Introducing The Exhibit

Photography Show – September, 2022

From the streets of Oakland and San Francisco, to the Guapinol community in Honduras, the Anishinaabe in Minnesota, and the fenceline communities of the Bay Area refinery corridor…  unique and yet intertwined stories of communities protecting what they need to survive and creatively building towards a world where they can thrive.

SGVCC Exhibit 2022 – Painting for the Future

COMMUNITIES COMING TOGETHER FOR THE FUTURE
…With Paint

A major component of Climate and Environmental Justice rallies around the Bay Area is often the painting of beautiful giant street murals.  Some of these murals are truly massive, shutting down multiple huge city blocks. They represent the hopes and realities of many different communities and organizations as they each envision what a healthier future might look like.

SGVCC Exhibit 2022 – Paddling for the Future

KAYAK-TIVISM

On August 6th, 2022, the community of Richmond, CA commemorated the 10 year anniversary of the explosion and fire at the Chevron Refinery that sent 15,000 community members to the hospital. The day was filled with a huge rally, a march to the gates of Chevron and the official launch of “kayak-tivism” in the Bay Area!  Organized by The Richmond Our Power Coalition, the kayak action brought together many kayakers and climate activists, following the lead and messaging of those living on the frontlines of the East Bay “refinery corridor”.  

SGVCC Exhibit 2022 – Climate & Environmental Justice

CLIMATE & ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

The Bay Area is home to a large, vibrant and diverse community of Climate and Environmental Justice activists.  Their campaigns bring attention to both local and global issues.

Locally, the East Bay Refinery Corridor is home to numerous oil refineries and related industries, and San Francisco is a global financial center to many banks and investment institutions that finance the fossil fuel industry. Frontline communities and youth and Indigenous women led campaigns work to tie local issues to broader campaigns for Climate and Environmental Justice, Indigenous Sovereignty and the health of future generations. 

SGVCC Exhibit 2022 – Fighting the Line 3 Pipeline

FIGHTING THE LINE 3 TAR SANDS PIPELINE 
From Minnesota to San Francisco

2021 was the year that Indigenous Anishinaabe women in Minnesota led a massive struggle to protect the water and stop the completion of the Line 3 tar sands pipeline set to cross pristine watersheds in the northern and central part of the state.  As the icy Mississippi River thawed in the spring, the Anishinaabe “water protectors” put out a call for people across the country to come to Minnesota to stand with them in the fight.  Many from the Bay Area answered the call while many others organized solidarity actions locally to raise awareness and increase the pressure on the Biden administration to stop the pipeline.

SGVCC Exhibit 2022 – Racial Justice

RACIAL JUSTICE

Demanding fair and equal treatment of Black communities, and accountability and justice when violations have been committed.

SGVCC Exhibit 2022 – Honduras

HONDURAS

In 2017 and 2018, many thousands of people from Central America joined “migrant caravans” and headed en-masse towards the southern border of the US.  The sheer number of people was alarming to many and caught the attention of the world.  Most caravans originated in Honduras, and a large percentage of those traveling north were Hondurans, although many joined from El Salvador and Guatemala also.

In early 2019, a delegation of 75 interfaith leaders and social justice advocates traveled to Honduras with the specific purpose of better understanding the root causes of this mass migration.

SGVCC Exhibit 2022 – The Border

THE BORDER

When people feel threatened and completely unsupported in their home communities, migration can seem like the only option for a viable future.