in front of their office! 

São Paulo-based Brazilian Street artist has been painting with the ashes of this year's massive fires across the Amazing forests. Working with the artivist group @cinzasdafloresta (ashes of the forest)  they painted a massive mural on a high rise using Amazon fire-ash as a tribute to the volunteer firefighters. On October 29  they joined the global action painting a giant hourglass on the pavement using Amazon fire ash paint, reading "O Tempo Está Acabando (TIME IS RUNNING OUT) . 

I asked Mundano about this street mural using fire ash paint.

He said, "I went to the Amazon and other forests to collect the ashes of beings that were burned alive, turning them into paint. That way they can scream, through the paintings, louder than human greed. To face the local and global challenges that we have as human beings, we will need all the tools and artivism is certainly one of the most powerful."


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David Solnit is an arts organizer with the Climate Justice Street Mural Project and co-author of "Globalize Liberation: How to Uproot the System and Build a Better World," and co-author of "The Battle of the Story of the Battle of Seattle."

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