USCAN members traveled long distances and put aside important obligations because we believe in the importance of working together in solidarity. On Sunday, Staff, coaches, trainers, and facilitators came to the conference early to work together and finalize details for the next three days. Many thanks to everyone that was part of making this conference a success!
Throughout the three days we focused on
Solidarity. To build relationships & trust between activists from across the movement.
Equity. To keep pushing for equity and justice to be a core part of our work on climate.
Alignment. To build shared understanding of the ‘big picture’ strategy challenges facing us all, and how we can work separately and differently, but together, in facing them.
Power. To build capacity, energy and power in our network in a critical year.
Miami. To lend strength to the work of local climate activists in Miami and the Southeast.
Day one of the USCAN National Conference began on a somber note, as Reverend Dr. Gerald L. Durley addressed the tragedy in Orlando and the tragedies many of our communities have experienced in the past year. After taking a moment of silence, and reflection, he told us to "Never give into hate.” He reminded us that climate is the civil rights issue of our time and led us in an energizing chant, “Say We Can! We Will! We Must!"
Keynote speaker Mary Kay Henry, International President the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) added energy to the room be calling for more work together saying “from climate to Fightvforv15, we must have each others backs with demands that seem unachievable. That’s how we win.” She committed to providing leadership to link our fights across movements.
Selwin Hart, Director of the United Nations Secretary General’s Climate Change Support Team, invoked the international community’s reliance on US action and the USCAN community, sharing his experience and grounding us priorities and a chilling but important call to action.
Valencia Gunder, from New Florida Majority, welcomes us to Miami and tells us about the rally that is happening the next day1
Next we heard about different movement theories of change and visions for the next 5-10 years.
This strategy panel focused on recognizing how we hold oppositional ideas in a productive way; so, to build shared understanding of the ‘big picture’ strategy challenges facing us all, and how we can work separately and differently, but together, in facing them.
Attendees were asked to tweet there reactions, comments, and questions -- here is a sampling of the conversations. Check out for more.