People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond Introductory Workshop

by Kristi Weir

The Earth and Climate Action Ministry team in concert with 350/Eastside and East Shore’s Lifelong Learning program sponsored an introductory training to bring anti-racism, climate and other justice activists together. On December 7th, about 60 community members including twelve East Shore members were introduced to two speakers from the People’s Institute Northwest which aims to dismantle institutionalized racism. Brother Gary Kinte Perry spoke about the history of the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond. He and Victoria Red Star shared basic principles for a covenant necessary for community organizing. They believe that understanding another’s history, building trust and relationship are foundational for any transformation to occur. This introductory session allows for the possibility of undertaking future workshops to connect anti-racism and environmental/climate activists.