30+ Awesome Memes From Power Shift 2013 - Massive Youth Convergence To Fight For Our Future

Just a week ago, over 6,000 young people from across the US converged in Pittsburgh, PA for a massive youth training dedicated to bringing about a safe planet and a just future for all. Check out WeArePowerShift.org for more info. And check out this youtube channel to watch a lot of these speeches in full.

Delivered with a preacher’s fire, these four words kicked off Power Shift 2013 - delivered by Reverend Durley to over 6,000 young people who had converged in Pittsburgh, for Power Shift 2013 (Oct. 18-21).
Meme by Max Zixiang (Max) Chen.

Ta’Kaiya Blaney, a 13 year movement leader from the Sliammon First Nation in Canada, rouses hearts and spirits, with the power of truths and song.
Meme by Shift the Climate, Photo by Robert van Waarden for Project Survival Media

Power Shift 2013 opened with Bill Peduto, a mayoral candidate for Pittsburgh, welcoming everyone, and talking about the lessons we can learn from the “Steel City.”

Meme by US Climate Plan, Photo by Robert van Waarden for Project Survival Media

A powerful message from the labor movement - delivered by Leo Gerard, President of the United Steel Workers.
Meme by US Climate Plan.

Josh Fox, Director of Gasland I and II, nails it at Power Shift 2013.
Meme by 350 Idaho, Photo by Robert van Waarden for Project Survival Media

Yudith Nieto brought up a standing ovation with the call to stand with and get behind activists and communities standing on the frontlines of resource extraction and injustice.

Meme by Power Up: Divest Fossil Fuels, Photo by Robert van Waarden for Project Survival Media

Phillip Agnew, Executive Director of the Dream Defenders, ends the first night of Power Shift 2013 with a message that gets everyone on their feet, ready to be the light of this world.
Meme by Shift the Climate, Photo by Robert van Waarden for Project Survival Media

David Turnbull, Campaigns Director at Oil Change International, slings truths about Obama’s ‘climate plan’ at Power Shift 2013.
Meme by US Climate Plan, Photo by Robert van Waarden for Project Survival Media

Shadia Fayne Wood talks about the power of visuals in social movements.
Photo by Robert van Waarden, for Project Survival Media.

Sending solidarity from Pittsburgh to the Mi’kmaq in Canada, who are fighting with great ferocity and resolve to keep their native lands free from the assault of fracking.

Over 6,000 activists at Power Shift stand up in solidarity with the “Arctic 30” - 30 Greenpeace activists imprisoned in Russia for peacefully trying to take a stand against deep-sea Arctic oil drilling.

Meme by James Blakely/350 Idaho, Photo by Heather Craig for Project Survival Media.

Hareth Andrade connects the dots between the fight for immigrant rights and environmental justice.

Meme by Kate Aranoff of Power Up: Divest Fossil Fuels, Photo by Shadia Fayne Wood for Project Survival Media

Tom Steyer rallies inspiration at Power Shift 2013.
Meme by Shift the Climate, Photo by Robert van Waarden for Project Survival Media

Kimberly Wasserman, former Executive Director of Little Village Environmental Justice Organization & Goldman Prize Winner, calls us towards a new wave of environmental justice - one that gets behind impacted communities who are already fighting for their survival.
Meme by Shift the Climate, Photo by Robert van Waarden for Project Survival Media

Luis Perales brings home a message that was ricocheted and overheard in hundreds of panels and sessions at Power Shift - it’s time to build bridges between the social justice fights of our generation.
Photo by Robert van Waarden for Project Survival Media

Kandi Mossett shares one of the most moving stories at Power Shift, of what it’s like to live and fight as Indigenous people in the Bakken Shale country of North Dakota. Tears were shed.
Photo by Robert van Waarden for Project Survival Media

Kristen Collins shares her powerful story about working for change on the University of Tennessee’s campus.

Really important advice from Deirdre Lally, PA shale-field activist. Want to support the work Deirdre and many others are a part of? Check out the Shalefield Organizing Committee.

Brian Menifee connects the dots of injustice at Power Shift 2013.

Inspiration from Michael Brune, Executive Director of The Sierra Club.
Photo by Robert van Waarden for Project Survival Media

Reverend Yearwood of the Hip Hop Caucus rocks the mic at Power Shift 2013.
Meme by US Climate Plan, Photo by Robert van Waarden for Project Survival Media

Helen Winston, 16 year old youth organizer from Nebraska, gets #PowerShift going crazy!Meme by Shift the Climate, Photo by Robert van Waarden for Project Survival Media

Powerful preaching by Ishmael Buckner, former Obama campaign staffer.

Crystal Lameman, First Nations leader from Beaver Lake, Alberta Canada, unleashes a fiery call to keep fighting at Power Shift 2013.
Meme by Dylan Petroholis, Photo by Shadia Fayne Wood for Project Survival Media. Inspired by Monica Christoffels.

Energy Action Coalition’s Kendall Mackey took the stage and invited people around the country to create a time capsule with your vision for how to move beyond dirty energy, and why you want President Obama to reject the Keystone XL. Check out the campaign page here.
Meme by Evan Weber/US Cilmate Plan, Photo by Shadia Fayne Wood/Project Survival Media.

Bill McKibben, author and co-founder of 350.org, reminds the movement of its own power.

Tiffany Loftin, Power Shift 2013 Coordinator, sends us off with the truths we need to see this fight through.

On the fourth day of Power Shift, the Earth Quaker Action Team organized peaceful sits-in inside PNC bank branches across the city - to draw attention to PNC’s massive investments in mountaintop removal.

Meme by the Earth Quaker Action Team

In the culminating Power Shift event, thousands of youth leaders hit the streets (and bridges) of Pittsburgh, PA - rallying against fracking and fossil fuels and for a safe planet and just future for all.
Photo by Ophir Bruck.

People power is the bridge fuel to a livable planet.

Meme by Shift the Climate, Photo by Robert van Waarden, for Project Survival Media.

Onwards, with love. Meme by Idaho Sierra Club.

32. Many Thanks


Massive thanks to the “Power Shift Social Media Storytellers Team” who meme’d, tweeted, blogged, stori-fied, instagrammed, and so on to tell the story of this beautiful, boundary-pushing, intersection-bridging convergence.

We still have a lot of movement growing & stretching to do—and we hope you’ll keep pushing us and pushing this movement forward.

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