EARTH DEMOCRACY CONFERENCE

National and international policies based on neoliberal economics, corporate globalization, and "free" trade which aim to commodify, privatize and profit from almost every aspect of nature are destroying local communities and cultures, and the ecosystems on which all life depends. Earth Democracy is juxtaposed to this system and is grounded in the inherent rights of living beings and Mother Earth.

The Earth Democracy Conference builds on the "Declaration” adopted by the Ecojustice People's Movement Assembly at the 2010 US Social Forum which states: "We support the conclusion that only by 'living well', in harmony with each other and with Mother Earth, rather than 'living better,' based on an economic system of unlimited growth, dominance and exploitation, will the people of this planet not only survive but thrive."

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Full Conference Agenda Below:

CONVENTION OPENING PLENARY with Gar Alperovitz

KEYNOTE: Gar Alperovitz on “The Next American Revolution”

with Medea Benjamin as the MC and Wisconsin Welcome by Bryan Kennedy

Date: 
August 7, 2013 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Location

Madison Masonic Center
301 Wisconsin Ave
Session type: 
Keynote
Speaker(s): 
Bryan Kennedy
Speaker(s): 
Gar Alperovitz
Speaker(s): 
Medea Benjamin

A Call to Action for a Nuclear-Free Future by 2020

Nuclear abolition is an urgent necessity. Let’s find ways to work together, each in our own ways. 1) WILPFUS promotes HR 1650 and US Conference of Mayors 2012 and 2013 Resolutions calling for abolition by 2020. 2) Acts to stop US nuclear missile testing and nuclear industry expansion. 3) Urges US participation in current creative international initiatives of 134 non-nuclear powers. 4) Believes whole nuclear chain is killing us and our planet. Acts locally to close nuclear power plants, end uranium mining, waste accumulation, DU and nuclear weapons production.

Date: 
August 8, 2013 - 11:00am - 12:30pm

Location

Madison College D331
Session type: 
Workshop
Speaker(s): 
Carol Urner
Speaker(s): 
Ellen Thomas

Powering up with Renewable Energy and Green Jobs for People and the Planet

It's time to make the break from "dirty, carbon-based fuels” for the sake of public health and the planet. Across the country, public support by Republicans, Democrats and Independents for solar and wind renewable energy is at an all-time high ranging from 60-80% respectively. Lacking strong federal policy, states are the laboratories for new public policy, innovative legal and financing solutions, and green energy production that are proven to produce green jobs. This workshop will highlight Wisconsin’s strategies, campaigns and success to meet mandated goals for CO2 reduction, as well as on-going challenges.

Date: 
August 8, 2013 - 11:00am - 12:30pm
Session type: 
Workshop
Speaker(s): 
Don Ferber

Community Action Toolkit for Earth Democracy

Though our government pays only lip service to future generations, we can take action now to protect their interests. Carolyn Raffensperger will explain how Guardianship of Future Generations and Precautionary Principle strategies can be adopted as community government policies to pass on a healthy, rather than degraded, environment to our children and protect the ecosystems needed to sustain life through time. Randa Solick, using Santa Cruz, CA as a pilot, will lead an interactive discussion on how these strategies can be shaped to the needs of each community and lead to broader collaboration among diverse community groups.

Date: 
August 8, 2013 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Location

Madison College D229
Session type: 
Workshop
Speaker(s): 
Carolyn Raffensperger
Speaker(s): 
Randa Solick

Planet Earth as an ATM: Fighting Commodification of the Commons

Date: 
August 8, 2013 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Location

Madison College
Session type: 
Panel
Speaker(s): 
Chris Williams
Speaker(s): 
Julie Byrnes Enslow
Speaker(s): 
Rachel Smolker

CONVENTION ROUNDTABLE PLENARY

One delegate from each of the nine Democracy Convention conferences join in an animated discussion of the years ahead in the U.S. democracy movement.

Inn on the Park, 22 S. Carroll, Wisconsin Hall

Date: 
August 8, 2013 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Session type: 
Panel
Speaker(s): 
Ben Manski
Speaker(s): 
George Friday
Speaker(s): 
Jill Stein
Speaker(s): 
Leah Bolger
Speaker(s): 
Leland Pan
Speaker(s): 
Margaret Flowers
Speaker(s): 
Norm Stockwell
Speaker(s): 
Richard Monje
Speaker(s): 
Roshan Bliss
Speaker(s): 
Victoria Collier

Earth Democracy Plenary: Climate Justice: Human, Civil, Labor, and Earth Rights Not Corporate Rights

Date: 
August 9, 2013 - 9:00am - 10:30am
Session type: 
Panel
Speaker(s): 
Cheri Honkala
Speaker(s): 
Jill Stein
Speaker(s): 
Lauren Regan
Speaker(s): 
Richard Monje
Speaker(s): 
Ruth Caplan
Speaker(s): 
Sherri Mitchell

Energy Injustice and Environmental Racism: How Dirty Energy Impacts Communities

Nuclear power, coal, oil, gas, hydroelectric, biomass and waste incineration, and biofuels production all damage the environment and tend to disproportionately affect low-income communities and communities of color.  Learn about the realities of environmental racism and how it's more than just classism.  This workshop discusses the principles of environmental justice and what is means to be involved in the environmental justice movement.  We will explore the differences between NIMBY "not in my backyard" and "not in anyone's backyard" politics, the difference between environmental "equity" and justice, and how corporate propaganda systems undermine environmental justice through sophisticated divide and conquer tactics.

Date: 
August 9, 2013 - 11:00am - 12:30pm
Session type: 
Workshop
Speaker(s): 
Mike Ewall

Guardianship of Future Generations and Writing Earth Rights into Law

Date: 
August 9, 2013 - 11:00am - 12:30pm

Location

Madison College D406
Session type: 
Panel
Speaker(s): 
Carolyn Raffensperger
Speaker(s): 
Linda Sheehan
Speaker(s): 
Ruth Caplan
Speaker(s): 
Sherri Mitchell

When Inquiry and Collaboration Take On Earth Justice in Elementary and High School Classrooms

Learn how a 3rd grade students and their teacher grew five months of rigorous reading and writing work out of their passionate interest in the health of our water and oceans. This work emerged from a shared reading of Life in the Ocean: The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle by C. Nivola and expanded to organizing a community drive to ban plastic bags, writing and publishing a book of poetry and collaborating with a high school media class to make a movie on the topic. Explore the possibilities of bringing earth justice to classrooms in your community.

Date: 
August 9, 2013 - 11:00am - 12:30pm
Session type: 
Workshop
Speaker(s): 
Dan Walkner
Speaker(s): 
Erica Krug
Speaker(s): 
Susan Freiss

Know Your Rights Activist Training

As the planet heats up on all fronts, time for a “Know Your Rights” workshop to instill you with the confidence to make decisions about how you will engage your activism - where is the line drawn between legal and potentially illegal protesting? What “magic words” should you say to police to invoke your rights? Armed with knowledge, you and your fellow activists can make informed choices regarding interactions with government agents and can best protect your rights should you end up in handcuffs and in the legal system. Snacks will be provided.

Date: 
August 9, 2013 - 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Session type: 
Workshop
Speaker(s): 
Lauren Regan

Idle No More and Community Fightbacks to Corporate Crimes: Building Bigger Resistance

Date: 
August 9, 2013 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Session type: 
Panel
Speaker(s): 
Alexandra Thebert
Speaker(s): 
Carl Sack
Speaker(s): 
Patricia Popple
Speaker(s): 
Peter Anderson
Speaker(s): 
Ruth Caplan
Speaker(s): 
Sherri Mitchell

Public Banking: Making It Happen

Are you tired of reading articles about how Wall Street is bankrupting us?  Do you despair about financing the transition to a green economy? Are you ready to roll up your sleeves and start changing the system but you don’t know where to begin?  Public banks are a way for us to take back control and to finance the transition to a green, sustainable economy.  You can organize to create a city, county or state public bank.  This interactive workshop will give you a chance to ask questions and will suggest tools and resources to use in organizing.  Let’s begin!

Date: 
August 9, 2013 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Session type: 
Workshop
Speaker(s): 
Marc Armstrong
Speaker(s): 
Ruth Caplan

Water for People and Nature: Local Ordinances and the Right to Water

The UN has declared that access to water and sanitation are fundamental human rights, but that doesn’t stop corporations like Nestlé, CocaCola, and Pepsi from bottling water and selling it at the highest price the market will bear. Nor does it stop the corporate privatization of municipal public water/sewer systems.  How do we enforce the fundamental right to affordable, clean water for all people? And how about the rights of nature? This workshop will lay out three approaches to answering these questions by reframing in terms of earth jurisprudence and by passing local laws.

Date: 
August 9, 2013 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Session type: 
Workshop
Speaker(s): 
Linda Sheehan
Speaker(s): 
Ruth Caplan

Evening Social at Osaka House

Evening Social at Osaka House (505 State St) hosted by the Economic Democracy and Representative Democracy Conferences

Date: 
August 9, 2013 - 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Session type: 
General

Enacting an Ecologically Sound Economy: Beyond Dirty Fuels and False Solutions

Date: 
August 10, 2013 - 9:00am - 10:30am
Session type: 
Panel
Speaker(s): 
Chris Williams
Speaker(s): 
Mike Ewall
Speaker(s): 
Rachel Smolker

PLENARY: Powering Up for People, Peace and the Planet: Re-Envisioning the Climate Movement - Building Resistance and Transformation

Date: 
August 10, 2013 - 10:45am - 12:45pm
Session type: 
Panel
Speaker(s): 
Daniel Lee
Speaker(s): 
Jill Stein
Speaker(s): 
Lauren Regan
Speaker(s): 
Richard Monje
Speaker(s): 
Sherri Mitchell
Speaker(s): 
Stephanie Kimbell
Speaker(s): 
Victor Wallis

Awakening the Dreamer Symposium

Date: 
August 10, 2013 - 11:00am - 2:00pm
Session type: 
Workshop

Militarism and Environmental Destruction--Making the Connection

UXO, Chemical, Heavy Metal and Radioactive Contamination. Use of oil and other resources by the military. Scarcity of Resources as an Excuse for War. A campaign calling for cleanup of current and former military bases, prevention of further military contamination of the planet. Close the bases, stop the wars, stop mining uranium and (re)manufacturing radioactive weapons, stop testing weapons, stop bombing paradise to practice for war, stop the war “games”.

Date: 
August 10, 2013 - 11:00am - 12:30pm
Session type: 
Workshop
Speaker(s): 
Helen Jaccard

Monsanto Will Not Rule the World: Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Corporate Control of Food and Agriculture

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a secret agreement being negotiated by over 600 corporate representatives behind the backs of Congress and the American People. It’s not just about trade, but instead protects Big-Ag corporations that will be able to sue local, state and Federal governments claiming laws that protect family farmers; food safety, GMO-labelling and public health; and bees, butterflies and eco-systems are “barriers to trade” that harm their future profits and the investment income of the 1%. Panelists will expose what’s at stake for the future of food and family farming and describe the campaign to defeat the TPP.

Date: 
August 10, 2013 - 11:00am - 12:30pm
Session type: 
Panel
Speaker(s): 
Daniel Lee
Speaker(s): 
David Newby
Speaker(s): 
George Naylor
Speaker(s): 
Jim Goodman
Speaker(s): 
Ruth Caplan

Next Stage: Building the Movement for People, Peace and the Planet - From #Fearless Summer to #Fearless Year

Facilitated discussion among Earth Democracy Conference panelists and audience members.

Date: 
August 10, 2013 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Session type: 
Roundtable

The Boulder Energy Future Municipalization Project

Date: 
August 10, 2013 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Session type: 
Workshop
Speaker(s): 
Alison Burchell

Local Food Democracy Reception

Sample and purchase local produce from South Central Wisconsin

Madison College Downtown Patio ~ Organized by Family Farm Defenders

Date: 
August 10, 2013 - 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Session type: 
General

Evening Social at The Rigby

Evening Social at The Rigby (119 E Main St) hosted by the Earth Democracy Conference. Head-Roc and Ryan Harvey will be performing.

Date: 
August 10, 2013 - 7:00pm - 11:00pm
Session type: 
General
Speaker(s): 
Head - Roc
Speaker(s): 
Ryan Harvey

Awakening the Dreamer Symposium

The Pachamama Alliance’s Awakening the Dreamer Symposium is a transformational educational workshop that invites participants to explore where we are as a human family, how we got here and what's possible now.  It was created in response to a call from the Achuar people in Ecuador’s Amazon, urging us to “change the dream of the modern world” that threatens the wellbeing of the planet. The Symposium consists of a dynamic multimedia presentation, interactive group exercises and guided personal reflection, empowering, participants to investigate their unique role in transforming humanity’s future.

Date: 
August 11, 2013 - 9:00am - 12:30pm
Session type: 
Workshop

Know Your Rights Activist Training

As the planet heats up on all fronts, time for a “Know Your Rights” workshop to instill you with the confidence to make decisions about how you will engage your activism - where is the line drawn between legal and potentially illegal protesting? What “magic words” should you say to police to invoke your rights? Armed with knowledge, you and your fellow activists can make informed choices regarding interactions with government agents and can best protect your rights should you end up in handcuffs and in the legal system.

Date: 
August 11, 2013 - 10:00am - 1:00pm
Session type: 
Workshop
Speaker(s): 
Lauren Regan

Community Action Toolkit for Earth Democracy

Though our government pays only lip service to future generations, we can take action now to protect their interests. Carolyn Raffensperger will explain how Guardianship of Future Generations and Precautionary Principle strategies can be adopted as community government policies to pass on a healthy, rather than degraded, environment to our children and protect the ecosystems needed to sustain life through time. Randa Solick, using Santa Cruz, CA as a pilot, will lead an interactive discussion on how these strategies can be shaped to the needs of each community and lead to broader collaboration among diverse community groups.

Date: 
August 11, 2013 - 11:00am - 12:30pm
Session type: 
Workshop
Speaker(s): 
Carolyn Raffensperger
Speaker(s): 
Randa Solick

CONVENTION CLOSING PLENARY: Call to Action

The keynote address will be followed by a facilitated discussion to give each conference a chance
to share the big ideas that came out of their event as well as the next steps everyone can take to further the democracy movement in the months and years ahead.

Date: 
August 11, 2013 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Session type: 
Keynote
Speaker(s): 
Debra White Plume

Alliance for Democracy

The mission of the Alliance for Democracy is to free all people from corporate domination of politics, economics, the environment, culture and information; to establish true democracy; and to create a just society with a sustainable, equitable economy. The Alliance is a chapter-based organization that brings people together to build a progressive populist movement to end the corporate domination of our economy, our government, our culture, our media and the environment. It is time to end corporate rule.

Green Action USA

Green Action USA is a new civic organization dedicated to achieving an ecological, just, democratic, and peaceful society. Green Action USA supports a Green New Deal for America, a comprehensive program to end unemployment and debt in America by transitioning to a new green economy, a new financial system, and a new democracy.

Liberty Tree Foundation

The Democracy Convention is a project of Liberty Tree. Liberty Tree is uniquely committed to building a new democracy movement for the U.S.A.. We provide vital support to grassroots campaigns for democratic reform in many areas of American life, and bring those campaigns together to form a united movement for democracy.

Women's International League for Peace and Freedom

The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom was founded in 1915 during World War I, with Jane Addams as its first president. WILPF works to achieve through peaceful means world disarmament, full rights for women, racial and economic justice, an end to all forms of violence, and to establish those political, social, and psychological conditions which can assure peace, freedom, and justice for all.

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