Great Lakes Bioneers Chicago
Presents a Bioneers Network Event
November 1-3, 2013 * Roosevelt University
430 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago

What is Bioneers?
"... The leading edge of the world we want to create".  
-David Orr, National Bioneers and Oberlin Project

Listen to keynote David Orr's November 1, 2013 interview with Jerome McDonnell, host of WBEZ's Worldview. Learn about the Bioneers movement and the Oberlin Project, a public / private partnership, designed to make the City of Oberlin climate positive by 2040.


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Radio Interviews
Listen to Mike Nowak's recent interviews with Sandra Steingraber and Albert Bates.

Sandra Steingraber and the Fight to Ban Fracking in Illinois

Who Participated This Year? Take A Look!
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Becka, Jami Evans, Terry Joel Freehling Swenie, Rachel Barkley, Traci Faith, William Ho, Kelvn Kass, AmandaKelsang, Dorje Marre, Elena Medearis, Lisa

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SATURDAY, November 2, 2013
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Creative Methods of Non-Violent Direct Action As a Tool for Change
Real change, especially the changes needed at this moment in history, will not come easily from within the systems that hold tightly to the status quo. Indeed, those systems are largely structured to perpetuate the status quo. Non-violent direct action has a long and rich tradition and has repeatedly been shown to be an essential tool for effecting change. At the same time, in a world where public expression of first amendment rights of dissension are increasingly met by institutional force justified on the basis of national security, new and creative modes of action are surfacing.

In this interactive panel discussion, we will talk with four professionals experienced in the use of creative methods for non-violent direct action. How important is direct action in today’s social-political context? How has the legal landscape changed? Is broader public acceptance and participation possible? What are some practical considerations in mounting an effective action? Conference participants will leave with a better understanding of the role non-violent direct action can play in today’s social struggles and be encouraged to learn more and participate where appropriate opportunities arise for its use.

Kathy Kelly
Voices for Creative Non-Violence

Kathy is a Nobel Peace Prize nominee, American peace activist, pacifist and author, one of the founding members of Voices in the Wilderness, and currently a co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence.

As part of peace team work in several countries, she has traveled to Iraq twenty-six times, notably remaining in combat zones during the early days of both US-Iraq wars. She has been arrested more than sixty times at home and abroad, and written of her experiences among targets of U.S. military bombardment and inmates of U.S. prisons.

D Savitri
Savitri D 
Director, Performances and Direct Actions
The Church of Stop Shopping

Savitri is director of the concerts and the nonviolent direct actions of 40-voice company called “Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir.”

Using the form of a revival meeting, on sidewalks and in chain stores, Reverend Billy and his gospel choir exhort consumers to abandon products of large corporations and mass media; the group also preaches a broader message of economic justice, environmental protection, and anti-militarism, protesting sweatshops and the Iraq War.

Kelly Mitchell
Kelly Mitchell 
Climate and Energy Campaigner

Kelly is a climate and energy campaigner for Greenpeace, based in Chicago. Since 2006, she has worked with citizen activists and organizations across the country to confront corporate polluters and transform US energy policy.

She currently leads Greenpeace’s campaigns to stop coal export terminals in the Pacific Northwest and shut down the remainder of Edison International’s aging Midwestern coal fleet.

Southorn, Debbie
Debbie Southorn 
Peace Building Program
American Friends Service Committee, Chicago

With the Wage Peace program of the American Friends Service Committee in Chicago, Debbie works on a variety of peace and social justice initiatives, including the “If I Had a Trillion Dollars” national youth film festival.

Debbie uses creative tactics to pressure elected officials to invest resources into human needs, not militarism and corporate welfare.

Richart, Lan
Lan Richart, Moderator 
Eco-Justice Collaborative

Lan Richart is Co-Director of Eco-Justice Collaborative, a Chicago area not-for-profit, providing popular education, grass roots organizing and advocacy around issues of environmental sustainability.

An ecologist and former president of a Chicago area land use and environmental planning firm, he left the consulting field to more actively focus on issues of social and environmental justice. His appreciation for non-violent direct action as a tool for social change has been shaped by experiences in places as diverse as Chiapas, Mexico; Bogata, Colombia, Ft. Benning Georgia and his own city, Chicago.

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