Calendar

Apr
30
Sat
2016
Awakening the Dreamer, Pachamama Alliance Symposium @ Berg'n
Apr 30 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

www.abetterworld.tv has been promoting the Pachamama Alliance for the past few years as its values & mission are parallel with ours. This is a Free Event. To register:

Workshop

The Symposium in NY Sat., April 30, 1-5pm. It’s a powerful education across a broad spectrum of social, economic and environmental, indigenous issues and justice.

See you soon–

Mitchell J. Rabin, M.A., L.AC.
Creative Consulting, Stress Management
Host & Producer, A Better World Radio & TV
212 420-0800
www.abetterworld.tv
www.mitchellrabin.com
http://www.youtube.com/abetterworldtvshow
www.huffingtonpost.com/mitchell-j-rabin
www.naturalnews.com/Author_Mitchell_Rabin.html

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” –Margaret Mead

May
29
Sun
2016
Law and Social Change Jam @ Farm of Peace
May 29 – Jun 2 all-day

Join 30 justice advocates and creative change-makers for an exploration of love and power.

Jan
19
Thu
2017
An Evening with Patch Adams @ Integral Yoga Institute
Jan 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
An Evening with Patch Adams @ Integral Yoga Institute | New York | New York | United States

An Evening with Patch Adams, M.D., world-renowned through the film starring Robin Williams, “Patch”, is known for breaking with convention and bringing love, play, humor and clowning into hospitals and patient’s lives, re-awakening the child in us all and engaging healing, joy & well-being in life.

Patch will give a talk about his work, followed by a Panel to ask questions and discuss possibilities.

Patch is a social activist as well and constructing a free, holistic hospital & eco-village in West Virginia.

Sep
9
Sat
2017
Brooklyn March Against Gentrification, Racism and Police Violence @ Barclays Center
Sep 9 @ 8:00 am – 3:30 pm

On September 9th, join groups from across the city as we march through the borough against Gentrification, Racism and Police Violence!

11 AM Gather at Barclays Center
12 PM Beginning of march to Ebbets Field
1 PM Franklin Avenue and Fulton Street
1:30 PM Ebbets Field, Crown Heights
3:30 PM Von King Park, Bedford-Stuyvesant
4:30 PM Myrtle Ave and Broadway
5:30 PM End of march at Myrtle-Wyckoff Plaza

Oct
2
Mon
2017
ROOTED in PEACE – Film Screening/National Conversation Around Peace @ Maple Theater
Oct 2 @ 4:00 pm

In celebration of the upcoming International Day of Peace, we are hosting Greg Reitman’s ROOTED in PEACE – a globally transformative, socially-conscious, environmentally-based film. Reitman’s journey of self-analysis resonates with audiences seeking inner peace in a world full of people dominated by war, affected by global warming or haunted by inner conflict. The film follows him as he speaks to thought leaders around the world having conversations around sustainable development, discussing the challenges of our never-ending wars, and facing the realities of uncertainty placed on the world’s institutions by our current political climate. Reitman’s introspective and socially relevant documentary was most recently screened at the United Nations.

From the US to Costa Rica to India, award-winning filmmaker and environmental activist Greg Reitman traveled to visit such luminaries and activists as Deepak Chopra, music legends Donovan, Mike Love and Pete Seeger, film director David Lynch, Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire, Ted Turner, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and many others. Their common ideas and examples make ROOTED in PEACE an unexpectedly inspirational viewing experience magnified by a stellar soundtrack opening with Pink Floyd’s ‘Time’ and closing with John Lennon’s ‘Love.’

Mar
22
Thu
2018
Zach MUSIC
Mar 22 @ 3:00 pm

Share your smiles, compliments, time, talents, money, and energy with those around you. We must truly be the change that we want to see. And we can do it. We are doing it. Believe that the future is full of mindfulness where hearts mean more than our accounts.

The Love Initiative.

Notes From the Road – Bright Lights Blog
http://troubadourofpeace.blogspot.com/

Book a house concert or music for a yoga class today!!

TOUR DATES

Date Time Venue Location Cost
3/22/18 3:00 PM Choices Akron, OH
3/22/18 6:00 PM Tea Time for Peace Kent, OH
3/23/18 5:00 PM Friends of the Metro Parks Benefit w/ the Bright Lights Akron, OH
3/27/18 7:00 PM Brother’s Lounge Cleveland, OH
3/30/18 6:30 PM 330 Day @ Akron Civic Theatre Akron, OH
3/31/18 10:30 AM Celebration of Life for Marilyn Stroud Cuyahoga Falls, OH
4/3/18 6:30 PM MLK Kirtan Akron, OH Donations
4/4/18 6:30 PM Nonviolent Communication Circle Akron, OH Donations
4/6/18 7:00 PM Big Love Night @ Live Music Now w/ Rhodes St Rude Boys Akron, OH $5-10
4/7/18 8:30 PM Mustard Seed Highland Square w/ Bright Lights! Akron, OH
4/10/18 7:00 PM Brother Lounge Cleveland, OH
4/16/18 7:00 PM Wolf Creek Winery Norton, OH
4/21/18 6:30 PM Bright Lights @ the Rialto Akron, OH $5
4/22/18 4:00 PM Yoga Central Canton, OH
4/28/18 7:00 PM Wine Mill Peninsula, OH
5/2/18 6:30 PM Nonviolent Communication Series Akron, OH Donations
5/4/18 7:00 PM Big Love Night @ Live Music Now w/ Gretchen Pleuss Akron, OH $5-10
5/5/18 12:00 PM Cleveland VegFest Cleveland, OH
5/5/18 6:00 PM Bent Ladder winery Doylestown , OH
5/8/18 7:00 PM Brother’s Lounge Cleveland, OH
Sep
4
Tue
2018
Mully Children’s Family USA presents a SPECIAL RE-RELEASE event showing of The Letters: The Untold Story of Mother Teresa @ Churches and Theaters near you
Sep 4 all-day

Dr. Charles Mully

has often been called a modern day Mother Teresa,
rescuing over 14,000 orphans.

Mully Children’s Family USA

is partnering with

OnBuzz

to help celebrate another
humanitarian of our lifetime,

Mother Teresa.

On September 4th,
movie theaters and churches
in over 200 cities across the U.S.
will take part in a special re-release event showing of

The Letters: The Untold Story of Mother Teresa.

Please visit http://bit.ly/TheLettersTheMovie to view the trailer.
If you’re interested in scheduling an event
at your church or at a theater near you,
go to this
TAKE ACTION
Additionally, a portion of all ticket sales

will benefit Mully Children’s Family

and will help us continue our work of
Saving Children’s Lives!

Please join us in celebrating an amazing humanitarian

and Nobel Peace Prize winner who

served others in need.

For further event questions,
please contact events@onbuzz.com

 

 

Mully Children’s Family USA
3000 Old Alabama Road Suite 119-302
Alpharetta, GA 30022
Sep
29
Sat
2018
JUSTICE ON TRIAL Film Festival @ Loyola Marymount University
Sep 29 @ 11:00 am – Sep 30 @ 8:00 pm

September 29–30, 2018
Loyola Marymount University
Los Angeles

Note that times are for Pacific Coast Time Zone

jotff@anewwayoflife.org

323-563-3573

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Note:  Last movie – SURVIVORS GUIDE TO PRISON – with Q&A to follow with producer DAVID ARQUETTE

September 30 | 3:30 PM (RunTime: 102 minutes) – at MAYER THEATRE

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Film Synopses & Trailers

Saturday, September 29

(Screenings will be followed by Q&A with filmmakers)
Real Background Check

RT: 30 minutes

September 29 | 11 AM

Life Sciences Building Auditorium Theatre

Q&A to follow with writer/director Tiffany Johnson and producer/animator Jonathan Clark

The Real Background Check

This animated short film is based on the real life story of Tiffany Johnson, who survived life-altering trauma caused by early childhood abuse. “The Real Background Check” breaks down what happens to people before they enter the criminal justice system.

Rikers

RT: 57 minutes

September 29 | 1:30 PM

Life Sciences Building Auditorium Theatre

Q&A to follow with Johnny Perez (Director of U.S. Prison Programs, National Religious Campaign Against Torture)

Rikers: An American Jail

From Bill Moyers comes the first film to focus exclusively on former detainees who were held at Rikers Island. Their searing testimonials about the deep-seated culture of systemic violence and corruption that has plagued the notorious NYC jail for decades add a powerful authentic voice to investigative journalism that has reported on violence and abuses at the jail.

Returning Citizens standard poster

RT: 68 minutes

September 29 | 1:30 PM

Seaver 100 Theatre

Q&A to follow with writer/director/producer Saffron Cassaday

Returning Citizens

“Returning Citizens” focuses on a passionate group of individuals who are looking for a second chance – or perhaps a chance they never had to begin with. Set in Southeast Washington, DC, the film offers a humanizing perspective on a community that has been negatively impacted by mass incarceration.

Knife Skills Alan Cooking

RT: 40 minutes

September 29 | 1:30 PM

Seaver 200 Theatre

Knife Skills

What does it take to build a world-class French restaurant? What if the staff is almost entirely men and women just out of prison? What if most have never cooked or served before, and have barely two months to learn their trade? Oscar-nominated Knife Skills follows the hectic launch of Edwins restaurant in Cleveland. In this improbable setting, with its mouth-watering dishes and its arcane French vocabulary, we discover the challenges of men and women finding their way after their release.

Bail Trap Logo

RT: 45 minutes

September 29 | 3:05 PM

Life Sciences Building Auditorium Theatre

The Bail Trap: American Ransom

Money bail is one of the main causes of mass incarceration in the United States. Yet, few people know what the money bail system is, let alone how it all works or why we need to do away with it. This short film compilation from Brave New Films explains America’s broken bail system.

Wild Roots

RT: 22 minutes

September 29 | 3:00 PM

Seaver 100 Theatre

Q&A to follow with producer/director Terrell Wormley

Wild Roots

Hakeem, a reformed gang member, gets out of jail and wants to change his life around, but the hood won’t left him go easily. He knows how senseless gang banging is, but what do you do when your past catches up to you?

The Talk

The Talk

After an unarmed black teen is killed, James & Maddie argue about whether they should warn their 9-year-old son about police brutality.

RT: 16 minutes

September 29 | 3:40 PM

Seaver 100 Theatre

Q&A to follow with Marlon Perrier, writer/director/star of “The Talk”

Sunday, September 30

(Screenings will be followed by Q&A with filmmakers)
Meetings with Clients

RT: 60 minutes

September 30 | 11 AM

Life Sciences Building Auditorium Theatre

Q&A to follow with director/producer Ultan Guilfoyle, Craig Webb (Gehry Partners) & Leonard Noisette (Justice Team Director, Open Society Foundations)

Building Justice

At the invitation of George Soros and his Open Society Foundations, architect Frank Gehry arranged two ‘masters’ studios, one in SCI-Arc in Los Angeles, the other at the Yale School of Architecture, to investigate prison design as a subject for the best architecture students in the US. Partnering with Susan Burton of A New Way of Life Re-Entry Project in
Watts, Gehry and his students explored all aspects of prison design, learning first hand the design flaws of prison living from women who have been incarcerated in America’s worst prisons and visiting what are considered to be the world’s most successful prisons, in Norway.

Walking While Black Poster Large

RT: 60 minutes

September 30 | 1:50 PM

Life Sciences Building Auditorium Theatre

Q&A to follow with director AJ Ali

Walking While Black: L.O.V.E Is the Answer

“Walking While Black: L.O.V.E. Is The Answer” presents proven action steps
to bridge the painful gap between peace officers and the communities they serve. Featuring interviews with peace
officers, faith leaders, educators, activists and others, the film offers an inspiring blueprint to end racial profiling and heal our communities.

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RT: 73 minutes

September 30 | 1:50 PM

Seaver 200 Theatre

Q&A to follow with director/executive producer Rahiem Shabazz

Elementary Genocide III: Academic Holocaust

Elementary Genocide: Academic Holocaust adds more statistical proof of the scholastic inequalities faced by Original people around the country. The documentary revisits the importance of education and its impact on self-image, family structure, financial freedom and the collective future of African/indigenous people in America and abroad.

Let My People Vote

RT: 16 minutes

September 30 | 1:50 PM

Seaver 100 Theatre

Let My People Vote

Filmed in Tampa, two days before the 2016 presidential election, this verité short covers a day-in-the-life of civil rights activist Desmond Meade. His mission? Assisting people in voting — something our “forefathers marched and died for.”

What begins as an upbeat day of faith in our democratic process, ends with a heartbreaking realization: Jim Crow is not dead.

Picture 19

RT: 102 minutes

September 30 | 3:30 PM

Mayer Theatre

Q&A to follow with producer David Arquette

Survivors Guide to Prison

Follows the stories of two innocent men, Bruce Lisker and Reggie Cole, who spent decades behind bars for murders they did not commit. With gripping testimony from formerly incarcerated people, guards, cops, lawyers and reformers, “Survivors Guide” exposes the failed “punishment model” and examines the programs proven to work.

Oct
3
Wed
2018
‘GRANDMOTHERS ON THE MOVE’ Podcast Episodes @ ongoing podcasts
Oct 3 @ 12:00 am

‘GRANDMOTHERS ON THE MOVE’ Podcast Episodes

Click HERE!

NO START TIME and NO END TIME – LISTEN to past and current podcasts!

Grandmothers To Grandmothers Campaign

The Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign exists to support the indomitable African grandmothers who are caring for the millions of children who have been orphaned by AIDS. Members of the Grandmothers Campaign share three goals. They work to:

  • Raise funds to meet the needs of African grandmothers and the children in their care;
  • Listen to African grandmothers, respect their expertise and amplify their voices, in order to promote authentic and substantive responses to the epidemic in Africa;
  • Build solidarity among African and Canadian grandmothers in order to motivate and sustain the vital work of turning the tide of AIDS in Africa.

Canadian grandmothers groups are tremendously active in their communities. They put on concerts, organize card tournaments, and sell jewellery. They visit countless schools and community organizations. They bake, cook, sew, knit, paint, write, organize cycle tours, walks, and even ride motorcycles – all to raise funds and awareness for grandmothers in sub-Saharan Africa through the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

To learn more about how you can get involved in the Campaign, write to Ilana here.

Articles About The Campaign

What started as a conversation around a kitchen table has grown to become a movement to empower women, especially grandmothers, in Africa.

The Grandmothers Campaign, an initiative of the Stephen Lewis Foundation, is known as Grandmothers 4 Grandmothers in Regina, which was among the very first places in Canada where women took on projects to support families in Africa.

‘We know the power of women’s organizing in Canada and older women have an extraordinary amount of vigour and energy.’– Ilana Landsberg-Lewis

As Ilana Landsberg-Lewis explains, the movement arose in response to the human crisis, observed by her father Stephen Lewis during his time as a special envoy for the United Nations, afflicting the African continent during the HIV and AIDS pandemic.

Millions of children were orphaned by the deaths of their parents. Their grandmothers were left to raise them, with little or no support.

Ilana Landsberg-Lewis

Ilana Landsberg-Lewis is co-founder, with her father Stephen Lewis, of the Stephen Lewis Foundation. One of their main campaigns supports grandmothers in Africa. (Lisa MacIntosh/Stephen Lewis Foundation)

“Grandmothers were just in an agony of loss,” Landsberg-Lewis said. “Death was everywhere. They were left with no income and often isolated by the terrible stigma surrounding HIV-AIDS.”

Landsberg-Lewis recalled how requests seeking aid referred to the grandmothers as “caregivers” and when she asked why, she learned there was a strong bias in play.

“Nobody wants to fund them because they’re older women and nobody sees them as a meaningful investment,” she learned.

“We decided if Canadian grandmothers knew what was happening on the [African] continent then it would surely resonate with them and boy did it ever,” Landsberg-Lewis said.

“I wish I could say that I was prescient but it would be overstating it,” she said, talking about how the success of the organization, which quickly grew from a handful of activists brain-storming at a kitchen table (her own) to over 250 chapters across the country.

Since 2006 they have raised about $25 million.

“It was really extraordinary but I can’t say that I’m surprised,” she said. “Older women in our communities, we know the power of women organizing in Canada and older women have an extraordinary amount of vigour and energy.”

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The Campaign currently boasts more than 240 grandmothers groups across the country. Many of the groups have organized into regional and national networks in order to support each other’s efforts in solidarity with African grandmothers and the children in their care.

Resources from the Grandmothers Campaign go to grassroots organizations that support African grandmothers with food, health care, school fees and school uniforms for their grandchildren, income-generating programmes, counselling, social support, essential shelter, and other necessities. Throughout Africa, grassroots organizations run by and for grandmothers are sharing insights, deepening their expertise, collaborating with other local organizations, and building their capacity to turn the tide of AIDS at community level.

Join the October Pachamama Alliance Global Call @ Your computer/your phone
Oct 3 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am

Get Inspired and Engaged by the Global Community

 

Reconnect with the Source of Pachamama Alliance

A 75-Minute Conference Call for Our Global Community

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These calls are designed to

bring together Pachamama Alliance

participants, leaders, and supporters who are actively engaged

in creating a shift in humanity to a worldview

that honors and sustains life

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By coming together and grounding in this vision, you will:

*Feel supported in your work.
**Be inspired and energized in your unique role in a worldwide
   network committed to a new future for all.
***Strengthen your connection to like-hearted people and to the spirit
     that has inspired Pachamama Alliance since its inception.

 

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GO TO: https://www.pachamama.org/events

to reserve your space for the conversation.

Fill out the online form and submit.

You will receive a confirmation email.

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NOTE time is for Pacific Time -this is a global event so check for your time zone

1009 General Kennedy Ave
San Francisco, California
Call (415) 561-4522
Oct
5
Fri
2018
The Laramie Project
Oct 5 @ 7:30 pm – Oct 14 @ 11:30 pm

 

 

Theater Company of Lafayette Presents

The Laramie Project
by Moises Kaufman and the Tectonic Theater Project
Directed by Nanci Van Fleet

 

 

 

 

 

October 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of Matthew Shephard’s murder. He was the victim of a brutal assault because he was gay. Moises Kaufman and fellow members of the Tectonic Theater Project made six trips to Laramie over the course of a year and a half, in the aftermath of the beating and during the trial of the two young men accused of killing Shepard. They conducted more than 200 interviews with the people of the town and created a deeply moving and fascinating theatrical experience.

Do not miss this powerful and moving production that explores the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion of which we are capable.

Performances run October 5 – 14

Fridays and Saturdays – 7:30 pm

Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm

LAFAYETTE ARTS HUB
420 Courtney Way
Lafayette CO  80026

 

Tickets at
https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3596263
or
1-800-838-3006

Oct
30
Tue
2018
Sierra Club and Seventh Generation #Readyfor100 Text 69866 @ Everywhere
Oct 30 @ 1:02 am

Climate Justice and Equity

Climate Justice & Equity

We don’t have to wait. Renewable energy solutions are already available and attainable.

We all deserve clean air and a healthy life. A switch to 100% renewable energy will help reduce some of the negative health effects caused by climate change and the burning of fossil fuels. Let’s stand up together for a healthier planet that benefits all.

Nov
2
Fri
2018
PROTECTING IMMIGRANT FAMILIES Webinars Regarding the Impact of Public Charge @ online webinars
Nov 2 @ 1:00 pm – Nov 8 @ 3:00 pm

Early Childhood Education and Public Charge
November 7 at 3:00 PM ET – 4:00 PM ET (12:00 PM PT – 1:00 PM PT)

On October 10, a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was published in the Federal Register, outlining the administration’s intent to dramatically change the meaning and application of “public charge” provisions in immigration law. This proposal could harm the health and well-being of millions of children and families and is of great concern for young children’s development and the early childhood field as outlined in this Q&A. Staff at the Center for Law and Social Policy will provide an overview of the proposed public charge rule, its potential impact on young children, and explain how the early childhood field can support immigrant families and take action during the public comment period.

Click here to Register.

What Housing and Homelessness Advocates Should Know about the Public Charge Rule
November 8 @ 3:30 PM ET – 5:00 PM ET (12:30 PM PT – 2:00 PM PT)

On October 10, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a proposed rule that would make it more likely for certain immigrants to be denied admission to the U.S. or denied green cards because they receive or would receive lifeline benefits, including public housing, Housing Choice Vouchers, and project-based Section 8 housing subsidies. Previously leaked drafts of this drastic policy change have already led many families to drop out of critical food and nutrition programs for their children. This chilling effect is poised to impact hundreds of thousands of hardworking immigrant households that depend on these programs for survival.

Click here to register.

PIF Campaign: New Research and Estimating the Impact of Public Charge
November 8 @ 3:00 PM ET – 4:00 PM ET (12:00 PM PT -1:00 PM PT)

Join partners with the Protecting Immigrant Families (PIF) Campaign as we discuss new research estimating economic and demographic impacts of the proposed public charge rule. During this webinar, panelists will present the findings of three new resources from Manatt Health, Kaiser Family Foundation, and Fiscal Policy Institute. For more information about the webinar, please contact Jackie Vimo and Renato Rocha.

Click here to register.

PIF Campaign: Public Charge 101
November 14 @ 2:00 PM ET – 3:00 PM ET (11:00 AM PT -12:00 PM PT)

A recurring webinar from CLASP and NILC. The Department of Homeland Security has published a proposed regulation on “public charge.” If finalized, the regulation would dramatically rewrite immigration policy and make green cards only available to the highest bidder. This webinar describes public charge policy today, how it would change, and what you need to know if you work with immigrant families.

Click here to register.

For more info:  bit.ly/askPIFcampaign

Nov
15
Thu
2018
Aura Home Women Vets with support by the Prem Rawat Foundation – THE PEACE EDUCATION PROGRAM @ Ongoing support for women veterans
Nov 15 @ 6:03 pm

AURA HOME WOMEN VETS

50 South French Broad Avenue

Suite 203

Asheville NC  28801

828-771-6979

http://aurahomewomenvets.org

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Prem Rawat Foundation Supports Veterans With Peace Education Program

(Below is an excerpt regarding Aura Homes)

This article is also available in: French

For too many veterans, finding an enduring sense of peace remains elusive long after they return from war. They often face immense challenges as they transition to civilian life, from trauma disorders to unemployment and homelessness.

Thankfully, November 11 marks an occasion to honor their service and support solutions that can improve their lives. The date is Veterans Day in the United States, and in many other countries it is called Remembrance Day and Armistice Day, commemorating the end of World War I.

A growing number of veterans say the Peace Education Program is a solution that gives them the tools they need to harness their own inner-strength and overcome their obstacles. The program’s workshops feature videos of Prem Rawat’s empowering international talks on themes such as dignity, choice and hope.

“The Peace Education Program tries only to achieve one simple thing: it’s to put you in touch with yourself,” says Rawat.

While the goal is simple, the impact was profound for Alyce Knaflich, a veteran who suffered from post-traumatic stress, depression and homelessness for 10 years. She credits PEP with giving her the confidence to now work as the executive director of Aura Home Women Vets, a charity in Asheville, NC that provides housing and support to homeless women veterans.

Veteran Alyce Knaflich shares her story in this video.

“I was lost. Prem Rawat and his message in the program, it brought me home. And my home is my heart. Peace starts on the inside,” says Knaflich.

She has incorporated the Peace Education Program into Aura Home’s services to help her clients have the same enriching experience that she did.

“Prem’s message will help them heal their emotional stress, and ease the transition of coming out of the military and trying to find a new career path. It will help them center themselves and bring out their confidence,” says Knaflich.

Nov
17
Sat
2018
 HONOR NATIVE LAND:  A GUIDE AND CALL TO ACKNOWLEDGMENT
Nov 17 @ 1:56 pm – 2:56 pm

 HONOR NATIVE LAND:
A GUIDE AND CALL TO ACKNOWLEDGMENT

IN COUNTRIES SUCH AS NEW ZEALAND, AUSTRALIA, CANADA, AND AMONG TRIBAL NATIONS IN THE U.S., it is commonplace, even policy, to open events and gatherings by acknowledging the traditional Indigenous inhabitants of that land. While some individuals and cultural and educational institutions in the United States have adopted this custom, the vast majority have not. Together, we can spark a movement to change that.

We call on all individuals and organizations to open public events and gatherings with acknowledgment of the traditional Native inhabitants of the land.

Acknowledgment is a simple, powerful way of showing respect and a step toward correcting the stories and practices that erase Indigenous people’s history and culture and toward inviting and honoring the truth. Imagine this practice widely adopted: imagine cultural venues, classrooms, conference settings, places of worship, sports stadiums, and town halls, acknowledging traditional lands. Millions would be exposed—many for the first time—to the names of the traditional Indigenous inhabitants of the lands they are on, inspiring them to ongoing awareness and action.

For more than five hundred years, Native communities across the Americas have demonstrated resilience and resistance in the face of violent efforts to separate them from their land, culture, and each other. They remain at the forefront of movements to protect Mother Earth and the life it sustains. Today, corporate greed and federal policy push agendas to extract wealth from the earth, degrading sacred land in blatant disregard of treaty rights. Acknowledgment is a critical public intervention, a necessary step toward honoring Native communities and enacting the much larger project of decolonization and reconciliation. Join us in adopting, calling for, and spreading this practice. 

Download the #HonorNativeLand Guide

Fill out the form to download the guide

Download the Guide: Created in partnership with Native allies and organizations, the Guide offers context about the practice of acknowledgment, gives step-by-step instructions for how to begin wherever you are, and provides tips for moving beyond acknowledgment into action.

Download the #HonorNativeLand Guide

Fill out the form to download the guide

 

WHY INTRODUCE THE PRACTICE OF LAND ACKNOWLEDGMENT? 

  • Offer recognition and respect.
  • Counter the “doctrine of discovery” with the true story of the people who were already here.
  • Create a broader public awareness of the history that has led to this moment.
  • Begin to repair relationships with Native communities and with the land.
  • Support larger truth-telling and reconciliation efforts.
  • Remind people that colonization an ongoing process, with Native lands still occupied due to deceptive and broken treaties.
  • Take a cue from Indigenous protocol, opening up space with reverence and respect.
  • Inspire ongoing action and relationship.

Acknowledgment by itself is a small gesture. It becomes meaningful when coupled with authentic relationship and informed action. But this beginning can be an opening to greater public consciousness of Native sovereignty and cultural rights, a step toward equitable relationship and reconciliation.

 Marchers at Standing Rock, photo by Nicholas Ward

 

Print, Customize, and Post #HonorNativeLand Art
Nov 17 @ 2:21 pm – 3:21 pm

Print, Customize, and Post #HonorNativeLand Art

Imagine going to a local coffee shop, music venue, grocery store, or town hall, and finding a sign on the wall acknowledging traditional lands. Sound far-fetched? It doesn’t have to be! As part of this campaign to #HonorNativeLand, we partnered with Native artists to create downloadable signs that you can print, customize, and post in your community.

 


After Downloading the Guide, Take the Pledge

We urge organizations, collectives, institutions, and agencies to publicly commit to practicing traditional Native land acknowledgment.

Those who have taken the Pledge:

  • Artist’s Laboratory Theatre
  • Arts in a Changing America (ArtChangeUS)
  • ArtSpark
  • ArtWell
  • California Indian Culture & Sovereignty Center
  • Dancing Earth
  • Democracy at Work Institute
  • Emerging Arts Leaders/Los Angeles
  • Indigenous Women Rise in Gallup
  • Ink People, Inc.
  • IU First Nations Educational & Cultural Center
  • Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection
  • Marietta Ohio Arts Innovation Lab
  • National Council for Science and Faith
  • Native American Music Awards
  • Native Arts and Cultures Foundation
  • New Economy Coalition
  • SOMArts
  • Women of Color in the Arts (WOCA)
  • Artivists LA
  • Kamiah Community Library
  • Peñasco Theatre Collective
  • Self Help Graphics & Art
  • The Field
  • YWCA Olympia

#HonorNativeLand Pledge

Fill out the form below to take the pledge

Not in the US?

  • AL

 

 

 

 

As a step toward honoring the truth and achieving healing and reconciliation, our organization commits to open all public events and gatherings with a statement acknowledging the traditional Native lands on which we stand. Such statements become truly meaningful when coupled with authentic relationships and sustained commitment. We therefore commit to move beyond words into programs and actions that fully embody a commitment to Indigenous rights and cultural equity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PROTOTYPING CULTURAL DEMOCRACY SERIES Part 7: Remember2019, Memory and Reflection on Mass Lynching in Phillips County, AR
Nov 17 @ 3:42 pm – 4:42 pm

The U.S. Department of Arts and Culture is a people-powered department — a grassroots action network inciting creativity to shape a culture of empathy, equity, and belonging.  Learn more about the USDAC and read our Statement of Values, then join this act of collective imagination

Contact info:  hello@usdac.us.

PROTOTYPING CULTURAL DEMOCRACY SERIES Part 7: Remember2019, Memory and Reflection on Mass Lynching in Phillips County, AR

By Arlene Goldbard, Chief Policy Wonk

This is the sixth in a series of blogs profiling the USDAC’s Policy Prototype projects, seven projects across the U.S. receiving micro-grants to document their work related to the proposals in “Standing for Cultural Democracy: The USDAC’s Policy and Action Platform.”

The proposal submitted for a one-off USDAC Policy Prototype micro-grant by Ashley Teague, a theater director with extensive community experience, focused on the critical issue of commemorative justice (as did the STICK + MOVE project featured earlier in this series). Partnering with Mauricio Salgado, co-founder of Artists Striving to End Poverty and Arielle Julia Brown, founder of The Love Balm Project, Remember2019  lives in South Phillips Country Arkansas where in “1919 arguably the largest mass lynching in American history, took the lives of more than 230 African Americans in less than 72 hours….,”

Remember2019 was developed in response to Bryan Stevenson’s (founder of the Equal Justice Initiative) call to action when he said, “Formalizing a space for memory, reflection, and grieving can help our communities recover from this traumatic history of mass violence.”

In the Remember2019 proposal, Ashley wrote:

As we approach the centennial of the massacre in South Phillips County, our goal is to partner with individuals and organizations throughout the region to create a theatre event that unearths this erased and contentious history and considers how it has affected the communities past and present. Furthermore, we will raise Dr. Martin Luther King’s timely question—where do we go from here?— tour the play during the 2019 centennial year, organize an annual residency that will continue after the theater event, offering local artists opportunities to create their own self-determined work around issues of  memory, reflection, belonging, and cultural citizenship.”

Three Platform points were referenced:

  • Point 2. Support A Culture of Justice and Equity
  • Point 3. Redeem Democracy with Creativity
  • Point 5. Invest in Belonging and Cultural Citizenship

The work touched on all three, but as Ashley explained when we spoke, “we ended up doing more work towards point five, investing in belonging in cultural citizenship. That’s where this long-term artist residency came from, working with community-based centers to reuse abandoned or underused spaces and some of our focus with the young people.”

“We believe that culture influences policy,” Ashley wrote in her proposal. “Therefore, it is our responsibility to reframe our cultural narrative so that it inspires just policies. This project begins by recognizing a history that was intentionally devalued and disposed of in order to entrench a normative white supremacist culture. In order to do that, this project will embody equity and participation by prioritizing the leadership, stories, and talents of community members that have been historically ignored. Our model is flexible, scale-able and nimble enough to adapt to the specific context and goals of the community, while still based in well-researched frameworks and proven methodologies.”

 Healing the Land Ceremony in Elaine, AR, October 30, 2017

Healing the Land Ceremony in Elaine, AR, October 30, 2017

Remember 2019 is a long-term project, as Ashley explained when I interviewed Mauricio and herself:

The big picture is that we’re producing six residencies over six years. The first two are trailblazed by Remember2019, beginning with a blues event featuring local musicians using their music to synthesize personal stories and testimony with the rich history of the blues in the Delta. The next residency is the original, full-length play featuring community testimony and community and professional actors on stage. Then the next four will be determined by local artists. We are part of funding those residencies and getting a group of local folks together to take on those residencies past our involvement in the community, creating a long-term artist residency in the neighborhood.

“Another way of thinking about this long-term project, Mauricio added, “is that we are supporting local efforts to build an ecosystem of art spaces and work. At the moment there are a couple of spaces where folks engage in visual or performing arts—aside from churches, I think there are only two. There are local artists like Kyle Miller at the Delta Cultural Center who are hoping to build out a community of art spaces and art makers and that’s what we’re trying to do. How else do we build that ecosystem but by creating opportunities for performance and for sharing?”

Ashley agreed. “In this community there are a lot of vacant spaces that used to be for commerce. One part of our conversation is if there is a way to repurpose these as creative spaces. Is there a way to take on these underused or unused spaces in the blues festival performance and also in other residencies moving forward?”

The team’s time on the ground in South Phillips County was revealing and catalytic, as Ashley explained:

During the two months we were in South Phillips County we found ourselves wondering, “Where are the young people?” There’s nowhere to hang out. There’s no public space  to let loose and relax and see friends other than going to church. How can we create space for that? How can we provide food and entertainment and make a space where people can just hang out and commune?

A major goal is to create and perform in 2019 a play grounded in the experiences and voices of local people who have been affected by the massacre of 1919. Mauricio explained:

All of our work, both the story-sharing institute as well as the current blues festival, has conversation at its core. We are interested in reflecting on the story-sharing practices that remember that moment in time and how that has been affected and where that has been channeled. There’s some research at the institute that the blues changed in response to the red summer of 1919, for instance. So all of that’s in the mix of thinking about the dream for the play next year.

Ashley explained that the playwright, Clos Sirah, “has gone several times to the community for interviewing and story-gathering, including one time when we were all there together for weeks. We’ve been having meetings with our community partners—community-based organizations, community-based centers in the area—as we shape what that play will be to make sure we’re getting community feedback at every stage. Ultimately it will be a performance that is inspired by and based on community testimony and will involve community in the making and performance. One idea is that it may travel around the community so that part of the experience is really being present in the space, really being aware of generations stacked up on this land and here we are now as a community moving through our space together.”

 Team photo, July 2018 Staged Reading of Scapegoat by playwright Christina Ham in Helena, AR

Team photo, July 2018 Staged Reading of Scapegoat by playwright Christina Ham in Helena, AR

Mauricio noted the nuances and controversies that commemorative justice projects can entail.  “The Elaine Memorial Foundation is putting up a memorial and there are a series of events that are being organized for next October. And so how are we doing something that adds to that conversation? That puts up against it? That isn’t just the same thing? How is our work refracting, reflecting on, reckoning with the conversation that is already happening in light of the memorial that’s being created?

The past is always in dialogue with the present in such work. “Something we heard often from our partners and from folks we’d meet in the community,” Mauricio told me, is ‘We’re not just what happened in 1919. We’re a lot more than that, and who’s interested in that? It seems like folks are only interested in the hype around that one moment. How do we broaden our understanding of that story so that we can tell that side of ourselves too?’ That’s only possible if there are several conversations happening simultaneously that can use the events of a hundred years ago as a jumping-off point.”

Ashley and Mauricio explained that their team has been in conversation with all kinds of local groups, from Waves of Prayer to the Delta Community Center to the Boys and Girls Club, local educators, social service organizations, and beyond.

What binds our work and theirs is a desire to have this story told on a national level, to give voice to these stories, and understanding that art and theater is the way to do that. People tell us “We’re trying to move our community forward and we need this story to get out and we need attention to come here. We need jobs to come here. We need work to come here,” and the understanding is growing that theater as a vehicle for storytelling can serve those purposes as well.

This type of long-term relationship-building grounded in art calls on Citizen Artists to be open to sharing their gifts in a spirit of flexibility and generosity. For instance, Mauricio noted that he’d been helping folks from the Delta Cultural Center write a grant proposal for an after-school music academy, and the person he was working with

…says to me, “I feel funny. I don’t know what this has to do with your work.” And I said “Listen, Kyle, we are in for the long game of supporting the development of the arts in the area. So helping you write this grant is also my work.” We are showing up as much as we can for the community and the community’s needs, checking at the door our own particular agendas or even our own abilities. In that way I think this project will continue to morph. We will continue to produce these events, and that will be a centerpiece of our work. But also a whole lot of other things, because it’s going to take participating in many things.

Remember2019 has received funding from Alternate ROOTS, the Highlander Research and Education Center, The MAP Fund, and the Network of Ensemble Theaters to support this long-term cultural development in the service of commemorative justice.

In fact, a keystone event made possible with this funding is coming right up: in Marvell, Arkansas on 29 September 2018 and Elaine, Arkansas on 2 October:

Remember2019 Collective members Carlos Sirah and Mauricio Salgado are collaborating with James “Gone for Good” Morgan, Marcus “Mookie” Cartwright, and Vera White to present Black ‘n da Blues: Stories and Songs from the Arkansas Delta. The event is free to the public and will include a reception with food.

In Black ‘n da Blues, Phillips County musicians explore the relationship between legacies of race and artistic expression – locally, nationally and beyond. The event is being produced in partnership with The Delta Cultural Center, The Elaine Legacy Center and The Boys, Girls, Adults, Community Development Center (BGACDC).

Major events like these emerge from a fabric of community dialogue and story-sharing. For example, Remember2019 Collective members Arielle Julia Brown and Carlos Sirah convened a two-day story-sharing institute on 18 and 19 June, inviting local people to share “freedom songs, delta blues traditions, oral histories, meal centered oral traditions, story circles, testimonies, gossip, folklore, interviews and more,” culminating in a Juneteenth Freedom Celebration in a local park.

Specific activities also emerge from a convergence of interests in which the artists’ desire for commemorative justice—for their work mattering to people and serving as a vehicle for everyone’s liberation—connects with local desires and aspirations. Mauricio recalls being asked by a community leader

“What’s your investment in the work?” She would question us whenever we would say “We’re here for you.” Towards the end of our last time together, she heard us start to say “We’re here because we want. We want.” She says, “I only trust people who are here 100% for themselves because how do I know that you’re committed unless you too realize there’s something here for you?” That’s the level of commitment we’re being asked.

If you’d like to explore bringing any points in Standing for Cultural Democracy to life in your community, please feel free to contact us at hello@usdac.us. While Policy Prototype micro-grants were a one-time thing, we can still offer technical assistance and help share information with the wider world if you have a project that promotes one of more of the Platform points, so call on us.

Dec
5
Wed
2018
Women’s WOVEN VOICES
Dec 5 @ 12:00 am

About

Empowering Women through Writing, Weaving and Sharing
Be heard, connect with your inner resources and cultivate courage to create change.

Our Mission

To create a woven tapestry based on the stories of 1,000 women globally by 2020 that will be exhibited internationally to shine a light on the creative accomplishments of women while calling attention to the challenges women currently face world-wide.

To foster a culture of self-knowledge and sharing that builds courage and fosters a sense of power in women everywhere to contribute to their communities in positive ways.

To allow women to tell the story of their lives, as a catalyst for change, particularly by opening up discussions about issues of domestic violence and sexual abuse in a safe and supportive way.

To promote resilience, compassion, open communication, healing and peace in individuals and communities.

Intro to the Project

Participating in Woven Voices is a journey that starts with self-reflection and writing, and transforms into a woven tapestry, a visual storyboard of women’s lives from around the globe. The 3 elements of the Woven Voices project work together as tools to access, claim, and celebrate our power as individuals and together as a global community of women.

The Artist

Brecia Kralovic-Logan is a passionate champion of creativity who has spent the last 40 years helping people of all ages to embrace and express their unique individuality.

 

Brecia Kralovic-Logan
4164 Mount Hukee Ave
San Diego, Ca 92117
Mobile: 805-896-3287
breciakl@gmail.com
breciacreative.com
thespiralofcreativity.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mar
19
Tue
2019
CONSCIOUS COLLEGE ROAD TOUR 2019
Mar 19 – May 2 all-day

CONSCIOUS COLLEGE ROAD TOUR 2019

The CCRT is a unique, interactive opportunity for students to become mobilized around sustainable solutions on college campuses. We’re preparing for the 8th Annual Conscious College Road Tour, a cross country journey from March 18 – May 2, 2019. The tour stops at up to sixteen college campuses to educate about conscious living through a sustainability themed exhibition and Town Hall dinner. The goal is to empower students to create tangible change in their own lives and campus community and with the TG team, develop a student-led action project.

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OCTOBER 1-30, 2019

ABOUT

Beginning on October 1, 2019, Project Green Challenge (PGC) seeks to inform, inspire and mobilize high school, college, and grad school students globally. This powerful and diverse call to action features 30 days of environmentally–themed challenges. PGC aims to touch lives, shift mindsets, and equip students with knowledge, resources and mentorship to lead change on campuses and communities worldwide.

Through conscious living, informed consumption, and individual and collective action, PGC participants are challenged to envision and work toward a healthy, just, and thriving planet.

Since launching in 2011, PGC has built a movement of young leaders, engaging over 40,000 students directly and tens of millions indirectly on 4,000 campuses, 50 states and 56 countries.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Each day throughout the month of October, a uniquely themed challenge will be delivered to registered PGC participants by email at 6 am Pacific Time. Each challenge will be live for 24 hours inviting participants to complete actions and upload deliverables to acquire points and prizes. Deliverables include photos, videos, and text uploaded on the PGC site, as well as across TG social platforms; Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube. Twenty incredible prize packages will be awarded daily based on outstanding content.

WHO WE ARE

Turning Green (TG) is a student led global movement devoted to education and advocacy around environmentally sustainable and socially responsible choices for individuals, schools, and communities.

We operate under the belief that when students understand that they can directly affect small and large scale change, they are motivated to carry this sense of responsibility, purpose and stewardship for the rest of their lives.

Our hope is to engage youth in the transition from conventional to conscious living, empowering this generation and mobilizing action to sustain a healthy, just and thriving planet.

Turning Green is a global student-led movement devoted to cultivating a healthy, just and thriving planet through education and advocacy around environmentally sustainable and socially responsible choices. We inform, inspire, and mobilize a global network of students to become visionary catalysts for sustainable change in their lives, school campuses, and local communities.

 

WE ARE TURNING GREEN

to inform

We are young people with a passion to change the world. We speak our minds, and value ethics. We stand for environmentally sustainable and socially responsible choices, practices and communities. We assess our surroundings and investigate the impacts of what we do and think. And then we share solutions.

to inspire

We believe that a conscious mindset and thoughtful perspective are critical in today’s society. We remain aware of the effects of our actions on the earth and those around us. We choose wisely and lead with purpose and passion. We empower peers to grow our global voice because together we thrive.

to mobilize

We see individuals as catalysts for the change that our world needs at every level. We learn from innovation and living in the moment. We push for transparency, challenge injustice, and shake up systems that oppress, poison, or fail. No is not an option. Inspiration is everything.
We dream and do.

Apr
3
Wed
2019
Drawdown EcoChallenge @ In your community
Apr 3 – Apr 24 all-day
Our Story

For over 25 years, we’ve inspired, educated and activated thousands of communities and organizations through our solutions-focused programs and ready-to-use social and digital tools. Together, they provide the launchpad for emerging generations and sustainability leaders to experience “ah-ha” moments that lead to extraordinary environmental and social change.

Drawdown EcoChallenge is:

  • a 21-day engagement program focused on carbon reduction;
  • a challenge taking place April 3-24 and;
  • following actions highlighted in Drawdown, a book based on meticulous research that maps, measures, models, and describes solutions to global warming that already exists and;
  • where participants track and share their progress online in a robust platform and earn points for taking action and;
  • the combination of collective action, camaraderie, and friendly competition makes change a little easier — and a lot more fun and;
  • providing tools and inspiration to turn intention into action, and
  • giving participants a fun and social way to think about and act on proven solutions to reverse global warming!

 

Over eighty actions within seven challenge categories

provide participants with diverse options to reduce carbon usage. 

 

The EcoChallenge Platform is a signature offering of EcoChallenge.org (formerly Northwest Earth Institute), a sustainability organization that provides innovative social and digital tools designed to be a launchpad for emerging generations and sustainability leaders to experience “ah-ha” moments that lead to extraordinary environmental and social change. EcoChallenge.org also hosts a global October EcoChallenge which is free and open to everyone, everywhere. Over 73,500 people from 101 countries have used the EcoChallenge Platform and the organization has engaged over 250,000 people throughout its 25-year history. The EcoChallenge Platform can also be used to create custom Challenges that meet the engagement and action goals of your workplace, college, or community.

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Jun
1
Sat
2019
SUSTAINABILITYNOW Teleconference @ Online
Jun 1 – Jun 7 all-day

The Moment We’ve All Been Waiting For…

WE’RE LIVE!!!
Today is DAY 1 of the Sustainability Now Telesummit and boy, are you in for a treat!
Each speaker will be available on-demand for 48 hours.
Here’s today’s schedule:
DAY 1: SATURDAY, JUNE 1 
Alosha Lynov – Off-Grid Water Systems
Marina Qutab – Waste Not Want Not: Zero Waste Solutions for Daily Living
Ryan Eliason – How to Change the World Without Going Broke
Sean Steed – Plant-Based Epoxy: a Case Study for Circular Economy
Zach Bush, MD – Chemical Farming, Ecology & Human Health
ENJOY!
Warm regards,
Mira & Scott
Together we rise!
Click the image below to download a PDF calendar with descriptions
SCHEDULE
 
DAY 1: SATURDAY, JUNE 1 
Alosha Lynov  Bio Veda: Off-Grid Water Systems
Marina Qutab – Eco Goddess: Waste Not Want Not: Zero Waste Solutions for Daily Living
Ryan Eliason – Visionary Business School: How to Change the World Without Going Broke
Sean Steed – Change Climate: Plant-Based Epoxy: a Case Study for Circular Economy
Zach Bush, MD – Farmer’s Footprint: The Crossroads of Chemical Farming, Ecology & Human Health — A Path to Regeneration
DAY 2: SUNDAY, JUNE 2
Alexander Verbeek – Planetary Security Initiative: Climate Change and Planetary Security
Brother Phil Lane Jr. – Four Worlds International Institute: The International Treaty to Protect & Restore Mother Earth
Heshie Segal – Kids Better World: Clean Water on the Go: Reducing Plastics and Protecting Our Health
Mike Strizki – Hydrogen House Project: Hydrogen Micro-Grids: Clean Power for the Future, Now
Summer Bock – Guts & Glory: How Fermented Foods Can Repair Our Health
DAY 3: MONDAY, JUNE 3
Hazel Henderson – Ethical Markets: Hungry for Change: How Halophyte Plants Can Help Solve the Global Food Crisis
Jay Potter – ECOR: From Waste Stream Fiber to Circular Economy
Jorgen Hempel – Hemp Ecosystems: Seeing Green: Hemp and Hydrated Lime Construction
Ronit Herzfeld – Leap Forward: Beyond Bias: Moving From “Me” to “We”
William Padilla-Brown – MycoSymbiotics: Cultivating Culinary and Medicinal Mushrooms for Fun and Profit
DAY 4: TUESDAY, JUNE 4
Brian D. Ridgway –Level 5 Liberation: Finding Freedom
Judy Wicks – Circle of Aunts and Uncles: Nurturing Local Economies
Kristen Comella – U.S. Stem Cell: Heal Thyself: The Regenerative Power of Your Own Stem Cells
Reggie Nayar – Innovative Waste Solutions: The Dirty Truth About Waste and Recycling
DAY 5: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5
Jon Ramer – Compassion Games: Deep Social Networking as a Vehicle for Global Change
Judah Becker – Mercy House Ministry: Aquaponics: a Path to Self-Sufficiency
Michael Rice and Zana Zu – ZeMArc Design: Holistic Design
Dr. Richard Satava – University of Washington Medical Center: Frontiers of Medicine and the Ethical Implications of Medical Breakthoughs
DAY 6: THURSDAY, JUNE 6
Amy Oskins & Amzi Smith – EastCoast EarthHomes: New Paradigms for Housing: Earthship 2.0
Hajjar Gibran – DomeGaia: Go Dome or Go Home: Earthy meets Elegant with AirCrete Construction
Larry Stearns – Nature’s Head: From Waste to Resource: Composting Toilets and Waterless Waste Solutions
Paul Rodney Turner – The Food Yogi: Food Yoga: Sharing Food, Sharing Compassion
Vinit Allen – Sustainable World Coalition: We ARE the Planet: Redefining the Human Family
DAY 7: FRIDAY, JUNE 7
Jessica Cooper – International WELL Building Institute: Health and WELL-building: Work Environments Designed to Help People Thrive
John Todd – John Todd Ecological Design: Restoring Water and Land with Biologically-Based Eco-Machines
Michael Gosney – Synergetic Press: Vehicles of Social Change
Michael Pawlyn – Exploration Architecture: Solving Design Challenges Through the Wisdom of Nature
 
COMPLETE DESCRIPTIONS
 
DAY 1: SATURDAY, JUNE 1
Off-Grid Water Systems
Alosha Lynov – Bio Veda
Alosha Lynov, inventor and master builder of regenerative living habitats, walks you through the basics of building an off-grid water system to provide water self-sufficiency including collection, purification and reuse.
Waste Not Want Not: Zero Waste Solutions for Daily Living
Marina Qutab – Eco Goddess
From a Zero-Waste Survival Kit to buying in bulk, eco-goddess Marina Qutab makes it cool to jump on the zero-waste bandwagon with simple steps we can all take to become more conscious consumers.
How to Change the World Without Going Broke
Ryan Eliason – Visionary Business School
Rethink business with Ryan Eliason as he empowers social entrepreneurs and changemakers to make money while making a difference and busts limiting beliefs like the notion that service must mean struggle.
Plant-Based Epoxy: a Case Study for Circular Economy 
Sean Steed – Change Climate
Sean Steed of Change Climate shows how one innovative solution to a toxic global problem can create circular economy, impact social justice, restore an ecosystem and transform manufacturing world-wide.
The Crossroads of Chemical Farming, Ecology & Human Health — A Path to Regeneration 
Zach Bush, MD – Farmer’s Footprint
Discover how we can restore our health by restoring our soil. Zach Bush, triple-board-certified MD, makes brilliant big picture connections between current commercial farming practices, gut health, and the meteoric rise of disease since the introduction of glyphosate—a powerful herbicide and antibiotic used in big agriculture.
DAY 2: SUNDAY, JUNE 2
Climate Change and Planetary Security
Alexander Verbeek – Planetary Security Initiative
Climate change is not just about the weather. Alexander Verbeek discusses the threat to global security—like financial damage from increasingly violent storms, disruptions in delivery of food and essential goods and displacement of millions of people. Learn how we can act now to take the future in hand.
The International Treaty to Protect & Restore Mother Earth
Brother Phil Lane Jr. – Four Worlds International Institute
Brother Phil shares the fruit of 50-years’ work with indigenous peoples from around the world—a comprehensive plan to restore Mother Earth and unify the human family by incorporating empowerment of youth and women, renewable energy, organic food production, biodiversity and more.
Clean Water on the Go: Reducing Plastics and Protecting Our Health 
Heshie Segal – Kids Better World
A champion for children and clean water worldwide, Heshie Segal uses her networking expertise to dispel myths, raise awareness and promote the Puritii filtered water bottle, a safe water solution for first and third-world countries alike.
Hydrogen Micro-Grids: Clean Power for the Future, Now
Mike Strizki – Hydrogen House Project
Clean, pure water as a by-product of “burning” hydrogen fuel? Join Mike Strizki, founder of the Hydrogen House Project, for a tour of his Skunk Works where he’s been pioneering hydrogen fuel cell technology for the past 25 years.
How Fermented Foods Can Repair Our Health 
Summer Bock – Guts & Glory
Did you know that good health begins with billions of tiny bacteria in the gut? Certified fermentationist Summer Bock shares how and why fermented foods, like sauerkraut, are the recipe to better health.
DAY 3: MONDAY, JUNE 3
Hungry for Change: How Halophyte Plants Can Help Solve the Global Food Crisis 
Hazel Henderson – Ethical Markets
The global food crisis is inextricably linked to the dwindling fresh-water supply. Futurist Hazel Henderson sees a solution in plants like quinoa, one of the many edible halophyte plants that thrive in a salt water environments.
From Waste Stream Fiber to Circular Economy
Jay Potter – ECOR
Jay Potter, innovator and co-founder of ECOR shares how to build a business by turning problems into profits through circular economy. ECOR takes fiber from the waste stream, and produces materials for furniture and building that can be fully recycled at end of life. Their patented process adds only water, heat and pressure.
Seeing Green: Hemp and Hydrated Lime Construction
Jorgen Hempel – Hemp Ecosystems
Jorgen Hempel has been refining hemp and lime construction practices for over 25 years. Learn how he creates living buildings from easily renewable materials. These buildings breathe, won’t burn, are naturally insulated and grow more stable over time.
Beyond Bias: Moving From “Me” to “We” 
Ronit Herzfeld – Leap Forward
Psychotherapist, Ronit Herzfeld invites us to join in exploring a “new way of being human” and shares an emerging strategy for awakening humanity to appropriate action as we rise to the unprecedented and urgent demands of our times.
Cultivating Culinary and Medicinal Mushrooms for Fun and Profit
William Padilla-Brown – MycoSymbiotics
With an affordable and relatively low-tech lab and grow room, self-schooled mycologist William Padilla-Brown shows how to make a lucrative career of growing and foraging for mushrooms.
DAY 4: TUESDAY, JUNE 4
Finding Freedom
Brian D. Ridgway – Level 5 Liberation
Brian D. Ridgway dissolves the “illusion” of problems to generate an experience of unlimited possibility and the power to intentionally create a world of your choosing.
Nurturing Local Economies 
Judy Wicks – Circle of Aunts and Uncles
Through Micro-Loans and Mentorship Recognizing strong local economies as a foundation of resilience and sustainability, Judy Wicks shares how to establish a micro lending and mentorship network to support the growth of local entrepreneurs.
Heal Thyself: The Regenerative Power of Your Own Stem Cells
Kristen Comella – U.S. Stem Cell
Learn how stem cells from our very own fat have the potential to eliminate the need for many pharmaceuticals and surgical procedures, how the Federal Drug Administration is trying to regulate this revolutionary treatment and what we must do to preserve our rights.
The Dirty Truth About Waste and Recycling
Reggie Nayar – Innovative Waste Solutions
Most of what we “recycle” still winds up in landfills and landfills are filling up. Expert in developing zero-waste strategies for major manufacturers, Reggie Nayar takes you behind the scenes to gain a deeper understanding of the waste stream, current recycling practices and steps you can take to make a positive impact.
DAY 5: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5
Deep Social Networking as a Vehicle for Global Change 
Jon Ramer – Compassion Games
Jon shows how to turn big dreams into reality and make “waves” as a social innovator by bringing together networks of social changemakers to amplify one another’s voice and collectively make a global impact.
Aquaponics: a Path to Self-Sufficiency
Judah Becker – Mercy House Ministry
A means to both food and financial security, Judah Becker provides an introduction to aquaponics, a circular system where the waste from farmed fish nourishes hydroponically grown plants and the plants purify the water for the fish.
Holistic Design
Michael Rice and Zana Zu – ZeMArc Design
Michael and Zana take you on a journey into the dynamic interplay of beauty, functionality and sustainability that defines holistic design. Learn how they combine Bio Architecture and the sacred to create temples of life.
Frontiers of Medicine and the Ethical Implications of Medical Breakthoughs
Dr. Richard Satava – University of Washington Medical Center
Explore the future of medicine with Dr. Richard Satava. From cloning and 3D body-part printing to suspended animation and directed energy therapies, technology is outpacing our moral maturity, creating the necessity for new ethical guidelines.
DAY 6: THURSDAY, JUNE 6
New Paradigms for Housing: Earthship 2.0 
Amy Oskins & Amzi Smith – EastCoast EarthHomes
Flip the script from high maintenance, high expense housing to the financial freedom of a home that heats and cools itself, collects its own water, generates its own electricity, grows its own food and processes its own waste water.
Go Dome or Go Home: Earthy meets Elegant with AirCrete Construction
Hajjar Gibran – DomeGaia
Hajjar Gibran, founder of DomeGaia, offers tools and techniques for building with AirCrete, a light-weight mixture of foamed dishwashing liquid and cement that is low cost, extremely durable and DIY-friendly.
From Waste to Resource: Composting Toilets and Waterless Waste Solutions
Larry Stearns – Nature’s Head
Learn how Larry Sterns’ special commode turns human waste into valuable compost while conserving water and minimizing pollution.
Food Yoga – Sharing Food, Sharing Compassion
Paul Rodney Turner – The Food Yogi
With over 2 million vegan meals served daily by his global Food For Life organization, food yogi Paul Rodney Turner shares the power of food as a means to spread love and equality by bringing presence and reverence to food preparation, consumption and sharing.
We ARE the Planet – Redefining the Human Family
Vinit Allen – Sustainable World Coalition
Vinit Allen helps us to recognize human beings as cells in the body of Mother Earth and the human family as her consciousness. Through this lens of profound interconnection, we experience care for the planet as direct care for ourselves.
DAY 7: FRIDAY, JUNE 7
Health and WELL-building: Work Environments Designed to Help People Thrive
Jessica Cooper – International WELL Building Institute
Going beyond LEED certification, Jessica Cooper shares how the IWBI WELL Building Standard raises the bar for work environments to include comprehensive metrics in 10 categories: air, light, sound, community, water, movement, materials, nourishment, thermal comfort and mind.
Restoring Water and Land with Biologically-Based Eco-Machines
John Todd – John Todd Ecological Design
John Todd guides us through ways we can harness nature’s genius to clean up toxic waterways, re-green the desert, rehabilitate devastated landscapes and clean up our oceans.
Vehicles of Social Change
Michael Gosney – Synergetic Press
Michael Gosney discusses the connection between festival culture and community as fertile ground for social experimentation, as well as new cultural models and morays related to food, energy, social justice, monetary exchange and more.
Solving Design Challenges Through the Wisdom of Nature 
Michael Pawlyn – Exploration Architecture
Beyond low- or no-impact sustainable design, regenerative design is an innovative approach that contributes to the betterment of the environment. Michael Pawlyn explains how it works, plus the impact it would have if entire cities adopted this model.
ENJOY!!!
INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S MONTH Taking It To The Streets 2019! @ online and in your neighborhood
Jun 1 @ 12:00 am

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 What does love in action look like? What does love in action sound like? What does love in action feel like?
This year we explore all the various ways we can be and co create love in action. Along with a challenge~ How are you showing up in the world? at the grocery store, with your family, at work, school, out being social How are we showing up in the world? Does it feel in alignment? Since we know we are love, and love is who we are… what does love look like for us personally? Each person here is a divine, miraculous unfolding. We each have our own Unique Energetic Signature… what you bring to the planet, to the streets, only you can bring. Be strong in your heart, be strong in your dreams. Let’s show the world what we can do in the name of love! International Children’s Month 2019 Platform is TAKING IT TO THE STREETS! Love In Action! International Children’s Month web site is based in Oral Traditions. If you are inspired, please cite your source. We stand on the shoulders of those who have come before us. IN the name of love we thank Gandhi, our indigenous relatives/relations, and for this year especially the first wave of love in action creators of the 60’s…We have come full circle. GAME ON and BE THE MEDICINE! #ICMTakingItToTheStreets #ICMGameOn #ICMGlobalWaveofLove #ICMBeTheMedicine

FIRST WE TUNE INTO SELF, THEN TO OUR FAMILY, COMMUNITY AND THE WORLD. AS WE DO THIS WE SPREAD LOVE. DR. EMOTO TAUGHT US THAT WE TRANSFORM THINGS BY THINKING AND FEELING ABOUT THEM… JOIN ICM IN THIS PARTNERSHIP WITH THE 7 DAYS OF REST AND REFLECTION BEGINNING TODAY, AND FOR THE NEXT 7 DAYS. YOU CAN ALSO SHARE THIS WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY, AND TOGETHER WE WILL LOVE ALL THAT IS SACRED AND IMPORTANT TO US. SIGN UP ON THE WEB SITE WWW.7DAYS-OF-REST.ORG AS AN INDIVIDUAL, TEAM OR COMMUNITY. #GAMEON

JOIN US!! WE WILL BE READING FABULOUS BOOKS FOR US ALL ON FACEBOOK LIVE SHOWS THROUGHOUT THE MONTH!

 

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Jun
7
Fri
2019
ENCORE PUBLIC VOICES FELLOWSHIP call for applications
Jun 7 – Jun 25 all-day

Introducing the Encore Public Voices Fellowship

The Encore Public Voices Fellowship is a prestigious year-long initiative to accelerate the ideas and impact of 20 new and necessary thought leaders working at the intersection of aging/longevity, inter-generational connection and social justice.

Many parts of the world are rapidly aging. In the United States, we have added more than 30 years to life expectancy in the past century, but not across the board. Whites live longer than people of color. Women live longer than men. And the richest Americans live 10-15 years longer than the poorest. In 2019, for the first time ever, there are more people over the age of 60 than under the age of 18. The ripple effects of these shifts will affect every aspect of society.

We need better and faster ideas from a more diverse set of people of all ages, including those who are most impacted by the uneven implications of these realities, and thus most likely to see new solutions and envision a more just future. The Encore Public Voices Fellowship is a collaboration among The OpEd ProjectEncore.org, and Ann MacDougall and is part of The OpEd Project’s national Public Voices initiative to change who writes history.

Participants will receive extraordinary support, skills and mentoring to ensure their ideas shape the greater public conversation. All participants will publish at least two written pieces (hopefully many more) during their fellowship. Read this summary oped to learn how the first 20 fellows are changing the national conversation.

After a highly successful pilot year, we are looking for community and business leaders, activists, entrepreneurs, writers, educators, researchers and other thinkers. We are committed to building a cohort that is inclusive across all identities and backgrounds. We will take into account a variety of factors, including but not limited to race/ethnicity, geography, age, gender and area of expertise. During our pilot year, over half of the cohort consisted of people of color.

Encore.org is an innovation hub and catalyst, working to realize the potential of longer lives and intergenerational connection to solve our most pressing social problems.

The OpEd Project is a think tank and leadership organization that expands history by accelerating the ideas and public impact of new and necessary voices, including women of all backgrounds.

Ann MacDougall, former president of Encore.org, serves as a senior advisor to the Encore Public Voices Fellowship.

Our Advisory Council is comprised of a small group of outstanding social innovators and media professionals. Members include Ellen Goodman (Chair), Sylvia BrownMary C. CurtisKen DychtwaldRaymond JetsonKatie OrensteinTrabian Shorters and Lester Strong. They will advise on strategy, recruitment of candidates and fellow selection, and may participate as guest speakers.

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MORE ABOUT THE FELLOWSHIP  The Public Voices Fellowship is part of an ambitious national initiative to change who writes history. Launched by The OpEd Project in collaboration with a core group of institutional partners, including Yale, Northwestern, the Ford Foundation and a dozen others, we have had extraordinary success accelerating the ideas and impact of new and necessary voices at the highest levels in their fields, including women of all backgrounds. Watch this short video to hear how last year’s fellows describe their experiences.

Selection
Fellows will be chosen through a competitive selection process. The 2019-20 fellowship targets leaders across all fields and generations who are working somewhere in the intersection of aging, longevity, intergenerational connection and social justice. We strongly encourage people in adjacent fields to apply provided they have a clear and demonstrated desire and ability to contribute to the public dialogue on these issues. Areas of focus could include intergenerational activism, ageism, encore careers, financial security/insecurity, climate change activism as a “legacy” to our descendants, outdated retirement policies, etc.

Selection criteria includes work history, professional track record, and desire to help change the cultural narrative.

Details

  • Year-long program

  • Up to 20 fellows

  • Four interactive day-long seminars in NYC designed to expand thinking and deepen expertise (dates are: September 26-27, 2019; December 3, 2019; March 6, 2020; and May 8, 2020)

  • Dedicated editors (top journalists) to provide regular, hands-on, one-on-one support/editing/coaching

  • Access to ongoing mentoring for the fellowship year

  • A limited number of travel stipends for those who need them

THE ENCORE FRAMEWORK  Guided by the belief that the aging of America is every bit as much an opportunity to be seized as a problem to be solved, Encore.org tells a new story about the possibilities of an older America, creates new ways to enable people of all ages to contribute more fully to their communities, and seeds a movement built around these ideas. We hope to change both the conversation and reality around the years after 50, not just for the enormous cohort of baby boomers, but also for generations to come.

There are barriers to this exciting vision. Ageism remains pervasive. Neither government nor big business have been especially innovative or supportive of policies or programs to pr.epare experienced people for new roles. And there are scant pathways and opportunities for individuals to get from their midlife work to a new chapter, often called an encore career. Many people in this life stage find themselves in difficult financial circumstances, without the resources to weather later life. And sadly, some low-income communities are missing out on these “bonus years” altogether.

Encore.org has been a leader in this space for the past two decades, working to normalize the idea of people in this life stage as a force for social good. Scores of leaders (the vanguard of an emerging encore movement) are now engaged in thought leadership in this area, but this issue has not yet become part of a mainstream, public conversation. Rather, it is driven by a small chorus of people who are not reflective of the diversity of our population

Jul
16
Tue
2019
Water: Reconnecting the People of African Descent @ Salvation Army International Social Justice Commission
Jul 16 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

TueSDAY, July 16, 2019

10:00 AM – 3:00 PM EDT

Water: Reconnecting the People of African Descent, UN High Level Political…

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Description

Quaker Earthcare Witness (QEW) is bringing together changemakers of African descent who are working on the issue of water for a second year.

The African Diaspora Earthcare Coalition, convened by QEW, is working to ensure reliable, clean, and affordable water against a backdrop of climate change and resource depletion. The work underscores the need for people of African descent to define, own, and manage their own food, water, and agriculture systems.

The Coalition will gather in person for a special meeting with other movement leaders on 16 July 2019 at the Salvation Army International Social Justice Commission, 221 E 52nd St, New York, NY 10022.

LEARN MORE AND DONATE ONLINE AT

https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/water2019

Jul
18
Thu
2019
Elder Activists for Social Justice Community Conversations @ online
Jul 18 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Our next Community Conversation will be on
Thursday, July 18
9:00 – 10:30 am PST / 12:00 – 1:30 pm EST

 

The terrible issue of immigrant children detained at the U.S. border

The United States of America has, since its inception, been a country formed by immigrants. Yet now, at our southern border particularly, thousands of people leaving their home countries are requesting asylum or entrance and are being held in detention centers and processed very slowly. Meanwhile, the immigrating families are being separated and the children held in cells – cages in many cases – without adequate sanitation or bedding, without adequate nutrition and without access to their parents or adult relatives. In spite of legal and popular objection this problem has continued and continued to worsen for over a year under the Trump administration.

Is the description above adequate to define this problem? What are some of the underlying causes of the problem and what can or should be done instead? What actions can we take to effect those changes?

Looking at this issue through your social justice and elder lenses, please read the materials suggested below, focus your attention on this issue in other news you read and conversations you hear, then bring your thoughts on the subject to our conversation July 18th.

In our Community Conversations we draw on the experience and wisdom of our group to better understand the critical issues we are facing and discern what actions we would want to take as elders in our society today. We offer moral support for each other as we grapple with the issues and challenges of our times and discern how to best support the activism that we are each engaged in.

Resources:

Letter from Santa Fe Dreamers:

Dear Friends and Supporters,

We know that you have all been reading and watching the absolutely horrific news unfold about the conditions of detention on the border. We know that many of you feel scared, frustrated, angry, and powerless by the way that our government is treating vulnerable people, especially children. We are writing today with information and direction towards action but also to urge you not to feel powerless. We are always capable of making change through our collective power. Of course this requires courage, stamina, and an intelligent, disciplined, and organized theory of change. It will not be easy. We encourage you to turn away from despair and towards this place of collective power knowing that it will test you. We will be with you the whole way. Below you will find some ideas for inspiration.

Love,
Your friends at Santa Fe Dreamers Project

  • Educate yourself: Here at SFDP this is always our number one piece of advice. The more you know, the fiercer you will be as an advocate and a voter. There are plenty of explosive news articles to read but here are a few that we have learned from recently: We suggested this piece in our last newsletter but if you haven’t had a chance to read it we highly suggest Dara Lind’s “The Border is in Crisis. Here’s How it Got This Bad”. The New Yorker ran an incredibly thought provoking piece written by a historian about “The Unimaginable Reality of American Concentration Camp”. Again from the New Yorker, a report from the lawyers who were recently allowed in to inspect a children’s facility in Clint, TX, “Inside a Building in Texas where Government is Holding Immigrant Children”. Another really important thing to learn about (and something that is not highlighted enough in the news) is the Migrant Protection Protocol or MPP program that has currently turned thousands of thousands of migrants around at the US border to wait in Mexico. This is an excruciatingly dangerous policy that is threatening the lives of migrant families day after day.
  • Understand that this cruelty is not new and these tactics did not just begin. In fact, the Obama administration reignited the practice of family detention in 2014. One of the reasons this summer feels so out of control is because the sheer numbers of people asking for asylum are so high. The Obama and now Trump administrations’ policies attempted to deter migrants through punishment, suffering, and torture but their success was dependent on the flow of migrants actually stopping. Now that the numbers are so high, these cruel and failed policies have now turned deadly.
  • Engage with politicians: Here is the thing: The Trump administration cannot be swayed with moral arguments or blame. They are doing this on purpose. One way of thinking about engaging with politicians is to remember that Congress has the power of the purse and is funding this enforcement regime. One theory is that we can defund ICE and CBP and redirect that money to agencies or NGO’s that are capable of handling a humanitarian crisis of this scope and are not killing people for political motive. This means we have to pressure progressives and democrats and republicans with a conscience to do more than just signal compassion for immigrants. We need these leaders to articulate how they are going to disempower the Trump Administration and make sure it is part of the work they are doing to secure our votes. We can and must demand courageous leadership from our Senators and Representatives and that their actions reflect our deep desire to end the state sponsored violence on the border.
  • How to respond to the threat of ICE raids: Trump’s twitter threat for a massive enforcement action last week was credible and achieved its purpose of scaring the shit out of immigrant and refugee communities all over the US. While it has been “delayed”, now is a wise time for communities to get organized. The American Friends Service Committee published this resource about how allies can support their immigrant and refugee neighbors during this time. Here is the ACLU’s guide to knowing your rights during ICE encounters and we suggest exploring it. Santa Fe Dreamers will be holding walk in hours for people to help families with power of attorney and family prep plans every Friday in Santa Fe from 1-5 at our 1213 Mercantile Rd office. If you work with concerned families let them know about this resource.
  • Actions happening in NM: There is a lot of talk about national protests to close concentration camps on July 12. One of the organizations that is involved with planning this is called Lights of Liberty. Their Facebook page is a source of info– although we don’t have much info yet about that organization. We are talking with folks in NM about planning more locally focused actions and as soon as we have more details we will announce it. Choose your social media of choice or keep reading our emails to stay in touch.
  • Where to donate: Of course here at Santa Fe Dreamers Project we use your donations to protect vulnerable immigrants and refugees in a million different ways every day. Specifically, we need more help on the border. We just rented a much larger office space in El Paso for our expanding team there and are raising funds for a legal assistant so we can have greater impact in the borderlands. You can donate to that effort here. Write border in the note! We are grateful for any help you can give putting this donation link out there into the universe. For those of you wondering where else it might be useful to donate here is our list of several grassroots legal organizations that we know are having impact (we also know we have left many out!)
  • And finally an offer of poetry from our director, Allegra, who likes to contemplate what this particular poem is trying to teach us when thinking about the horrors we witness:

Now you know the worst
By Wendell Berry

To my granddaughters who visited the Holocaust Museum on the day of the burial of Yitzhak Rabin

Now you know the worst
we humans have to know
about ourselves, and I am sorry,

for I know that you will be afraid.
To those of our bodies given
without pity to be burned, I know

there is no answer
but loving one another,
even our enemies, and this is hard.

But remember:
when a man of war becomes a man of peace,
he gives a light, divine

though it is also human.
When a man of peace is killed
by a man of war, he gives a light.

You do not have to walk in darkness.
If you will have the courage for love,
you may walk in light. It will be

the light of those who have suffered
for peace. It will be
your light.


Regarding Investor Activism:

Here are some groups focused on Social, Environmental and Governance-conscious investing:


And finally, for your research about political donations, money flow and lobbying influence:


How to join the conversation:

We will be using Zoom video conferencing, which is very easy to access by computer or regular telephone. If you choose to use your tablet or smartphone, be sure to download the Zoom app ahead of time. We will be starting each meeting on time so please connect 15 minutes before the call so that the host can help with any technical difficulties or questions you may have. Once the call starts the host will be not be able to help with connection issues. Once you are connected via Zoom you are welcome mute your microphone and turn off your video until just before the meeting starts, or you may enjoy chatting with others in the meeting while you wait.

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Aug
1
Thu
2019
August Shark and Mermaid Parties by BEVERLY’S BIRTHDAYS
Aug 1 @ 8:00 am – Aug 31 @ 5:00 pm

One simple goal – to make a child feel special.

Beverly’s Birthdays provides birthday cheer for children experiencing homelessness and families in need. We spread birthday cheer 365 days a year. Today, nearly one in four children in the U.S. live at or below the poverty line. In Southwestern PA alone, there are nearly 3,000 school-aged children identified as homeless. Children living in poverty often go without the everyday items that we take for granted. Special milestones, like birthdays, are often overlooked because of their families’ personal/financial circumstances. Beverly’s Birthdays enriches the lives of the children we serve by making sure they are remembered on their special day.

It Started with Beverly… and Megs.

In March of 2011, Beverly’s Birthdays founder, Megs Yunn, met a young girl, Beverly, who shared with Ms. Megs that she had never had her own birthday party or even her own slice of birthday cake.

Inspired by Beverly’s story, Megs decided to start an organization that provides birthday celebrations for homeless children in the Pittsburgh Region.

In June of 2011, Megs submitted her idea to the “BE BIG in Your Community Contest,” a signature component of the ongoing Clifford The Big Red Dog® BE BIG!™ campaign sponsored by American Family Insurance and was selected as a first place winner out of over 1,000 entries in the nation. Beverly’s Birthdays received a starter grant to help make Megs dream a reality. Beverly’s Birthdays became an official nonprofit in February 2012 and received our 501c3 status in August 2012.

Beverly’s Birthdays currently partners with agencies across the Pittsburgh region to ensure that no child is forgotten on his/her special day. Since our inception we have created over 30,000 birthday experiences….this is A TON OF BIRTHDAY CHEER!

Partnerships to support families.

Beverly’s Birthdays has established partnerships with more than 68 social service agencies and 73 schools throughout the greater Pittsburgh region. Our agency partners include homeless shelters, transitional housing programs, domestic violence shelters, group homes, and residential treatment facilities. We are proud to be program provider for all 27 Family Support Centers in Allegheny County. Additionally, we are able to provide our programs to all five regional Allegheny County Children, Youth, and Families offices.

9799 Laurel Avenue
North Huntingdon, PA 15642

“I’m just so excited to be happy!”

The children and families we serve are all dealing with difficult life situations — but one thing is common: their need for happiness, cheer, and hope. Beverly’s Birthdays programming allows these families a “cognitive gift”, a chance to take a break from their stress and to have a moment of normalcy.

“It’s been a really tough time for me and my children. I am going to get it right for them. Being a part of Beverly’s Birthdays programming is so nice. It gives me HOPE.” -Single mom residing in a shelter

When a young boy shares with us that he doesn’t know the words to the “Happy Birthday” song because no one has ever sang it to him before, we are encouraged to do more.

When an eight-year-old boy spends time with his family baking a cake from his Birthday in a Bag and says, “Now we’re like real people,” we are inspired.

When a former birthday recipient, who is now a young adult, tells you, “There needs to be more people like you in the world,” we are humbled.

“Now the whole world knows that I matter.”

When a mom at a shelter works to turn her life around, graduates from college, and invites Beverly’s Birthdays staff to her graduation, we are honored.

When a six-year-old little boy – who has been living at a transitional housing program with his mom- exclaims in the middle of his birthday party, “Best birthday ever!” we are moved.

When a ten-year-old little girl blows out her candle and shares with our staff that her wish was, “I wish this moment would last longer,” we are grateful.

Aug
3
Sat
2019
The Nolembeka Project and RiverCulture present JOANNE SHENANDOAH AND THE 6TH ANNUAL POCUMTUCK HOMELANDS FESTIVAL
Aug 3 – Aug 4 all-day

 

Honoring the Past • Healing the Present • Celebrating the Future

 

A CELEBRATION OF NATIVE AMERICAN ART, MUSIC AND CULTURES

 

Thank you Joanne and Monte for this inspiring, hope-infused  interview.

Ticketswww.sheatheater.org

Note that the concert is at the Shea Theater at 17 Avenue A in Turners Falls at 7:30 pm on Saturday and tickets are available before the event at a reduced rate and also available at the door.

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Festival details and schedulewww.nolumbekaproject.org

Note that the Festival is at the United Park Waterfront on 1st Street in Turners Falls from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm both days and admission is free.

Our mailing address is:
P.O. Box 285, 91 Main St., Greenfield, MA 01302

The mission of the Nolumbeka Project is to promote a deeper, broader and more accurate depiction of the history of the Native Americans/American Indians of New England before and during European contact and colonization;

To protect and preserve sites sacred to, and of historic value to, the Native Americans/American Indians of New England; to create and promote related educational opportunities, preservation projects and cultural events; and to work in partnership, as much as possible, with the tribes.

We will strive to exemplify the Native American/American Indian peoples’ respect for Mother Earth and all living beings; to be mindful of our role as caretakers for future generations; and to honor our connection to the Earth and Sky and to the Creator.

The Nolumbeka Project, Inc. is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the history of Native Americans/American Indians of New England through educational programs, art, history, music, heritage seed preservation and cultural events. We are actively building, maintaining and expanding an historical archive research library for use by the Tribes and Educators of the Northeast and beyond.

Our Board of Directors is comprised of volunteers who have been active for more than 40 years in a number of other preservation, historical research, environmental and social justice organizations.

Aug
5
Mon
2019
Meditation and Prayer Gathering for World Peace on Hiroshima Day @ DAG Hammarskjold Plaza
Aug 5 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Meditation and Prayer Gathering for World Peace on Hiroshima Day

August 5 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

 

This is a simple call for a gathering of spiritually-minded persons dedicated to world peace. Please join us, to make peaceful compassionate steps to help heal our wounded world. Walk together one step at a time mindfully. Let us cultivate peaceful minds and hearts within, and work harmoniously with our fellow beings on earth.

The event includes A-bomb panels, experiencing a walking mindful meditation, Origami, Tanabata tree of wishes, music, prayer and readings.

Details

Date:
August 5
Time:
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Venue

DAG Hammarskjold Plaza
245 E. 47th St
New York, NY 10017 United States
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Aug
7
Wed
2019
CANDLELIGHT VIGIL & COMMUNITY DIALOGUE ON GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION @ Old Courthouse
Aug 7 @ 7:00 pm
Rise Up Doylestown's photo.

AUG 7

Disarm Hate: Gun Violence Prevention Vigil & Dialogue

Public

 · Hosted by Rise Up Doylestown and 3 others
Wednesday at 7 PM – 9 PM
2 days from now68–90°F Thunderstorms
Former BC Courthouse then walk to Salem United Church
Doylestown Borough

DISARM HATE: A CALL TO ACTION

CANDLELIGHT VIGIL & COMMUNITY DIALOGUE ON GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION

WED, AUGUST 7, 2019, 7pm – Doylestown, PA

In the wake of the mass shootings this past weekend that left 30 dead and many injured, we ache for the victims, their families and the entire community. As we mourn, we also rise up to take a stand against hate and all forms of gun violence. The clear connection between hate and the access to firearms must be addressed by our elected officials

Please join us this Wednesday, August 7, at 7 pm on the steps of the former Courthouse (55 E Court St, Doylestown) for a candlelight vigil followed by a slow procession to Salem United Church for a Community Dialogue. (186 E Court St, Doylestown)

Please bring your own candle.

Co-sponsors include: Orange Wave, Temple Judea, The Peace Center, Rise Up Doylestown, Bucks Students Demand Action, Heeding God’s Call, The Rainbow Room, Salem United Church & CeaseFire PA.

For more information, contact thepeacecenter.org or call 215-750-7220.

Aug
9
Fri
2019
The Convergence on VoiceAmerica Empowerment Channel @ online
Aug 9 @ 12:00 am
The Convergence

The Convergence

Archives Available on VoiceAmerica Empowerment Channel

In a world inevitably going global and multicultural, what becomes of religions and spirituality? What becomes of activism towards real global change? In THE CONVERGENCE, global Interspiritual pioneer and scientist Dr. Kurt Johnson joins interfaith leaders Ben Bowler of Australia and Doug King of America in engaging women and men who are inspiring leaders and change agents around our world. Spiritual and cultural leaders, sacred and secular activists, scientists, artists, writers, economists, politicians and even shamans join in this discussion of a world trying to wake up and grow up. What is at stake and what are the technologies and cosmologies creating a world that can work for everyone? If you are concerned for our world’s future and sincere about your commitments to bold and world-serving ideas, you’ll want to tune in to The Convergence on the VoiceAmerica Empowerment Channel.

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Episode Description

VoiceAmerica presents this Evergreen Special detailing major 2019 and 2020 global events upcoming from UNITY EARTH partners Standing for Peace Campaign, Road to 2020 Events, and Caravan of Unity across America. The five sections of the Special spotlight, now and for months to come: United Nations mandated global holiday events like the International Day of Yoga and the International Day of Peace, the vision and work of Light on Light Magazine and VoiceAmerica in covering all these events, UNITY EARTH and its partners month to month activities and initiatives 2019-2020, and the roles of partner groups like Transformation365, We, the World, URI, UNIFY, EcoPeace and The Evolutionary Leaders. Featured are global leaders from the UN, UNITY EARTH, Light on Light Magazine, Transformation365, We, and The Evolutionary Leaders. Lets share this Special, ongoing, as a resource and PR instrument pointing toward all of these global events and gathering a global constituency for their success!

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Ambassador K. Nagaraj Naidu

Ambassador K. Nagaraj Naidu

His Excellency Ambassador K. Nagaraj Naidu is a career diplomat in the Indian Foreign Service representing the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations in New York. He holds a Master’s Degree in law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School. His extensive background includes being a fluent Chinese speaker and having previously served in China on four separate postings. More recently, he was the National Coordinator for establishing the International Solar Alliance in India. Significantly, Ambassador Naidu is a long-standing yoga practioner. Reaching back to a tender age, he was exposed to his grandfather rising early to teach yoga classes. As part of the 5th Anniversary of World Yoga Day in June, he moderated a high level panel in New York in the UN Secretariat on the theme of climate change and climate action.

Gayatri Naraine

Gayatri Naraine

Since 1980 Gayatri Naraine has served as the representative of the Brahma Kumaris at the United Nations in New York. She is a spiritual educator, writer, and speaker. She is currently the vice chair of the International Day of Yoga Committee. Gayatri’s focus is on the Sustainable Development Goals. She helped in the development of a concept paper entitled Enhancing Human Flourishing Within the 2030 Development Agenda: The Spirituality of Global Transformation. This was the result of a 3-year dialogue held with UNFPA. As a design team member for the Call-of-the-Time Dialogues, a global leadership dialogue, she has spent the last 20 years exploring “experiments in silence,” the transformational depth of contemplative silence and its impact on the world. She serves on the Board of the Kosmos Journal. Gayatri was born in Guyana and currently lives in New York City, USA. Contact Gayatri.naraine@us.brahmakumaris.org

Ben Bowler & Deborah Moldow

Ben Bowler & Deborah Moldow

Ben Bowler, Executive Director of UNITY EARTH and Deborah Moldow, UE Creative Consultant discuss the vision of UNITY EARTH and its Road to 2020 and Caravan of Unity across America. Ben and Deborah are leaders of a team projecting inspiring global events from 2019 – 2020 and beyond. The Road to 2020 to date has touched all five continents with major intercultural and musical events. (https://unity.earth/roadto2020/). In 2019 events in India and The Holy Land will join the list. The New York Convergence and UNITY Earth Liftoff Celebration and concert are first steps toward “the Caravan of Unity across America” which, in 2020, will features events across America culminating in major celebrations in New York City for the International Day of Peace (Sept. 21). Ben and Deborah will help anchor a “Coalition for the Road to 2020” organized regionally to create participations in these inspiring events. The Leadership Conference, February. 1 will begin that process (contact adam@unity.earth).

Rick Ulfik

Rick Ulfik

Rick Ulfik is Founder of We, the World, We.net and The 11 Days of Global Unity which for many years has been directing major events around the major international holidays of the United Nations. Rick is a founder/leader of We.net, FIONS and other New York City transformational organizations. He works with leaders of United Nations Committees and fellow members of the Evolutionary Leaders network co-sponsoring New York and UN international event programs. We, the World and their “Eleven Ways to Change the World” are central to the plans for 2019 and 2020 for The Road to 2020 and the Caravan of Unity across America. Rick is also a leader in Marshall Rosenberg Nonviolent Communication initiatives as well as an award-winning composer and musician. Rick co-produces Visual Voices on the Dish Network available in 15 million homes. Producing short films as well, Rick organizes and promotes scores of events and other better world activities, large and small, every year. See www.We.net.

Denise Scotto and Adam Collett

Denise Scotto and Adam Collett

Denise Scotto, Esq., and Adam Collett join us, respectively, as Chairperson of the International Day of Yoga Committee at the United Nations, and as Creative Director for UNITY EARTH. Denise is Guest Editor of Light on Light Magazine’s annual issues on the International Day of Yoga and hosts the IDY discussion on this broadcast. Adam, a strategist, designer, media and event producer dedicated to making a positive impact in the world by combining innovative solutions with a deep knowledge of cultural diversity, joins Ben Bowler and Rick Ulfik in the discussions of these global activities on this broadcast. Denise is an attorney at law and policy advisor who has held leadership roles in professional bar organizations and has organized numerous events at UN fora. Adam, with 20 years of experience in design and technology, event production, not-for-profit management, cultural projects, youth programs and more, implements cutting-edge solutions for NGOs and social enterprises.

Karuna and Kurt Johnson

Karuna and Kurt Johnson

Karuna is founder of www.lightonkundalini.com and a leader in the international Yoga and spiritual practice communities. She is also Host Editor of Light on Light Magazine and a host of The Convergence Series on VoiceAmerica. Dr. Kurt Johnson is the Series Host for The Convergence on VoiceAmerica and Contributions Editor for Light on Light Magazine. Light on Light has produced two annual special issues on The International Day of Yoga with the IDY Committee at the United Nations also featured in this broadcast and will publish a special issue in August 2019 reflecting this VoiceAmerica Special,see https://www.facebook.com/ lightonlightmagazine Karuna and Kurt are co-developing Light on Light with Managing Editor Shannon Winters (below) and also preparing a lifestyle book, manual and lifestyle Teacher Training program with Karuna for 2019. Light on Light magazine and Kurt’s Interspiritual Network are both partners of UNITY EARTH. See www.unity.earth.

Rev. Diane Berke and Jeff Genung

Rev. Diane Berke and Jeff Genung

Part of Tranformation365, Rev. Diane Berke is the founder of The One Spirit Learning Alliance and One Spirit Interfaith Seminary in New York City. Jeff Genung is co-founder and President of Contemplative Life.org and, with Rev. Berke, a leader in the interspiritual movement. One Spirit and Contemplative Life have both co-sponsored various events with UNITY EARTH and Contemplative Life is a UNITY EARTH Partner. An author and international speaker, Diane is a recipient of the Houston Smith Interfaith Educator Award and numerous other recognitions. Contemplative Life and Transformation365 create a digital hub that connects people and communities with transformative practices. Contemplative Life.org’s prodigious website hosts hundreds of spiritual teachers and practice traditions, as do the famed interfaith education programs at One Spirit Interfaith.org. Recently Jeff has also partnered with Prosocial.world along with Dr. Kurt Johnson of the Interspiritual Network and UNITY EARTH.

Kate Sheehan Roach and Sr. Mary Friedland

Kate Sheehan Roach and Sr. Mary Friedland

Sr. Mary Friedland and Kate Sheehan Roach join us from Transformation365. Mary Friedland is Coordinator of the Brahma Kumaris activities in Chicago and the Midwest. A Raja Yogi of more than 30 years, she teaches courses in meditation and everyday spirituality. She enjoys applying spiritual principles to life’s knotty problems and sharing what she has learned with others. Kate Sheehan Roach served as founding editor of Contemplative Journal, and as managing editor of the Spirituality Channel at Patheos.com. She is now Director of Content for ContemplativeLife.org and as a founding member of the Transformation365.org core team. Kate works alongside some of today’s great spiritual and religious teachers as editor/agent, podcast host, moderator, and program director. She is a certified Centering Prayer facilitator and serves on the North America Leadership Council for the United Religions Initiative. She lives on the edge of Philadelphia. Contact: katesheehanroach@gmail.com.

Shannon Winters and Yanni Maniates

Shannon Winters and Yanni Maniates

Shannon Winters in the Managing Editor of Light on Light Magazine and Yanni Maniates is Global Projects Director for UNITY EARTH. Light on Light is dedicated to spiritual practice and inspired lifestyle and Yanni has been working with Contemplative Life.org and other leaders in the UNITY EARTH Network creating spiritual practice programs to accompany UNITY EARTH’s events. The program developed by Yanni, Jeff Genung of Contemplative Life and Rev. Diane Berke of America’s largest interfaith seminary, One Spirit in New York City is called “Transformation 365” and its programs can be found at http://www.tranfomation365.org. Shannon has also been Managing Editor of UNITY EARTH’s Convergence Magazine which, along with Light on Light, publishes special issues on the amazing activities across the networks featured in this broadcast. Shannon has also just completed a spiritual autobiography, The Gospel of Wisdom, documenting her journey from religious fundamentalism to interspirituality.

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10
Sat
2019
STAND UP FOR HUMANITY! @ Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool,
Aug 10 @ 6:00 pm

STAND UP FOR HUMANITY! 2019

1225 R Street NW    |    Washington, DC, 20009    |    202-543-1414

Stand Up For Humanity! is a movement promoting and supporting a world that works for all. It is about embracing those qualities that serve the Highest and Best of our Humanity.  We are here to help each other connect and act from our universal and common good; and to raise the consciousness and vibrations on the planet, and within our nation, to one of inclusion, peace, and harmony. And to demonstrate that even one small act taken by an individual can make a difference and contribute to the positive uplifting of humanity.

THE EVENT
On Saturday, August 10, 2019 at 6pm, let’s gather, millions strong at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, to “Stand Up For Humanity”. Featuring dynamic speakers and fantastic music! We are calling all people willing to raise the consciousness within our nation and the world!

Hosted by Unity of Washington, DC – Rev. Sylvia E. Sumter, Senior Minister
1225 R Street NW – Washington, DC 20009 – 202-543-1414

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The Nature of Unity

Unity is a religious movement that began over a century ago. In the 1880’s Charles and Myrtle Fillmore, co-founders of Unity, began to work with some new ideas that they had found about life. Charles had a withered leg; Myrtle had tuberculosis. But in a short time, Myrtle was healed and Charles’ health was so much improved that other people, seeing the changes in them, were drawn to them to find out how they, too, could change.

The Fillmores had no thought of starting a new religion; they just wanted to help themselves and others who turned to them for help. In 1889 they began to publish a little magazine called Modern Thought, which a few years later they renamed Unity. In this magazine, they presented the ideas that had helped them heal themselves and find peace and strength. These ideas are simple. They are centered around two basic propositions:

One ~ God is Good.
Two ~ God is available, in fact, God is in you.

 

If God is good, God’s will is good. It is impossible to believe that a good God — a God who is love and intelligence — could have made you in any other way except to be healthy, happy, prosperous, loved and loving, courageous and strong. If you are not healthy and happy, it can only be because you have separated yourself from God in mind — the only place you can separate yourself from God and God’s good. You have only to reunite in mind with God, and your life is certain to be full and fulfilling. You do this best by getting still and realizing your oneness with God. Every thought, negative or positive, comes one at time to the door of your conscious mind; there you let it in or turn it away. To have a good life, you have to learn to say no to the negative thoughts which deny your oneness with god’s good and say yes to the positive thoughts which affirm your oneness with God’s good.

Perhaps this is an oversimplification of Unity teachings, but these are the essential elements.

Unity is not a proselytizing religion. We are happy to have you call yourself a Unity student and join a Unity group. But we are also happy when we can help you be a better Methodist, a better Catholic, a better whatever you are.

Unity began as an open-ended religion, and we pray it always will be. May we always be seekers after Truth rather than people who feel that they have found all the Truth and must form an exclusive little circle to preserve it.

Unity is the religion of the written word, and Unity School of Christianity is the organization that has carried that written word around the world. Unity has grown almost entirely because individuals who have been helped by its ideas have told others who need help about it. Unity has always been a warm and loving way of life, sensitive to people’s needs, God-centered but human-hearted. This is Unity.

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Calling All Volunteers – “Stand Up for Humanity”
Saturday, August 10, 2019
Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool

In November of 2017, Unity of Washington, DC kicked-off our Stand Up for Humanity Movement on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. We are excited to share that we have planned another gathering at the Memorial on Saturday, August 10, 2019. Additional information will be forthcoming, however in the interim we are seeking volunteers to assist with the execution of the event. There will be a variety of opportunities to serve on sub-committees prior to the event, as well as onsite. If you are interested in volunteering sign-up TODAY!

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Aug
14
Wed
2019
Summer Training Institute at The Peace Center:   Restorative Justice in Education @ The Peace Center
Aug 14 @ 9:30 am – Aug 16 @ 3:30 pm

The Peace Center
102 W Maple Ave
Langhorne, PA 19047-2820
215-750-7220

Restorative Justice in Education
 Barbara Simmons & Gayle EvansAugust 14, 15 & 16 — 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM (one hour lunch break)

Restorative Justice in Education is a process used to address conflict and violence in schools and help restore classroom peace.  Research has shown that suspension and detentions are ineffective tools to address relational issues that create bad behavior.  Emotional wounds block students from learning the discipline lesson so they tend to repeat the behavior that got them into trouble in the first place.  Restorative Justice provides a way to repair the harm from the offense, crime or violation, so that classroom relationships can be restored.  When harm is repaired, the community is restored, the victim is empowered, and the offender is returned to the community with dignity, with deeper understanding, and with effective tools for meaningful engagement within the community.

The overall objective of Restorative Justice in Education is to improve school climate, help youth develop more effective decision-making in the future, foster positive relationships with adults and peers, increase resilience, and facilitate successful conflict resolution.

Don’t miss the 3rd and final workshop of the Summer Training Institute at The Peace Center:   Restorative Justice in Education,  a 3-day (cumulative) workshop led by Barbara Simmons and Gayle Evans. This training is ideal for teachers, administrators, teacher’s aides, and anyone who works with youth in an environment in which there may be conflict.

The Upstander Project: Dawnland @ online
Aug 14 @ 3:00 pm

Dawnland

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Join the makers of the Emmy Award-nominated film DAWNLAND for a special screening of the 86-minute feature edition.

For decades, child welfare authorities have been removing Native American children from their homes to save them from being Indian. In Maine, the first official “truth and reconciliation commission” in the United States begins a historic investigation. DAWNLAND goes behind-the-scenes as this historic body grapples with difficult truths, redefines reconciliation, and charts a new course for state and tribal relations.

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Learn more about the film and watch the trailer at dawnland.org

120 minutes

Panelists

  • Adam Mazo

    Adam Mazo is the director of the Upstander Project and co-director and producer of First Light, and the feature-length film, Dawnland. Adam also directed and produced Coexist (WORLD Channel, Africa Movie Academy Award Nominee). He co-founded the Upstander Project in 2009. He is originally from Minnesota, graduated from the University of Florida, and now lives in Boston with his wife and son.

  • Mishy Lesser, Ed.D.

    Mishy Lesser, Ed.D., is the learning director for the Upstander Project and Education Fellow at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center at the University of Connecticut. She is director of the Upstander Academy, a weeklong professional learning experience for teachers and museum educators that focuses on genocide and human rights education and the skills of upstanders. Currently Dr. Lesser spends much of her time researching and writing the five-inquiry Teacher’s Guide for Dawnland. Mishy authored the Coexist Teacher’s Guide to promote learning about the complexity of reconciliation in post-genocide Rwanda. She is a Circle Keeper and has been featured on WBUR (Boston) and PRI/BBC’s The World. Mishy was a Fulbright Scholar in Ecuador and spent 12 years learning and working in the Andes.

  • Tracy Rector

    Tracy Rector (Choctaw/Seminole) is the impact producer for Dawnland and the Upstander Project. She is a mixed race filmmaker, curator, community organizer, co-founder of Longhouse Media. She has made over 400 short films, and is currently in production of her fifth feature documentary. Her work has been featured on Independent Lens, Cannes Film Festival, ImagineNative, National Geographic, Toronto International Film Festival, and in the Smithsonian’s Museum of the American Indian. She is a current Firelight Media Lab Fellow, WGBH Producer Fellow, and Sundance Institute Lab Fellow. Raised in Seattle and Albuquerque, Tracy lives in Seattle and sits as a City of Seattle Arts Commissioner.

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Aug
15
Thu
2019
Elder Activists for Social Justice Community Conversations @ online
Aug 15 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Elder Activists for Social Justice
Community Conversations

Our next Community Conversation will be on
Thursday, August 15
9:00 – 10:30 am PT / 
12:00 – 1:30 pm ET

Elders Action Network info@eldersaction.org


Bystanders to Activists:
Ways of Being Engaged in Ensuring Social Justice

3rd Thursday of each month
9:00 – 10:30 am PT / 12:00 – 1:30 pm ET

We participate together over Zoom video conferencing in a lightly-facilitated, educational and interactive conversation. We have time to deep dive into our topics using an Elder and social justice lens…always provocative, meaningful and community-oriented.

We began, three years ago, by looking at issues related to racism, white privilege, wealth inequality and Islamophobia, and have recently studied Native peoples’ history, reconciliation and the moral voice of an Elder. Each month’s topic grows from the previous month’s and the interests of those attending.

Approximately two weeks before each meeting we may post resources about our subject which include relevant readings, videos, articles, and introspective questions. Our meeting format is participatory, and everyone has a chance to interact and share. All meetings are via Zoom video conferencing. Click for instructions and access to Zoom conferencingALL ARE WELCOME.


Our next Community Conversation will be on
Thursday, August 15
9:00 – 10:30 am PT / 
12:00 – 1:30 pm ET


Bystanders to Activists:
Ways of Being Engaged in Ensuring Social Justice

In this month’s Community Conversation we turn toward taking specific actions on developing an EASJ project to end the separation of immigrant children from their parents at the border. Your task, should you decide to accept it, is to look up and read everything you can find on recent actions taken by the US government, state and local border governments, prison facilities housing immigrants and ICE officials to change separation practices.

Also, think about how you would actually define the problem and its underlying causes. Be thorough in asking yourself “Why?” or “What does that mean?” because we’re setting this up as a serious project. We’re not just talking about or protesting the problem. We’re developing responsible action for finding and enacting positive solutions for this terrible, heartless situation. Join us!

To receive email reminders for Elder Activists for Social Justice (EASJ) meetings, monthly community conversations and workshops, please sign up here.


July Conversation:

The terrible issue of immigrant children detained at the U.S. border

At our July 18 meeting we asked What can I or We do about [the] problem [of immigrant children being separated from their parents at the border]?…. As Elders who care deeply but who are not necessarily able to get up and go to protests – although some do – determining what can one person do presents the usual question of just that – what can one person do? The power of positive action of any type was deemed to be essentially of a personal choice, but whatever it is, it’s important – whether it be writing letters to editors, senators or representatives; joining local or bigger groups and jumping on the bandwagon; donating money for aid or bail for immigrants, or writing to our mutual fund investment managers about divesting from prison complex companies like Geo Group (GEO) and CoreCivic (CXW), it’s all good.

But, perhaps the best way to help is to follow Shannon’s information she found in the New York Times on June 24, 2019: Children Shouldn’t Be Dying at the Border. Here’s How You Can Help

Donation of money (100%) to the National Bail Fund Network aids in disrupting the injustice of bail requirements in the immigration detention and mass incarceration systems. For more information contact Pilar Maria Weiss, Director of Community Justice Exchange at 202-279-1656 or go online to: www.communityjusticeexchange.org/national-bail-fund-network

So…show up…speak out…and ‘be the light’ because it all matters!


Resources:

Letter from Santa Fe Dreamers:

Dear Friends and Supporters,

We know that you have all been reading and watching the absolutely horrific news unfold about the conditions of detention on the border. We know that many of you feel scared, frustrated, angry, and powerless by the way that our government is treating vulnerable people, especially children. We are writing today with information and direction towards action but also to urge you not to feel powerless. We are always capable of making change through our collective power. Of course this requires courage, stamina, and an intelligent, disciplined, and organized theory of change. It will not be easy. We encourage you to turn away from despair and towards this place of collective power knowing that it will test you. We will be with you the whole way. Below you will find some ideas for inspiration.

Love,
Your friends at Santa Fe Dreamers Project

  • Educate yourself: Here at SFDP this is always our number one piece of advice. The more you know, the fiercer you will be as an advocate and a voter. There are plenty of explosive news articles to read but here are a few that we have learned from recently: We suggested this piece in our last newsletter but if you haven’t had a chance to read it we highly suggest Dara Lind’s “The Border is in Crisis. Here’s How it Got This Bad”. The New Yorker ran an incredibly thought provoking piece written by a historian about “The Unimaginable Reality of American Concentration Camp”. Again from the New Yorker, a report from the lawyers who were recently allowed in to inspect a children’s facility in Clint, TX, “Inside a Building in Texas where Government is Holding Immigrant Children”. Another really important thing to learn about (and something that is not highlighted enough in the news) is the Migrant Protection Protocol or MPP program that has currently turned thousands of thousands of migrants around at the US border to wait in Mexico. This is an excruciatingly dangerous policy that is threatening the lives of migrant families day after day.
  • Understand that this cruelty is not new and these tactics did not just begin. In fact, the Obama administration reignited the practice of family detention in 2014. One of the reasons this summer feels so out of control is because the sheer numbers of people asking for asylum are so high. The Obama and now Trump administrations’ policies attempted to deter migrants through punishment, suffering, and torture but their success was dependent on the flow of migrants actually stopping. Now that the numbers are so high, these cruel and failed policies have now turned deadly.
  • Engage with politicians: Here is the thing: The Trump administration cannot be swayed with moral arguments or blame. They are doing this on purpose. One way of thinking about engaging with politicians is to remember that Congress has the power of the purse and is funding this enforcement regime. One theory is that we can defund ICE and CBP and redirect that money to agencies or NGO’s that are capable of handling a humanitarian crisis of this scope and are not killing people for political motive. This means we have to pressure progressives and democrats and republicans with a conscience to do more than just signal compassion for immigrants. We need these leaders to articulate how they are going to disempower the Trump Administration and make sure it is part of the work they are doing to secure our votes. We can and must demand courageous leadership from our Senators and Representatives and that their actions reflect our deep desire to end the state sponsored violence on the border.
  • How to respond to the threat of ICE raids: Trump’s twitter threat for a massive enforcement action last week was credible and achieved its purpose of scaring the shit out of immigrant and refugee communities all over the US. While it has been “delayed”, now is a wise time for communities to get organized. The American Friends Service Committee published this resource about how allies can support their immigrant and refugee neighbors during this time. Here is the ACLU’s guide to knowing your rights during ICE encounters and we suggest exploring it. Santa Fe Dreamers will be holding walk in hours for people to help families with power of attorney and family prep plans every Friday in Santa Fe from 1-5 at our 1213 Mercantile Rd office. If you work with concerned families let them know about this resource.
  • Actions happening in NM: There is a lot of talk about national protests to close concentration camps on July 12. One of the organizations that is involved with planning this is called Lights of Liberty. Their Facebook page is a source of info– although we don’t have much info yet about that organization. We are talking with folks in NM about planning more locally focused actions and as soon as we have more details we will announce it. Choose your social media of choice or keep reading our emails to stay in touch.
  • Where to donate: Of course here at Santa Fe Dreamers Project we use your donations to protect vulnerable immigrants and refugees in a million different ways every day. Specifically, we need more help on the border. We just rented a much larger office space in El Paso for our expanding team there and are raising funds for a legal assistant so we can have greater impact in the borderlands. You can donate to that effort here. Write border in the note! We are grateful for any help you can give putting this donation link out there into the universe. For those of you wondering where else it might be useful to donate here is our list of several grassroots legal organizations that we know are having impact (we also know we have left many out!)
  • And finally an offer of poetry from our director, Allegra, who likes to contemplate what this particular poem is trying to teach us when thinking about the horrors we witness:

Now you know the worst
By Wendell Berry

To my granddaughters who visited the Holocaust Museum on the day of the burial of Yitzhak Rabin

Now you know the worst
we humans have to know
about ourselves, and I am sorry,

for I know that you will be afraid.
To those of our bodies given
without pity to be burned, I know

there is no answer
but loving one another,
even our enemies, and this is hard.

But remember:
when a man of war becomes a man of peace,
he gives a light, divine

though it is also human.
When a man of peace is killed
by a man of war, he gives a light.

You do not have to walk in darkness.
If you will have the courage for love,
you may walk in light. It will be

the light of those who have suffered
for peace. It will be
your light.


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August 15, 2019 at 9am – 10:30am
WHERE
Online by ZOOM
Aug
20
Tue
2019
Sociocracy for Non-Profits and Associations @ Zoom
Aug 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Sociocracy for non-profits and associations

Tue, Aug 20, 2019 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT

Description

Many non-profits run themselves with traditional hierarchies. This is not only often ineffective but power-over structures also run counter the mission of equality and empowerment for everyone.

Sociocracy is an option for those non-profits that want to give both staff, board and core volunteers more voice, strengthen the connection, increase transparency and lessen micro-management. Over the past years, sociocracy has found its way into several non-profits in the United States and world-wide, and it has long turned into tried-and-tested governance system.

This short introduction introduces the basic ideas and highlights the advantages in particular for non-profits as well as the challenges. There will be opportunities for questions – see how sociocracy would apply to your unique organization.

Presenter Jerry Koch-Gonzalez has founded and been a board member of several non-profits (Institute for Community Economics, Class Action, United for a Fair Economy, National Coalition Building Institute, Institute For Peaceable Communities). Jerry has supported many organizations as a consultant for diversity, governance and communication, and he is co-author of the 2018 sociocracy handbook  –  Many Voices One Song – our Sociocracy manual.

 

See the event in all time zones.

This event will be offered on zoom.

You will receive the access link after registration.

 

Sociocracy for non-profits and associations
Tue, Aug 20, 2019 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sociocracy-for-non-profits-and-associations-tickets-64139351527?mc_cid=c67ea722f4&mc_eid=684c02f70f

 

Aug
21
Wed
2019
Electronic Field Trips at National Women’s History Museum @ Online
Aug 21 @ 12:00 am

National Women's History Museum

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We envision a world where women’s history inspires all people to have equal respect for everyone’s experiences and accomplishments and to see there are no obstacles to achieving their dreams.

Electronic Field Trips

When a field trip is out of the question, bring the museum to you! The National Women’s History Museum is offering 45 minute electronic field trips for 4th through 11th grade classes, non-profit organizations, corporations, extracurricular groups (and more!) on a variety of topics this fall. Interact with a Museum Educator through field trips that are streamed directly into your classroom using the Zoom video platform, and offer your students a glimpse into how museums bring history to life. All sessions last one class period and include pre-and post-program curriculum materials.

Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/electronic-field-trips-tickets-68218392047

Prices:

  • $125 – private schools, youth organizations, homeschool associations, clubs, corporations, & non-profits
  • $100 – public schools
  • No Charge – Title I schools (contact us to verify status as a Title I school and to schedule the field trip)

Current Electronic Field Trips:

Standing Up for Change: African American Women and the Civil Rights Movement

In the 20th century, African American women formed the backbone of the modern Civil Rights Movement. They were the critical mass, the grassroots leaders challenging America to embrace justice and equality for all. This program discusses women’s critical roles in the Montgomery Bus Boycott, Little Rock’s Central High School integration, and the little-known women behind the scenes of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Join us to explore the Civil Rights Movement through the perspectives of its women leaders.

Taking a Stand Part 1: The Beginnings of Woman Suffrage (1776-1872)

Though the woman suffrage movement started in 1848, the movement had roots going back to the beginning of the country. This program will explore the early factors in the suffrage movement including key women such as Abigail Adams, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Sojourner Truth, and Susan B. Anthony. Learn about the beginnings of the women’s rights movement in the United States and the legislation that was put in place to halt the movement.

 

Taking a Stand Part 2: Woman Suffrage and Protest at the White House (1872-1920)

By the early 20th century women had yet to achieve the vote nationally. A group of women, adopting radical tactics from their British counterparts, brought their protests to Washington, DC and the White House fence. Learn how Alice Paul, Lucy Burns, and the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA) drew public attention to their cause and became a model for peaceful public protest marches in the United States.

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Previous Electronic Field Trips (videos are currently free for use):

Women Pioneers of Computer Programming

In 1943 the US Army hired six women mathematicians to set up and operate the Army’s newest top secret weapon in World War II. The Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer (ENIAC) was the first electronic, digital computer. These unsung heroes figured out how to wire the electrical connections that enabled ENIAC to complete 300 multiplications per second. This field trip incorporates math and science content including electronic circuits and geometry. To see a recording of this program, click here.

Katherine Johnson and the Mathematics of the Space Race

Getting astronauts to space and back involves more than rockets and hardware. During America’s space race in the 1950s and 60s, mathematicians performed calculations that determined the geometry for space orbit. Women “computers”, including National Women’s History Museum’s Women Making History honoree Katherine Johnson, were integral members of NASA’s teams. Join us to learn the mathematical concepts behind space orbit and the women who sent America’s astronauts into space. To see a recording of this program, click here.

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It takes an African American woman until almost the end of August (2019) to make the same amount that a white man made through Dec 31, 2018.

That’s why we are launching our Equal Pay for Equal Work Petition to

#DemandMore here at NWHM.

Add your name now to sign on and help us reach our goal of 10,000 members strong!

“…Each one of us can make a difference, and together, we make change.”

SEN. BARBARA MIKULSKI

Welcome to the Self-Study Version of Living the New Story Series 1 and 2 @ Online
Aug 21 @ 12:00 am

Welcome to the Self-Study version of Living the New Story Series 1 

Our live journey ran from August 2017 to March 2018 and each of the 8 videoconferencing sessions were recorded.

and

Welcome to the Self-Study version of Living the New Story Series 2 !

Our live journey ran from September 2018 to April 2019 and each of the 8 videoconferencing sessions were recorded.

Throughout the eight sessions, we are inviting you to take an experiential journey into what needs to change in us, and in the human story. Each session will explore, at increasing levels of depth, what it is to live the new story personally, and accelerate it collectively, through:

  • Understanding our own personal journey inside of our larger, collective story of human evolution.

  • Awakening to ourselves as dynamic, inspired agents of change and learning how to powerfully cocreate the future of our world in a way that is uniquely ours.

  • Catalysing our growth and evolution beyond the patterns and core beliefs of our past to make way for the new story to unfold.

  • Honouring the best of the old story and integrating it into the new.

  • Connecting with, and beginning to harness, the power of the collective field to carry the new story forward.

As we change our story, we change our world

We humans find our way by story. Our stories shape us, hold us and give meaning to our lives. Every so often it becomes clear that a prevailing story is no longer serving. Now is such a time. Humanity needs a new, inspiring picture of the future to live into.

This website is designed to support the emergence of a coherent new story for humanity and the production of practical, collaborative ways to live this new story.

We invite you to help us accelerate our collective understanding of what the ‘world in waiting’ holds for us, what is already emerging and what needs to change, both in us and in the human story.

As a first step in this journey already begun by others, the Findhorn Foundation gifted to the world – The New Story Summit: Inspiring Pathways for our Planetary Future –which was held from 27 September to 3 October 2014…a gift economy gathering of the human family to experience planetary community, draw on our collective intelligence and co-create a story to inspire us all.

The Summit was more than full so we know there is huge support and longing for a new way to live together – a way which honours ancient wisdom and the interconnected whole living system of which we, the Earth and the cosmos are all part. It’s all connected and we are all accountable. To find out more, visit our Summit page.

This online hub will continue to be just that – a hub for people from all over the world to meet, engage, collaborate, share information, dream, synergise and inspire each other to live a new story.

If you would like to join this wave of collaborative action to shift consciousness and build on the threads of a new story already being lived and experimented with, you are very welcome. We invite your engagement, transparency, trust, compassion, innovation, entrepreneurship and generosity of spirit

You can also contact us by post:

Visitors Centre
Findhorn Foundation
The Park
Findhorn
Forres, IV36 3TZ
Scotland, UK
For general enquiries tel: +44 (0)1309 690311
Email: enquiries@findhorn.org

Bookings office contact details:

Bookings
Findhorn Foundation
The Park
Findhorn
Forres, IV36 3TZ
Scotland, UK
For booking and workshop information tel: +44 (0)1309 691653
Email: bookings@findhorn.org

Media and Public Relations

Public Relations
Findhorn Foundation
The Park
Findhorn
Forres, IV36 3TZ
Scotland, UK
For media enquiries tel: +44 (0)1309 690605
Email: pr@findhorn.org

Scottish charity No. SC007233, registered offices at the address above.
VAT registration No. 0957.68.506B01

The Findhorn Foundation is a Non-Governmental Organisation associated with the Department of Public Information of the United Nations.

Aug
22
Thu
2019
LOAM Creating Community
Aug 22 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

CREATING COMMUNITY

Boulder, CO

Free

August 22, 2019

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM MDT

Join Loam on August 22 for a Loam Home strategizing session and sweet summertime picnic. We’ll gather together in the garden to break bread, savor herbal tea, and talk about tangible next steps for Loam Home.

Loam Home is an emerging community center and creative co-working space in Boulder, CO committed to serving as an intentional container for climate adaptation and eco entrepreneurship. From hosting permaculture workshops to farm-to-table suppers, we envision Loam Home as a vibrant hub for our community to explore regenerative living in practice. We want Loam Home to be a true collaboration and hope you’ll bring your radical skills and big dreams to share with us.

Location will be e-mailed to registered participants the day before.

We’re so excited to connect with you all!

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Loam is a movement of compassionate and creative activists who strive to support one another as we find our footing in the heart of the climate crisis. Our community is passionate about seeding regeneration, resilience, and joy through embodied experiences that inspire the cultivation of sustainable activist practices, foster inter-sectionality across movements, and help each one of us to heal our connection to our earth.

From publishing vibrant print publications to facilitating immersive workshops, Loam’s constellation of creatives is committed to building a better world through arts-as-activism.

We are endlessly grateful to the Kalliopeia Foundation for supporting this work. Loam would not be possible without our community!

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Reconnecting Ecology, Culture, and Spirituality

Kalliopeia Foundation is responding to a need—a global challenge—to take spiritual as well as physical responsibility for our common home. Our programs and those we support engage with contemporary issues at their root, with the understanding that ecological, cultural, and spiritual renewal are interdependent.

We envision a future rooted in fundamental values, such as compassion, respect, dignity, reverence for nature, and care for each other and the Earth. Our work strives to embody the following core principles:

  • Life Is Sacred: Honoring all life as sacred; expressing reverence for one another, the Earth, and life as a whole.
  • Interconnectedness: Approaching ecology, culture, and spirituality as inextricably interdependent.
  • Innovation: Generating creative ideas and outcomes through simple, meaningful engagement with others and the Earth.
  • Service: Embracing an ethic of care—the essential and natural aspiration to respond to needs beyond our own.

Kalliopeia’s Story

In 1997, Kalliopeia was founded as an independent private foundation to help support people and organizations who are working to bring spiritual values into institutions and systems of everyday life and work. The name “Kalliopeia” means beautiful voice and refers to the first of the nine Greek muses. She is associated with heroic poetry, justice, and transforming lower qualities into higher.

https://kalliopeia.org

Homelessness: 90-Minute Conversation with LIVING ROOM CONVERSATIONS @ online
Aug 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Connecting Across Divides.

Living Room Conversations are a conversational bridge across issues that divide and separate us. They provide an easy structure for engaging in friendly yet meaningful conversation with those with whom we may not agree. These conversations increase understanding, reveal common ground, and sometimes even allow us to discuss possible solutions. No fancy event or skilled facilitator is needed.

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Homelessness: 90-Minute Conversation w/ Optional 30-Minute Q & A with Hosts!

Homelessness

August 22, 2019 @ 7:00 – 9:00 pm ET

 4:00 – 6:00 pm PT (adjust for your time zone)

Homelessness in America is a problem that reminds us daily of our failure to be our best. How do we explain to children the presence of hungry, cold, neglected and often mentally ill men women and children on our streets in the midst of plenty? If we gather neighbors, business owners, health care workers, police, government officials, homeless people and their families in conversation might we build trust and begin to explore opportunities to do better? Conversations are admittedly only a starting point, but isn’t it time to start?

 

Registration

THU, AUGUST 22, 2019, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM PDT/7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST

Sales end on August 22

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Origins

Living Room Conversations is a non-profit organization founded in 2010 as a result of a transpartisan partnership focused on revitalizing civil discourse through conversation.

Major disagreement on important issues is a fact of life, but it doesn’t have to create insurmountable divides. We hope for a world in which people who have fundamental differences of opinion and backgrounds learn to work together with respect – and even joy – to realize the vibrant future we all desire for ourselves and our families. Through applying and adapting our conversational model, we hope participants will build relationships that generate understanding and enable collaborative problem-solving.

Divides Aren’t Inevitable.

Living rooms used to be the place where people would gather to socialize and relate with each other. Inviting someone into your home was to treat them as valued and worthy of respect. But before they were called living rooms these rooms were referred to as “parlors” – a term that comes from the French and means place for speaking.

Our modern world no longer limits our place for speaking to a physical location. We live our lives in our communities and online. Our living room is wherever we find ourselves connecting with others.

Living Room Conversations can take place anywhere, which these days includes the virtual world. Video chat allows us to bring each other into our homes, with all that represents, at a scale never before imagined.

The rationale behind Living Room Conversations is to increase understanding, reveal common ground and allow us to discuss possible solutions. No fancy event or skilled facilitator is typically needed. When people of all walks of life begin to care about one another, they can begin working together to solve the problems of our time.

The Pilot

In late 2010, Joan Blades partnered with dialogue experts, Walt Roberts, Debilyn Molineaux, Amanda Kathryn Roman and Heather Tischbein, to create a structured, intimate conversation format that would empower everyday citizens to discuss important issues with friends of differing political affiliations and backgrounds. The theory was that if two friends with different points of view, each invited two friends to join a conversation, with full disclosure about the intent and structure of the conversation, they could create a safe space for a respectful and meaningful exchange of ideas, develop new relationships and perhaps find common ground. This was the Living Room Conversations pilot project.

By early 2011, the pilot revealed that the Living Room Conversations structure worked. Both the observed and independent conversations were successful. Participants found they were anxious at the outset but soon felt comfortable using the format. In fact, these early conversations fostered relationships that continue to this day.

The Project

Inspired by the success of the pilot, Amanda Kathryn Roman and Joan Blades formed a transpartisan political partnership, recruited an advisory board and launched the website to make the Living Room Conversations open-source format available to individuals and organizations around the country. Their hope was to empower participants to begin to reweave the fabric of our civil society by demonstrating that respectful conversation can enrich our lives and enable us to create better solutions to the challenges we face together.

Early participants had conversations about the role of government, money in politics, immigration, gay marriage and more. In 2013, our first high profile conversation, cohosted by Joan Blades and Mark Meckler (Tea Party Patriots), discussed crony capitalism and identified the need for criminal justice reform as an area of 100% agreement. common ground  This led to further discussion and impactful collaborative action.

Living Room Conversations is constantly evolving. We have a growing list of champions who speak publicly about Living Room Conversations or use the format in their work, as well as a growing number of partners who are using our open-source format in large and small ways. We look forward to developing and sharing materials for more issue areas, and creating a cycle of online-to-offline community building as we learn from and support each other in becoming a more respectful, civil society.

Topics A-Z

Browse all our Conversation Guides below from A-Z. Click the links to explore each Conversation Guide. You can also download a PDF of the conversation for your own use.

Aug
24
Sat
2019
MARCH FOR EQUALITY TO AKRON PRIDE FESTIVAL 2019
Aug 24 all-day

AKRON PRIDE FESTIVAL

2019

Akron Pride Festival is an open celebration of music, entertainment and information focused on promoting equality and inclusion of ALL people. Our fiscal agent is CANAPI (Community AIDS Network Akron Pride Initiative).

The mission of Akron Pride is to unify and affirm the LGBTQ community and allies in celebrating our diversity and recognizing our likeness.

We will promote acceptance of all individuals by defending human equity.


“We came together, strong, unified, for the p
urpose of uniting the LGBTQ community for one day of celebration. With many obstacles and challenges ahead of us, we are willing to take risks and ask questions. With allies in tow, every person in this endeavor is helping to write history in this small city of Akron, Ohio. Every city in every state, no matter how big or small, should own their pride-strong, united, untethered! When there are many that say ‘no’ there is one to say ‘yes’-‘yes we can!’ Small city, big heart!”
-D. Lottman Cruise, President & Founder
759 W Market St
Akron, Ohio
info@akronpridefestival.org
http://www.akronpridefestival.org
Call (330) 252-1559
Akron Pride Festival
https://www.facebook.com/pg/AkronPrideFestival/about/?ref=page_internal
Socially Conscious Leadership From The Inside Out – Michelle Kinder – Awakin Circles @ online
Aug 24 @ 12:00 pm
Socially Conscious Leadership from the Inside Out

Our guest this week has come to believe that “No matter how wonderful a program is, if it is done as a bestowing – a certain group of people making decisions for another group – that is never going to bridge the divide in our city.” Does your work fit within this paradigm of “bestowing,” and how do you plant seeds for a deeper mindset or consciousness shift to address underlying structural issues? Share Your Reflection »

 

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Call with Michelle Kinder

August 24th, 12:00 PM EDT

Awakin Calls are a weekly conference call, where inspiring change makers engage in candid conversations about their journey

Enter email to RSVP:
 

 

Dallas-based therapist, activist, writer, community leader and speaker Michelle Kinder examines and teaches conscious leadership “from the inside out.” She offers practical, achievable steps for parents, teachers and others to support children’s social-emotional health, and for business and other leaders to drive transformation in their lives and organizations. While exploring the lack of mental health resources in southern Dallas, Kinder got to know the work of the Momentous Institute, a 99-year-old Dallas-based nonprofit organization that has been building and repairing social-emotional health through education and mental health programs.  Momentous Institute serves vulnerable children through therapy services, curriculum and teacher training focused on See full.

Five Questions for Michelle
What Makes You Come Alive?

Thank you for asking. Learning makes me come alive. Learning combined with contribution has long been a winning formula for me feeling most alive. Over the years I developed the habit of checking in with myself every six months or so with the questions “Am I learning? Am I contributing?” There have been interesting seasons on how the two balance each other. There are times that striving to contribute crowded out the kind of white space by brain needs for deep learning and I have had to course correct. And there have been other times that I was learning a lot, but didn’t feel like I was being a good steward in terms of making a difference for other people or for causes I care about. I should also say that because I am currently in a season of more white space and more time for discernment, increasingly, simple pleasures are what make me come alive. Listening to birds, watching our dogs, yoga, running, sunshine, good coffee and the sound of my girls laughing together. Things like that.

Pivotal turning point in your life?

When I was in High School I left my family in Guatemala and came to the states to attend boarding school. It was a transformational experience. The wonderful faculty there saw qualities in me that they nurtured into leadership and I really learned who I was and what I was capable of during those four years. Interestingly, in my previous school, there were teachers who experienced the exact same qualities as problematic, annoying or something to control. Having that experience has made me very interested in how adults show up in the lives of children in a way that respects the enormous privilege and responsibility. I always say there are no neutral interactions when it comes to our relationships with children – all interactions are either positive, negative or missed opportunities.

An Act of Kindness You’ll Never Forget?

When I was in college, my 24-year-old sister died suddenly and it was an enormous challenge to go back to school while navigating the grief process. Several weeks into it, when people had stopped checking in, I found a card tucked into one of my books. It was from a classmate I knew somewhat, but not super well. It said something like, “I know time has passed but your hurt hasn’t.” I still tear up thinking about that act of kindness. It meant so much and it has shaped my desire to show up for others in similar ways.

One Thing On Your Bucket List?

Have the kind of flexibility to visit different places for a month at a time and work remotely while folding into the local scene.

One-line Message for the World?

Regardless of the situation, if you ever aren’t sure how to be most helpful, regulate your own nervous system.

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imageAwakin Circles: A hub for local meditation circles that started in the Silicon Valley and have now spread to 80+ cities around the globe. The circle start with an hour of silence, followed by a circle of sharing and dinner in silence. A newsletter with a passage selected from various wisdom traditions and an audio reading is sent out to 87,000 subscribers each week. See also Awakin Calls that hosts weekly conversations with wide-ranging thought leaders.

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ServiceSpace is an organization run entirely by volunteers. We leverage technology to encourage everyday people around the world to do small acts of service. Our aim is to ignite the fundamental generosity in ourselves and others, creating both inner and outer transformation.

ServiceSpace was conceived by volunteers, was built by volunteers, and is run by volunteers — all for the benefit of volunteers. Our projects range from a daily positive news service, to an acts-of-kindness portal, to a gift-economy restaurant. Regardless of the endeavor, we act in concert to create service opportunities for each other and to support each other’s service journeys.

In September of 2011, we formally changed our name from CharityFocus to ServiceSpace. Founded in 1999, ServiceSpace was originally started to help non-profits with technical services. Over the past dozen years, the organization has become an umbrella for many generosity-driven projects. Thus we have expanded our services from focusing just on helping charities, to encouraging everyday people to contribute in meaningful ways to the world around them. As the name suggests, our new expanded ServiceSpace platform allows people to stay connected with others interested in service, participate in service opportunities through any of our dozen projects, organize their own local service event using our tools, and stay connected to inspirational content. Above all, we believe in the inherent generosity of others and aim to ignite that spirit of service. Through our small, collective acts, we hope to transform ourselves and the world.

We hold these three principles steadfast within our organization:

Stay fully volunteer-run.

ServiceSpace was founded by volunteers and is run by volunteers. There is no paid staff, no office, and no central facilities. All ServiceSpace programs are conceived, designed, implemented, and administered by people who selflessly give their time so that others can benefit from those services.

Based on twelve years of our experience with a volunteer-run infrastructure, we’ve developed a streamlined process that structures projects in a distributed and decentralized manner. This allows more volunteers to give small chunks of time and still deliver high quality services to the end-receiver.

Being volunteer-run also allows us to organically self-organize. Instead of hierarchies and prefabricated business plans, our volunteer infrastructure is dynamic, low-cost and open to radical change. Everything is based on relationships and presence, and that creates a powerful context to BE the change.

We continue to be amazed at what inspired and dedicated individuals can do. Margaret Mead eloquently said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever does.” We could not agree more.

Serve with whatever we have.

We have chosen a slightly different path than most organizations, and choose not to focus on fundraising, grants, or other sources of revenue – for example, none of our websites contain any advertisement. All services are distributed are gifted without any fees. Thus, we serve with whatever support and resources that come in organically when people are truly moved to give.

ServiceSpace projects are built within a gift-economy system, an economic system in which goods and services are given freely, rather than traded. In a traditional market economy, one’s wealth is increased by saving. In a gift economy, giving leads to increase: an increase in connections and relationship strength.

Our services are given freely, without asking for anything in return. Instead of scarcity and fear for an uncertain future, our second principle roots us in abundance and trust. We have realized that over time, if you serve with pure intentions, people’s cups of gratitude overflow. They don’t give to fulfill a need, they give as an expression of their own solidarity and joy. These genuine gifts, no matter how small or large, are what sustains us.

Focus on the small.

Our attempt is to do “small acts with great love”. As our tagline says, “Change Yourself, Change the World.” If we started out by having a goal to change the world, we might have been a little disappointed in our abilities; when we start with ourselves, we notice that the ripples around us continue to get bigger and bigger and as more people try to do small acts, we have every potential to change the world.

Just as every tiny bit of a hologram contains information of the whole, we feel that paying attention to the process, to the present moment, gives us plenty of information to become instruments of a larger, systemic change.

This is how ServiceSpace makes things happen. But essentially the engine that drives the organization is inspiration, pure and simple. We learn from each other, spur each other, help each other, and frequently amaze each other. Sure, we are stirred by the words and lives of great men and women like Gandhi and Martin Luther King and Mother Theresa; but the examples set by our ServiceSpace colleagues–everyday heroes–are the real sustaining forces behind our projects.

Sep
1
Sun
2019
September is National Preparedness Month @ Your home
Sep 1 – Sep 30 all-day

SEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH

AND

The 2019 Theme is “Prepared, Not Scared.”  

 

Make a plan
Make a Plan
Familiarize yourself with community shelters, evacuation routes and the types of disasters most likely to affect your area.
Pack a kit
Pack a Kit
Keep you and your family safe with an emergency kit that’s ready for anything.
Donate to charity
Donate to Charity
Support trusted disaster relief organizations through PayPal Giving Fund.

Support charities that help those affected by disaster by

donating to PayPal Giving Fund.

100% of donations made to PayPal Giving Fund go to

charity, no deductions, no fees.

 

 

 

The Peace Alliance @ Online and in person
Sep 1 – Oct 2 all-day
We have a number of ways to get involved this month and be part of The Peace Alliance’s peacebuilding movement.

– Second Monday of every month: September 9, 7:30 pm PDTCalifornia Department of Peacebuilding call – all are welcome: 1-712-775-7031, code 719-062-520#

– Second Tuesday of every month: September 10, 6:00 pm PDT/9:00 pm EDTNational Monthly Action Call, To register, click here for September, and here for the Calendar for each month to register. Join us – it’s free! Invite a friend!

– Third Wednesday of every month: September 18, 5:00 pm PDT / 8:00 pm EDTCampaign for a Department of Peacebuilding call- all are welcome: 1-929-436-2866, meeting ID 464 735 321

– September 19-22 Visionaries Summit in Sacramento, CA – register here

– September 21, International Day of Peace

– September 22-25 Lobby Days in Washington DC – click here for more information on how to participate, and here to register

– October 2, Stand Up for Nonviolence Gandhi150 event #Gandhi150 – more information here

We hope you’ll join us this month!

In peace and partnership.

Terry Mason
and The Peace Alliance Board of Directors and Leadership Council

About The Peace Alliance

Mission:
The Peace Alliance empowers civic action toward a culture of peace.

Who We Are:
We are an alliance of organizers and advocates taking the work of peacebuilding from the margins of society into the center of national discourse and policy priorities.

We champion a comprehensive, collaborative approach to peace and peacebuilding.

 

 

 

Climate Action–United Nations
Sep 1 @ 12:00 am

Tackling Climate Change

Goal 13 calls for urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts. It is intrinsically linked to all 16 of the other Goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. To address climate change, countries adopted the Paris Agreement to limit global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius. Learn more about Goal 13, and for the latest United Nations climate news, visit un.org/climatechange.

Quicklinks

2019 Climate Summit | IPCC Climate Report 2018 |

ActNow.bot (Climate Action via Facebook Messenger) | Paris Agreement FAQ

Why we need action

Climate change is now affecting every country on every continent. It is disrupting national economies and affecting lives, costing people, communities and countries dearly today and even more tomorrow.

People are experiencing the significant impacts of climate change, which include changing weather patterns, rising sea level, and more extreme weather events. The greenhouse gas emissions from human activities are driving climate change and continue to rise. They are now at their highest levels in history. Without action, the world’s average surface temperature is projected to rise over the 21st century and is likely to surpass 3 degrees Celsius this century—with some areas of the world expected to warm even more. The poorest and most vulnerable people are being affected the most.

A race we can win

Affordable, scalable solutions are now available to enable countries to leapfrog to cleaner, more resilient economies. The pace of change is quickening as more people are turning to renewable energy and a range of other measures that will reduce emissions and increase adaptation efforts.

But climate change is a global challenge that does not respect national borders. Emissions anywhere affect people everywhere. It is an issue that requires solutions that need to be coordinated at the international level and it requires international cooperation to help developing countries move toward a low-carbon economy.

To address climate change, countries adopted the Paris Agreement at the COP21 in Paris on 12 December 2015. The Agreement entered into force less than a year later. In the agreement, all countries agreed to work to limit global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius, and given the grave risks, to strive for 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Implementation of the Paris Agreement is essential for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, and provides a roadmap for climate actions that will reduce emissions and build climate resilience.

Climate Action Summit 2019

The Secretary-General will convene a Climate Action Summit in September 2019 to bring climate action to the top of the international agenda. Mr. Luis Alfonso de Alba, a former Mexican diplomat, will be his Special Envoy to lead its preparations.

The Summit will focus on the heart of the problem – the sectors that create the most emissions and the areas where building resilience could make the biggest difference – as well as provide leaders and partners the opportunity to demonstrate real climate action and showcase their ambition.

To read about the commitments that regions, cities, businesses, investors and civil society pledged during the Global Climate Action Summit in California, September 2018, click here.

Sep
6
Fri
2019
PHILABUNDANCE Summer’s End Festival @  Novick Urban Farm
Sep 6 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Philabundance is the largest hunger relief organization in greater Philadelphia, working with 365 local partners to distribute over 26 million pounds of food annually. But food distribution is only one way Philabundance addresses hunger in its nine-county service area. Recognizing the importance of job training and living wages in long-term solutions to hunger, Philabundance launched the Philabundance Community Kitchen (PCK) in 2000 in order to to create economic opportunities for adults with low- to no-income.
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SUMMER’S END FESTIVAL

When: Friday, September 6, 2019 from 5:30PM – 8:30PM

Where: Novick Urban Farms, 3660 S. Lawrence Street (just past intersection of Pattison Ave and S. Lawrence)

What: Join in for a night of food, drinks, games and more! There will be Southeast Asian food, games & prizes, a farm tour and performances. Hosted by SEAMAAC and its partners (Philabundance, Vetri Community Partnership, and Novick Urban Farm), you can purchase tickets by visiting this site.

EAMAAC, Inc
2154670690
events@seamaac.org
seamaac.org

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We are grateful to those in our communities who help us drive hunger from our

communities today and end hunger forever, including the individuals, partners,

small businesses and others who are hosting 

benefits on behalf of Philabundance.

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PCK is a 14-week culinary vocational training program which has been transforming the lives women and men with low-to-no income since 2000. Students in the 500-hour program will; earn their ServSafe certificate; intern in the culinary industry; prepare meals for those in need; and receive retention services by PCK staff for two years after graduation to ensure that students maximize their training and maintain positive work ethics post-graduation.

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Moving Food Forward: Product Innovation

Our goal is to create nutritious food from surplus farm products in a way that extends shelf life & adds value for our communities in need (upcycling). We partner with manufacturers to create retail items which fund the same high quality items for donation.  The Abundantly Good brand allows us to provide better food for clients AND engage socially conscious consumers in our mission in an exciting new way.

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GET IN TOUCH

3616 South Galloway Street
Philadelphia, PA 19148
P: (215) 339-0900
F: (215) 339-0924

Sep
10
Tue
2019
Lobbying and Advocacy 101 presented by Alliance for Justice @ Online
Sep 10 @ 2:00 pm

Lobbying and Advocacy 101

September 10, 2019 – 2 PM ET

Now more than ever, your community is relying on you to stand up for them. If you think your 501(c)(3) public charity status prevents you from advocating for new laws and policies, think again! Whether protecting the rights of undocumented immigrants, pushing for quality education, or demanding safe communities for everyone, you can legally advocate for public policy and community change at every level of government. After this webinar, you’ll have a clear understanding of:

  • Your 501(c)(3) organization’s right to lobby;
  • What does and doesn’t count as lobbying;
  • Your annual lobbying limit; and
  • How to make the most of your organization’s lobbying power

This webinar is at 2 PM ET / 1 PM CT / 11 AM PT.

Once you register, you will receive an email from GoToWebinar with the link to register for the webinar.

Alliance for Justice is a national association of 130 organizations, representing a broad array of groups committed to progressive values and the creation of an equitable, just, and free society. Since 1979, AFJ has been the leader in advocacy for a federal judiciary that advances core constitutional values, preserves human rights and access to the courts, and adheres to the even-handed administration of justice for all Americans. AFJ’s work is divided into two main programs: our Justice Program, and our Bolder Advocacy program. Bolder Advocacy is the leading authority on the legal framework governing nonprofit advocacy.

Access to Justice

AFJ works to ensure equal access to our justice system.  We track Supreme Court and lower court decisions affecting the legal rights of everyday Americans, educates the public on efforts to narrow those rights, and works with our allies to advocate for progressive legislation and courts that will respect the access to justice that is so fundamental to American values. Click here to read more about our Access to Justice work.

Barack Obama Sworn In As U.S. President For A Second TermWant to make a difference? Make your voice heard. Join one of our current campaigns, follow us on social media, and sign up for workshops and email updates!

For Sama – Film Screening @ Konover Auditorium at Dodd Center
Sep 10 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Join us for a screening of

FOR SAMA

TUESDAY, September 10, 2019

4:00pm – 6:30pm

Konover Auditorium

Dodd Center
University of Connecticut

FREE ADMISSION

FOR SAMA is both an intimate and epic journey into the female experience of war. A love letter from a young mother to her daughter, the film tells the story of Waad al-Kateab’s life through five years of the uprising in Aleppo, Syria as she falls in love, gets married and gives birth to Sama, all while cataclysmic conflict rises around her.

Her camera captures incredible stories of loss, laughter and survival as Waad wrestles with an impossible choice– whether or not to flee the city to protect her daughter’s life, when leaving means abandoning the struggle for freedom for which she has already sacrificed so much.

The film is the first feature documentary by Emmy award-winning filmmakers, Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts.

Following the screening, join us for a post-show discussion with

Sana Mustafa
founding member of The Network For Refugee Voices, a refugees led coalition working to increase refugees engagement with international community to pursue inclusive, sustainable, and effective refugee and immigration policy
and

Dr. Kathryn Libal
Associate Professor of Social Work and Human Rights at the University of Connecticut and Director of the Human Rights Institute.

Please note: this film contains deeply distressing scenes of violence and trauma.  Attendees are encouraged to prepare themselves emotionally for the experience.  Should anyone experience the film as traumatizing, we will work to support them and help direct them to counseling resources.

Sponsored by

Department of Digital Media and Design

Human Rights Institute

Huskies for Human Rights
Middle East Studies
&

Thomas J. Dodd Research Center

 

HOW WE CAN BEGIN TO HEAL OUR BROKEN WORLD – A Healing Story Approach @ Online
Sep 10 @ 8:00 pm

HOW WE CAN BEGIN TO HEAL OUR BROKEN WORLD

For more than 26 years, I’ve been helping individuals and communities creatively navigate difficult transitions — such as loss of a loved one, livelihood, illness, or bursting forth of a life unlived, the collective trauma of community disaster — through story-making. I’m now finishing a book — a combination memoir and workbook — about my healing story approach.

Not since 9/11, have I felt such urgency to put my work in service to healing our national culture. For the next year and half, I’m going to be offering more community reconciliation programs to counter-attack the hate and violence-filled narratives that the Administration and its minions are flooding media with. I’m targeting my programs now to change-makers: healers, writers, storytellers, teachers, activists.

Here’s the mistake many are making: Focusing on Trump’s media grabs day after day. This only gives energy to his evil and distracts from the fact that millions of citizens support him as a cult – meaning a disregard for facts in favor of allegiance to a leader that makes false promises, but is interested only in expanding his own power and wealth. But how can we pull followers out of this cult? Not by judging, preaching, haranguing.

Rather by listening, engaging, finding non-political common ground, by sharing our stories – not our victim tales, but a deeper story that is always flowing like a river beneath the surface of our lives – where we are one people, one race, one blood.

On Sept. 10, at 8 pm eastern, I’m going to be offering a free introduction to a 3-step healing story process for people who would like to use story in their community, therapeutic, or classroom programs, but may not know how. That’s Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 8 pm eastern time.

To register and receive the link, write to me at juIietbrucephd@gmail.com.

Enjoy the rest of your summer,
Juliet Bruce, Ph.D.

 

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Wed
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Please join The Square One Project and The Vera Institute of Justice for Reimagining Justice: The Next 25 Years. @ The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, NY
Sep 11 @ 3:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Please join The Square One Project and The Vera Institute of Justice for Reimagining Justice: The Next 25 Years.

About this Event

Please join The Square One Project and The Vera Institute of Justice for Reimagining Justice: The Next 25 Years, taking place on September 11th at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, NY. As we approach the 25th anniversary of the federal 1994 Crime Bill, this multi-format event will consider the visionary work, big ideas, and fundamental values that will guide the next 25 years of justice policy.

Program: 3:30pm – 6:00pm ET (details to be announced soon)

Reception: 6:00pm – 7:00pm ET

Details for the livestreaming option for this event will be available shortly.

Update: The full list of researchers, activists, and professionals that will be participating in Reimagining Justice: The Next 25 Years is available here!

Speakers and presenters include [list in formation]:

  • Bruce Western, Co-Director, Columbia University Justice Lab; Co-Founder, Square One Project
  • Daryl Atkinson, Co-Director, Forward Justice
  • Deanna Van Buren, Co-Founder and Design Director, Designing Justice + Designing Spaces
  • Emily Wang, Associate Professor of Medicine, Yale School of Medicine; Director, Health Justice Lab; Co-Founder, Transitions Clinic Network
  • Eric Cumberbatch, Executive Director, Mayor’s Office to Prevent Gun Violence, New York City
  • Eric Gonzalez, Brooklyn District Attorney
  • Insha Rahman, Director of Strategy and New Initiatives, Vera Institute of Justice
  • Jeremy Travis, Executive Vice President of Criminal Justice, Arnold Ventures
  • John Pineda, Leadership and Learning Coordinator, MILPA
  • Mahogany L. Browne, Writer/Organizer/Educator
  • Michael Lawlor, Associate Professor, University of New Haven; former Undersecretary for Criminal Justice Policy and Planning, Connecticut’s Office of Policy and Management
  • Nicholas Turner, President, Vera Institute of Justice
  • Pastor Michael McBride, National Director, Urban Strategies/LIVE FREE Campaign
  • Ray Kelly, Lead Community Liaison, Baltimore Consent Decree Monitoring Team
  • Reverend Vivian Nixon, Executive Director, College and Community Fellowship
  • Tyrone Walker, Associate, Justice Policy Institute

 

GLOBAL CAPITALISM Monthly Economic Update @ Judson Memorial Church
Sep 11 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

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Co-sponsored by Democracy at Work, Left Forum, Judson Memorial Church & Individual Contributors

These programs begin with 30 minutes of short updates on important economic events of the last month. Then Wolff analyzes several major economic issues. Our goal is to develop all participants’ understanding and ability to explain current economic events and trends to others. When time permits, we open the floor to questions and comments.

Requested Fee/Donation: $10 per person. If you access the videos of these monthly updates posted on YouTube and our websites, we ask you to join our attendees who contribute at least $10 at each event to help defray costs of producing, video-taping, and distributing these videos. Please contribute via our donate page. Contributions to Democracy at Work are tax deductible (we will gladly provide receipts at the event). For those able to contribute more than $10, our special thanks.

WHEN

September 11, 2019 at 7:30pm – 9pm

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WHERE

Judson Memorial Church
239 Thompson St
New York, NY 10012
United States

Sep
12
Thu
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One Planet, One Family: Facing Our Environmental Challenges & Finding Solutions Together
Sep 12 – Sep 15 all-day

Alaska Interfaith Power & Light (AIPL) and the United Religions Initiative-North America are excited to present:

“One Planet, One Family: Facing Our Environmental Challenges & Finding Solutions Together,”

a gathering on climate change in Juneau, Alaska from September 12-15, 2019.

World-renowned climate scientist and public speaker Katharine Hayhoe will be

the key speaker of the conference and participants will have ample time to spend

working collaboratively on finding solutions to our shared concerns.

Alaska is on the front lines of dealing with climate change.

Because of this, Alaska Interfaith Power and Light and the United Religions Initiative North America are hosting a gathering for environmentally-concerned URI members from across the US and Canada to:

  • learn about—and see—the climate crisis in Alaska,
  • understand how it affects those of us working on environmental issues outside of Alaska, AND
  • work together to identify solutions!

The gathering will take place in Juneau, Alaska from September 12-15, 2019.

World-renowned climate scientist and public speaker Dr. Katharine Hayhoe will be the key speaker of the conference and participants will have ample time to spend working collaboratively on finding solutions to our shared concerns.

Let us bring together our knowledge, wisdom, and energy to fan the flame of caring for Our Common Home!

For more details about the gathering, follow this link: https://urinorthamerica.org/web/one-planet-one-family-gathering/
If you are a member of a URI North America Cooperation Circle/Affiliate and need financial assistance to travel to Alaska, please fill out the travel assistance application: https://forms.gle/SeNhRpSDkHj

Arrival and Departure Times
For our out of town guests, it is advisable to arrive on Wednesday night if you plan to participate in Alaska Day on Thursday. If you are unable to participate in “Alaska Day,” plan to arrive at the Juneau airport by 5:30 pm on Thursday, September 12. Our program will start with a dinner at 7 pm on Thursday. The gathering will end at 9 pm on Saturday with an Alaskan seafood reception. For those who will still be in town Sunday morning, we will be organizing some optional activities. Please note: All attendees are responsible for covering the cost of their own transportation to and from Juneau.
For our planning purposes, please select the sessions you will be able to attend given your travel schedule. *
Note: The schedule is subject to change and adjustments.
Sep
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Fri
2019
SOW TRUE SEEDS – ALL ABOUT OKRA – at Mother Earth News Fair @ Seven Springs Mountain Resort
Sep 13 – Sep 15 all-day

Join Chris Smith at Mother Earth News Fair
Seven Springs, PA Sept 13-15

 

There is a lot going over the next few weeks. We’ve got people heading all over the country. Check it out and be sure to say hello if we’re heading anywhere close to home! There is a lot going over the next few weeks. We’ve got people heading all over the country. Check it out and be sure to say hello if we’re heading anywhere close to home! 

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Mother Earth News FAIR

contact customer service by phone at 1-800-234-3368 for fair information, etc,

HOURS
Friday, Sept. 13: 12:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 14: 9:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 15: 9:00 – 5:00 p.m.

LOCATION
Seven Springs Mountain Resort
777 Waterwheel Dr.
Seven Springs, Pa. 15622

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Our mailing address is:

Sow True Seed

243 Haywood St

Asheville, NC 28801

community@sowtrue.com

What I Learned from Growing 76 Varieties of Okra

This workshop focuses on top tips for growing the plant, discussion of its multitude of varieties, and great and tasty reasons to include it in your garden and kitchen.
Saturday 5:00-6:00 p.m.

The Whole Okra, An Underdog Superfood!

This seed-to-stem celebration of okra explores the diverse traditional and creative uses of the whole plant. Learn about eating the plant’s pods, leaves, flowers, and seeds, as well as using the fiber.
Friday 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Sep
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Sun
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The Earthling Movie
Sep 15 – Nov 15 all-day

OJAI, Calif — Planet Earth is not a star but it rises to outright star status in one of the most fascinating film documentaries of 2019.

In “The Earthing Movie,” produced by award-winning filmmakers Josh and Rebecca Tickell, the curtain rises to demonstrate − to very unsuspecting audiences – that our planet packs surprisingly huge healing properties. 

The film relates the discovery of the healing power of the planet’s electrically charged surface, a natural, perpetual energy shown in multiple studies over the last 20 years to significantly reduce inflammation, pain, and stress, produce deeper sleep, more energy, and improve circulation.

Earthing, also known as grounding, refers to accessing these major health benefits by walking outdoors on natural surfaces or using commercially available grounding products indoors while you sit or sleep. 

In short, Earthing is a simple lifestyle addition that connects you to the Earth’s healing touch.  You get the benefits without effort or dieting.

The Earthing movie debuted at the Sedona International Film Festival earlier this year to a packed audience of 750 people.  It subsequently won the Audience Award at the Dances With Films Festival at the Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood in June.

The movie features actresses Amy Smart and Mariel Hemingway, integrative medicine pioneer Deepak Chopra, and an array of physicians, who, along with Earthing pioneer Clint Ober, describe the unique science and benefits of Earthing.

September showings include Palm Springs, London (The Health Optimisation Summit), Los Angeles, and Santa Monica, and at the Yoga’s Research Society’s annual convention on November 16 in Philadelphia.

For showtimes, screening locations, and a short trailer of the film, see www.EarthingMovie.com

The film is currently doing a festival circuit after which it will be available on major digital platforms both in the U.S. and internationally.

You can read a review of the film here: http://crimsonkimono.com/2019/environmental-filmmakers-earthing-wins-top-doc-award/

Previous films by Josh and Rebecca Tickell’s Big Picture Ranch Production Company, based in Ojai, California, have won multiple awards for social and environmental documentaries, including awards at Sundance, Seattle, Gaia, and Sustainable Planet film festivals.

For more information about Earthing, refer to the Earthing book and the Earthing Institute website

Whether you practice Earthing outdoors or indoors, make sure you do it routinely.  Stay connected to the Earth’s healing power!  Indoor grounding products developed by Earthing pioneer Clint Ober are available at earthing.com and  www.groundtherapy.com   

The Earthing Institute

info@earthinginstitute.net

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DEAR GEORGINA – A Film by Upstander @ Camden Opera House
Sep 15 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
We are honored to share the news that our new short film, DEAR GEORGINA, will make its world premiere at the Camden International Film Festival
on Sunday, September 15th.
In the documentary, Georgina Sappier-Richardson, a Passamaquoddy elder, revisits her traumatic childhood in foster care to restore the broken pieces of her identity.
Watch the trailer and please share it with others at upstanderproject.org/georgina.

DEAR GEORGINA WORLD PREMIERE

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 15

Camden, Maine

with Georgina Sappier-Richardson, filmmakers Adam Mazo and Ben Pender-Cudlip, and producer Tracy Rector (Choctaw/Seminole)

Tickets here

 

Adam Mazo, Upstander Project Director
Upstander Project
      22 Dalrymple Street #1Boston, MA 02130

Camden Opera House

      29 Elm St, Camden, ME 04843
September 15, 2019, 1:30 – 3:30 PM
Founded on August 1, 2008
Mission
We help bystanders become upstanders through compelling documentary films and learning resources.
CONTACT INFO
info@upstanderproject.org
http://upstanderproject.org
MORE INFO
About
Boston-based educational and filmmaking collaborative. Creators of COEXIST, FIRST LIGHT, and Emmy-nominated DAWNLAND. Co-creators of Upstander Academy.

Creators of the documentary films “Coexist” (reconciliation in Rwanda) “First Light” and “Dawnland” (Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission)

WHO WE SERVE

We serve mass and targeted audiences by challenging indifference to injustice and raising awareness of the need for upstanders, especially among middle- and high-school educators and their students.

WHAT WE DO

With original documentaries, related learning resources, and educator workshops, the Upstander Project helps teachers and students become upstanders.

OUR GOALS

Overcome indifference to social injustice;
Develop the skills of upstanders;
Contribute to action-oriented campaigns in response to vital social issues.

Founding Date
Seeded in 2009 by documentary filmmaker Adam Mazo with the creation of the documentary film, “Coexist”, along with creative partner and educator Mishy Lesser

Awards

FIRST LIGHT
One Nation Film Festival Audience Award
Camden International Film Festival Official Selection
COEXIST
Africa Movie Academy Awards Nominee
Artivist Film Festival Official Selection
Metropolitan Film Festival of New York Honorable Mention
Africa World Documentary Film Festival Finalist
Downtown Boca Film Festival Official Selection
Central Florida Film Festival Official Selection
I Will Tell International Film Festival Official Selection
Show Me Justice Film Festival Official Selection
Social Change Film Festival Official Selection
Culture Unplugged Film Festival Official Selection
Sep
16
Mon
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Global Peace Film Festival @ Several venues
Sep 16 – Sep 22 all-day

2019 Festival Tickets & Passes

Tickets & passes are now on sale of the 2019 Global Peace Film Festival

Sept. 16-22, 2019

About the Festival

The Global Peace Film Festival, established in 2003, uses the power of the moving image to further the cause of peace on earth. From the outset, the GPFF envisioned “peace” not as the absence of conflict but as a framework for channeling, processing and resolving conflict through respectful and non-violent means.

People of good faith have real differences that deserve to be discussed, debated and contested.

GPFF works to connect expression – artistic, political, social and personal – to positive, respectful vehicles for action and change. The festival program is carefully curated to create a place for open dialogue, using the films as catalysts for change.

Don’t miss out on our Online Global Peace Film Festival, which goes live Monday, Sept. 16. Visit peacefilmest.org to watch the films in our online festival wherever you are, on whatever device you want!

CONTACT US

Global Peace Film Festival
P.O. Box 3310
Winter Park, FL 32790-3310

info@peacefilmfest.org

Schedule is up; Tickets & Passes now available

Tickets & Passes for the 2019 Global Peace Film Festival, Sept. 17 to 22, are available now. Browse the film catalogue, check the schedule, or dive right in and start buying passes or tickets.

Festival Venues

Bush Auditorium/SunTrust Auditorium/Tiedtke Concert Hall/Bush 176, @ Rollins College
Fairbanks Ave. & Interlachen Ave., Winter Park, FL 32789
Parking: SunTrust Parking garage on E. Lyman Ave. or there is 3 hour street parking. Parking on the Rollins campus is extremely limited.

The Orlando LGBT+ Center
946 N. Mills Avenue, Orlando, FL 32803
Parking: On site or street parking

CityArts
39 S. Magnolia Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801
Parking: The Rogers-Kiene Building validates a portion of the fee in the Chase Plaza building parking lot. Patrons must enter CityArts to receive validation.

Enzian Theater & Eden Bar
1300 South Orlando Avenue, Maitland, FL 32751
Parking: On site

Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center 
851 N. Maitland Avenue, Maitland, FL 32751
Parking: On site

Mount Dora Plaza Live
2728 Old Highway 441, Orlando, FL 32757
Parking: On site

Orlando City Hall rotunda
400 South Orange Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801
Parking: City Commons Parking Garage (across the street from City Hall)

Ten Thousand Villages
329 N. Park Avenue, Suite #102, Winter Park, FL 32789
Parking: Street parking or North Park Avenue garage offers free parking

Winter Park Public Library
460 E. New England Ave., Winter Park, FL 32789
Parking: on site

FILM LISTINGS

Alternative Facts: The Lies of Executive Order 9066

65 minutes | USA | 2018

Alternative Facts is a documentary about the false information and political influences that led to the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans. It sheds light on the people and politics that influenced the signing of the infamous Executive Order 9066 which authorized the mass incarceration of nearly 120,000 Japanese Americans. The film exposes the lies used to justify the decision and the cover-up that went all the way to the United States Supreme Court. The film also examines the parallels to the current climate of fear, attitudes towards immigrant communities, and similar attempts to abuse the powers of the government.

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At Arm’s Length

15 minutes | USA | 2018

As the one-year anniversary of a mass shooting in Sutherland Springs, TX, approaches, two journalists try to reconcile their relationships to the victims with the demands of their work.

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Blue Goes Green: Net Zero Police Station

26 minutes | USA | 2019

A police station in Cincinnati is the first Net Zero Energy police station in America. The project saved taxpayers money and included a surprising benefit – improved police-community relations: a sustainability and community engagement success story.

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Catching Giants

50 minutes | USA/South Africa | 2018

CATCHING GIANTS is a heart-stopping film that follows the world’s preeminent giraffe researcher, Dr. Francois Deacon, as he attempts to put GPS collars on 20 giraffes, including ten males, which have never been collared and that we know so little about. The film takes viewers on an incredible journey alongside the conservationists in their quest to learn more about giraffes. For Francois and his family, catching and saving Africa’s giants is not just a passion but their mission.

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Changing the Game

95 minutes | USA | 2019

Changing the Game takes us into the lives of three high school athletes – all at different stages of their athletic seasons, personal lives, and unique paths as transgender teens. Their stories span across the US – from a skier and teen policymaker in New Hampshire, to a track star in Connecticut openly transitioning into her authentic self and a Texas State Champion wrestler. Trans athletes have to work harder than their cisgender peers in order to thrive in their field while also having the courage and resilience to face daily harassment and discrimination. This film is their urgent, articulate plea for acceptance.

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College Crucible

41 minutes | USA | 2019

College Crucible features the stories, struggles, and coping strategies of 15 undergraduate students enrolled in a course called Body Liberation, Food Justice. Powerful testimony, digital art, and current research bring to life pressures and stressors such as binge drinking and drug use; body image and anorexia; and anxiety and depression. The documentary invites viewers inside contemporary college life, helping viewers envision how we might work together to create more humane, equitable, and just environments—on campus and beyond.

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Community First, a Home for the Homeles

65 minutes | USA | 2018

Community First! Village is transforming the lives of homeless people in Austin, TX, through the power of community. You’ll hear about heartbreaking events that cause homelessness, and heartwarming stories of being welcomed into a nurturing environment where dignity and self-worth are restored. You will witness what can be achieved when a community comes together. This flourishing model hopes to inspire other cities and towns throughout the US to use the blueprint offered in the Community First! Village to create their own versions.

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The Condor & the Eagle

80 minutes | USA/Canada/Ecuador/France/Peru | 2019

Four indigenous environmental leaders embark on an extraordinary trans-continental journey from the Canadian plains to deep into the heart of the Amazonian jungle to unite the peoples of North and South America and deepen the meaning of “Climate Justice.” The Condor & the Eagle offers a glimpse into a developing spiritual renaissance as the four protagonists learn from each other’s long legacy of resistance to colonialism and its extractive economy. Their path through the jungle takes them on an unexpectedly challenging and liberating journey, which will forever change their attachment to the Earth and to one another.

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Decade of Fire

75 minutes | USA | 2018

In the 1970s, the Bronx was on fire. Abandoned by city government, nearly a half million people were displaced as their close-knit, multi-ethnic neighborhood burned, reducing the community to rubble. While insidious government policies caused the devastation, Black and Puerto Rican residents bore the blame. This story of hope and resistance exposes the truth about the borough’s untold history and reveals how the embattled and maligned community chose to resist, remain and rebuild. Decade of Fire tells the story of the South Bronx that has not been heard before – and offers a roadmap for building the communities we want and truly deserve.

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Eating Up Easter

76 minutes | USA/Chile | 2018

In a cinematic letter to his son, native Rapanui (Easter Island) filmmaker Sergio Mata’u Rapu explores the modern dilemma of their people who risk losing everything to the globalizing effects of tourism. The film follows four islanders, descendants of the ancient statue builders, who are working to tackle the consequences of their rapidly developing home. One leads recycling efforts to reduce trash, others use music to reunite their divided community while the fourth embraces the advantages of building new businesses. These stories intertwine to reveal the complexities of development and the contradictions within us all as we are faced with hard choices about our planet’s future.

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For They Know Not What They Do

91 minutes | USA | 2019

In the wake of the landmark US Supreme Court case legalizing marriage equality, the Right has launched an effective, new, state-by-state campaign to limit the rights of America’s LGBTQ citizens across the country. Their backlash has been swift, severe and successful. For The Know Not What They Do takes us on a journey of understanding what connects us all and gives us the courage to embrace each other. Meet four American families whose stories are at the intersection of religion, sexual orientation and gender identity through their experiences of tragedy and triumph, rejection and validation. Above all, the film offers much needed healing, clarity and understanding.

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FusionFest Shorts

90 minutes | 2019

See a collection of short films about Central Floridians of diverse origins and heritages in the screenings of the FusionFest Short Film Contest. In late August, the GPFF is running the MYgration film contest that will produce 3- to 5-minute films about people from around the world who make Central Florida their home. These films will be presented during the GPFF and audience members will have two opportunities to vote for their favorite film from the contest during the festival. An Audience Award will be presented at the conclusion of the Saturday screening. FusionFest is a free, two-day celebration of the diverse origins and heritages of our Central Florida community that will be held in Downtown Orlando on November 30 and December 1, 2019. All the MYgration films will be shown in a special film pavilion throughout the FusionFest weekend and a jury award of $1000 will be presented to the winning film.

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The Gathering

24 minutes | USA | 2016

The Gathering tells the story of Witness to Innocence, the largest organization of death row exonerees in the US. These innocent men and women, some spending decades on death row for murders they didn’t commit, come together once a year to share their thoughts and feelings, fears and dreams with the only people who really understand what they experienced.

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heartbeat Iowa

USA | 2019

Across the US, heartbeat has become the latest weapon in the fight to end legal abortion, and last summer Iowa was one of the first states to enact such a ban. Heartbeat, Iowa documents an activist, a pro-life advocate, and the staff of Iowa’s oldest abortion clinic as they fight on opposing sides of this new legislation.

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Incompatible Allies

43 minutes | USA | 2019

Incompatible Allies: Black Lives Matter, March for Our Lives and the US Debate About Guns and Violence captures local black students’ experiences with gun violence and their perspectives on gun violence prevention and community safety. Produced following the Parkland shooting, the film offers a perspective often excluded from national conversations about gun control, highlighting the ways that violence in white communities is often seen as a national crisis, while violence in black communities is often ignored.

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JFK: The Last Speech

58 minutes | USA | 2018

JFK: The Last Speech explores the dramatic relationship between two seminal Americans – President John F. Kennedy and the poet Robert Frost – which reached its tragic climax in a surprising encounter with Soviet Premier Nikita Khruschchev at the height of the Cold War. Born out of these events is Kennedy’s remarkable speech about poetry and power, which alters the course of a group of Amherst college classmates who witness this compelling address and continue to exemplify in their contemporary lives a portrait of the challenges facing America.

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Keepers of the Future: La Coordinadora of El Salvador

24 minutes | USA/El Salvador | 2017

In a fertile floodplain in El Salvador, where the great river meets the sea, a peasant movement puts down roots – growing resilience in the scorched earth of exile and civil war. They soon discover new challenges: climate crisis exacerbated by an economy of ruinous extraction. The solutions they come up with will be a revelation for audiences in the prosperous north: in their model may lie the key to the future.

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King Bibi

87 minutes | Israel/USA | 2018

Twenty years before the spectacle of Donald Trump’s presidency emerged, Benjamin Netanyahu already understood the political benefits of creating a toxic relationship with the media, and communicating directly with the public. King Bibi explores Netanyahu’s rise to power, relying solely on archival footage of his media performances over the years: from his days as a popular guest on American TV, through his public confession of adultery, and his mastery of the art of social media. From one studio to another, “Bibi” evolved from Israel’s great political hope, to a controversial figure who some perceive as Israel’s savior, and others as a cynical politican who will stop at nothing to retain his power.

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LIKE

49 minutes | USA/Hong Kong | 2019

Like explores the impact of social media on our lives and the effects of technology on the brain. Social media is a tool and social platforms are a place to connect, share, and care … but is that what’s really happening?

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A Living Earth

52 minutes | Belgium | 2018

Sustainable ecosystems are talked about, but few are living it. A year in the life of permaculture is captured by Luc Dechamp’s camera watching from the heights of Spa, the work at the Belgian Desnie Farm School, a self-sustaining community thriving on permaculture.

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Marching Forward

60 minutes | USA | 2018

Marching Forward is the history of two dedicated high school band directors – one black, one white – inspired by music to cross color lines in the Deep South and work together for the sake of their students. This courageous cooperation resulted in the experience of a lifetime for Orlando’s black and white students at the 1964 New York World’s Fair.

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Nailed It

60 minutes | USA | 2018

A fortuitous encounter with twenty Vietnamese refugee women and The Birds actress Tippi Hedren in 1975 sparks the Asian nail salon as we know it. In this hour-long documentary, Nailed It presents a lineage of legacy moments in nails, like Mantrap, the first nail salon chain to cater to black women in the ‘hood. The democratization of the manicure fans the fire of Vietnamese “discount” nail salons blazing across the country. Through the international journey embarked upon by Nailed It director Adele Pham, this unique film captures an unforgettable and often hilarious saga born of tragedy, charting the rise, struggle, stereotypes and steady hold Vietnamese Americans have on today’s $8 billion nail industry.

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The New Gatherers

2 minutes | USA | 2019

People from all walks of life are picking up trash. They are spreading out across trails and parking lots, rivers and beaches. Their dream? To stop the tide of litter. They hope to prevent 8 million metric tons of plastic that enter our world’s oceans each year by collecting it, one piece at a time. Will you join them and gather the garbage before it reaches the sea?

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New Homeland

93 minutes | USA | 2018

Every summer since 1914, Camp Pathfinder, located on a small island in the Canadian wilderness, invites a community of boys to spend a few weeks in the backcountry learning how to camp, hike, canoe and fish. Two years ago, Camp Director Mike Sladden, enraged by the tragic images from the growing global refugee crisis but inspired by Canada’s growing intake of asylum seekers, had an idea. What if he could bring a group of displaced boys from war-torn Syria and Iraq to spend the summer at Pathfinder? If the camp experience had such a profound effect on generations of boys already, imagine what it would be like for these refugee boys.

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Plant the Seed

11 minutes | USA | 2018

Music video about black farmer and educator Leah Penniman and her journey to become the founder of Soul Fire Farm, a national leader in the food justice movement.

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Planting Seeds, Growing Justice

13 minutes | USA | 2018

Farmworkers are often more adversely affected by climate change than others; an altered environment alters their source of livelihood. The Farmworker Association of Florida gives voice to farmworkers and climate justice advocates who are on a mission to utilize indigenous agricultural practices to save our environment, replenish local lands and empower the farm-working community.

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The Plummery

8 minutes | Australia | 2019

The Plummery is a suburban home where a backyard permaculture garden measuring only 1076 sq. ft. (100 sq/m) produces over 900 pounds (400kg) of food year-round.

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The Power to Heal: Medicare and the Civil Rights Revolution

56 minutes | USA | 2018

Narrated by award-winning actor and activist Danny Glover, Power to Heal tells a poignant chapter in the historic struggle to secure equal and adequate access to healthcare for all Americans. Central to the story is how a new national program, Medicare, was used to mount a dramatic, coordinated effort that desegregated thousands of hospitals across the country practically overnight. Beyond delivering a compelling history lesson, Power to Heal makes the clear moral connection between health care and civil rights for all and calls on everyone to work toward policies that protect our rights by protecting our citizens.

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The Public

119 minutes | USA | 2018

A librarian helps a group of homeless people take refuge at the free public library in order to survive a brutal winter night. NOTE: Tickets for the screening of The Public are free . But you must reserve them here . Tickets for the Opening Night Reception following the film are $20 and can be purchased at the same link.

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The Remix: Hip Hop X Fashion

67 minutes | USA | 2019

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Rigged: The Voter Suppression Playbook

79 minutes | USA | 2019

What would happen if political operatives tried to subvert the sacred American principle of “one person, one vote”? What if they hatched and pursues that plan for years before anyone noticed what they were doing? That is the frightening tale told in Rigged. Narrated by Jeffrey Wright, and filmed during the 2016 election, the film identifies and unpacks a shrewd ten-part strategy developed by Republicans to suppress votes that would be cast against them. In the wake of the 2018 elections, our democracy is in peril. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) states in the film, “I fear for our younger people. I fear they will not have the kind of democracy I experienced… Somebody’s got to say, ‘This is not right.” Somebody’s got to say, ‘We can do better.’”

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Right to Harm

75 minutes | USA | 2019

Through the riveting stories of five rural communities, Right to Harm exposes the devastating public health impact factory farming has on many disadvantaged citizens throughout the United States. Filmed across the country, the documentary chronicles the failures of state agencies to regulate industrial animal agriculture. Known formally as Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (or CAFOs) these facilities produce millions of gallons of untreated waste that destroys the quality of life for nearby neighbors. Fed up with the lack of regulation, these disenfranchised citizens band together to demand justice from their legislators.

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The Robo Con

16 minutes | USA | 2019

With an unexpected turn of events at the end of this short film, Wall Street emerges victorious in its quest to turn the foreclosure process into a for-profit business. Along with the big banks, they have been quietly foreclosing on homes across America with no oversight from local, state or federal authorities by using a process called robo signing.

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The Sequel

61 minutes | UK/Greece | 2018

The Sequel daringly re-imagines a thriving, resilient civilization after the collapse of our current economies, drawing on the inspirational work of David Fleming, grandfather of the global Transition Towns movement. Opening with a powerful “deep time” perspective, from the beginning of the Earth to our present moment, this film recognizes the fundamental unsustainability of today’s society and dares to ask: What will follow? Around the world, fresh shoots are already emerging as people develop the skills, will and resources necessary to recapture the initiative and re-imagine civilization, often in the ruins of collapsed mainstream economies. Our current economic structure is centered on growth which is straining our finite resources. What if we developed an economic structure with human engagement and meaning at its centre?

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Travel Ban: Make America Laugh Again

84 minutes | USA

Travel Ban is about being brown and immigrant in America seen through the eyes of comedians of Middle Eastern background.

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Undeterred

75 minutes | USA | 2019

Undeterred tells the story of community resistance in the rural border town of Arivaca, Arizona. Since NAFTA, 9/11 and the Obama and Trump administrations, border residents have been on the front-lines of the humanitarian crisis caused by increased border enforcement build up. This film provides an intimate portrait of how residents of the small rural community, caught in the cross-hairs of global geo-political forces, have mobilized to demand their rights and to provide aid to injured, often dying people funneled across a wilderness desert.

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The Uterati, Fighting Back in the War Against Women

51 minutes | USA | 2012

In 2011, the word uterus was banned from the Florida House of Representatives even as GOP members in that room were voting to regulate all uteruses across the state via 18 anti-choice bills. As these extremists and their national leaders continued their war on women, the Uterati were fighting mad and fighting back! In 2019, this film has not lost its urgency.

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Walk in My Shoes

60 minutes | USA | 2018

In this time of fear, turmoil and anger, Theater of Witness brings people together across divides of difference to bear witness to the beauty of meaningful engagement, cultivate empathy and truly listen to the stories of people we’ve never heard before. This is the time for a new story that taps into the spirit of love and connection between us all. Walk in My Shoes is a film of a Theater of Witness performance created with and performed by 4 Philadelphia police and 3 community members. The performance explores societal wounds and shares performers’ stories and visions of the future.

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What Will Become of Us

72 minutes | USA/Australia | 2019

Frank Lowy started with one Australian store and built his business into a global billion dollar enterprise – the shopping mall giant Westfield. Now in his late 80s, he faces the prospect of a merger that will lead to his retirement and also the bittersweet journey of his beloved wife’s decline due to Alzheimer’s Disease. In this film, he reflects on his past and on events that made him the fighter, survivor and philanthropist he became. Revisiting sites of his childhood and young adulthood the film takes us from the ghettos of Budapest in the 1930s to living as a refugee and emigrating to Australia, and chronicles the impact of a single life in the lives of so many.

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The Worst Thing

84 minutes | Germany/USA | 2019

How do you get over the worst thing to ever happen in your life? In 1985, Kathleen lost her brother Eddie, an American soldier, at the hands of the RAF (Red Army Faction), a German leftist terrorist organization. Now, decades later, she decides to seek out the group responsible for his murder. The film follows Kathleen as she travels to Germany to make peace with aging former members of the RAF. As Kathleen searches for some form of connection with former RAF members, memories are retold, intentions are uncovered, and remorse and redemption manifest in unexpected ways.

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