The turkeys have a
It is an interesting thing, learning to live by consensus. When we
learned the turkeys needed to be moved from one farm to the next, we
had the opportunity / challenge to find the best, quickest, cheapest
way to get it done. I think one of the most gratifying aspects of
community living is having the voices of many become one. Leaderless
leadership emerges as each voice finds its relevance. Concepts of
competition and power that we have learned in our culture and society
are upended. The strength of the whole is absolutely dependent upon the
strengths of the individuals. The ability to flourish in community does
not rely solely on what is known, but on what can be discovered. Every
challenge becomes a puzzle, each person holding a unique piece to
contribute to the whole. Every victory becomes a joy shared by all.
Together we found the best solution. Together we made it happen.
Above, Echo Valley
turkeys and turkey nest built for spring egg laying. Pictures
by Ethan Brooks and Jan Kenyon.
(from the Latin revolutio, "a turn around")
v. To make the
change within oneself that will allow all other change to be
RESTORATIVE ACTIVISM: FOUNDATIONS FOR
HEALING OURSELVES AND SOCIETY
March 24, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
I had traveled to DC to be part of October 2011, calling for the end
of war. Three weeks prior, however, the Occupy movement began and much
of the effort over the next few weeks was bridging the gap between
those who were there representing the 99% and those who wanted war
to end. The meetings were difficult but productive. People began the
arduous task of listening to one another and finding their own voice.
The quest to raise one unified voice of peace and reconciliation began
(again). When I met Scott Brown, it was over a
conversation of how can
we keep the track of peacemaking among people of peace, how can we
remain nonviolent in a world that has tolerated violence for so long?
How can we flourish in a world where people have lost the art of
listening to one another and have lost their own ability to speak?
With different voices and differing life experience, we recognized the
similarity in our efforts, and I am pleased to welcome Scott to Echo
Valley for his Restorative Activism workshop on March 24. Founder of
The Center for Restorative Activism,
Scott is a voice for change where
it needs to begin - in each of us.
ACTIVISM is an integrated approach to social change… in
order to awaken a life-affirming society that prioritizes and sustains
peace, justice and environmental sanity.
To register and for more information, please contact us.
PEACE & SUSTAINABILITY
- TPRF’s Peace Education Program
A new education model for people to
discover their inner resources such as hope, self-worth, and dignity
with a focus on self-discovery of the peace that is innate within each
Click here to learn more.
- March 2, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
- NOT ABOUT
Iraqi women artists Dena Al-Adeeb, Sundus Abdul Hadi, and Tamara Abdul
Hadi at Intermedia Arts in Minneapolis for
discussion and a reception with the artists. The three artists defy the
common stereotypes of Iraqi and Arab women and are featured in the
exhibit, NOT ABOUT BOMBS. The exhibit is sponsored by the Iraqi American
Click here to view the flyer.
- Decline the Line! Update
to refuse to answer questions about the need for the
proposed Badger-Coulee Transmission Line, a $9 billion high voltage
transmission corridor planned to run from LaCrosse to Madison. Visit SOUL
of the Kickapoo for updates on the Badger-Coulee
Consider taking a moment to sign this petition asking the Public Service
Commission of Wisconsin to look at alternatives to this invasive,
- Update on the Penokee Hills
Proposed Taconite Mine
The proposed mine threatens the Bad River watershed and the way of life and homeland of the Bad
River people. The mining company has been
lobbying the Wisconsin legislature to replace the state's existing
mining laws with a bill that would relax numerous environmental
standards involving wetlands, groundwater and rock disposal, and it
would reduce public participation in the review process.
For more information and updates, visit Midwest Environmental Advocates
and Penokee Hills Education Project.
- March 2, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Food
at Sauk County Circuit Court 515 Oak Street, Baraboo, WI 53913
Wisconsin dairy farmer, Vernon Hershberger, who faces criminal charges
and possible imprisonment for providing raw dairy to his community via
a private herd-share agreement.
For more information on this story, click here.
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