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 Caring for Our Communities:

COVID-19 and our Health, Connections to

Climate Preparedness, and Systemic Change

Thank you to the speakers and everyone who joined this webinar!

Please find a recording on YouTube here:

and a recording on Facebook here.

A list of links and resources provided

during the call is available here

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

1:00 pm PST/ 4:00 pm EST USA time

Please check your own time zone to coordinate, call-in details below.

Speakers include Linda Black Elk (Catawba Nation), Director of Food Sovereignty Programs at United Tribes Technical College; Rupa Marya, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine at UCSF; and Jacqui Patterson, Director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program in conversation with Osprey Orielle Lake, Executive Director of WECAN International. 


In light of the global COVID-19 pandemic, WECAN International is responding to requests for deeper community connection and engagement at this time. Please join us on Wednesday, March 25 for our webinar, “Caring for Our Communities: COVID-19 and our Health, Connections to Climate Preparedness, and Systemic Change”. Although this conversation will have a North American context, global issues will be fully incorporated into the discussion.

During the webinar frontline women practitioners and advocates will share best practices for caring for ourselves and communities, and provide political and cultural analysis. Presenters will discuss vulnerabilities in our diverse communities, and how we can work to support each other.

The detrimental global systems of domination, exploitation, predator capitalism, colonization and racism continue to rip into our society, marginalizing Indigenous peoples, communities of color, and low-income communities in national efforts to address COVID-19. We want our governments to fundamentally transform in order to truly function and care for people and planet— and we condemn any government seeking to profit off this public heath crisis, or giving bailouts to the financial institutions and fossil fuel companies that have continued to reap unjust rewards for making our communities and the Earth sick.

While the origins of COVID-19 are still being determined, we see a clear reflection of how the dominant culture's disrespectful and exploitative relationship with Nature and other living beings is fostering an environment where COVID-19 is generated. These same ideologies and behaviors that led to the climate crisis display a human relationship with Nature that is devastatingly out of balance. To live in a healthy and just world, we must fundamentally change how we respect and interact with the Earth and each other.

We encourage deepening connections with Mother Earth and our communities, uplifting acts of resilience and equitability as we see this moment as a time to collectively continue to build a powerful movement founded on principles of justice, love, and a fierce dedication to our planet and each other.


Call-In Details Below!



Option 1 - Join via your computer or smart phone internet connection:

OR Option 2 - Dial Via Phone:

*US Tolls will apply

Enter the Meeting ID #:

415 415 2016

If you are calling from outside the U.S.

click here for international dial-in numbers

Please direct any and all questions to:

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Global women leaders strategize together - Photo via Lori Waselchuk

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