Good People Gather: Oct. 12-14 Erie, PA (audio link; LaDuke; Jensen; Shiva)

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From: radioroxanne radioroxanne

In September I spoke with the dynamic organizing trio at Mercyhurst College for the event they have planned starting the weekend of the 12th of October, called “Good People Gather”. Have a 10 minute listen to the exciting time they have planned for all! –Winona LaDuke, Derrick Jensen, Vandana Shiva: Oct. 12-14, 2007–“Good People Gather”, Charlene M Tanner Speaker Series…

Here’s the link: http://www.spiritmorphstudio.com/radioroxanne10-01-07.htm

“The series will present lectures on our societal and environmental global crisis and the urgent need for justice. The three day conference at Mercyhurst College, Erie, PA is free and open to the public!”

This is a very exciting gathering in October in ERIE, PENNSYLVANIA… A remarkable event which brings together three of the most relevant and dynamic contemporary voices and activists for environmental defense on the planet: Winona LaDuke, Vandana Shiva, and Derrick Jensen. The event will include primitive skills, scenic hikes, art, earth and reflection workshops— and bring your Atlatl Arms—There’ll be a competition!!! It’s also an opportunity to meet others working to act together, to think and talk about this critical time in the planet’s life, and what we will do to end an ultimately unsustainable and failing culture; to survive the hard times ahead; and to act on what’s next and truly sustainable…. Below are some of the details, with lots of links with tons more info. Now grab your seat: It’s FREE and open to the public!!!!! (—get off the floor and contact them to register now!!! 😉 Also below is a link to the squidoo site with maps of the college campus and of the hikes, directions to the location of event, as well as event schedule, lodging, contact info, and videos with information about speakers and workshops…. Watch the site for updates!

More info at the link!!

[ NOTE: –This weekend’s events will be a GREAT way to DETOX from the COLUMBUS-SLAUGHTER-DAY from the previous week!! (Here’s a link to another idea around reclaiming the day Columbus invaded: http://www.transformcolumbusday.com/ ) ]

For more information contact: (814) 824-2578 or cathy.pedler@gmail.com  (Also, info about lodging reservations.)

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Winona LaDuke, Derrick Jensen, Vandana Shiva: Oct. 12-14, 2007

“Good People Gather”, Charlene M Tanner Speaker Series

The series will present lectures on our societal and environmental global crisis and the urgent need for justice. The three day conference at Mercyhurst College, Erie, PA is free and open to the public!

Winona LaDuke October 12, 7PM – Taylor Little Theatre

Derrick Jensen October 13, 7PM – Taylor Little Theatre

Vandana Shiva October 14, 1PM Lecture (3PM Panel Discussion) -Performing Arts Center

The event will include primitive skills, scenic hikes, art, earth and reflection workshops as well as an atlatl competition (see event schedule below)!

Hostel Available. Use contact below for reservations.

For more information contact: (814) 824-2578 or cathy.pedler@gmail.com  (Also, info about lodging reservations.)

This event is being gifted in memory of Charlene M. Tanner by her loving partner, Doris Cipolla. Because of their shared interests in social justice, peace, and the environment, it is hoped that this program will inspire others to help create a healing environment for the world.

It takes place at Mercyhurst College: http://www.mercyhurst.edu/

October 12th Winona LaDuke
7PM LECTURE Taylor Little Theater

Native American activist, environmentalist, economist and writer Winona LaDuke’s talk, “Recovering the Sacred,” will examine the connections between sacred sites, sacred objects and the sacred bodies of her people, focusing closely on the conditions under which traditional beliefs can be best practiced.

Winona LaDuke –Served as Ralph Nader’s running mate for the Green Party in the 1996 and 2000 presidential campaigns. A 1982 graduate of Harvard University, she currently lives on the White Earth Reservation in Minnesota and works on restoring the local land base and culture. In 1988, she received the Reebok Human Rights Award. In 1994, Time named her one of America’s 50 most promising leaders under 40 years of age. She is the author of several books, including Last Standing Woman. Five minute video with Winona LaDuke: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gxnj2tk54JY Winona LaDuke is the founding director of the White Earth Recovery Project– http://www.nativeharvest.com/index1.asp

October 13th Derrick Jensen
7PM LECTURE Taylor Little Theater

Author and environmental activist Derrick Jensen’s talk, “End Game,” will describe how industrial civilization is unsustainable and will guide us toward living on a healthy Earth whose forests, rivers and oceans are not under the constant threat of being destroyed.

Derrick Jensen is one of our most important public intellectuals and the internationally acclaimed author of A Language Older Than Words, The Culture of Make Believe, Listening to the Land, Strangely Like War, Welcome to the Machine, and Walking on Water. Described by Howard Zinn as “a rare and original voice of sanity in a chaotic world,” he writes for The New York Times Magazine, Audubon and The Sun, among many others. Five minute video with Derrick Jensen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBIudbPDzVw Derrick Jensen’s web site: http://www.derrickjensen.org/

October 14th Vandana Shiva
1PM LECTURE Performing Arts Center
3PM PANEL DISCUSSION Performing Arts Center

World-renowned physicist and activist Vandana Shiva’s talk, “Earth Democracy,” will outline the bedrock principles for building living economies, living cultures and living democracies.

Vandana Shiva, Ph. D.–Is a physicist, ecologist and activist. In India she established Navdanya, a movement for biodiversity, conservation and farmers’ rights. She is ecology adviser to the Third World Network, which aims to bring a fair and ecologically sustainable distribution of world resources. For her contribution to environmentalism and women, she won the prestigious Right Livelihood Award, known as “the alternative Nobel Prize,” in 1993. She is the author of 11 books, including Water Wars and Biopiracy. Five minute video with Vandana Shiva: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PwqUQ_HIlg Dr. Vandana Shiva is the founder of Navdanya, a biodiversity conservation project http://www.navdanya.org/

Film: What A Way To Go —- Described by Jan Lundberg at http://www.CultureChange.org as “perhaps the most important media message of our time”, What a Way to Go, features interviews with Daniel Quinn, Derrick Jensen, Jerry Mander, Richard Heinberg, William Catton, Paul Roberts, Chellis Glendinning, Thomas Berry, Richard Manning and Ran Prieur. It looks head on at our present global predicament, as oil depletion, climate change, species extinction and population overshoot converge in a “perfect storm” of cataclysmic dimensions. Their website: http://www.whatawaytogomovie.com/ Trailers: http://whatawaytogomovie.com/trailers/

World Atlatl Association If you have an interest in primitive skills and want to link up with a terrific and friendly group of atlatl fans who share your interest and enthusiasm for this fascinating stone age/space age dart throwing device, call or write WAA today!

Maps of the college campus and of the hikes and directions to the location of event, along with event schedule, lodging, contact info, and videos with information about speakers and workshops, a huge cache of links at this website: http://www.squidoo.com/GoodPeopleGather/

Good People Gather is sponsored and organized by:

Mercyhurst College –Event Sponsor– http://www.mercyhurst.edu/

Mercyhurst Office of Sustainability and Green Team Event Sponsor — http://sustainability.mercyhurst.edu/index.html

Gaia Defense League Event Co-Sponsor — http://www.awareearth.net/goodpeoplegather.html

Gaia Defense League on Squidoo Gaia Lens– http://www.squidoo.com/GaiaDefenseLeague/
(This site is AWESOME–Full of interesting links about the Erie PA community, and about “sustainability” in general….)

“The Gaia Defense League (GDL) is dedicated to protecting natural resources, including water, air, habitat, and native species. The organization lawfully monitors the activities of the environmentally regulated community and, when necessary, brings enforcement actions in the courts. Additionally, GDL promotes the education of the citizenry in the protection of natural resources and other civic interests such as assisting local governments on community building and sustainable development…. The Gaia Defense League formed in 2004…. The people have a right to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and esthetic values of the environment. Pennsylvania’s public natural resources are the common property of all the people, including generations yet to come. As trustee of these resources, the Commonwealth shall conserve and maintain them for the benefit of all the people….”

For more information contact: (814) 824-2578 or cathy.pedler@gmail.com  (Also, info about lodging reservations.)

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Atlatl Competition, October 13th
1PM Mercyhurst Prep Soccer Field

World Atlatl Association http://www.worldatlatl.org/ If you have an interest in primitive skills and want to link up with a terrific and friendly group of atlatl fans who share your interest and enthusiasm for this fascinating stone age/space age dart throwing device, call or write WAA today!

Atlatls are ancient weapons that preceded the bow and arrow in most parts of the world and are one of humankind’s first mechanical inventions. The word atlatl
(pronounced at-latal or atal-atal) comes from the Nahuatl language of the Aztec, who were still using them when encountered by the Spanish in the 1500s. Other words include spear-thrower, estolica (Spanish), propulseur (French), speerschleuder (German) and woomera or miru (English versions of the most common Australian terms).

An atlatl is essentially a stick with a handle on one end and a hook or socket that engages a light spear or “dart” on the other. The flipping motion of the atlatl propels a light spear much faster and farther than it could be thrown by hand alone. source: http://www.worldatlatl.org/WhatisAtlatl.html picture: http://atlatls-n-more.com/AtlatlDigest/ Here are two short five min videos about atlatl throwing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lEqTr3xodo and: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGFuOgVG3js

For more information contact: (814) 824-2578 or cathy.pedler@gmail.com  (Also, info about lodging reservations.)