Hip Hop Caucus co-hosts ​’Our Village’, Largest Community Convening During Global Climate Action Summit

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For Planning Purposes: September 10, 2018


‘Our Village’, Largest Community Convening During Global Climate Action Summit, Uplifts 5 Demands for Climate Solutions and Justice 

Over 50 Indigenous Leaders from Around the World, Communities of Color from Across the U.S., and Climate Movement Allies, Convene at ‘Our Village’ for Presentations, Performances, Film, Art, Virtual Reality, and Storytelling


WHY: Our Village is bringing indigenous peoples, communities of color, and grassroots voices to the forefront of the Global Climate Action Summit hosted by California Governor Jerry Brown this week in San Francisco. All around the world local communities are responding to climate change with powerful resilience, innovative action, and a spirit that can profoundly impact our world. Our Village brings this spirit to the Global Climate Action Summit and invites people from all walks of life to participate in a community inspired by justice and our connection to the earth.

Our Village aims to explore solutions to five demands by communities of color, indigenous and local peoples who are on the frontline in the fight for a just and sustainable planet:


  1.  Ending Violence & Criminalization
  2. Ownership & Recognition
  3. Consent & Community Driven Decision Making
  4. Respect Ancestral Knowledge & Cultural Leadership
  5. Direct Funding & Finance

More about the five demands here: ourvillage.us/about-us

WHAT: Our Village is a culture hub and immersive experience bringing together global leaders, activists, artists, and cultural influencers. It is a space centered on climate solutions driven by indigenous communities and communities of color from within the United States and around the world. The four days of programming include dynamic presentations and panels, special performances, receptions, and compelling art, music, virtual reality exhibits, and film screenings. With free Wi-Fi, a coffee bar, beer and wine bar, and a comfy atmosphere, the venue is also a community corner for leaders from all over the world to meet, network, and deepen collaboration.

Our Village Highlights Include:

  • Opening Reception Celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Guardianship of Earth: Featuring Vicky Tauli-Corpuz, Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, Rako Pasefika, Mia Kami, and Jeffry Feeger Tuesday Sept. 11, 5pm (Private Event, Press RSVP required ahead of time)
  • Over 20 Panel Presentations with over 75 Dynamic Speakers: Covering topics ranging from Clean Energy Democracy and Financing, Ancestral Knowledge, Community Resistance, Food Justice, Frontlines of Climate Disaster, Filmmaking, and Community Solutions and Innovation, find the full program here: ourvillage.us/programming
  • Awavena Virtual Reality Film: A Sundance selection from Emmy winning artist/filmmaker Lynette Wallworth, for its first time on the West Coast playing at Our Village, limited access, press contact Our Village media contacts about viewing.
  • Think 100% Live Taping & Grist After Party: Featuring Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr., Mustafa Santiago Ali, Antonique Smith, Chip Giller, and DJ Davey D, Wednesday Sept. 12, 7:30pm
  • Live Interactive Community Art Project: An interactive prayer weaving in which any person or panelist can participate in creating, brought by Color Outside the Lines, a program that focuses on bringing art experiences to challenged communities, particularly youth.
  • Dark Money’ Documentary Screening and Q&A with Ann Ravel: Premiering on PBS this fall, this special screening will feature a Q&A with Ann Ravel, former Federal Election Commission Chair.
  • Short Participatory and Indigenous Made Films: screened daily
  • Closing Reception with Guardians of the Forest: Featuring the indigenous leaders from the ‘Guardians of the Forest’ campaign with performances by Dadang and prominent Bay Area DJs, Friday Sept 14, 6:00pm

Our Village is an official affiliate event of the Global Climate Action Summit. Our Village is free and open to the public with RSVP at the event website: OurVillage.us


Co-Presented by: Hip Hop Caucus and If Not Us Then Who

In partnership with: The Yurok Tribe, Aliansi Masyarakat Adat Nusantara – AMAN, Alianza Mesoamericana de Pueblos y Bosques – AMPB, Coordinadora de las Organizaciones, Indígenas de la Cuenca Amazónica – COICA, Articulação dos Povos Indígenas do Brasil – APIB, Guardians of the Forest, Fondation Maisons du Monde, Nia Tero, The Tenure Facility, Pachamama Alliance, Rainforest Action Network, Rainforest Foundation USA, Amazon Watch, Color Outside the Lines, Climate Access, National African American Clergy Network, 350.org, Center for Environmental Health, As You Sow, Moving Forward Network, NextGen America, Lonely Whale, People’s Climate Movement, Climate Reality Project, Think 100%, Mongabay, Wallace Global Fund, Ford Foundation

Featuring: Over 75 speakers from around the world including: Antonique Smith, Grammy-Nominated Singer & Actress, Climate Movement Leader, Mina Setra, Deputy General Secretary of the Alliance of Indigenous Peoples of the Indonesian Archipelago (AMAN), Mustafa Santiago Ali, SVP, Hip Hop Caucus, and former Environmental Protection Agency Senior Associate Administrator, Ann Ravel, Senior Fellow, MapLight’s Digital Deception Project (Former Federal Elections Commission Chair), Diana Rios, Asheninka Peruvian Leader, Rhett Butler, Founder of Mongabay, Victoria Tauli Corpuz, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Rev Lennox Yearwood Jr., President & CEO, Hip Hop Caucus, Dr. Beverly Wright, Executive Director, Deep South Center for Environmental Justice, Bruce Parry, Director of ‘Tawai’, Dinamam Tuxa, Executive Coordinator of APIB, Valeria Paye Pereira, Coordination of the Representation of the COIAB, Tuntiak Patricio Katan Jua, Vice Coordinator of COICA, Lynne Twist, Co-Founder of Pachamama Alliance

Find more speakers here: ourvillage.us/our-village-community

Musical Performances from: Grammy-nominated singer and actress, Antonique Smith; live drums and electronic world music by KLNM; Luke Saqi playing live trumpet and world infused self produced electronic music; Indonesian musician Dadang; and, Pan Drummer experience by Joseph.

DJ Sets by: Bay Area legend, Davey D; Hip Hop and House Infused Global DJ Spekt1; Argentinian Cumbia DJ, El Papa Chango with live song and spoken word by Dakini Star

WHEN: September 11 – 14, 2018

  • Tuesday, Sept. 11: 5pm – 9pm (private event, press must confirm with Our Village media contacts ahead of time)
  • Wednesday, Sept. 12: 8am – 11pm
  • Thursday, Sept. 13: 8am – 10pm
  • Friday, Sept. 14: 8am – 10pm

Full Schedule at: ourvillage.us/programming  


Covo, 981 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

Cross Street: 6th Street

Online: OurVillage.us

Social Media: #OurVillageGCAS / @hiphopcaucus / @ifnotus_thenwho / @Think100Show  



Hip Hop Caucus (hiphopcaucus.org) is a national nonprofit, nonpartisan organization established in 2004 that uses the power of Hip Hop culture to engage and empower young people and communities of color in the civic and political process. Follow @hiphopcaucus on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. 

If Not Us Then Who (ifnotusthenwho.me) ‘If Not Us Then Who’ is a U.S. registered charity, 501(c)(3) that supports a global awareness campaign highlighting the role indigenous and local peoples play in protecting our planet. We work in partnership with communities to make films, take photographs, curate content, commission local artists and host events. Our work aims to build lasting networks, target unjust policies, and advocate for greater rights for indigenous and local peoples to bring about positive social change. Follow @IfNotUs_ThenWho on Twitter, and IfNotUsThenWho on  Instagram and Facebook.

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