we’re so pleased to announce the second award winner of the burning phoenixes goes to:
– Seattle, Washington, USA
Zarna is a Climate Justice and Social Justice activist, who works with Women of Color Speak Out. She has been part of Shellno Action Council, Rising Tide Seattle, and Earthship Seattle, and is part of the Break Free campaign of 2016. She is a writer, public speaker, and storyteller and has published books about Hindu spirituality, self-examination, and cross-cultural understanding.
Zarna describes her role as working to dismantle the systems of oppression – Capitalism, Colonialism, Racism and Patriarchy – that exploits animals, humans, and Mother Earth. She does this by working with people in all parts of the movement: from Indigenous peoples, to housing justice activists, to social justice activists, to workers’ rights activists, to transgender rights activists, to animal rights activists, to spiritual activists.
Zarna also does this work through education, such as public speaking, workshops, and sermons, and direct action like blockading fossil fuel infrastructure, building sustainable housing, and teaching people how to cook plant-based meals. She is currently creating an “Activists Cookbook” that teaches the stages of direct action while discussing delicious vegan foods to cook & share while taking that direct action.
Zarna mobilizes communities to resist the fossil fuels leading us towards mass extinction by encouraging people to move towards a plant-based lifestyle and to rethink how we build our societies. She promotes radically sustainable building projects that take people off the grid and off the oppression of fossil fuels.
Zarna aspires to be in solidarity and take action to protect and uplift each other.
She speaks and writes about creating a radical shift in values away from money and profit, and towards valuing life and love.
“This is spiritual movement that must bring us all together.”
Zarna is a Community Supported Organizer (CSO) – which means she is financially supported by community members to do her important work.
And because she is not paid by any non-profit and are autonomous change agents, Zarna is not limited in what she can do or say as an activist, and so freely uses this CSO platform to shift consciousness in the mainstream movement towards supporting local activists who are doing the REAL work of changing the system.