Tamera, Healing Biotope 1 , Colos, Portugal

Defend the Sacred: International Activist Gathering

We invite activists from around the world to come together and build a global alliance. We believe that sacred activism – political action rooted in the honor and celebration of life’s inherent sacredness – can provide a necessary spiritual foundation to bring the many individuals and movements looking for global system change together around a shared vision and strategy.

A year ago, we called for a first activist gathering, as we were deeply moved by the resistance of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and their supporters and allies against the Dakota Access Pipeline and the movement for “defending the sacred” they had sparked. In August 2017, 40 activists from around the world – Indigenous elders and youth from North America (including initiators from Standing Rock), Colombia, Israel, Palestine, Brazil, Kenya, the Philippines, Europe, 35 countries in total – gathered here in Tamera to collaborate and envision a global alliance to defend the sacred.

A central part was the aerial art action at Odeceixe beach to stop plans for offshore oil drilling in Portugal, which turned out to be a resounding success. We prevented the drilling from happening last year, but the companies continue to press for it now and more will be needed to end their plans for good.

We published a common manifesto. An excerpt:

What was seeded by the peaceful opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock in 2016 must grow into a planetary movement; one that is globally unified and that transcends cultures, borders and beliefs. It is clear this is not only an Indigenous issue, but a world issue that affects all of us. (…) We unite as a planetary community to stand together for the sacred; to midwife a transition to a world in which humanity will no longer dominate but cooperate with all life.

More information about last years’ gathering here.

We want to facilitate a growing global alliance in the spirit of “Defend the Sacred,” in which activists from around the world can develop a shared platform and have annual gatherings to:

For a deeper understanding of our vision for this emerging alliance, please read Martin Winiecki’s essay, published in Kosmos Journal: Sacred Activism: Movement for Global Healing.

For our upcoming meeting, we’re happy to count already on the presence of Ladonna Bravebull Allard, founder of the first resistance camp at Standing Rock; Lakota elder Tiokasin Ghosthorse; Arhuaco spokeswoman Ati Quigua; aerial artist John Quigley; Winnie Wong, founding organizer of Occupy Wall Street and co-founder of People for Bernie; “Water Gandhi” Rajendra Singh of Tarun Bharat Sangh; water visionaries Michal Kravčík and Vlado Zaujec of “Rain for Climate” and climate change researcher João Camargo of Climáximo, among others.

The gathering is on invitation only.