On Wednesday, we witnessed an attack on the United States brought about by a president who refuses to accept the will of the people. An angry mob, including white supremacist militants, stormed into the U.S. Capitol building and threatened the U.S. government. These actions were built on hundreds of years of state-enabled racialized violence meant to empower and enrich the wealthy few. It happened with the encouragement of some elected officials who are desperately attempting to hold onto power. Going forward, we’ll stand with the movement you have helped build to demand bold action to hold those complicit in inciting these attacks accountable. That includes demanding that the president, who fed, fueled, and fomented these attacks, be removed or resign. Sign the petition demanding Trump be removed from office now.
Just like these last few days, 2020 was both devastating and transformative. From the COVID-19 pandemic to the uprising for Black liberation to the U.S. elections, together we faced a lot.
But through it all, you have accomplished so much to build power and challenge corporate abuse. Wednesday made it clear that there is an incredible amount of work still to be done to protect democratic institutions and build a more just world.
As we kick off the new year and reflect on what has happened, take a minute to read our annual report and reflect on what we’ve done together this year. This year’s annual report celebrates the many people who make our work possible. It also lifts up the allies and partners we organize with, and the movements we’re proud to help to build. It includes updates on how you are making an impact on the world through our campaigns, from making Big Polluters pay to drying up business for water privatizers in the U.S.
That’s just a small sample of what we’ve accomplished together in the past year. Here’s a look at some of what you’ve accomplished in December:
DEMANDING THAT THE U.S. DO ITS FAIR SHARE TO ADDRESS THE CLIMATE CRISIS
People across the U.S. have given the incoming Biden-Harris administration a clear mandate for action on climate change. Rejoining the Paris Agreement is an important first step, but it is not enough. We must begin to repair the harm caused by decades of U.S. inaction and obstruction on climate policy, beginning with ambitious emissions reductions and providing the support — financial and otherwise the U.S. owes people in the Global South so they can justly transition off fossil fuels and respond to the climate crisis. Stand in solidarity with the global movement for climate justice and urge the Biden-Harris administration to do its Fair Share to address the climate crisis.
SPREADING THE WORD ABOUT BIG POLLUTER LIABILITY
Our podcast, Subvert: holding corporate power to account, focuses on the broad, global movement for corporate accountability and features stories of organizers and movements challenging corporate abuse, advancing people-centered solutions, and building a world that puts people before profits. Our second episode is out now! We take a deep dive on holding Big Polluters liable for the damage they caused to people and the planet, and we hear from organizers on the ground demanding Big Polluter liability. Listen here.
TELLING THE STORIES OF THE PEOPLE DEMANDING THEIR HUMAN RIGHT TO WATER
“Thirst for Justice”, a recent documentary, tells the story of several extraordinary people who are banding together to fiercely protect their right to clean water against powerful adversaries. From Flint, Michigan to the Navajo Nation and Standing Rock — equipped only with facts and dogged determination — they take on the might of industry and its government backers. Stay tuned for how to watch this inspiring film for free in the next few weeks. In the meantime, check out the trailer here.