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 The Defend the Sacred Alliance (DSA) was born from the notion that other ways of knowing, being and acting are possible when certain configurations of people come together to recognize the essential relationship of care for this Earth, for each other and to bear witness to the challenges of our time. This emerging global alliance includes around 100 people from 20+ countries – united in prayer, mutual support, culture-to-culture healing and shared action. We come together to contribute to the growing practice of sacred activism, to catalyze regenerative systems change, and to protect the sanctity of all Life. The Defend the Sacred Alliance (DSA) was born from the notion that other ways of knowing, being and acting are possible when certain configurations of people come together to recognize the essential relationship of care for this Earth, for each other and to bear witness to the challenges of our time. This emerging global alliance includes around 100 people from 20+ countries – united in prayer, mutual support, culture-to-culture healing and shared action. We come together to contribute to the growing practice of sacred activism, to catalyze regenerative systems change, and to protect the sanctity of all Life.
  
-In 2017 activists, community leaders, Indigenous youth and elders from around the world gathered at the Tamera Peace Research and Education Center in Portugal – in solidarity to what was initiated by the #NoDAPL movement at Standing Rock and to resist fossil fuel extraction in Portugal. Our aerial art actions on Portuguese beaches in 2017 and 2018 mobilized international attention and backing for the national climate justice movement. In combining protest, ceremony and displaying alternatives,​ those actions proved critical in tilting public opinion against offshore drilling and fracking in Portugal – and ultimately, preventing it.+In 2017 activists, community leaders, Indigenous youth and elders from around the world gathered at the [[https://​www.tamera.org/​|Tamera]] Peace Research and Education Center in Portugal – in solidarity to what was initiated by the #NoDAPL movement at Standing Rock and to resist fossil fuel extraction in Portugal. Our aerial art actions on Portuguese beaches in [[https://​youtu.be/​0damGwctIi4|2017]] and [[https://​youtu.be/​9uAbOlXva00|2018]] mobilized international attention and backing for the national climate justice movement. In combining protest, ceremony and displaying alternatives,​ those actions proved critical in tilting public opinion against offshore drilling and fracking in Portugal – and ultimately, preventing it.
  
 As leaders of Indigenous communities,​ social movements, front-line groups, systemic alternatives and regeneration projects, we are coming together in growing trust and solidarity, holding the vision for deep healing, externally and internally. Through three annual gatherings (2017, 2018, 2019) as well as joint actions, shared prayers and virtual meetings in between those, we have seen an evolving practice of sacred activism in service to global systems change. As leaders of Indigenous communities,​ social movements, front-line groups, systemic alternatives and regeneration projects, we are coming together in growing trust and solidarity, holding the vision for deep healing, externally and internally. Through three annual gatherings (2017, 2018, 2019) as well as joint actions, shared prayers and virtual meetings in between those, we have seen an evolving practice of sacred activism in service to global systems change.
  
-Rather than following pre-planned strategies, we're walking and learning together as a planetary community, asking what is needed and how we can be of help for one another. We endeavor to transcend personal and cultural egos, be in shared practice and to listen to what role we can play together in the world. One example is a statement against the Turkish invasion of north-east Syria and in solidarity with Rojava we published in The Guardian in November 2019.+Rather than following pre-planned strategies, we're walking and learning together as a planetary community, asking what is needed and how we can be of help for one another. We endeavor to transcend personal and cultural egos, be in shared practice and to listen to what role we can play together in the world. One example is a statement against the Turkish invasion of north-east Syria and in solidarity with Rojava ​[[https://​www.theguardian.com/​world/​2019/​nov/​01/​we-stand-in-solidarity-with-rojava-an-example-to-the-world|we published in The Guardian]] in November 2019.
  
 While still in its formative stage, this initial group has evolved in both form and function. After our last in-person gathering in Tamera in August 2019, we installed a “coordination circle” of four volunteers to facilitate communications within the alliance and underwent a “refinement process” for previous participants of the gatherings to commit to their membership in the alliance, according to different degrees of time and work commitment. As the circle self-organizes in dynamic governance and broadens in terms of people, lineages, cultures and geography, there is also a widening of intellectual and spiritual exchange, vision-building as well as north-south and south-to-south community building. While still in its formative stage, this initial group has evolved in both form and function. After our last in-person gathering in Tamera in August 2019, we installed a “coordination circle” of four volunteers to facilitate communications within the alliance and underwent a “refinement process” for previous participants of the gatherings to commit to their membership in the alliance, according to different degrees of time and work commitment. As the circle self-organizes in dynamic governance and broadens in terms of people, lineages, cultures and geography, there is also a widening of intellectual and spiritual exchange, vision-building as well as north-south and south-to-south community building.
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 Since much of the world went into lockdown in March, we have held weekly calls to make sense of what is going on, support each other and tend to our logistic necessities. By listening to and holding each other, praying and singing together, these regular online meetings have sometimes activated intimate ceremonial magic and given strength for those struggling alone or on the front-lines of violent crackdown and/or the pandemic. Since much of the world went into lockdown in March, we have held weekly calls to make sense of what is going on, support each other and tend to our logistic necessities. By listening to and holding each other, praying and singing together, these regular online meetings have sometimes activated intimate ceremonial magic and given strength for those struggling alone or on the front-lines of violent crackdown and/or the pandemic.
  
-Covid-19 and the lockdown have most affected those already marginalized,​ oppressed and side-lined by the dominant system, and some of the Indigenous and global South communities involved in DSA have been among those taking the hardest hit. Whether it has been a brutally orchestrated crackdown against activists and homeless people in the Philippines,​ worsening famine and flooding in Kenya, dangerously high infection rates among the Diné people in Turtle Island (North America), families in the slums of Brazil loosing food supply from one day to the next or paramilitaries utilizing Covid-19 to tighten their bloody grip over rural communities in Colombia, they have all been humanitarian and human rights emergencies requiring immediate responses. Some started make-shift emergency response initiatives in their respective communities,​ while struggling to keep their organizations running. To help those efforts, we set up a solidarity fund that consists of 10 local projects with a total funding portfolio of $615,000 USD (~570,000 €), which the alliance members are sharing with allies and potential funding partners.+Covid-19 and the lockdown have most affected those already marginalized,​ oppressed and side-lined by the dominant system, and some of the Indigenous and global South communities involved in DSA have been among those taking the hardest hit. Whether it has been a brutally orchestrated crackdown against activists and homeless people in the Philippines,​ worsening famine and flooding in Kenya, dangerously high infection rates among the Diné people in Turtle Island (North America), families in the slums of Brazil loosing food supply from one day to the next or paramilitaries utilizing Covid-19 to tighten their bloody grip over rural communities in Colombia, they have all been humanitarian and human rights emergencies requiring immediate responses. Some started make-shift emergency response initiatives in their respective communities,​ while struggling to keep their organizations running. To help those efforts, we set up a [[https://​drive.google.com/​file/​d/​1p0ZtclFUlDb3Rrfx4oBAZp954oJctAF2/​view?​usp=sharing|solidarity fund]] that consists of 10 local projects with a total funding portfolio of $615,000 USD (~570,000 €), which the alliance members are sharing with allies and potential funding partners.
  
 Recent global events, the pandemic and oncoming global economic depression, nested in the ongoing social, ecological, and economic crises, have led to an accelerated mass awakening that reform of the dominant system will remain flawed and inadequate. Ever more people are realizing that profound systemic change is indispensable for any meaningful way forward. Many of us have been leading projects for ecosystem restoration,​ agro-ecology as well as decentralized food, water and energy for many years, creating an important eldership role for the alliance globally. Despite the challenges and growing injustices, this moment also provides a historic opportunity to build the infrastructure for a post-capitalist world. Localization – deepening relations with our local communities and fellow beings, restoring ecosystems, regenerating regional autonomy, seizing power by and for the people, while interconnecting globally – will be key to this process of liberation. Recent global events, the pandemic and oncoming global economic depression, nested in the ongoing social, ecological, and economic crises, have led to an accelerated mass awakening that reform of the dominant system will remain flawed and inadequate. Ever more people are realizing that profound systemic change is indispensable for any meaningful way forward. Many of us have been leading projects for ecosystem restoration,​ agro-ecology as well as decentralized food, water and energy for many years, creating an important eldership role for the alliance globally. Despite the challenges and growing injustices, this moment also provides a historic opportunity to build the infrastructure for a post-capitalist world. Localization – deepening relations with our local communities and fellow beings, restoring ecosystems, regenerating regional autonomy, seizing power by and for the people, while interconnecting globally – will be key to this process of liberation.