Nature Speaks: Art and Poetry for the Earth

Deborah Kennedy

September 17, 2017

Deborah Kennedy is an eco-artist, educator, lecturer, and the author of Nature Speaks: Art and Poetry for the Earth, a recently published book which has been the recipient of two book awards. This book is a profound collection of original artwork and poetry by Deborah Kennedy.

Within the pages of Nature Speaks you will find richly detailed earth-toned drawings that will immediately pull the reader into the subject of the paired poem. Included with each poem and drawing is a short essay, which provides brief but important context to the ecological themes discussed in the poetry. These themes show the deep connection humans have to nature and our environment; Kennedy talks about lost ice packs, declining bird populations, and issues of fertility. In the last section of her book, Kennedy presents “Revealing Relationships” where she gives the reader pathways to reconnecting and finding a restorative relationship with the larger natural world.

Her presentation will include projected or displayed images, poetry reading and discussions of environmental issues. Please see www.deborahkennedyart.com and http://www.whitecloudpress.com/features/deborah-kennedys-interview-with-svtags/ for more information.

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Final Exit Network

Jacie Rowe

September 10, 2017

Final Exit Network (www.finalexitnetwork.org) is a volunteer organization serving members in all 50 states who are suffering from intolerable medical circumstances, are mentally competent, want to end their lives, and meet our official, written criteria. Those conditions include cancer, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, emphysema, congestive heart failure, stroke, AIDS, and many other lesser-known but serious, frequently lengthy ailments. Final Exit Network offers the most current information known for self-deliverance when the member is ready to choose. Safeguards are in place to ensure that the person’s decision is voluntary and repeatedly stated.

Jacie Rowe IV has been a political organizer and advocate for 7 years, including 3 years in the End of Life movement, formally with Compassion & Choices, where he worked to pass California’s End of Life Option Act (EOLOA). Once that law was passed, he moved on to work with Final Exit Network to ensure that everyone has access to options, whether they qualify for the EOLOA or not.

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Getting past Capitalism: History, Vision, Hope

Cynthia Kaufman

September 3, 2017

Cynthia Kaufman is the director of the Vasconcellos Institute for Democracy in Action at De Anza College, and is the on the board of Human Agenda. She is the author of two books: Getting Past Capitalism, History, Vision, Hope and Ideas for Action: Relevant Theory for Radical Change. She will be speaking on practical steps we can take to move beyond the devastation caused by capitalism.

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Building Resistance/Alternat­ives to the Administration’s Plan for America

Richard Hobbs

August 27, 2017

This operational blueprint for a radical new economy and society will be anchored not only in participatory democracy but in participatory human need fulfilling activity, from self and family care to necessary labor with reduced working hours to the time and space for self-realization. Don’t miss this holistic systemic transformational approach to reshaping the future of the United States.

Richard Hobbs is the Executive Director of Human Agenda, a national board member of Take Back Your Time, an immigration attorney and member of the legal collective CLARO (Colectivo Legal Accesible Razonable y Organizado), and member of the newly forming South Bay Progressive Alliance.

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Eyewitness to Central America

Barby Ulmer

August 20, 2017

Barby Ulmer with husband Vic (now deceased) were the founders and co-directors of Our Developing World. Formed in 1982, the non-profit organization strives to raise awareness of the struggles and triumphs occurring in developing countries by creating resources for teachers, hosting events, and leading educational trips to various countries in Central America, Southeast Asia and Africa.

She will focus in this talk (which will include slides) on Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala, and will discuss the historical background of similarities of U.S. policy toward these countries and exploitation by U.S. & Canadian corporations, recent struggles and victories there, and what can be done. She will end with a discussion of the Mayan System of Justice, which the speaker finds inspiring.

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