Conference Updates

We Are Power ShiftAt Power Shift 10,000 young leaders came together to build community and launch campaigns. By sharing our stories, crafting campaigns together and taking action, we showed that we can create a Power Shift.

Our stories, and our work, can change the world. That’s why today, PowerShift2011.org is re-launching as WeArePowerShift.org — a new grassroots-driven online community for the organizers powering our movement.

WeArePowerShift.org is your space to stay connected to the Power Shift movement – to continue telling your story, to collaborate, and to share the work you are doing with fellow organizers across the country.

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875 Power Shift 2016 Southeast in Orlando, Florida (photo: Jahfre Colbert, Post Creative Group)

What a year. Between the primaries, the election, and the post-election absurdity we’ve been witnessing for the past six weeks, I know many of us are ready to say goodbye to this year. But believe it or not: despite all of this, I’m still calling 2016 a success for the Power Shift Network.

Here’s why I think 2016 was such a success. In just 12 months, our network:

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Two Power Shifts down, two more to go—here's what we've learned so far


“Thank you for an amazing weekend!” “This is fantastic!” These are the phrases that have given me bursts of energy in this marathon called Power Shift 2016.

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Two Power Shifts down, two more to go—here's what we've learned so far


“Thank you for an amazing weekend!” “This is fantastic!” These are the phrases that have given me bursts of energy in this marathon called Power Shift 2016.

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Throwback: when we were planning Power Shift 2011, Dan Cannon shared his story from Power Shift 2007. 

Now, we're looking at what's next for Power Shift in 2016 (more on that soon!) — and listening to stories from the thousands of people who have attended Power Shifts in the past. 

So what's your Power Shift story? Share it here!

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As many movement spaces often do, the day began in a circle. One hundred young people – high school students, college students, and twenty-somethings – gathered around a huge parachute laid on the floor with big green letters reading ‘Leave it in the ground! Resist!’ It was early on a Friday morning, and people had traveled from as far as North Dakota, Michigan, and Ohio.

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Trouble in Coaland

November 18, 2013

UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Executive Secretariat Christiana Figueres spoke at the Climate and Coal conference today, 18 Nov, in Warsaw, taking time away from her administration of the 19th UNFCCC Conference of Parties (COP19).  Figueres took a strong climate stance at the coal conference, and stated in her remarks to the world coal summit that we must "leave most existing reserves [of coal] in the ground."  At the pre-COP youth convergence, many of those present expressed worry that her participation in the coal summit legitimizes the industry, despite her tough stance.

254 photo credit: 350.org

 

There was a rally today in protest of Poland intentionally scheduling the World Coal Association at the same time as COP19.  Protestors pretended to be either lobbyists, throwing handfuls of money and coal dust at a giant inflatable pair of lungs, or activists wearing surgical masks and holding signs.  A medical student read a statement about the harmful effects of burning coal.   Greenpeace activists hung up a Polish Flag which red, “Who runs Poland? Coal industry or the people?”

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This year's Power Shift integrated intersectionality and environmental justice into its framework through anti-oppression trainings, frontline panels, and sessions on social justice.

Student's and activists learned how to connect the dots between capitalism and environmental degradation, were shown how health disparities are linked fracking and fossil fuel extraction, and (hopefully) took away practicable skills for addressing these environmental justice issues. (For just a taste of some of the take aways check out the storify!)

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So we are three day's into the Post-PowerShift blues. Whether you are still trying to catch up on REM sleep, addressing neglected coursework, or planning the next steps for you campus and community groups, you are undoubtedly still thinking about your time in Pittsburgh.

Perhaps you are recalling moments of solidarity such as standing with the Artic30 during day two of the keynotes.

116 Twitter photographs: #powershift #arctic30

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Sneak Peak of Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek, Sunday at 10:15 am in room 407 Q&A with filmmaker Leah Mahan, film subject/Gulf Coast organizer Derrick Evans and other contributors to BridgeTheGulfProject.org

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