Green New Deal to Red Deal: Fight for Native Liberation

Wednesday, March 11th — 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Madison Labor Temple, 1602 South Park St. Madison WI 53715

Hear from author, activist and co-founder of The Red Nation, Nick Estes about the urgent need for a radical plan to save our world against capitalism, settler-colonialism and imperialism.

We are currently seeing Indigenous resistance against climate change happening all around the world including the courageous resistance by the Wet’suwet’en Nation against the Coastal GasLink pipeline in northern British Columbia. Solidarity actions around Canada has brought the economy to a halt. The climate crisis requires bold change that must center Indigenous liberation.

The proposed Green New Deal (GND) legislation is a step in the right direction to combat climate change and to hold corporate polluters responsible. A mass mobilization, one like we’ve never seen before in history, is required to save this planet. Indigenous movements have always been at the forefront of environmental justice struggles.

The Red Deal, put together by The Red Nation, is not a counter program of the GND. It’s a call for action beyond the scope of the US colonial state. It’s a program for Indigenous liberation, life, and land—an affirmation that colonialism and capitalism must be overturned for this planet to be habitable for human and other-than-human relatives to live dignified lives.

The Red Deal is a platform that calls for demilitarization; police and prison abolition; abolishing ICE; tearing down all border walls; Indigenous liberation, decolonization, and land restoration; treaty rights; free healthcare; free education; free housing; full citizenship and equal protection to undocumented relatives; a complete moratorium on oil, gas, coal, and carbon extraction and emissions; a transition to an economy that benefits everyone and that ends the exploitation of the Global South and Indigenous nations for resources; safe and free public transportation; restoration of Indigenous agriculture; food sovereignty; restoration of watersheds and waterways; denuclearization; Black self-determination and autonomy; gender and sexual equality; Two-Spirit, trans*, and queer liberation; and the restoration of sacred sites.

Nick Estes is a citizen of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe. He is an Assistant Professor in the American Studies Department at the University of New Mexico. In 2014, he co-founded The Red Nation, an Indigenous resistance organization. He is the author of the book Our History Is the Future: Standing Rock Versus the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the Long Tradition of Indigenous Resistance (Verso, 2019).

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