BPF Vows To “Marry The Movement” (Full Video)
Only 6 days left for our fall fundraiser — thank you to everyone who continues to give and share! Your support for linking Buddhism and social justice is humbling and inspiring.
As an example of the kind of vibrant work your generosity makes possible, today we wanted to share the full video of our August “Marry The Movement” action. (Offered anonymously in a media-sharing file from the action — thank you to the videographer-activist, whoever you are!)
This summer BPF collaborated on a bit of street theater to protest the refining of tar sands oil at a Chevron refinery in Richmond, California. We love contributing creativity and energy to the crucial movements against environmental racism and ecological destruction. For us, protecting the earth and its interdependent beings is at LEAST worthy of marriage-level commitment!
Vows were co-written by aneeta mitha, Katie Loncke, Dawn Haney, and Max Airborne.
[Performed in "Mic-Check" style, echoed by the crowd]
Now that marriage has accepted heteros and homos,
We are gathered here today
Because we are STILL holy dissatisfied.
What good is marriage if we can’t breathe air?
What good is a white dress on a poisoned body?
Joining two people is not enough,
We must all join together to survive!
For better or for worse, We vow to fight the tar sands
In sickness and in health, We vow to fight the pipelines
For richer or for poorer, We vow to fight corporate oil
We vow to love and to cherish
Young and Old
Native and Settler
Black and Brown
Til death do us part!
If this looks like the kind of compassionate confrontation you’d like to support, please help us reach our goal today!
Thank you to aneeta mitha (right, in donated wedding gown), Salima Hamirani (center, in black), Max Airborne, Arturo de Nopales, Alka Arora, Caleb Feldman, and others (not pictured) for helping make this action a success!
This action was inspired in part by Southerners On New Ground, and their awesome Marry The Movement video.
To see more BPF-sponsored work educating about the perils of tar sands, visit aneeta mitha’s tar sands site: