When: 17 Oct 2014 - 19 Oct 2014 (Fri - Sun, 2 nights)
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Marin County Civic Center

The Marin Center is an outstanding venue for entertainment, meetings, and special events. The 55-acre campus includes a park and a 14-acre lagoon adjacent to the Marin County Civic Center in San Rafael, California See more events in this venue
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Wallace "J." Nichols, an award-winning scientist, eco activist and author, is a research associate at California Academy of Sciences, and co-founder of: OceanRevolution.org, an international network of young ocean advocates; SEEtheWILD.org, a conservation travel network; GrupoTortuguero.org, an international sea turtle conservation network; and LiVBLUE.org, a global oceans campaign. He’s the author or co-author of more than 50 scientific papers as well as several books including Blue Mind. See more photos and other events by this presenter


Naomi Klein is an award-winning Canadian journalist, syndicated columnist, international social justice activist, board member of 350.org, and best-selling author of such seminal classics as No Logo and The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism. Her most recent project is a groundbreaking new book about climate change and an accompanying film, The Message, that she is working on with her husband, filmmaker Avi Lewis.
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Clayton Thomas-Muller is an Ottawa-based Indigenous rights activist and a member of Mathias Colomb Cree Nation. He is an organizer for the Defenders of the Land & Idle No More, and Co-Director of the Indigenous Tar Sands (ITS) Campaign of the Polaris Institute. He has campaigned across Canada, Alaska and the lower 48 in hundreds of Indigenous communities to organize against the encroachments of the fossil fuel industry and the banks that finance them. See more photos and other events by this presenter


Paul Stamets, D.Sc (Hon.), founder of Fungi Perfecti and Host Defense Organic Mushrooms, a dedicated, award-winning mycologist and mycological researcher for 30+ years, conservationist and explorer, has discovered new species of mushrooms, written six seminal books and pioneered countless techniques in the field of edible, functional, and medicinal mushroom cultivation. His latest book is Mycelium Running, How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World. See more photos and other events by this presenter


Climbing PoeTree (Alixa Garcia and Naima Penniman) are a spoken word duo, award-winning multimedia theater artists, and committed organizers and educators who have toured (in a bus that runs on recycled vegetable oil) to hundreds of cities nationally and internationally presenting alongside powerhouses such as Vandana Shiva, Angela Davis, Cornel West, Alicia Keys, and Alice Walker. They have led workshops in institutions from Harvard to Riker's Island Prison. See more photos and other events by this presenter


Kanyon Sayers-Roods (aka Hahashkani-"Coyote Woman” in Chumash), of Costanoan Ohlone and Chumash ancestry, is an artist, poet, author, activist, student and teacher. Daughter of renowned Ohlone elder, Ann-Marie Sayers, Kanyon was raised on the trust lands of Indian Canyon, near Hollister, California. Her art has been widely exhibited, including in such prestigious venues as the De Young Museum and The Somarts Gallery. See more photos and other events by this presenter


Eve Ensler, Tony Award winning playwright, performer, and activist, is the author of The Vagina Monologues (translated into 48+ languages, performed in 140+ countries), and the founder of V-Day, the vast global movement to end violence against women and girls. Eve also co-founded, in 2011, The City of Joy, a transformational leadership community for women survivors of violence in the war-ravaged Democratic Republic of Congo. See more photos and other events by this presenter


Severine v T Fleming is: Director of The Greenhorns, producing media and events for new farmers; co-founder of the National Young Farmers Coalition and of Farm Hack, an open-source platform for farmer-to-farmer appropriate technology exchange; a board member of the Schumacher Center for New Economics; and recent co-founder of Agrarian Trust, focusing on land access for beginning farmers. See more photos and other events by this presenter


Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, a 13-year old Boulder, Colorado-based Indigenous environmental activist (since age 6!) and rapper, is the Youth Director of Earth Guardians, a non-profit organization committed to protecting the water, air, earth, and atmosphere. He has organized many rallies, actions, demonstrations and events, and has traveled widely internationally to speak about environmental and Indigenous issues. See more photos and other events by this presenter


Cecil Williams has, for 45+ years, expanded the limits of spirituality, compassion and diversity as founder and Minister of Liberation of the world-renowned Glide Memorial United Methodist Church in San Francisco. As minister, author, social activist, lecturer, community leader and spokesperson for the poor and marginalized, Reverend Williams is recognized as a national leader on the forefront of change in the struggle for civil and human rights. See more photos and other events by this presenter


John A. Powell, an internationally recognized scholar in the areas of civil rights, civil liberties, race, ethnicity, housing, poverty, and democracy, is a professor of Law, African American Studies, and Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley and serves as the Director of its Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society. He has founded several institutes, taught at numerous law schools, including Harvard and Columbia, and has authored several books, including, most recently: Racing to Justice. See more photos and other events by this presenter


Tom B.K. Goldtooth, Executive Director of the Bemidji, Minnesota-headquartered Indigenous Environmental Network, a social change activist within the Native American community for over 30 years, has become an internationally renowned environmental and economic justice leader, working with many organizations around the world. Tom co-produced the award-winning documentary, Drumbeat For Mother Earth, which addresses the affects of bio-accumulative chemicals on indigenous people. See more photos and other events by this presenter


Chief Oren Lyons, Faithkeeper of the Wolf Clan, Onondaga Council of Chiefs of the Haudnosaunee (Six Nations/Iroquois), helped establish the UN’s Working Group on Indigenous Populations in 1982 and has long been active defending indigenous rights around the world. Recently retired as a professor at SUNY Buffalo and as Director of its Native American Studies Program, he is also a widely exhibited artist, an author, including of Dog Story, and a legendary figure in world lacrosse.
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Janice Mirikitani, the Founding President of renowned Glide Memorial United Methodist Church in San Francisco, is a visionary community activist, leader, editor, and award-winning poet (the second Poet Laureate of San Francisco). During 43 years at Glide she has helped build 87 comprehensive programs to provide education, recovery support, primary and mental health care, job-training, housing and human services to the most disenfranchised communities in the city. See more photos and other events by this presenter


Kristen Sheeran, Ph.D., Vice President of Knowledge Systems at Eco-Trust, is an economist focused on conservation, economic development, and social equity who has published numerous articles and books, many dealing with climate change, and is a co-founder and the Director of the Economics for Equity and Environment Network (E3), a national network of leading-edge applied economists developing new and better arguments for protecting people and the planet. See more photos and other events by this presenter


Dr. Manuel Pastor, Professor of Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity at USC, also directs USC’s Program for Environmental and Regional Equity and co-directs its Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration. Pastor is one of the nation’s leading researchers on the economic, environmental and social conditions facing low-income urban communities, and the social movements seeking to change those realities. See more photos and other events by this presenter


"We can't feed our children oil." She stops, her eyes turning up toward an electric rainforest sky. She knows there's another way.

Meet Patricia Gualinga, a Kichwa leader from the Ecuadorian Amazon and one of the most courageous women I've had the honor of meeting anywhere. Many miles up the winding Bobonaza River deep in rainforest lives Patricia's community, the Kichwa people of Sarayaku. They call themselves the People of the Zenith, stemming from an ancient prophecy of their ancestors claiming that Sarayaku would be a pillar of territorial, cultural, and spiritual defense – a beacon of light as strong as the sun the moment it reaches the highest point above their forest lands.

"When others have surrendered, Sarayaku will not back down!" And then they prove it again and again, continuously beating back oil drilling plans on their lands, winning landmark cases in the highest international courts, and rising to symbolize indigenous resistance in the Amazon and around the world. Their recent history nothing less than tumultuous, starting in 1996 when the Ecuadorian government imposed oil concession blocks in their territory without permission from the 1,200 people who live there. Communities only learned that their land had been opened for oil exploration when strange helicopters arrived, followed by "men with guns." But instead of becoming another environmental war tragedy, the story of Sarayaku has been one of fierce resistance.

For years, Patricia has been on the front lines of Sarayaku's struggle, a key protagonist in the recent historic indigenous rights victory at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and an incredible leader of a rapidly-growing movement of women defending the Amazon.

"We want the Amazon to be valued for what it is, not just an economic resource," she declares with a confidence and grace that seems contagious to hundreds of Amazonian women rising with her. "We are standing up for our lives, yours, the entire world and for the lives of our future generations!"

Patricia's story is one of hope, fearlessness and determination. That Sarayaku beacon pours bright through glinting eyes, illuminating just one of the many courageous leaders Amazon Watch joins forces with daily in the fight for forests, the climate, future generations...for life.

The struggle is not over for the people of Sarayaku, for Patricia, or for the hundreds of women warriors mobilizing in defense of their lands and lives. Sarayaku's triumphs rest largely on their great success in building unity in their community and a strong network of national and international allies. For the past decade Amazon Watch has joined Sarayaku in efforts to assert their rights and prevent oil development on their ancestral lands, and we'll continue to support them with your help. See more photos and other events by this presenter


Terry Tempest Williams, one of our nation’s most beloved writers, is a naturalist, conservationist, and passionate free speech advocate. She has testified before Congress about women’s health, camped in remote wildernesses, worked as "a barefoot artist" in Rwanda, and been arrested in anti-war civil disobedience actions. Currently a scholar at the University of Utah, her many great classics include: Refuge and Finding Beauty in a Broken World. See more photos and other events by this presenter