Learn about Lyla JUNe's "Fast for the Future"
From January 20-26, 2020, Lyla June Johnston will be doing a seven day prayer fast on the capitol steps of the Roundhouse in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is calling it a “Fast for the Future.” She has two purposes for her fast: 1) to be in contemplative prayer for life on earth in the face of the Climate Crisis, 2) to kickstart a conversation about her “Seven Generations New Deal.” The capitol address is: 490 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe,NM, 87501.
In December, Johnston announced her candidacy for New Mexico House of Representatives, District 47.She chose this district because it is home to the current Speaker of the House for the state of New Mexico, Brian Egolf. As a new democratic candidate running against an established democrat, she hopes to hold the democratic party to higher standards. Egolf’s major PAC and campaign donors include: Marathon Oil, Chevron,PNM, Novartis Pharmaceuticals and Anheuser-Busch, among others (source: https://www.cfis.state.nm.us). She seeks to bring attention to the urgency of the Climate Crisis and the inadequacy of the political norm (corporate influence in lawmaking) to serve Planet Earth at this time. Egolf has held the seat for 9 years without a primary challenger in this majority Democrat district.
Johnston will drink buffalo stew broth in the morning and evening. She will have juices and other liquids, but no solids for seven days so long as her medical team allows it. She will have R.N. Nicolle Gonzalez and M.D. Rupa Mary a monitoring her health and vitals before and during the fast. She will also have basic security to ensure she may complete her fast peacefully.
For the first six days, she requests, “Please eat for me. As you do, think about what we are praying for.Think about all the things that happened for that food to be on our plate and our indebtedness to the earth.”She requests that if people would like to fast with her, that they only fast on Sunday, January 26th.
The Seven Generations New Deal is a policy proposal that she hopes to amplify during her fast. It is a seven-point economic, ecological and social restoration model that approaches the Climate Crisis from a holistic perspective. Johnston will be using her political campaign (primary vote is June 2, 2020) as a vehicle of community engagement around the proposal. “By the end of this process, the community will have recasted my proposal completely so that they own it. The beauty and brilliance of New Mexicans will weave together the final draft, something much more effective than I could have created alone.” She will bring the model to the people of her district and to frontline communities affected by oil and gas industries in New Mexico.
Importantly, each day of the fast at 12:15 PM Johnston will be presenting a different element of of her seven point proposal for climate action from the capitol steps. Joining her each day will be local and national climate experts providing their view on the task at hand. Team Lyla is incredibly excited to break theRoundhouse norm by engaging in authentic dialogue and co-creation of policy with District 47. As the famed ancestor Sitting Bull once said, “Let us put our minds together and see what life we can create for our children.”