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Notes from the Gathering August 27-31, 2016

3:00 pm // Arrival & Registration

6:00 pm // DINNER & Welcome


9:00 am // Introduction to Weaving project in the Bone and Rag Shop, small barn. Gatherers are invited to bring fabrics to add to the communal weaving that will be made this weekend.  Also, the Bone and Rag Shop will be an Art Gallery this weekend so if you have art work that you would like to show, please bring it.

10:00 am // Animal tracking with So Sinopoulos (Robin’s niece) and So’s partner Pinar Ates Sinopoulos-Lloyd

12:30 pm //  LUNCH -or- Optional: Potluck in town (8/28 is the 5th anniversary of  the onslaught of hurricane Irene in the Rochester Valley. A day long series of events, commemorating the volunteerism that arose from the hurricane, will take place).

3:00 pm //  trees: Robin and Beth Adams: As the Gathering is taking place, a river restoration project will be going on in the lower field, funded by the federal government. Trees with ‘root-wads’ are being uprooted from the farm property to stem erosion on the West branch of the White River. Robin will speak about Ebenezer Sparhawk, the settler of Wing Farm in 1790 and the first cutter of trees on the property.  Beth will talk about protecting and restoring the temperate forests.

6:00 pm: // DINNER

7:30 pm // Barbara Soros, our Paris correspondent, will discuss what’s happening in Europe especially the significance of the Brexit vote.  Mary HH will add information on how our European sections are responding to these changes.



9:30 am // Joan Ecklein and Sandy Baird:  Socialisms past and present (and future?) comparisons and reminiscences between the GDR (Joan will speak about her experiences in the German Democratic Republic: i.e. East Germany), and Cuba (Sandy has travelled frequently to Cuba). The efforts of the WILPF issue committee Cuba and the Bolivarian Revolution will be discussed.

11:00 am // Nancy Wrenn will share her vision of a new "military" force, focused on preparation and response to climate change, not security. WILPF president Mary Hansen Harrison will connect this idea to the goals of WILPF issue committee Earth Democracy.

12:30 // LUNCH

2:00 pm // Hattie Nestel:  How we defeated the Kinder-Morgan pipeline from behind bars.

4:30 pm // Cyndy Bittinger:  history of the women who have dared to run for the US presidency

5:30 pm // EARLY DINNER

6:30 // Burlington Quaker and friend Ruah Swennerfelt has just published a book: Rising to the Challenge: the Transition Movement and people of faith. https://transitionnetwork.org/blogs/rob-hopkins/2016-06/ruah-swennerfelt-transition-movement-and-people-faith. She will read from parts of it and describe her journey meeting people whose faith has led them into this grassroots environmental movement. THIS MEETING WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE FEDERATED CHURCH IN ROCHESTER.

10:00 am // Paki Weiland will speak on El Salvado & Gaza; and (tentative) Alice Slater, New York director of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation and serving on the Coordinating Committee of Abolition 2000, will speak about new initiatives towards nuclear disarmament.

12:30 pm // LUNCH

2:00 pm // Sha’an Mouliert, long time racial justice activist and participant in WILPF’s delegation to the UN’s Durban Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia, and Related Intolerances (8/31 – 9/7. 2001) will talk about the history of truth and reconciliation as techniques to bring about racial justice, both within WILPF and in the greater world. We will view the 18 min WiLPF video on that subject. 

4:30 pm // Marj Van Cleef: The latest on drone warfare, and what WILPF’s DISARM Issue Committee is doing.

6:00 pm //  DINNER

7:30  Secrecy, Privacy and the Security State: Charlotte Dennett and Kristina Borgesson: two investigative reporters tell their stories and connect them to current events.


10:00 // Closing: where is WILPF and the movement headed? Mary HH and others.

12:00 pm //  LUNCH of leftovers.  

Goodbye everyone!!