Generation Climate Convergence, Speakers and Justice for the River!

Calling All Youth for Generation Climate Convergence

The climate crisis is all too real—perhaps more so for youth who have inherited this crisis and will deal with it for decades to come. The Generation Climate Convergence on October 4-5 (this weekend), at the Univ. of Southern Maine's Portland Campus, is a chance for high school and college youth to figure out how to solve the crisis in sustainable ways and bring justice with solutions. Some food and housing will be provided.
100214a.jpgThere will be mentorship and workshops on topics including climate justice, school and campus sustainability, grassroots activism and community organizing, media, agriculture, and much more. Do you connect with any of these topics? Interested in hosting a workshop on another topic? Please fill out this: Workshop Proposal. The planning team will try to give you the support to make it happen. Register for the Generation Climate Convergence: here. FMI, email: iris.sangiovanni@maine.edu. 350 Maine is a co-sponsor for the Generation Climate Convergence along with Pine Tree Youth Organizing and Maine Students for Climate Justice.

Indigenous Rights Lawyer and Activist Sherri Mitchell at USM

Please join Maine Students for Climate Justice for a keynote presentation from indigenous rights lawyer and activist Sherri Mitchell. This event is free and open to the public. It will be at the Talbot Lecture Hall, in the Luther Bonney building, on the USM Portland Campus, Saturday October 4th from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.. Sherri Mitchell is the Executive Director of the Land Peace Foundation. She was born on the Penobscot Reservation at Indian Island, Maine and has been working for many years as an activist, lawyer and advocate of indigenous rights.

Bill McKibben speaks at UMO October 7

100214b.jpgBill McKibben, one of the founders of 350.org and noted environmental journalist, will be in Maine. He’ll speak about “Making a Life on a Tough New Planet” at the University of Maine’s Collins Center for the Arts on Tuesday, Oct. 7. The lecture, which runs from 3:30–5:00 p.m., is hosted by the UMaine Honors College. The Honors Read for 2014–2015 is McKibben’s book, Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet. The Q&A period should be terrific! The event is free and open to the public.

Justice for the River! champions the Penobscot

The Penobscot River has been under siege by the State of Maine and the Penobscots are working to maintain their right to the river with which they share a name. The Penobscot Nation is inviting us to learn more about their battle with Maine in Penobscot Nation v. Mills, and hear about the watershed, which is threatened by the proposed East-West Corridor crossing it, a proposed 600-900-acre dump north of Indian Island and near Birch Stream, oil trains crossing the river en route to the New Brunswick Irving refinery, and a legal challenge from the State of Maine to Penobscot jurisdiction of their river.

Saturday, October 18 from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. the Penobscots are holding a concert, speak out and fundraiser named “Justice for the River!” at the Sockalexis Arena on Indian Island. The event includes a silent auction (2-6 p.m.), a children’s art table, and a food court. Drumming by Alamoosic Lake. Musicians include Timbered Lake, Peter Neils, Eric Green, Mitchell and Mann with special guest Nick Bear and Nikoa Parsons, and featuring Grammy-Award-Winning Joanne Shenandoah.

Suggested donation is $20 at the door. If you can’t come but would like to support the Penobscot Nation River Defense Fund, click here. On behalf of the River, kci woliwoni ("great thanks").

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