BENEFITING: Empowerment Works, Inc.
EVENT DATE: Oct 08, 2015
Please help build an inclusive and representative movement for sustainable and resilient communities!
Your donations to the Equity and Inclusion Scholarship Fund will bring representatives from diverse communities to the Oct. 8-11 Building Resilient Communities Convergence at the Solar Living Institute in Hopland California.
This fund will also help to provide free registration to individuals who have lost their homes to the recent tragic fires.
Your support for the Scholarship Fund will greatly assist our ability to make the event as accessible and inclusive as possible, including:
- Providing small stipends and travel expenses to honor speakers from underserved communities.
- Funding scholarships and transportation to make this gathering compelling and accessible for youth and participants from diverse communities.
The 2015 Convergence will be fun and fantastic! Our speakers line-up includes luminaries like Joel Salatin and Bryant Terry; while showcasing grassroots leaders like Urban Tilth’s Doria Robinson and Kelly Carlistle - local eco-heroes who are on the front lines building resilient, self-reliant and localized communities. We will also have music, local vendors and a community dinner.
Communities of color, our young people and those of us living in under-resourced neighborhoods are hit first and worst by economic breakdown, climate change and environmental crises -- and often have the most knowledge about what solutions are really working on the ground in their place.
"We need a place to gather, collaborate, and find support within the larger "resilient community" here in Northern California. PLEASE consider providing a "CAMP Middletown" and comping passes to those in need with valid ID showing MIddletown residence. Second we need a booth to do public outreach for our cause and our projects "Middle Earth Town", a design and concept formulated by MIguel Elliot, Sir Cobalot, and Resilient Communities Pallet Homes, a plan to temporarily house hundreds of displaced people during the rebuilding period (estimated to be for the next two years). And lastly, we would like some mic time to advocate for our needs and our cause."
“Diversity is a core principle in creating living systems. That’s why I’m glad the Permaculture community is working hard to include more people of color and youth at the upcoming Building Resilient Communities Convergence. Cultural diversity will lead to a better conference which will produce a more resilient movement.” -Van Jones, Bestselling Author, Founder of Green For All, Rebuild The Dream & Ella Baker Center for Human Rights
Thank you in advance for your support!