On Sunday, Sept. 12 at 2 pm, at the CUNY Grad Center, I will be speaking on
a panel sponsored by SOS Food, Biodiversity and the Unpublished Hazards of
Genetically Engineered Foods at the Interdependence Day Festival (info
The speakers are:
Michael Hansen (Consumer Union)
Ellen Osuna (SOS Food)
Howard Brandstein (Sixth Street Community Center)
Mitchel Cohen (No Spray Coalition and NYS Greens)
Interdependence Day Festival 2004
September 12, 2004 11:30AM to 7:00PM
City University of New York Graduate Center
34th Street and 5th Avenue in Manhattan, New York City
General All Day Admission: $25
Students, Seniors, Low Income: $15
No one will be turned away due to lack of funds
To Register: Call 212 817-8215
Since the event could sell out, your advanced ticket purchase will
guarantee your admission.
Drum Circle starts 11:30AM
Delicious Organic Food will be available for purchase (provided by Narda
Narvaez and Dennis K)
We, The World's Interdependence Day Festival 2004 in New York City
celebrates the interconnectedness of all life and the recognition of that
interconnectedness. The day will include dazzling artistic presentations
and performances rooted in the consciousness of peace and sustainability.
The event will also provide an opportunity to connect with outspoken
leaders whose work supports and promotes conscious interdependence,
awareness, and action in the areas of peace and nonviolence, human rights,
eco-solutions, media and the public good, indigenous people's issues, the
interfaith movement, women's issues, and more. September 12th will be a day
of celebration, information and action!
This Festival is being organized by <http://www.wetheworld.org>We, The
World and will be a major kick-off event for
<http://www.wetheworld.org/11days>11 Days of Global Unity September 11 -
21, 2004, a convergence of local and global consciousness-raising
festivals, concerts, broadcasts, webcasts, coordinated civic actions, voter
registration programs, and other activities taking place in over 100 cities
around the world. The goal is to maximize public awareness of the
challenges humanity now faces, and to celebrate and facilitate involvement
in the solutions.
One of the highlights of the Festival will be Public Signings of the
of Interdependence as specifically derived from the Earth Charter for this
Special message from Archbishop Desmond Tutu: "Interdependence, Global
Unity and Peace"
Keynote: Robert Knight - WBAI News Analyst and Host of "Earth Watch" -
Power of the Media
Amnesty International - Shahram Hashemi
Founded in London in 1961, Amnesty International is a Nobel Prize-winning
grassroots activist organization with over 1.8 million members worldwide.
Amnesty International undertakes research and action focused on preventing
and ending grave abuses of the rights to physical and mental integrity,
freedom of conscience and expression, and freedom from discrimination,
within the context of its work to promote all human rights. Today's
presentation will focus on Amnesty's Student activism regarding Prisoners
of Conscience as well as current work in Iraq, Sudan and other crisis areas.
Foundation for Ethics and Meaning: Living in Truth in a Time of Lies Workshop
Bruce Novak teaches philosophy of education at Northern Illinois Univeristy
and is the Co-Chair of the Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on
Learning. He is writing a book about the emergence of a nurturant
democracy, entitled The Opening of the American Heart. Living in Truth
explores meaningful and sustainable social action from the inside out.
Jane Goodall Institute Roots & Shoots Youth Program
The Roots & Shoots Program inspires youth of all ages to make a difference
by becoming involved in their communities. Each Roots & Shoots group plans
and implements service-learning projects that promote care and concern for
animals, the environment and the human community. Today's presentation will
focus on how youth activities for the environment, animals and their local
community contribute to a healthy interdependent world.
SOS Food Workshop: Biodiversity and the Unpublicized Hazards of Genetically
Engineered Foods featuring Michael Hansen, Ph.D (Senior Research Associate,
Consumers Union), Mitchel Cohen -(NY State Green Party, No Spray
Coalition), Ellen Osuna (SOS Food), Howard Brandstein (Coordinating)
NY Council for Nonviolent Communication - Moving From Pain to Compassion in
an Interconnected World
Thom Bond is Co-Founder of the NY Council for NVC.Nonviolent Communication
is a language model and approach for working through conflict
with compassion, speed and success. NVC guides us to reframe how we
express ourselves and how we hear others by focusing on what we are
observing, feeling, needing, and requesting.
Federation of World Peace and Love Workshop - Share the experience,
environmental protection, nonviolence, creating a peaceful life.
Global Unity Through Interfaith Dialogue - Safiyya Sarkin
Kayhan Irani - Theatre of the Oppressed Workshop
Theater is the art of looking at our selves and can be a means of
transforming society. The Brazilian theater activist, Augusto Boal created
Theater of the Oppressed in the 1950ıs. In Theater of the Oppressed the
fourth wall of traditional theater is abolished and spectators become
spect-actorsı. By giving the participants power in the creation of the
action, they are being transformed and prepared to participate in the
theater of life. Spect-actors uncover the root causes of problems and what
factors, externally as well as internally, block them from taking effective
Sunshine Eagle Universal Peruvian Shaman & Teacher
Honoring Our Interdependence workshop
At the Soul level we are totally interconnected. What has gone before, what
is here now, and what will be here tomorrow will forever be part of us. We
got here generations after generations, life after life and we have
survived. Now the universe demands more from us. Come to be in a circle and
find out our interdependence. Just like the tree needs it's roots to hold
on to the earth to be able to stand, so we need to experience the fabric
that permeates all and holds us together.
This workshop is for everyone but especially for you if you want to change
the course of the politics in this country and want peace on this Planet.
NY Sustainable Communities workshop
Susan Zipp - Earth Charter Initiative - Plenary Presentation & Workshop
Dennis Kucinich's Dept of Peace Initiative - Plenary Presentation & Workshop
ARTS PRESENTATIONS & PERFORMANCES (Confirmed)
Federation of World Peace and Love - The Solemn Ceremony of Ringing the
Bell of Peace, and The Ancient
<http://thesearchmall.com/cgi-bin/ezlclk.fcgi?id=734>Asian Culture with New
Vitality (dance/artistic performance). The ceremony aims to share with the
event participants and audience the importance and essential of Global
Unity and Harmony.
Brooklyn Women's Chorus directed by Bev Grant
The Brooklyn Womenıs Chorus is a community chorus that was formed in
October 1997 by Park Slope resident and musician, Bev Grant. The chorus has
a repertoire ranging from South African freedom songs to socially relevant
songs by contemporary American songwriters. Bev Grant is a
singer/songwriter/guitarist, cultural activist and former leader and
cornerstone of the band, Human Condition. Currently she is director of the
Brooklyn Womenıs Chorus and cultural director of the Northeast University
Association of Labor Educators (UALE) Summer Institute for Union Women.
Town Hall Wall - Phyllis Yampolsky
Raquy and the Cavemen Middle Eastern Drumming Group - includes Palestinian
and Israeli musicians
Jubilee & Chocolate Thai Soulful performance group
Kymbali (Theatrical and Spoken Word artist) - a multi-talented performance
artist who creates various characters to explore political and social issues.
Valerie Ghent - Performing Artist
Missy Galore - Performing Artist
Danny Schechter Film Screening: We Are Family -
Acclaimed at the Sundance Film Festival, this is a film about people
connecting post 9/11. A discussion will follow with Nancy Hunt