[Local events] FWD: Sat. 5/30, planning meeting for October Econvergence

David Abel passages at rdrop.com
Thu May 28 08:12:17 PDT 2009

from Kaia Sand:

Greetings all!

This is a follow-up email to the February meeting at People's Coop of 
Engaged Artists Confronting the Crises; some of you were there, and 
others expressed interest (and others, well, I hope you don't mind that 
I've added you to this correspondence, too).

I wanted to let you know that the econvergence -- the gathering in the 
fall around the economic & climate crises--is moving forward, and that 
it would be fabulous if culture workers could be a force in this 
planning / organizing / staging. There is a planning meeting this 
Saturday (2:00-4:00 pm at the First Unitarian Church, SW 12th & Main); 
I'll be attending, and I encourage you to, also, if you are interested.

At the end of this message is a description of some of the goals for the 
econvergence. Noam Chomsky is lined up as a keynote speaker. The event 
really needs some creative thinkers and practioners to help shape it.

Additionally, Maryrose Larkin has kindly offered to help build a 
listserv for local & engaged artists. A place to send an email such as 
the one I've just written, to post events, organize regarding the 
economic & climate crises, and perhaps spark some conversations around 
artistic practice and politics. I will send out some invitations for 
joining the listserv, and when I do, please feel free to pass it on. If 
you have any thoughts on this/advice for what priorities you might have 
for such a listserv, please backchannel me.

Very best,

Kaia Sand


Northwest Regional Gathering


on the Economic and Environmental Crises

October 1-4, 2009
Portland, OR

Keynote Speaker:
others tba

The worst economic crisis since the Great Depression is accelerating. 
Foreclosures, bankruptcies, and layoffs continue to rise as older 
generations watch hard earned savings vanish, younger families live in 
fear of layoffs and bills they cannot pay, immigrants face increased 
detention and deportation, and students despair of finding jobs when 
they graduate. Meanwhile the government persists in futile attempts to 
rescue the insolvent banks whose reckless behavior triggered the crisis 
through trillion dollar bailouts at taxpayers’ expense.

The greatest environmental crisis humanity has ever faced continues 
unabated. Temperatures rise and ice melts as the planet lurches forward 
into dangerous, unchartered waters. Meanwhile well-heeled lobbyists for 
fossil fuel industries gear up once again to stymie attempts to reduce 
greenhouse gas emissions in Washington DC and State legislatures across 
the country.

Join a growing coalition of activists from movements including labor, 
environmental, peace, gender, student, and human rights organizations 
from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Northern California, in conversation 
with citizens, elected officials and academics, to explore the way 
forward. The four day gathering will include a keynote speech by Noam 
Chomsky, teach ins, workshops, panel discussions, debates, a final 
strategy session and a variety of cultural events. A decade ago the 
“Battle for Seattle” during the World Trade Organization Ministerial 
meetings sparked a critical reevaluation of neoliberal globalization. 
Now that this model has been thoroughly discredited it is time for us to 
collectively determine what comes next.


Join us at this Great Gathering in Portland.


Get involved in organizing!

Next general meeting at the First Unitarian Church of Portland, SW 12th 
Ave. and Main St., Portland,
Saturday May 30th, 2-4 PM

To co-sponsor, or for additional publicity materials and information 
contact: greatgatheringpdx at gmail.com
Hosted by: The First Unitarian Church of Portland

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