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In this issue: 
-    Report-back from Earth Day
-    Holy Frack! Community Rights in San Luis Obispo, CA
-    Travel to India with Vandana Shiva and Shannon Biggs!

Co-Creating Our Sustainable Future On Earth Day and Everyday

On April 22nd, the city of San Francisco joined the rest of the world in celebrating Earth Day! The City's Civic Center was full of earth-conscious individuals all there with a common belief: we are apart of a wondrous community of life that is planet Earth. And yet, the well being of that community is under threat.

I shared the rights-based perspective in a panel discussion with leaders of the environmental justice movement around the question of “co-creating our sustainable future – what are the successful tools for coalition building and collaboration both within and beyond your organization’s work?” Check out the blog post.

Holy Frack, California! San Luis Obispo, CA, begins the community rights discussion

Global Exchange’s Shannon Biggs was invited by Transition Towns San Luis Obispo County to present rights-based organizing to community members to build a conversation around community rights and the issues of fracking and water rights in the city of San Luis Obispo (SLO).

Shannon Biggs and I will be traveling to SLO May 16th to take part in a series of community meetings and discussions on how they can assert their community’s right to make decisions about fracking and water and subordinate corporations to local, democratic, rule. For more information or if you live in the area and would like to get involved, please contact June Cochran at gradofcal@yahoo.com.

Who decides what happens in our communities – Corporations or Local Residents? Speaker: Shannon Biggs, Global Exchange

•    When: Wednesday, May 16th 7-9pm
•    Where: Ludwick Community Center, 864 Santa Rosa Street, San Luis Obispo, CA, 93401

Join us on a Reality Tour to India! Sacred Seeding and the Rights of Nature with Dr. Vandana Shiva, Building Earth-Centered Communities (November 1st-11th, 2012)

Global Exchange and Vandana Shiva have announced a new Reality Tour to India this fall! See the invitation from Vandana here. The origins of life itself begin with the Seed. In each is contained the secrets to living in harmony with the rest of species. How different would our human societies, economies, and structures of law look as part of a connected, Earth-centered community?

“The ecological and economic problems we face are rooted in a series of reductionist steps, which have shrunk our imagination and our identity, our purpose on the Earth, and the instruments we use to meet our needs. We are first and foremost Earth citizens. And our highest duty is to maintain the living systems of the Earth that support our life. Earth citizenship needs Earth centered cultures, Earth-based democracy, and Earth-centered economies.” - Vandana Shiva, from the book, The Rights of Nature

While India is such a beautiful and diverse country and culture, what make this particular trip spectacular are the trip leaders and their phenomenal experience. Participants will learn not only from the people, communities and organizations we will visit in India, but from each other and from organic conversations and formal lectures by Vandana Shiva and Community Rights Program Director Shannon Biggs. To find out more or to register, please visit our website or contact Alessandro at alessandro@globalexchange.org.


Kylie Nealis
Program Associate, Community Rights

P.S. In the last issue, we talked about how youth from the Woolman Semester Program came to GX to learn about community rights. Read this blog post written about one of the students about their experience.

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