The Communty Challenge to Protect Public Land
Speakers will address the ways people relate to the land, beginning with the
viewpoint of Native American peoples, following with a consideration of current struggles relating to land and justice, and concluding with an analysis of the concept of “the commons” as brought from England to the United States.
Dr. Gray Brechin is the founder and project scholar of the Living New Deal, a team effort to inventory, map, and interpret the public works legacy of the New Deal in the U.S. based at the UC Berkeley Department of Geography. He is the author of Imperial San Francisco: Urban
Power, Earthly Ruin and (with photographer Robert Dawson) Farewell, Promised Land: Waking from the California Dream.
Patricia St. Onge (Haudenosaune), Seven Generations Consulting and Coaching; lead author of “Embracing Cultural Competency: A Roadmap for Nonprofit Capacity Builders”; member of the Bay Area Indigenous Grandmothers and Interfaith Tent of Oakland Occupy; working to create “Nafsi ya Jamii” (The Soul Community) a retreat/renewal center and urban farm in East Oakland.
Pennie Opal Plant, of Native American heritage, has been an activist for over 30 years. She is an independent small business owner in Albany and has been involved in the community garden/farm at Gill Tract for over 15 years. She lectures for CELDF, Community Environment Legal Defense Fund, which helped Ecuador put Rights of Nature and the Ecosystem into its constitution.
She has worked with a group of Albany residents attempting to use the Gill Tract for supporting
the development of urban agriculture.
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No one turned away for lack of funds.