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March 2012

The turkeys have a new home.
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.

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Above, Echo Valley turkeys and turkey nest built for spring egg laying. Pictures by Ethan Brooks and Jan Kenyon.


rev·o·lu·tion   /revəˈlo͞oSHən/  (from the Latin revolutio, "a turn around")
v. To make the change within oneself that will allow all other change to be possible.

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.

RESTORATIVE 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.

  • 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 person.
    Click here to learn more.

  • March 2, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. - NOT ABOUT BOMBS Closing Reception
    Meet 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 Reconciliation Project.
    Click here to view the flyer.

  • Decline the Line! Update
    ATC continues 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 project. 
    Consider taking a moment to sign this petition asking the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin to look at alternatives to this invasive, expensive project.  
  • 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 Freedom Rally
    at Sauk County Circuit Court 515 Oak Street, Baraboo, WI 53913

    Support 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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