EcoViva’s Year-End Fundraiser
The event featured Salvadoran community activist, organizer and EcoViva’s on the ground Policy & Program Manager, Douglas Chica. Douglas is an active community leader in the Bay of Jiquilisco and has worked extensively in community development, leading social, economic, and cultural projects with local Salvadoran NGOs.
At the event, we enjoyed delicious authentic Salvadoran food, lively music, and had an opportunity to connect with old friends and network with new folks in the EcoViva community. This event was a benefit for EcoViva, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting community-led social justice movements in Central America implementing innovative solutions to poverty, environmental degradation, and climate change.
Connect! From root causes to grassroots solutions
1544 Events, 1544 Broadway, Oakland, CA
The event will feature award-winning author Lauren Markham. Most recently, her book The Far Away Brothers was awarded the 2018 Ridenhour Book Prize. She will share her insights and observations on the connections between climate change, extreme weather events, food insecurity, violence, and migration and offer thoughts on solutions.
We will also honor the work of the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity and the SHARE Foundation with the Hal Baron Spirit of the Mangrove Award. We are pleased to present the awards to Rev. Deborah Lee and José Artiga and recognize their work to advance the re-unification of families, advocate for the human rights of migrants and to shift the debate on the root causes of migration.
We hope that you can join us for a night of connection, celebration, delicious Salvadoran food, art and music. Get your tickets today! We are looking forward to reconnecting with you.
Mangrove Forest Restoration and Grassroots Climate Action in Central America
EcoViva is hosting an affiliate event at the Global Climate Action Summit. We will convene US and Salvadoran government officials, advocates, scientists and funders to discuss best practices and models for collaboration to develop local solutions for both carbon sequestration and climate adaptation through community-based initiatives to study, protect and restore mangrove forests in Central America. In addition, we will facilitate a conversation with representatives from the Climate Action Reserve and a community-based mangrove forest restoration project in Mexico.
This event will be online and in person in San Francisco.
Video Conference with Artist and Arts Educator, Lauren Elder
Earlier this year, artist and arts educator Lauren Elder and muralist Cristian Muñoz collaborated with our partners with Asociación Mangle in El Salvador to engage in a public arts process that would result in the creation of murals that depict the history, struggles, and accomplishments of the communities that now live in and around the Lower Lempa region of El Salvador.
Join us for a video conference with Lauren Elder as she shares her insights from the project and her thoughts on the relationship between art, ecology, and community.
Join us at Sanctuary Bistro between 5:30 pm and 9:00 pm for a delicious vegan dinner. Sanctuary Bistro is donating 30% of all proceeds to benefit EcoViva’s grantmaking program in Central America. Enjoy a great meal and support our partners’ efforts to protect and restore mangrove forests and sea turtle populations and promote sustainable livelihoods.
Sanctuary Bistro is located at 1019 Camelia St., Berkeley, CA.
Call for reservations at (510) 558-3381.
Free screening of Jake Ratner’s short documentary “Resilience at the Roots” at the Workers Unite! Film Festival in NYC.
Resilience At the Roots – This short documentary follows a community in El Salvador who, after fleeing government repression and spending a decade in exile, returned to their country to rebuild their lives in the coastal lowland areas surrounding the Bay of Jiquilisco. But their challenges were not over: in 1998 Hurricane Mitch hit, and other severe storms followed, washing away homes, destroying crops, and burying the community in rising waters. They recognized that these storms were linked to climate change and loss of protective mangrove forests, and so began to organize. Today, the movement they started has succeeded in creating a network of vibrant, democratic communities that protect and restore their natural resources and ecosystems, and has grown into one of the most successful global organizing models working for climate justice. (2017, 14 min, El Salvador)
APRIL 19, 2018
Songs of Resistance for Honduras
Karla Lara and José Antonio Vásquez live in concert
Thursday, April 19, 2018
1714 Telegraph Ave
Honduran singer, poet, performer, and feminist Karla Lara and jazz musician José Antonio Velázquez will play two concerts in the Bay Area to sing about the struggle for self-determination and against the extractive model of so-called economic development. They will sing to free those who have been unjustly incarcerated and denied their right to protest, about our world, and about this powerful time when women continue to be present and to “live life singing!”
APRIL 21, 2018
Songs of Resistance for Honduras – a benefit for Sunrise Restaurant
Saturday, April 21, 2018
3126 24th St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
Karla and José Antonio will also perform at Sunrise Restaurant in the Mission in San Francisco on Saturday in solidarity with the community as Sunrise fights an unjust rent increase. More details here.
MARCH 28, 2018
Community Murals Project fundraiser
Learn more about the Community Murals Project here.
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
520 3rd St., Suite 108
Oakland, CA 94607
Join us at our workspace Wednesday, March 28, for an evening of art and friends. Bay Area artists Lauren Elder and Cristian Munoz will talk about their experiences with communities both locally and abroad collectively imagining and creating beautiful works of public art. We will also show Avi Lewis’s short film “Keepers of the Future,” a 24-minute documentary about our partners’ incredible journey fighting for their livelihoods and their environment; the film won an Honorable Mention at the 2018 Wild & Scenic Film Festival.