Will Wiltschko

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Will Wiltschko is a graduate of UCLA with a B.A. and an M.A. in Political Science. At UCLA, Will worked as a student organizer for civil rights and studied the theory and philosophy behind nonviolence. He was a legal intern with the ACLU in Southern California, where he planned community outreach strategy within the state of California, fighting school districts in response to D.J. v. State of California on issues of equitable access to English Learner programs. Will was also recently a staffer on Bernie Sanders’ 2016 Presidential campaign, where he was the lead field organizer in Southwest Virginia. He ran operations out of the Southwest…

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ReInhabiting the Village: Interactive Workshop

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] What is the Culture of the Modern Village and how are we creating a Global Village? As we become increasingly aware of our interconnection on this one shared home called Earth, there is a compelling call to find our common threads and become the stewards for our collective future. By sharing principals that include Thinking Global, Acting Local practices, regional resilience, appropriate technology, cultural literacy, holistic health, living economy and more, the call is to empower engagement and participation in direct action at personal, interpersonal, and local community levels while considering our place in the greater web of life. Whether on a Land Stewardship project, or…

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Protecting Democracy from the TPP

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Protecting-TTP.png[/image_frame] We have reached a critical moment in the national campaign against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Despite growing concerns about the threat it poses to well-paying jobs, the environment, public health, food safety, and our democratic freedoms, members of the Obama Administration have said they plan to call on Congress to approve this awful trade deal during the so-called “lame duck” session right after the November elections. We can't let this corporate power grab go unanswered. Thankfully, there are actions we can take as concerned residents to ensure that California's congressional leaders vote against the TPP, and to build a powerful coalition for a fair and green…

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Aaron Lehmer-Chang

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Aaron_Headshot_2015.jpg[/image_frame] Aaron Lehmer-Chang, who comes out of the San Francisco Bay Area's social and environmental justice movement, is a veteran of fair trade fights. He participated in the "Battle of Seattle" in 1999 where union members, environmentalists, and global justice activists shut down the World Trade Organization (WTO) meeting, and organized against the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) agreement with a student, labor, and community alliance. Aaron co-founded a regional eco-justice organization, Rooted in Resilience (formerly Bay Localize), which works to build equitable, resilient communities. He holds a Master's in Globalization and the Environment from Humboldt State University. Aaron's background includes working for Van Jones'…

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