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New climate justice documentary to premiere in Indianapolis

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On Sept. 11, “Grasping at the Roots,” a love letter to the climate justice movement will premiere in Indianapolis at the Madame Walker Theater.  

Hosted by the Kheprw Institute and the Climate Justice Alliance Black Caucus, the documentary highlights the goals, challenges and victories of organizations across four different cities. 

The Climate Justice Alliance is also gearing up to host its first ever national member convening in Indianapolis.  Members from more than 90 frontline organizations across the country will gather to celebrate, collaborate and develop long-term strategies of climate justice solutions.  

The plans have been in the works for months, said Chinyelu Mwaafrika during a Kephwr’s Mumbo Jumbo conversation – an online community conversation that gives individuals a chance to build social bonds and speak candidly with communities and development organizations from Indianapolis and beyond – about the convening. The conversations were joined by Southwest Regional Manager of the Climate Justice Alliance Ofelia Sanchez to discuss the upcoming event.  

Earlier this year, the Climate Justice Alliance visited Indianapolis to plan with the Kheprw Institute for the convening.  

Learning the history of environmental justice and sharing the legacy of organizations like Kheprw is a key component of the climate justice movement, Sanchez said. It allows organizations and individuals to come together, reground folks in the movement and spur momentum. 

The Climate Justice Alliance formed in 2013 to unite frontline communities and organizations to act boldly on climate change. Kheprw Institute joined the Climate Justice Alliance alongside 35 other grassroot organizations to work together to advance global climate justice. The Climate Justice Alliance has led the Just Transition mission to unite communities to reduce consumption cycles in just and equitable ways.   

Members of the Climate Justice Alliance represent a host of strategies to transition whole communities to build thriving economies that provide sustainable livelihoods and ecological resilience.   

The alliance plans to convene a historical grounding of Black history in Indianapolis by connecting with residents through storytelling.   

The event is free, but registration is required. Register here.

Join Kheprw for continued Mumbo Jumbo community conversations every Friday starting at 3 p.m. Watch live on the Indianapolis Recorder’s Facebook or by visiting kheprw.org/conversation.  

Contact staff writer Jayden Kennett at 317-762-7847 or by email jaydenk@indyrecorder.com. Follow her on Twitter @JournoJay. 

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